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The Debutante

Carmen, the daughter of Mrs James Douglas, was presented at court in 1925. 

A debutante presentation at court is a formal ceremony where young women of high social standing are introduced to the monarch or head of state. It marks their official entry into society and is often seen as a rite of passage.

The presentation is not…

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Added by William Douglas on February 19, 2024 at 12:54 — No Comments

Corps of Artillery Drivers

Until 1794, the Royal Artillery hired civilian horses and drivers to haul its guns. In that year, the Corps of Captains' Commissaries and Drivers was formed to provide these services. This was reformed as the Corps of Gunner Drivers in 1801. In 1806 these became the Royal Artillery Drivers. In 1822 these were disbanded and from that date all men…

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Added by William Douglas on February 17, 2024 at 11:30 — No Comments

Italy

As you know, there has been much discussion on the Douglas Scotti of Italy in this forum.  This has generated many articles on the extended family.

I have been restructuring the pages on Italy in an attempt to bring some cohesion. It will take time for the search engines to catch up.

Here is the main page: https://www.douglashistory.co.uk/history/italy_home.html you should be able to find everything else…

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Added by William Douglas on February 14, 2024 at 12:09 — No Comments

Bruce raises his standard at Castledykes, Dumfries, 1306

Here at Castledykes, with the rivers Nith and Criffle visible, can be seen Robert Bruce raising his standard at the Castle of Dumfries, freshly seized from its English garrison. Sir Roger Kirkpatrick of Closeburn with sword in hand, and Sir John Lindsay acclaim their leader.

Earlier on the same day, February the 10th 13O6, and at the other end of Dumfries within the Greyfriars' Monastery, Bruce had imperiously stabbed Sir John Comyn of Dalswinton, his rival claimant of the…

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Added by William Douglas on January 11, 2024 at 20:25 — No Comments

Lord James Douglas - Otterburn Hall

Lord James Douglas was supposedly given Otterburn Hall in 1870 as recompense for the death of Lord James Douglas, who fought at the Battle of Otterburn, and was killed near Otterburn Tower (originally a castle), itself founded in 1086, and rebuilt in 1830.

The house, now in a state of disrepair is for sale.

But who is this 'Lord James Douglas'?

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Added by William Douglas on January 7, 2024 at 22:36 — 1 Comment

Palazzo Scotti in Castelbosco Marazzani - apartment for sale

A three-bedroom apartment in Palazzo Scotti in Castelbosco Marazzani is offered for sale by Sothebys International.



Palazzo Scotti in Castelbosco Marazzani is a historic building dating back to the first half of the 1700s. During the second half of the 18th century, the Romagna architect Cosimo Morelli intervened to redesign the atrium portal and the colonnaded courtyard, while an architectural firm from Piacenza oversaw the renovation of the private home. Inside the Palace, which…

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Added by William Douglas on January 2, 2024 at 16:52 — 1 Comment

Vice-Consul Charles Drysdale; stained glass window

I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD AND KNOW MY SHEEP/ AM KNOWN OF MINE/ TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN LOVING MEMORY OF/ CHARLES DRYSDALE, BOOKSELLER, VICE CONSUL OF THE UNITED STATES OF/ AMERICA AT DUNFERMLINE, 1899 - 1913, WHO DIED 21 FEBRUARY 1913/ AND OF MARY J W ALEXANDER, HIS WIFE, WHO DIED 10 APRIL 1933/ ALSO OF THEIR DEARLY BELOVED SON CHARLES, LANCE CORPORAL,/ GORDON HIGHLANDERS, WHO WAS KILLED IN ACTION AT THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME,/ 18 JULY 1916 AGED 19 YEARS/ ALSO OF THEIR ELDEST DAUGHTER…

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Added by William Douglas on December 4, 2023 at 16:00 — No Comments

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, 1942-2023

James Douglas-Hamilton, Baron Selkirk of Douglas, died on 28th November 2023 at the age of 81.

The warmth of the tributes that accompanied the news reached across the political spectrum. All of them are genuine and none uttered out of dutiful respect.

The genuineness of affectionate words can be diluted on days like this; sometimes…

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Added by William Douglas on December 2, 2023 at 13:00 — 1 Comment

Bothwellpark House

Bothwellpark House is situated on the edge of Bothwell, just north of the River Clyde in South Lanarkshire, close to the remains of Bothwell Castle. It is a house of historical significance for the surrounding area and is understood to have been built as the Dower House for Bothwell Castle Mansion (now demolished). Designed by James Playfair and built in the late 18th century, the B-listed Georgian house is laid out over three stories in a symmetrical rectangular layout with wings…

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Added by William Douglas on October 19, 2023 at 17:58 — 1 Comment

Langenstein

In 1826, Count Karl von Welsperg decided to sell the heavily indebted Langenstein estate including the towns of Eigeltingen and Orsingen. With Prince Karl Egon zu Fürstenberg, to whom he initially offered the property; the count did not reach a trade agreement. Finally, Grand Duke Ludwig of Baden took over the offered objects for 190,000 guilders. In the same…

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Added by William Douglas on September 23, 2023 at 18:30 — No Comments

The Salamander in Douglas Heraldry

I have long wondered about the origin of the salamander that appears in Douglas heraldry and recalled that there was an article in the Australian newsletter many years ago.

