Authorised form of nameDouglas; James (1675 - 1742); physician
Dates1675 - 1742
Place of birthBaads, Scotland
Date of birth21 March 1675
Place of deathRed Lion Square, London
Date of death02 April 1742
Dates and placesBurial:
Church of St Andrew, Holborn, London
Research fieldMedicine
Natural history
Edinburgh; MA (1694); Rheims; MD (1699)
Settled in London (c1700); practised dissection and midwifery; Physician to the Queen; William Hunter (FRS 1767) became his pupil (1741); Douglas's manuscripts are now in the Hunterian Library of Glasgow University
Hon FRCP (1721)
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election20/11/1706
Royal Society activityRoyal Society roles:
Council: 1714-1715, 1717-1718, 1720, 1724, 1726-1728
Croonian 1741 and 1742
RelationshipsSon of William Douglas of Baads, near Edinburgh, and his wife, Joan Mason; married Martha Wilkes; brother of Walter Douglas (FRS 1711), of John Douglas (FRS 1720) and of George Douglas (FRS 1733)
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB; Thomas
Birth date from DSB
'Gentleman's Magazine' 1742, p218
P Fontes da Costa, 'The Culture of Curiosity at The Royal Society in the first half of the eighteenth century', NR 2002 vo l56 pp 147-166
Proposed by Sir Hans Sloane
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA5719
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
L&P/1/100Paper, 'A description of the human bladder' by William Douglas to Cromwell Mortimer[1742]
RBO/13/33'Some Account of the Spanish Scorpion' by Dr James Douglas1728
LBO/18/118Copy letter from John Dobyns, Snow Hiull, to James Douglas2 February 1725/1726
MS/390/116Bond of James Douglas to the Treasurer of the Royal Society22 January 1706
L&P/1/69Paper, 'Of certain muscles...and the Eustachian tube' by James Douglas[1741]
CLP/22ii/27Paper, 'Treatise on the operation for bladder stones' by J D [James Douglas][1728]
CLP/22i/67Paper, Account of James Douglas' book 'De Aure Humana Tractatus... [A treaty concerning human ears...]' by A Valsalva[1705]
CLP/10i/47Observations, 'Wild valerian' by Dr Douglass [James Douglas?][1722]
RBO/12/66'Some Account of Doctor James Douglas's Osteologiae universalis pars prima'1725
CLP/10ii/10Paper, 'A short account of the different kinds of ipecacuanha by Dr [James] Douglass [Douglas][1728]
CLP/11i/51Paper, 'Chimical analysis of the Cortex eleutheuria' by John Brown [Browne][1722]
CLP/10i/44Paper, 'The description of virtues and use of a certain bark called in French du chacuil and in Latin cortex elatherii done into English from the memoires of the Royal Academy of Sciences: with some observations relating to its history and a comparison between it and the cortex thuris' by Dr Douglass [James Douglas]8 February 1722
CLP/10ii/9Paper, 'An account of the culture and management of saffron in England' by Dr James Douglas[1728]
CLP/10ii/1/2Plate, diagram of crocus autumnalis sativus by unknown artist[1723]
CLP/12i/70Paper, 'The dissection of a gentleman who dyed of an ulcer in the right kidney' by J [James] Douglas24 January 1711
CLP/10ii/1/1Manuscript, 'A botanical description of the flower and seed-vessel of the crocus autumnalis sativus, that produces the true English safron [saffron] of the shops: with a figure' by Dr James Douglas[1723]
CLP/12ii/29Paper, 'Osteologiae universalis' by Ja [James] Douglas21 March 1726
CLP/15ii/10Paper, 'Some account of the Spanish scorpion' by James Douglas 1728
CLP/12ii/22Paper, 'Of the membrana urinaria in a human placenta' by J D [James Douglas]10 February [1725?]
CLP/10ii/1Paper, 'A botanical description of the flower and seed-vessel of the crocus autumnalis sativus, that produces the true English safron [saffron] of the shops: with a figure' by Dr James Douglas[1723]
CLP/10ii/4Paper, 'The change of the root in the crocus autumno vivens' by James Douglas25 March 1724
CLP/22ii/58Paper, Account of John Douglas' book 'Mortifications, and of the surprising effect of the bark in putting a stop to their progress etc' by James Douglas18th century
RBO/11/100'Botanical Description of the flower and Seed Vessel of the Plant call'd Crocus Autumnalis Sativus that produces the true English Saffron of the Shops with a Figure' by James Douglas1723
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