James Douglas, 14th Earl of Morton

James Douglas, 14th Earl of Morton KT PRS (1702 – 12 October 1768) was a Scottish astronomer and representative peer who was President of the Philosophical Society of Edinburgh from its foundation in 1737 until his death.[1] He also became President of the Royal Society (24 March 1764), and was a distinguished patron of science, and particularly of astronomy.

James Douglas, 14th Earl of Morton, portrait with his family by Jeremiah Davison, 1740

He graduated MA from King's College, Cambridge in 1722.[2][3] In 1746 he visited France, and was imprisoned in the Bastille, probably as a Jacobite.[4]

See also


  1. Emerson, Roger L. (1985). "The Philosophical Society of Edinburgh 1768–1783". The British Journal for the History of Science. Cambridge University Press. 18 (3): 255. doi:10.1017/s0007087400022391.
  2. Anita Guerrini, 'Douglas, James, fourteenth earl of Morton (1702–1768)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, Oct 2005. Retrieved 26 August 2008. So also the original DNB
  3. "Douglas, James (DGLS720J)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  4.  "Douglas, James (1702-1768)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
Masonic offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Kintore
Grand Master of the
Grand Lodge of Scotland

1739 1740
Succeeded by
The Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne
Grand Master of the
Premier Grand Lodge of England

1741 1742
Succeeded by
The Lord Ward
Political offices
Preceded by
Alexander Hume Campbell
Lord Clerk Register
1760 1768
Succeeded by
Lord Frederick Campbell
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
George Douglas

Earl of Morton

1738 1768
Succeeded by
Sholto Douglas

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