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William Douglas's Blog – April 2012 Archive (6)

Lady Gertrude Georgina Douglas, founder of The Dogs Trust

I have received an enquiry as to whether Lady Gertrude Douglas, founder, in 1891, of The Dogs Trust, the UK's largest dog welfare charity, has any descendants.

Lady Gertrude Georgina Douglas, 1842-93) was a daughter of the seventh Marquis of Queensberry (1818-58) and an older sister of Lady Florence Dixie.  She wrote under her male pseudonym, George Douglas,  Scottlsh regional fiction aimed at the 1870's library market, mainly publlshed by Tinsley.

The tone of her novels is…


Added by William Douglas on April 25, 2012 at 10:30 — No Comments

1,700 prisoners lost their lives on the Sultana, amongst them at least one Douglas

When the boiler exploded aboard the steamer Sultana on April 27, 1865, more than 1,700 people lost their lives. Most of those aboard were recently released Union prisoners from Confederate prisons in Cahaba, Alabama, and Andersonville, Georgia. They were en route from Camp Fiske in Mississippi to Camp Chase, Ohio, but the explosion occurred only a few hours into the journey.


In addition to the…


Added by William Douglas on April 22, 2012 at 17:38 — No Comments

Robert Douglas (1727–1809) - Book now available

Robert Douglas (1727–1809) was a Scottish-born soldier who replaced Ludwig Ernst von Brunswick-Lüneburg-Bevern as governor of the garrison city of 's-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands in 1784. He was major-general from 1778 and commander of the city from 1780 to 1794.

His biography is now available in our Book Store.…


Added by William Douglas on April 18, 2012 at 10:00 — No Comments

Peter Douglas, champion of the California coast, dies at 69

Peter Douglas, longtime executive director of the California Coastal Commission who spent a career fighting to rein in development along one of the world's most alluring coastlines, has died. He was 69.

Douglas died Sunday at his sister's home in the desert resort town of La Quinta, about 115 miles east of Los Angeles. He had battled lung cancer and stepped down from the helm of the commission last November because of his declining health.

"He was a remarkable person and a…


Added by William Douglas on April 4, 2012 at 12:44 — No Comments

Letters My Grandfather Wrote Me, By Bryan Crawford

Letters My Grandfather Wrote Me: Family Origins

By Bryan Crawford

Remarkable research endeavour enables author to trace the roots of his family back to 300 B. C. revealing a rich history and an unexpected…


Added by William Douglas on April 4, 2012 at 8:00 — 1 Comment

Douglas pipers wanted for the World’s Biggest Pipe-a-long!

Piping Live!, the Glasgow International Piping Festival will be back from 6-12 August. 

We’re looking for Douglas pipers to join the World’s Biggest Pipe-a-long!

Watch the video of Roddy MacLeod  to give you details of playing ‘When the Pipers Play’.

All we need you to do is film yourself playing…


Added by William Douglas on April 3, 2012 at 18:00 — No Comments

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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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