John Douglas (colonial administrator)

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Sir John Douglas KCMG (5 December 1836 – 22 August 1885) was the Irish-born son of Lt Gen Sir James Dawes Douglas (1795–1862) and Marianne Bullock.[1]

Sir John Douglas
Acting Governor of British Ceylon
In office
10 July 1883 – 3 December 1883
MonarchQueen Victoria
Preceded byJames Robert Longden
Succeeded byArthur Hamilton-Gordon
3rd Colonial Secretary of Straits Settlements
In office
17 February 1876 – 17 August 1878
MonarchQueen Victoria
GovernorSir William Jervois
William C. F. Robinson
Preceded byCharles J. Irving (Acting)
Succeeded bySir Cecil Clementi Smith
16th Accountant General and Controller of Revenue
In office
10 March 1870 – 16 June 1876
Preceded byRobert John Callander
Succeeded byC. A. D. Barclay
Personal details
Born5 December 1836
Limerick, Ireland
Died22 August 1885(1885-08-22) (aged 48)
British Ceylon
Resting placeSt Paul's Church, Kandy, British Ceylon
SpouseAlice Anne Claughton



Douglas was in the Civil Service of Mauritius 1859–1869 when he transferred to Ceylon where he was Auditor-General between 1869 and 1876. He became Colonial Secretary of the Straits Settlements on 17 February 1876[2] – 17 August 1878[3] before returning to Ceylon as Lieut.-Governor and Colonial Secretary, 1878–1880. He was appointed Acting Governor, 10 July 1883 – 3 December 1883.[4]



Douglas was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) in the 1883 Birthday Honours.[5]



Douglas had married, in 1871, Alice Anne, daughter of Right Rev. Piers Calveley Claughton (d. 1884), Bishop of Colombo, Ceylon. They had five children.[6]



Sir John Douglas died in Ceylon on 23 August 1885 and was buried at St Paul's Church, Kandy.[6]


  1. ^ Burke's landed gentry of Great Britain
  2. ^ "Friday, 18th February". The Straits Times. 19 February 1876. p. 4.
  3. ^ "Untitled". The Straits Times. 17 August 1878. p. 3.
  4. ^ Edward Walford. The county families of the United Kingdom
  5. ^ "Untitled". The Straits Times. 8 June 1883. p. 2.
  6. ^ a b Morning Post, 26 August 1885, p. 5.
Government offices
Preceded by 3rd Colonial Secretary of Straits Settlements
Succeeded by
Preceded by Governor of British Ceylon
Succeeded by
Legal offices
Preceded by Accountant General and Controller of Revenue
Succeeded by