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"Wouldn't THAT be lovely? I found another document that reiterates the one you sent, with some additions. I'll attach it along below. My cousin, who died a couple of years ago was a lifetime member of Clan Douglas of North America, but I…"
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U-boat victim, Andrew Drysdale.

ANDREW DOUGLAS DRYSDALE M.B., Ch.B. (Edin.).Age: 23Lieutenant 225941 Royal Army Medical CorpsTicket No. 312Destination: Cape TownSon of Peter Finnie Drysdale and Annie Bonar Drysdale, of Edinburgh. Andrew was a passenger who lost his life when SS Ceramic was sunk by a U-boat mid-Atlantic on 6th December 1942.On November 23, 1942 the Ceramic left the Mersey for Australia, independently routed, with 378 passengers. Her subsequent complete disappearance was at first little publicised at home, due…See More
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Cavers Castle on the market - again

Cavers Castle is steeped in history and was most recently the seat of the Douglas family for over 300 years. In its day, the castle was a grand 64 room family residence sitting in grounds in excess of 100,000 acres.Today, the castle sits in the centre of the approx 10 acre grounds. The grounds contain a large pond to the…See More
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"Leeds Mercury Deaths Nov 2nd 1839 On Tuesday, at Leeds, in his 68th year, Lieutenant and Adjutant Sholto Douglas Sorlie, formerly of the 68th Regiment of Light Infantry, and late of the 2nd Veteran Battalion ..."
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Cavers Castle on the market - again

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Cavers Castle is steeped in history and was most recently the seat of the Douglas family for over 300 years. In its day, the castle was a grand 64 room family residence sitting in grounds in excess of 100,000 acres.

Today, the castle sits in the centre of the approx 10 acre grounds. The grounds contain a…


Pittendreich Doocot - a building at risk

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This GradeA listed doocot forms part of the former  Pittendreich estate, once the property of the Douglases of Pittendreich, located at Easter Pittendreich Farm, Elgin, in Scotland. 

Probably written circa 1900: No trace of these Douglases now exists. The old trees probably define the spot where the mansion of the…


Douglas - or Daglass, Dagless or Dagloss?

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John Dagless was a blacksmith living in Norfolk. He married Elizabeth Pearson and they has eight children:

Susannah, baptised 14 Apr 1816

William, bap 6 Dec 1819

Richard, bap 28 Dec 1834, born 29/11/1829

Thomas, bap 24…


Monteath Mausoleum campaign launches

Posted on November 9, 2014 at 10:48 0 Comments

The Monteath Douglas Mausoleum is a grand Victorian monument, standing starkly on the skyline in the Scottish Borders near the village of Ancrum It is semi-derelict, and on the Buildings at Risk Scotland Register.

This magnificent, largely forgotten building is the last resting place of General Sir Thomas Monteath Douglas (1788 - 1868). The entrance is guarded…


T George Douglas of Florida

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I received the following message with the request to share it:

I just wanted to share with as many of you as I could that T George Douglas passed away this morning (Tuesday, November 4) at his home in Altamonte Springs Fl.  His wife, Pat , called my husband George this afternoon to let him know the sad news. 

Some of you receiving this email may not have known T George well.  However he was one of the great ones within Clan Douglas.  I can still remember all the…


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At 14:52 on December 16, 2014, Libby Bussinah said…

Wouldn't THAT be lovely? I found another document that reiterates the one you sent, with some additions. I'll attach it along below. My cousin, who died a couple of years ago was a lifetime member of Clan Douglas of North America, but I didn't get his info before he passed. The family up in Virginia has it in a basement somewhere. I just wanted to trace the genealogy back to Scotland, not go on a treasure hunt.;) I've never heard of the castle We-Wym-Wye mentioned either. That - and having trouble finding James Douglass of Virginia with any documents to support. Thanks for the welcome to the community - I'm looking forward to the search!



At 13:00 on November 24, 2014, Marguerite DOUGLAS said…

Welcome to our community, Marguerite.

Hello William,

I don't speak a very good english but I would be glad if I can help.

I only begin the search about my family and ancestors and I don't any many informations.

Kind regards,


I hAny help that you can give would be very welcome.

Yours aye,


At 2:41 on November 24, 2014, Michael Robert Sholto Douglas said…

Thank you William.

My younger brother (technically half brother) Jeremy Alexander Sholto Douglas recently introduced me to The Douglas Archives.  Your web site is fascinating.  Thank you for putting in the time and effort it must take to maintain it.

Robert Jennings Douglas was our grandfather. He was born on January 27th, 1895 in Green Hill (possibly spelled Greenhill), Sherborne (Dorset county), England.  His parents were James Douglas (a solicitor) and Eleanora Douglas, formerly Lawson.  My understanding is that James and Eleanora had 2 sons. Sholto was the first, and my grandfather, Robert was the second.  Apparently Sholto and Robert were both sent offshore as young men to make their own way in life. My grandfather went to South Africa.  Apparently his parents divorced, and his father James married again, and had one child, namely Hamish, who became a solicitor in Bournemouth.

