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Douglas families in Ireland


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 11

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Immigrants to the South: Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi

Started by Gilbert Franklin Douglas III. Last reply by William Douglas Feb 19. 1 Reply

Greetings, most likely most of my immigrant ancestors came through Ireland before arriving to the south east coast.... Douglases, Carmichaels, Lessleys, Munros... et al.My yDNA seems to indicate we…Continue

Douglas - ancestors of the first President of Ireland?

Started by William Douglas. Last reply by William Douglas Nov 26, 2017. 2 Replies

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. Last reply by Alison Christine Hodgkiss ( born Aug 16, 2017. 1 Reply

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 William Douglas on March 11, 2018 at 18:57

Re: Lt. Douglas at Derry:

When they saw the enemy make an approach towards the city, they would run out with ten or twelve men and skirmish a while with them. When the besieged, who watched them closely from the walls, saw them too closely engaged, or in danger of being overpowered, they rushed out in great force to their relief, and always came off with great execution on the enemy, and with very little loss to themselves. On one of these occasions, however.

Lieutenant Douglass was taken prisoner and murdered, after quarter had been promised to him.

Comment by Judy Eaton Martin on March 11, 2018 at 15:53

As far back as I can trace, I am related to Lieutenant James Douglass who fought as a defender in the Siege of Derry in 1689 and was killed in the first battle of Windmill Hill.  His first name is not mentioned in any records of the Siege but based on patronymics his given name would have been James and a son would have been named William.  His grandson, also named James Douglass, came to Connecticut in 1732 (I believe, I'm doing this from memory) and with him he brought the sword of his grandfather used in the Siege of Derry.  Since 1889, the sword whereabouts is now unknown.  This James Douglass married a woman named Jennett (Janet) and their first child was "William" who was born in "Antrim" Ireland (i.e. Northern Ireland).  Their remaining children were born in Connecticut/Rhode Island (they lived on the state border and the line kept changing).  I tried to see if there were any military records regarding the Siege but was told all were destroyed.  Also note the double "s" on Douglass; it was written this way until my grandfather decided to drop the second "s".  Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Comment by William Douglas on March 10, 2018 at 15:31

Douglas, in Co. Cork, was first mentioned in an inquisition on the lands of Gerald de Prendergast in 1251 - but I have only just discovered it!  I can find no connection with the Douglas family, but am awed by the early date of 1251. Just coincidence, or was there a connection with the Douglas family of modern day Lanarkshire?

Comment by Alison Christine Hodgkiss ( born on December 22, 2017 at 6:21

Just popping by to wish you all a very Happy Christmas, and a great New Year of 2018.

Thanks for all the contributions..

Keep up the good work.

Alison :)

Thank you, Alison.

I hope that you, too, have a good Christmas.


Comment by William Douglas on December 21, 2017 at 23:17

Many Douglases migrated through ireland to America...

Comment by William Douglas on August 18, 2017 at 12:25

Extracted from the Douglas DNA discussion site:

Looking for the family of a Barnabas Douglass b. 1778 in Ireland, married a Sarah Keech and they came to Pennsylvania.  He died Mar 1,1845 at the age of 67 and is buried near Cherry Tree, PA with his wife Sarah.  They had many children and it seems there is quite the Douglass family in that area.   He is [my] 6th Great Grandfather.   A lot of information on the web seems conflicting on his ancestry

Comment by William Douglas on June 11, 2017 at 18:58

Old News from Ireland

British Legion plays down election of UDR ex-convict 
By Seamus McKinney

The Royal British Legion in London has played down as a "local issue" the election of a man convicted in relation to a UVF murder.

Several members of the Coleraine branch walked out of the annual general meeting last week after former UDR member Bobby Douglas was elected branch chairman.

Douglas (62) was sentenced to 12 years in prison in for his part in the UVF murder of Samuel Patton from the Co Derry town in 1988.

Although acquitted of Mr Patton's murder, Douglas was convicted of wounding with intent.

Two other men were convicted of murder.

I publish this story because I have today been working on the family links between the Pattons and the Douglases in Holywood and Newtonards following an enquiry by Chris McCouaig.  The families are inter-linked in a number of generations with the Pattons using Douglas as a given name and the Douglases using Patton.

Research continues.

Incidentally, this is the first time that the McCouaig surmane has entered the Douglas Archives.

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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Just keeping you in the loop.

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

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

Happy researching.



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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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