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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 Jennifer Douglas 2 hours ago. 13 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 William Douglas on August 18, 2017 at 12:25

Extracted from the Douglas DNA discussion site:

Looking for the family of a Barnabas Douglass b. 1778 in Ireland, married a Sarah Keech and they came to Pennsylvania.  He died Mar 1,1845 at the age of 67 and is buried near Cherry Tree, PA with his wife Sarah.  They had many children and it seems there is quite the Douglass family in that area.   He is [my] 6th Great Grandfather.   A lot of information on the web seems conflicting on his ancestry

Comment by William Douglas on June 11, 2017 at 18:58

Old News from Ireland

British Legion plays down election of UDR ex-convict 
By Seamus McKinney

The Royal British Legion in London has played down as a "local issue" the election of a man convicted in relation to a UVF murder.

Several members of the Coleraine branch walked out of the annual general meeting last week after former UDR member Bobby Douglas was elected branch chairman.

Douglas (62) was sentenced to 12 years in prison in for his part in the UVF murder of Samuel Patton from the Co Derry town in 1988.

Although acquitted of Mr Patton's murder, Douglas was convicted of wounding with intent.

Two other men were convicted of murder.

I publish this story because I have today been working on the family links between the Pattons and the Douglases in Holywood and Newtonards following an enquiry by Chris McCouaig.  The families are inter-linked in a number of generations with the Pattons using Douglas as a given name and the Douglases using Patton.

Research continues.

Incidentally, this is the first time that the McCouaig surmane has entered the Douglas Archives.

Comment by Robert Douglas on March 21, 2017 at 13:24

When my dad left Belfast to travel to Australia at the age of 11 the following item appeared in the “Belfast Telegraph” of Saturday, May 25, 1929. 
Overseas League Spirit
Ulster Boy for Avustralia

Wilfred Douglas, aged 11, was the guest of honour at an informal social meeting of the Overseas League on Friday afternoon.

Wilfred is the adopted son or “godchild” of the Ulster branch of the League, and his godparents are sending him to the Fairbridge Farm School, Western Australia, there to be trained to uphold the honour of the British flag and to help develop the resources of the Empire.

Wilfred sails for his new home on Monday.

Lady Katharine Hamilton, President of the League, wrote regretting her inability to be present, but she sent her godson a silver watch, which was presented to him by the Rt. Hon. H.M.Pollock.

Sir Frederick and Lady Cleaver, Lady Byers, Mrs John M’Conigal, Miss M’Connell, Mr Robert Baillie, Mrs John M’Connell, Miss Corry, and the energetic Hon. Secretary, Miss Cowan, were amongst those who attended the little ceremony in the Club’s headquarters at the Carlton.

Comment by Robert Douglas on March 21, 2017 at 13:21

My grandfather Henry (Harry) Douglas had a hardware store in Burnaby Street, off Distillery Road, in Belfast. This was about 1920. My grandmother, Mina also spent some time Purdeysburn Mental Hospital. I'd be interested if any of this information prompts any ideas that could improve my knowledge of these people.

Comment by Alison Christine Hodgkiss ( born on July 30, 2016 at 5:33

Hello all,

Just checking in to thank your tireless dedication to the Douglas family in Ireland log term project. Unfortunately, I have all but given up on my quest, believing that a ''hands on' approach involving a visit to the archives within Ireland might be the only way..; other than hire a professional genealogist.. Alas, for me, neither option is feasible.

I would like to caution users that the link(below), to the Irish post contained the following warning from my antiviral software:

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Just keeping you in the loop.

Sorry to bear this..But better to be safe than sorry.

So far as I'm aware the other links are OK.

Happy researching.


Comment by William Douglas on July 29, 2016 at 13:23

I have just added a list of Tithe Applotments (me neither) which may help with Irish research 

Comment by William Douglas on July 29, 2016 at 13:03

The following were subscribers to the publication: A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland By Samuel Lewis:

Charles Douglas of Devrock
Sir James Douglas of Rosebrooke, nr Dungiven
Douglas Rope Walk Company, Cork
Rev A. Douglas of Cootehill
Charles Douglass, JP, of Grace Hall

Comment by William Douglas on January 26, 2016 at 21:17


Douglases went the Robert the Bruce to Ireland, and probably before - but certainly since. It is not far from Scotland, after all.

See also:

Comment by Russell Douglas on January 26, 2016 at 18:26

Thanks William for informing me of this group.  I am a newbie and am still in the process of researching.  Can anyone enlighten me as to the why there are Douglas's in Ireland?  I had always assumed that our ancestry came from Scotland and that we were a borders clan.  Were Douglas's resettled from Scotland to Ireland after being defeated by the British?  Did they immigrate?  Were there always Irish Douglas's and my assumptions were incorrect?  Thanks for allowing me to be a part of this group and research my history.


Comment by William Douglas on May 20, 2015 at 12:57

 Irish Catholic parish records 

Thanks to Julie for this news:
NEARLY 400,000 Irish Catholic parish records will be made publically accessible via a new genealogy resource website due to be launched this summer.People researching their Irish family tree from all corners of the globe will be able to search the records – which date from the 1740s to the 1880s – for free, thanks to a new National Gallery of Ireland initiative.


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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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