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.

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Looking for a Douglas ancestor in the Douglas Archives requires two searches - one in the history section, and another in the genealogy section.

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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.


Latest Activity

William Douglas commented on William Douglas's blog post W. S. Douglas of Dundarrach and the Sandilands of Eastbarns writs
"Looking through some papers in the Mitchell Library archives, in Glasgow, I came across some incomplete papers with extracts from the Douglas family tree.This stamp was on some of them, but there was no mention of Norman in the pages present."
William Douglas posted a status
"I am receiving applications to join the group from suspicious sources. If you think you have been unfairly declined membership, let me know."
Andrew Douglas commented on Andrew Douglas's blog post A breakthrough!
"Thanks William. Peter Douglas is my cousin and has done a great job researching. He has cracked the enigma that led to this story.  As to which 'Maidenhead' James comes from (if the story is true) is now the mystery to solve. "
William Douglas replied to Peter Douglas's discussion Edward Douglas B 1824 Birmingham England


Edward Douglas B 1824 Birmingham England

Started by Peter Douglas in Genealogy. Last reply by William Douglas on Monday. 6 Replies

We believe Edward has 2 brothers, siblings of James and Susan Nee Luck of Maidenhead Scotland. His brothers apparently went to Canada in about 1850 which is when Edward came to Australia in 1851 aboard the "Malacca". We know nothing about our family…Continue


Started by Linda Durocher in Genealogy. Last reply by William Douglas Sep 29. 1 Reply

Good evening...My goals here are to find my family's roots... To know which part of Scotland they were from... To understand what brought them to Canada... Ultimately, to know who my family is.So many unanswered questions.My cousin and I long to…Continue

Caledonia Douglas's Nova Scotia

Started by Connor Douglas in Genealogy. Last reply by William Douglas Sep 6. 2 Replies

Hi everyone thanks for letting me join,My family is the Douglas's of Caledonia, Queens county Nova Scotia , Canada my family lived there up until my dad when his mother was sick all the time with polio and arthritis and pretty much everything else…Continue

Tags: Canada, Branch, genealogy., Caledonia, Douglas

Douglas / OLIPHANT/ Smith / Sinclair lines finally sorted

Started by Jackie Stoddard in Genealogy. Last reply by Jackie Stoddard Sep 2. 4 Replies

Douglas / OLIPHANT/ Smith / Sinclair lines looks like I am finally getting the Oliphant mystery sorted I have Douglas on both maternal (stuart / Douglas side) and on Paternal is the Oliphant / Douglas lines Mysteriously the majority of our YDNA…Continue

Tags: Sinclair, Smith, OLIPHANT, Douglas

Blog Posts

A breakthrough!

Posted by Andrew Douglas on November 13, 2017 at 6:24 3 Comments

After many, many years I have finally cracked the case of my mysterious ancestor Edward Douglas - the first Douglas of my family line to arrive in Australia.

Edward was the son of James Douglas - the only recorded child to James and his unknown wife. He was born in 1824 

Records on suggests that Edward was born in Birmingham. Evidence on this same site suggests he lived in the Warwickshire until the age of 19. 

It appears that life at that time for him was…


Who is the earliest recorded Douglas?

Posted by William Douglas on November 11, 2017 at 13:34 0 Comments

There is a story circulating that while researching the Vatican archives for a book on the topography of Lowland Scotland, the author Nigel Tranter found a document which stated that John, son of William Lord of Douglas attended a royal council at Scone in 1056. This would be more than 100 years earlier than the previously accepted first Lord of Douglas.  At that time, Macbeth would have been king.

There is the following tradition in regard to the origin of the name. In…


Who was Grace Sholto Douglas?

Posted by William Douglas on November 3, 2017 at 13:02 0 Comments

Grace Sholto Douglas (1940) is a large painting by the British artist and set designer Leslie Hurry, which depicts a woman positioned semi-seated with her left arm resting on a stone architectural feature.

Although it is unclear where Grace Sholto Douglas was painted, it is known that Hurry first met the sitter during a concert in the National Gallery, London, in 1940. The image…


Rev Thomas Teackle

Posted by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on November 2, 2017 at 15:21 0 Comments

After the death of Thomas Teackle an inventory of his personal effects was made and the inventory of 329 books constituted the finest private library in America. These books were printed in English, Latin, Greek, and other languages. There were books on theology, medicine, history, etc. I knew he was favored by the Crown, and was recognized as an outstanding ecclesiastic and he was so honorable to his first wife, Isabella. That he was so erudite took me by surprise. The first college in…



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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.

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