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.
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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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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
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
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
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…Continue
I have had a session adding to my map of places in Douglas history. Still a long way to go! https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/edit?mid=1F-UPddN4htCLFLz75kSfJlucn5g&ll=10.299642456804598%2C0&z=2
(Click the link, not the map)…Continue
Robert the Bruce's link to the Clan Douglas
Sir James Douglas was the knight chosen to take the heart of Robert the Bruce to the holy land. Paul Murton retraces the steps of the knight. BBC
Release date:17 February 2011