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The Douglas Archives is a mix of historical records and biographies and also a genealogy database with details of 190,500+ individuals.
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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.
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I am having doubts about the parentage of Hugh Douglass born 1713 in New Cumnock, Scotland. In Ancestry, lots of folks (including me) linked him to James Douglas 13th Lord of Mains 1691-1741. But I have researched and can find no definitive proof…Continue
John is my problem ancestor. I can document my son's lineage to William Douglass, 1785-1856, Surry Co. NC-Campbell Co. TN, but I can't connect him to his father, except via YDNA 111 markers at FTDNA, kit 144902, John V. Douglass.
John was born about 1764 in Rowan/Surry County NC. Father may be Alexander, Malachi, or unknown. John married Elizabeth Betsy Ford, daughter of Loyd Ford in 1786 Surry Co. NC. John served in the American Revolution. NC soldiers pension S2517, NARA
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Derek J. H. Douglas writes:
My 3rd great grandfather, Rev. Matthew J. Douglas (1829-1865) is listed as a private on the rolls of the Confederacy's 11th Tennessee Cavalry Regiment (Holman's) in 1863. It is said that he was held prisoner in a cave at Cumberland Gap and starved to death, according to a family story that my grandfather Jessie Esler Douglas (1916-1970) was told by his father, George Washington Douglas (1891-1931). This story has…
CAMPBELL CHRONICLES and FAMILY SKETCHES
Embracing the History of CAMPBELL COUNTY, VIRGINIA
By R. H. EARLY
J. P. BELL COMPANY
LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA 1927
In 1784 Edward Douglas patented 3OO acres of land on Beaverpond creek. 18O4
patented 3OO additional acres on Beaverpond creek: this Edward may have been a
brother or son of John: whose children were Charles, Elizabeth," Thomas, Polly,