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William Douglas's Blog – April 2024 Archive (4)

Mary, Queen of Scots casket acquired for the nation - from the Douglases!

The Mary, Queen of Scots Casket stands as one of Scotland's most revered and enigmatic treasures. Its allure lies not only in its exquisite craftsmanship but also in its enduring connection to the controversial queen herself.

For over 300 years, a handwritten letter telling the casket’s history has been stored within it. This note records…


Added by William Douglas on April 23, 2024 at 10:50 — No Comments

Sir Archibald Douglas, Regent of Scotland

We are probably all familiar with this depiction of Sir Archibald Douglas.  Until now, I was unaware that it is taken from of 'The Book of the Medieval Knight' published by Cassel PLC. It was published in the 20th century, so not the book of more recent origin.

Can anyone help me identify a seller of this publication?



Added by William Douglas on April 21, 2024 at 11:00 — 2 Comments

The Good Sir James's relationship to Robert the Bruce

Added by William Douglas on April 16, 2024 at 17:00 — No Comments

Kilbarchan Church to be auctioned

One of the notable Douglas families is that of the descendants of Rev. Robert Douglas, long-serving minister in Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire, Scotland.

Son of Robert Douglas of Barloch, Rev. Robert Douglas served as a pillar of Kilbarchan for over four decades. Following in the footsteps of Patrick Maxwell, he took the mantle of minister…


Added by William Douglas on April 2, 2024 at 11:36 — No 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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