Today, researching early uses of the stars on our armorials, particularly those of the Douglas Scotti, I stumbled across a couple of French 'blasons' with stars, one of which also had a…

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Added by William Douglas on August 9, 2023 at 10:59 — 7 Comments

Camp Morton, Sptsbergen

Camp Morton is the site of a coal mining encampment located on Spitsbergen island in the Svalbard archipelago, Norway.

Camp Morton, also known as Camp Douglas, was established in the early 20th century by Ernest Mansfield, a prospector working on behalf of a British investment company called the Spitzbergen Mining and Exploration Syndicate (SMES). The camp was part of an effort by British investors and entrepreneurs to extract resources from Spitsbergen, which was open to various…

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Added by William Douglas on August 4, 2023 at 12:42 — No Comments

John O’ The Bank Campbell - an unexpected ancestor

Researching the maternal side of my family, I came across the interesting story of 'John O’ The Bank Campbell'.

John O’ The Bank Campbell was a prominent figure in the history of the Royal Bank of Scotland. He served as the Cashier for the bank for over 30 years and also held the office of Deputy Keeper of the Great Seal [Scotland]. He lived…

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Added by William Douglas on July 27, 2023 at 13:30 — No Comments

Douglas Family of Brunette Island

The settlers on Brunette Island, who were resettled off the island within a century or so, have been brought to my attention. This was not a family, or group of families, that I had been aware of previously.

I have put together some notes about them and am now hoping that someone might be able to fill in the gaps in the story.

Where did they come from? Where did they go?

My research has produced conflicting reports of the lineage, so that needs sorting too!…

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Added by William Douglas on June 12, 2023 at 11:30 — No Comments

James Douglas pledges allegiance to Robert the Bruce

There is a story, with no historical evidence, that Robert the Bruce and James Douglas met near Moffat. The Ericstane no longer seems to exist but the visitor can get a distinct feel for the momentous meeting that took place there in late March, 1306. With a little imagination we can visualise the Bruce party, heading for the coronation at Scone, winding up the hillside where a young man sat astride his horse, borrowed from Bishop Lamberton, waiting with a message of support from the Bishop.…

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Added by William Douglas on April 29, 2023 at 15:53 — 1 Comment

DOUGLAS in 1901 in Scotland

There were 8,939 with this surname in Scotland in 1901. The surname is ranked 76th in Scotland in the same year, SMITH is ranked 1st since it is the most common Scottish surname.

Source: https://www.barrygriffin.com/ ;…

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Added by William Douglas on April 16, 2023 at 18:57 — No Comments

The Northamptonshire Files

The descendants of William Douglas, b1610 and his wife Anne Mattie have been searching for clues to their ancestry beyond the 17th century for many years.

One researcher, Nigel Douglas has assembled a large collection of documents during his research.  He did not find the holy grail, but the names and links he identified are essential clues for others who are trawling through Northamptonshire births, marriages and deaths seeking links that might lead further.

The Douglas…

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Added by William Douglas on April 15, 2023 at 18:00 — 3 Comments

Who was Major G.S. Douglas?

There is a board commemorating former Commandants of Queen Victoria School in a school corridor.

Among those listed is a Major GS Douglas. But who was he?

Searching Google did not throw up any clues, so I resorted to AI.  Different phrasing of the question provided differing results.  But which is correct and which is fiction is difficult to determine.  What follows are the various responses I received.…

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Added by William Douglas on March 17, 2023 at 13:08 — No Comments

Douglases in Northamptonshire

I have received a large bundle of files relating to the Douglas family in Northamptonshire.

I have yet to decide how to include them in the Douglas Archives, but will make them available to those of you researching William Douglas and Ann Mattie, and the wider family as I collate the collection.…

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Added by William Douglas on January 24, 2023 at 11:57 — No Comments

Will Douglas - English Royalist poet in the 17th century

Cromwell is dead, and risen; and dead again,

And risen the third time after he was slain

No wonder! For he’s messenger of Hell:

And now he buffets us, now posts to tell

What’s past; and for one more game new counsel takes

Of his good friend the Devil, who keeps the stakes.

Will Douglas did not get the best of reviews on his poetry, but it did reflect the myriad of tales about Cromwell's demise, or as it…

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Added by William Douglas on January 19, 2023 at 18:42 — 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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