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 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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US history of our Douglas family

Started by stevan scott douglas in Genealogy Jul 6. 0 Replies

This information was compiled by a now deceased relative of my father. He claims to have retrieved it from the Carnegie Library of Lexington, KY.  I use his spellings as written and hope they are correct.The earliest descendant mentioned is Edward…Continue

Where does the Douglas sept of 'Douglass' originate

Started by Daryl John Douglass in Heraldry. Last reply by Alfred Wilson Douglass, Jr. Jun 24. 8 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

DOUGLAS of Cavan Ireland

Started by James Williams in Genealogy. Last reply by William Douglas May 19. 1 Reply

My Great Great Grandmother was Jane or Jean DOUGLAS b1813.I found Jane in Whitehaven, Cumberland England where, in 1835 she married Thomas BENNET(T).  Jane had a brother, John DOUGLAS, who settled in Liverpool.  Jane was kind enough to visit her…Continue

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Dorothy Kathleen Douglas

Started by Jenny Biehl in Genealogy. Last reply by William Douglas May 3. 1 Reply

HiI'm currently researching my family tree on my dads side. I didn't know a lot about my grandparents and would like to know more.Dorothy Kathleen Douglas born 13 March 1900 died 24 Dec 1984Married to Maurice Ian Keir Scott and lived in New…Continue

Blog Posts

Stephen A. Douglas: The Political Apprenticeship, 1833-1843

Posted by William Douglas on June 14, 2016 at 10:57 0 Comments

When newly elected Illinois State Representative Abraham Lincoln first saw his diminutive colleague Stephen A. Douglas, he sized him up as ""the least man I ever saw."" With the introduction of Douglas' first bill in 1834, Lincoln soon thought differently. The General Assembly not only passed the bill, it appointed the 21-year old Douglas State's Attorney of Illinois'…


Captain Douglas, in custody on a charge of desertion

Posted by William Douglas on June 7, 2016 at 11:10 0 Comments

A curious scene was witnessed in the Court of Queen's Bench on Wednesday; the law playing with a prisoner as a cat with a mouse. Captain Douglas, who had been in custody on a charge of desertion, was brought up on a writ of habeas corpus. The facts of the case may be briefly recapitulated. Captain Douglas, has been in the service…


The Battle of Jutland

Posted by William Douglas on May 31, 2016 at 19:12 1 Comment

On this day, 31st May, in 1916, The Battle of Jutland took place between the British Grand Fleet and the German High Seas Fleet in the North Sea, off the mainland of Denmark. Although it was the only major naval battle of World War I, it became the largest sea battle in naval warfare history in terms of the numbers of battleships and battlecruisers engaged, bringing together the two most powerful naval forces in existence at that…


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