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 186,000+ 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.


Latest Activity

Russell Lynn Drysdale commented on Russell Lynn Drysdale's group Drysdale Archives
"The engineering community was ninety per cent.Scotch, and even in the Dutch lines there were B.I.S.N. Co.'s steamers, on loan to the Netherlands Government, Officered on deck by Dutch and in the engine-room by Scotch, a combination which proved…"
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Russell Lynn Drysdale commented on Russell Lynn Drysdale's photo

02-06-1916 William Drysdale

"Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. Head office in Hong Kong. Agents. Batavia.     M. C. Kirkpatrik. Cheribon.  Burt Myrtle and Co. Semarang. Mac Neill and Co. Surabaya.  W. Drijsdale."
Mark Stephen Elliott posted a blog post
Mark Stephen Elliott replied to Bruce Stewart Morton's discussion Morton - links to Douglas
"Feel they moved their Morton Parish from Morton to Thornhill, and that is where the confusion comes from. Distribution of surname Morton, is now closer to Thornhill then Morton."
William Douglas replied to Bruce Stewart Morton's discussion Morton - links to Douglas
"Thank you Til now, I had confused this with Morton Parish Church, Thornhill Nothing is visible of the Old Parish Church of Morton (NY37NW 4) which stood within the burial-ground on a slight rise overlooking the river cliff, and to the…"
Dr. Seán Damer is now a member of The Douglas Archives
Mark Stephen Elliott replied to Bruce Stewart Morton's discussion Morton - links to Douglas
"note; Will Ellot, Goodman of Gorrombye Gorrenberry is not a direct relative but am directly related to; File:Sasine deed 1484 for Robert Elwald %28Elliot%29, Redheugh, Larriston, Hartsgarth.jpg 'Willielmo Elwald de…"
Mark Stephen Elliott replied to Bruce Stewart Morton's discussion Morton - links to Douglas
"HISTORY-HUNTERS-Kinmont-Willie-Armstrong This site will likely disown me for this one William Elliott, noted a direct ancestor, but family, got in with this Bauld Buccleuch, and Armstrong and even one from Mangerton, in 1596 rescued this Kinmont…"


Morton - links to Douglas

Started by Bruce Stewart Morton in Genealogy. Last reply by Mark Stephen Elliott on Tuesday. 10 Replies

My paternal line Morton has always regarded itself as of the Douglas clan. As a consequence through my years I have acquired my father's Douglas kilt, my grandfather's sporran, two Douglas kilts of my own and a pair of trews!! I don't want all that…Continue

Lord James Douglas, the Black Douglas

Started by Eric Peter Douglas in Genealogy. Last reply by Eric Peter Douglas on Sunday. 5 Replies

I am working in on my ancestors from Scotland and have reached an impasse. I have reached an ancestor named Sir William Douglas The Bold (1243 - 1298) who is said to have died in the Tower of London  or Sir William Douglas of Hermiston…Continue

Simplified view vs. Desktop view in a group

Started by Russell Lynn Drysdale in General. Last reply by Russell Lynn Drysdale Jan 14. 3 Replies

Show simplified view.... in the group Drysdale Archives this simplified view simply leaves out most information posted there…Continue

William Douglass (1610 - 1682)

Started by Douglas Anderson in Genealogy. Last reply by Julie Hornung Dec 14, 2019. 74 Replies

Myself and others are interested in William Douglass (born 1610 in ?, died 1682 in New London,CT) and confirming his birthplace.  Tradition has it as Scotland but recent work by Betsey Howe suggests that it William's family came from Easton Maudit,…Continue

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Blog Posts

2020 New Years Honours

Posted by William Douglas on December 29, 2019 at 22:00 0 Comments

Congratulations to:

James Arthur DOUGLASS, Police Staff, Metropolitan Police Service. For services to Policing and to National Security, who was appointed to the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2020 New Years Hounours

Along with the Birthday honours, the New Year’s Honours list is the most significant announcement of civilian and military gallantry awards.

The system acknowledges the…


Finding Henry

Posted by William Douglas on November 22, 2019 at 12:07 0 Comments

Rob Douglas, of Western Australia, has published a collection of notes and photographs about his grandfather, Henry, and grandmother, Mina. Rob uncovered a wealth of anecdotes and recollections of their lives.

If your family history merges with theirs at any point, then I am sure you will find this publication as fascinating as…



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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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