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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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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.

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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 DNA Project and a Games 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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Mark Stephen Elliott commented on Mark Stephen Elliott's blog post Cowie of Gorrenberry, Douglas of Cavers, and the Eliott of Stobs, Elliot of Minto and Wolflee.
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William Douglas commented on William Douglas's group Drysdale - a Douglas sept
"Sir Matthew Watt Drysdale with HM…"
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William Douglas commented on William Douglas's group Drysdale - a Douglas sept
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Mark Stephen Elliott commented on Mark Stephen Elliott's blog post Cowie of Gorrenberry, Douglas of Cavers, and the Eliott of Stobs, Elliot of Minto and Wolflee.
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Mark Stephen Elliott commented on Mark Stephen Elliott's blog post Cowie of Gorrenberry, Douglas of Cavers, and the Eliott of Stobs, Elliot of Minto and Wolflee.
"https://www.therjhuntercollection.com/resources/muster-rolls-c-1630/search-muster-rolls/ Try 'Eliot, Elliot, Eliott, Elliott', then try 'Ellot'. In 1610 ulster it is 'Ellott', like on…"
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William Douglas commented on William Douglas's group Australian immigrants
"I have begun the process of bringing together articles about the Douglas families of Australia. Having started, I am now taking a break!  If there is anything that you would like to see in this section, please let me know.  It may be a…"
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Russell Lynn Drysdale replied to Russell Lynn Drysdale's discussion THOMAS C. DRYSDALE, Consul for Portugal in Koepang. Timor Koepang, 1st January, 1874.
" I would have sent a suggestion  thru Douglas Archives Genealogy Pages but it doesn't recognize  me.   The typo is a typo I happened  to notice,and is why I rely on good people like yourself-to correct;at your…"
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William Douglas replied to Russell Lynn Drysdale's discussion THOMAS C. DRYSDALE, Consul for Portugal in Koepang. Timor Koepang, 1st January, 1874.
"Apart from my dyslexic fingers, here are some reasons why typographical errors, commonly known as typos, might occur:1. Human Error: Typos often result from simple mistakes made during typing or manual typesetting. Our fingers sometimes dance to…"
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THOMAS C. DRYSDALE, Consul for Portugal in Koepang. Timor Koepang, 1st January, 1874.

Started by Russell Lynn Drysdale in Genealogy. Last reply by Russell Lynn Drysdale on Sunday. 3 Replies

Much easier to read text than tiny article-NOTIFICATION.THE Consul for Portugal in Timor, Koepang, as custodian and authorised agent for the Schooner Ethel, of Fremantle, left abandoned in his charge since the 28th February, 1873; now by survey…Continue

Lt Col Lord Spencer Douglas-Hamilton, son of James the 5th Duke of Hamilton and Anne Spencer of Rendlesham

Started by Don in Genealogy. Last reply by Don Feb 13. 5 Replies

Looking for any information about Lord Spencer Hamilton.According to information sources such as Burkes Peerage, Spencer Hamilton is said to have died unmarried.Genealogy sites such as WikiTree don't like to except Burkes Peerage, thepeerage.com,…Continue

Tags: Hamilton, Douglas, Spencer, Lord

Scotti crest

Started by RICHARD L SCOTTI in Heraldry. Last reply by RICHARD L SCOTTI Jan 25. 13 Replies

The scotti crest is described as; a shield with blue or red background, separated by a bend with two six pointed stars , one each on the top right & one on the bottom left.  stars and bend in silver or white..found on Douglas/Scotti ,coat of…Continue

William Drysdale of Mount Sterling Kentucky, Father of James Drysdale of Rush County

Started by Russell Lynn Drysdale in General. Last reply by Russell Lynn Drysdale Nov 3, 2023. 1 Reply

William Drysdale was born near Mount Sterling, Kentucky, July 17, 1815; died at Virginia April 7th, 1898. He moved to Rush county, Ind, and in 1887 he married Miss Elizabeth Earnest  who died in 1879. To this union 13 children were born. In 1866 he…Continue

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Blog Posts

The Debutante

Posted by William Douglas on February 19, 2024 at 12:54 0 Comments

Carmen, the daughter of Mrs James Douglas, was presented at court in 1925. 

A debutante presentation at court is a formal ceremony where young women of high social standing are introduced to the monarch or head of state. It marks their official entry into society and is often seen as a rite of passage.

The presentation is not…

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Corps of Artillery Drivers

Posted by William Douglas on February 17, 2024 at 11:30 0 Comments

Until 1794, the Royal Artillery hired civilian horses and drivers to haul its guns. In that year, the Corps of Captains' Commissaries and Drivers was formed to provide these services. This was reformed as the Corps of Gunner Drivers in 1801. In 1806 these became the Royal Artillery Drivers. In 1822 these were disbanded and from that date all men…

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Italy

Posted by William Douglas on February 14, 2024 at 12:09 0 Comments

As you know, there has been much discussion on the Douglas Scotti of Italy in this forum.  This has generated many articles on the extended family.

I have been restructuring the pages on Italy in an attempt to bring some cohesion. It will take time for the search engines to catch up.

Here is the main page: https://www.douglashistory.co.uk/history/italy_home.html you should be able to find everything else…

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names confusion

Posted by RICHARD L SCOTTI on January 28, 2024 at 23:03 1 Comment

In my old letter Renzo Scotti had his return as Scotti Renzo.  If this was true then the name of  Douglas Scotti would be Scotti Douglas and vice Versa.  This may be true in very old grave markings as seen but I have no clue which is proper.  This may hurt in research as to first and last names.  I am using Scotti and Douglas both as last names.

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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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