William Douglas Scotland Jamaica

Biography of William Douglas

William Douglas attended the University from 1812-1814, studying Latin and then Greek. He was the son of Reverend James Douglas, minister in Stewarton, who also attended the University in 1782.

Douglas went on to become a merchant in Jamaica, where he would likely have profited in the trade in slave grown produce such as coffee or sugar. Compared to the proportion of their population size in Great Britain, Scots were over-represented in Jamaica up to the end of chattel slavery in 1834.


Archival Materials

  • Addison, W. Innes, The Matriculation Albums of the University of Glasgow, 1728-1858
  • R 9/1 Class Catalogue (Arts) 1794-1858


William Douglas
Born 1798.
GU Degree: Arts, 1812-1814;
University Link: Student
Occupation categories: merchants
English snippet: Arts student at the University of Glasgow in 1812-1814
Record last updated: 1st Jul 2019

Country Associations

Scotland Scotland, No Region
Place of Birth

Jamaica Jamaica, No Region

University Connections

University Roles

  • Student