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Bonjedward back on the market

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Built on the former Douglas estate of Bonjedward, the 'new' house is back on the market.  A chance for a Douglas family to bring it back into clan hands, maybe?

Bonjedward House is a magnificent listed Georgian house dating from the latter stages of the 18th century. Built for Archibald Jerdon of Bonjedward and later the seat of the Dowager Marchioness…


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Whether or not I agree with the President of the United States sentiments, the fact is that tearing down the statue of Frederick Douglass is yet another act of vandalism that is shaming the world.

The statue of the renowned Black abolitionist Frederick Douglass was torn from its base in a park in Rochester, N.Y., and then dumped some 50 feet…


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If you are looking for a low ost way to manage your family tree, this Excel version might meet your needs:  …


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James Gavin was a prominent Covenanter in contrast to the Douglas family who were prominent Episcopalian. In fact the church of Scotland sent several sharp reminders to the Douglases that they were to cease their adherence to Episcopalianism. However James 2nd Marquis of Douglas got round this problem by promoting tolerance both to Episcopalians and Presbyterians in the 1660's. This happy accommodation did not last.

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At 19:38 on July 31, 2020, Kevin Pascoe said…

Hiya William, thx for responding. Indeed, on first pass, I had taken it as true that Captain William was the father of Jane and the son of Rev. William but, upon closer inspection, I can find no evidence to support it. According to the documentation I've seen, Rev. William had only a daughter, no son.  Also, I cannot find evidence for a Captain William Douglas with the right dates, let alone one that died at the Battle of Quebec.  If anyone reading this post does have such information, please do let me know.  I would very much like this to be true, as the ancestry of Nicola Hunter can be traced back to King James II.  I fear however that it is not true. The only 'Douglas' I can find in documentation that is said to have died at the Battle of Quebec is Lieutenant John Douglas from the 78th (Fraser's) Highland Rangers. He was said to have been shot through the arm and to have died from his injuries.  I am having difficulty however in further tracing Lieutenant John back. I think he travelled with the Rangers from Scotland in 1757, met Jane's mother locally, Jane was born in 1758, her mother died in childbirth and Lieut. John died 1 year later - making the tracing of ancestry very difficult..!  Whether or not this is what actually happened I have no idea, but it is the only plausible explanation I've so far found evidence to support.   Do you have any suggestions William as to where I can find additional information on Lieutenant John (Fraser's Highland Rangers)..?

At 9:25 on July 31, 2020, Kevin Pascoe said…

Hello again William.  May I ask what it is that occasions you to think that Rev. William Douglas might be the grandfather of Jane..?

At 15:40 on July 30, 2020, Kevin Pascoe said…

Hello William - apologies if I'm doing this incorrectly (first time of using).  Thank you for your comment. The answer is yes, it is Jane from Louisburg. As I understand it, she was born at Louisburg Fortress in 1758. Sadly, her mother (unknown to me) died in childbirth. I have her father as Captain William Douglas who fought with Maj.Gen.James Wolfe at the Battle of Louisburg, and died in 1759 (when Jane was 1 year old) at the Battle of Quebec. Jane married 3 times: Thomas Condon Mellish (in 1774), George Greatoe c.1781/2 and, John Burhoe / Brehaut 1787.  I am not presently sure that her father was indeed Captain William, or that her grandfather was Rev. William.  I see that you've sent some more links, so I'll now go take a look at them.  Thank you.

At 1:43 on July 22, 2020, Susanna Elizabeth Bain said…

Thank you William as far as I am aware Samuel Martin Green was born in France and had the surname DeVere they moved to England and changed their name to Green.  He is my great grandfather and he married Rachel Douglas my great grandmother.  They had a daughter Rachel Maria Green who is my grandmother.  She married my grandfather whose name is William Elkin Hutchison.  They are all buried in the Purewa cemetery in Auckland New Zealand.  I understand Samuel and Rachel met on the sailing ship the blue jacket which I think arrived in New Zealand in January 1861.  The Douglas family came to New Zealand from Scotland with their 10 children six daughters and four sons.  A cousin related to the Box side of the family did a lot of research and had a book printed for a Douglas reunion held in New Zealand which is where I got a lot of my information to start searching I hope this is of interest

At 13:43 on July 20, 2020, Linda Douglas said…

Thank you for your help. My Jeremiah was born 25 April 1791 in Caroline County, MD (no town).  He died 24 Sept 1863 and is buried in Pike Co. MO

At 21:17 on July 1, 2020, Marcela Douglas said…
At 20:54 on July 1, 2020, Marcela Douglas said…

Many thanks William for your response.

My grandfather was born in 1906 in Norther Chile, in the city Iquique that is also an important seaport in Chile. Based on this we think that our great-grandfather came to Northern part of Chile in the late 1800. We belive that he came to Chile with a Railway company to work for them. Best wishes Marcela


At 18:56 on June 7, 2020, Douglas Bliss said…

Thanks for your response. My Douglases were in Chipping Warden, Northamptonshire not Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire.  I have seen the blogs mentioning CW and I do believe I am related to the families mentioned. Best wishes, Douglas

At 18:22 on May 25, 2020, Lana Davis said…

With apologies. 

Archibald Douglas
B.  10 March 1770, Virginia, USA
D.  27 March 1815,  Verdery, Greenwood, South Carolina, USA
His second wife was Nancy Ann Wilson
B.  1793, Abbeville, Abbeville, South Carolina, USA
D.  12 Nov 1852, Greenville, South Carolina, USA 
"Est. of Archibald Douglas admin. April 25, 1815 by Nancy Douglass" 
Donald Douglas sued John Baylis Earle in 1833 and in the lawsuit refers to the "intermarriage with Archibald Douglas' widow.  Much documentation exists about this marriage.  I can provide some.
Nancy Ann Wilson was about 20 years old when she married Archibald and  22 when he died.  She administered Archibald Douglas' Will.  I am attaching a page from a lawsuit between Donald Douglas and John Baylis Earle stating that Earle married Archibald's widow.Nancy%20Ann%20Wilson%20Widow%20of%20Archibald%20Douglas.docx
She remarried at 23 and had her only child at 24, Georgia Washington Earle, a wealthy heir.  She was the second wife of John Baylis Earle b. 23 Oct 1776, Spartanburg, SC, d. 3 Feb 1836, Silver Glade Plantation, Pendelton, Anderson Dist, SC
This site is an amazing work.  Thank you William. 
At 15:22 on April 28, 2020, Ian John Hermon said…

Thank you for allowing me to join the group. I am trying to trace the Ancestors of James Douglas my 3x great grandfather, born we think in 1801 in Dundalk, County Lough, Southern Ireland.

My research so far has taken the following route. I knew that my maternal Great Grandfather was Frederick Douglas Born1869, as evidenced by family chat and old family documents. The1871 Census showed him living in Berkshire with his father William Douglas born 1843 in Standlake, Oxfordshire, together with his mother Harriet and his siblings. I then found William in the 1851 census living in the St Mary Magdalen area of Oxford showing his father James Douglas, then aged 50, occupation coal labourer, and his mother Jane.  James's mother-in-law Susan Douglas Crapper, aged 88, was also living with them.. They had 11 children together and stayed in Oxford for the rest of their lives.  He died at the age of 64.  We have not managed to find any formal records of the Crapper family. James recorded his birthplace as Dun Dock (Dundalk) Ireland.

Its at that point I’ve hit a brick wall and would be delighted to hear from anyone who’s research has come across a Douglas family in Ireland.



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'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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