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Douglas families in Ireland

Researching members of the Douglas family in Ireland is notoriously difficult.  So many records have been destroyed, and the families often moved on to America, or elsewhere.

This group is for those tracing their ancestors in Ireland.

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Latest Activity: Mar 21

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Douglas - ancestors of the first President of Ireland?

Started by William Douglas. Last reply by J Ruaidri Douglas Oct 15, 2014. 1 Reply

Dr. John Cuppage Douglas was a son of Surgeon William Douglas and Margaret Cuppage. Dr. John Cuppage Douglas was b. 14 June 1778 in Lurgan where his father was practicing medicine. He married, 13 Jan…Continue

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william douglass 1804 1874

Started by mary ethelwood Jul 8, 2011. 0 Replies

searching for my douglass family in ireland my william douglass married anne toolan they lived in carrick on shannon faith catholic william was a turnkey /jailer/children elen douglass…Continue

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Comment by Robert Douglas on March 21, 2017 at 13:24

When my dad left Belfast to travel to Australia at the age of 11 the following item appeared in the “Belfast Telegraph” of Saturday, May 25, 1929. 
Overseas League Spirit
Ulster Boy for Avustralia

Wilfred Douglas, aged 11, was the guest of honour at an informal social meeting of the Overseas League on Friday afternoon.

Wilfred is the adopted son or “godchild” of the Ulster branch of the League, and his godparents are sending him to the Fairbridge Farm School, Western Australia, there to be trained to uphold the honour of the British flag and to help develop the resources of the Empire.

Wilfred sails for his new home on Monday.

Lady Katharine Hamilton, President of the League, wrote regretting her inability to be present, but she sent her godson a silver watch, which was presented to him by the Rt. Hon. H.M.Pollock.

Sir Frederick and Lady Cleaver, Lady Byers, Mrs John M’Conigal, Miss M’Connell, Mr Robert Baillie, Mrs John M’Connell, Miss Corry, and the energetic Hon. Secretary, Miss Cowan, were amongst those who attended the little ceremony in the Club’s headquarters at the Carlton.

Comment by Robert Douglas on March 21, 2017 at 13:21

My grandfather Henry (Harry) Douglas had a hardware store in Burnaby Street, off Distillery Road, in Belfast. This was about 1920. My grandmother, Mina also spent some time Purdeysburn Mental Hospital. I'd be interested if any of this information prompts any ideas that could improve my knowledge of these people.

Comment by Alison Christine Hodgkiss ( born on July 30, 2016 at 5:33

Hello all,

Just checking in to thank your tireless dedication to the Douglas family in Ireland log term project. Unfortunately, I have all but given up on my quest, believing that a ''hands on' approach involving a visit to the archives within Ireland might be the only way..; other than hire a professional genealogist.. Alas, for me, neither option is feasible.

I would like to caution users that the link(below), to the Irish post contained the following warning from my antiviral software:

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Sorry to bear this..But better to be safe than sorry.

So far as I'm aware the other links are OK.

Happy researching.


Comment by William Douglas on July 29, 2016 at 13:23

I have just added a list of Tithe Applotments (me neither) which may help with Irish research 

Comment by William Douglas on July 29, 2016 at 13:03

The following were subscribers to the publication: A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland By Samuel Lewis:

Charles Douglas of Devrock
Sir James Douglas of Rosebrooke, nr Dungiven
Douglas Rope Walk Company, Cork
Rev A. Douglas of Cootehill
Charles Douglass, JP, of Grace Hall

Comment by William Douglas on January 26, 2016 at 21:17


Douglases went the Robert the Bruce to Ireland, and probably before - but certainly since. It is not far from Scotland, after all.

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Comment by Russell Douglas on January 26, 2016 at 18:26

Thanks William for informing me of this group.  I am a newbie and am still in the process of researching.  Can anyone enlighten me as to the why there are Douglas's in Ireland?  I had always assumed that our ancestry came from Scotland and that we were a borders clan.  Were Douglas's resettled from Scotland to Ireland after being defeated by the British?  Did they immigrate?  Were there always Irish Douglas's and my assumptions were incorrect?  Thanks for allowing me to be a part of this group and research my history.


Comment by William Douglas on May 20, 2015 at 12:57

 Irish Catholic parish records 

Thanks to Julie for this news:
NEARLY 400,000 Irish Catholic parish records will be made publically accessible via a new genealogy resource website due to be launched this summer.People researching their Irish family tree from all corners of the globe will be able to search the records – which date from the 1740s to the 1880s – for free, thanks to a new National Gallery of Ireland initiative.

Comment by John Douglas on September 29, 2014 at 18:22

Just saying hello, I'm part of a Douglas family from Ireland. Sadly not much is known about our history as, in honesty, I was always too young to be interested. Now I am older I am starting to get interested in the Douglas history. 

The little I do know. My Mother and siblings were born into the family of James Hill Douglas and Anne Douglas. They lived in Sydenham in East Belfast. James was a local mechanic, although not professionally trained, people would come from all over Belfast to have him work on their car. His job, from what I recall, was in the Steelworks in Belfast called Sirrocco. 

Sadly that is pretty much all I knew about this side of the family. 

Comment by William Douglas on June 25, 2014 at 7:41

I received a couple of messages overnight which did not contain email addresses for a response.

1. Lurgan ancestry: family home donard view milltown roadoutside lurgan but family may have been from kinnego townland

2. a big family of douglases lived in kinnego at lough neagh moses douglas born 1740 had alot of sons one was called john the sons married and moved on its probably the same family. moses married hillary marsden and some marsdens still live in lurgan

Can anyone tell me more?


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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.

Maybe it is time to update the information in your profile?

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