DOUGLAS, Lord Charles (1726-56), of Kellwood, Dumfries.
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Family and Education
b. 17 July 1726, 2nd s. of Charles Douglas, 3rd Duke of Queensberry [S] and 2nd Duke of Dover [GB], by Lady Catherine Hyde, da. of Henry Hyde, M.P., 4th Earl of Clarendon. educ. Winchester 1734-41; Westminster 1742-4; Ch. Ch. Oxf. 1745. unm. suc. bro. Henry in the courtesy title of Earl of Drumlanrig 19 Oct. 1754.
Lord Charles Douglas was the son of the beautiful Duchess of Queensberry, who was long excluded from court for her indiscreet support of the poet Gay in 1729. She obtained permission to appear at court in 1747, when her eldest son was appointed to have a regiment in the Dutch service1 and Lord Charles was returned for the family seat of Dumfriesshire. Re-elected in 1754 as a government supporter, he died 24 Oct. 1756.
Ref Volumes: 1715-1754
Author: Romney R. Sedgwick
- 1. Walpole to Mann, 26 June 1747.