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 187,500+ 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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Started by Gilbert Franklin Douglas III in Genealogy. Last reply by William Douglas Oct 10. 5 Replies

Recently I seem to have been receiving a number of :"friend" requests from folks in Chile.  Is there any research into Douglas families who left Scotland and settled in Chile?GilbertContinue

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Samuel Douglas(s) b.Scotland 1699 d.New Hampshire 1793 Searching for father

Started by Bernadine Douglass in Genealogy. Last reply by Ian Douglass Oct 6. 16 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

Decendants of James and Jane Douglas(s)

Started by Cynthia Freeman King in Genealogy Sep 29. 0 Replies

I am looking for further information on my Douglass (as spelled by the father, James) or Douglas (as spelled by the children). I found James and Jane (Mill) living around Makerston, Roxburgshire, Scotland in the mid-1700s. I have no dates on James…Continue

Ann Douglas (married to Walter White), connected to Douglas of Ulston, Jedburgh

Started by John Bonn in Genealogy. Last reply by John Bonn Aug 29. 5 Replies

HiSelkirk Marriages has Walter White, Tenant in Brownmoor in Selkirk parish & Ann Dowglas in Jedburgh parish, on 8 Dec 1773. Cationer for the groom was George White, Tenent in Hangingshaw [Silkirk], & Cationer for the bride was Adam Douglas,…Continue

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Wikipedia deleted entry - David Douglas of St Vigeans, Angus

Posted by William Douglas on November 9, 2020 at 19:10 0 Comments

David Douglas of St Vigeans, Angus (1777 – c. 1855) Driver, Royal Artillery Corps from 1794 to 1815. Served 20 years in East or West India Services.

The above entry in Wikipedia has been deleted.

As far as I can tell, there was no biography, just this detail, but does anyone know who this man was>  Was he 'notable'?

Thomas Douglas of Douglasdale, South Africa

Posted by William Douglas on November 2, 2020 at 19:30 1 Comment

The story begins:

It was in 1859, on July 26th, that the original farm Witkoppen was granted by land grant from President Kruger to P.E. Labuschagne and on July 5th of the same year that Driefontein 3 was granted to L.P. van Vuuren, and these land grants can be seen today in Pretoria, although the farms have now all been considerably sub-divided. Not long after, in the year 1863, Thomas Douglas, one of a family of five, was born in the small town of Stranraer in Wigtownshire,…


Unconnected Jane

Posted by William Douglas on October 29, 2020 at 16:43 0 Comments

I am loking for help identifying these ladies, all named Jane.

  • JANE DOUGLAS, who is known to have been born in 1811 and to have married in 1841, Robert

    Douglas of Lockerby. She died in 1874.

  • JANE BROWN DOUGLAS was born 20/Apr/1810 and is known to have married Alexander

    Farquhar Crawford of Edinburgh.

  • JANE DOUGLAS was born 09/Jan/1760 and is known to have married the Rev. William van

    Mildert, Bishop of Durham on 22/Dec/1795. She…

Alexander Henry Martini Action Carbine, property of Earl of Morton, Conaglen

Posted by William Douglas on October 28, 2020 at 12:54 0 Comments

C1865 Earl Of Morton Conaglen Ardgour Cased, Alexander Henry Martini Action 577x450 Obsolete Calibre Carbine & Accessories. Sn 17472…



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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.

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