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

Paul Douglas replied to Paul Douglas's discussion Douglas Dunkeld.
"Hi thanks i have info connecting my family to both places."
15 hours ago
William Douglas replied to Paul Douglas's discussion Douglas Dunkeld.
"Gavin Douglas (1474?—I522), Scottish poet and bishop, third son of Archibald, 5th earl of Angus, was Bishop of Dunkeld. Whether he lived is a different matter! There are not many references to Dunkeld in the Douglas Archives, but using the…"
16 hours ago
Kimberli Denise Douglass Burns is now a member of The Douglas Archives
Paul Douglas posted a discussion

Douglas Dunkeld.

Hi i can trace my family history to Dunkeld and towns from around there back to 1841 anybody know any more about them?.See More
William Douglas left a comment for Robin Alistair Douglas
"I note, Robin, that you are in South Africa.  I am working on that 'branch' of the family.  You can find my notes here:   Any help that…"
William Douglas left a comment for Robin Alistair Douglas
"Despite the good clues, I have not found your ancestors.  There were a number of Douglases who were at Waterloo, so it is difficult to follow up without a first name. I have a note of a Arthur Colin Douglas, born 1908 died 1983 buried…"
Robin Alistair Douglas is now a member of The Douglas Archives
John Douglas posted a status
"Hello William, wondering where my ancestor William was born and raised? Born1540/45,raised a family in Easton Maudit, Northants, d.1616."


Douglas Dunkeld.

Started by Paul Douglas in Genealogy. Last reply by Paul Douglas 15 hours ago. 2 Replies

Hi i can trace my family history to Dunkeld and towns from around there back to 1841 anybody know any more about them?.Continue

How did they die?

Started by Andrew Douglas in History. Last reply by Andrew Douglas Oct 15. 2 Replies

Hi folks,While researching I've come across a couple of road blocks where I'm hoping the good folks here might be able to assist. Sir James 'the Gross', 7th Earl of Douglas died on the 24th of March 1443, aged about 69. But what I can't find is…Continue

Tags: research

Seeking informations about Robert Douglas and Robert Bruce Douglas

Started by DOUGLAS Jean-Paul in Genealogy Oct 15. 0 Replies

Some details about my family : Robert (Bruce Erle) DOUGLAS (my grand father) was born in Paris on January 5th, 1892. He was the son of Robert Bruce Douglas and Sophia Louisa, born Watts.He had three sisters :-  Sophia-Louisa (born 1872 in London,…Continue

Douglases in Cockpen - 18th century and before

Started by Jenny Blain in Genealogy. Last reply by Chris Mallouhi Oct 13. 28 Replies

Here's some of what I have on the Cockpen Duglass/Douglas people. At William's suggestion I'm putting this in a 'discussion' as there may be pieces that people want to follow up - I've seen several posts exploring this line. William Duglass and…Continue

Tags: Dalhousie, Cockpen

Blog Posts

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…


Announcing the production of a book - Black Heart.

Posted by Andrew Douglas on October 12, 2019 at 20:01 1 Comment

Hello everyone,

I'm pleased to announce that after years of procrastination, research and even more procrastination, I have finally embarked upon a book project focussing on a critical time in Clan Douglas history. A time of the rise and tragic fall of the Black Douglas…



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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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