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A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

Author: Lord James Edward Sholto Douglas

Author: Lord James Edward Sholto Douglas (1855–1891)

Biography: Lord James Edward Sholto Douglas was born in 1855, the youngest son of Archibald William Douglas, 8th Marquess of Queensberry (d. 1858). His older sister was the novelist Lady Gertrude Douglas and his twin was the novelist Lady Florence Dixie to whom he was deeply attached. Douglas served in the West Kent Militia. Perhaps in imitation of his sister Lady Gertrude, he turned to fiction, producing three unremarkable novels in the early 1880s. Thereafter, his behavior became erratic, leading to depression, drinking, and several embarrassing incidents involving a young woman. In 1888, he married Martha Lucy Hennessy but the marriage quickly fell apart. (She would later become a noted racehorse breeder.) A few years later he committed suicide in a hotel. Through his elder brother the 9th Marquess of Queensberry, Douglas was the uncle of Lord Alfred Douglas.

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References: Burke; Times (6 May 1891, 7 May 1891)

Fiction Titles:

  1. Royal Angus: A Novel.  2 vol.  London: Bentley, 1882.
  2. Estcourt: A Novel.  2 vol.  London: Bentley, 1883.
  3. Queen Mab: A Novel.  2 vol.  London: Bentley, 1884.