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October 2014 Blog Posts (7)

Witches in your dungeon?

Can you tell me if you kept witches in your dungeon as I have a sister who believes she was a witch in a past life..?

I was asked this a couple of years ago, and it came to mind again as I considered the fact that Hallowe'en is upon us again.

Do we have witches in the Douglas family, I wondered?

Archibald, 6th Earl of Angus's sister, Lady Janet Douglas of Glamis, was accused of witchcraft and treason and was burned at the stake in…

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Added by William Douglas on October 28, 2014 at 17:33 — 3 Comments

Unclaimed estates in England

The following leave unclaimed estates:

Forename Surname Date of Death Place of Death Dates of Birth Place of Birth…
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Added by William Douglas on October 21, 2014 at 18:43 — No Comments

Terri triumphs at Inverness

Congratulations to Terri Douglas Ventress, a senior design engineer at Oklahoma State University, captured her third consecutive Masters World Championships at the 2014 Highland Games in Inverness, Scotland. Ventress is the only one in the world to simultaneously hold all the Highland Games World Records in her age group.

Above Terri, and Larry…

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Added by William Douglas on October 17, 2014 at 10:50 — No Comments

New Zealand - Unclaimed money

Douglas, C S $937.97
Douglas, Dorothy Angela $349.45
Douglas, Ian $116.00
Douglas, J F Mr $506.51
Douglas, J G $1,350.00
Douglas, Joyce Alice $102.35
Douglas, Maureen Anne $984.64
Douglas, N L $1,589.48
Douglas, Stephanie Diane $155.95

Further details from: http://www.ird.govt.nz/unclaimed-money/monies-d.html

Added by William Douglas on October 16, 2014 at 18:42 — No Comments

Watts, alias Douglas - WW1 casualty

  I am considering how best to commemorate the fallen from the First World War, and was looking at the scale of the project. The first name that I came across was Rifleman John Sholto Douglas Douglas, who was listed as Alias Watts.  Intrigued, I tried to find out more about him.

15881 Rifleman John Sholto Douglas Douglas died in France on 6th October 1918 and is 'Remembered with Honour' in the Grevillers British Cemetery.

Born John Sholto Douglas Watts, in France,…

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Added by William Douglas on October 9, 2014 at 19:30 — No Comments

Former Douglas property on the market

Orchardton House was built in about 1761 by Robert Maxwell. He married a McLellan of Kirkcudbright Castle and it is alleged that the roof timbers from the castle were used in the construction of the new mansion at Orchardton. In 1785, the estate came into the possession of James Douglas, brother of William, founder of Castle Douglas. The house was substantially embellished…

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Added by William Douglas on October 9, 2014 at 16:30 — No Comments

Special offer for Douglas Archives members

The Trials of Lady Jane Douglas

The scandal that divided 18th century Britain

by Karl Sabbagh

The truth about what happened to the beautiful Lady Jane Douglas in Paris in 1748 has never been established. Did she give birth to twin boys in a bug-infested boarding house, or did she buy her two sons from poor French peasants to ensure that the distinguished line…

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Added by William Douglas on October 1, 2014 at 13:51 — 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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