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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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Latest Activity: Apr 16

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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 Apr 16. 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 William Douglas on August 31, 2011 at 9:30

There is a brief reference in "The geographical distribution of Irish ability" to a George Alexander Douglas from Roscommon, Ireland, who held a high offical appointment in Kingston, Jamaica. It does not say when he arrived there, how long he was there or if he and any of his family died out there which is what I am trying to find out.

GAD was the father ofMajor General Henry Edward Manning DouglasVC, CB, CMG, DSO (11 July 1875–14 February 1939), a recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. 


Does anyone have these in their family tree?

Comment by William Douglas on July 27, 2011 at 19:34

I have just been looking at the excellent website The Connacht and Munster Landed Estates, and come across this entry:

The Nicholsons received grants of land in Sligo under the Acts of Settlement and one of them became High Sherrif of Sligo in 1671. In 1675 Edward Nicholson, described as of Cummin or Knocknaray, served as High Sheriff of Leitrim. The Nicholson estate extended in to the Barony of Leyny, covering part of the parish of Achonry. This estate was sold in the Landed Estates court in 1876 on behalf of Agnes Mary Nicholason, an infant. McTernan states that the Gethin family were the purchasers and they in turn leased it to several other parties. There were also legal proceedings within the family due to loans and mortgages. Two granddaughters of James Nicholson (d.1810), Emily and Harriett Douglas, were married to Adam Mossman and Thomas White, who also held land in Sligo. Adam Mossman was a Liverpool merchant. Various members of the Mossman family, who were married into the Nicholason family, held c.1000 acres in County Sligo in 1876. In November 1865 James C. Whyte Douglas offered lands at Luffertan, Woodpark and fishing rights at Culleenduff for sale in the Landed Estates Court. The original leases were between James Nicholson and the Earl of Erne's estate. George W. Douglas was still the owner of 70 acres at Culleenduff, in the 1870s.

Can anyone identify these Douglases?

Comment by mary ethelwood on July 12, 2011 at 9:11
ellen douglass married edward macgee/anne douglass married michael deerans
Comment by William Douglas on July 11, 2011 at 18:13
se also comments for the Douglas family of Grace Hall

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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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