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William Douglas's Blog – April 2015 Archive (7)

Rachel Douglas

Teenager Rachel Douglas was among 1,800 millworkers from Ferguslie Thread Mills, which was owned by JP Coats, travelled from Paisley to Portpatrick, Wigtonshire, on July 3, 1909 to enjoy a Sma' Shot Day trip. The workers went on 3 trains from Paisley Canal railway station to get to Dunskey Estate in the village for picnics and sports but Rachel, who had travelled with her…


Added by William Douglas on April 28, 2015 at 10:30 — No Comments

William Douglass of Virginia

I am attempting to identify William Douglass.  He is described as a Scotchman, and the nephew of Francis Jerdone, He married Mary, daughter of William Christian and Susan Browne.

Virginia Gazette and Weekly Advertiser (Nicolson),

Richmond, January 11, 1787.

Ten Guineas Reward. RUNAWAY from Providence Forge in New Kent county JIM or JAMES, a light coloured mulatto, a blacksmith by trade, about 5 feet 7 or 8 inches high, bow legged, a likely well made fellow, has lost…


Added by William Douglas on April 22, 2015 at 23:30 — 4 Comments

Regency in sixteenth-century Scotland

Political historian Dr Amy Blakeway explores the dangers and challenges facing those who acted as regent during the minority of a king or queen in sixteenth-century Scotland.

When we think of the sixteenth century, most of us immediately remember the famous monarchs who ruled throughout Europe: in Scotland, the Stewarts, and, further afield, their English cousins the Tudors and French relations the Valois.

The reality was somewhat different. For fifty years of the sixteenth…


Added by William Douglas on April 22, 2015 at 16:54 — 3 Comments

Elijah Douglas wins three individual events

Congratulation to Elijah Douglas, who took firsts in the long jump (22 feet, 2.75 inches), 110-meter hurdles (14.61 seconds) and 300 hurdles (39.07), where he edged Lockport's Jake Porter (39.12) in Chicago at the weekend.


Added by William Douglas on April 19, 2015 at 19:42 — 1 Comment

The ever growing Archives

The Douglas Archives now exceed 8,000 files. The genealogy database exceeds 170,000 entries.  Moving to a more modern format has become even more difficult!

Added by William Douglas on April 16, 2015 at 12:11 — No Comments

Sergeant James Charleson Douglas, Colonial Police

Attempting to trace Douglases who lived in New Deer, Aberdeenshire, I came across the following:

In Oct 1977, The Glasgow Herald reported that Mr James Charleson Douglas, 20 Back Road. Dailly, an 83-year old Ayrshire man, who was married on March 2, 1928 was granted a divorce from Mrs Janet Douglas, address unknown. At the time of the marriage, Mr Douglas was serving with the palestine police. They lived together for a year.

For sale on eBay April 2015:

Pair of Medals with…


Added by William Douglas on April 6, 2015 at 19:00 — 1 Comment

Cora E. Douglas, age 101, of LaFollette

Cora E. Douglas, age 101, of LaFollette passed away Monday, March 23, 2015. Oldest member of East LaFollette Baptist Church. Preceded in death by husband, Rev. H. R Douglas; parents, Horace M. & Martha Manervia Marsee Moyers; children, Mary Ruth Summers, Lora June England, Joyce Ann Douglas; several brothers and sisters.


Daughters: Georgia…


Added by William Douglas on April 1, 2015 at 17:32 — No Comments

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'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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