The Douglas Archives

A collection of historical and genalogical records

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The Douglas Archives is a mix of historical records and biographies and also a genealogy database with details of 184,000 individuals.

Searching the Douglas Archives

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

There is a way around this, by using Google (and other search engines) site search facilities.

We can see succesful outcomes of Google searches, but not the unsuccesful ones.

If you cannot find what you are looking for, please ask the question through the Comunity Network - or just drop us a line.

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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.

 

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Heart of Douglas

The heart of Sir James which carried the heart of Bruce, is next to the heart of Archibald "Bell the Cat" Douglas V earl of Angus, in a church in Douglas Scotland. The heart of the names spelled Douglas and Elliot is Hawick (Haik pronounced "hoik").…
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William Douglas commented on Cara Douglas's blog post Douglas families Byfield & Chipping Warden, Northamptonshire, England
"In May 1744 a bill was moved in the House of Lords to dissolve the marriage between Henry Scudamore, 3rd Duke of Beaufort and Frances Scudamore.[17] Among witnesses who testified under oath before their Lordships was John Pargiter, a farmer of…"
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Forum

Douglas family Inverness1

Started by Harold Dixon Douglas in Genealogy. Last reply by Dave McGrath Aug 4. 22 Replies

I was brought up in the highland orphanage Inverness now closed,is there anybody out there know of this place  Continue

Mapping

Started by William Douglas in General. Last reply by Jackie Stoddard May 30. 1 Reply

I have provided a limited mapping service for the genealogy database for some years.  However, Google now charges for this.   Legacy, my desktop software provider, is in negotiations with Bing in an attempt to overcome similar issues, but meanwhile…Continue

Douglas/Tulloch

Started by Judy Line in Genealogy. Last reply by Judy Line Apr 5. 2 Replies

JudyNashLine         Hi Trying to find information on my ggrandmother I've had no luck so far the details are Jessie Douglas nee Tulloch Born 1865/1868 Findhorn morayshire scotland married 20.10.1891 John Douglas ,Bairnsdale d 1933 Barnsdale…Continue

Douglases fighting for the Axis Powers and Russia

Started by Christopher Morales Douglas in History. Last reply by William Douglas Mar 20. 1 Reply

Several Douglas families had settled in what would become Germany and Russia before World War 1 and World War 2. Some of these families are Douglas of Arkland and the descendants of Count Robert Douglas of Sweden. I was wondering if anyone had heard…Continue

Blog Posts

Patrick Douglas: In convertendo

Posted by William Douglas on September 17, 2018 at 10:06 0 Comments

An attractive motet setting for five voices (SA(orT)TTB) of Psalm 126 by a little-known Scottish composer of the mid…

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Douglas of Bonjedward and Timpendean

Posted by William Douglas on September 16, 2018 at 13:21 0 Comments

Are you a descendant of the Douglas families of Bonjedward or Timpendean?

Douglas of Bonjedward has featured in a couple of recent articles, the Skirmish at Sclaterford, which followed the disaster at Flodden, in 1513, and the Raid of the Redeswire in 1575.

However, linking the correct Douglas to these events is not proving easy.

I am grateful to Sally Douglas for re-visiting this, but maybe others have researched their families and have some additional…

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Daniel Douglas, Machine Maker and Castillo Douglas

Posted by William Douglas on August 23, 2018 at 21:39 0 Comments

John Douglas was born on 6 Feb 1840 in Bury, Lancashire, the son of Daniel Douglas, a Machine Maker, and his wife Sarah.

John emigrated to Mexico and is the progenitor of the family that built, first, Douglas Chalet and then Castillo Douglas.

Does anyone have this family in their tree?

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Douglass Tower - named for the lighthouse builder

Posted by William Douglas on August 21, 2018 at 9:30 0 Comments

Arguably one of the more ugly new buildings in London, The 30-storey Douglass Tower on Goodluck Hope, has been named after Sir James Douglass, the redoubtable designer of the English coastline’s two tallest lighthouses - the Eddystone Lighthouse off the Cornish coast and Bishop Rock, on the Isle of Scilly.

Born in Bow, Tower Hamlets in 1826, Sir James Douglass was chief engineer at Trinity House, the chartered authority with workshops at Trinity Buoy Wharf, the site of London…

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Making conections

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.

Maybe it is time to update the information in your profile?


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