Person:Dunbar Douglas (1)

Dunbar Douglas, 4th Earl of Selkirk
b.1 Dec 1722
d.24 Jun 1799
  1. Dunbar Douglas, 4th Earl of Selkirk1722 - 1799
  • HDunbar Douglas, 4th Earl of Selkirk1722 - 1799
  • WHelen Hamilton
  1. Helen Douglas
  2. Thomas Douglas, 5th Earl of Selkirk1771 - 1820
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Name Dunbar Douglas, 4th Earl of Selkirk
Gender Male
Birth[1] 1 Dec 1722
Death[1] 24 Jun 1799
Reference Number? Q3041208?

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Dunbar Douglas, 4th Earl of Selkirk (1 December 1722 – 24 June 1799) was a Scottish peer. Born Dunbar Hamilton, he was the grandson of Lord Basil Hamilton, younger brother to John Hamilton, 3rd Earl of Selkirk. He legally changed his name to Dunbar Douglas upon inheriting his titles in 1744.

He attended Glasgow University from 1739, being greatly influenced by Francis Hutcheson, Professor of Moral Philosophy. In 1745 he was granted the honorary Doctorate of Civil Law.

Selkirk was a supporter of the government during the Jacobite Rising of 1745. He was Rector of the University of Glasgow from 1766 to 1768. He served as Lord Lieutenant of Kirkcudbright and, from 1787, as a representative peer for Scotland.

He succeeded to the title of 4th Earl of Selkirk (creation of 1646 in the Peerage of Scotland) and 4th Lord Daer and Shortcleuch (creation of 1646 in the Peerage of Scotland) on 3 December 1744.

In 1778, during the American Revolutionary War, Selkirk was the target of a raid by John Paul Jones, who was sailing in the service of the Continental Navy. Jones landed his ship, the Ranger on the shore of St Mary's Isle, intending to kidnap the Earl. Finding only the countess and her young family at home, his men made off instead with the silver of the household.

In 1782, he became a member of the radical Society for Constitutional Information.

Lord Selkirk died on the 24 June 1799 at his residence on George Street, Edinburgh and was buried at Holyrood Abbey on the 31st of that month

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