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Mural of African American freedom fighter Frederick Douglass.

Not many followers will have passed along Lower Gilmore Place in Edinburgh recently, so won't have spotted a powerful new addition to the urban landscape: a striking mural of African American freedom fighter Frederick Douglass.See More
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Mural of African American freedom fighter Frederick Douglass.

Posted on October 17, 2021 at 19:24 0 Comments

Not many followers will have passed along Lower Gilmore Place in Edinburgh recently, so won't have spotted a powerful new addition to the urban landscape: a striking mural of African American freedom fighter Frederick Douglass.

A close up of Frederick Douglass' bearded face on a mural

Battle of Old Byland - memorial planned

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The Battle of Old Byland was part of First War of Scottish Independence, fought on 14th October 1322 on Scawton Moor, Yorkshire, England.

The Battle of Old Byland (also known as the Battle of Byland Moor and Battle of Byland Abbey) was a significant encounter between Scots and English troops in Yorkshire in October 1322, forming part of the Wars of Scottish Independence. It was a victory for the Scots, the most significant since Bannockburn, though on a far smaller scale.

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Which Brigadier Douglas?

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I am attempting to identify which officer this item refers to.

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From the history of the 37th Regiment

In mid-April (1858) a column from the recently relieved Lucknow under Brigadier Lugard attacked the rebels in the rear at the Jaunpore bridge. Kunwar Singh fled southwards towards the Ganges, pursued by two columns of British troops, including one comprised of 37th soldiers under Brigadier Douglas. This came up with the enemy…


The valiant Scottish Earl Douglas, also called 'Black Dudley', in a black cap with a little medal, profile - or is it?

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In the early 16th century Charles II D'Amboise commissioned Bernardino de' Conti to do a portrait painting for him in 1505 AD. Although a friend and patron of Leonardo Da Vinci, D'Amboise picked de' Conti for his traditional style of oil painting.

Prominently inscribed on the top left the painting reads, "The Earl of Douglas surnamed Black Dudley"…


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Not the Front Stairs!


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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


At 9:23 on June 14, 2021, Andrew Douglas said…

Good Morning William

Thank you for adding me to your group.

My branch of the Douglas family from Hull are descendants of my 3rd GGF George Douglas b1790 going further back to my 9th GGF Thomas b1610 married to Dorithe Silversides June 1639,his father was John b1580 and his father William 1550 they are all recorded as being baptised in York and that is all I know about them,we may have family connections from Leeds but I'm having difficulty finding any more information,I think It's fair to assume that we did originate from Scotland and I would really like to make that connection,any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks Andy

At 20:49 on June 8, 2021, Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. said…

Thanks for your help William. It is good to hear from you again Regards

At 4:31 on June 2, 2021, Brian Edwin Hayes said…


Thank you for adding me to your group.

According to my sourced research and DNA matches, William Hogg b. 08 Oct 1769 Yetholm, Roxburgh is a 4th GGF of mine. According to my Ancestry research tree, his mother, Isobel Stephenson/Stevenson b. 1704 is the daughter of Elizabeth Douglas b. 1704, who is in turn the daughter of James Douglas b. 1682 Kelso, Roxburgh is possibly my 7th GGF. As this connection is unproven, other than Ancestry trees, I would like to be able to access more roust genealogy. David Elliott of Hawick recommended that I review your site as a way to access higher quality, sourced research.


Brian Hayes

Comox, British Columbia, Canada



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