John St Leger Douglas

1732 - 1783


John St Leger Douglas of Springfield Place, nr. Chelmsford, Essex, MP for Hindon 1768-1774 and Weobley 1774-23/05/1783, 1st son of John of the West Indies, grandson of Col. Walter Douglas of Baads and brother of Sir James Douglas bart. (q.v.), slave-owner on St Kitts.

  1. Adm. Fell.-Com. (age 17) at TRINITY, Oct. 22, 1748. S. of John, of St Christopher's, West Indies. School, Westminster. M.P. for Hindon, Wilts., 1768-74; for Weobley, Herefordshire, 1774-83. Died May 23, 1783. (A. B. Beaven.)

  2. Will of John St Leger Douglas of Pall Mall proved 21/07/1783. In the will, after monetary legacies including £6000 each to his daughters Mary Willett and Charlotte [Douglas], he left his unnamed estates in St Kitts and the enslaved people on them in trust for the use of his son William Douglas.

Please note that the association of John St Leger Douglas with the Douglas estate on St Kitts and the Chancery suit of Neave v Douglas into which the compensation was paid remains tentative.


History of Parliament online

  1., Cambridge University Alumni, 1261-1900 [database online]

  2. PROB 11/1110/314.

Further Information

(2) Caroline Otway
Trinity College, Cambridge [1748- ]
Politician and plantation owner

Associated Claims (2)

£3,259 0s 7d
Previous owner (not making a claim)
£3,200 16s 10d
Previous owner (not making a claim)

Associated Estates (1)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
Tenant-in-tail or Remainderman

Legacies Summary

Physical (1)

Springfield Place [Purchased] 
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John St Leger Douglas bought Springfield Place (which had been rebuilt by a previous owner), then 'laid out the adjoining grounds with elegance and taste, and rendered it a commodious and handsome...

Political (1)

West India interest 
election →
Hindon Wiltshire
1768 - 1774
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Weobley Herefordshire
1774 - 1783

Relationships (4)

Father → Son
Nephew → Uncle
Notes →
John St Leger Douglas and James Douglas were among the executors of the will of their uncle James George...

Addresses (1)

Springfield Place, Chelmsford, Essex, South-east England, England