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