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A breakthrough!

After many, many years I have finally cracked the case of my mysterious ancestor Edward Douglas - the first Douglas of my family line to arrive in Australia.

Edward was the son of James Douglas - the only recorded child to James and his unknown wife. He was born in 1824 

Records on suggests that Edward was born in Birmingham. Evidence on this same site suggests he lived in the Warwickshire until the age of 19. 

It appears that life at that time for him was…


Added by Andrew Douglas on November 13, 2017 at 6:24 — 3 Comments

Who is the earliest recorded Douglas?

There is a story circulating that while researching the Vatican archives for a book on the topography of Lowland Scotland, the author Nigel Tranter found a document which stated that John, son of William Lord of Douglas attended a royal council at Scone in 1056. This would be more than 100 years earlier than the previously accepted first Lord of Douglas.  At that time, Macbeth would have been king.

There is the following tradition in regard to the origin of the name. In…


Added by William Douglas on November 11, 2017 at 13:34 — No Comments

Who was Grace Sholto Douglas?

Grace Sholto Douglas (1940) is a large painting by the British artist and set designer Leslie Hurry, which depicts a woman positioned semi-seated with her left arm resting on a stone architectural feature.

Although it is unclear where Grace Sholto Douglas was painted, it is known that Hurry first met the sitter during a concert in the National Gallery, London, in 1940. The image…


Added by William Douglas on November 3, 2017 at 13:02 — No Comments

Rev Thomas Teackle

After the death of Thomas Teackle an inventory of his personal effects was made and the inventory of 329 books constituted the finest private library in America. These books were printed in English, Latin, Greek, and other languages. There were books on theology, medicine, history, etc. I knew he was favored by the Crown, and was recognized as an outstanding ecclesiastic and he was so honorable to his first wife, Isabella. That he was so erudite took me by surprise. The first college in…


Added by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on November 2, 2017 at 15:21 — No Comments

Lt Col Edward Douglas

As my revisions are extensive I have decided to make use of a new blog post rather than edit an existing post.

Sir Thomas Dale was born in Surry County, England. We know this because when he was knighted June 19th 1606 by King James 1 at Richmond he was giving Sir Thomas' place of birth. At an early age he and his family moved to Middlesex Co. It is possible that his brother, Richard, and his sister, Isabella, were born in Middlesex County.

We do not know the exact date of…


Added by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on October 28, 2017 at 19:09 — 2 Comments

Edward Douglas of Accomack County, Virginia.

The given name of 'Edward' is rarely seen in 17th and 18th century Scotland. However, when I look at early America the given name 'Edward' is fairly common. I wonder if Edward Douglas of Accomack County is responsible for this. George Douglas, the emigrant, had a son named 'Edward'.

Added by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on October 28, 2017 at 19:00 — 1 Comment

William Willett grandson of Lt. Col Edward Douglas

On 28 May 1698 in Packet 1, Early Papers 1655-1722/23 is an obligation bond," whereby William Willett, Gent., and Hillary Stringer, Gent., bind themselves for 4000 lbs. pf good tobacco to Elizabeth MacAlob for her estate. She was one of the daughters of Conongh (Conough) MacAlob, dec.'d. wp 29 Jan. 1691/2 xvii-placed by the Court to William Willett until she reaches the age of 16 at which time the bond expires." William Willett was a blood relative of Elizabeth MacAlob. The MacAlob family…


Added by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on October 28, 2017 at 18:47 — No Comments

Who was Sarah Frances Douglas

William Crockford married Sarah Frances Douglas on 20th May 1812 by licence in the parish of St George, Hanover Square, London. He is registered as a bachelor and she as a spinster.

However, she was his second wife and he was previously married to Mary Lockwood, and by her had William (1799-); George (1802-69), Edward (1804-75); Mary Ann (1806-74) & Priscilla Eliza (1809-53).

Sarah Frances Douglas (1790-1865), 'a lady of refined manners and amiable…


Added by William Douglas on October 18, 2017 at 19:24 — No Comments

The Douglas family in Norfolk

I have been asked to help trace the Douglas family in Norfolk, East Anglia, particularly the name variants Dagles, Dagley, Daglis, Daglos, Duglasse.  As I have recently been working on the Palestinian variant Daghlas, this looked to be an interesting project.

And it is interesting and frustrating!

I have found a 15th century Richard Duglas, both Junior and…


Added by William Douglas on August 7, 2017 at 18:00 — 1 Comment

Little boys should neither be seen nor heard?

