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James Douglass- Roxburghshire - Shepherd

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I would like to connect with anyone who is researching Douglass family in Morebattle, Roxburgh, 18th and turn of 19th century time period (or earlier!).Based on my 4x great grandmother, Alison…Continue

Tags: Kedslie, Craik, shepherd, Roxburghshire, Alexander

Douglas family of Pathhead-Kirkcaldy, 18th and turn of 19th century

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I would like to connect with others who are researching Douglas family in Pathhead (aka Dunniker) and Kirkcaldy, 18th - turn of 19th century. This branch was involved in weaving; dyer, weavers, flax…Continue

Tags: Bryce, Pathhead, St., Dysart, Kirkcaldy

 

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"Welcome to our community, Jeanee. Several Douglas shepherds moved from the Scottish Borders to the Highlands at the time of the Clearances.  Might your James be one of those families? Yours aye, William"
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Which Douglas line are you researching? Dates and places help making connections.
Line 1: Charles Douglas 1784 - Bef 1842 - Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland, occupation: Dyer
His father Peter Douglas about 1750 (Perthshire) to Bef. 1806, weaver in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland

Line 2: James Douglass - 1753 Ancrum, Roxburghshire, Scotland Bef 1841, possibly Kedslie, Berwickshire, Scotland, occupation: Shepherd----this one is tough!!
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At 9:50 on October 30, 2021, William Douglas said…

Sadly, Jeanee, I know very little about the migration of shepherds, except that they crop up in research from time to time, usually when connecting movement through Sutherland.

It seems Highland lairds, or their land managers, recruited Lowlanders to look after the flocks that replaced those moved to the coastal settlements, Ireland or abroad.

Your mention of the so-called Lowland Clearances is interesting because this often goes un-remarked, and is less emotive than in the Highlands of Scotland.  

Probably not relevant, but I am also interested in the recruitment of sheep farmers to Patagonia and the Falkland Islands.

I touch on all this in various places in the Douglas Archives, but maybe a more specific set of articles is required.  Ummm

At 9:40 on October 29, 2021, William Douglas said…

Welcome to our community, Jeanee.

Several Douglas shepherds moved from the Scottish Borders to the Highlands at the time of the Clearances.  Might your James be one of those families?

Yours aye,

William

 
 
 

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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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