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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

Douglas Support newsletter

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Strathendry Castle, now superseded by the modern mansion, is a…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

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

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

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

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

On this day in 1856

On the 29th January in 1856, the Victoria Cross was instituted by H.M. Queen Victoria. The medal is the highest award for bravery that a British and Commonwealth serviceman can be presented. At the time of its institution it was written that the…

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Added by William Douglas on January 29, 2019 at 18:48 — No Comments

Charlie Douglas (abt 1933-2011), born Doug China, radio presenter.

Contributed by Ben Moses (Pictured):  In 1964 Charlie Douglas was still working under his real name, Doug China, and was in management or sales at WINZ Radio in Miami when I started to work there as a part time DJ. I was in the Army at the…

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Added by William Douglas on January 4, 2019 at 23:30 — No Comments

New Years Honours 2019

Our congratulations go to:

• Susan DOUGLAS-SCOTT Chair, Independent Living Fund Scotland,  who was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to Human Rights, Disability and LGBT Issues. (Prestwick, Ayrshire and Arran)


• David DOUGLAS, who was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire, for public and political service 

Added by William Douglas on December 30, 2018 at 16:00 — No Comments

Battle of Sark

Renewed border skirmishing saw Henry Percy, future 3rd earl of Northumberland, defeated by Hugh Douglas, earl of Ormond, on 23 October 1448.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-37046361?fbclid=IwAR28fbqKcTXAGS0pH0HtX47lOefNbC6vX2RAQg4vEMkNi2jDodEJw-ntbc4 ;

Added by William Douglas on December 13, 2018 at 11:30 — 5 Comments

Scandal in the family

It is always fun to discover hanky panky in the family history, and so it was not really a surprise to discover that the daughter of my 13th great-grandfather was a naughty girl, when not much more that her sixteenth birthday - she became the mistress of King James V.

Elizabeth Carmichael, also know as Katherine, bore the King a son, a son,…

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Added by William Douglas on November 30, 2018 at 14:08 — 3 Comments

Two weddings on the same day - what's the connection?

Intrigued by the marriage between a Douglas and a Middleton, and wondering if there was a royal connection, I worked to find out who Rev M Middleton was, and indeed, who was Mr Douglas?

He appears to be James Alexander Douglas (abt 1762-1830), son of William Douglas and Mary Higginbotham.  James married Charlotte Douglass on 7th March 1796, in…

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Added by William Douglas on November 16, 2018 at 13:10 — 1 Comment

A Douglas 1926 350cc EW motorcycle in Borneo

History of the first person in North Borneo on a motorcycle trip between Keningau, Melalap and Tambunan Road

Between 9th and 13th August 1928, an American Doctor by the named C G Campbell made a daring adventure when he took his Douglas motorcycle on a trip from Melalap to Keningau and Tambunan on an inspection…

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Added by William Douglas on November 14, 2018 at 12:00 — 2 Comments

Historic Douglas Support Estate Community buy-out planned

Viewpark Conservation Group (VCG) wishes to acquire the Historic Douglas Support Estate, locally known as The Viewpark Glen through a Community buy-out. 



The Douglas Support Estate was in the ownership of the Douglas family for many generations, and forms part of the old Douglas lands of Lanarkshire. The current owners are descendants of the Douglas family, but are no longer Douglases.



The local community wishes to acquire the land to…

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Added by William Douglas on October 19, 2018 at 10:27 — No Comments

Alexander Douglas-Douglas - Australian native police officer

Some alarming facts have been added to Alexander Douglas-Douglas's Wikipedia profile.

Alexander was a naval officer, an explorer, a teamster, officer in the Native Police and a chief inspector of police in Queensland. And, it his time with the police that has been called into question.

Douglas was appointed Acting Sub-Inspector at…

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Added by William Douglas on September 20, 2018 at 10:08 — 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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