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 184,000 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 dna

A group for those who are using dna to trace their ancestors.The intention is NOT to replace the existing dna group, but to facilitate discussions amongst those who are not part of that group.See More
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Stephen Light commented on James Izatt's blog post Major James Douglas of the East India Company
"Major James Douglas 1768-1814 children Rachel,Catherine, Mary and James all migrated to Sydney Australia in 1854 Rachel with her Surgeon husband James White and children.I am her 3xgreat grandson."
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William Douglas left a comment for Stephen Light
"Ah!  I thought that I recognised your name, Stephen. We communicated in 2010, and also more recently. I include the following from those earlier conversations in order that the material can be found in one place... ...looking for information on…"
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Stephen Light left a comment for William Douglas
"Hi William. I have not been on the archives in a while and had left all my information but somehow can't find it . My Major James Douglas was born Springwood Park Roxburgh 25/9/1768.He was sent out to India as a 16 year old cadet in East…"
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Samuel Douglas(s) b.Scotland 1699 d.New Hampshire 1793 Searching for father

Started by Bernadine Joy Douglass in Genealogy. Last reply by William Douglas on Saturday. 7 Replies

I am Looking for the father of:Samuel Douglas b.1699 Burnhouses Auchingramont Hamilton, Aberdeenshire, Scotlandd.1793 Littleton NHmarried in Scotland Hepzibah Richardson b.1701 d. ?Immigrated 1730 from Scotland to MA, then NH with his children and…Continue

Douglas ancestors from Ayrshire 1700's - early 1800's

Started by Jennifer Zinone in Genealogy on Friday. 0 Replies

I’m searching for the parents of my 4th great grandfather, Henderson Douglas 1809–1871 in Ayrshire. I’ve hit a road block tracing them or confirming some information on them. I have census records of Henderson living with his wife and kids in…Continue

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Douglas family Inverness1

Started by Harold Dixon Douglas in Genealogy. Last reply by Fiona Jun 11. 28 Replies

I was brought up in the highland orphanage Inverness now closed,is there anybody out there know of this place  Continue

Morton - links to Douglas

Started by Bruce Stewart Morton in Genealogy. Last reply by Bruce Stewart Morton May 27. 4 Replies

My paternal line Morton has always regarded itself as of the Douglas clan. As a consequence through my years I have acquired my father's Douglas kilt, my grandfather's sporran, two Douglas kilts of my own and a pair of trews!! I don't want all that…Continue

Blog Posts

A happy chance opportunity

Posted by William Douglas on July 8, 2019 at 11:11 0 Comments

A couple of days ago, I received a request for information about a Douglas family from Nesbit, in Roxburghshire.

By chance, I possessed an invitation to the opening yesterday of the restored Monteath Douglas Mausoleum, just a few miles away, so I made diversion to the graveyard at Nesbit hoping to find some Douglas gravemarkers.

In memory of JANE PATON wife of THOMAS DOUGLAS who died at Ploughland Maxton 3.9.1900 aged 58 years also HELEN their daughter who died at…

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Opportunity to acquire a former Douglas property

Posted by William Douglas on June 20, 2019 at 11:30 0 Comments

Another former Douglas property has come onto the market.

Strathenry House was built for Robert Douglas Esq. local landowner, and is described in the New Statistical Account as "a very handsome building, in the style of the old English manor house of Queen Elizabeth's time".

Strathendry Castle, now superseded by the modern mansion, is a…

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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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