The Douglas Archives

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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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Andrew Hillhouse - Douglas artist

Many will know Andrew Hillhouse's art from the cover image of the book, James the Good: The Black Douglas by David R. Ross.Now, a collection of his Douglas work is available to view here in the Douglas Archives.…
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Northamptonshire Douglas(s)

Started by Susan Morrell in Genealogy. Last reply by Susan Morrell on Tuesday. 16 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

Colonel Edward Douglas born Dec 1590 in Scotland his ancestry

Started by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. in Genealogy. Last reply by James David Douglas Jun 22. 21 Replies

married widow Isabel Dale sister to Sir Thomas Dale, royal governor of Virginia. Isabel was born in Middlesex County, England. Edward Douglas was born in Scotland 14 Dec 1590 and died in Northampton County, Virginia 2 Nov 1657. Upon the death of…Continue

Head of the House of Douglas

Started by William Douglas in General. Last reply by Kim Douglas-Reid Jun 7. 23 Replies

The revival of interest in Scottish ancestry over the last 50 years has encouraged many clans and families, who had not previously done so, to look for a leader. For many clans this has involved searching for the person most directly descended from…Continue

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John Douglas (1752-1832) Master Attendant at HM Naval Dockyards

Started by Tony Gould in Genealogy. Last reply by William Douglas May 5. 6 Replies

Hi. I am looking for some help tracing ancestors of John Douglas (1752-1832). He was Master Attendant at HM Naval Dockyards in Plymouth, Sheerness and Deptford between 1810 and 1830. He died in 1832 in Woolwich, Kent.According to his Will (which I…Continue

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Runaway servants

Posted by William Douglas on June 26, 2015 at 11:59 0 Comments

Julie has contributed this: "Genealogical abstracts from the American Weekly Mercury, 1719-1746" compiled by Kenneth Scott (c) 1974 1720 Pg 02 DOUGLASS, Archabald, Scotch servant, age c. 25 – runaway from James Pemberton, of Queen Ann Co., Maryland; if runaway is captured, notice to be given to Israel Pemberton of Phila. (7/21) 

Description: Reward Offered For Three Runaway Servant Men Named James GRIGG, Archabald DOUGLASS and William WILLSON.

Date: July 21…


Flemish Roots and Scottish Branches

Posted by William Douglas on June 22, 2015 at 11:16 1 Comment

The Rutherfurds, like their cousins the Douglases, trace their ancestry back to West Flanders and to the powerful Erembald family. Other families in Britain who share these roots are the Ypres [Douglas], Furnes, Harnes, Lucy, Hacket and Winter families. The political events of the 11th and 12th centuries within Flanders were to change the lives of these families and push them down a migratory path which began in today's Belgium and ended up in Scotland, Ireland, America, Canada, New Zealand…


William B. Douglass, explorer

Posted by William Douglas on June 15, 2015 at 18:00 2 Comments

William B. Douglass, (front row, 2nd from right) was Examiner of Surveys under the General Land Office when in 1909 he was in the expedition that 'discovered' Rainbow Bridge' in San Juan County on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona.

William B. Douglass is a popular name, so I am having…


Death by drowning

Posted by William Douglas on June 3, 2015 at 16:14 0 Comments

Colin Douglas, one of the owners of the ‘Glenbervie’ drowned off quayhead at Demerara in February 1827 (Greenock Advertiser 10.4.1827)

David Douglas, 2nd engineer, SS Cortes, youngest son of the late James Douglas, carpenter, drowned at sea on 16th December 1874 (Greenock Telegraph 14.1.1875)

Donald Douglas, seaman, 1 Ardgowan Street, Greenock drowned at Quebec, Canada in June 1882 age 22 (Greenock Telegraph 24.7.1882)

Donald Douglas, AB, 10 Terrace Road, Greenock, lost when tug…



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