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.


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Russell Lynn Drysdale commented on Russell Lynn Drysdale's photo

joseph james and edward douglass , 1770 grant

"Three Douglass' , or Two partners ? "
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"Sir Robert Neville lived at Berwick at that time, close to the March where the lord Douglas was staying in the Forest, and had great hatred for Douglas, for he saw him so manfully increasing his territory more and more. Neville heard the folk who…"
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To the Death - Sir James Douglas Slays Robert Neville, the Peacock of the North, 1317 by Mark Churms
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The Douglas family of Belfast

Started by Robert Douglas in Genealogy on Tuesday. 0 Replies

My dad, Wilfrid Henry Douglas came to Australia as a 12-year-old, shipped out with other boys on the Larg's Bay, to attend the Fairbridge Farm School in rural Western Australia. His only sibling, his brother Woodrow Craig Douglas died at sea, only a…Continue

Like it or not

Started by Russell Lynn Drysdale in Genealogy. Last reply by Russell Lynn Drysdale Mar 14. 2 Replies

William Douglas , I must say Thank you for the platform you have provided and the work you [and other Contributors] do , sorting it all out from all around the world . Members if you take time to read someones posts , please be as kind  to hit the…Continue

Douglass family in the Rothbury area of Northumberland

Started by Margaret Lorna Gregory in Genealogy. Last reply by William Douglas Mar 13. 4 Replies

My grandfather was John William Douglass born in 1880 in Rothbury, Northumberland.His mother was Susannah Douglas.My grandfather was the visual double of Sir Alec Douglass HumeContinue

DNA tests

Started by Bob Douglas in Genealogy. Last reply by Jackie Stoddard Mar 10. 12 Replies

HiI wonder if anyone has had a DNA test done. FamilytreeDNA have Douglas listed as one of their projects.As I am stuck with my Douglas line it might be worthwhileBobContinue

Blog Posts

Photo album for sale - in Italy

Posted by William Douglas on February 24, 2017 at 22:29 0 Comments

I posted three images taken from a photograph album this evening (24 FEB 2017) which have been copied from an album which is being put up for sale.

The albumof photos from 1860-70 that can be of interest in illustrating relationships among the Douglas Hamilton and Pelham Clinton families, starting from Archibald XI Duke of Hamilton and his wife Amelie of Baden.

Henrietta Adela Hope Henrietta Adela Hope Henrietta Adela Hope

Right - Willian, 11th Duke of Hamilton with his daughter, LadyAnne…


Mary Stahlman Douglas bible

Posted by Russell Lynn Drysdale on February 18, 2017 at 16:46 2 Comments

Douglas%2C%20Mary%20Stahlman%201.pdf      I seen this just thought I would put it up . 

The ultimare sacrifice - The Douglas Brothers

Posted by William Douglas on February 17, 2017 at 16:30 0 Comments

Andrew Douglas has just posed an excellent article on the sacrifice of one Australian family in World War 1.

George and Mary Douglas lived in Sydney, and they had four boys; Gordon, Allan, George and Angus and possibly three daughters; Georgina, Elsie and Gladys. 

Andrew's first article tells the stoy of Allan.  …


John Willett

Posted by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on February 13, 2017 at 1:08 0 Comments

28 July 1680 Administrator Elizabeth Willett, widow of the deceased Apprs. Thomas Hunt, Provost Nelson, William Gelding,Sr., Samuel Bennett, Secs. Hancock Lee, Daniel Neech/ I have already mentioned the inventory sale. Mary Willett relinquished administration of the estate and fled the 184. Principal creditor Captain Nathaniel Walker. I presume that Edward Douglas, Jr. joined her in the escape. It is remarkable that the two children, William and Martha Willett were left behind…



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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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