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 168367 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.

If you are new to the site, please visit our Welcome message.


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Colonel Edward Douglas born Dec 1590 in Scotland his ancestry

Started by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. in Genealogy. Last reply by Russell Lynn Drysdale on Monday. 14 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

Where does the Douglas sept of 'Douglass' originate

Started by Daryl John Douglass in Heraldry. Last reply by William Douglas Aug 22. 5 Replies

For many years as a youngster, we were told that there was a tradition of adding or subtracting letters from a name when a child was born 'on the wrong side of the blanket'. I have yet to discover the significance of the second 'S' in my surname.…Continue

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

Started by Bernadine Joy Douglass in Genealogy. Last reply by Ian Douglass Aug 22. 3 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

Lt Col Edward Douglas

Started by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. in Genealogy Aug 20. 0 Replies

Russell I feel certain that Col Douglas was born in the Norfolk Area. Wills and church records are not available to me. To write about his descendants would generate a small audience. I am proud of the Colonel and that I descend from him through…Continue

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Posted by William Douglas on October 1, 2014 at 13:51 0 Comments

The Trials of Lady Jane Douglas

The scandal that divided 18th century Britain

by Karl Sabbagh

The truth about what happened to the beautiful Lady Jane Douglas in Paris in 1748 has never been established. Did she give birth to twin boys in a bug-infested boarding house, or did she buy her two sons…


1860s Photograph Album Douglas Pennant family on ebay

Posted by William Douglas on September 11, 2014 at 22:53 1 Comment

1864 - 1870 Photograph Album of Ella and Archibald Douglas Pennant

330 albumen photographs

This is the photograph album of Lt Col Hon Archibald Charles Douglas Pennant and his wife Hon Harriet Ella Gifford.  It…

Rival clans to the Douglases - do you agree?

Posted by William Douglas on September 10, 2014 at 9:27 1 Comment

A list of 'Rival clans' has recently been added to Wikipedia.

How much to we agree that this was the case? Rivalary with the Royal Stewarts, is fairly obvious, but what about the rest?

Clan Stewart
Clan Crichton
Clan Gordon
Clan Sandilands
Clan Charteris
Clan Johnstone
Clan Colville
Clan Scott
Clan MacLellan
Clan Ramsay
Clan Maxwell (17th century)

Genealogy of Brigantes or Douglas

Posted by William Douglas on September 3, 2014 at 16:30 1 Comment

I came across this interesting version of the origins of the Douglas family...…



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