The Douglas Archives

A collection of historical and genalogical records

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The Douglas Archives is a mix of historical records and biographies and also a genealogy database with details of 184,000 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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William Douglas replied to J Coghlan's discussion Dame Margaret Douglas
"This does not answer your question, but might be of interest: http://www.douglashistory.co.uk/history/Places/Churches&Abbeys/skelmorlie_aisle.htm"
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Dame Margaret Douglas

Hi,  Currently researching Sir Robert Montgomerie of Skelmorlie Castle and his wife Dame Margaret Douglas.  Can you please help me with dates of birth, marriage and death for them with sources?  Have him born 1571 and dying in 1650. Married in 1593.…See More
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Dame Margaret Douglas

Started by J Coghlan in History. Last reply by William Douglas 6 hours ago. 1 Reply

Hi,  Currently researching Sir Robert Montgomerie of Skelmorlie Castle and his wife Dame Margaret Douglas.  Can you please help me with dates of birth, marriage and death for them with sources?  Have him born 1571 and dying in 1650. Married in 1593.…Continue

Tags: Margaret, Douglas, Montgomerie, Robert, Castle

We still use Douglas as a middle name.

Started by Jessica Allen in Genealogy. Last reply by Jessica Allen Oct 11. 5 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

Cavers is for sale;

Started by Mark Stephen Elliott in History. Last reply by Mark Stephen Elliott Oct 9. 5 Replies

"LESS THAN ONE HOUR AND A HALF'S DRIVE FROM EDINBURGH, THIS FANTASTIC SCOTTISH CASTLE SET IN 10 ACRES IS AWAITING ITS RESTORATION. A once magnificent Scottish Castle in private grounds of circa 10 acres and in need of complete restoration.Situated…Continue

Tags: https://www.rettie.co.uk/property-for-sale/borders/scottish-borders/denholm/MEL130005-house-building-plot-country-home-cavers

Seeking Parentage Archibald Douglas (1695-1756)

Started by Julie Bauer in Genealogy Sep 25. 0 Replies

I have been trying to establish the father of my Lancaster, Pennsylvania ancestor, and have had no luck. Can anyone confirm the parentage of: Archibald Douglas (1695-1756)Married Jean or Jane (?)Born in Edinburgh, ScotlandDied 11/26/1756 in…Continue

Blog Posts

Alexander Douglas-Douglas - Australian native police officer

Posted by William Douglas on September 20, 2018 at 10:08 0 Comments

Some alarming facts have been added to Alexander Douglas-Douglas's Wikipedia profile.

Alexander was a naval officer, an explorer, a teamster, officer in the Native Police and a chief inspector of police in Queensland. And, it his time with the police that has been called into question.

Douglas was appointed Acting Sub-Inspector at…

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Patrick Douglas: In convertendo

Posted by William Douglas on September 17, 2018 at 10:06 0 Comments

An attractive motet setting for five voices (SA(orT)TTB) of Psalm 126 by a little-known Scottish composer of the mid…

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Douglas of Bonjedward and Timpendean

Posted by William Douglas on September 16, 2018 at 13:21 0 Comments

Are you a descendant of the Douglas families of Bonjedward or Timpendean?

Douglas of Bonjedward has featured in a couple of recent articles, the Skirmish at Sclaterford, which followed the disaster at Flodden, in 1513, and the Raid of the Redeswire in 1575.

However, linking the correct Douglas to these events is not proving easy.

I am grateful to Sally Douglas for re-visiting this, but maybe others have researched their families and have some additional…

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Daniel Douglas, Machine Maker and Castillo Douglas

Posted by William Douglas on August 23, 2018 at 21:39 0 Comments

John Douglas was born on 6 Feb 1840 in Bury, Lancashire, the son of Daniel Douglas, a Machine Maker, and his wife Sarah.

John emigrated to Mexico and is the progenitor of the family that built, first, Douglas Chalet and then Castillo Douglas.

Does anyone have this family in their tree?

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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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