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.


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Jack B Whelchel left a comment for PJ Watson-Morton
"Hello Mr. Watson welcome to the Douglas archives. My name is Jack Buddy Whelchel. My…"
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"Gary, in your earlier post you say you have a trail back to George d.1801, so presume you are…"
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"Cara, This is a rather tenuous link, but I have found Susannah Douglas, born 1741, Chipping Warden.…"
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Northamptonshire Douglas(s)

Started by Susan Morrell in Genealogy. Last reply by Nigel Douglas yesterday. 14 Replies

Im looking for Douglas(s) in Wootton, Northamptonshire.My ancestor Joseph Douglas left there and moved to Bradford, Yorkshire (between 1861 - 1870). Joseph was born in Wootton, Northamptonshire in 1848. His father is Samuel Douglas born 1823,…Continue

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

Started by Tony Gould in Genealogy. Last reply by William Douglas May 5. 6 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

Douglas family Inverness1

Started by Harold Dixon Douglas in Genealogy. Last reply by Monica Cormack ( Nee Douglas ) Mar 17. 18 Replies

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

Robert Douglas 1655-1733

Started by Maggie Crow in Genealogy. Last reply by Russell Lynn Drysdale Mar 16. 21 Replies

I am trying to establish a Scottish Irish link for the parents of the above Robert.  His parents were Robert Douglas and Elizabeth Henderson and they relocated to Ireland around 1665.  Robert the younger was a Lieutenant in William 3rd's army at the…Continue

Blog Posts

A Romance in Real Life - The Isabella Douglas Stories

Posted by William Douglas on May 20, 2015 at 16:15 0 Comments

A recurring theme here in the Douglas Archives is the tale of Isabella Douglas, who married Benjamin Fortner.

Who she was remains a mystery, though there are several theories

Did she run away from a stern father? Did her lover fail to join her on the voyage to America? Was the ship boarded by pirates? Was she sold to the highest bidder?

Are you a descendant of one of her 12 children?

Can anyone throw light on…


Aaron Douglas Paintings Go to the Met and the National Gallery

Posted by William Douglas on May 15, 2015 at 19:27 0 Comments

For many American museums, the Harlem Renaissance painter Aaron Douglas (1898-1979) is an almost Vermeer-like figure, whose shadowy, graphically powerful depictions of African-American themes appear so rarely on the market that when canvases surface, curators pounce. And that is exactly what the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art in Washington did…


William Douglas, Clockmaker

Posted by William Douglas on May 14, 2015 at 14:03 0 Comments

Identifying all the Douglas clock and watchmaker members of the family is still proving a difficult task. Details of results to date can be found here:

There are also some blogs in this community forum.

Most recently, we have been working to identify a William Douglas who was making clocks in the early 19th…


Rob Douglas wins French kitesurfing competition

Posted by William Douglas on May 13, 2015 at 22:30 0 Comments

Rob Douglas of Vineyard Haven defended his 2014 Sosh Cup title and won the 2015 trophy at the Mondial du Vent, a speed-sailing competition held in Leucate, France, between April 18 and 23. Currently the fastest sailor in American history, Mr. Douglas scored three firsts and one second at the Sosh Cup, held on the Mediterranean Sea, with winds averaging between 18 and 28…



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