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.

There is a way around this, by using Google (and other search engines) site search facilities.

We can see succesful outcomes of Google searches, but not the unsuccesful ones.

If you cannot find what you are looking for, please ask the question through the Comunity Network - or just drop us a line.


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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.


Latest Activity

William Douglas left a comment for Alexander Douglas
"Welcome to our community, Alexander. I have had a quick root around for your ancestors, but have, so far, not located them. I live not far from Stirling Castle, home of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, but family searches there are quite…"
Alexander Douglas is now a member of The Douglas Archives
Daryl John Douglass commented on Andrew Douglas's photo

Clan Douglas Australia Coat of Arms.

"Looks like a pretty good Coat of Arms, except that the rising sun in the Austalian Army are actually bayonets. Could be a good addition Cheers"
William Douglas left a comment for Jane Bevan
"Welcome to our group, Jane. Richard Douglass, born 1779 is indeed one of our 'brick walls', but I am hopeful that one day we get that important breakthrough. Yours aye, William"


Caledonia Douglas's Nova Scotia

Started by Connor Douglas in Genealogy. Last reply by William Douglas Sep 6. 2 Replies

Hi everyone thanks for letting me join,My family is the Douglas's of Caledonia, Queens county Nova Scotia , Canada my family lived there up until my dad when his mother was sick all the time with polio and arthritis and pretty much everything else…Continue

Tags: Canada, Branch, genealogy., Caledonia, Douglas

Douglas / OLIPHANT/ Smith / Sinclair lines finally sorted

Started by Jackie Stoddard in Genealogy. Last reply by Jackie Stoddard Sep 2. 4 Replies

Douglas / OLIPHANT/ Smith / Sinclair lines looks like I am finally getting the Oliphant mystery sorted I have Douglas on both maternal (stuart / Douglas side) and on Paternal is the Oliphant / Douglas lines Mysteriously the majority of our YDNA…Continue

Tags: Sinclair, Smith, OLIPHANT, Douglas

Robert Drysdale d: 11 May 1876

Started by Don and Aileen Theall in Genealogy Aug 7. 0 Replies

Looking for assistance in researching my wife's Drysdale history. I've been able to go back to Robert Drysdale d: 11 May 1876, m: Christina Marshall 1846 but I am at a road block finding Robert's parents. Any help would be greatly appreciated and…Continue

We still use Douglas as a middle name.

Started by Jessica Allen in Genealogy. Last reply by William Douglas Jul 27. 4 Replies

Hello, I am looking into my Douglas family ancestry. The Douglas name has been retained as a middle name on and off in my family until the present (my mother has Douglas as her middle name!)I am primarily wanting to find information on my 5th…Continue

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The Douglas family in Norfolk

Posted by William Douglas on August 7, 2017 at 18:00 1 Comment

I have been asked to help trace the Douglas family in Norfolk, East Anglia, particularly the name variants Dagles, Dagley, Daglis, Daglos, Duglasse.  As I have recently been working on the Palestinian variant Daghlas, this looked to be an interesting project.

And it is interesting and frustrating!

I have found a 15th century Richard Duglas, both Junior and…


Little boys should neither be seen nor heard?

Posted by William Douglas on July 29, 2017 at 12:00 2 Comments

One wonders why the boy in this family group should have been given so little space if he was wanted in the photograph!

The carte de viste was taken by Robert Douglas, Landscape & Portrait Photographer, The Vineyard, Top Whytes Causeway, Kirkcaldy, probably in the…


Is the Daghlas family part of the extended Douglas family?

Posted by William Douglas on July 22, 2017 at 21:00 0 Comments

I have been asked by a Palestinian living in Jordan for help in identifying her ancestors. Her surname is Daghlas. The main centre of those with this name seem to be around Nablus - a troubled part of the world.

The name is also spelled Daghles; some appear to use both.

It seems likely that the name originated around the time of the British civil administration in…


The Good Sir James sails for Jerusalem

Posted by William Douglas on July 11, 2017 at 16:19 0 Comments

At this time died King Robert of Scotland, at a good old age. When he saw his end approaching, he summoned together all the chiefs and barons in whom he most confided, and, fter having told them that he should never get the better of this sickness, commanded them, upon their honour and loyalty, to keep and preserve faithfully and entire the kingdom for his son David, and to obey him ; also to crown him king when he was of a…


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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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