"Excellent post! The only thing I gathered (from various sources, including Davie Ross) was that the second "s" was actually dropped. Flip a coin. There was a 2-s Douglass who had a timber cutting license with the English (ships'…"
"This seems quite scientifically (or demographically) valid. I wonder if the "two s" variety were chased out of their Lothian and Galloway haunts by the Red Douyglas and Stewart victors? Seems likely. Also, there seems tobe quite a few…"
"Good stuff, Daryl.
I got back from 4 weeks (2 in Scotland and 2 in England) this August. As I drove around Scotland, it got more and more confusing. At Stirling, I saw two stained-glass windows (one for Archibald the Grim of Threave fame and another…"
"Beverly...so glad to hear from you! I did a lot of digging in the first two weeks of July---all over Scotland. Incredible stuff---including that the Douglasses had lands all the way up in the Highlands, north of Inverness. Between the MaKays and the…"
"I think all of the above discussion is good, accurate and indicative of the "mists of time". I, too, have
found the confusion between the two. GHeorge "The Gross" was indeed the victor at Arkinholm, but I have never understood…"
"Welcome! I am currently researching for two projects---one yet another trip to the South Pacific and the other is a short history of my house in Maine which will spin out into a little history of my father, his family and a legendery yacht....."
That was a group of theWW II veterans and their families on a cruise to the Solomon Islands. My group was sponsored by the Harvard Alumni Association and others were from all over---the redoubtable Bob Reynolds and his "Valor…"
Which Douglas line are you researching? Dates and places help making connections.
I am trying to go back as far as possible with the American Douglasses and would like to contact Scots Douglasses also. I intend the latter because I will be travelling to Scotland in the Spring of 2012.
I subscribe to the view that early Douglases could not spell, and so relied on scribes to record their names. Some used one S, some two. If the father was present, then the spelling would probably be passed on, but if not, then whatever the scribe wrote would do. Apart from the S, there are many variations on how our names are spelt.
On that subject, the battle is usually spelt 'Arkinholm'.
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?