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Who was Margaret Drysdail?

Lieutenant and Adjutant Sholto Douglas Sorlie, formerly of the 68th Regiment of Light Infantry, and late of the 2nd Veteran Battalion, who died On Tuesday, at Leeds, in 1839 in his 68th year, was the son of James Sorlie who married Mary Ferguson on 27 May 1770 in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland. She was the daughter of Alexander Ferguson .Sholto was at the battle of Salamanca, Vittoria, Pyrenees, Navelle, Orthes, Peninsular &c. 'He was a good officer and a brave soldier'. He was born on the…See More
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"            The origins of the Drysdale family  predate this  1503 document , the substance of the record from 1503 I have no reason to doubt yet the presentation as such [ from above ] ''STORY OF…"
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Drysdale - a Douglas sept

Drysdale is considered a sept of the Douglas clan, but it is quite likely that this was a separate family which existed previous to when the three Douglas brothers adopted the Drysdale name. A sept is a family that can be related to a clan or larger family for various reasons. Usually this came about either through marriage or by a small family seeking protection from a larger and more powerful neighbour.See More
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1860s Photograph Album Douglas Pennant family on ebay

1864 - 1870 Photograph Album of Ella and Archibald Douglas Pennant330 albumen photographsThis is the photograph album of Lt Col Hon Archibald Charles Douglas Pennant and his wife Hon Harriet Ella Gifford.  It is inscribed Ella on the front cover and begins around 1864 (this is the first dated photograph), a year before Ella and Archibald's marriage, and runs through to C.1870.  Inside are over 330 albumen photographs of varying sizes, including very many named portrait photographs.  This would…See More
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William Douglas commented on William Douglas's group Drysdale - a Douglas sept
"I have located the 'missing' version of the origins of the Drysdale family document. Sadly, nothing startlingly new there. This version was transcribed by  John Harrower Drysdale, Aylmer, Ontario, Canada, in…"
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Harold Edington commented on William Douglas's blog post Rival clans to the Douglases - do you agree?
"Sandilands is and always has been a recognized sept of Douglas.  Crichton I could agree with.  The others were "rivals" from the vacuum created after the fall of the Black Douglases in 1455.  Until that time, I believe most…"
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1860s Photograph Album Douglas Pennant family on ebay

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1864 - 1870 Photograph Album of Ella and Archibald Douglas Pennant

330 albumen photographs

This is the photograph album of Lt Col Hon Archibald Charles Douglas Pennant and his wife Hon Harriet Ella Gifford.  It…

Rival clans to the Douglases - do you agree?

Posted on September 10, 2014 at 9:27 1 Comment

A list of 'Rival clans' has recently been added to Wikipedia.

How much to we agree that this was the case? Rivalary with the Royal Stewarts, is fairly obvious, but what about the rest?

Clan Stewart
Clan Crichton
Clan Gordon
Clan Sandilands
Clan Charteris
Clan Johnstone
Clan Colville
Clan Scott
Clan MacLellan
Clan Ramsay
Clan Maxwell (17th century)

Genealogy of Brigantes or Douglas

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I came across this interesting version of the origins of the Douglas family...…


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Starting Sept. 30, 2014, will be making a big change. GenForum message boards, Family Tree Maker homepages, and the most popular articles will be preserved in a read-only format, while several other features will no longer be available, including member subscriptions and the Shop.

I, for one, will be missing the closure of the forums, to which i have contributed over several years, both posing questions and providing responses.

I guess they were not providing a…


Douglas?drysdale of Strathendry link

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Up for sale a very interesting unique survivor
For pendicle rent and smith work done by henry drysdale Of strathedry 1805
Paid by the guardians of mr douglas of strathendry

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At 16:31 on August 21, 2014, Ian Douglass said…
At 16:58 on August 10, 2014, ANDREW CHRISTIAN DOUGLAS said…
At 12:37 on June 3, 2014, Robert Bain said…

Hi William
no problems

At 10:46 on May 27, 2014, Jonna Schelde Jacobsen said…

Hello Willam Douglas.

Thank you for adding me as your friend. I have found out, that I am related to Queen Anne Stuart. We have the same ancestors. Frederik I of Denmark had two girls before marriage. His daughter Geske is female ancestor. I am related to Lady Diana too. Sophie Charlotte von Kielmansegg (born grevinde af Platen-Hallermund, Countess of Darlington`s mother Clara Elisebeth von Platen-Hallermund (born von Meysenbug) is my direct ancestor .Douglas and Hamilton are names in my tree. It is very interesting, I have managed to find a lot of my ancestors. But can you give me some more names of people , I can contact in this group? Thank you for reading my mail. Kindly Jonna

At 23:48 on April 29, 2014, Mary Frances Keyes said…

Thank you so much. Was Douglas and Morton the same family at one time???

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!

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