ROBERT DOUGLASwas born 05 Mar 1883 in Fairlie, to parents Peter, an
agricultural labourer and Ann McDonald (who married in
Strachur on 17 Dec 1868). He died of pneumonia on 28 Dec 1937 at home at Kelburn Lodge, Fairlie (aged 54, married,
gardener, informant brother Duncan).
He married Johanna Jobling on 14
Sep 1911 at Penicuik (aged 28, gardener dom.
ser., of North Lodge, Kelburn, wit. brother Duncan)
In the 1891 Census, Robert, aged 8, is living Kelburn
N. Lodge, Fairlie, with parents Peter (54, b.
Strachlachlan, Argyll, forester) and Ann (47, b. Strachur, Argyll), and siblings
Peter (16, law apprentice),
Archibald (14, grocer's app),
and Duncan (3)
the 1901 Census, he is aged 18, living Kelburne North Lodge, Fairlie with
parents Peter (64, gardener's labourer)
and Anne (55) and brother Duncan (13)
the 1911 Census, aged 28 and a gardener, he is head of household at Kelburn
North Lodge, Fairlie with brother Duncan (23, gardener).
In the Valuation Rolls from 1912 to
1915, Robert Douglas is under gardener/inhabitant at North Lodge, Kelburn. In the 1920 Valuation Roll, he is
forester/inhabitant at North Lodge
He enlisted on 4 Nov 1915 at Ayr (aged 32, clerk, of North Lodge, Kelburn, nok wife Johanna, North Lodge, Kelburn, Fairlie), and was posted to Aldershot on 5 Nov 1915. From 15 Jul
1919 he agreed to defer demobilization a number of times before being
demobilized on 28 May 1920. His pension
record includes a disability award for chronic bronchitis. No medal index card was found.
Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-
20 January 1917 We
congratulate Corporal Robert Douglas, A.S.C., on his promotion to the rank of
5 January 1918 Several
of our soldier lads were on leave last weekend.
Amongst them we noticed Sgt. Robert Douglas, Sgt. J. Lockhart, Corp.
Stuart McAulay, Gunner Frank Ward, Signaller David Lyme (RNVR). They are all looking very fit.