A collection of historical and genalogical records
Thomas Gainsborough (1727 – 1788) was an English portrait and landscape painter, draughtsman, and printmaker. One of his sitters was Frances Browne, Mrs John Douglas, who appears to be born in 1741 and died in 1811.
The portrait hangs in Waddesdon Hall, the property of the Rothschild Family.
James Douglas was the 14th Earl of Morton, a Scottish peer dedicated to science with a keen interest in astronomy. He was a founding member and President of the Society for Improving Arts and Sciences in Edinburgh, and elected as President of the Royal Society in London in 1763.
On the eve of…Continue
Added by William Douglas on May 8, 2020 at 9:30 — No Comments
In 2013, I was informed by a young woman of details of her family.
I included these in the Douglas Archives, in good faith.
Last night she sent me an email informing me that her family circumstances were not as she had provided them, and asked me to remove them.
It transpires that she had made a marriage 'contract' on the basis of her connection to a prominent Scottish family, and this had proved to be false.
Was I duped, and used to promote a false identity? Or…Continue
James Arthur DOUGLASS, Police Staff, Metropolitan Police Service. For services to Policing and to National Security, who was appointed to the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2020 New Years Hounours
Along with the Birthday honours, the New Year’s Honours list is the most significant announcement of civilian and military gallantry awards.
The system acknowledges the…
Added by William Douglas on December 29, 2019 at 22:00 — No Comments
Rob Douglas, of Western Australia, has published a collection of notes and photographs about his grandfather, Henry, and grandmother, Mina. Rob uncovered a wealth of anecdotes and recollections of their lives.
If your family history merges with theirs at any point, then I am sure you will find this publication as fascinating as…Continue
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)…Continue
Added by William Douglas on October 11, 2019 at 11:30 — No Comments
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
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…Continue
Added by William Douglas on August 21, 2019 at 19:18 — No Comments
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…Continue
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It remains my policy that material that is mine - ie not clearly provided by others - should be freely…Continue
Added by William Douglas on July 22, 2019 at 12:51 — No Comments
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.…Continue
Added by William Douglas on July 17, 2019 at 10:55 — No Comments
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…Continue
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Article from the Dubh Ghlase newsletter
Added by William Douglas on June 25, 2019 at 18:40 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by William Douglas on June 20, 2019 at 11:30 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by William Douglas on June 17, 2019 at 22:30 — No Comments
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…
Added by William Douglas on June 15, 2019 at 22:51 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by William Douglas on June 9, 2019 at 10:30 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by William Douglas on May 21, 2019 at 20:10 — No Comments
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…Continue