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William Douglas's Blog – March 2015 Archive (4)

Sawney Bean

Alexander "Sawney" Bean was said to have been born in East Lothian, far away from the remote Ayrshire coast where he achieved infamy. The son of a hedger and ditcher, he followed in his fathers footsteps, but soon discovered an aversion to hard work and absconded from his parents to Ayrshire. It was here he fell in with a woman as disinclined…


Added by William Douglas on March 28, 2015 at 10:32 — No Comments

Major Sholto Douglas - 'Banished' to Van Diemen's Land

Banished is a British drama television serial created by Jimmy McGovern. The seven-part serial first aired on 5 March 2015 on BBC Two and was inspired by events in the eighteenth century when Britain established a penal colony in Australia.

Set in the first penal colony founded by the British in New South Wales, Australia, in the year 1788; in which the British convicts live alongside…


Added by William Douglas on March 11, 2015 at 16:25 — 2 Comments

Walter Douglas, member of Legion of Honour

Walter Douglas, a member of the Essex Scottish Regiment, 2nd Division out of Windsor, was awarded France's highest award of distinction.

The National Order of the Legion of Honour was given to Canadian veterans who fought for the liberation of France on D-Day and in the battle of Normandy to acknowledge the 70th anniversary of the campaign in 2014.



Added by William Douglas on March 10, 2015 at 20:30 — No Comments

They lived for more than 90 years

Emily Louisa Jane Douglas (1867-1960) 93

Emily Louisa Jane Douglas was born 3 September 1867 in Yass, New South Wales, Australia to David Douglas (1832-1887) and Margaret Duffy (1832-1919) and died 2 July 1960 in Bondi, New South Wales, Australia of unspecified causes. She married Harry Hinton Baglin (1866-1915) 1 January 1890 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Sholto George Douglas, 19th Earl of Morton (1844-1935) 91

Sholto George Douglas…


Added by William Douglas on March 6, 2015 at 11:56 — No Comments

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