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Added by William Douglas on July 22, 2019 at 12:51 — No Comments

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Strathendry Castle, now superseded by the modern mansion, is a…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

SIR CHARLES DOUGLAS ARCHIVES

Hi All- I’m trying to find the archives that house the personal and professional papers of Captain Sir Charles Douglas, RN for the years 1776-1778. I’m particularly interested in the correspondence between Sir Charles and the Naval officers under his command. It is possible they may be archived with those of his son, General Sir Howard Douglas. (Does anyone know if that is correct?) Do any of you know where either the Sir Charles Douglas or Sir Howard Douglas papers are archived? If so,…

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Added by Charles E. Pippenger on May 18, 2019 at 17:11 — No Comments

Thomas Tweedle Drysdale

THE BANKRUPTCY ACT, 1861. ORDER OF DISCHARGE. In the County Court of Glamorganshire, holden at Swansea. TN the Matter of THOMAS TWIDLE DRYSDALE, of J_ Swansea, in the county of Glamorgan, Ship-owner, Dealer, and Chapman: and lately a Partner in the firm of Drysdale and Bergh, of Swansea aforesaid, Ship Chandlers and Sail Makers, a Bankrupt: Whereas at a Public Sitting of the Court held this day the Court granted an Order of Discharge to the said Bankrupt, Notice is hereby given, that an…

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Added by Russell Lynn Drysdale on May 17, 2019 at 16:45 — 3 Comments

The Balliol Roll

The Balliol Roll, the earliest roll of arms for Scotland. It contains thirty-five shields of Scottish noblemen arranged beneath the arms of Sir Edward Balliol, king of Scots (c. 1282-1364), and was almost certainly composed for that ruler. Edward Balliol, the last of the Anglo-Scots, was the son of John de Balliol (King John of Scotland) and Isabella de…

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Added by William Douglas on April 25, 2019 at 10:24 — 3 Comments

how the MacKenzie-Douglas line came about

How the MacKenzie-Douglas line came about

The Daughter of Sir Robert 6th Baronet of…

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Added by Jackie Stoddard on April 21, 2019 at 0:00 — 6 Comments

Chevalier Douglas - a French-Jacobite spy mystery

Chevalier Douglas, Alexandre-Pierre de Mackensie-Douglas, baron de Kildin, was a Scottish Jacobite in French service He was sent on a secret mission to Russia where he was to meet Empress Elizabeth and conspire with the pro-French faction against the Habsburg monarchy.

He was to be accompanied by a young woman, his 'neice', to provide cover for his…

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Added by William Douglas on April 11, 2019 at 13:30 — No Comments

Drysdale

Looking for a connection between the three Douglass, Thomas, William, and James, who in 1503 changed their surname to Drysdale to escape persecution, and James Drysdale, below.

My family tree shows a James Drysdale married to a Christine Curry (no dates) having five children, Henry, George, Janet, Agnes, and James Keith Drysdale. James Keith died 11/11/1917, and was married twice, first to Margaret Browne, then Mary Pearce. From the marriage with Mary Pearce,  they had three children,…

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Added by Roger Steves on April 9, 2019 at 16:15 — 1 Comment

Douglas gypsies

From time to time, the Douglas gypsy connection is raised.

Best known was Charlie Douglas (best known to me, anyway) who revelled in the title "King of the Gypsies", but there are other families.

Thomas Douglas, Tinker, thief. Resident of. Bannockburn, Stirlingshire was transported to America in…

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Added by William Douglas on March 1, 2019 at 13:30 — 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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