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"Welcome to our Community, Geoffrey, I was not acquainted with the Rev Stair Douglas until I opened this page, nor, I admit, Funtington Church or Ashling. However, that is now rectified and I have put together some notes on the family. If there…"
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Unclaimed estates in England

The following leave unclaimed estates:ForenameSurnameDate of DeathPlace of DeathDates of BirthPlace of BirthGary VictorDouglas21/06/2011Erith Kent10/07/1949KentJosephDouglas15/02/1985Nottingham England17/11/1916Irish RepublicLucille AnnDouglas09/05/2012Forest Gate London E728/02/1923JamaicaManleyDouglas15/02/2012Birmingham West Midlands22/11/1936JamaicaRichardDouglas11/03/2005Hammersmith London W611/04/1930Trinidad & TobagoStephenDouglas21/04/2000Denmark Hill London…See More
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Coat of arms from 1654 Blaeu map of Nithsdale

Is this the coat of arms of Lord Archibald Douglas, 3rd Marquess of Douglas later 1st Duke of Douglas?
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"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…"
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"murdering Thomas Drysdale bookbinder in Dunfermline March 3 1759 issued At Perth : John Marshall carrier in Auchtermuchty Fifeshire and Andrew Lucas son of Andrew Lucas in Kirktoun of Clova were both tried for murder , the…"
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"Welcome to our community, Tom. Vetal is an unusual name, and I know of only one Douglas by that name who lived in Missouri (1892-1964). Would this be your grandfather? Yours aye, William"

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The following leave unclaimed estates:

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Terri triumphs at Inverness

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Congratulations to Terri Douglas Ventress, a senior design engineer at Oklahoma State University, captured her third consecutive Masters World Championships at the 2014 Highland Games in Inverness, Scotland. Ventress is the only one in the world to simultaneously hold all the Highland Games World Records in her…


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Douglas, C S $937.97
Douglas, Dorothy Angela $349.45
Douglas, Ian $116.00
Douglas, J F Mr $506.51
Douglas, J G $1,350.00
Douglas, Joyce Alice $102.35
Douglas, Maureen Anne $984.64
Douglas, N L $1,589.48
Douglas, Stephanie Diane $155.95

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Watts, alias Douglas - WW1 casualty

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  I am considering how best to commemorate the fallen from the First World War, and was looking at the scale of the project. The first name that I came across was Rifleman John Sholto Douglas Douglas, who was listed as Alias Watts.  Intrigued, I tried to find out more about him.

15881 Rifleman John Sholto Douglas Douglas died in France on 6th October 1918 and is 'Remembered with Honour' in the Grevillers British Cemetery.

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Former Douglas property on the market

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Orchardton House was built in about 1761 by Robert Maxwell. He married a McLellan of Kirkcudbright Castle and it is alleged that the roof timbers from the castle were used in the construction of the new mansion at Orchardton. In 1785, the estate came into the possession of James Douglas, brother of William, founder of Castle Douglas. The house was substantially embellished…


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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.

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???



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