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March 2022 Blog Posts (4)

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

Glenfunan games

The Glenfunan Games is a new way to learn about Douglas history and heritage using play for all ages.

Test your knowledge with the Quickfire Quiz or a word game

Colour in…


Added by William Douglas on March 11, 2022 at 20:11 — 1 Comment

Douglas slave traders

I'm trying to track down Douglases who were slave traders. I've met a Jamaican whose mother's maiden name was Douglas, and the family story is that she was descended from a union between a slave and a Douglas slave trader in the 1700s. 

My own Douglas history makes it possible that this man and I are related. Four brothers - George, Samuel, William and James came to the U.S. around 1784 with a 'Captain Stevenson' and James Shaw. Shaw was a teenager at the time, and was later Sir James…


Added by Daniel Stewart Robinson on March 3, 2022 at 2:11 — 1 Comment

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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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