One wonders why the boy in this family group should have been given so little space if he was wanted in the photograph!

The carte de viste was taken by Robert Douglas, Landscape & Portrait Photographer, The Vineyard, Top Whytes Causeway, Kirkcaldy, probably in the…


Added by William Douglas on July 29, 2017 at 12:00 — 2 Comments

Is the Daghlas family part of the extended Douglas family?

I have been asked by a Palestinian living in Jordan for help in identifying her ancestors. Her surname is Daghlas. The main centre of those with this name seem to be around Nablus - a troubled part of the world.

The name is also spelled Daghles; some appear to use both.

It seems likely that the name originated around the time of the British civil administration in…


Added by William Douglas on July 22, 2017 at 21:00 — No Comments

The Good Sir James sails for Jerusalem

At this time died King Robert of Scotland, at a good old age. When he saw his end approaching, he summoned together all the chiefs and barons in whom he most confided, and, fter having told them that he should never get the better of this sickness, commanded them, upon their honour and loyalty, to keep and preserve faithfully and entire the kingdom for his son David, and to obey him ; also to crown him king when he was of a…

Added by William Douglas on July 11, 2017 at 16:19 — No Comments

Who is - or was - Scott Douglas?

Two questions focus the minds of those who follow the fortunes of kilt-wearing Shoreditch hipsters. One, of course, is: 'What, if anything, do they wear underneath them?' The other, far more fascinating, is: 'Just who is Scott Douglas?'

Until 2010, the flamboyantly Caledonian Casanova was Tracey Emin's…


Added by William Douglas on July 10, 2017 at 19:04 — No Comments

Arctic Convoys memorial

Visiting the Arctic Convoys memorial, in Wester Ross, I was reminded of the terrible conditions endured by both those in the protection warships, and those in the unarmed merchant ships carrying essential supplies to Russia.

About 1400 merchant ships delivered essential supplies to the Soviet Union under the…


Added by William Douglas on July 7, 2017 at 19:24 — No Comments

James Douglas and Jean Farquhar

I would really appreciate any information on these two that any one has. They had a son, Hugh Douglas, 1713. I think their dates might be about 1688. If I can link these up to earlier Douglas' I can complete that branch of my family.



Added by Sheila Mary Jackson on June 15, 2017 at 22:16 — 4 Comments

Walter Sholto Douglas married Isabella Robinson - apparently

I was researching the author, W. Sholto Douglas (Cromwell's Scotch Campaigns 1650-51, et al) when I stumbled across the remarkable story of Walter Sholto Douglas.

My first discovery was that there was a marriage between Walter Sholto Douglas and Isabella Robinson, who married secondly Rev. William Falconer.  Was this my historical author?

Well, maybe not, although she (wait for it) was a writer.

Mary Diana Dods (1790–1830) was a Scottish writer of books, short…


Added by William Douglas on June 13, 2017 at 18:49 — No Comments

History of the House of Douglas

Oxfam, the international confederation of charitable organizations focused on the alleviation of global poverty, runs bookshops in the UK to raise funds for the charity.

They have on sale, via ebay, a copy of A history of the house of Douglas from the earliest times down to the legislative union of England and Scotland by Sir Herbert Eustace Maxwell. This 1903 two volume publication has…


Added by William Douglas on June 1, 2017 at 17:00 — 1 Comment

Marius, progenitor of the Douglas Scotti family

Painting by Giuseppe Antonio Caccioli (1672 - 1740) representing Mario Scoto and Pope Leo III

In the spring of 774, during his subjugation of Italy,  king Charlemagne and Pope Adrian I decided to meet. With a small escort, amongst whom Mario Scoto was present, Charlemagne…


Added by William Douglas on May 13, 2017 at 18:24 — No Comments

Douglas portrait for sale

COLONEL WALTER DOUGLAS (1670-1739) was a direct descendent of a branch of the Scottish Douglases, an ancient clan of noblemen that historian G. Harvey Johnston has called “a great and warlike family,” that “remained loyal to the crown.” From 1711-1715 Colonel Douglas served as Captain-General and Governor-General of the British-ruled Leeward Islands, an island chain located in the West Indies.…


Added by William Douglas on May 1, 2017 at 13:58 — No Comments

Racing silks of the American Blythswood Farm's stables

Not a newly discovered Black Douglas jacket, but the racing silks of the American Blythswood Farm's stables, owned by a family of Douglas descent.…


Added by William Douglas on April 29, 2017 at 14:00 — 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.

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