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Scandal in the family

It is always fun to discover hanky panky in the family history, and so it was not really a surprise to discover that the daughter of my 13th great-grandfather was a naughty girl, when not much more that her sixteenth birthday - she became the mistress of King James V.

Elizabeth Carmichael, also know as Katherine, bore the King a son, a son,…

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Added by William Douglas on November 30, 2018 at 14:08 — 3 Comments

Two weddings on the same day - what's the connection?

Intrigued by the marriage between a Douglas and a Middleton, and wondering if there was a royal connection, I worked to find out who Rev M Middleton was, and indeed, who was Mr Douglas?

He appears to be James Alexander Douglas (abt 1762-1830), son of William Douglas and Mary Higginbotham.  James married Charlotte Douglass on 7th March 1796, in…

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Added by William Douglas on November 16, 2018 at 13:10 — 1 Comment

A Douglas 1926 350cc EW motorcycle in Borneo

History of the first person in North Borneo on a motorcycle trip between Keningau, Melalap and Tambunan Road

Between 9th and 13th August 1928, an American Doctor by the named C G Campbell made a daring adventure when he took his Douglas motorcycle on a trip from Melalap to Keningau and Tambunan on an inspection…

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Added by William Douglas on November 14, 2018 at 12:00 — 2 Comments

Historic Douglas Support Estate Community buy-out planned

Viewpark Conservation Group (VCG) wishes to acquire the Historic Douglas Support Estate, locally known as The Viewpark Glen through a Community buy-out. 



The Douglas Support Estate was in the ownership of the Douglas family for many generations, and forms part of the old Douglas lands of Lanarkshire. The current owners are descendants of the Douglas family, but are no longer Douglases.



The local community wishes to acquire the land to…

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Added by William Douglas on October 19, 2018 at 10:27 — No Comments

Alexander Douglas-Douglas - Australian native police officer

Some alarming facts have been added to Alexander Douglas-Douglas's Wikipedia profile.

Alexander was a naval officer, an explorer, a teamster, officer in the Native Police and a chief inspector of police in Queensland. And, it his time with the police that has been called into question.

Douglas was appointed Acting Sub-Inspector at…

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Added by William Douglas on September 20, 2018 at 10:08 — 1 Comment

Patrick Douglas: In convertendo

An attractive motet setting for five voices (SA(orT)TTB) of Psalm 126 by a little-known Scottish composer of the mid…

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Added by William Douglas on September 17, 2018 at 10:06 — No Comments

Douglas of Bonjedward and Timpendean

Are you a descendant of the Douglas families of Bonjedward or Timpendean?

Douglas of Bonjedward has featured in a couple of recent articles, the Skirmish at Sclaterford, which followed the disaster at Flodden, in 1513, and the Raid of the Redeswire in 1575.

However, linking the correct Douglas to these events is not proving easy.

I am grateful to Sally Douglas for re-visiting this, but maybe others have researched their families and have some additional…

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Added by William Douglas on September 16, 2018 at 13:21 — No Comments

Daniel Douglas, Machine Maker and Castillo Douglas

John Douglas was born on 6 Feb 1840 in Bury, Lancashire, the son of Daniel Douglas, a Machine Maker, and his wife Sarah.

John emigrated to Mexico and is the progenitor of the family that built, first, Douglas Chalet and then Castillo Douglas.

Does anyone have this family in their tree?

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Added by William Douglas on August 23, 2018 at 21:39 — No Comments

Douglass Tower - named for the lighthouse builder

Arguably one of the more ugly new buildings in London, The 30-storey Douglass Tower on Goodluck Hope, has been named after Sir James Douglass, the redoubtable designer of the English coastline’s two tallest lighthouses - the Eddystone Lighthouse off the Cornish coast and Bishop Rock, on the Isle of Scilly.

Born in Bow, Tower Hamlets in 1826, Sir James Douglass was chief engineer at Trinity House, the chartered authority with workshops at Trinity Buoy Wharf, the site of London…

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Added by William Douglas on August 21, 2018 at 9:30 — No Comments

Outlaw King trailer

Outlaw King - look for 'The Good' James Douglas - not yet Sir James!…

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Added by William Douglas on August 20, 2018 at 20:00 — No Comments

St. Brigid and the King’s Wolf

Once a rustic, seeing a wolf run about in proximity to the palace, killed it; not knowing that it was the tame creature of the king; and he brought the dead beast to the king, expecting a reward. Then the prince in anger ordered the man to be cast into prison and executed. Now when Bridget heard this, her spirit was stirred within her, and mounting her chariot, she drove…

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Added by William Douglas on August 9, 2018 at 12:38 — No Comments

Is this Sir James?

