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I have received the following information:

I found information connected to my family, it is a Will Instruction from Archibald Douglas which reads He has left the Burnbrae estate to his son James, if no heirs to his daughter Agnes, if no heirs to his second daughter Marion, if no heirs to his youngest daughter Margaret if no heirs to his brother William (residing at Burnbrae) if no heirs to his other brother Joseph if no heirs. to his sister Janet. Janet married a Robert Hay in 1764 but I am unable to find which Archibald Douglas it refers to or any member of the that family. I would be grateful for any information

I am not told which Burnbrae this refers to, but it is possibly in Dunbartonshire, in which case I wonder if this is the Douglas-Bryce family?


Additional notes:

Dec 3 1823 Marriage -Burnbrae, William MACALLESTER, writer, Irvine, to Agnes, eldest dau. of late Archibald DOUGLAS, Burnbrae.  

Erected to the memory of Mrs Margaret Smith of Brownhills ###…### Archibald Douglas Esq. of Burnbrae ###…### St.Margaret's Churchyard - Dalry, North Ayrshire

Mary Ann Douglas, d. 20 Mar 1867 daughter of Archibald Douglas married 27 Dec 1830 Rev. John Campbell Bryce, (b. 1800, d. 14 May 1858) Their son, Archibald Douglas Bryce-Douglas features in this article>>>


Anyone know about this family?

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In 1860, it is recorded:
* The occupiers make use some[times] of the distinctions of Burnbrae House & Burnbrae Farm but these are not more than distinctive titles of their own, which are unnecessary in this case. "Burnbrae" is the property of Mr. McAllister Douglas.
* A small establishment for dyeing Yarn at which about 30 persons are employed. Some little printing of the Yarn is done here also, but not generally, the trade he[re is] for yarn dyeing. The Tenant is not desirous of having Printing mentioned in the description of the place. It is the property of Mr McAll[ister] Douglas. The Name has not been written to the works as it may be [now].

Did William 'MACALLESTER' change his name when Janet inherited? (If she did?)


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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.

Maybe it is time to update the information in your profile?

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