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Robbie Burns and the Douglas connections

Posted on January 25, 2016 at 12:35 0 Comments

Robert Burns, also known as Rabbie Burns, the Bard of Ayrshire and various other names and epithets, was a Scottish poet and lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide. Many Douglases have already posted photographs of themselves on social media attending dinners.

Robert Burns bought a ticket in 1786 to travel to Jamaica to work as a slave driver.

Burns in 1786 was faced with many challenges including penury…


Columbus ‘was a freckly Scotsman called Pedro’

Posted on January 20, 2016 at 10:40 1 Comment

In an astonishing claim, Spanish historian Alfonso Enseñat de Villalonga has established that Christopher Columbus was a Scot - and a Douglas!

The historian spent 27 years sifting through hundreds of thousands of documents and now believes that he has proof that Christopher Columbus was descended…


Dispersal of Douglas lands

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When the Douglases fell out with the king, the 9th Earl's lands were forfeited in 1456.

Amongst those to benefit appears to be James Rutherford:-

JAMES RUTHERFOORD of that ilk, who, in a gift of the patronage of the kirk of Rutherfoord, which formerly belonged to the earl of Douglas, is designed filius et hae∣res,…


2016 UK New Years Honours

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Congratulations to:

Rowan Malcolm Douglas of London who is appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

Chief executive officer, Capital Science and Policy Practice, Willis Group. For services to the Economy through Risk, Insurance and Sustainable Growth


Terence Thomas Robin Douglas of Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire who is appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

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Most wanted - The Douglas brick walls

Posted on December 27, 2015 at 17:30 0 Comments

At long last, I have begun the task of a listing of family research brick walls.

Please let me have any on your list to add to the collection.

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At 20:49 on January 7, 2016, Janet Elizabeth Douglas said…
Thank you William. We are fortunate in that we have a very comprehensive family tree prepared for my great uncle when he was awarded a peerage. We know quite a bit about the lives of our direct line back into the 19th century, but the bit I would like to know more about is a period when members of our line settled in Jamaica (I think in the 18th century). I may do some research on this when I can find the time.

At 3:13 on December 14, 2015, Warren Moffatt said…
Hello William, I am doing the research for my girlfriend and she is the Douglas connection. As it turns out, she lives about a mile from the Douglas Cemetery in Lakeville, MA. Which was part of Middleboro until 1853. Supposedly Eunice was buried there but many stones were broken or stolen around 1950s-1960s. The developer putting houses in this area actually put up a new sign "Douglas 1793" at the entrance. I hope to get in there this winter and clear the brush and debris out.
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At 18:40 on December 4, 2015, Jay Vogelaar said…

Alpha Douglas was my father's grandfather, in Oskaloosa, Iowa--late 1800's and early 1900's.  He was married to Alice (nee Wing) Douglas. They raised a slew of children. I have the list in a drawer and I'll bring it out. I posted a lot of known connections on; does this website do something similarly?  

At 4:26 on December 4, 2015, Wayne Ross Douglass said…

Hi William,

I'm Wayne's mother and am answering for him as he wasn't sure.  Yes, we (Wayne's dad, Dan, and I) do have a picture of the original building -  but it's a photocopy and not that great.  The building still stands and is in pretty good shape.  I'm not sure if IOOF still owns the building.  The American Legion held meetings there for years.  Plus, it's had a couple other businesses in the building over that past several years.  One was a dance studio on the upper level which our youngest daughter was enrolled in for lessons.  I have a little more info on the building if you're interested. 


Penny and Dan Douglass

At 19:34 on November 14, 2015, Brian J Douglas said…

Hi William - Thanks for the greetings. I'm particularly interested in any members with connections to Annan and/or Cummertrees. 

At 19:04 on November 9, 2015, James Douglass said…

Hi William,

Yes, Henry B Douglass the sword owner is one of the sons of Samuel Douglass of Newtonards.  The family left Northern Ireland in 1850 and based on birth-dates of the children it is likely Samuel perished due to famine/cholera  along with many others shortly before 1850 and is buried in unmarked part of the only local cemetery.


At 15:23 on November 7, 2015, Eugene Harden said…
I have been tracing my husbands ancestors through Ancestry geaneology. His 3rd great grandmother was Catherine Wishart who married Abraham Hardin. She was descended from Lady Jean Douglas and John Wyschart through their son, Alexander Wyschart. Lady Jean was the daughter of sir William de Douglas and Lady Egidia Giles. If this is correct I think we plug into the Douglas Earls by 1503. It gets tough after that since there were so many switches of titles and names. There is also a large Wishart group who has been collecting descendants with that last name. Catherine's marriage and lineage is confirmed there also. Names changed Wyschart is now Wishart and Hardin is now Harden. I am trying to confirm accuracy of ancesters of Sir William De Douglas since I can confirm that relationship.
At 19:05 on October 29, 2015, James Douglass said…

Hi William,

My Samuel of Newtownards is the father of Henry and Hugh.  His widow, Agnes, came to New York City with five sons and one daughter in 1850.  I am the first child in my line that was not born in NYC, being born in VT.  I have a lot of info on Agnes and her family in the US, but ran into a dead end in Northern Ireland.


At 14:10 on October 29, 2015, Bruce Shapley Douglass said…

Right now I'm more interested in the three, James, Janet and William, who came to CT. What port in Ireland did they sail from and why were they in Ireland in the first place?

At 22:51 on October 26, 2015, Jennifer Mitchelson said…

and thanks for the interesting link William,  Hugh and his family did well in Australia, he was listed as a book seller in later years.



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