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At 23:42 on October 16, 2009, David A.L. Baynham said…

I think we are cousins and would like to share information.

I've left a message for you in the Douglas/Douglas-Willan/Willan string.

Best regards,

David Baynham
At 15:21 on October 9, 2009, William Douglas said…
Have just realised I did not say how I fit in with the Douglas-Willans.

I don't!

But I have got involeved with two researchers who are working on two different General Robert Douglases, and both of them have grandchildren who married into the Willan family - and my interest has been aroused so that I am trying to link those two families.

Thomas Willan (your ancestor) is a fascinating man. He owned farms in (what is now) London and elsewhere; he had between 800 and 1000 dairy cows; he built Twyford Abbey; he was a stagecoach proprietor; he was a leading agriculturist/nutritionist in his time trying to find the best feed for his horses to maximise their efficiency. But who was his wife? Who were his parents? He must have been one of the wealthiest people of his time, but very little is know of him.
At 14:30 on October 9, 2009, William Douglas said…
You couldn't be wronger!!!! OK - more wrong!

The information about General Douglas is gold dust!

I would love to see copies of the two wills, or transcriptions of them, as this will fill some important gaps in our research.

I live in Balfron, just to the west of Falkirk - about 25 miles away. It is not Douglas country, but it is still pretty good.

Yours aye,

At 9:47 on October 9, 2009, William Douglas said…
Welcome to the Douglas Archives community, Claudine.

It is good to have someone from New Zealand as part of the network, as I feel that research on branches of the Douglas family in your part of the world is under represented.

If there is anything that I can do to help, then please get in touch.

Yours aye,

William Douglas

Making conections

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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