The Douglas Archives

A collection of historical and genalogical records

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The Douglas Archives is a mix of historical records and biographies and also a genealogy database with details of 182,381 individuals.

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The more information you give about your ancestors, the greater the chance that others might see someone they recognise and tie in to your tree. Dates and places definitely help!

Welcome to the Douglas Archives Network

The first Douglas to stride across the stage of Scottish history was Sir William Douglas who fought and died for William Wallace. His son, Sir James Douglas was a supporter and lifelong friend of Robert the Bruce. "Good Sir James" died taking Bruce's heart on a crusade to the Holy Land. The 2nd Earl of Douglas died at the Battle of Otterburn in 1388 as his army defeated an English force led by Prince Henry "Hotspur". In 1402 the 4th Earl was defeated by the same Henry Hotspur at the Battle of Homildon Hill.

Few of their successors died in their beds! Our website charts the history of this famous family, both in its native Scotland, and as family members spread across the world.

The main site is divided into two sections: Douglas history and Douglas genealogy.  These have been joined by the Douglas Clan Gathering section.


In this networking area, we hope that all those with Douglas connections will feel able to contribute and debate their Douglas heritage.

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Mark Stephen Elliott replied to Daryl John Douglass's discussion Where does the Douglas sept of 'Douglass' originate
"One can just began to imagine how may variation so name spellings I found for my name…"
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John Charles (convict) Douglas

John and Hannah had 12 children, lm a family historian of some 35 yr, l only do data. l saw original post from William and lm still wrking on going bckwrds as well as up dating2 current day as a living tree.With 12 children it is classed as a small…See More
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Australian immigrants

We are looking for the ancestry of early immigrants to Australia.
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William Douglas left a comment for Sue Burville
"Welcome to our group, Sue There is a note about John Charles Douglas here: http://douglashistory.ning.com/group/australianimmigrants Yours aye, William"
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Where does the Douglas sept of 'Douglass' originate

Started by Daryl John Douglass in Heraldry. Last reply by Mark Stephen Elliott 6 hours ago. 26 Replies

For many years as a youngster, we were told that there was a tradition of adding or subtracting letters from a name when a child was born 'on the wrong side of the blanket'. I have yet to discover the significance of the second 'S' in my surname.…Continue

Douglases fighting for the Axis Powers and Russia

Started by Christopher Morales Douglas in History yesterday. 0 Replies

Several Douglas families had settled in what would become Germany and Russia before World War 1 and World War 2. Some of these families are Douglas of Arkland and the descendants of Count Robert Douglas of Sweden. I was wondering if anyone had heard…Continue

Looking for information on a Robert Douglas White(Douglas) born in Hull United Kingdom 23/1/49

Started by Levi Ravenswood in Gatherings and reunions. Last reply by Levi Ravenswood on Monday. 3 Replies

Looking for information of A (Robert Douglas White, )born in 1949 Hull UK.born the 23 January 1949 Hull United Kingdom father from Scotland gladcow , died aged 50 as suggested.2 brothers only one in Canada the other in the UK, no sister.previous…Continue

Cavers is for sale;

Started by Mark Stephen Elliott in History Dec 31, 2017. 0 Replies

"LESS THAN ONE HOUR AND A HALF'S DRIVE FROM EDINBURGH, THIS FANTASTIC SCOTTISH CASTLE SET IN 10 ACRES IS AWAITING ITS RESTORATION. A once magnificent Scottish Castle in private grounds of circa 10 acres and in need of complete restoration.Situated…Continue

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Martha Senior

Posted by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on January 13, 2018 at 17:16 0 Comments

I suggest that Martha went to live in Accomack County with Gertrude. This made it appropriate for her to correspond with Judge Lee. It appears that Martha and her parents were strainied in their relationship. Gertrude was the widow of Henry Hermanson and, if my memory serves me correctly, a daughter of none other than Edmund Bowman, cousin of Lt. Colonel Edward Douglas.  John Senior and Martha Willett had two daughters and they were mentioned in his will. I descend from Mary Senior and will…

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Willett and Senior Families

Posted by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on January 13, 2018 at 17:04 0 Comments

I have mentioned that George Douglas of Accomack County had two sons, namely Arthur and James. Neither son had male children. When I addressed the Willett-Senior families I was not thinking clearly. I had two problems-one, I was trying to present the Senior family from the down up. This never works well for me. I shall go to the head of this constellation of families and work down. The head shall be Ensign Thomas Savage. The second problem relates to Martha Willett. I had found a reference…

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Captain William Willett

Posted by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on January 1, 2018 at 17:27 0 Comments

Captain William Willett and his wife, Ann Stringer, had a son named Thomas Willett. Thomas might have been named for a Willett. He might, also, have been named for one of his family in Scotland. Not all, but much of this is speculation on my part.

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The more information you can give about the people you mention, the more chance there is of someone else connecting with your family.

Dates and places of births, deaths and marriages all help to place families.

Professions also help.

'My great-grandmother mother was a Douglas from Montrose' does not give many clues to follow up! But a bit of flesh on the bones makes further research possible. But if we are told who she married, what his profession was and where the children were baptised, then we can get to work.

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