The Douglas Archives

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The Douglas Archives is a mix of historical records and biographies and also a genealogy database with details of 169543 individuals.

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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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Douglas from Yarm, Yorkshire

Started by William Douglas in Genealogy. Last reply by William Douglas Feb 19. 5 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

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Morton Sept

Started by James Michael Morton in Genealogy. Last reply by Laura J Olson Feb 11. 5 Replies

Hello to all the Mortons.Basically, I am developing the family Tree recorded by my grandfather.His great grandfather was a William Morton, born about 1784, a feuar and weaver of Wester Balgrodean, Torrance of Campsie, Stirlingshire, who married…Continue

Northamptonshire Douglas(s)

Started by Susan Morrell in Genealogy. Last reply by Nigel Douglas Jan 25. 6 Replies

Im looking for Douglas(s) in Wootton, Northamptonshire.My ancestor Joseph Douglas left there and moved to Bradford, Yorkshire (between 1861 - 1870). Joseph was born in Wootton, Northamptonshire in 1848. His father is Samuel Douglas born 1823,…Continue

Looking for Decendants of WILLIAM DOUGLASS b-1720, Charles County, Maryland, U.S.A. Married to a "Rachael".

Started by Wendy Douglas~Winchell in Genealogy. Last reply by Ruth McDaniel Dec 30, 2014. 3 Replies

I am trying to find who William Douglass parents were, or "Rachaels" maiden name. I am desperately trying to research past this brick wall! I am trying numerous angles and many geneology sites. If you know of anything of my 5-G-Grandfather, or…Continue

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Thomas Douglas (Baillie of Edinburgh)

Posted by William Douglas on February 8, 2015 at 16:30 1 Comment

The epitaph below throws up some interesting issues.

It is normally thought that the Baillie was born in 1612, the year of the death of his presumed father, Sir James Douglas, 8th of Cavers. Here, it appears that he was born c1616.

The second matter is that there is no reference to a family - no wife and children mentioned. Yet is thought to be the ancestor of the Douglas family of Yarm.

I have not been able to trace his cousin, Richard Douglas, one of his heirs…

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Douglas the gunsmith

Posted by William Douglas on February 6, 2015 at 20:00 1 Comment

Found on Facebook: Anyone from Cocke County, Tennessee? If so have you done any yDNA testing? I was doing some research on William Douglas the gunsmith. Born 1785 in NC. Believed to be one of the sons of John Douglas from Surry County NC. It turns out there are some rifles attributed to William Douglas in the hands of collectors. One message board mentioned there being 3 different gunsmiths by the name of William Douglas during the same period. Two from Cocke…

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burningbircht tartan products

Posted by William Douglas on January 11, 2015 at 22:59 0 Comments

burningbrichtis a home-based business sited not far from where I…

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2015 New Years Honours

Posted by William Douglas on January 2, 2015 at 23:30 0 Comments

Congratulations go to Henry Scott Douglas who was awarded the British Empire Medal For services to the community in Bonchester in the Scottish Borders in the 2015 New Years Honours List. 

Henry Douglas was born in the Yarrow Valley and has farmed all his…

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