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.

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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Russell Lynn Drysdale liked William Douglas's blog post History of the House of Douglas
William Douglas commented on William Douglas's blog post James Douglas, DCM, MM
"Today’s hero, James Douglas, was submitted by his grandson, David Douglas. James was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal during World War I for conspicuous gallantry as a driver in the Tartar Country. Under heavy fire James drove to the…"
William Douglas commented on William Douglas's blog post James Douglas, DCM, MM
"DOUGLAS, Pte. James, D.C.M., M.M., R.A.S.C., 1878 - 1969Pte. Douglas was presented with his D.C.M. and M.M., together with the Russian Medal for Gallantry, at Berwick Barracks in 1921, before a parade of the KOSB. I understand that photographs are…"
William Douglas commented on William Douglas's blog post Lt Douglas RN held captive by the Chinese
"Extracts from The Asiatic journal ..., Volume 34 "The weather is cool and pleasant, but very damp. It, however, has rained for some days. The scenery is beautiful beyond anything I have ever seen, and the island is most richly cultivated; but…"


Wife of William Wilson Douglas (1880 - 1923)

Started by Tom Jenks in Genealogy. Last reply by William Douglas May 5. 1 Reply

Hi everyone,I'm trying to find more information about the wife of William Wilson Douglas (1880 - 1923). They were my great grandparents.I've found the marriage certificate and have the name Elizabeth Hicks (about 1879 - ?) However, all that tells me…Continue

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Started by Russell Lynn Drysdale in Genealogy. Last reply by William Douglas Apr 25. 5 Replies

William Douglas , I must say Thank you for the platform you have provided and the work you [and other Contributors] do , sorting it all out from all around the world . Members if you take time to read someones posts , please be as kind  to hit the…Continue

DNA tests

Started by Bob Douglas in Genealogy. Last reply by Jackie Stoddard Mar 31. 14 Replies

HiI wonder if anyone has had a DNA test done. FamilytreeDNA have Douglas listed as one of their projects.As I am stuck with my Douglas line it might be worthwhileBobContinue

The Douglas family of Belfast

Started by Robert Douglas in Genealogy Mar 21. 0 Replies

My dad, Wilfrid Henry Douglas came to Australia as a 12-year-old, shipped out with other boys on the Larg's Bay, to attend the Fairbridge Farm School in rural Western Australia. His only sibling, his brother Woodrow Craig Douglas died at sea, only a…Continue

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James Douglas and Jean Farquhar

Posted by Sheila Mary Jackson on June 15, 2017 at 22:16 0 Comments

I would really appreciate any information on these two that any one has. They had a son, Hugh Douglas, 1713. I think their dates might be about 1688. If I can link these up to earlier Douglas' I can complete that branch of my family.



Walter Sholto Douglas married Isabella Robinson - apparently

Posted by William Douglas on June 13, 2017 at 18:49 0 Comments

I was researching the author, W. Sholto Douglas (Cromwell's Scotch Campaigns 1650-51, et al) when I stumbled across the remarkable story of Walter Sholto Douglas.

My first discovery was that there was a marriage between Walter Sholto Douglas and Isabella Robinson, who married secondly Rev. William Falconer.  Was this my historical author?

Well, maybe not, although she (wait for it) was a writer.

Mary Diana Dods (1790–1830) was a Scottish writer of books, short…


History of the House of Douglas

Posted by William Douglas on June 1, 2017 at 17:00 0 Comments

Oxfam, the international confederation of charitable organizations focused on the alleviation of global poverty, runs bookshops in the UK to raise funds for the charity.

They have on sale, via ebay, a copy of A history of the house of Douglas from the earliest times down to the legislative union of England and Scotland by Sir Herbert Eustace Maxwell. This 1903 two volume publication has…


Marius, progenitor of the Douglas Scotti family

Posted by William Douglas on May 13, 2017 at 18:24 0 Comments

Painting by Giuseppe Antonio Caccioli (1672 - 1740) representing Mario Scoto and Pope Leo III

In the spring of 774, during his subjugation of Italy,  king Charlemagne and Pope Adrian I decided to meet. With a small escort, amongst whom Mario Scoto was present, Charlemagne…



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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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