See also:Bart . (d . 1789),
See also:admiral, a descendant of the Scottish earls of
See also:Morton, was promoted
See also:lieutenant in the
See also:navy on the 4th of
See also:December 1753 . Nothing is known of his early
See also:life . He became
See also:commander on the 24th of
See also:February 1759, and attained to
See also:rank in 1761 . When the War of
See also:American Independence began, he took an active
See also:part in the defence of
See also:Canada in 1775, and he afterwards commanded the "
See also:Castle " 64 in the
See also:battle of the
See also:Ushant, 27th of
See also:July 1778 . His reputation is based first on the part he played in the battle of
See also:Dominica, 12th of
See also:April 1782, and then on the improvements in gunnery which he introduced into the B itish navy . It appears from the testimony of
See also:Sir F . Thesiger (d . 18o5), who was
See also:present on the quarter-
See also:deck of the
See also:flagship, that Sir
See also:Douglas, who was then captain of the
See also:fleet, first pointed out to Rodney the possibility and the
See also:advantage of passing through the French
See also:line . His advice was taken with reluctance . On the other
See also:Hood accuses Douglas of living in such abject fear of his admiral that he did not venture to speak with the freedom which his important post entitled him to take .
His more certain claim to be ranked high among
See also:officers is founded on the many improvements he introduced into naval gunnery . Some account of these will be found in the writings of his son . He became
See also:rear-admiral on the 24th of
See also:September 1787, and died suddenly of apoplexy in February 1789 . He was made a
See also:baronet for his services in the West Indies . There is a life of Sir Charles Douglas in Charnock, Biogr . Nat). vi . 427 .
JOHN DOUGLAS (1721—1807.)
SIR HOWARD DOUGLAS
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