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 184,000 individuals.

Searching the Douglas Archives

Looking for a Douglas ancestor in the Douglas Archives requires two searches - one in the history section, and another in the genealogy section.

There is a way around this, by using Google (and other search engines) site search facilities.

We can see succesful outcomes of Google searches, but not the unsuccesful ones.

If you cannot find what you are looking for, please ask the question through the Comunity Network - or just drop us a line.


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To reduce the volume of fraudulent sign ups, I am making the process more difficult. I apologise to genuine prospective members.  

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.

If you are new to the site, please visit our Welcome message.


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"Will please would you approve Mark Stephen Elliott to the DNA group I can't seam to do it from the link < thanks < will be interesting to compare DNA with Him , as I get a lot of Elliot surname coming up in DNA matches , and matybe irs a…"
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Moses Douglas and Catherine Marsden

Started by Sharon Fraser in Genealogy Feb 6. 0 Replies

Hello!I am hoping to prove/disprove a long time family tale. It was always passed down that we were descended from the Black Douglas Clan. The Couple listed in my title of my post are my 6th Great grandparents. I seem to be stuck there at the…Continue

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Head of the House of Douglas

Started by William Douglas in General. Last reply by Russell Lynn Drysdale Jan 4. 26 Replies

The revival of interest in Scottish ancestry over the last 50 years has encouraged many clans and families, who had not previously done so, to look for a leader. For many clans this has involved searching for the person most directly descended from…Continue

Tags: lyon, morton, hamilton, chief, clan

the inquisitive party

Started by Russell Lynn Drysdale in General. Last reply by Russell Lynn Drysdale Nov 17, 2018. 3 Replies

A choice encounter with a very inquisitive party who contacted me  nearly begging me to  volunteer my time in searching for a long lost Great~grandfather~So & So ,  [ who I located ] , despite the language barrier .So  without a shred of…Continue

Douglas from Yarm, Yorkshire

Started by William Douglas in Genealogy. Last reply by William Douglas Nov 16, 2018. 6 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

Tags: Cavers, Yorkshire, Yarm

Blog Posts

On this day in 1856

Posted by William Douglas on January 29, 2019 at 18:48 0 Comments

On the 29th January in 1856, the Victoria Cross was instituted by H.M. Queen Victoria. The medal is the highest award for bravery that a British and Commonwealth serviceman can be presented. At the time of its institution it was written that the…


Charlie Douglas (abt 1933-2011), born Doug China, radio presenter.

Posted by William Douglas on January 4, 2019 at 23:30 0 Comments

Contributed by Ben Moses (Pictured):  In 1964 Charlie Douglas was still working under his real name, Doug China, and was in management or sales at WINZ Radio in Miami when I started to work there as a part time DJ. I was in the Army at the…


New Years Honours 2019

Posted by William Douglas on December 30, 2018 at 16:00 0 Comments

Our congratulations go to:

• Susan DOUGLAS-SCOTT Chair, Independent Living Fund Scotland,  who was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to Human Rights, Disability and LGBT Issues. (Prestwick, Ayrshire and Arran)

• David DOUGLAS, who was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire, for public and political service 

Douglas of Angus were not in charge of Hermitage at time of Mary Queen of Scots.

Posted by Mark Stephen Elliott on December 26, 2018 at 3:25 1 Comment

But can't you Douglas help defend it from encroachment of industrialization by wind turbines, since you were overseeing it as Earls of Angus?


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Making conections

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.

Maybe it is time to update the information in your profile?




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