James Douglas did not, of course, have a heart in his arms - that was added later.  But might the artist just be taking a liberty? …

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Added by William Douglas on August 2, 2018 at 9:24 — No Comments

Sir George Douglas, St Andrews

In a fitting tribute to Sir George, the younger brother of Sir William Douglas, who owned Lochleven Castle, a plaque was placed at Deans Court, St Andrews, on the 450th anniversary of Mary’s escape from Lochleven on May 2, 1568.

It was unveiled by Elizabeth Roads, Snawdoun Herald of the Court of the Lord Lyon,…

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Added by William Douglas on August 1, 2018 at 10:54 — 2 Comments

william

Hi William I enjoyed your newsletter. What you have achieved is remarkable. I have a question for you and it is unrelated to Douglas. In the early 1940s I had a friend from Scotland and I lost touch with him. It is possible that my friend and you crossed the same paths. May I mention his name to you? Henry

Added by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on July 22, 2018 at 18:53 — 1 Comment

Accept It; You're Loyal To Douglas

As stated previously, my maiden name was Morton and my great-grandfather (George Morton), and all the Mortons before him, were Scottish. Morton, being a sept or allied family of Douglas, has always given me a sense of belonging to Douglas. As I've been researching my family history, though, I've found ancestors from Auchterlonys to Youngs and a lot of things in between. There are at least 43 (possible) clans within the family history I've traced so far. It's a lot to digest. However, what…

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Added by Angela Louise McGurk on July 22, 2018 at 12:58 — No Comments

English or Scottish? By Birth or Blood?

Mary F Stafford/Horn and Robert Morton, my grandparents. Robert was the son of George Morton and was the first Morton born in England in my line. George Morton was born in Dumfries-shire but his father had been born in Loudoun Ayrshire, as had many generations before. My research indicated he was descended from John Morton (1748) from Loudoun and Mary Sandylands (1751) there are several earlier John Mortons as well, but the Sandylands line is difficult to follow.

Through marriage into…

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Added by Angela Louise McGurk on July 22, 2018 at 12:06 — No Comments

On this day 19 July

On this day 19 July 1333 saw the Battle of Halidon Hill at Berwick, where an English army, led by Edward III and Edward Balliol, defeated the Scots forces under the command of Sir Archibald Douglas  ('Tyneman').

The defeat was mainly down to the English archers who devastated the Scottish ranks, inflicting terrible losses, including six…

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Added by William Douglas on July 19, 2018 at 22:10 — No Comments

C K M Douglas and the meteotsunami

Last week, I was helping a researcher who was looking for details of C K M Douglas.

Today there has been a "meteorological tsunami" - meteotsunami in Spain - a phrase coined by C K M Douglas who was a meteorologist.…

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Added by William Douglas on July 18, 2018 at 18:32 — No Comments

Mary Queen of Scots - Ian Douglas

Ian Douglas has been fascinated by Scottish history for over forty years. He has just published a short biography of Mary, “Mary Queen of Scots – a Brief History” and is the author of “Exploring History in the Scottish…

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Added by William Douglas on July 9, 2018 at 17:49 — No Comments

The Douglas family in Orkney

On the tombstone, in St Magnus Cathedral, of George Douglas, who died 1611, and Elizabeth Douglas, his spouse, who died 1630, is a shield bearing :—Quarterly, first and fourth, three piles; second and third, a heart ; over all as many mullets

in fess.

Who was he?

The Douglas family…

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Added by William Douglas on July 6, 2018 at 22:05 — No Comments

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Making conections

The more information you can give about the people you mention, the more chance there is of someone else connecting with your family.

Dates and places of births, deaths and marriages all help to place families.

Professions also help.

'My great-grandmother mother was a Douglas from Montrose' does not give many clues to follow up! But a bit of flesh on the bones makes further research possible. But if we are told who she married, what his profession was and where the children were baptised, then we can get to work.

Maybe it is time to update the information in your profile?


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