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William Douglas's Blog – March 2014 Archive (12)

Paul Douglas, born March 26, 1892

I missed this yesterday!

When we think of Illinois politicians today we are reminded of those who are currently serving prison sentences — 4 of the last 7 Governors were residents of the old graybar hotel. And too many of those who aren’t in jail are flitting about in ecstatic confusion doing errands for Wall Street.

But there was a day not so very long ago when…


Added by William Douglas on March 27, 2014 at 22:31 — No Comments

Lewis H. Douglas tells of Carney's heroism

William Carney’s brave actions were honored when he was bestowed the Congressional Medal of Honor. An affidavit from Lewis Douglas retells Carney’s actions.

The actions of Sgt. William Carney of the Fifty-fourth Massachusetts Colored Regiment at the assault on Fort Wagner, South Carolina, on July 18, 1863, are perhaps the best-known example of an…


Added by William Douglas on March 27, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments

Who was Sheila Douglas-Pennant?

I have been working on the Douglas-Pennant branch, filling in some of the gaps.

Along the way, I have been asked to identify where Sheila Douglas-Pennant fits into the line.  The 1937 American (Florida) press cutting below suggests that she was the BBC's first television compere (Not commerce!) and is the daughter of the Speaker of the House of Commons.…


Added by William Douglas on March 21, 2014 at 19:00 — 1 Comment

Events to be attended by CDSNA Regents

March 22, 2014 Mark & Cora Peterson-- Kern County Scottish Games, Bakersfield, CA

April 5, 2014 Chuck Mirabile-- Colorado Tartan Day, McIlovoy Park0Old Town, Arvada, CO

April 5, 2014 Diana Kay Stell-- Louisiana Tartan Festival, Minden, LA

April 5-6, 2014 Phil & Loretta Morton-- San Antonio Scottish Highland Games, Helotes, TX

April 11-13, 2014 Diana Kay Stell-- Arkansas Scottish Festival,…


Added by William Douglas on March 20, 2014 at 23:26 — No Comments

Auchlochan memories

Henrietta Edwards contributes "My father, John Lang, was born in 1907 in New Trows, about quarter of a mile from Auchlochan. He often spoke of the Douglas family and their kindness to his family. At the age of 12 he was 'post boy' for them. This meant he took their pony and trap each weekday evening, to Lesmahagow to meet the 6pm train and collect their mail. He was rewarded by being allowed to present himself at the kitchen door, where the cook would give him a scone and a drink of milk.…


Added by William Douglas on March 17, 2014 at 11:30 — No Comments

State sponsored vandalism at Douglas Support?

Almost 600 people have already signed a petition to stop the destruction of Douglas Support grounds.

Sandra Dolan said "No-one knew that this was going to happen until it happened. They must have started on Monday afternoon because nothing was happening on Monday…


Added by William Douglas on March 15, 2014 at 0:08 — 1 Comment

Richard carves poem at Bannockburn Centre

Carver Richard Douglas, Poet Kathleen Jamie and Battle of Bannockburn Project Director David McAllister at final line of poem-inscription at Rotunda monument

The last word of new, commemorative poem has been inscribed into the round beam crowning the 1960s monument at the Bannockburn heritage site near Stirling.

The poem was written by…


Added by William Douglas on March 13, 2014 at 13:21 — No Comments

Hal Douglas, voice actor, dies

Hal Douglas, who has died aged 90, was the “titan of trailers” - a voice actor whose gravel-toned decrees whetted audiences’ appetites for more than 1,000 forthcoming feature films, teasing out the explosive action, maudlin melodrama and intergalactic showdowns coming to a screen near them soon.

Read his obituary: …


Added by William Douglas on March 11, 2014 at 23:28 — No Comments

Andrew Martin Douglas - furniture maker?

A chest of drawers is being sold on ebay.  With three drawers, it is covered in leather.

Does anyone recognise Andrew Martin Douglas, the maker?

Added by William Douglas on March 10, 2014 at 21:27 — No Comments

DNA testing kitty has cash

Can you trace your lineage to any of the Earls of Angus, barons of Drumlanrig or the Earls of Morton?

Do you have strong links going back to around 1600?

The Douglas DNA project has accumulated some funds in the 'kitty' to help those who might otherwise be bale to afford testing of their DNA to help prove lines back to early Douglases.

You can read more about the group here: …


Added by William Douglas on March 8, 2014 at 19:00 — 3 Comments

Clock and watch makers

Sally Douglas has kindly supplied me with yet more details of Douglas clock and watchmakers.  I am continually astonished at how many there were.

These are collected together as lists, and no attempt has yet been made to link the page together as narrative. As a result, if you are seeking a clock or watch maker, you will need to use the search function…


Added by William Douglas on March 8, 2014 at 15:00 — No Comments

Russell Drysdale painting West Wyalong returns to inspirational outback pub in namesake NSW town

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Sir Russell Drysdale was inspired to paint his work West Wyalong in 1949 after going for a drink at the Tattersall's Hotel on the main street of the town that gave the work its…

Added by William Douglas on March 4, 2014 at 10:18 — 1 Comment

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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.

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