The Douglas Archives

A collection of historical and genalogical records


The Douglas Archives is a mix of historical records and biographies and also a genealogy database with details of 186,000+ 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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DOUGLAS Jean-Paul updated their profile
William Douglas commented on William Douglas's video

Cave of the Black Douglas

"Lintalee Cave, in the steep bank of the Jed, once used as a place of refuge, disappeared through a landslip in 1866, si I am not sure which ones are seen in this video."
William Douglas posted a video

Cave of the Black Douglas

A man searches for the mysterious Ancrum caves and then goes on to look for a cave reputedly used by the Black Douglas himself near Jedburgh.
Leslie Douglas posted a status
"It's been a while since I've been on!"
William Douglas commented on DOUGLAS Jean-Paul's photo

Robert c.1916

"The crossed flags indicate he was in the Black Watch signals unit (Was it a 'Signals Platoon' in WW1?) tasked with providing communications between companies and HQ, and battalion HQ and Brigade HQ."
DOUGLAS Jean-Paul posted photos
Andrew Douglas replied to Andrew Douglas's discussion How did they die?
"Ah, that answers another question, why was James called 'the Gross'. I was thinking it had to be something like that. "
Oct 15
William Douglas replied to Andrew Douglas's discussion How did they die?
"James the Gross died at Abercorn, almost certainly of natural causes most probably connected with his obesity.  There is an amusing tale told by, I think, Nigel Tranter of his corpse being lowered into the vaults of St Bride's Church when…"
Oct 15


How did they die?

Started by Andrew Douglas in History. Last reply by Andrew Douglas Oct 15. 2 Replies

Hi folks,While researching I've come across a couple of road blocks where I'm hoping the good folks here might be able to assist. Sir James 'the Gross', 7th Earl of Douglas died on the 24th of March 1443, aged about 69. But what I can't find is…Continue

Tags: research

Seeking informations about Robert Douglas and Robert Bruce Douglas

Started by DOUGLAS Jean-Paul in Genealogy Oct 15. 0 Replies

Some details about my family : Robert (Bruce Erle) DOUGLAS (my grand father) was born in Paris on January 5th, 1892. He was the son of Robert Bruce Douglas and Sophia Louisa, born Watts.He had three sisters :-  Sophia-Louisa (born 1872 in London,…Continue

Douglases in Cockpen - 18th century and before

Started by Jenny Blain in Genealogy. Last reply by Chris Mallouhi Oct 13. 28 Replies

Here's some of what I have on the Cockpen Duglass/Douglas people. At William's suggestion I'm putting this in a 'discussion' as there may be pieces that people want to follow up - I've seen several posts exploring this line. William Duglass and…Continue

Tags: Dalhousie, Cockpen

Simplified view vs. Desktop view in a group

Started by Russell Lynn Drysdale in General Oct 10. 0 Replies

Show simplified view.... in the group Drysdale Archives this simplified view simply leaves out most information posted there…Continue

Blog Posts

Announcing the production of a book - Black Heart.

Posted by Andrew Douglas on October 12, 2019 at 20:01 0 Comments

Hello everyone,

I'm pleased to announce that after years of procrastination, research and even more procrastination, I have finally embarked upon a book project focussing on a critical time in Clan Douglas history. A time of the rise and tragic fall of the Black Douglas…


PLaces in Douglas History

Posted by William Douglas on October 11, 2019 at 11:30 0 Comments

I have had a session adding to my map of places in Douglas history. Still a long way to go!

(Click the link, not the map)…


Sir James Douglas was the knight chosen to take the heart of Robert the Bruce to the holy land.

Posted by Mark Stephen Elliott on September 28, 2019 at 20:27 1 Comment

Robert the Bruce's link to the Clan Douglas
Sir James Douglas was the knight chosen to take the heart of Robert the Bruce to the holy land. Paul Murton retraces the steps of the knight. BBC

Release date:17 February 2011
3 minutes

Early Douglases

Posted by William Douglas on September 6, 2019 at 11:57 0 Comments

Something to ponder on

Extracted from la genealogia de la antiquissima y nobilissima familia Brigantina o Douglas


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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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