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Started this discussion. Last reply by Graeme Thomas Jul 12, 2013. 4 Replies

My Grandfather was Allan Leslie Douglas - born Auckland, New Zealand. His brothers were Albert (Bert) Douglas, Frank Douglas who was killed in a bike accident in Dunedin). Dave and a sister…Continue

 

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At 21:57 on January 25, 2017, ian said…

My name is Ian Duncan but I can trace my ancestry back to William Douglas who married Elizabeth Steward of Scotland

At 7:37 on July 17, 2013, Kenneth David Morton Douglas said…

Hi Graeme.

No luck with my Australian relatives. But a suggestion has been made that perhaps you should have your DNA tested to see where you fit into the puzzle that is Douglas heredity. If you want to know more go to the following website.

www.familytreedna,com if you want to know more contact one of the administrators. Regards Ken

At 11:30 on July 15, 2013, Kenneth David Morton Douglas said…

Hi Graeme.

My parents and my two brothers emmigrated from England in 1966 and settleed in Hamilton. I have been able to trace my family ancestors back to Alexander (b.1585 somewhere in Scotland). He crossed the border and settled in Yorkshire and ever since then each succesive generation has been born in either England or Wales. I have discovered some cousins in Australia. (where my yougest brother now lives).

I too was told by my father that we were descended from The Black Douglases and were also related to the former British Prime Minister, Sir Alec Douglas Home.

However research by my relatives in Australia seems to have ruled out any direct relationship to the "old" Morton line. Which makes one wonder why The Family started giving male offspring the christian name Morton. It has been passed down my family line since the son of The Reverend James Douglas (1753-1819) James Edward Morton Douglas (1794-1864),Dr.David Morton Douglas(1828-1901),James Herbert David Morton Douglas (1882-1956), my father, Kenneth Morton Douglas (1920-2004), myself, my son and his son.

There is also a Morton Alfred Douglas who was a descendant of Richard William Glode Douglas (brother to James Edward Morton Douglas) who settled in Australia in the mid 19th century and from whom my various cousins etc, in Australia are descended.

Ther probably is a link between you and I somewhere in the past but it does not show in my research, but I think that one of my relatives in Australia may be keen to communicate with you. I will contact her and let you know.

Regards

Ken Douglas, New Plymouth NZ 

 
 
 

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