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Douglass Ancestry

I am having a horrible time connecting my Douglass lineage. I am going to Scotland in September and would love some help. 

The last Douglass I am sure of is William W Douglass, b. abt 1755 in Lancaster Co., PA and d. Nov 1792, Madison Co., KY. He was married to Jane Moore, b. 1762, Lancaster Co.,  PA and d. 1830, Boone, MO. Any help with connecting me to ancestors in Scotland is appreciated, thank you Judy

Added by Judy A Douglass on June 13, 2018 at 20:39 — 1 Comment

Lady Florence Dixie

The new exhibition opened last week at the Annan Museum which covers the life and times of Lady Florence Dixie.



Lady Florence is remembered most for her association with women's football.  As president of the British Ladies Football Club she helped give the game a high profile.  The exhibition also takes a fresh look at her life and legacy including her trips to Patagonia and in Southern Africa to report on the Boar War and her political activity in woman's suffrage and dress…

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Added by Stuart Gibbs on June 13, 2018 at 10:53 — No Comments

3 million page views!

In recent days, the hit counter, recording page views since December 2003, tripped the 3 million mark on the Douglas Archives. This represents more than one million unique visitors.

Added by William Douglas on June 13, 2018 at 10:09 — No Comments

Jan Shaw - Ne obliviscaris

It is with sadness I record the death of Jan Shaw, on 10th June.

Jan was for many years to President of the Clan Douglas Association of Australia, and before that the newsletter editor.

Her knowledge of Douglas matters, her support of Douglas heritage and her friendship will be missed by…

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Added by William Douglas on June 12, 2018 at 14:51 — 1 Comment

Douglas Archives database problems

You may have noticed strange behaviour with the Douglas Archives database.

There appears to be a problem with my web service provider that is affecting both email and the database. We are working on this. Meanwhile the revised database has wiped the older version, but not replaced it.

Boring!

Yours aye,

William

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Added by William Douglas on June 9, 2018 at 17:14 — No Comments

Distinguished Man - 6000 y.o. language

I am informed that Douglas in Hebrew means "Distinguished Man".

Doogle= distinguished, eesh= man.

Could it be that Douglas came from Danite Celts?

Hard to prove, but an interesting coincidence. Do any of my distinguished friends have any thoughts on this?

And Urban Dictionary has a rather different definition!

Added by William Douglas on June 9, 2018 at 9:52 — No Comments

Douglas pin brooch for sale on eBay

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Added by William Douglas on June 8, 2018 at 22:41 — No Comments

Ephemera related to Admiral Douglas's house Seafield in Walmer

I have been offered ephemera relating to Admiral Douglas's house Seafield in Walmer. Would anyone be interested in this?

Admiral Robert Gordon Douglas(1829-1910), descendant of James, 4th Earl of Morton, was the son of Commander John Douglas, JP, RN, and Robina MacDonell. He had at least one son, James Sholto Gordon Douglas, and a daughter Madeline Gordon Douglas.

The…

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Added by William Douglas on June 6, 2018 at 10:53 — No Comments

Douglas title conferred on Prince Harry

Prince Henry, KCVO (Henry Charles Albert David; born 15 September 1984), also known as Prince Harry, is a member of the British royal family. He is the younger son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales, and is sixth in the line of succession to the British throne.

Today, 19th May 2018, on the occasion of his…

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Added by William Douglas on May 19, 2018 at 16:30 — No Comments

Sir William Douglas, Lord of Liddesdale, the Flower of Chivalry.

Sir William Douglas, Lord of Liddesdale (circa. 1300-k.1353) was also known as the Knight of Liddesdale and…

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Added by William Douglas on April 28, 2018 at 11:44 — No Comments

Of, in or at a place

The following helpful guide was contributed by the late Norman Douglas of Dundarroch to a Clan Douglas Association of Australia newsletter some years ago. It bears reprinting.

