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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

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

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

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

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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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