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William Douglas's Blog – February 2010 Archive (4)

Douglas of Bonjedward and Timpendean

Scotland's Historic Heraldry by Bruce A McAndrew

Re George 1st Earl of Angus "...William, 1st Earl of Douglas, had children by his sister in law. Margaret Stewart, Countess of Angus (1417/18), the eldest of whom was named George. He was acknowledged lord of Angus 1389-97 and thereafter earl till his early death soon after the battle…

Added by William Douglas on February 22, 2010 at 13:00 — No Comments

A dynasty of Clock and Watch makers

John Douglas, who was living in 1759, of Jedburgh, Roxburghshire became a Master Clock and Watch maker and founded a dynasty of Clock and Watch makers, Jewellers, Jewellery makers, Goldsmiths and Silversmiths.

Eighteen Clock and Watch makers named Douglas that are part of the family have been identified, plus a Walter Lamont - a total of nineteen. Besides clockmaking there is a strong descent of Artists - Snuff Box painter, Portrait painters, Genre painters and Picture restorers;… Continue

Added by William Douglas on February 11, 2010 at 11:16 — No Comments

Trailer for the Douglas Archives

This is a new trailer I have just made - any thoughts?

You can get a copy here:…


Added by William Douglas on February 8, 2010 at 20:00 — No Comments

Seeking ancestors through graveyards

I have been working on researching Douglases who were watch and clock makers, trying to find the link between family members in Chertsey, Surrey, Jedburgh, Roxburghshire, Galston, Ayrshire and others. Sally Douglas, in Melbourne, Australia is the power behind this research and has made enormous progress.

She recently sent me a couple of photographs of gravestones which are key to providing supporting evidence. But for how much longer will this evidence be…

Added by William Douglas on February 5, 2010 at 12:00 — 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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