"Excellent post! The only thing I gathered (from various sources, including Davie Ross) was that the second "s" was actually dropped. Flip a coin. There was a 2-s Douglass who had a timber cutting license with the English (ships'…"
The Hercules left London, England March 24, 1633/4 and Southampton on April 18, 1634 with her master, John Kiddey, arriving in New England at an unknown date.The following…"
It seems the prevailing theories for the second s of Douglass are
1) Clerical (3rd party) errors
2) Illiteracy errors (self errors)
3) Disambiguation between clans (Black and Red)
4) Something else.
So far, my research originated and…"
"This seems quite scientifically (or demographically) valid. I wonder if the "two s" variety were chased out of their Lothian and Galloway haunts by the Red Douyglas and Stewart victors? Seems likely. Also, there seems tobe quite a few…"
"Russell, it was not my intent to answer Daryl's initial question directly. In fact, if you look way back to my initial contribution to this discussion (more than three years ago, in fact), you'll see that I suggested the adoption of…"
"Percentages by location and Math wasn't the question of Daryl's . Rather more particular towards the question was spelling. Most folks couldn't spell their own names so they just made a mark ....on whatever they were signing ...
For what it's worth, you can go to this site at Forebears.
If you compare the incidence and location of the use of "Douglass" in the British Isles in 1881-1901 to the use of…"
"Good stuff, Daryl.
I got back from 4 weeks (2 in Scotland and 2 in England) this August. As I drove around Scotland, it got more and more confusing. At Stirling, I saw two stained-glass windows (one for Archibald the Grim of Threave fame and another…"
"Beverly...so glad to hear from you! I did a lot of digging in the first two weeks of July---all over Scotland. Incredible stuff---including that the Douglasses had lands all the way up in the Highlands, north of Inverness. Between the MaKays and the…"
"Hi! I am researching the Black Douglases and I don't mean the skin tone, I mean the Black Douglas Clan of Sir James (the Black) Douglas who fought with Robert Bruce and won the Battle of Bannockburn. He died in the crusades. Yes, we were…"
Which Douglas line are you researching? Dates and places help making connections.
William George Douglass Born circa 1768 (don't know where). Stole 4 silver pints from a John Gamble and was sentenced (in York???) 31st July 1802. Transported to Australia aboard the Coromandel 1804. My 37 marker yDNA test on Family Tree has not thrown up ANY matches so far.
Thanks Daryl, the line that my family had traced seems to need more research. Herbert Wallace Douglas (supposed son of Henry) was married to Frances Ellen Noble and Henry was married to Catherine Hickson.
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?