A collection of historical and genalogical records
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The Marquis of Douglas, son of the Duke of Hamilton, was sent in 1807 as Ambassador to St. Petersburg.
The Marquis of Douglas in 1808 was allowed to pass through France on his way home from Russia, his health being unequal to a sea passage.
This seems to have been a 'Special Mission'.
The Duke in 1807 was Archibald Hamilton, 9th Duke of Hamilton. His son, Alexander, later 10th Duke of Hamilton, was presumably Marquis of Douglas in 1807?
Added by William Douglas on March 15, 2022 at 21:00 — No Comments
The Glenfunan Games is a new way to learn about Douglas history and heritage using play for all ages.Continue
Erkembald fitz Erkembald, who had a 'set of the customary' five manors in England seems to have been a progenitor of several families.
Is Erkembald just a common name of the time (C1100) or was he just one person from Flanders who made merry with the women of England and Scotalnd and started one, or several, dynasties?
I have this rather curiously worded entry in the Douglas Archives:
William de Duglas, the first of the family in record, between 1175 and 1199,…
A correspondent has provide photographs of a Johnstone-Douglas of Lockerbie final resting place.
If you are family member, or live nearby, and are looking for a project, then this might be for…Continue
Added by William Douglas on February 20, 2022 at 17:31 — No Comments
As you will know, I often post a question based on a Douglas armorial that has surfaced, hoping that someone may be able to decipher it and help with the genealogy.
This weekend, I have been adding descriptors of ancient Douglas seals to about 20 of our ancestors. These seals were appended to documents for marriages and for the acquisition and disposal of lands, and so on. They help identify their owners and their activities on specific dates.
A seal for George Douglas of…Continue
This letter was sent to the French ambassador to England less than two months following Mary's daring escape from Lochleven castle on the 2nd May 1568, where she had been imprisoned following her forced abdication in favour of the infant James VI. Mary's escape from Lochleven was aided by George Douglas, the brother of the landowner,…Continue
Added by William Douglas on January 28, 2022 at 19:10 — No Comments
Elizabeth "Lizbeth" Baird was daughter of Lewis M. Baird's Zebedee B. who fought alongside 6+ of his brothers in the Civil War. She was the wife of Andrew Douglass and was affectionately known as "Mother Douglas" for her vital role in caring for her son, George Washington Douglas's six children after their mother, Ollie Marshall's, untimely death in Newcomb, TN in 1922 of viral infection at the age of 30.
Lizbeth is pictured with Jessie Esler (right) with brother…Continue
The news of the death of Sir William Arbuthnot in October has only just reached me.
His brother James, Baron Arbuthnot of Edrom, of Edrom in the County of Berwick PC, reported:
...he had awful Parkinson's Disease, and…
Congratulations to Jill Douglas who has been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the New Years Honours - 2022 for services to for services to Sport and Charity.
Found in central Scotland, this seal could be the winged heart of a Douglas family. But is it?
And if not, whose crest might it be?…
Added by William Douglas on December 30, 2021 at 23:32 — No Comments
“Captain Thomas Talbot Harrington, of the East India Company, was born in Wiltshire in 1780, and moved to the Cape in 1814 and built a house which he named after his wife's (Jemima Douglas 1784-1820) uncle, the Earl of Seaforth. The house was subsequently dismantled after his…
Acknowledgement: Thank you to Dr Amy Blakeway, lecturer at the University of Kent and author of Regency in Sixteenth-Century Scotland, and Historic…
Added by William Douglas on November 30, 2021 at 13:30 — No Comments
A remarkable artist’s sketch book has come to light in, I think, a house clearance.
I have been researching who the subjects might be and find that they were all in or serving with the Royal Highlanders (Black Watch) in Mesopotamia in 1916.
With a couple of exceptions, those whose portraits I have seen were either killed on wounded.
Embarked, Marseilles, 5th December, 1915.
Added by William Douglas on October 28, 2021 at 11:13 — No Comments
Not many followers will have passed along Lower Gilmore Place in Edinburgh recently, so won't have spotted a powerful new addition to the urban landscape: a striking mural of African American freedom fighter Frederick Douglass.
Added by William Douglas on October 17, 2021 at 19:24 — No Comments
The Battle of Old Byland was part of First War of Scottish Independence, fought on 14th October 1322 on Scawton Moor, Yorkshire, England.
The Battle of Old Byland (also known as the Battle of Byland Moor and Battle of Byland Abbey) was a significant encounter between Scots and English troops in Yorkshire in October 1322, forming part of the Wars of Scottish Independence. It was a victory for the Scots, the most significant since Bannockburn, though on a far smaller scale.
Added by William Douglas on September 22, 2021 at 10:22 — No Comments
I am attempting to identify which officer this item refers to.
Can you help?
From the history of the 37th Regiment
In mid-April (1858) a column from the recently relieved Lucknow under Brigadier Lugard attacked the rebels in the rear at the Jaunpore bridge. Kunwar Singh fled southwards towards the Ganges, pursued by two columns of British troops, including one comprised of 37th soldiers under Brigadier Douglas. This came up with the enemy…Continue
In the early 16th century Charles II D'Amboise commissioned Bernardino de' Conti to do a portrait painting for him in 1505 AD. Although a friend and patron of Leonardo Da Vinci, D'Amboise picked de' Conti for his traditional style of oil painting.
Prominently inscribed on the top left the painting reads, "The Earl of Douglas surnamed Black Dudley"…Continue
Added by William Douglas on August 31, 2021 at 14:00 — No Comments
Congratulation go to the following on their appointments in Her Majesty's Birthday Honours:
• Commander of the Order of the British Empire: Susan Frances DOUGLAS, Chief Executive Officer, Eden Academy Trust, and Senior Adviser, Schools, British Council. For services to Education; High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
• Member of the Order of the British Empire: Clive Anthony DOUGLAS, Chair of the Board of Trustees, The Boleyn Trust. For services to Education; London
• Member of…Continue
Added by William Douglas on June 13, 2021 at 21:00 — No Comments