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I have received a large bundle of files relating to the Douglas family in Northamptonshire.I have yet to decide how to include them in the Douglas Archives, but will make them available to those of you researching William Douglas and Ann Mattie, and the wider family as I collate the collection.See More
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Will Douglas - English Royalist poet in the 17th century

Cromwell is dead, and risen; and dead again,And risen the third time after he was slainNo wonder! For he’s messenger of Hell:And now he buffets us, now posts to tellWhat’s past; and for one more game new counsel takesOf his good friend the Devil, who keeps the stakes.Will Douglas did not get the best of reviews on his poetry, but it did reflect the myriad of tales about Cromwell's demise, or as it otherwise put 'News of his death may be premature'.However, the identity of this poet is lost. Who…See More
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I have received a large bundle of files relating to the Douglas family in Northamptonshire.

I have yet to decide how to include them in the Douglas Archives, but will make them available to those of you researching William Douglas and Ann Mattie, and the wider family as I collate the collection.…


Will Douglas - English Royalist poet in the 17th century

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Cromwell is dead, and risen; and dead again,

And risen the third time after he was slain

No wonder! For he’s messenger of Hell:

And now he buffets us, now posts to tell

What’s past; and for one more game new counsel takes

Of his good friend the Devil, who keeps the stakes.

Will Douglas did not get the best of reviews on his poetry, but it did reflect the myriad of tales about Cromwell's demise, or as it…


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Captain John Douglass; patriot and revolutionary soldier

Continuing with my project of learning and sharing more on the Douglas family's role in the many American wars, I am looking for help identifying Captain John Douglass's family. We know he married Ann Jones, but what else in known of this man?…


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The Story of St Bride

The Handmaid of the Inn

A decree had gone out from Caesar Augustus, and the little city was full. A great drought held the land in its parched grip and the innkeeper must needs make his way to the well that is beside the gate, there to bide his time. He left Bride but a stoup of water and a bannock for her use, and…


American Wars and Conflicts - and their Douglas participants

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Emerging Civil War

Looking at this poster, I realise what I am about to ask is a huge topic.

Whilst the Douglas Archives covers conflcts within the current boundaries of the United Kingdom, and to a limited extent on Continental Europe, it is sadly lacking repesenting the many wars, 'wars' and battles that have taken place on American (continent) soil.

It is an omission that I would like to rectify.

Any miltary historians out there who would like to work on this…


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At 1:46 on January 3, 2023, Henry Douglas said…

Thank you for the insights provided a few years ago (when I first joined here), William. Admittedly, there have been more pressing matters on my plate since then.  Recently, after a quarter century, I have managed to reconnect with my half-sibling, Steven T. Douglas, and his lovely wife, Nancy has been doing genealogy for 40 years. My profile now contains an updated oldest known Douglas ancestor, and I am pleased to inform that my paternal grandmother's 3-great grandfather served at Valley Forge (Adam Calhoun Scott).

At 17:08 on November 4, 2022, Mikko Salomaa said…

Yes, i have seen that information. Sadly there is no new things on it.

There was many families from Scotland who did stay in Finland : Montgomery, Forbes, Udine, Ogilvy, Teit or Tait, 

Clark, Fotheringham, Leslie, Finlayson, and more. Ofcourse lastnames were changed here, or they got different spelling.

At 15:40 on October 30, 2022, RICHARD L SCOTTI said…

I have not forgotten you ,just a lot going on as my Youngest daughter died June 21, 2022 & we  are still sorting everything out.  Will get back to you as soon as all calms down..  Richard Scotti, St.Charles, MIssouri USA

At 14:32 on October 19, 2022, Joshua Shannon Douglas said…

Yes he was! Richard was my grandfather. He and Brenda had 3 children :

- Shannon Douglas born 2/14/1969 (my father)

- Robin Douglas (my aunt) I’ll get birth dates

- Jason Frederick Douglas (my uncle) also need birth dates 

Shannon Douglas married Channa Wells, and had two children:

-Katelyn Elizabeth Douglas 9/10/1988

- Joshua Shannon Douglas 03/30/1990

My parents divorced in 1991, and both remarried. Shannon then married Tami Little, and conceived:

 -Jacob Paul Douglas 07/23/1996

 - Jenna Lynn Douglas 10/27/2001

My older sister Katelyn Douglas went on to marry David Spangler (since divorced) and conceived :

-Caleb Wyatt Spangler aged 11 (Need birth dates for all of my nephews) 

- Henry Wade Spangler

- Griffin Spangler

- Beau Spangler 

Having said all of that, I know that my great grandfather (Richards Father) left his wife and kids in the 1950’s, never to reconnect. We later learned that he started a new family, and we have since slowly reconnected. Any additional information on my bloodline would be most appreciated; the rest of my family have reservations about digging into our past. I find it to be terribly interesting. I’ve been told by my grandparents that one of my predecessors came to the States from Scotland within the last couple centuries, and they’ve always stated Lanarkshire as our family’s place of origin. I have no evidence aside from family stories passed down through the generations. Thank you for taking the time to reach out!

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.



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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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