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"Welcome to our group, A. I have the following notes about Douglases from Abbotshall, which may help with your research: Georg DOUGLASS, Abbotshall, Fife, m Aleson KIGO, 1656 Robert Bogie (born April 30, 1821 son of William and Mary) and Margaret…"
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Alexander "Sawney" Bean was said to have been born in East Lothian, far away from the remote Ayrshire coast where he achieved infamy. The son of a hedger and ditcher, he followed in his fathers footsteps, but soon discovered an aversion to hard work and absconded from his parents to Ayrshire. It was here he fell in with a woman as disinclined to honest living as he was, Black Agnes Douglas. Legend puts it that they had settled in Ballantrae until Black Agnes was denounced as a witch, whereupon…See More
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Sawney Bean

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Alexander "Sawney" Bean was said to have been born in East Lothian, far away from the remote Ayrshire coast where he achieved infamy. The son of a hedger and ditcher, he followed in his fathers footsteps, but soon discovered an aversion to hard work and absconded from his parents to Ayrshire. It was here he fell in with a woman as disinclined…


Major Sholto Douglas - 'Banished' to Van Diemen's Land

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Banished is a British drama television serial created by Jimmy McGovern. The seven-part serial first aired on 5 March 2015 on BBC Two and was inspired by events in the eighteenth century when Britain established a penal colony in Australia.

Set in the first penal colony founded by the British in New South Wales, Australia, in the year 1788; in which the British convicts live alongside…


Walter Douglas, member of Legion of Honour

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Walter Douglas, a member of the Essex Scottish Regiment, 2nd Division out of Windsor, was awarded France's highest award of distinction.

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Emily Louisa Jane Douglas (1867-1960) 93

Emily Louisa Jane Douglas was born 3 September 1867 in Yass, New South Wales, Australia to David Douglas (1832-1887) and Margaret Duffy (1832-1919) and died 2 July 1960 in Bondi, New South Wales, Australia of unspecified causes. She married Harry Hinton Baglin (1866-1915) 1 January 1890 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

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Thomas Douglas (Baillie of Edinburgh)

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The epitaph below throws up some interesting issues.

It is normally thought that the Baillie was born in 1612, the year of the death of his presumed father, Sir James Douglas, 8th of Cavers. Here, it appears that he was born c1616.

The second matter is that there is no reference to a family - no wife and children mentioned. Yet is thought to be the ancestor of the Douglas family of Yarm.

I have not been able to trace his cousin, Richard Douglas, one of his heirs…


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At 2:57 on March 9, 2015, Carolyn Grey Douglas said…

Thank you, William, for this information.  I would like to further add to my family tree details pertaining to my extended family.  Also, there are some misspelled names I'd like to correct for the record.  So glad to hear from you.

At 23:29 on March 7, 2015, Judy Lumby said…

Thank you William for the help

At 18:04 on February 19, 2015, Sheri Stewart said…

Thank you !!!! and I can't wait to meet you too!!!!!

At 0:17 on February 11, 2015, Ben Giffard said…

Hi William, thanks for confirming you got them.  Is there anyway we can link them  to Juliana's page on your site?  And to link WMAD's photo to his page?  Just a thought!  Regards, Ben

At 4:15 on February 10, 2015, Ben Giffard said…

William, I think(!) I've up loaded 4 photos of Julia.  Could you see if they are there and appropriately accessible?  Looking down this page I see that Wayne Michael Douglas mentions seeing a portrait of Walter Michael Aubrey Douglas.  I wonder if that is still around - I am sure that would be a real treasure.  From what you put in your message I gather that my previous one disappeared so I will resend in the info in a few days - when I have time.  All the best!  Ben

At 12:19 on February 7, 2015, Ian Shearer said…

Many thanks for the kind welcome.

Yes it would be great to take the story of John & Bridget Douglass of Yarm further back.  The story goes that John, a Catholic, was originally from Scotland but was 'exiled after Stuart defeats', but so far we've never got to the bottom of this and it may be one of those 'family legends'!  I'm currently looking at a possibility that John might have been a surgeon-apothecary in Durham, but it's a bit speculative.

Happy to see if I can help contribute to your amazing site, and likewise to help any others who wish to contact me who might have an interest in this branch of the family.

Definitely 'ss', by the way!  All have ever since emphatically adopted that particular spelling - my brother, son, and several cousins also use it as a middle name...!


At 1:18 on February 7, 2015, Jackie Stoddard said…

Does anyone understand the Donald    becoming Macdonald …frustrating as I have the

John Donald 1640 x 2 generations

John Donald + 1660

then William Donald 1680 marring Isobel Robertson 1690


then JOHN DOUGLAS 1709 marrying AGNES DONALD 1710

his father James Douglas 1680 + siblings of son john are james, janet , William

child of John & Agnes

= Margaret Douglas 1739 (Aberdeenshire) + sister Isobel Ross Douglas

So the grandmother (Agnes Donald’s mother was probably a Ross? , due to second sister and Scottish naming patterns?)

all of the Glenbervie earls of Angus

Aberdeenshire mostly

can anyone explain this .... most places search seams to have the DONALD as MACDONALD ??? thanks Jackie S

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



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