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 168367 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.

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Coat of arms from 1654 Blaeu map of Nithsdale

Is this the coat of arms of Lord Archibald Douglas, 3rd Marquess of Douglas later 1st Duke of…
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Douglas Willan Family

Started by Bridget Andrea Louise Fox in Genealogy. Last reply by William Douglas on Wednesday. 10 Replies

I am interested in this branch of my family.  My maiden name was Willan and my grandfather was Robert Hugh Willan, one of 4 children of Frank Willan of Hampshire and Louisa Willan Nee Douglas.Continue

Colonel Edward Douglas born Dec 1590 in Scotland his ancestry

Started by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. in Genealogy. Last reply by Russell Lynn Drysdale Sep 29. 14 Replies

married widow Isabel Dale sister to Sir Thomas Dale, royal governor of Virginia. Isabel was born in Middlesex County, England. Edward Douglas was born in Scotland 14 Dec 1590 and died in Northampton County, Virginia 2 Nov 1657. Upon the death of…Continue

Where does the Douglas sept of 'Douglass' originate

Started by Daryl John Douglass in Heraldry. Last reply by William Douglas Aug 22. 5 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

Samuel Douglas(s) b.Scotland 1699 d.New Hampshire 1793 Searching for father

Started by Bernadine Joy Douglass in Genealogy. Last reply by Ian Douglass Aug 22. 3 Replies

I am Looking for the father of:Samuel Douglas b.1699 Burnhouses Auchingramont Hamilton, Aberdeenshire, Scotlandd.1793 Littleton NHmarried in Scotland Hepzibah Richardson b.1701 d. ?Immigrated 1730 from Scotland to MA, then NH with his children and…Continue

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Terri triumphs at Inverness

Posted by William Douglas on October 17, 2014 at 10:50 0 Comments

Congratulations to Terri Douglas Ventress, a senior design engineer at Oklahoma State University, captured her third consecutive Masters World Championships at the 2014 Highland Games in Inverness, Scotland. Ventress is the only one in the world to simultaneously hold all the Highland Games World Records in her…


New Zealand - Unclaimed money

Posted by William Douglas on October 16, 2014 at 18:42 0 Comments

Douglas, C S $937.97
Douglas, Dorothy Angela $349.45
Douglas, Ian $116.00
Douglas, J F Mr $506.51
Douglas, J G $1,350.00
Douglas, Joyce Alice $102.35
Douglas, Maureen Anne $984.64
Douglas, N L $1,589.48
Douglas, Stephanie Diane $155.95

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Watts, alias Douglas - WW1 casualty

Posted by William Douglas on October 9, 2014 at 19:30 0 Comments

  I am considering how best to commemorate the fallen from the First World War, and was looking at the scale of the project. The first name that I came across was Rifleman John Sholto Douglas Douglas, who was listed as Alias Watts.  Intrigued, I tried to find out more about him.

15881 Rifleman John Sholto Douglas Douglas died in France on 6th October 1918 and is 'Remembered with Honour' in the Grevillers British Cemetery.

Born John Sholto Douglas Watts, in France,…


Former Douglas property on the market

Posted by William Douglas on October 9, 2014 at 16:30 0 Comments

Orchardton House was built in about 1761 by Robert Maxwell. He married a McLellan of Kirkcudbright Castle and it is alleged that the roof timbers from the castle were used in the construction of the new mansion at Orchardton. In 1785, the estate came into the possession of James Douglas, brother of William, founder of Castle Douglas. The house was substantially embellished…



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