Stair Douglas

RolesNaval Sailor 
First Known Service24.12.1780CSORN
Last Known Service10.1810CSORN

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
24.12.1780 Lieutenant ADM 6/22/406CSORN
12.11.1795 CommanderCSORN
179610.1796Scorpion (16), Commander and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
13.9.1797 CaptainCSORN
1800 Nymphe (36), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
1809 Bellona (74), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
11.4.1809 Battle of the Basque Roads 
28.7.18094.9.1809Expedition to the Scheldt 
7.181010.1810Africa (64), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714

Notes on Officer


This officer is a grandson of the late Sir John Douglas, of Kilhead, Bart. We are unable to give any further account of his services than that he served as a Midshipman during the American war, with his uncle, the late Captain Stair Douglas; received his first commission as a Lieutenant from Lord Rodney; was promoted to the rank of Commander in the Scorpion sloop of war, on the Jamaica station, in 1795; became a Post-Captain, Sept. 13, 1797; obtained the command of the Nymphe frigate, in 1800; and commanded the Bellona, of 74 guns, forming part of Lord Gambier’s fleet on the memorable 11th April, 1809. His promotion to the rank of Rear-Admiral took place July 19, 1821. He married, July 1802, Anne, daughter of John Payne, of Stubington House, co. Hants, Esq.


CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner Smith / Syrett & DiNardoWeb Site
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
RNB1823Royal Navy BiographyJohn MarshallDigital Book

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