The Douglas Archives

A collection of historical and genalogical records

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The Douglas Archives is a mix of historical records and biographies and also a genealogy database with details of 187,500+ individuals.

Searching the Douglas Archives

Looking for a Douglas ancestor in the Douglas Archives requires two searches - one in the history section, and another in the genealogy section.

There is a way around this, by using Google (and other search engines) site search facilities.

We can see succesful outcomes of Google searches, but not the unsuccesful ones.

If you cannot find what you are looking for, please ask the question through the Comunity Network - or just drop us a line.

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To reduce the volume of fraudulent sign ups, I am making the process more difficult. I apologise to genuine prospective members.  

The more information you give about your ancestors, the greater the chance that others might see someone they recognise and tie in to your tree. Dates and places definitely help!

Welcome to the Douglas Archives Network

The first Douglas to stride across the stage of Scottish history was Sir William Douglas who fought and died for William Wallace. His son, Sir James Douglas was a supporter and lifelong friend of Robert the Bruce. "Good Sir James" died taking Bruce's heart on a crusade to the Holy Land. The 2nd Earl of Douglas died at the Battle of Otterburn in 1388 as his army defeated an English force led by Prince Henry "Hotspur". In 1402 the 4th Earl was defeated by the same Henry Hotspur at the Battle of Homildon Hill.

Few of their successors died in their beds! Our website charts the history of this famous family, both in its native Scotland, and as family members spread across the world.

The main site is divided into two sections: Douglas history and Douglas genealogy.  These have been joined by the Douglas Clan Gathering section.


In this networking area, we hope that all those with Douglas connections will feel able to contribute and debate their Douglas heritage.

If you are new to the site, please visit our Welcome message.

 

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Villa Douglas and Douglas House - two very different places in focus this week

Much of my research is in response to questions raised by researchers seeking information about their ancestors.  But from time to time I find myself assisting with background research for a book.Douglas House SchoolLast week, I was asked about Mrs…See More
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William Douglas left a comment for Paul Monroe
"Welcome to the community, Paul. To help others link in to your tree, and help with it, I suggest that you enter some family details of your Douglas ancestors, with places, dates and events. Yours aye, William"
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"A couple of follow up points: • The Douglas of Glenbervie family have McKenzie antecedents • Bonnie Prince Charlie used Chevalier Douglas as a pseudonym "
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"SYLVESTER DOUGLAS Baron Glenbervie 1743 I see my Mother & I, especially eyes, his grandfather, Sylvester 1690, dau Margaret married Stirling"
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Forum

Ann Douglas (married to Walter White), connected to Douglas of Ulston, Jedburgh

Started by John Bonn in Genealogy. Last reply by John Bonn Aug 29. 5 Replies

HiSelkirk Marriages has Walter White, Tenant in Brownmoor in Selkirk parish & Ann Dowglas in Jedburgh parish, on 8 Dec 1773. Cationer for the groom was George White, Tenent in Hangingshaw [Silkirk], & Cationer for the bride was Adam Douglas,…Continue

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Johan Rosie Douglas

Started by Harold Leduc in Genealogy. Last reply by Harold Leduc Aug 7. 7 Replies

Hi All, I am new to the site so take it easy on me ;0) I wonder if anyone out there has common ancestors and can help me grow the my branch of the Douglas family tree beyond WIlliam Douglas and Ann Elder. My Grandmother, Johan Rosie Douglas married…Continue

Jane DOUGLAS of Edenburt County Cavan

Started by James Williams in Genealogy. Last reply by William Douglas Jun 30. 3 Replies

I found my Great Great Grandmother Jane DOUGLAS on a surviving fragment of the 1821 census at Edenburt near Virginia Co. Cavan Ireland.  She was born 1813 and had brothers Alexander and John.  She and John ended up in England - She in Whitehaven and…Continue

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DOUGLASES IN CHILE

Started by Gilbert Franklin Douglas III in Genealogy. Last reply by Russell Lynn Drysdale Jun 23. 1 Reply

Recently I seem to have been receiving a number of :"friend" requests from folks in Chile.  Is there any research into Douglas families who left Scotland and settled in Chile?GilbertContinue

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Blog Posts

Villa Douglas and Douglas House - two very different places in focus this week

Posted by William Douglas on September 21, 2020 at 12:35 0 Comments

Much of my research is in response to questions raised by researchers seeking information about their ancestors.  But from time to time I find myself assisting with background research for a book.

Douglas House School

Last week, I was asked about Mrs Owen-Williams, owner and head teacher of the Douglas House School, also known as the Old Vicarage, in Malvern, Worcestershire.  My interest was immediately aroused, because earlier in the week I had resumed my…

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Slavery in Modern Scotland

Posted by Russell Lynn Drysdale on September 10, 2020 at 16:26 0 Comments

   

After reading  William Douglas blog titled ''The white child slaves from Aberdeen''  made me think  about a passage I had read about  branding ''beggaris'' [beggars]  although  the below wasn't the same source as what I had originally read , it does cover beggars, children as well as men between jobs Colliers etc , and the Enablers of these practices of Scots enslaving Scots- BTW- no…

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Col Robert MacDonald of Inchkenneth married Mary Douglas of Grantham

Posted by William Douglas on August 31, 2020 at 19:00 0 Comments

Col Robert MacDonald of Inchkenneth married Mary Douglas of Grantham in January 1801.  She was the daughter of Thomas Douglas, who originally engaged in mercantile pursuits (He worked in the cotton industry), he went on to reside at Grantham in Lincolnshire. Served as High Sheriff of that County in 1776.



He bred racehorses and was well…

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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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