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.

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


Latest Activity

Karen Fritz Rowe Fine and Mr. Austin Brendan are now friends
30 minutes ago
Phillip Douglas left a comment for Mr. Austin Brendan
"This is person is a scam artist.  He sent me a long story about lost millions being inherited and having money that needs to be invested in this country. I would avoid further contact with this person."
13 hours ago
Sarah Threapleton left a comment for Mr. Austin Brendan
"Hello. Like the others who have commented here, I have been contacted by you. I would be surprised if you have something to discuss that is relevant to us all - please tell us what this is ... "
16 hours ago
Phillip Douglas left a comment for Mr. Austin Brendan
"I am also wondering if you are selling something.  And will not be happy if this is true. Please place some information about who you are interested in, where they lived and when.  In your profile."
19 hours ago


DOUGLAS of Cavan Ireland

Started by James Williams in Genealogy. Last reply by William Douglas May 19. 1 Reply

My Great Great Grandmother was Jane or Jean DOUGLAS b1813.I found Jane in Whitehaven, Cumberland England where, in 1835 she married Thomas BENNET(T).  Jane had a brother, John DOUGLAS, who settled in Liverpool.  Jane was kind enough to visit her…Continue

Tags: cumbria, bennett, cumberland, liverpool, lancashire

Dorothy Kathleen Douglas

Started by Jenny Biehl in Genealogy. Last reply by William Douglas May 3. 1 Reply

HiI'm currently researching my family tree on my dads side. I didn't know a lot about my grandparents and would like to know more.Dorothy Kathleen Douglas born 13 March 1900 died 24 Dec 1984Married to Maurice Ian Keir Scott and lived in New…Continue

Robert Francis Douglas B 19/2/1900 - D ? -Looking for Death Certificate

Started by Robert John Douglas in Genealogy. Last reply by William Douglas Apr 29. 1 Reply

Robert Francis (Uncle Bob), son of John and Jessie Douglas nee Hodgson of St Helens,Lancashire.He was in the English Navy service number J49597 19/2/1918R.F.D.took assisted passage to Canada aboard the Canadian Pacific's "Montroyal" which departed…Continue

Douglas Septs

Started by William Douglas in Genealogy. Last reply by William Douglas Apr 25. 9 Replies

A Sept is a family name which can be related to a clan or a larger family for various reasons - either by marriage or seeking protection from a larger or a more powerful clan or family. Many recorded Sept names have since become clans in their own…Continue

Tags: sept, clan

Blog Posts

The arrest and release of David Douglas

Posted by William Douglas on May 21, 2016 at 20:00 0 Comments

Lord Donegall, who had huge estates in Country Antrim, was very short of money and was forced to raise rents and impose fines to increase his capital. The tenants were unable to afford these prices and only the better off merchants in Belfast could raise the money.

The existing tenants responded by houghing or maiming the cattle of the new tenants. In December 1770 one of the perpetrators, David Douglas, was taken and imprisoned in the Belfast barracks. The tenants held a meeting in…



Posted by William Douglas on May 16, 2016 at 9:29 0 Comments


In the Dynamite Explosion at Oliver’s Mills – Two Girls Hurt—Narrow Escapes

With a roar that could be heard for miles, the nitroglycerine building of the dynamite department of the Oliver Powder Mills at Laurel Run, on the Wilkes-Barre Mountain, [Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA] exploded yesterday [4th August 1904] afternoon at 1:25 o’clock, killing one man and injuring two girls. So great was the concussion that windows and doors in all parts of Wilkes-Barre…


Where are the gold sovereigns? And who was Lilian?

Posted by William Douglas on May 11, 2016 at 11:35 0 Comments

I have received an inquiry from someone who grew up with a story told to her by her grandmother about her great grandmother who's name was Lilian Douglas. She said she was a Lady she was disinherited by her father for marrying beneath her but was sent 2 gold sovereigns, weekly or monthly. She ended up with a chestful as she wouldn't touch the money. On her deathbed this was taken from her house. Does anyone know of any disinherited Lady Lilian?

There then followed some nonsense about…


John Douglas in New Zealand

Posted by William Douglas on April 27, 2016 at 13:58 0 Comments

Can anyone in New Zealand help with this?
John Ross c1860


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