Robert Shout Douglas

Robert Shout Douglas (1839 – 1888) born in Sunderland the son of Martin Douglas (1803 – 1878) and Eliza Mordey (1804 – 1880), she was the daughter of Jane Mordey nee Shout (1772 – 1847).  In the 1861 census he was living at home with his parents and sister. He is shown as a ropemaker so was presumably working in his father’s business.In 1865 he  married Jane Eliza Adams of Felton Northumberland. Her family were the local landed gentry residing at Acton Hall.

dscf0013He is recorded on the family memorial in the churchyard of St Michaels Felton.

I am intrigued how a ropemaker in Sunderland met and married the daughter of a landowner half way up Northumberland. After the death of Jane’s father, Robert became the owner of the estate, and appears in a number of newspaper references – not always for the best reason!morpeth-herald-9jul1887