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Elizabeth "Lizbeth" Baird - "Mother Douglass"

Posted on January 12, 2022 at 16:30 1 Comment

Elizabeth "Lizbeth" Baird was daughter of Lewis M. Baird's Zebedee B. who fought alongside 6+ of his brothers in the Civil War. She was the wife of Andrew Douglass and was affectionately known as "Mother Douglas" for her vital role in caring for her son, George Washington Douglas's six children after their mother, Ollie Marshall's, untimely death in Newcomb, TN in 1922 of viral infection at the age of 30.

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Sir William Arbuthnot of Kittybrewster (1950-2021

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The news of the death of Sir William Arbuthnot in October has only just reached me.

Known to many as Kittybrewster, he was a Wikipedian and genealogist, and it seems in his spare time, a London banker.

His brother James, Baron Arbuthnot of Edrom, of Edrom in the County of Berwick PC, reported:

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BBC Wales - Colin Jackson's Raise Your Game - Training ground - Jill Douglas

Congratulations to Jill Douglas who has been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the  New Years Honours - 2022 for services to for services to Sport and Charity.

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Is this a Douglas seal?

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Found in central Scotland, this seal could be the winged heart of a Douglas family. But is it?

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Seaforth House, Simonstown.

“Captain Thomas Talbot Harrington, of the East India Company, was born in Wiltshire in 1780, and moved to the Cape in 1814 and built a house which he named after his wife's (Jemima Douglas 1784-1820) uncle, the Earl of Seaforth. The house was subsequently dismantled after his…


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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. 

At 14:36 on August 28, 2021, Vickie Collins said…

Yes they are my ggg grandparents. Thank you for messaging me back. Vickie 

At 17:19 on August 25, 2021, trevor john campbell low said…

thank you I am happy that others are connecting with my website. It was not what I started out to do but it is interesting to let the connections take over. Access to original documents makes everything much more real.  Trevor 

At 18:03 on August 4, 2021, Steven Ray Douglas said…

Thanks for the information. I'll take a close look at it later this week to see what information I can use.

At 18:06 on July 30, 2021, Steven Ray Douglas said…

Hi William, 

Thanks so much for contacting me. 

William Douglas is my direct ancestor (6 generations). Here is what I know about him:


Born in 1796 in Morebatte, Roxburghshire, Scotland


Married Jan 27, 1822 to Margaret Robson (born 1799, death 12/41858)


Immigration in 1829. Ship Sarah.  Settled in Dehli, New York




Marget born 1824? (Christening 3/4/1824 Gateshaw, Morebattle, Scotland)

Jane born 1830 death 1910

James 3/25/1833 – 3/27/1906*

Elizabeth Ann born 1835

Isabella born 1837

William H born 1841


Residence in 1855: Meredith, Delaware, New York

Residence in 1865: Delhi, Delaware, New York


Death 2/14/1870 in Delhi, Delaware, New York


He's listed on the Douglas Archives website on the "Early Douglas Settlers in America" page. Third from the bottom.


I would love to find out more information about him and his parents, grandparents, etc. so I can learn more about my ancestors before they came to the United States.


*His son, James, is my direct ancestor (5 generations.) He married Rachel J Doolittle on 2/2/1856.

At 12:00 on June 14, 2021, Andrew Douglas said…

Thanks William I'll fill in what I know starting with George b1790.

George B 1790 Sparington Yorkshire D 1854 Sculcoates (Hull) M Mary Batty 1815.

John B 1750 Bubwith Yorkshire M Hannah Hare 1787

John B 1725 York M Mary Pearte 1746

Richard B 1696 D 1777 M Ellin Thakeray 1723

Henery B 1670 M Mary Wilkinson 

Thomas B 1640 D 1698

Thomas B 1610 M Dorithe Silversides 1639

John B 1580

William B 1550

 Most of the information from John B 1750 has come from Ancestry so I"m unable to confirm its accuracy.

Hope this is of some help.

Regards Andy




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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.

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