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 190,500+ 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.

 

Latest Activity

Russell Lynn Drysdale left a comment for Juliet Marie Oldroyd
"Welcome Juliet !"
Sunday
Juliet Marie Oldroyd is now a member of The Douglas Archives
Sunday
William Douglas posted a blog post

Douglases in Northamptonshire

I have received a large bundle of files relating to the Douglas family in Northamptonshire.I have yet to decide how to include them in the Douglas Archives, but will make them available to those of you researching William Douglas and Ann Mattie, and…See More
Jan 24
Mark Stephen Elliott commented on William Douglas's blog post A Hawick Word Book by Douglas Scott
"Douglas-Elliot DNA Red Douglas 'Bell the Cat' to Morton Scott-Doulglas and Elliot (single 't') and Stobs Eliott, of Chief Margaret Eliott of Redheugh obtainend from the Douglas then repurchased by father Sir Arthur Eliott of…"
Jan 23
Mark Stephen Elliott commented on William Douglas's blog post A Hawick Word Book by Douglas Scott
Jan 23
William Douglas left a comment for Andrew Ernest Douglas
"Welcome to our group, Andrew. Although Andrew Richmond Douglas is well known to yourself, he will not be to the bulk of members. Perhaps you could put some detail on the bones?  See comments in the panel to the right. Yours aye, William"
Jan 23
Andrew Ernest Douglas is now a member of The Douglas Archives
Jan 23
David Arthur Douglas and J Ruaidri Douglas are now friends
Jan 22

Forum

80 Drysdale men counted at 1541 weapon show

Started by Russell Lynn Drysdale in History. Last reply by Russell Lynn Drysdale Jan 15. 1 Reply

Encyclopedia BritannicaWAPENSHAW (M.E. for “weapon-show”), a periodical muster or review of troops formerly held in every district in Scotland, the object having been to satisfy the military chiefs that the arms of their retainers were in good…Continue

Tags: Drumlanrig, 1541, Annandale, of, Douglas

William Douglas b. 1668

Started by Kara Cox in Genealogy. Last reply by William Douglas Jan 14. 1 Reply

I am traveling to Dumfries, Wigtown, and Castle Douglas to try to confirm the lineage of William Douglas (born 1668). Any suggestions for how to find this info once I'm there? His father is listed as Gilbert Douglas, but others say that he couldn't…Continue

Translation

Started by Russell Lynn Drysdale in General. Last reply by Russell Lynn Drysdale Nov 3, 2022. 3 Replies

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Douglases in Caithness

Started by Rina Douglas in History. Last reply by William Douglas Sep 23, 2022. 1 Reply

Apologies if there is already a discussion about this, please feel free to direct me in the right direction if there indeed is.Is there any info available about Douglases in Caithness? Some very targeted DNA analysis carried out on my brothers YDNA…Continue

Blog Posts

Douglases in Northamptonshire

Posted by William Douglas on January 24, 2023 at 11:57 0 Comments

I have received a large bundle of files relating to the Douglas family in Northamptonshire.

I have yet to decide how to include them in the Douglas Archives, but will make them available to those of you researching William Douglas and Ann Mattie, and the wider family as I collate the collection.…

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Will Douglas - English Royalist poet in the 17th century

Posted by William Douglas on January 19, 2023 at 18:42 1 Comment

Cromwell is dead, and risen; and dead again,

And risen the third time after he was slain

No wonder! For he’s messenger of Hell:

And now he buffets us, now posts to tell

What’s past; and for one more game new counsel takes

Of his good friend the Devil, who keeps the stakes.

Will Douglas did not get the best of reviews on his poetry, but it did reflect the myriad of tales about Cromwell's demise, or as it…

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Capt. John Douglass; Revolutionary War

Posted by William Douglas on January 15, 2023 at 19:56 1 Comment

Captain John Douglass; patriot and revolutionary soldier

Continuing with my project of learning and sharing more on the Douglas family's role in the many American wars, I am looking for help identifying Captain John Douglass's family. We know he married Ann Jones, but what else in known of this man?…

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Best wishes to all Friends of the Douglas Archives

Posted by William Douglas on December 23, 2022 at 13:52 0 Comments

The Story of St Bride

The Handmaid of the Inn

A decree had gone out from Caesar Augustus, and the little city was full. A great drought held the land in its parched grip and the innkeeper must needs make his way to the well that is beside the gate, there to bide his time. He left Bride but a stoup of water and a bannock for her use, and…

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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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