The Douglas Archives

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Douglases in Northamptonshire

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.…


Added by William Douglas on January 24, 2023 at 11:57 — No Comments

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 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…


Added by William Douglas on January 19, 2023 at 18:42 — 1 Comment

Capt. John Douglass; Revolutionary War

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?…


Added by William Douglas on January 15, 2023 at 19:56 — 1 Comment

Best wishes to all Friends of the Douglas Archives

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…


Added by William Douglas on December 23, 2022 at 13:52 — No Comments

American Wars and Conflicts - and their Douglas participants

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…


Added by William Douglas on December 16, 2022 at 20:02 — 5 Comments

What has happened to the Douglas Archives?

I have, for some time, been experiencing difficulties updating the genealogy database.  I moved this to a temporary site pending my webhost finding a solution.  This morning I woke to find that the main site had disappeared, hence the temporary page.

The issue has been that the files for the genealogy database have, it seems,…


Added by William Douglas on December 2, 2022 at 12:02 — 3 Comments

You have a close DNA match..

It is some time since I received an email telling me that I had a close DNA match - but perhaps I clicked the link asking for those emails to stop.

I was getting regular messages informing me that totally unknown persons with no seeming link were apparently 'a close match'.  Searches proved nothing.

From time to time I get emails from people wondering where that link might be to their 'close match'.

I never found those links and grew bored of trying to find…


Added by William Douglas on October 19, 2022 at 11:16 — No Comments

Douglas Scotti of Rezzanello

Attached to the article is an Italian history of the Douglas Scotti family of Rezzanello, which includes a description of the Douglas Scotti arms.

Two variants can be seen in the photographs linked to the above web page.

Added by William Douglas on October 10, 2022 at 12:07 — No Comments

Lt Col JSH Douglas, and the Lovat Scouts

In 1944, 500 Lovat Scouts had just arrived in Jasper National Park in Canada to undergo rigorous training in mountain warfare in preparation for an Allied-led invasion of Nazi-occupied Norway.

May be an image of 1 person

Lovat Scouts in Jasper 1944

In December 1943, Lt Col JSH Douglas, assumed command of the Lovat Scouts and after 6 months training in the Rockies they joined the 10th Indian Division with the Eighth Army in Italy in July 1944.…


Added by William Douglas on September 18, 2022 at 15:00 — 1 Comment

James Douglas timeline

I have made numerous additions to the Douglas Archives today, including a timeline of Sir James's life.

The changes are generally small and include new images.

Please note that the timeline is optimised for large screens, and will not be animated on phones and tablets.

As always, if you have something to add, or comment on, please do so.

Added by William Douglas on September 17, 2022 at 15:30 — No Comments

Queen's 2022 Birthday Honours

Congratulations go to Sarah-Jane Douglass who was apointed a Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM) for services to the community in Norwich, Norfolk during Covid-19.

Added by William Douglas on September 7, 2022 at 18:51 — No Comments

John Douglas/s 1764-1842, Surry County North Carolina-eastern Tennessee counties of Washington and Sullivan

John is my problem ancestor. I can document my son's lineage to William Douglass, 1785-1856, Surry Co. NC-Campbell Co. TN, but I can't connect him to his father, except via YDNA 111 markers at FTDNA, kit 144902, John V. Douglass.

John was born about 1764 in Rowan/Surry County NC. Father may be Alexander, Malachi, or unknown. John married Elizabeth Betsy Ford, daughter of Loyd Ford in 1786 Surry Co. NC. John served in the American Revolution. NC soldiers pension S2517, NARA



Added by Mary Clement Douglass on August 4, 2022 at 18:50 — No Comments

Rev. Matthew J. Douglas (1829-1865) starved to death at Cumberland Gap

Cumberland Gap: A bitter surrender Nicked from Facebook...

Derek J. H. Douglas writes:

My 3rd great grandfather, Rev. Matthew J. Douglas (1829-1865) is listed as a private on the rolls of the Confederacy's 11th Tennessee Cavalry Regiment (Holman's) in 1863. It is said that he was held prisoner in a cave at Cumberland Gap and starved to death, according to a family story that my grandfather Jessie Esler Douglas (1916-1970) was told by his father, George Washington Douglas (1891-1931). This story has…


Added by William Douglas on July 19, 2022 at 15:57 — No Comments

Dodgy applications

I am receiving a flood of dodgy applications to join the Douglas Archives.

Please be wary of any Friend requests or other suspect communications in case I fail to spot them.

Added by William Douglas on July 18, 2022 at 9:31 — 1 Comment

John Douglas and Wife Judith Moorman


Embracing the History of CAMPBELL COUNTY, VIRGINIA



With Illustrations




In 1784 Edward Douglas patented 3OO acres of land on Beaverpond creek. 18O4

patented 3OO additional acres on Beaverpond creek: this Edward may have been a

brother or son of John: whose children were Charles, Elizabeth," Thomas, Polly,



Added by Russell Lynn Drysdale on June 14, 2022 at 20:52 — 10 Comments

A SKETCH ... growing digital dust

See below comment section for pg 2,3,4 

Added by Russell Lynn Drysdale on May 5, 2022 at 17:00 — 3 Comments

April Newsletter - out now!

April Newsletter ready to download or read online.

We are experimenting with a new format, which you can read as a Flip Book, or download to your PC or laptop.…


Added by William Douglas on April 12, 2022 at 9:28 — 3 Comments

In Cedar Fort, in-laws On 3 different corners of the same intersection called Little England

John Hacking was born in Preston Lancashire England, September   16, 1835. His father died when he was four years old leaving a widow and four young children in poor circumstances. In the year 1839 the family received the gospel, and the next year the mother married John Fisher. When John S. Hacking was six years old…


Added by Russell Lynn Drysdale on March 31, 2022 at 21:10 — 8 Comments

Marquis of Douglas Ambassador to St. Petersburg.

The Marquis of Douglas, son of the Duke of Hamilton, was sent in 1807 as Ambassador to St. Petersburg. 

The Marquis of Douglas in 1808 was allowed to pass through France on his way home from Russia, his health being unequal to a sea passage.

This seems to have been a 'Special Mission'.

The Duke in 1807 was Archibald Hamilton, 9th Duke of Hamilton.  His son, Alexander, later 10th Duke of Hamilton, was presumably Marquis of Douglas in 1807?

Is this…


Added by William Douglas on March 15, 2022 at 21:00 — 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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