The Douglas Archives

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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.

If you are new to the site, please visit our Welcome message.

 

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William Douglas replied to Bernadine Douglass's discussion Samuel Douglas(s) b.Scotland 1699 d.New Hampshire 1793 Searching for father
"I note that the MacDougalls of Callancach only came into being in 1641 when John MacDougall of Torsay was granted the Estate by Alexander MacDougall, 18th of Dunollie. But maybe there was an earlier brianch so called?"
3 hours ago
William Douglas replied to Bernadine Douglass's discussion Samuel Douglas(s) b.Scotland 1699 d.New Hampshire 1793 Searching for father
"Of the principle collateral branches of the MacDougalls of Dunollie, are those of Gallanach and Soraba. Of the former, the MacDougalls of Gallanach, the male line has failed: Major James Williamson was granted permission by the Lord Lyon to take the…"
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Ian Douglass replied to Bernadine Douglass's discussion Samuel Douglas(s) b.Scotland 1699 d.New Hampshire 1793 Searching for father
"Hey, cuz. :) Yes, they're/we're confirmed as McDougalls, and definitely confirmed to be related. We can't definitely affirm that they are siblings yet, but it appears that it was no accident that they found themselves living in the…"
14 hours ago
Neomai Marau Douglas posted a discussion

The Descendants of Walter Micheal Aubrey Douglas and Juliana Catherine Spiller

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 ??See More
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William Douglas left a comment for Neomai Marau Douglas
"We would have to go back a very long way to find the family link, Neomai. But it is good to call you 'Cousin' anyway!. William"
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William Douglas and Neomai Marau Douglas are now friends
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Keith Robin Mackay commented on William Douglas's blog post Little boys should neither be seen nor heard?
"Greetings again, William. You may be interested in the following research note I've prepared on Mary Beveridge (or Douglas or Kininmonth). You'll recall she married Robert Douglas Jr, whose father Robert Sr was a photographer who started…"
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Bernadine Douglass replied to Bernadine Douglass's discussion Samuel Douglas(s) b.Scotland 1699 d.New Hampshire 1793 Searching for father
"Thanks for getting this up, Ian and for your encouragement getting the testing done. The Samuel Douglass, just above your ancestor Phineas in both charts, is the match to my dad we got this last week. Samuel, Phineas and their reported siblings are…"
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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 William Douglas 3 hours ago. 22 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

The Descendants of Walter Micheal Aubrey Douglas and Juliana Catherine Spiller

Started by Neomai Marau Douglas in General yesterday. 0 Replies

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

Douglass of Delaware County, New York

Started by Dorothey L Sherman in Genealogy. Last reply by Peter Mcclintock Dec 27, 2020. 9 Replies

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

Thursday , July 18th 2019

Started by Russell Lynn Drysdale in General. Last reply by Russell Lynn Drysdale Dec 15, 2020. 2 Replies

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

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Cockpen Douglas and potential links to Edinburgh

Posted by James Izatt on April 1, 2021 at 19:44 12 Comments

William

My apologies at having to sign in again but I was having difficulty with the old e mail address.

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…

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Clan Douglas Society of North America Newsletter

Posted by William Douglas on February 28, 2021 at 12:06 0 Comments



I have just seen an advanced copy of the CDSNA newsletter - all 86 pages of it!

If you are not on the mailing list, now would be a good moment to join.…

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A Douglas Valentine's Day

Posted by William Douglas on February 13, 2021 at 20:00 0 Comments

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…

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Douglas Corner Cafe closed after 33 years of music making

Posted by William Douglas on January 29, 2021 at 11:38 0 Comments

BREAKING: Longtime Songwriter Hotspot Douglas Corner Closing Permanently - MusicRow.com

Douglas Corner Cafe, a premier Nashville venue that has hosted performances by artists as varied as Townes Van Zandt, John Prine, Guy Clark, Kevin Costner, Jon Bon Jovi, and Neil Diamond, closed its doors for good after 33 years. A key destination in the city’s Eighth Avenue South neighborhood, the club has been shuttered since March 15th 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Nashville’s subsequent stay-at-home order.

Douglas Corner owner Mervin Louque, a one-time…

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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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