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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"Research at Utah dot gov I noticed these listings differ on births of the girls . DRYSDALE, HENRY (father) and SADIE JACKSON had a baby girl named CLARABELLE DRYSDALE on 23 May 1905 in Tooele County, Utah, U.S.A. DRYSDALE, HENRY (father) and SALIE…"
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Tuatha Dea "The Black Douglas aka Bravehearts" Official Video

It is time! On Tartan Day April 6th, 2021 Tuatha Dea and Sound Biscuit Productions released the Epic Celtic Rock Ballad “The Black Douglas” (aka Bravehearts)...
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Mural of African American freedom fighter Frederick Douglass.

Not many followers will have passed along Lower Gilmore Place in Edinburgh recently, so won't have spotted a powerful new addition to the urban landscape: a striking mural of African American freedom fighter Frederick Douglass.See More
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The London Douglass's Theatre owners and actors

Started by Linda Surridge in Genealogy. Last reply by William Douglas Sep 25. 1 Reply

I have found an interesting family of 12 brothers in East London who owned and acted on the stage at the Standard Theatre, which was owned by them, in the East End of London.  I believe I may be descended from this family as my father, born in  1917…Continue

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The Descendants of Walter Micheal Aubrey Douglas and Juliana Catherine Spiller

Started by Neomai Marau Douglas in General. Last reply by Iona Douglas Sep 18. 1 Reply

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

Parentage of Hugh Douglass 1713-1780

Started by Gail Douglas Wenhardt in Genealogy. Last reply by William Douglas Sep 18. 1 Reply

I am having doubts about the parentage of Hugh Douglass born 1713 in New Cumnock, Scotland.  In Ancestry, lots of folks (including me) linked him to James Douglas 13th Lord of Mains 1691-1741.  But I have researched and can find no definitive proof…Continue

William Douglass (1610 - 1682)

Started by Douglas Anderson in Genealogy. Last reply by Martin Crowly Aug 20. 77 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

Mural of African American freedom fighter Frederick Douglass.

Posted by William Douglas on October 17, 2021 at 19:24 0 Comments

Not many followers will have passed along Lower Gilmore Place in Edinburgh recently, so won't have spotted a powerful new addition to the urban landscape: a striking mural of African American freedom fighter Frederick Douglass.

A close up of Frederick Douglass' bearded face on a mural

Battle of Old Byland - memorial planned

Posted by William Douglas on September 22, 2021 at 10:22 0 Comments

The Battle of Old Byland was part of First War of Scottish Independence, fought on 14th October 1322 on Scawton Moor, Yorkshire, England.

The Battle of Old Byland (also known as the Battle of Byland Moor and Battle of Byland Abbey) was a significant encounter between Scots and English troops in Yorkshire in October 1322, forming part of the Wars of Scottish Independence. It was a victory for the Scots, the most significant since Bannockburn, though on a far smaller scale.

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Which Brigadier Douglas?

Posted by William Douglas on September 7, 2021 at 11:36 2 Comments

I am attempting to identify which officer this item refers to.

Can you help?

From the history of the 37th Regiment

In mid-April (1858) a column from the recently relieved Lucknow under Brigadier Lugard attacked the rebels in the rear at the Jaunpore bridge. Kunwar Singh fled southwards towards the Ganges, pursued by two columns of British troops, including one comprised of 37th soldiers under Brigadier Douglas. This came up with the enemy…

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The valiant Scottish Earl Douglas, also called 'Black Dudley', in a black cap with a little medal, profile - or is it?

Posted by William Douglas on September 5, 2021 at 10:30 1 Comment

In the early 16th century Charles II D'Amboise commissioned Bernardino de' Conti to do a portrait painting for him in 1505 AD. Although a friend and patron of Leonardo Da Vinci, D'Amboise picked de' Conti for his traditional style of oil painting.

Prominently inscribed on the top left the painting reads, "The Earl of Douglas surnamed Black Dudley"…

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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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