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.

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We can see succesful outcomes of Google searches, but not the unsuccesful ones.

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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

Jackie Stoddard left a comment for Gilbert Franklin Douglas III
"One line of R-M198 includes the descendants of Somerlad, forbear of the McDonalds, from the Kingdom of the Isles"
Jackie Stoddard left a comment for Gilbert Franklin Douglas III
" the ancient Flett family from the Orkney Islands (and Flatt surname variant) with a proven R-M198 haplogroup interesting its the samevariations of Auchinleck The Affleck Family Project encourages…"
Jackie Stoddard left a comment for Gilbert Franklin Douglas III
"Hi Gilbert is this what most Douglas lines have as Haplotype?"
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Sharon Fraser and Mary Ann Brown are now friends
William Douglas commented on William Douglas's blog post THE MOST SECRET LIST OF SOE AGENTS - Extract
"Gerald Sholto Douglas was son of Hugh Gamany Douglas, of Mountain Lodge, Keady, Ireland"
Lana Davis posted a status
"Donald Douglas(s) filed a lawsuit in 1832 for $500 from Nancy's second husband, John Baylis Earle. I have not located her parents, yet."
Lana Davis posted a status
"Donald Douglas(s) B. 3 Feb 1797, Abbeville, SC, D. 29 July 1854, Greenwood Co., SC, was the eldest son of Archibald Douglas 1770-1815."


George Douglas of Accomack County, Virginia

Started by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. in Genealogy. Last reply by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. May 4. 3 Replies

Thank you William. I have found my computer to be stubborn. For the past couple of years I have become dependent upon secondary sources as travel for any distance is difficult. I make use of a book by Marshall who has abstracted the early wills and…Continue

William Douglass (1610 - 1682)

Started by Douglas Anderson in Genealogy. Last reply by William W. Hough Apr 21. 76 Replies

Myself and others are interested in William Douglass (born 1610 in ?, died 1682 in New London,CT) and confirming his birthplace.  Tradition has it as Scotland but recent work by Betsey Howe suggests that it William's family came from Easton Maudit,…Continue

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Where does the Douglas sept of 'Douglass' originate

Started by Daryl John Douglass in Heraldry. Last reply by Judith Fleenor Apr 21. 27 Replies

For many years as a youngster, we were told that there was a tradition of adding or subtracting letters from a name when a child was born 'on the wrong side of the blanket'. I have yet to discover the significance of the second 'S' in my surname.…Continue

Jane Douglas

Started by Robert James Dean , Jr. in Genealogy. Last reply by Russell Lynn Drysdale Apr 19. 6 Replies

I don’t know if I am in the right place but I am looking for any information on my ggg grandmother, Jane (Jeannie) Douglas. She was born c. 1795 most likely in Delaware County, NY. She married my ggg grandfather, Samuel H. Dean in February 1814 at…Continue

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Who is Frances Browne, Mrs John Douglas?

Posted by William Douglas on May 13, 2020 at 15:57 1 Comment

Thomas Gainsborough  (1727 – 1788) was an English portrait and landscape painter, draughtsman, and printmaker. One of his sitters was Frances Browne, Mrs John Douglas, who appears to be born in 1741 and died in 1811.

The portrait hangs in Waddesdon Hall, the property of the Rothschild Family.

Also in…


Lord Morton’s hints

Posted by William Douglas on May 8, 2020 at 9:30 0 Comments

James Douglas was the 14th Earl of Morton, a Scottish peer dedicated to science with a keen interest in astronomy.  He was a founding member and President of the Society for Improving Arts and Sciences in Edinburgh, and elected as President of the Royal Society in London in 1763. 

On the eve of…


Douglas of Glendinning could they first been of Glendowin?

Posted by Mark Stephen Elliott on April 24, 2020 at 3:00 5 Comments

Something to consider and could use input on. The Douglas of Glendinnig, could originally be Glendowin. Since Glendinning was in the area to the west, and became predominately know, the Doulgas of Glendowin, became the Douglas of Glendinning.

Drysdale's and Douglas Clan

Posted by Greg Drysdale on April 21, 2020 at 21:09 6 Comments

New here, any info on Drysdale's would be awesome. Family Crest, info on Douglas tartans. I'd like to get an Ancient Douglas kilt, but I'm new to this. I've traced 9 generations back from my son to James Drysdale born in Glasgow in 1789. Thanks for everything!


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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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