Alick Douglas

Life
[?-1961]; [or Aleck; pseud. of A. D. Sutherland]; arrived in N. Ireland from Glasgow on the passenger ferry Hazel at Coleraine harbour with 2/6s.; took employment with K & D Baxter (Coleraine); later worked as painter-decorator and est. own business; issued two novels, neither successful; appt. Chairman of the Coleraine Building Society; Borough Councillor and figure; in 1914 he produced a series of paintings of the Ulster Volunteers crossing the Bann Bridge, presented gave to the Borough shortly before his death and since been neglected; author of Murder Hole Road (1939), and An Irish Girl’s Obsession (1948), novels. IF2

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References
Desmond Clarke, Ireland in Fiction: A Guide to Irish Novels, Tales, Romances and Folklore [Pt. 2] (Cork: Royal Carbery 1985), lists Murder Hole Road (London: Stockwell 1939) [a gypsy and onion dealer hanged for the murder of Lord Colrigg, though the malefactors are Colrigg’s br. Spencer and his servant Tosh, who later murders Lady Diane; Spencer stabs himself, and Tosh flees to live in Portrush as a pretended hermit; set in Coleraine]; also An Irish Girl’s Obsession (Ballycastle: Scarlett 1948) [goes to London, imprisoned for blackmail of her seducee, having been a chorus girl and a parlour-maid; a Gaiety girl in NY, she marries rich husband, connives to seduce and wreck another business man, divorces, and returns to Ireland to live in obscurity]; set in period 1850-1910.

University of Ulster Library, Morris Collection holds Murder Hole Road (1939).

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Notes
Biographical information in this record supplied by Speedy Moore (Coleraine Chronicle).

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