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William Douglas's Blog – February 2011 Archive (4)

Parish records in the Stewartry (or County) of Kirkcudbright

The kirkyards website is a resource containing a variety of information to assist people researching their family trees where their ancestors came from the Stewartry (or County) of Kirkcudbright, or the local history of the county, as it existed prior to 1975 when county boundaries were removed and it became part of Dumfries and Galloway.

All inscriptions on gravestones in the following parishes were transcribed and the…


Added by William Douglas on February 23, 2011 at 18:00 — 1 Comment

William Douglas of Cluny

William Douglas lived at Cluny, Fife, Scotland.

William Douglas was appointed guardian to King James III. during his minority, and received from him, before 1462, some of the spoil accruing from the forfeiture of the Earl of Douglas and his adherents. Two years later, in 1464, King James appointed him Warden Douglas of the Eastern and Middle Marches, in succession to his brother the 4th Earl of Angus before 1475, and at the same time committed to him the keeping of the castles of… Continue

Added by William Douglas on February 22, 2011 at 10:30 — No Comments

The swing o' the tartan

I was asked recently if I knew the origins of the Inglis family right to wear the Douglas Hunting tartan.  of course, I don't!

The Inglis are a sept of the Douglases, and I presume different septs have the right to wear different Douglas tartans.…


Added by William Douglas on February 10, 2011 at 15:46 — 1 Comment

The sad tale of Lady Glenbucket

Jean Douglas, styled Lady Glenbucket, as being the widow of the late Gordon of Glenbucket, had been endowed by her husband, in terms of her marriage contract with a thousand pounds Scots of free rent out of the best of his lands ‘nearest adjacent to the house.’ At his death in 1693, she entered on the possession of the mains and house of Glenbucket, and uplifted some of the rents, out of which she did aliment her eight children till May [1696],' when an…


Added by William Douglas on February 9, 2011 at 19:25 — 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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