2nd duke of Queensberry, James Douglas

(1662—1711) politician

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Douglas (Drumlanrig until he succeeded in 1695) was one of the first to join William at the Revolution, was a gentleman of the bedchamber 1689–1702, lord privy seal [S] 1696–1702, and received the Garter in 1701. As commissioner to the Scottish Parliament, Queensberry played a crucial role in carrying the Union in Anne's reign. Handsomely rewarded, he was granted a large pension, served 1707–8 as a representative peer, and in 1708 was created duke of Dover in the British peerage. From 1709 he was in charge of Scottish affairs but died early.

Subjects: British History.

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