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.

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James David Douglas replied to Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr.'s discussion Col Edward Douglas and his Immediate Family
"Mr Hunt, thank you for all the very good information on Col Douglas and his line.  I agree with your statement that Edward Douglas Jr died without issue.  This is supported by the deed of sale between William Willett and William Baker.…"
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Edwin Muir "Robert the Bruce (To Douglas in Dying)" Poem animation

Heres a virtual movie of the celebrated Scottish poet from the Island of Orkney reading his poem tribute to Scots hero of old "Robert the Bruce (To Douglas i...
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Col Edward Douglas and his Immediate Family

Started by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. in Genealogy. Last reply by James David Douglas on Tuesday. 4 Replies

Col Edward Douglas was probably born in Scotland. Records in Northampton County, Virginia state 'age 50 in 1640', which would place his birth in 1590. His wife, Isabel Dale was born about 1598.The Colonel died in 1557 and within the year Isabel…Continue

Lt Col Edward Douglas

Started by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. in Genealogy Sep 23. 0 Replies

From the discussions I have read concerning this person it is obvious that I need to provide more information along with proofs. This coming week I shall present the Lt. Colonel. The next week his children, followed by his grandchildren. At the…Continue

Northamptonshire Douglas(s)

Started by Susan Morrell in Genealogy. Last reply by Nigel Douglas Sep 4. 18 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

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

Started by Bernadine Joy Douglass in Genealogy. Last reply by William Douglas Aug 21. 5 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

Blog Posts

Exploring the Relationships Among Some Key Flemish Families

Posted by William Douglas on October 1, 2015 at 9:44 0 Comments

It is not just people carrying the name Fleming that have Flemish origins in Scotland. There are a number of other families that are believed to have such origins. In this posting, James B. Sutherland and J. Mark Sutherland-Fisher examine an important set of families thought to have Flemish roots, specifically the Douglas, Sutherland, Murray, Innes, and Brodie families. The text below examines the relationship among these key families as well as to other families that have taken the name…


Lt.. Col Edward Douglas

Posted by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on September 28, 2015 at 21:59 0 Comments

Sept 28, 2015

Lt. Col Edward Douglas was born in 1580. He deposed in Northampton County Court in the close of 1640 that he was 60 years of age. (Orders, Wills, Deeds, etc., 1 #1 1632-1640, page 218). Col Douglas died 2 Nov 1657. (Will, Northampton Co,Deeds, Wills, etc.,VII, #7,1655-161657 f 761. He wrote his will 15 October 1657. Colonel Douglas stated he was now in the home of his friend and cousin, Edmond Bowman of Accomack County.(Edmond Bowman had a daughter, Sarah who married Col…


Was Janet Douglas a witch?

Posted by William Douglas on September 9, 2015 at 19:00 1 Comment

In 1677, one Janet Douglas, an apparently mute (the legends use the word "dumb") young serving girl arrived at the Pollok estate of Sir George Maxwell of Auldhouse (see painting), who had suddenly become seriously ill. She "miraculously" regained the power of speech, pointed the finger at five people, as well as a 14-year-old girl, accusing them of witchcraft, and therefore of being responsible for the Laird's sickness.




Douglas - the village

Posted by William Douglas on September 3, 2015 at 21:52 1 Comment

I have just come across an excellent collection of photographs of the village of Douglas, including this one. Is it the castle chapel?…



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