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 168367 individuals.

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Douglas Clan Gathering 2014

Dates have now been set for the Douglas Clan Gathering - 30th June - 6th July 2014.

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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.  

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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Frances Douglas

Started by Geoffrey Cox in Genealogy. Last reply by William Douglas Apr 12. 1 Reply

I am trying to locate the family of Frances Douglas(s) who was born around 1794.  In the Methodist baptism records of her daughters, the parents of Frances are shown as Richard and Anne Douglas.  Frances married James Templeton McGarrah and lived in…Continue

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drummond drysdale fife scotland 1830s

Started by June carter in Genealogy. Last reply by June carter Apr 5. 2 Replies

carter related to Drysdale  m  to hugh drummond, his son was hugh clark after his granmum Catherine clark other sibblings alexander jane, ann, janet,betty, I think they had 7 -Continue

william douglas find in manchester

Started by June carter in Genealogy Apr 5. 0 Replies

find john douglas on your web site , I found information in Manchester englandContinue

Passports of Southeastern Pioneers 1770-1823

Started by Russell Lynn Drysdale in History. Last reply by Russell Lynn Drysdale Mar 24. 3 Replies

 A very interesting book a friend turned me on to .... named                                                                     '' Passports of Southeastern Pioneers 1770-1823: Indian, Spanish and other Land Passports for Tennessee, Kentucky,…Continue

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Congratulations Bill Drysdale !

Posted by Russell Lynn Drysdale on April 11, 2014 at 4:15 0 Comments

 Congratulations Bill Drysdale !

''Her Majesty The Queen has accepted Mr. William Drysdale as Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE).

William Drysdale
William Drysdale…


Francis Douglas-Watson, killed 7th April 1941

Posted by William Douglas on April 6, 2014 at 22:00 0 Comments

In April 1941, Lt Commander Francis Douglas-Watson was serving at HMS Nile (RN base, Alexandria, Egypt), but on 7th April, he was ashore in the Greek harbour of Piraeus when the British steamer Clan Fraser (7529grt), of convoy ANF .24, was damaged by German bombing and set afire. At 0330hrs on the 7th, the explosion of her TNT cargo sank the steamer and wrecked the harbour, killing Cdr.…


Douglas bible to be auctioned

Posted by William Douglas on April 3, 2014 at 15:18 1 Comment

A Douglas family bible in the possession of WESC Foundation in Exeter is to be auctioned.

The bible donated to the charity once belonged (according to the writing inside the front cover) to Rev. Robert Douglas, who was gifted it in 1883. He then gave it to his son the Rev. Percy Douglas in 1891 and at some point it came into the possession of his eldest son also named Percy Douglas and he gifted it to a newly ordained priest at Wells in 1981 (whose name can't be made…


New search facility required

Posted by William Douglas on April 2, 2014 at 17:30 0 Comments

Atomz, who have provided the search function for the Douglas Archives for many years, appears to have  closed without warning.

I am replacing it.  The old dog is having to learn new tricks, so it may take a day or so to get it up and running across the website.


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