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William Douglas's Blog – June 2010 Archive (8)

Updating our records

New material comes my way on a daily basis, and adding this to the Douglas Archives could be a full time business. Sadly, many other responsibilities make this impossible! probably that is just as well.

The genealogy database now has 151,362 Individuals:and 64,109 Families. However, getting these on-line is a major task, so I tend to restrict this to about once a month.

I do try to update the history section every day or two. This is a relatively easy process. Sometimes,… Continue

Added by William Douglas on June 28, 2010 at 20:52 — No Comments

Priorities and progress - hatches, matches and dispatches.

As many already know, my current priority for research is often dictated by the most recent request for assistance with a family tree. However, my current work is correcting a Douglas branch that I had thought had died out.

I received a message from the great great grand-daughter of Sir Robert Andrews Douglas 3rd bart.of Glenbervie, proving that he did indeed have a family, and so I…

Added by William Douglas on June 28, 2010 at 10:38 — No Comments

Douglas Families of Tennessee

There are only 7 memebrs so far, but a Facebook group has formed in an attempt to beat some of those Tennessee brick walls.

If that's where your Douglas family has connections, maybe you should consider joining?

Or you could form a group here!

Added by William Douglas on June 22, 2010 at 21:30 — No Comments

Regnal dates

Some of old editions Burke's Peerage have "living temp Henry II", which is fairly obvious, but what does "living 5 Henry IV" mean, I wondered?

If it meant 5th year of his reign, why not just say 1404?

I discovered that this is the system of regnal years which in medieval times was more commonly reckoned from 25 March (or sometimes from 25 December). In England, and later the United Kingdom, until 1963, each Act of Parliament was defined by its serial number within the… Continue

Added by William Douglas on June 21, 2010 at 12:21 — No Comments

Sir James Scott Douglas - a delightful obituary

On the scent of Sir James Scott Douglas: hare coursing or coarse hareing?

James Scott Douglas Sir James Scott Douglas (on right, with Northern Daily Express editor John McDonald, circa 1966) taught me that gentlemen recognise each other rather like dogs recognise other dogs - by scent. We were companions in a human crush during hare-coursing near Liverpool (not a sporting entertainment I could possibly enjoy) and James was hailing people and being hailed by people who were several layers of… Continue

Added by William Douglas on June 18, 2010 at 20:31 — 1 Comment

Queen's 2010 Birthday Honours

Our congratulations go to Mrs Elizabeth Margaret Douglas, who receives an MBE for her work with the British Red Cross in Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours.

We also congratulate Mrs Patricia Anne Douglas, who receives an MBE for services to Dance in Edinburgh.

Added by William Douglas on June 12, 2010 at 13:00 — No Comments

Angus Alan Douglas-Hamilton, Duke of Hamilton, has died

One of Scotland's most senior noblemen, and potential chief of the House of Douglas, the Duke of Hamilton, has died, Buckingham Palace has announced.

Angus Alan Douglas-Hamilton, who suffered from dementia, died on Saturday 5th June 2010 at the age of 71.

A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said: "The Queen is sending a personal message of sympathy to the family."

The duke was the Premier Peer of Scotland and was the Hereditary Keeper of the Palace of… Continue

Added by William Douglas on June 7, 2010 at 9:43 — 1 Comment

James of Pittendreich, 4th Earl of Morton executed on 2nd June 1581

The Maiden

After ruling Scotland under favour of Elizabeth for nearly ten years, Morton fell a victim to court faction, which probably could not have availed against him if he had not forfeited public esteem by his greed and cruelty.

It must have been a striking sight when that proud, stern, resolute face, which had frowned so many better men down, came to speak from a scaffold, protesting innocence of the crime for which he had been condemned, but owning… Continue

Added by William Douglas on June 1, 2010 at 1:00 — 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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