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 162543 individuals.
Dates have now been set for the Douglas Clan Gathering - 30th June - 6th July 2014.
Find out more on the Gahering website: www.douglashistory.co.uk/gathering
To reduce the volume of fraudulent sign ups, I am making the process more difficult. I apologise to genuine prospective members. Meanwhile, I have suspended Stephanie Assa and Stacy
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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"Wasp" reviews La piedra del destino by Jesús Maeso de la Torre:
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Review by "Wasp":
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Every now and then, I realise that there are sufficient articles on a topic to require a catalogue, and reorganisation of the layout of my files, which I hope will help researchers find what they are looking for.
Today, I have introduced a new section listing Douglas presentation swords.
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