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William Douglas's Blog – February 2022 Archive (3)

Was Erkembald an early Douglas?

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,…


Added by William Douglas on February 27, 2022 at 10:20 — 2 Comments

Dryfebridge Cemetery - burial place of the Johnstone-Douglas family

A correspondent has provide photographs of a Johnstone-Douglas of Lockerbie final resting place. 

Dryfebridge Cemetery is a sleepy looking cemetery that lacks tender loving care and is fast disappearing as it is reclaimed by Mother Nature.

If you are family member, or live nearby, and are looking for a project, then this might be for…


Added by William Douglas on February 20, 2022 at 17:31 — No Comments

Interpretating families from their heraldry

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…


Added by William Douglas on February 20, 2022 at 17:00 — 5 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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