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William Douglas's Blog – April 2013 Archive (5)

Cavers Auld Kirk, Hawick for sale.

Cavers Auld Kirk, Hawick is for sale at an asking price of £249,995.

Cavers Auld Kirk is a beautifully presented detached traditional former Church in a peaceful setting within 1¼ acres of ground bounded by a mature woodland which has undergone extensive renovations to provide what is now a superior family home with a blend of traditional and modern…

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Added by William Douglas on April 30, 2013 at 18:53 — 1 Comment

Did James Douglas's wife have a slave half-brother and -sister?

following receipt of two envelopes, I am currently, amongst other areas of research, looking at the Douglas families of Prince Edward Island, and have come across the following entry:

"Later that year, in Nov 1802, another private sale was recorded that indicates the market value of a young mixed race slave. The conveyance was from "Thomas Hassard Esq.…

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Added by William Douglas on April 19, 2013 at 12:30 — No Comments

US Presidents, and their Douglas connections.

The Douglas brothers were merchants who went to America and made their fortunes.  But it appears that they were also good at building relationships where it mattered.

Taking Sir William Douglas of Castle Douglas as a starting point, his uncle 'Parson Douglas', the Rev William Douglas, was tutor to Thomas Jefferson.

Parson Douglas' daughter, Margaret married into the Meriwether family, where, in a previous generation, Elizabeth Meriwether's niece, Mildred,…

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Added by William Douglas on April 14, 2013 at 20:40 — 2 Comments

Letters to America

I have just received copies of letters written to Betsy Mary Monroe, nee Douglas, and others, in 1830.  This image is the 'envelope' for three of them.

Betsy is the daughter of George Douglas and Margaret McCrone, George being the brother of Sir William Douglas of Castle Douglas. 

Betsy Mary Douglas, was married to Col James Monroe, nephew of US President James…

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Added by William Douglas on April 12, 2013 at 12:00 — 4 Comments

Douglas-Hamilton's grandson retraces first Everest flight

The grandson of one of the first men to fly over Mount Everest has commemorated the historic feat 80 years on.

Charles Douglas-Hamilton flew to the world's highest peak as a passenger in a modern Jetstream 41 Turboprop.

In 1933, his grandfather Douglas and fellow pilot David Fowler MacIntyre had to contend with freezing temperatures and cracked oxygen pipes.…

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Added by William Douglas on April 4, 2013 at 18:05 — 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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