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The Stone of Lochmaden, and meeting place for the west march.

The Earls of Douglas were of the Liddesdale more of the Middle March. (does beg a response)

Added by Mark Stephen Elliott on July 17, 2020 at 16:30 — 2 Comments

Bonjedward back on the market

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…


Added by William Douglas on July 8, 2020 at 15:16 — No Comments

Vandals tear down Statue of Frederick Douglass

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…


Added by William Douglas on July 8, 2020 at 8:49 — No Comments

Family Tree Maker with Photos

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


Added by William Douglas on July 6, 2020 at 18:09 — No Comments

James Gavin's House, Douglas

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.

James Gavin fled the Dragoons and hid in a small cave to the West of…


Added by William Douglas on June 5, 2020 at 18:12 — No Comments

Clan map timeline

"Clan maps only show a certain point in time - but this one is different!"

Added by William Douglas on June 5, 2020 at 16:30 — No Comments

Douglas Castle in 1596

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This picture from Pont shows how Douglas Castle may have looked in 1596 when the map for Lanarkshire was created. The late Professor McClean from Dundee thought that Pont Map had an element of accuracy about them. What is to be seen is a couple of towers with wall between them with gateway. The larger of the towers possibly had a Renaissance style Cupola. The other Castle is Parkhead which also belonged to the Douglas family. There was a castle here at Parkhead from the…


Added by William Douglas on June 4, 2020 at 12:34 — No Comments

Who is Frances Browne, Mrs John Douglas?

Thomas Gainsborough  (1727 – 1788) was an English portrait and landscape painter, draughtsman, and printmaker. One of his sitters was Frances Browne, Mrs John Douglas, who appears to be born in 1741 and died in 1811.

The portrait hangs in Waddesdon Hall, the property of the Rothschild Family.

Also in…


Added by William Douglas on May 13, 2020 at 15:57 — 1 Comment

Lord Morton’s hints

James Douglas was the 14th Earl of Morton, a Scottish peer dedicated to science with a keen interest in astronomy.  He was a founding member and President of the Society for Improving Arts and Sciences in Edinburgh, and elected as President of the Royal Society in London in 1763. 

On the eve of…


Added by William Douglas on May 8, 2020 at 9:30 — No Comments

Douglas of Glendinning could they first been of Glendowin?

Something to consider and could use input on. The Douglas of Glendinnig, could originally be Glendowin. Since Glendinning was in the area to the west, and became predominately know, the Doulgas of Glendowin, became the Douglas of Glendinning.

Added by Mark Stephen Elliott on April 24, 2020 at 3:00 — 5 Comments

Drysdale's and Douglas Clan

New here, any info on Drysdale's would be awesome. Family Crest, info on Douglas tartans. I'd like to get an Ancient Douglas kilt, but I'm new to this. I've traced 9 generations back from my son to James Drysdale born in Glasgow in 1789. Thanks for everything!

Added by Greg Drysdale on April 21, 2020 at 21:09 — 6 Comments

Was I duped?

In 2013, I was informed by a young woman of details of her family.

I included these in the Douglas Archives, in good faith.

Last night she sent me an email informing me that her family circumstances were not as she had provided them, and asked me to remove them.

It transpires that she had made a marriage 'contract' on the basis of her connection to a prominent Scottish family, and this had proved to be false.

Was I duped, and used to promote a false identity? Or…


Added by William Douglas on April 20, 2020 at 11:43 — 1 Comment

For Douglas of Glendinning map graphic.

Added by Mark Stephen Elliott on April 4, 2020 at 8:57 — No Comments

No Marriage Events , Really ?

             No Marriage Events .
          Really ? 
              I will post this here and reference it so the Mormons  , in particular Family Search cannot promote         misinformation any further . Scroll down for documentation .…

Added by Russell Lynn Drysdale on February 7, 2020 at 23:12 — 3 Comments

2020 New Years Honours

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…


Added by William Douglas on December 29, 2019 at 22:00 — No Comments

Finding Henry

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…


Added by William Douglas on November 22, 2019 at 12:07 — 1 Comment

Hot Spot localities show Douglas(s) Elliot(t) near localities.

Added by Mark Stephen Elliott on October 28, 2019 at 17:22 — No Comments

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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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