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Douglas families in Ireland


Douglas families in Ireland

Researching members of the Douglas family in Ireland is notoriously difficult.  So many records have been destroyed, and the families often moved on to America, or elsewhere.

This group is for those tracing their ancestors in Ireland.

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A history of the Douglas family whose Ulster roots are from Lurgan, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland and surrounding Townlands

Started by William Douglas. Last reply by William Douglas 33 minutes ago. 14 Replies

Two or three years ago, I was given a folder of files made up of the…Continue

Tags: Armagh, Lurgan, Ireland

Charles Douglas of Dervock

Started by Richard William Maginis Douglas. Last reply by Richard William Maginis Douglas Feb 5. 11 Replies

At a dead end despite 20 years research on my 3rd G-Grandfather Rev. Charles Douglas (1743-1833) of Dervock, Co. Antrim, whose father is indicated to be a James Douglas of Dervock by the University…Continue


Started by James Williams Jan 31. 0 Replies

I found Jean DOUGLAS b 1812 on a fragment of the 1821 census at Edenburt Co. Cavan.  She was shown as the daughter of 30 yr old widow, Ann Douglas, along with her brothers Alexander (aged 6) Robert…Continue


Started by Rina Douglas. Last reply by Susanna Elizabeth Bain Jul 22, 2020. 3 Replies

Does anyone have any information about this mysterious chap? We know that he married a Jane Gay (daughter of Mathew Gay) who was also from the same town/area. He is my great (x6) grandfather. His…Continue

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Comment by Alison Christine Hodgkiss ( born on May 29, 2018 at 11:21

Great pic.. Thanks for sharing William.

Well..I've finally decided to bite the proverbial 'bit' and sent away my DNA for at least that way some Douglas bloodlines should emerge; hopefully a few living cousins.

I will still be searching on adding to any connections along the way. The brick walls were too frustrating, and approaching the winter of my life, it seems all the more urgent, wishing to document ancestors for future generations.

Anyone here had their DNA done?

Fingers crossed.

Alison H.

Comment by William Douglas on May 29, 2018 at 11:07

I am researching Moses Douglas, and his wife Catherine Marsden, of Kinnigoe, and came across an image of one of their sons (Rev.) William Douglas. He is described in the Methodist Magazine as 'Preacher of the Gospel', born 1771 Kinnigoe, nr. Lurgan and died 1860 at Irvinestown, Cavan.
There are further references to the family in this section.

Comment by Judy Eaton Martin on April 10, 2018 at 4:33

William, can you add any information about the Irish Douglas Coat-of-Arms?  I have not seen it before.

Sorry Judy, I missed your question at the time.
I actually do not think that there is a fully matriculated Ireland coat of arms for the Douglas family.  This one was probably put together by a commercial organisation.

Comment by Patti Oldham Pinkley on April 9, 2018 at 13:51

My Andrew married a Ross not a Rose, but the time and place make sense. He was thought to have a brother who had settled in the North of Ireland and died there before the 1720's

Comment by William Douglas on April 8, 2018 at 17:32

Andrew Douglas, captain of the Phoenix, 'a ship of Colraine' carrying 6,000 bushels of oatmeal (from Scotland?) broke the boom on the River Foyle, and thus lifted the seige of Londonderry in 1689.

His naval career could be described as 'colourful', and involved him being cashiered.

On 30 August 1691 Douglas was promoted captain of the frigate Sweepstakes in which, and afterwards in the Dover, Lion, and Harwich, he served continuously during the Nine Years' War, employed, it would appear, on the Irish and Scottish coasts, but without any opportunity for distinction.

He had with him in the Norwich and afterwards in the Arundel a youngster, by name Gallant Rose, whom he speaks of as his wife's brother, ‘whose father was captain in the army in Cromwell's time.’ He also on different occasions applied for leave to go to the north of Ireland on his own affairs, which fact would seem to imply that, notwithstanding his Scotch-sounding name, he was an Ulster Irishman.

Does anyone have a Douglas who married a Rose in their family tree?

Comment by William Douglas on March 11, 2018 at 18:57

Re: Lt. Douglas at Derry:

When they saw the enemy make an approach towards the city, they would run out with ten or twelve men and skirmish a while with them. When the besieged, who watched them closely from the walls, saw them too closely engaged, or in danger of being overpowered, they rushed out in great force to their relief, and always came off with great execution on the enemy, and with very little loss to themselves. On one of these occasions, however.

Lieutenant Douglass was taken prisoner and murdered, after quarter had been promised to him.

Comment by Judy Eaton Martin on March 11, 2018 at 15:53

As far back as I can trace, I am related to Lieutenant James Douglass who fought as a defender in the Siege of Derry in 1689 and was killed in the first battle of Windmill Hill.  His first name is not mentioned in any records of the Siege but based on patronymics his given name would have been James and a son would have been named William.  His grandson, also named James Douglass, came to Connecticut in 1732 (I believe, I'm doing this from memory) and with him he brought the sword of his grandfather used in the Siege of Derry.  Since 1889, the sword whereabouts is now unknown.  This James Douglass married a woman named Jennett (Janet) and their first child was "William" who was born in "Antrim" Ireland (i.e. Northern Ireland).  Their remaining children were born in Connecticut/Rhode Island (they lived on the state border and the line kept changing).  I tried to see if there were any military records regarding the Siege but was told all were destroyed.  Also note the double "s" on Douglass; it was written this way until my grandfather decided to drop the second "s".  Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Comment by William Douglas on March 10, 2018 at 15:31

Douglas, in Co. Cork, was first mentioned in an inquisition on the lands of Gerald de Prendergast in 1251 - but I have only just discovered it!  I can find no connection with the Douglas family, but am awed by the early date of 1251. Just coincidence, or was there a connection with the Douglas family of modern day Lanarkshire?

Comment by Alison Christine Hodgkiss ( born on December 22, 2017 at 6:21

Just popping by to wish you all a very Happy Christmas, and a great New Year of 2018.

Thanks for all the contributions..

Keep up the good work.

Alison :)

Thank you, Alison.

I hope that you, too, have a good Christmas.


Comment by William Douglas on December 21, 2017 at 23:17

Many Douglases migrated through ireland to America...


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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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