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William Douglas left a comment for Linda Douglass
"Welocme to the group, Linda, 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…"
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"Welcome to our group, Falzeh. I am really keen to learn more about how the Douglas family came to be established in Palestine, and how long ago that was. Yours aye, William."
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William Douglas left a comment for Donna Ann Hawrylak
"Although I cannot find your family, you may find the Douglases of Muldearg of use in your reseach - http://www.douglashistory.co.uk/history/Documents/genealogyofdouglasofmuldearg.pdf ; William"
Feb 5
William Douglas left a comment for Donna Ann Hawrylak
"Welcome to our group, Donna I do not understand your reference to (Tain) Tain and Brechin are quite separate places, about 150 miles apart, Tain and Alness are about 12 miles apart. Yours aye, William"
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William Douglas replied to Troy William Cornelius's discussion Lady Elizabeth Christian Douglas 1524-1575
"Sir Archibald Douglas, 2nd of Glenbervie (1508-1570) married Lady Agnes Keith (1503-1588).  They appear to have had a large family with daughters Elizabeth and Christian/Christina. Elizabeth Douglas married Sir Alexander Falconer of…"
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"Welcome to our group, Vickie. The more names dates, professions that you can provide help other connect with your family, and so help yo build up each other family trees. I have a note that aJoe Rice Douglas was married to a Daisy Viola…"
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William Douglas commented on William Douglas's blog post Douglas-Scotti and the origins of the Douglas family
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William Douglas replied to William Douglas's discussion Descendants of Norman Douglas in the group Southern African Connection
"Wikipedia lists two children, Louis Archibald (Archie) and Robert Sholto (Robin). However, I also have two different children:a son, Malcolm, who gained the Hunua seat in the 1978 general election in New Zealand, but lost it after an electoral…"
Jan 28

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Which Douglas line are you researching? Dates and places help making connections.
All areas of Douglas history and genealogy are of interest to me.

I am keen to track back family lines that are considered 'brick walls', and hope to be able to do this through the networking opportunities that arise through media such as this.
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2020 New Years Honours

Posted on December 29, 2019 at 22:00 0 Comments

Congratulations to:

James Arthur DOUGLASS, Police Staff, Metropolitan Police Service. For services to Policing and to National Security, who was appointed to the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2020 New Years Hounours

Along with the Birthday honours, the New Year’s Honours list is the most significant announcement of civilian and military gallantry awards.

The system acknowledges the…

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Finding Henry

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Rob Douglas, of Western Australia, has published a collection of notes and photographs about his grandfather, Henry, and grandmother, Mina. Rob uncovered a wealth of anecdotes and recollections of their lives.

If your family history merges with theirs at any point, then I am sure you will find this publication as fascinating as…

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PLaces in Douglas History

Posted on October 11, 2019 at 11:30 0 Comments

I have had a session adding to my map of places in Douglas history. Still a long way to go! https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/edit?mid=1F-UPddN4htCLFLz75kSfJlucn5g&ll=10.299642456804598%2C0&z=2

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Early Douglases

Posted on September 6, 2019 at 11:57 0 Comments

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Extracted from la genealogia de la antiquissima y nobilissima familia Brigantina o Douglas

How many swords did the Good Sir James Douglas own?

Posted on August 21, 2019 at 19:18 0 Comments

On 21st June 1861, the anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, the master gunner of Dumbarton Castle carried William Wallace’s sword to the laying of the foundation stone at the Wallace Monument, while a servant of the Earl of Elgin carried King Robert Bruce’s sword. Up to 100,000 people are said to have attended.

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At 22:28 on December 22, 2019, Clarice Douglas said…

 William maybe but I will turn it into an adventure thanks

At 16:50 on December 21, 2019, Alasdair Malcolm Douglas-Hamilto said…

Good to meet you at the opening of the Douglas Monteith memorial opening. Seriously, if you want more info, get my book "Lord of the Skies" from Lulu.com. It is largely about my father, who died  (actually disappeared for 2 years) in an air crash in West Africa.

