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Alexander Henry Martini Action Carbine, property of Earl of Morton, Conaglen

C1865 Earl Of Morton Conaglen Ardgour Cased, Alexander Henry Martini Action 577x450 Obsolete Calibre Carbine & Accessories. Sn 17472…


Added by William Douglas on October 28, 2020 at 12:54 — No Comments

Edward Douglas rows the Thames

Just before 3am on 12 May 1824, a crew of Guards officers, wearing red and white broad striped jackets, straw hats and loose trousers, took to the water at Oxford’s Folly Bridge in a six-oared wherry. Among them was Edward Douglas, later Baron Penrhyn (left).

They had come together to decide a bet between Captain Charles Short of the Coldstream Guards and…


Added by William Douglas on October 12, 2020 at 16:30 — No Comments

HM Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2020

The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2020 recognises the outstanding achievements of people across the United Kingdom.

Our congratulations go to:

Jonathan David DOUGLAS, Chief Executive, National Literacy Trust, who has been appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to Education in London


Erskine Decourtney DOUGLAS who has been appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to Finance in London. He is an Accredited…


Added by William Douglas on October 10, 2020 at 18:00 — No Comments

Villa Douglas and Douglas House - two very different places in focus this week

Much of my research is in response to questions raised by researchers seeking information about their ancestors.  But from time to time I find myself assisting with background research for a book.

Douglas House School

Last week, I was asked about Mrs Owen-Williams, owner and head teacher of the Douglas House School, also known as the Old Vicarage, in Malvern, Worcestershire.  My interest was immediately aroused, because earlier in the week I had resumed my…


Added by William Douglas on September 21, 2020 at 12:35 — 1 Comment

Slavery in Modern Scotland


After reading  William Douglas blog titled ''The white child slaves from Aberdeen''  made me think  about a passage I had read about  branding ''beggaris'' [beggars]  although  the below wasn't the same source as what I had originally read , it does cover beggars, children as well as men between jobs Colliers etc , and the Enablers of these practices of Scots enslaving Scots- BTW- no…


Added by Russell Lynn Drysdale on September 10, 2020 at 16:26 — No Comments

Col Robert MacDonald of Inchkenneth married Mary Douglas of Grantham

Col Robert MacDonald of Inchkenneth married Mary Douglas of Grantham in January 1801.  She was the daughter of Thomas Douglas, who originally engaged in mercantile pursuits (He worked in the cotton industry), he went on to reside at Grantham in Lincolnshire. Served as High Sheriff of that County in 1776.

He bred racehorses and was well…


Added by William Douglas on August 31, 2020 at 19:00 — No Comments

The white child slaves from Aberdeen

Among the more harrowing tales in the Douglas Archives are the references to indentured servants, often children.

Image used for illustration - it is not being suggested that these children were slaves.

The main money-making crops in colonial Georgia were tobacco, indigo and rice, all of which required intensive manual labour. Indentured servitude…


Added by William Douglas on August 27, 2020 at 10:58 — 1 Comment

James Douglas of Cavers - and religion

I have long been aware of the Douglas of Cavers links to important religious matters.

The 'Good Lady of Cavers'  was imprisoned in Stirling Castle in 1682 for her religions beliefs.

Today, I learned that James Douglas of Cavers paid for a printing of the New Testament (in Rome?) in 1849.

This is probably the same James has…


Added by William Douglas on August 13, 2020 at 11:05 — No Comments

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

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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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