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 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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Steven Ray Douglas left a comment for William Douglas
"Thanks for the information. I'll take a close look at it later this week to see what information I can use."
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Russell Lynn Drysdale commented on Russell Lynn Drysdale's page Hugh Drysdale , Lt. Governor of Virginia 1722-1726 in the group Drysdale Archives
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" I had more land Grants Hugh Drysdale had signed , I will have to dig around on my old PC The grant below appears to be written out to a Captain Adolphus Beverley  if you look in the middle paragraph and go down about 6 lines "
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William Douglas commented on Russell Lynn Drysdale's page Hugh Drysdale , Lt. Governor of Virginia 1722-1726 in the group Drysdale Archives
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"There can be three reasons for not mentioning a child in a will:a.  The child died before the will was written b. The child was illegitimate and not acknowledged c.  The child received its inheritance on marriage and so was already…"
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William Douglas commented on Russell Lynn Drysdale's page Hugh Drysdale , Lt. Governor of Virginia 1722-1726 in the group Drysdale Archives
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"These are great finds!"
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William Douglas left a comment for Steven Ray Douglas
"Gateshaw is the clue I was looking for! Here is something to get your teeth into:  http://www.douglashistory.co.uk/history/families/cowan-douglas.htm ; It does not have all the answers, but should help. William"
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"Werner, What is the Douglas connection?"
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Russell Lynn Drysdale commented on Russell Lynn Drysdale's page Hugh Drysdale , Lt. Governor of Virginia 1722-1726 in the group Drysdale Archives
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Seeking Parentage Archibald Douglas (1695-1756)

Started by Julie Bauer in Genealogy. Last reply by Richard William Maginis Douglas Jul 6. 5 Replies

I have been trying to establish the father of my Lancaster, Pennsylvania ancestor, and have had no luck. Can anyone confirm the parentage of: Archibald Douglas (1695-1756)Married Jean or Jane (?)Born in Edinburgh, ScotlandDied 11/26/1756 in…Continue

Overseers on behalf of Lady Elizabeth Dale on Dale's Gift

Started by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. in Genealogy Jun 12. 0 Replies

There was a succession of overseers including Henry Watkins, John Taylor, Charles Harmar, among others. The plantation was, for the most part devoted for the raising of cattle. Lady Elizabeth Dale died in March of 1641. One of the overseers, Charles…Continue

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

Started by Bernadine Douglass in Genealogy. Last reply by Ian Douglass Apr 19. 23 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

The Descendants of Walter Micheal Aubrey Douglas and Juliana Catherine Spiller

Started by Neomai Marau Douglas in General Apr 18. 0 Replies

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

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Edward Douglas, Junior, and Senior

Posted by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on July 5, 2021 at 20:01 2 Comments

Looking back at the will of Edward Douglas of Northampton County, Virginia, we see a reference to Cousin Edmund Boman/Bowman of Accomack County, Virginia. I, now, realize that Edward Douglas' mother had to have the surname Boman and be a 1st cousin. This, also, meant there had to be an additional generation which makes Lt. Colonel Edward Douglas a Junior. This resolves our problems. Based on John Martyn's observation in 1669 Edward Douglas, Junior's wife was Elizabeth Bowman. The pieces now…

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lt Colonel Edward Douglas and his antecedents

Posted by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on June 29, 2021 at 16:30 0 Comments

Edward Douglas journeyed to Holland, probably. in the period 1610-1615. He did not join the Scottish Brigade as I have explored that possibility which revealed no connection. In 1610 it was estimated that there were 10,000 Scots living in Rotterdam alone. It was certainly a hub for global commerce and Edward Douglas was there caught up in commercial activity. He returned to Scotland around 1630. We, next take sight of Edward now married to Isabella Gaynor, daughter of Thomas Gaynor,…

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continuation of maternal side of the Douglas family

Posted by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on June 26, 2021 at 20:45 0 Comments

I was presenting a possible line of relationship with the Pettus family. I shall stand my ground and find this not to be the case. It was enticing to think such a relationship would be true since the founding father was the founder of the East India Company and his son Sir John had a daughter named Isabella who died young and was buried in Saint Jude's Church. I thought that it was possible that Sir Thomas, son of the founder had 20 children and named one in memory of the Isabella who died…

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VOC Dutch sources

Posted by Russell Lynn Drysdale on June 26, 2021 at 15:12 0 Comments

Important addresses for the history of the VOC
Dutch Maritime Museum Amsterdam…
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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.

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