Briefly, my grandfather was the 13th Duke of Hamilton, and I have quite a lot of information which could be of interest to you.

At 21:11 on November 27, 2019, Jeff Fears said…

William,

Thanks!

Regards,

Jeff

At 11:36 on October 27, 2019, Isabel Miller Grant said…

Hello,  I am very pleased to have been admitted to the Douglas Archives.   The info I have is that late eighteen/early nineteen hundred, there was an outbreak of  ??? in Edinburgh and Caroline Douglas was sent to Robert Harden, Station Master in Kilsyth.  Her father had a Saddler's shop in the Grassmarket, but I haven't beenable to find anything on this.  Someone from the Registrar's came through and told them they were related to the Black Douglas.  They named their cottage Douglas Cottage and recently the name was changed.  I hope this will help and if I can find any more info I will let you know.  I find this all so interestin g and meaningful.  Thank you.  Isabel

At 22:19 on October 25, 2019, Clarice Douglas said…

Thank you William for the pdf wonderful read I am sure

At 22:12 on October 25, 2019, Clarice Douglas said…

Thank you William for accepting me into the Douglas Clan history I absolutely love the article on the haunting at Cavers very interesting indeed. Clarice Douglas

At 22:50 on September 18, 2019, Paul Douglas said…

It seems my ancestor changed his name from James Affleck to James Douglas somewhere between 1883 and 1895. I am somewhat surprised and extremely dissapointed to find this out but intrigued also. There does not seem to be a link to the Douglas name before this as yet. Thank you for your help and this site.

Paul

At 21:57 on September 2, 2019, Darrin Dickey said…

Hello, William and thanks for the welcome. I don't understand enough about the DNA stuff yet, but it's interesting. On my Dickey side, my haplogroup is I-M253. I don't have any Douglases there though that I recall.

On my mother's side, I have a Robbins whose mother was a Merrill and her grandmother was a Douglas, supposedly descended from William Douglas (1610 - 1682), but her haplogroup is H1.

Still trying to figure out how I can connect all of the pieces. 

Darrin Dickey

I-M253

At 10:33 on August 12, 2019, Trevor James Douglas said…

HI William

I am  busy compiling my family tree at the moment. I have all of the documentation  back to the 1300's positive back to 1669 with William Douglas who was the son of William (4th of Kirkness) Douglas. My Scottish ancestory started with John Douglas 1715 who moved to North Yorkshire and the family ended up in Seaham Harbour near Sunderland. Which is where I am from.

At 3:20 on July 18, 2019, Robert Alexander Douglass said…

Hi William, and thank you!

The Thomas born in 1824 is mysterious. I'm confident that he married Margaret Smollen, who I found in Irish records as born in 1822 in Collinstown, Westmeath, Ireland. According to the 1850 census, their son Thomas F. Douglass was born in 1848 in Ireland, their next child, Mary, was born in Philadelphia in 1850, so that brackets the years they could have emigrated fairly closely. That 1850 census lists his profession as tailor. Thomas (1824) died before the 1860 census (Margaret is listed as widowed in other documents, and I have a record of his burial here in Philadelphia.

There are two other Douglasses that died that same month and are buried in the same place - Thomas (born 1857) and Elizabeth (born 1832). They might be part of the puzzle, or they might be just a coincidence. 

What I don't have is any idea of where in Ireland they came from. So going backward, which is what I'm trying to do now, what I have is more circumstantial. Thomas could actually be born in County Cork in 1827, but it looks more likely to be  Clones, Monaghan, where I found baptismal records from 1827 that shows he was born in 1824. From there, there's a Thomas born in 1802, married to Fanny Litle, who is my best guess at Thomas's father, given everything, but now I manage to be both out-on-a-limb and up against a brick wll.

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Making conections

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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