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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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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"LESS THAN ONE HOUR AND A HALF'S DRIVE FROM EDINBURGH, THIS FANTASTIC SCOTTISH CASTLE SET IN 10 ACRES IS AWAITING ITS RESTORATION. A once magnificent Scottish Castle in private grounds of circa 10 acres and in need of complete restoration.Situated…Continue
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
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
Thomas Nottingham wrote his will 10 July 1797 Wills, etc., #30, 1795-1798, page 302, Northampton County, to loving wife Scarburgh, to grandson, William Nottingham, to granddaughter, Sally Nottingham. to my three grandsons, Samuel, John, and William Williams, son of John Williams and Edith Williams. to son, Jacob Nottingham, to son, William, to Ann Wilson
Residual Legatees Margaret Willis, John Brickhouse My son, William Notttingham and Robert (Robin) Brickhouse.
I gave this line several years ago. Robert Bell was son of Thomas Bell and Mary Senior. He died, intestate in 1795 in Northampton County. Robert and Mary Jarvis (daughter of William Jarvis,Sr. and Ann Goffigon) Ann Goffigon was the daughter of James Goffigon and Leah Willett. Robert Bell and Robert Bell and May Jarvis had five children. One of the five was Betsey Bell who married Severn Evans Nottingham. Severn Evans Nottingham was the father of Elizabeth Ann Nottingham who married Captain…Continue
Robert Bell was the eldest son of Thomas and Mary Bell. This line I shall pursue as I descend down it through three lines. The youngest child of Thomas Bell and Mary Senior was Ann 'Nancy' Senior Bell (Please note that Nancy was given the middle name of Senior.) Nancy married Thomas Jarvis, son of William Jarvis, Sr. and Ann Goffigon, daughter of James Goffigon This couple was married 28 Sept 1789 in Northampton Co. As this is a line that descends from Capt William Willett I mention it but…Continue