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 187,500+ individuals.
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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!
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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HiSelkirk Marriages has Walter White, Tenant in Brownmoor in Selkirk parish & Ann Dowglas in Jedburgh parish, on 8 Dec 1773. Cationer for the groom was George White, Tenent in Hangingshaw [Silkirk], & Cationer for the bride was Adam Douglas,…Continue
Hi All, I am new to the site so take it easy on me ;0) I wonder if anyone out there has common ancestors and can help me grow the my branch of the Douglas family tree beyond WIlliam Douglas and Ann Elder. My Grandmother, Johan Rosie Douglas married…Continue
I found my Great Great Grandmother Jane DOUGLAS on a surviving fragment of the 1821 census at Edenburt near Virginia Co. Cavan Ireland. She was born 1813 and had brothers Alexander and John. She and John ended up in England - She in Whitehaven and…Continue
Recently I seem to have been receiving a number of :"friend" requests from folks in Chile. Is there any research into Douglas families who left Scotland and settled in Chile?GilbertContinue
Much of my research is in response to questions raised by researchers seeking information about their ancestors. But from time to time I find myself assisting with background research for a book.
Douglas House School
Last week, I was asked about Mrs Owen-Williams, owner and head teacher of the Douglas House School, also known as the Old Vicarage, in Malvern, Worcestershire. My interest was immediately aroused, because earlier in the week I had resumed my…Continue
After reading William Douglas blog titled ''The white child slaves from Aberdeen'' made me think about a passage I had read about branding ''beggaris'' [beggars] although the below wasn't the same source as what I had originally read , it does cover beggars, children as well as men between jobs Colliers etc , and the Enablers of these practices of Scots enslaving Scots- BTW- no…Continue
Col Robert MacDonald of Inchkenneth married Mary Douglas of Grantham in January 1801. She was the daughter of Thomas Douglas, who originally engaged in mercantile pursuits (He worked in the cotton industry), he went on to reside at Grantham in Lincolnshire. Served as High Sheriff of that County in 1776.
He bred racehorses and was well…