An American Family History

Robert Douglas

Alternate spellings of Douglas: Dougals, Doughlass, Douglace, Douglass, Dougless, Douglasse, Dowglas, Dowglass, Duglas, Duglass

In 1688, during the Glorious Revolution, the Protestant king and queen,William and Mary, took the English throne from Catholic King James II. The bloodless revolution profoundly impacted the American colonies.

Robert Douglas was born about 1665 in Charles County, Maryland. His parents were Colonel John Douglas and Sarah Bonner.

He inherited Blythswood Manor from his father when he reached 21 years of age.

In 1688 Peter Carr left him and his siblings some of his personal property to pay, in part, a debt he owned their mother.

He married Mary Compton, daughter of John Compton.

Many reseachers believe that their son was Thomas Douglas (1692-1756, married Elizabeth Gardnier), but Robert died without heirs.

Robert died in 1694 when he was only about 30 years old and Mary was the administratrix of his estate.

[Bowles Chance] was invested in Rob Douglass who dyed without heir and the same being escheated [went to the estate] was the 21 Oct 1673

Mary died in 1700 when she was about 38 and John Compton, Jr. was the administrator of her estate.

Children of Colonel John Douglas and Sarah Bonner:
  • John Douglas
  • Robert Douglas
  • Sarah Douglas Gifford Barnes
  • Elizabeth Douglas Brandt Howard Thompson
  • Joseph Douglas
  • Charles Douglas
  • Old Style Calendar
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    Blythswood Manor (Blithwood, Blythwood) was surveyed on May 10, 1667 for John Douglas (b. 1636). It was a 100 acre plantation on the north side of the Potomac River in the Piccowaxon area. Blythswood may have been the name of the family manor house in Scotland. Inherited by his son, Robert Douglas then by Benjamin Douglas (b. 1685) then his son, John Douglas (1709) who sold it in 1769.

    Charles County is in south central Maryland and was created in 1658. The first settlers were mainly English tobacco planters, their indentured servants and enslaved people. Many of of the settlers were Roman Catholic. The county, as originally laid out, also included parts of present day Calvert, Prince George's and St. Mary's Counties.




    1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County Maryland Hundred - Piccawaxen or William & Mary: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 288-1:

    Manering or Bowles Chance: 500 acres;
    Possession of - 500 Acres -
    Jones, Charles: Surveyed 25 Aug 1649 for Geo. Manners near Cedar point

    this land was invested in Rob Douglass who dyed without heir and the same being escheated [went to the estate] was the 21 Oct 1673

    Resurveyed and granted John Bowles:

    Other Tracts Mentioned: Bowles Purchase

    other notes - Charles Jones by his marrying Bowles Tyers Widow.,

    Resurveyed into Bowles Purchase, 22 August 1726 folio 416

    Rent rolls were lists of landowners showing whether they had paid their annual quit-rents to the Crown. A quick-rent was a feudal remnant and was paid by a freeholder in lieu of services that might otherwise have been required.


    Historically an esquire (Esq. or Esqr.) was the title of a man who ranked below a knight in the English gentry. Later it designated a commoner with the status of gentleman and was used by attorneys.

    Robert Doughlass 13A,155 I Charles County £16,2
    5 Sep 29 1694
    Appraisers: John Harrison, William [Walter] Story
    Administratrix: Mary Dauglas.

    Robert Doughlass 13A.351 I Charles County £7.14.
    6 Jul 24 1695
    Appraisers John Harrison, Walter Story.

    Mary Duglas 20.197 A Charles County £20.9,8 in 1700
    Payments to: Dr. [Philip] Briscoe, Sarah Smith (executrix of Ralph Smith), Kenelme Cheseldyne [1640-1708], Esq. due on administration of estate of Robert Duglas.
    Administrator: John Compton, Jr.

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