The Douglas Archives

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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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Colonel John Douglas

Started by Bob Henry in Genealogy. Last reply by Bob Henry 12 hours ago. 7 Replies

Samuel Douglas, former plantation owner in Jamaica, died Charleston, SC, 1799, refers in his will to one of his Executors as, "Colonel John Douglas of one of the Bahamas Islands", and I wonder if anyone may have information on the…Continue

Archibald Douglas b ca 1665 to America 1725-1728

Started by RC Collins in Genealogy. Last reply by RC Collins Dec 9. 8 Replies

I have looked for many years for the ancestors of Archibald Douglas b:ca 1665 in Scotland/d:29 Feb 1728 in Kent Co., Colony of Delaware . Many researchers report he went to America via Ireland after the death of his brother John in the "Scottish…Continue

Can anyone please help with Douglases from Coleraine, or from Bushmills, County Antrim areas Northern ireland?

Started by Sonyya Lorraine Mehrtens in Genealogy Dec 6. 0 Replies

Gt Gt Gt Grandfather James Douglas: his son was Joseph Douglas my Gt Gt Grandfather who m. Margaret Jane Simpson in 1849: their son was William Simpson Douglas my Gt Grandfather who married Mary Jane Fleming in 1893 - I can't seem to find out who…Continue

John Douglas (1752-1832) Master Attendant at HM Naval Dockyards

Started by Tony Gould in Genealogy. Last reply by Tony Gould Nov 13. 3 Replies

Hi. I am looking for some help tracing ancestors of John Douglas (1752-1832). He was Master Attendant at HM Naval Dockyards in Plymouth, Sheerness and Deptford between 1810 and 1830. He died in 1832 in Woolwich, Kent.According to his Will (which I…Continue

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I now have James Douglas b1600's, son John Douglas b 23.1.1708 Aberdeen, m Agnes Donald Born 9.4.1710

Posted by Jackie Stoddard on December 21, 2014 at 1:38 0 Comments

I now have James Douglas b1600's, son John Douglas b  23.1.1708 Aberdeen, m Agnes Donald Born 9.4.1710 in Bourtie Aberdeen, daughter Margaret Douglass married George Tower, dau Margaret Douglas Tower married John Stewart shipmaster Aberdeen; John Stewart probably a son of Bonnie Prince Charlie/ Charles Edward Stuart.
we are descended from the Red Douglas , Earls of Angus , Glenbervie Douglas , any info would be grateful

we are apparently descended from Bonnie Prince Charlie, either John Stewart is his son (no record of parents b abt 1749 (maybe to do with the Lady Primrose taking a child from B PR Charlie) & daughte…

Posted by Jackie Stoddard on December 14, 2014 at 9:04 0 Comments

we are apparently descended from Bonnie Prince Charlie, either John Stewart is his son (no record of parents b abt 1749 (maybe to do with the Lady Primrose taking a child from B PR Charlie) & daughter of John Stewart and Margaret Douglas (Tower) was Margaret Douglas Stewart 1794, probably the Granddaughter of Bonnie Prince Charlie (according to a letter I have)

its complex; theres 3 possible theories I have so far

Has anyone seen a John Douglas abt 1720 m. Agnes Donald  abt…

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Cavers Castle on the market - again

Posted by William Douglas on December 3, 2014 at 16:00 0 Comments

Cavers Castle is steeped in history and was most recently the seat of the Douglas family for over 300 years. In its day, the castle was a grand 64 room family residence sitting in grounds in excess of 100,000 acres.

Today, the castle sits in the centre of the approx 10 acre grounds. The grounds contain a…

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Pittendreich Doocot - a building at risk

Posted by William Douglas on November 28, 2014 at 13:00 0 Comments

This GradeA listed doocot forms part of the former  Pittendreich estate, once the property of the Douglases of Pittendreich, located at Easter Pittendreich Farm, Elgin, in Scotland. 

Probably written circa 1900: No trace of these Douglases now exists. The old trees probably define the spot where the mansion of the…

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