The Douglas Archives

A collection of historical and genalogical records


The Douglas Archives is a mix of historical records and biographies and also a genealogy database with details of 169543 individuals.

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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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Northamptonshire Douglas(s)

Started by Susan Morrell in Genealogy. Last reply by Cara Douglas Apr 13. 11 Replies

Im looking for Douglas(s) in Wootton, Northamptonshire.My ancestor Joseph Douglas left there and moved to Bradford, Yorkshire (between 1861 - 1870). Joseph was born in Wootton, Northamptonshire in 1848. His father is Samuel Douglas born 1823,…Continue

Douglas family Inverness1

Started by Harold Dixon Douglas in Genealogy. Last reply by Monica Cormack ( Nee Douglas ) Mar 17. 18 Replies

I was brought up in the highland orphanage Inverness now closed,is there anybody out there know of this place  Continue

Robert Douglas 1655-1733

Started by Maggie Crow in Genealogy. Last reply by Russell Lynn Drysdale Mar 16. 21 Replies

I am trying to establish a Scottish Irish link for the parents of the above Robert.  His parents were Robert Douglas and Elizabeth Henderson and they relocated to Ireland around 1665.  Robert the younger was a Lieutenant in William 3rd's army at the…Continue

Douglas from Yarm, Yorkshire

Started by William Douglas in Genealogy. Last reply by William Douglas Feb 19. 5 Replies

I have received the following request for information:My paternal grandmother was a Douglass who's family came from Loughborough, Leicestershire (James). We think that family was previously in Halifax (John) and before that in Yarm (THomas) in…Continue

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William Douglass of Virginia

Posted by William Douglas on April 22, 2015 at 23:30 1 Comment

I am attempting to identify William Douglass.  He is described as a Scotchman, and the nephew of Francis Jerdone, He married Mary, daughter of William Christian and Susan Browne.

Virginia Gazette and Weekly Advertiser (Nicolson),

Richmond, January 11, 1787.

Ten Guineas Reward. RUNAWAY from Providence Forge in New Kent county JIM or JAMES, a light coloured mulatto, a blacksmith by trade, about 5 feet 7 or 8 inches high, bow legged, a likely well made fellow, has lost…


Regency in sixteenth-century Scotland

Posted by William Douglas on April 22, 2015 at 16:54 3 Comments

Political historian Dr Amy Blakeway explores the dangers and challenges facing those who acted as regent during the minority of a king or queen in sixteenth-century Scotland.

When we think of the sixteenth century, most of us immediately remember the famous monarchs who ruled throughout Europe: in Scotland, the Stewarts, and, further afield, their English cousins the Tudors and French relations the Valois.

The reality was somewhat different. For fifty years of the sixteenth…


Elijah Douglas wins three individual events

Posted by William Douglas on April 19, 2015 at 19:42 1 Comment

Congratulation to Elijah Douglas, who took firsts in the long jump (22 feet, 2.75 inches), 110-meter hurdles (14.61 seconds) and 300 hurdles (39.07), where he edged Lockport's Jake Porter (39.12) in Chicago at the weekend.


Information on Great Grandfather and Grandmother

Posted by Sherri Beardsley on April 17, 2015 at 23:44 0 Comments

Great Grandfather SERVED IN CIVIL WAR


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