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.

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 family Inverness1

Started by Harold Dixon Douglas in Genealogy. Last reply by William Douglas Jun 22. 29 Replies

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

Parentage of Hugh Douglass 1713-1780

Started by Gail Douglas Wenhardt in Genealogy. Last reply by William Douglas May 24. 4 Replies

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


Started by Russell Lynn Drysdale in General. Last reply by J Ruaidri Douglas Apr 26. 2 Replies


The new Newsletter.

Started by Kenneth David Morton Douglas in Genealogy. Last reply by William Douglas Apr 15. 1 Reply

Received the first copy of the new newsletter today. What a brilliant way to get news, stories and information to members.Well done William.Ken Douglas.Continue

Blog Posts

John Douglas/s 1764-1842, Surry County North Carolina-eastern Tennessee counties of Washington and Sullivan

Posted by Mary Clement Douglass on August 4, 2022 at 18:50 0 Comments

John is my problem ancestor. I can document my son's lineage to William Douglass, 1785-1856, Surry Co. NC-Campbell Co. TN, but I can't connect him to his father, except via YDNA 111 markers at FTDNA, kit 144902, John V. Douglass.

John was born about 1764 in Rowan/Surry County NC. Father may be Alexander, Malachi, or unknown. John married Elizabeth Betsy Ford, daughter of Loyd Ford in 1786 Surry Co. NC. John served in the American Revolution. NC soldiers pension S2517, NARA



Rev. Matthew J. Douglas (1829-1865) starved to death at Cumberland Gap

Posted by William Douglas on July 19, 2022 at 15:57 0 Comments

Cumberland Gap: A bitter surrender Nicked from Facebook...

Derek J. H. Douglas writes:

My 3rd great grandfather, Rev. Matthew J. Douglas (1829-1865) is listed as a private on the rolls of the Confederacy's 11th Tennessee Cavalry Regiment (Holman's) in 1863. It is said that he was held prisoner in a cave at Cumberland Gap and starved to death, according to a family story that my grandfather Jessie Esler Douglas (1916-1970) was told by his father, George Washington Douglas (1891-1931). This story has…


Dodgy applications

Posted by William Douglas on July 18, 2022 at 9:31 1 Comment

I am receiving a flood of dodgy applications to join the Douglas Archives.

Please be wary of any Friend requests or other suspect communications in case I fail to spot them.

John Douglas and Wife Judith Moorman

Posted by Russell Lynn Drysdale on June 14, 2022 at 20:52 10 Comments


Embracing the History of CAMPBELL COUNTY, VIRGINIA



With Illustrations




In 1784 Edward Douglas patented 3OO acres of land on Beaverpond creek. 18O4

patented 3OO additional acres on Beaverpond creek: this Edward may have been a

brother or son of John: whose children were Charles, Elizabeth," Thomas, Polly,




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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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