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 184,000 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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married widow Isabel Dale sister to Sir Thomas Dale, royal governor of Virginia. Isabel was born in Middlesex County, England. Edward Douglas was born in Scotland 14 Dec 1590 and died in Northampton County, Virginia 2 Nov 1657. Upon the death of…Continue
Walter Michael Aubrey Barnes Douglas was the son of Walter Richard Barnes and Christiana Isabella Douglas. Walter Richard Barnes is the son of Michael William Barnes and Georgina Catherine Conventry (2nd daughter of the 7th earl of Conventry). Now…Continue
I have been trying to establish the father of my Lancaster, Pennsylvania ancestor, and have had no luck. Can anyone confirm the parentage of: Archibald Douglas (1695-1756)Married Jean or Jane (?)Born in Edinburgh, ScotlandDied 11/26/1756 in…Continue
Chevalier Douglas, Alexandre-Pierre de Mackensie-Douglas, baron de Kildin, was a Scottish Jacobite in French service He was sent on a secret mission to Russia where he was to meet Empress Elizabeth and conspire with the pro-French faction against the Habsburg monarchy.
He was to be accompanied by a young woman, his 'neice', to provide cover for his…Continue
Looking for a connection between the three Douglass, Thomas, William, and James, who in 1503 changed their surname to Drysdale to escape persecution, and James Drysdale, below.
My family tree shows a James Drysdale married to a Christine Curry (no dates) having five children, Henry, George, Janet, Agnes, and James Keith Drysdale. James Keith died 11/11/1917, and was married twice, first to Margaret Browne, then Mary Pearce. From the marriage with Mary Pearce, they had three children,…Continue
From time to time, the Douglas gypsy connection is raised.
Best known was Charlie Douglas (best known to me, anyway) who revelled in the title "King of the Gypsies", but there are other families.
Thomas Douglas, Tinker, thief. Resident of. Bannockburn, Stirlingshire was transported to America in…Continue