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William Douglas's Blog – April 2023 Archive (3)

James Douglas pledges allegiance to Robert the Bruce

There is a story, with no historical evidence, that Robert the Bruce and James Douglas met near Moffat. The Ericstane no longer seems to exist but the visitor can get a distinct feel for the momentous meeting that took place there in late March, 1306. With a little imagination we can visualise the Bruce party, heading for the coronation at Scone, winding up the hillside where a young man sat astride his horse, borrowed from Bishop Lamberton, waiting with a message of support from the Bishop.…


Added by William Douglas on April 29, 2023 at 15:53 — 1 Comment

DOUGLAS in 1901 in Scotland

There were 8,939 with this surname in Scotland in 1901. The surname is ranked 76th in Scotland in the same year, SMITH is ranked 1st since it is the most common Scottish surname.

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Added by William Douglas on April 16, 2023 at 18:57 — No Comments

The Northamptonshire Files

The descendants of William Douglas, b1610 and his wife Anne Mattie have been searching for clues to their ancestry beyond the 17th century for many years.

One researcher, Nigel Douglas has assembled a large collection of documents during his research.  He did not find the holy grail, but the names and links he identified are essential clues for others who are trawling through Northamptonshire births, marriages and deaths seeking links that might lead further.

The Douglas…


Added by William Douglas on April 15, 2023 at 18:00 — 3 Comments

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Making conections

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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