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William Douglass ( -1898) of Douglass Brothers
possibly William James Douglass
1898 Obituary 
WILLIAM DOUGLASS, of the Globe Ironworks, Blaydon, died on May 23, 1898, as the result of an accident.
He started the Globe Ironworks in company with his brothers.
He was one of the founders of the Blaydon Mechanics' Institute and of the Blaydon Co-operative Store, and one of the earliest promoters and members of the Blaydon Local Board. For a great many years he has served as Poor Law Guardian for Stella, and for more than half a century he took a foremost place in all the public life of the district.
He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1894.