Keith Castellain Douglas was born on January 24, 1920, in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, United Kingdom. He was a son of Keith Sholto Douglas, a captain and the Military Cross recipient, and Marie Josephine Castellain.
Douglas’s mother suffered from encephalitis lethargica, and when the boy was six his father left the family. It hurt Keith who disagreed to meet his father after.
Douglas demonstrated his writing skills and passion for art at an early age. The first poetry collection was done by his teens. He loved drawing and often made sketches.