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 182,381 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.

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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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Unicorn Lecture - New York, April 23 at American Irish Historical Society

April 23, 2018 from 6pm to 8pm
Anyone in the New York City area might enjoy a special evening celebrating the National Animal of Scotland (the unicorn): Features a lecture from top curator at the Met Cloisters who specializes in unicorns, a harp recital and whisky tasting -…See More
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William Douglas left a comment for Charles Knapp Douglass
"I am researching Allan Wilkins Douglass who was killed in France in 1918, and found this: Allan Wilkins Douglass was born September 25, 1895, in Plainfield, N. J., the son of Edwin Thomas and Ednah (Wilkins) Douglass. His father has for many years…"
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William Douglas commented on William Douglas's group Douglas families in Ireland
"Re: Lt. Douglas at Derry: When they saw the enemy make an approach towards the city, they would run out with ten or twelve men and skirmish a while with them. When the besieged, who watched them closely from the walls, saw them too closely engaged,…"
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Douglas family Inverness1

Started by Harold Dixon Douglas in Genealogy. Last reply by Moira Hodges Mar 7. 21 Replies

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

Cavers is for sale;

Started by Mark Stephen Elliott in History. Last reply by Mark Stephen Elliott Feb 28. 4 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


Where does the Douglas sept of 'Douglass' originate

Started by Daryl John Douglass in Heraldry. Last reply by Mark Stephen Elliott Jan 20. 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 Jan 19. 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

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Thomas Nottingham, son of Jacob Nottingham, will 1747

Posted by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on February 28, 2018 at 20:45 0 Comments

Thomas Nottingham wrote his will 10 July 1797 Wills, etc., #30, 1795-1798, page 302, Northampton County, to loving wife Scarburgh, to grandson, William Nottingham, to granddaughter, Sally Nottingham. to my three grandsons, Samuel, John, and William Williams, son of John Williams and Edith Williams. to son, Jacob Nottingham, to son, William, to Ann Wilson

Residual Legatees Margaret Willis, John Brickhouse My son, William Notttingham and Robert (Robin) Brickhouse.



Robert Bell, son of Thomas Bell

Posted by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on February 28, 2018 at 20:00 0 Comments

I gave this line several years ago. Robert Bell was son of Thomas Bell and Mary Senior. He died, intestate in 1795 in Northampton County. Robert and Mary Jarvis (daughter of William Jarvis,Sr. and Ann Goffigon) Ann Goffigon was the daughter of James Goffigon and Leah Willett. Robert Bell and Robert Bell and May Jarvis had five children. One of the five was Betsey Bell who married Severn Evans Nottingham. Severn Evans Nottingham was the father of Elizabeth Ann Nottingham who married Captain…


Children of Thomas Bell and Mary Senior

Posted by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on February 12, 2018 at 16:33 0 Comments

Robert Bell was the eldest son of Thomas and Mary Bell. This line I shall pursue as I descend down it through three lines. The youngest child of Thomas Bell and Mary Senior was Ann 'Nancy' Senior Bell (Please note that Nancy was given the middle name of Senior.) Nancy married Thomas Jarvis, son of William Jarvis, Sr. and Ann Goffigon, daughter of James Goffigon This couple was married 28 Sept 1789 in Northampton Co. As this is a line that descends from Capt William Willett I mention it but…



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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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