Robert's first wife (my grandmother) was Marjorie May Wallis. They had 3 children. The first was my aunt Joan, who's full name and birth details I don't have, but could probably get from her offspring (my cousins). Joan died of cancer many years ago, but I am not sure how many. The second was a girl named Beryl, but she died at a very young age. The youngest child was my father, Sholto Henry Douglas, born on February 2nd, 1930 in Grahamstown, South Africa. My grandparents divorced when my father was a young lad. My grandfather was remarried to Thelma, who's details I know little of, but can get. They bore 3 children, Robert, Rodney and Sandra.  I will get additional details of them, but it is our uncle Robert that has done some research on family history, which I intend to delve into at my first opportunity. My father died in December 2003 just a few weeks before what would have been his 74th birthday. His premature death was due to COPD brought about due to being a heavy smoker for many years.

My mother (first wife of Sholto Henry) was Josephine Anne Charlesworth, born November 4th, 1936 in Settle, Yorkshire.  I have 3 siblings: Charles Henry Sholto born November 1st, 1957 in Grahamstown, South Afica. Sally Anne born July 18th, 1959 in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Lisa Jane born October 9th, 1962 in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.  I too, was born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. My father's second marriage was to Julie Anne Taylor.  This is Jeremy's mother (my step-mother).  I assume you already have his birth information. He was the second child of my father's second marriage. The first was my other brother Hamish John Sholto Douglas born August 1st, 1979.  My brother, Charles Henry Sholto died in August of this year.

My wife (Wendy Jean Hodson, born November 2nd, 1965 in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa) and I relocated from South Africa to the USA in June 1992. We have 2 children: Amy Jean born April 8th, 1997 in St. Louis, Missouri, and Alec Sholto born October 25th, 2000 in Kansas City, Missouri.  We currently live in the city of Overland Park in the state of Kansas, which is really a suburb of Kansas City.

I hope this is helpful and not too detailed.

Best wishes,


At 0:36 on October 20, 2014, Thomas Douglas said…

Hi William,

That was my grandfather. He lived in Bonne Terre, MO. My father's name was Ernest Vetal Douglas. I wish I could track our line back to Scotland, but haven't been able to do that. I did live in Dunoon, Scotland for a couple of years and saw a portrait of Sir James Douglas hanging in Inverary Castle that looked almost exactly like one of my uncles. I remain fascinated with the history of the Douglas lines from medieval times on.

At 2:50 on October 19, 2014, Fiona Primrose Douglas said…

Follow-up:  I don't think the Sir should have crept in to the below posting about General John Primrose Douglas  Sorry!

At 2:23 on October 19, 2014, Fiona Primrose Douglas said…

Thanks for your welcome  to my joining, William.

It is going to take a while for me to give any detailed responses, and much of what I know comes from my sister-in-law who is the real person who has researched all this, but:

I believe General Sir John Primrose Douglas was the cousin of my father Charles Primrose Douglas (1921-2005).  I know my parents used to see him occasionally when they lived in the UK.  I have a feeling that, given the propensity of our branch to call fathers and sons the same names and seeing the date of birth of this JPD, there may be father and  son John Primrose Douglases, father and son, while we have just one listed.  I'll ask my mother a bit more. 

My sister-in-law told me our Primrose name came from an Ann Primrose from Aberdeen, who married one of our ancestors.  Looking at his detailed posting  on 18th & 19th century Douglases in February 2014, I suspect that I am therefore distantly related to John Clark of New Zealand who may be the ?grandson of my great-uncle, a male Douglas we have listed as having died in an earthquake in Napier, New Zealand (we have no more information).

I will get back to you when I know more - or may enlist my sister-in-law!

At 18:16 on September 29, 2014, John Douglas said…

Sounds like a different Douglas although he shares the same name as my grandfather. My Grandfather was James Hill Douglas and lived in Belfast. Worked as a mechanic although not trained professionally, in Belfast. Worked for a steelworks company called Sirrocco. Sadly he died a good few years ago after a stroke. Tragic loss to the family as he was the greatest man I have ever met. 

But thank you for the info. I only found this site a few hours ago after seaching for a little bit of history. 

At 12:09 on September 29, 2014, Catrine Drisdelle said…

Hello William.

Thank you so much for accepting me into your group. The spelling variation in my name came about between 1820-70 I believe. My three times great-grandfather Jean or John was a Drysdale and his sons became Drisdèle/Drisdell/Drisdelle onward. The province of New Brunswick is bilingual and the Drysdale's eventually all settled in French speaking regions which is why the spelling changed.

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