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 190,500+ individuals.

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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.

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Joyce [nee Drysdale] Davis , of Darwin Australia , owns this work - and I couldn't dream of changing a word - just as I said ''This will remain in the exact form that it is in / Title / your name - and the body - without changing a single word.''…
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The Douglas Family In Fiji

This group is for those who are descendants of Juliana Catherine Spiller & Walter Michael Aubrey Douglas.Note: This group is now (29 April 2015) open to new members.See More
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The London Douglass's Theatre owners and actors

Started by Linda Surridge in Genealogy. Last reply by William Douglas Sep 25, 2021. 1 Reply

I have found an interesting family of 12 brothers in East London who owned and acted on the stage at the Standard Theatre, which was owned by them, in the East End of London.  I believe I may be descended from this family as my father, born in  1917…Continue

Tags: Phoenix, Theatre, Standard

The Descendants of Walter Micheal Aubrey Douglas and Juliana Catherine Spiller

Started by Neomai Marau Douglas in General. Last reply by Iona Douglas Sep 18, 2021. 1 Reply

Hello Im working on my family tree..My Great great great Grand father was Walter Micheal Aubrey Douglas husband of Juliana Catherine Spiler..They settled in Fiji ... Anyone here is connected to me ??Continue

Parentage of Hugh Douglass 1713-1780

Started by Gail Douglas Wenhardt in Genealogy. Last reply by William Douglas Sep 18, 2021. 1 Reply

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

William Douglass (1610 - 1682)

Started by Douglas Anderson in Genealogy. Last reply by Martin Crowly Aug 20, 2021. 77 Replies

Myself and others are interested in William Douglass (born 1610 in ?, died 1682 in New London,CT) and confirming his birthplace.  Tradition has it as Scotland but recent work by Betsey Howe suggests that it William's family came from Easton Maudit,…Continue

Tags: New London, William Douglass

Blog Posts

Elizabeth "Lizbeth" Baird - "Mother Douglass"

Posted by William Douglas on January 12, 2022 at 16:30 1 Comment

Elizabeth "Lizbeth" Baird was daughter of Lewis M. Baird's Zebedee B. who fought alongside 6+ of his brothers in the Civil War. She was the wife of Andrew Douglass and was affectionately known as "Mother Douglas" for her vital role in caring for her son, George Washington Douglas's six children after their mother, Ollie Marshall's, untimely death in Newcomb, TN in 1922 of viral infection at the age of 30.

Lizbeth is pictured with Jessie Esler (right) with brother…


Sir William Arbuthnot of Kittybrewster (1950-2021

Posted by William Douglas on January 4, 2022 at 11:05 1 Comment

The news of the death of Sir William Arbuthnot in October has only just reached me.

Known to many as Kittybrewster, he was a Wikipedian and genealogist, and it seems in his spare time, a London banker.

His brother James, Baron Arbuthnot of Edrom, of Edrom in the County of Berwick PC, reported:

...he had awful Parkinson's Disease, and…


New Years Honours - 2022

Posted by William Douglas on January 3, 2022 at 13:12 1 Comment

BBC Wales - Colin Jackson's Raise Your Game - Training ground - Jill Douglas

Congratulations to Jill Douglas who has been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the  New Years Honours - 2022 for services to for services to Sport and Charity.

See: …


Not to be confused with Drysdale

Posted by Russell Lynn Drysdale on January 3, 2022 at 12:51 2 Comments

From  the  Kershaw  News  Era , Camden , SC Dec. 24 , 1948

 by Mrs. E. C. Croxton 

The name Truesdale is of English origin and is said to have been derived from the residence of its first bearer at a placed called Troutsdale in the North Riding of Yorkshire, England. In the ancient records, it is found in many different forms: Troutsdale, Truesdell, Trewsdell, etc., down to the generally accepted ones in…



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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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