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 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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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
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
My 3rd great grandfather, James Douglass was born in September, 1798, in Delaware County, New York. He later lived in Caroline, Tompkins Co., New York. And later kept moving west until he died in Otoe Co., Nebraska in 1886.In 1798, there does not…Continue
Which Douglas line are you researching? Dates and places help making connections. For Myself , Sept name , Drysdale, in particular , William Drysdale and wife Helen Renny both [supposedly] born 1730s , Dunfermline , Fife , [supposedly] married Jan…Continue
I have just stumbled upon a family tree of the pirate, Long John Silver. Whilst I know about many ne'erdowells amongst our extended family (see: www.douglashistory.co.uk/history/articles/rogues&vagabonds.htm ) the…Continue
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You will probably recall some time ago, a debate about the Douglas footprint in Cockpen and adjacent parishes,
My personal interest in this is in Newbattle but having returned to the subject recently I think that I may have some information which may be of more general interest. From that comes some issues with the research I was doing…Continue
The heart has always been important in Scottish history, but nowhere is it more important than in Douglas history.
In 1298 when Lord John Balliol died, his grieving widow, Dervorguilla of Galloway, had his preserved heart placed in an ivory casket which she then carried everywhere with her. When she died, she was laid to rest at Sweetheart Abbey clutching her husband's heart. That's not the only heart-wrenching tale though, Melrose Abbey was so beloved by Robert the Bruce that it was…Continue