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Russell Lynn Drysdale commented on William Douglas's group North American immigrants
"Part1 The Slaying of John Douglas at Little Moccasin Gap The Slaying of John Douglas at Little Moccasin Gap By Emory L. Hamilton From the unpublished manuscript, Indian Atrocities Along the…"
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Russell Lynn Drysdale commented on William Douglas's group North American immigrants
"As evidenced by Captain Russell’s letter, John Douglas was probably killed either on July 5th or 6th. Tradition has it that Douglas was accompanied by his friend William Benham, and that they, as was customary of most people traveling from…"
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"I have just received the latest newsletter from the Friends of the Monteath Mausoleum and am pleased to learn that progress is being made. They were too polite to refer to the shit shovelling required to discover shards of original glass -…"
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"Welcome to our group, Nigel. I think that this is the first that i have come across this family, and regret that I have nothing on them, other than this entry: Referring to Chipping Warden...The tendency of the Scotch to seek their fortunes away…"
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"Jill, you probably know this, but it mmight help others connect: Hezekiah Douglas was born in New London, New London, Connecticut, USA on 19 Jan 1749 to Daniel Douglas and Lois Calkins. Hezekiah Douglas the elder died on 1805. Ester Witter was born…"
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"Welcome to our group, Patricia. I hope that together, we can track down you Douglas ancestors. I have sent you a private message. Please look for it. William Douglas"
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burningbrichtis a home-based business sited not far from where I…


2015 New Years Honours

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Congratulations go to Henry Scott Douglas who was awarded the British Empire Medal For services to the community in Bonchester in the Scottish Borders in the 2015 New Years Honours List. 

Henry Douglas was born in the Yarrow Valley and has farmed all his…


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Leo Douglas was nearly 30 minutes old before anyone noticed the significance of his birthdate. As his parents, Petty Officer Kelly Douglas of Emporia and Petty Officer Megan Douglas of Worth, Illinois, watched the nurse place Leo’s tiny footprints on his birth certificate and enter the details of his…


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…


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At 11:39 on January 10, 2015, Wayne Michael Douglas said…

Thank you very much William, that is much appreciated!


At 12:20 on January 9, 2015, Wayne Michael Douglas said…

Hi William


It’s a great pleasure to become acquainted with you.


I connect to Walter Michael Aubrey Douglas as follows:


Great-great grandfather: Walter Michael Aubrey Douglas

Great grandfather: Donald Avery Douglas

Grandfather: Horace Avery Douglas

Father: Edward Joseph Douglas

Me: Wayne Michael Douglas


I see the website only goes as far as my grandfather and I think it would be great if we can add further.


I went to the Douglas homestead, that Donald Avery Douglas established in Morrinsville, New Zealand, and I saw the portrait of Walter Michael Aubrey Douglas hanging on the wall in the dining room. I was actually adopted out as a baby and met the Douglas family (my biological family) for the first time when I was in my early twenties and was quite taken when I saw the portrait.


You may know that Donald Avery Douglas owned a cattle farm, and racehorses with 3 generations involved in the racing as follows:


Donald Avery Douglas: Owner

Roy Douglas: Trainer

Edward Douglas: Jockey


One of the main things that prompted me to join this site was because I have been invited to speak at the British House of Commons on March 2nd – only about 6 weeks away.


Do you know of any decedents from Walter Michael Aubrey Douglas living in England that I might be able to get in contact with?


Thanks William,





At 20:33 on January 2, 2015, Eddie Roberts said…

Thanks William

Rev Percy Douglas 1900 Hooton, Little Sutton, Chester. South Africa Conciliation Committee March 1900.
Rev Percy Douglas 1900-1925 Vicar of Great Sutton from 1900 to 1925. (Same as above?) Son of Rev Robert Douglas
Rev Percy Douglas 1903 St. Paul's Church, Hooton, Cbeshire - conducted marriage ceremony

was indeed one of the people I was interested in learning about he was my great grandfather about to make a start on him this year after doing some research last year about my grandfather LT Percy Douglas R..F.C who is buried with him at Great Sutton Church

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. 



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