DOUGLAS, Lord Charles (1726-56), of Kellwood, Dumfries.
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Family and Education
b. 17 July 1726, 2nd s. of Charles, 3rd Duke of Queensberry [S] and 2nd of Dover [GB], by Lady Catherine Hyde, da. of Henry, 4th Earl of Clarendon. educ. Winchester 1734-41; Westminster 1742 Ch. Ch. Oxf. 1745. unm. suc. bro. Henry in the courtesy title of Earl of Drumlanrig 19 Oct. 1754.
From early in 1752 Lord Charles’s health was precarious,1 but he stood for re-election in 1754 and was returned unopposed, being listed by Dupplin as a Government supporter. On 19 Oct. 1754 he was travelling south from Scotland with his parents and Lord and Lady Drumlanrig, when his brother accidentally shot himself. Lord Charles thereby became the eldest son of a Scottish peer, but the question of his disqualification as a Scottish M.P. seems to have been held in abeyance until it was certain that no posthumous heir would be born to Drumlanrig’s widow, and a new writ was not issued until 8 Nov. 1755.
He died 24 Oct. 1756.
Ref Volumes: 1754-1790
Author: Edith Lady Haden-Guest
- 1. Duchess of Queensberry to Lady Bute, 7 June 1752, Bute mss.