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 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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Marsha Broms joined William Douglas's group

Descendants of Deacon William Douglas, b1610

Researching all the living descendants of Deacon William Douglas, and attempting to confirm his ancestory.See More
Russell Lynn Drysdale commented on William Douglas's group North American immigrants
"Abbreviations — Pr Occ: Prior Occupants or Claimants Adj L : Adjoining Landowners Not Listed As Grantees Ch B : Chain Bearers As Noted in Survey Plats James Douglas ,  I would say purchased the land he was on , or it was inherited , from…"
William Douglas commented on William Douglas's group North American immigrants
"Russ, Re the settlers, do you know what the abbreviations Ch B and Adj L mean?"
Russell Lynn Drysdale commented on William Douglas's group North American immigrants
" This piece , if you scroll down  almost all the way to the bottom of the list , shows 208. Richard LEWIS Pr Occ: John ROBINSON Adj L: James DOUGLAS   the…"


the inquisitive party

Started by Russell Lynn Drysdale in General. Last reply by Russell Lynn Drysdale Nov 17. 3 Replies

A choice encounter with a very inquisitive party who contacted me  nearly begging me to  volunteer my time in searching for a long lost Great~grandfather~So & So ,  [ who I located ] , despite the language barrier .So  without a shred of…Continue

Douglas from Yarm, Yorkshire

Started by William Douglas in Genealogy. Last reply by William Douglas Nov 16. 6 Replies

I have received the following request for information:My paternal grandmother was a Douglass who's family came from Loughborough, Leicestershire (James). We think that family was previously in Halifax (John) and before that in Yarm (THomas) in…Continue

Tags: Cavers, Yorkshire, Yarm

Dame Margaret Douglas

Started by J Coghlan in History. Last reply by J Coghlan Oct 30. 5 Replies

Hi,  Currently researching Sir Robert Montgomerie of Skelmorlie Castle and his wife Dame Margaret Douglas.  Can you please help me with dates of birth, marriage and death for them with sources?  Have him born 1571 and dying in 1650. Married in 1593.…Continue

Tags: Margaret, Douglas, Montgomerie, Robert, Castle

We still use Douglas as a middle name.

Started by Jessica Allen in Genealogy. Last reply by Jessica Allen Oct 11. 5 Replies

Hello, I am looking into my Douglas family ancestry. The Douglas name has been retained as a middle name on and off in my family until the present (my mother has Douglas as her middle name!)I am primarily wanting to find information on my 5th…Continue

Blog Posts

Scandal in the family

Posted by William Douglas on November 30, 2018 at 14:08 3 Comments

It is always fun to discover hanky panky in the family history, and so it was not really a surprise to discover that the daughter of my 13th great-grandfather was a naughty girl, when not much more that her sixteenth birthday - she became the mistress of King James V.

Elizabeth Carmichael, also know as Katherine, bore the King a son, a son,…


Two weddings on the same day - what's the connection?

Posted by William Douglas on November 16, 2018 at 13:10 1 Comment

Intrigued by the marriage between a Douglas and a Middleton, and wondering if there was a royal connection, I worked to find out who Rev M Middleton was, and indeed, who was Mr Douglas?

He appears to be James Alexander Douglas (abt 1762-1830), son of William Douglas and Mary Higginbotham.  James married Charlotte Douglass on 7th March 1796, in…


A Douglas 1926 350cc EW motorcycle in Borneo

Posted by William Douglas on November 14, 2018 at 12:00 2 Comments

History of the first person in North Borneo on a motorcycle trip between Keningau, Melalap and Tambunan Road

Between 9th and 13th August 1928, an American Doctor by the named C G Campbell made a daring adventure when he took his Douglas motorcycle on a trip from Melalap to Keningau and Tambunan on an inspection…


Historic Douglas Support Estate Community buy-out planned

Posted by William Douglas on October 19, 2018 at 10:27 0 Comments

Viewpark Conservation Group (VCG) wishes to acquire the Historic Douglas Support Estate, locally known as The Viewpark Glen through a Community buy-out. 

The Douglas Support Estate was in the ownership of the Douglas family for many generations, and forms part of the old Douglas lands of Lanarkshire. The current owners are descendants of the Douglas family, but are no longer Douglases.

The local community wishes to acquire the land to…



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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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