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Lt Col Sir Neil Douglas CB

Waterloo 200

of 1st. Battalion, 79th Regiment of Foot (Cameron Highlanders)

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Submitted by: Kit Pemberton

Date added: 26 Jan 2015

Lt.Col. Sir Neil Douglas (later Lt. General, KCB, KCH) was my great-great-great-grandfather. His grand-daughter, Hamilton Douglas,married, in 1855 a Glasgow banker, Thomas Dunlop Findlay. Their youngest son, George Douglas Findlay,was my grandfather.

Neil Douglas had served with the Cameron Highlanders (79th) at the Siege of Copenhagen, in Sweden, on the Walcheren expedition and throughout the Peninsular War, for which he had received the Gold Cross for the Pyrenees, Nivelle, Nive and Toulouse – also the silver war medal for Corunna and Busacco He commanded the Camerons at the Battle of Waterloo, though wounded in the knee at Quatre Bras. He died in September1853.

His son, another Lt.Gen.Sir Neil Douglas, commanded the Cameron Highlanders in the Crimea, and became GOC Scotland (or North Britain as it was known) and the medals of both father and son are in the Cameron Museum at Fort George. The portrait of the Waterloo Douglas is the central picture in the museum.

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