Royal Naval Biography/Douglas, Stair
STAIR DOUGLAS, Esq
Rear-Admiral of the Blue.
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.
Residence.– Ashling, near Chichester.
- Captain Stair Douglas commanded the Prince William of 64 guns, in the action between Sir Samuel Hood and the Count de Grasse, off Martinique, April 29, 1781; an account of which will be given under the head of Retired Captain John N. Ingelfield in our next volume.