The Douglas Archives

A collection of historical and genalogical records

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The Douglas Archives is a mix of historical records and biographies and also a genealogy database with details of 184,000 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.

 

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Paul Douglas left a comment for William Douglas
"Hi William William Affleck Douglas married Mary Collins 2nd January 1895."
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Russell Lynn Drysdale commented on William Douglas's group Drysdale - a Douglas sept
"Photos of sign and windmill  courtesy of Francisco Dean, location Argentina  "
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Russell Lynn Drysdale commented on William Douglas's group Drysdale - a Douglas sept
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Russell Lynn Drysdale commented on William Douglas's group Drysdale - a Douglas sept
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Russell Lynn Drysdale commented on William Douglas's group Drysdale - a Douglas sept
"Photo courtesy of Francisco Dean , location Argentina "
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William Douglas commented on William Douglas's group Drysdale - a Douglas sept
"Drysdales in South America http://sabrits.co.uk/D.php ;"
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William Douglas left a comment for Marjo
"Welcome to our community, Marjo. My entry for Dave is a little thin so I would be grateful for anything that can add to his life story. Yours aye, William http://www.douglashistory.co.uk/history/dave_douglas.htm ;"
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Wife of William Wilson Douglas (1880 - 1923)

Started by Tom Jenks in Genealogy. Last reply by William Douglas Aug 16. 5 Replies

Hi everyone,I'm trying to find more information about the wife of William Wilson Douglas (1880 - 1923). They were my great grandparents.I've found the marriage certificate and have the name Elizabeth Hicks (about 1879 - ?) However, all that tells me…Continue

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Thursday , July 18th 2019

Started by Russell Lynn Drysdale in General. Last reply by Russell Lynn Drysdale Aug 7. 1 Reply

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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Samuel Douglas(s) b.Scotland 1699 d.New Hampshire 1793 Searching for father

Started by Bernadine Joy Douglass in Genealogy. Last reply by William Douglas Jul 13. 7 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

Douglas ancestors from Ayrshire 1700's - early 1800's

Started by Jennifer Zinone in Genealogy Jul 12. 0 Replies

I’m searching for the parents of my 4th great grandfather, Henderson Douglas 1809–1871 in Ayrshire. I’ve hit a road block tracing them or confirming some information on them. I have census records of Henderson living with his wife and kids in…Continue

Tags: Towel, Percy, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Toal

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Early Douglases

Posted by William Douglas on September 6, 2019 at 11:57 0 Comments

Something to ponder on

Extracted from la genealogia de la antiquissima y nobilissima familia Brigantina o Douglas

How many swords did the Good Sir James Douglas own?

Posted by William Douglas on August 21, 2019 at 19:18 0 Comments

On 21st June 1861, the anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, the master gunner of Dumbarton Castle carried William Wallace’s sword to the laying of the foundation stone at the Wallace Monument, while a servant of the Earl of Elgin carried King Robert Bruce’s sword. Up to 100,000 people are said to have attended.

Other historical swords in the…

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The article of Ployart

Posted by Kevin de Douglas on August 7, 2019 at 18:24 1 Comment

Hello William,
I do some research and I find something very interesting on my ancestor and my family tree.
Louis 1 Douglas (died in 1579), lord of Ployart, deputy of the nobility of Vermandois was married with Isabelle de Mandy (died in 1587). Louis 2 Douglas, born in 1567 died in 1607,( his son) was also Lord of Ployart, governor of Soissons and officer was married with Catherine d'Aumale.
Source : www.geneanet.org.

Henry Alexander Douglas, Vicar of Abbotsley Church

Posted by William Douglas on August 6, 2019 at 12:27 0 Comments

Henry Alexander Douglas progressed from being Vicar of the Church of St Margaret of Antioch, in Abbotsley, now in Cambridgeshire, but in an area formerly known as Huntingdon, via South Africa to becoming Bishop of Bombay.

I have known of him for a while, but have not been able to piece together his full story. Yesterday, another fact emerged.

I was attending a family service in the church of St Margaret of Antioch, which sits in the village of Abbotsley. The earliest record of…

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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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