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"Thomas Dunlop Douglas has an entry here: He would appear to have died without children. Is this the same man as 'your' Thomas?"
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"Welcome to our group, Sonyya. Tracing Irish family history is notoriously difficult. However, there are others working in similar areas who are members of our Irish group. You might consider joining. Yours aye, William"
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Clan Douglas Gathering - 2014

Plans are in hand to hold a Clan Douglas Gathering in Scotland in 2014.The Gathering will be held 30th June - 6th July 2014, following the 700th anniversary of the Battle of BannockburnA range of activities are proposed. We welcome suggestions as the what and where these might be. Until numbers are known, events and activities cannot be firmed up, but there will include castle visits and opportunities to meet senior Douglas leaders (We have no Chief!).This group has been established to enable…See More
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Douglas Septs convicts shipped to Australia

It was not just Douglases who were shipped to Australia, but members of our Septs too. This group is for them.See More

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Francis Douglas-Watson, killed 7th April 1941

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In April 1941, Lt Commander Francis Douglas-Watson was serving at HMS Nile (RN base, Alexandria, Egypt), but on 7th April, he was ashore in the Greek harbour of Piraeus when the British steamer Clan Fraser (7529grt), of convoy ANF .24, was damaged by German bombing and set afire. At 0330hrs on the 7th, the explosion of her TNT cargo sank the steamer and wrecked the harbour, killing Cdr.…


Douglas bible to be auctioned

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A Douglas family bible in the possession of WESC Foundation in Exeter is to be auctioned.

The bible donated to the charity once belonged (according to the writing inside the front cover) to Rev. Robert Douglas, who was gifted it in 1883. He then gave it to his son the Rev. Percy Douglas in 1891 and at some point it came into the possession of his eldest son also named Percy Douglas and he gifted it to a newly ordained priest at Wells in 1981 (whose name can't be made…


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Atomz, who have provided the search function for the Douglas Archives for many years, appears to have  closed without warning.

I am replacing it.  The old dog is having to learn new tricks, so it may take a day or so to get it up and running across the website.

Paul Douglas, born March 26, 1892

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I missed this yesterday!

When we think of Illinois politicians today we are reminded of those who are currently serving prison sentences — 4 of the last 7 Governors were residents of the old graybar hotel. And too many of those who aren’t in jail are flitting about in ecstatic confusion doing errands for Wall Street.

But there was a day not so very long ago when…


Lewis H. Douglas tells of Carney's heroism

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William Carney’s brave actions were honored when he was bestowed the Congressional Medal of Honor. An affidavit from Lewis Douglas retells Carney’s actions.

The actions of Sgt. William Carney of the Fifty-fourth Massachusetts Colored Regiment at the assault on Fort Wagner, South…


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At 15:32 on March 21, 2014, Nicholas P. Wright said…

I have 4 Edward Douglass in my line, one died (the most recent) in Tennessee. The other three are my 8th, 9th, and 10th great grandfathers. With 3rd(1644-1698), 2nd(1590-1657), and 1st(Bef 1590-Bef1644). All should be buried in Northhampton County, VA. But some sites ( says they were born in Norwich, England; while says Scotland.

At 1:47 on March 13, 2014, Cyndia Christen Douglass said…

Thank you for responding so quickly. Unfortunately I will not be able to attend the Douglas Clan Gathering although it would be the perfect special time to experience Scotland for the first time.

Although I do not know the dates, you very likely may be referring to my grandfather, Howard Jasper Douglass, who was born in Patriot, Indiana, and I think died in an elderly care facility in Brandon, Florida, near where my Aunt Janet used to live. My grandmother's name was Clara Ina Wood Douglass.

My father's name was Howard Wood Douglass, his sister was Janet Douglass Miles.  If I am correct, my father was born in Madison, Indiana, or at least lived there as a child.

While my Aunt Janet took it upon herself to be the family historian, much of what she may have known about our ancestry was not passed along to her survivors. She may even have been in contact with you at some point but I do not know any details about her research.

Please let me know if you have anymore information. I am currently attempting to acquire more information from my cousins in the meantime.

Best regards,


At 13:21 on February 17, 2014, Jonna Schelde Jacobsen said…

Hello William Douglas.

I am not sure, but Queen Consort Anne of England (born of Denmark) could be the link to my dna connection . Another possiblity is Margarethe (Martha) von Scheinitz (born von Kauffungen)Direkte ane (17 generationer) - My direct ancestor (17 generations).

1420, Schönberg, Sachsen.  At she is the link to many royal families.
At 19:27 on January 12, 2014, Joseph Charles Blaylock said…

I will be there, along with three others to enjoy some of the events!  Looking forward to it, and meeting you then.

At 10:34 on January 3, 2014, Sherri Hathaway said…

Hi William!

Great Migration of Puritans from England to New England (1620–1643)

At 19:04 on December 17, 2013, Connie Williams said…

Thank you for the welcome.  I  have been aware of Sylvia Snipps' research for a little while but the size and complexity of your website has been quite daunting!  I am the great-great-granddaughter of Mary Ann Douglas, the daughter of Primrose Douglas.  I will write to Sylvia now.  Connie Williams

At 19:34 on December 5, 2013, Curtis H. Douglas said…

Herman Douglas

Born Aug 1889 West Charleston NH

Died Oct 1981 Malone NY

Father George Douglas??

Herman is my grandfather

At 3:31 on November 18, 2013, Pam Warner said…

Thank you for the welcome William and yes I am Sue Elliott's aunt.  We have been working together on our genealogy but have been stuck for many years. Hope someone can get us going again!  Pam

At 0:20 on November 11, 2013, Russell Lynn Drysdale said…

 In re:

who is this? 

George Russell Drysdale , English born  Australian Artist , knighted in 1969 . You have posted about him in the Drysdale Sept group before William .

At 21:04 on October 5, 2013, Kenneth Edward Douglas said…

Yes, but I am not sure if I am doing this correctly ?



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