The Douglas Archives

A collection of historical and genalogical records

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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.

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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.

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Started by Russell Lynn Drysdale in Genealogy. Last reply by Russell Lynn Drysdale 19 hours ago. 4 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

Douglass family in the Rothbury area of Northumberland

Started by Margaret Lorna Gregory in Genealogy. Last reply by William Douglas Mar 13. 4 Replies

My grandfather was John William Douglass born in 1880 in Rothbury, Northumberland.His mother was Susannah Douglas.My grandfather was the visual double of Sir Alec Douglass HumeContinue

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Edward Douglas, Jr., cont.

Posted by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on April 20, 2017 at 16:20 0 Comments

For some reason the previous blog cut me short.

Find Martha Willett in 17.0 The full letter is displayed with much pertinent information. However, one thing is not displayed and that is the return address for Elizabeth Willett. At the time and even today the return address is displayed in a letter. In fact this letter requires an address as Elizabeth is in correspondence with the judge. I suggest that you, James David Douglas, call the Northampton County Court and ask to speak to…

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Edward Douglas, Jr. and his sister Elizabeth Willett

Posted by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on April 20, 2017 at 15:58 0 Comments

This blog is material in the search by James David Douglas who descends from Edward Douglas who was born in 1719 in England. As I have mentioned after the death of John Willett, husband of Elizabeth Wllett,, Elizabeth had an Inventory Sale in 1679. Among the items sold was furniture and silver. The money derived from this sale probably paid for the tickets for Edward Douglas, Jr. and his sister, Elizabeth Willett. for their trip to England. There is mention in 1681 that Elizabeth had fled…

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Who is Lord Douglas?

Posted by William Douglas on April 7, 2017 at 18:16 0 Comments

When the title 'Lord' Douglas' appears in an article in the Douglas Archives, for example in an extract from an old document, it may refer to any one of the following titles:



Marquess of Douglas, created 1633 in the Peerage of Scotland, now a subsidiary title of the Duke of Hamilton

Earl of Douglas, created 1356/7 in the Peerage of Scotland, forfeit in 1455

Lord Douglas, created 1475/6 in the Peerage of Scotland, a subsidiary title held by Archibald Douglas, 5th Earl of…

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The Household and Court of James VI of Scotland

Posted by William Douglas on April 2, 2017 at 11:30 0 Comments

A fascinating publication,  "The Household and Court of James VI of Scotland 1567-1603" by Amy L. Juhala who prepared it for her PhD at Edinburgh University, reveals Douglases who were members of the Royal Household.

Alexander Douglas was a "Macer, ordinary" in the Court of James VI.

There is also a George Douglas of Rungallie and a George Douglas, younger of…

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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.

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