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The London Douglass's Theatre owners and actors

Started this discussion. Last reply by William Douglas Sep 25. 1 Reply

I have found an interesting family of 12 brothers in East London who owned and acted on the stage at the Standard Theatre, which was owned by them, in the East End of London.  I believe I may be…Continue

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William Douglas replied to Linda Surridge's discussion The London Douglass's Theatre owners and actors
"There is an article about the Douglases and the theatre here:http://www.douglashistory.co.uk/history/families/standard_theatre.htm ; It would be good to learn more about this family."
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The London Douglass's Theatre owners and actors

I have found an interesting family of 12 brothers in East London who owned and acted on the stage at the Standard Theatre, which was owned by them, in the East End of London.  I believe I may be descended from this family as my father, born in  1917 in London, told me that his grandfather was a scenic artist who worked on the backdrop for stage.  Does anybody have any further information on this family?See More
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Which Douglas line are you researching? Dates and places help making connections.
My birth name was Linda Douglass. My father, William Charles Douglass was born about 1917 in London. I remember him telling me that his grandfather had been a scene painter in a theatre. I found .. him on the census and gong back a couple of generation found a family of Douglasses who owned a theatre in London called the Standard Theatre (there is stuff on google about them and I bought a book about the theatre). I think it too much of a coincidence that I had a Great Grandfather who was a scenic artist and there was a family of theatre owners a couple of generations before. However I have lost trace of them and wonder whether he john Douglass, born 1731 is an ancestor.
Who is your earliest known Douglas ancestor?
Charles William, b 1856 Lambeth, London. Father is Samuel, not known DOB
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At 20:40 on January 3, 2018, William Douglas said…

There seem to have been several Douglas families in Lambeth, viz: 

Walter Joseph Douglas - born in Lambeth in 1851, died 1916, was a carpenter/ joiner and possibly foreman at the building of County Hall. He married Elizabeth SANDERS in 1874 and they had 15 children. 2 of them died in infancy. The remaining 13 were - James Thomas Douglas, Walter John Douglas, Ernest Frederick Douglas, George Hubert Douglas, May Rosa Douglas (later MENZIES), Lilian Winifred DOUGLAS (later Abrahams), Harold Alfred Douglas, Percy Oswald Douglas, Maurice Edgar Douglas, Grace Edith Douglas (later Veale), Gladys Agnes Douglas, Leonard Eustace Douglas and Archibald Harry Douglas.

Walter Joseph's siblings are James, John, George, Elizabeth, Susan and Jane Louisa born in Lambeth at various dates between 1841 and 1857.

I am also looking at the theatrical family for connections, but none found yet. The 7-times Wimbledon champion, Lambert Chambers was from that family.

At 13:08 on January 3, 2018, William Douglas said…

Welcome to our group, Linda

I wonder if this is the book that you referred to: goo.gl/Tn8xP ?

There certainly are several Douglasses mentioned. Here is one poignant entry; The ruins of the Standard Theatre, burned 21 October 1866, with members of the Douglass family on the rubble  

I will look for more.

(Please look for a private message from me about security)

Yours aye,

William Douglas

 
 
 

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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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