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William Douglas's Blog – April 2014 Archive (4)

Running The Boston Marathon, Isaiah Douglas defies the terrorists

Usually, Savannah marathon runner Isaiah Douglas is concerned with finishing as fast as possible.

But Monday, the 52-year-old understood the significance of just competing in his 16th Boston Marathon.

It was a year ago when allegedly two terrorists planted two bombs near the finish line at the marathon. Three people died, 264 were injured.

In the following days, a policeman and one of the alleged terrorists were killed.

But the tragedies only showed the resolve of…


Added by William Douglas on April 23, 2014 at 11:55 — No Comments

Francis Douglas-Watson, killed 7th April 1941

In April 1941, Lt Commander Francis Douglas-Watson was serving at HMS Nile (RN base, Alexandria, Egypt), but on 7th April, he was ashore in the Greek harbour of Piraeus when the British steamer Clan Fraser (7529grt), of convoy ANF .24, was damaged by German bombing and set afire. At 0330hrs on the 7th, the explosion of her TNT cargo sank the steamer and wrecked the harbour, killing Cdr.…


Added by William Douglas on April 6, 2014 at 22:00 — No Comments

Douglas bible to be auctioned

A Douglas family bible in the possession of WESC Foundation in Exeter is to be auctioned.

The bible donated to the charity once belonged (according to the writing inside the front cover) to Rev. Robert Douglas, who was gifted it in 1883. He then gave it to his son the Rev. Percy Douglas in 1891 and at some point it came into the possession of his eldest son also named Percy Douglas and he gifted it to a newly ordained priest at Wells in 1981 (whose name can't be made…


Added by William Douglas on April 3, 2014 at 15:18 — 1 Comment

New search facility required

Atomz, who have provided the search function for the Douglas Archives for many years, appears to have  closed without warning.

I am replacing it.  The old dog is having to learn new tricks, so it may take a day or so to get it up and running across the website.

Added by William Douglas on April 2, 2014 at 17:30 — 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.

Maybe it is time to update the information in your profile?

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