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Announcing the production of a book - Black Heart.

Hello everyone,

I'm pleased to announce that after years of procrastination, research and even more procrastination, I have finally embarked upon a book project focussing on a critical time in Clan Douglas history. A time of the rise and tragic fall of the Black Douglas…

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Added by Andrew Douglas on October 12, 2019 at 20:01 — No Comments

PLaces in Douglas History

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

(Click the link, not the map)…

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Added by William Douglas on October 11, 2019 at 11:30 — No Comments

Sir James Douglas was the knight chosen to take the heart of Robert the Bruce to the holy land.

Robert the Bruce's link to the Clan Douglas
Sir James Douglas was the knight chosen to take the heart of Robert the Bruce to the holy land. Paul Murton retraces the steps of the knight. BBC

Release date:17 February 2011
Duration:
3 minutes
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00f44kn

Added by Mark Stephen Elliott on September 28, 2019 at 20:27 — 1 Comment

Early Douglases

Something to ponder on

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

Added by William Douglas on September 6, 2019 at 11:57 — No Comments

How many swords did the Good Sir James Douglas own?

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.

Other historical swords in the…

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Added by William Douglas on August 21, 2019 at 19:18 — No Comments

The article of Ployart

Hello William,
I do some research and I find something very interesting on my ancestor and my family tree.
Louis 1 Douglas (died in 1579), lord of Ployart, deputy of the nobility of Vermandois was married with Isabelle de Mandy (died in 1587). Louis 2 Douglas, born in 1567 died in 1607,( his son) was also Lord of Ployart, governor of Soissons and officer was married with Catherine d'Aumale.
Source : www.geneanet.org.

Added by Kevin de Douglas on August 7, 2019 at 18:24 — 1 Comment

Henry Alexander Douglas, Vicar of Abbotsley Church

Henry Alexander Douglas progressed from being Vicar of the Church of St Margaret of Antioch, in Abbotsley, now in Cambridgeshire, but in an area formerly known as Huntingdon, via South Africa to becoming Bishop of Bombay.

I have known of him for a while, but have not been able to piece together his full story. Yesterday, another fact emerged.

I was attending a family service in the church of St Margaret of Antioch, which sits in the village of Abbotsley. The earliest record of…

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Added by William Douglas on August 6, 2019 at 12:27 — No Comments

Copyright

In line with other genealogy and family history web sites, I am asking site users to agree to the 'Ancestry Rule'.

You are not authorized to add this page or any images from this page to Ancestry.com (or its subsidiaries) or other fee-paying sites without our express permission and then, if given, only by including our copyright and a URL link to the web site.

It remains my policy that material that is mine - ie not clearly provided by others - should be freely…

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Added by William Douglas on July 22, 2019 at 12:51 — 1 Comment

Douglas families of Stoneykirk and Two Mark

I have spent a few days collating and compiling a collection of papers supplied to me on the Wigtonshire Douglas families of Stoneykirk and Two Mark and their many descendants and relatives.

I have probably put them in the wrong order, and suffer from some missing sections.  However, they fill many gaps in the Douglas Archives which I now will work through.…

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Added by William Douglas on July 17, 2019 at 10:55 — No Comments

A happy chance opportunity

A couple of days ago, I received a request for information about a Douglas family from Nesbit, in Roxburghshire.

By chance, I possessed an invitation to the opening yesterday of the restored Monteath Douglas Mausoleum, just a few miles away, so I made diversion to the graveyard at Nesbit hoping to find some Douglas gravemarkers.

In memory of JANE PATON wife of THOMAS DOUGLAS who died at Ploughland Maxton 3.9.1900 aged 58 years also HELEN their daughter who died at…

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Added by William Douglas on July 8, 2019 at 11:11 — No Comments

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Added by William Douglas on June 28, 2019 at 15:53 — No Comments

Opportunity to acquire a former Douglas property

Another former Douglas property has come onto the market.

Strathenry House was built for Robert Douglas Esq. local landowner, and is described in the New Statistical Account as "a very handsome building, in the style of the old English manor house of Queen Elizabeth's time".

Strathendry Castle, now superseded by the modern mansion, is a…

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Added by William Douglas on June 20, 2019 at 11:30 — No Comments

Digging deep to find the Dutch/French connection

I have been rooting around in the French Ministry of Culture's database (I know, I know) and found a photograph of the tomb of Jean-Louis Désiré, Baron of Bois-David, and his wife Christine-Hélène Jeanne of Douglas, which is in St. Martin Parish Churchyard, Wilwisheim, Bas-Rhin, Alsace - presumably their burial place.

I now know that Thede Boisdavid…

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Added by William Douglas on June 17, 2019 at 22:30 — No Comments

John Stewart, 3rd Earl of Buchan and Constable of France

I have included this article on the strength of his marriage - and because I like his portrait.



John Stewart, Earl of Buchan (c. 1381 – 17 August 1424) was a Scottish nobleman and soldier who fought alongside Scotland's French allies during the Hundred Years War. In 1419 he was sent to France by his father the Duke of Albany, Regent of Scotland, with…

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Added by William Douglas on June 15, 2019 at 22:51 — No Comments

Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

Our congratulations go to Steven Douglas. Group chief executive Officer Altair. For services to the Housing Industry. (London) who has been appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in HM The Queen's 2019 birthday…

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Added by William Douglas on June 9, 2019 at 10:30 — No Comments

My branch of the Douglas family. Part 1.

Hello readers,

Well, after years of research and frustrating roadblocks I have finally pieced together my first article documenting my branch of the Douglas family. This is only part 1, I'm sure in time I'll add more to the story and what I'm documenting here has been a remarkable personal journey. 

I hope for the reader you may find some take away advice if you're currently or planning to do research into your own family history. I am not a genealogical researcher by any…

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Added by Andrew Douglas on May 24, 2019 at 12:49 — 1 Comment

Former Douglas lands for sale

Presented as the ultimate ‘off grid’ residential and forestry estate in the south of Scotland, Blackhouse Estate, which lies in the Tweedsmuir Hills on the northern edge of the Yarrow valley, in the ancient Ettrick Forest, is for sale.

The Ettrick Forest or the 'Forest' as it was known has long connection with the earlier Scottish kings as a hunting area. The Douglas family were seen as the keepers of this area and it is after this family that the Douglas Burn is named. As…

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Added by William Douglas on May 21, 2019 at 20:10 — 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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