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Rev. Matthew J. Douglas (1829-1865) starved to death at Cumberland Gap

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Derek J. H. Douglas writes:

My 3rd great grandfather, Rev. Matthew J. Douglas (1829-1865) is listed as a private on the rolls of the Confederacy's 11th Tennessee Cavalry Regiment (Holman's) in 1863. It is said that he was held prisoner in a cave at Cumberland Gap and starved to death, according to a family story that my grandfather Jessie Esler Douglas (1916-1970) was told by his father, George Washington Douglas (1891-1931). This story has…


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Marquis of Douglas Ambassador to St. Petersburg.

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The Marquis of Douglas, son of the Duke of Hamilton, was sent in 1807 as Ambassador to St. Petersburg. 

The Marquis of Douglas in 1808 was allowed to pass through France on his way home from Russia, his health being unequal to a sea passage.

This seems to have been a 'Special Mission'.

The Duke in 1807 was Archibald Hamilton, 9th Duke of Hamilton.  His son, Alexander, later 10th Duke of Hamilton, was presumably Marquis of Douglas in 1807?

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At 23:03 on June 12, 2022, Petrina Cairns said…

Thank you William. 

I hope the transfer of Douglas Support into the hands of the Community safeguards it for many years to come. Although I'm a Renfrew girl my dad's family were all miners in the Rosehall Colliery which was part of the Coatbridge Estate.

There is a recently published book - Glasgow's Blythswood by Graeme Smith which has a section on the intricacies of the Douglas/Campbell inheritance. The estate in Renfrew was originally called Renfield or Ranfield, which now lives on in Renfield St. 

Thanks again


At 15:51 on June 12, 2022, Daniel Douglas said…

Good day, I am pleased that you responded and appreciate any information I can get.

I have more information on the 5 Douglas brothers. Their father was John Douglas b 1750 d1813, Born in Saint Cuthberts, Edinburg, Midlothian Died in Parish of Clyne, Southerland. His sons are Donald b1773 d 1869, Norman b1789 d 1869, Alexander b1798 d1875,Angus b1805 d1890 and John who is my direct relative b 1802 d 1876. The bothers all migrated to Pictou, Nova Scotia. I have no real records on any of this and wondered if you might be able to shed some light on this.

Best Regards, Daniel Stewart Douglas

At 10:47 on May 22, 2022, Ben Berwick said…
Thanks for the comment William! This is all fairly new to me, so anything that offers up another fascinating glimpse into my family tree is good to me! Thank you for the link to investigate too - I think it's what drew me to your site originally.
At 21:54 on April 1, 2022, Robert Douglas Bell said…

My grandson researched my heritage on the Douglas side and found we are descendants of William de Douglas / Margaret Kersdale 1167 1214.

My grandfather was William Temple Douglas 1887 -1951 who married Janet Fotheringham.  Moved to Canada in the late 1930s.  

My mother's name is Mary Ann Temple Douglas. one of six children.

At 18:32 on February 4, 2022, Scott Douglas said…

Yes, he lived in Rockingham.  I’m descendant of his son Joseph Sr who moved to Kentucky.  The family then went to Illinois.  I have old family records that refer to Hugh being from Scotland and coming over in 1740, his son James was already born. If the will I found is accurate he passed around 1780-1788.  Wife was supposedly named Margaret.  All kinds of misinformation on trees, but likely none true.  My Hugh was a farmer and likely not from one of the more notable Douglas lines I presume.

At 9:15 on January 18, 2022, Kim Nielsen said…
Hi William! Roberta Douglas Smith was my great grandmother, her daughter Rachel was my grandmother. I have managed to trace the 'double barrel' name back a bit more. Roberta's father William Douglas Smith 1846-1892 was born at Rue Farm in Holywood, Dumfries, his father was Robert Douglas Smith 1766 Tyrnon Dumfries and his parents were John Smith and Jean Douglas (Duglass) born 1740. I am now seeking further information about them. It is interesting that the surnames were merged as if she wished to retain Douglas. I'd be grateful for more information on her. I do have four 'clan' groups in the family history to research being Bailliol, Niven, Douglas, Anderson and possibly Smith. I was hoping to visit this year and learn more about the locations. My father even spoke Scotch Gaelic and my grandmother believed the family descended from the Black Douglas line.
At 15:17 on November 13, 2021, laura seymore said…

Thank you, William. I have an Alexander McIntire d 1786, Margaret Kerr D 1753 and Archibald Douglas b 1688 d 1762. They are buried at "The Pines" Church Cemetary in Straban Township, Adams County, PA with my know relative John McIntire b 1804 d 1867. I believe they are related as this transcript was given to me in multiple forms from deceased family members. I've been stuck finding any parents for John for years.

At 22:01 on October 29, 2021, Jeanee Tollefson said…

Hello William, Received your message today about the Douglas shepherds. I would be interested in knowing more about them. I have a several ancestors from the borders who moved during the Lowland Clearances timeframe and my James Douglas seems to fit. Can you recommend any reading or links to learn more?

I recently read The Lowland Clearances by Aithchison and Cassell which was a good read but nothing in depth about the occupation of shepherding specifically. 



At 9:15 on October 2, 2021, Timothy Bernard Douglass said…

Hello William, Hope all is well with you. I haven't log on to the site for quite a while. shame on me!   I'm going to take your advice about making some Entries of family members that I think should be mentioned in the biographical section . especially the ones I know the historical facts about. Thanks for the suggestion, & thank you for all you do for the site and the Members!


Timothy B Douglass

At 15:14 on September 16, 2021, Tarek Shraibati said…

Thanks for the add and the comment. Your observation is spot on. I was always by my mother that they emigrated from Thurso. 



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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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