When searching through records or gravestones in Scotland, it is common to find a person described either 'of', a place or 'in' a place or 'at' a place. These words are of considerable…

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Added by William Douglas on April 25, 2018 at 10:58 — No Comments

Historic Artist Andrew Hillhouse, 1964-2018

Several of the illustrations used in the Douglas Archives were created by Andrew Hillhouse, who died on Sunday 16th April 2018.

Andrew worked as a technician in the School of Landscape Architecture, ESALA, Edinburgh University. He drew, painted and illustrated in his spare time depicting, predominantly…

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Added by William Douglas on April 16, 2018 at 22:03 — No Comments

Kirkpatricks in Seville

During a recent short holiday in Seville, I did not expect to see evidence of 'The good' Sir James Douglas, who passed through the city when en-route to the Holy Land, in 1330. As a consequence, I failed to do my research before arriving.

When he was commissioned by the dying King, Robert 'The Bruce', to carry his heart on crusade to the Holy Land, James Douglas gathered around him several noble knights and twenty esquires, among them a son of Sir Roger Kirkpatrick of Closeburn. The…

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Added by William Douglas on April 2, 2018 at 15:43 — 1 Comment

Major James Douglas

William

Thanks for the reference and pointer towards the background of Major James. He sounds like one of these larger than life characters.

Having done some work on the White connection it is pretty clear that James White would have met Rachel Douglas when they were both living in that part of Edinburgh (no 2 Patrick Square). If James was training as a surgeon  - Surgeons hall is off course nearby and close to where James Uncle lived.  

I don't think…

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Added by James Izatt on March 20, 2018 at 23:17 — No Comments

Major James Douglas of the East India Company

William.

Some time since I have had anything useful to contribute but I came across Major James Douglas when researching another bit of my family tree

I note that he had three daughters when he arrived in the UK in  1807 - that is Rachel, Katherine and possibly Mary. Subsequently they seemed to have stayed at St Patricks Square in Edinburgh because Rachel married a James White or Whyte from that address who was a surgeon in Edinburgh. The family appears in the…

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Added by James Izatt on March 18, 2018 at 20:30 — 1 Comment

Douglas 1610 william

Henry B DOUGLASS

1867–1934

BIRTH 1867  Louisville, St Lawrence, New York, USA

DEATH …

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Added by Michael P Mccann on March 7, 2018 at 1:43 — No Comments

Thomas Nottingham, son of Jacob Nottingham, will 1747

Thomas Nottingham wrote his will 10 July 1797 Wills, etc., #30, 1795-1798, page 302, Northampton County, to loving wife Scarburgh, to grandson, William Nottingham, to granddaughter, Sally Nottingham. to my three grandsons, Samuel, John, and William Williams, son of John Williams and Edith Williams. to son, Jacob Nottingham, to son, William, to Ann Wilson

Residual Legatees Margaret Willis, John Brickhouse My son, William Notttingham and Robert (Robin) Brickhouse.

Thomas…

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Added by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on February 28, 2018 at 20:45 — No Comments

Robert Bell, son of Thomas Bell

I gave this line several years ago. Robert Bell was son of Thomas Bell and Mary Senior. He died, intestate in 1795 in Northampton County. Robert and Mary Jarvis (daughter of William Jarvis,Sr. and Ann Goffigon) Ann Goffigon was the daughter of James Goffigon and Leah Willett. Robert Bell and Robert Bell and May Jarvis had five children. One of the five was Betsey Bell who married Severn Evans Nottingham. Severn Evans Nottingham was the father of Elizabeth Ann Nottingham who married Captain…

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Added by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on February 28, 2018 at 20:00 — No Comments

Children of Thomas Bell and Mary Senior

Robert Bell was the eldest son of Thomas and Mary Bell. This line I shall pursue as I descend down it through three lines. The youngest child of Thomas Bell and Mary Senior was Ann 'Nancy' Senior Bell (Please note that Nancy was given the middle name of Senior.) Nancy married Thomas Jarvis, son of William Jarvis, Sr. and Ann Goffigon, daughter of James Goffigon This couple was married 28 Sept 1789 in Northampton Co. As this is a line that descends from Capt William Willett I mention it but…

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Added by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on February 12, 2018 at 16:33 — 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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