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William Douglas's Blog – June 2011 Archive (5)

William Douglas, 10th Earl of Angus, buried Église de Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris.

William Douglas, 10th Earl of Angus (1552 – 3 March 1611) was the son of William, the 9th Earl (1533–1591). He was a direct descendant of King James I through his paternal grandmother, Lady Agnes Keith, a daughter of William Keith, 3rd Earl Marischal.He studied at St. Andrews University and joined the household of the Earl of Morton. Subsequently, while visiting the French court, he became a Roman Catholic, and was in consequence, upon his return, disinherited and placed under restraint.A…


Added by William Douglas on June 21, 2011 at 1:30 — No Comments

Lord James Douglas, buried in Église de Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris.

Lord James Douglas (1617–1645) was a Scottish nobleman and soldier.He was born at Douglas Castle, Douglas, South Lanarkshire, the son of William Douglas, 1st Marquess of Douglas, and his wife Margaret Hamilton, a daughter of Claud Hamilton, 1st Lord Paisley.Douglas was sent at an early age to the court of Louis XIII, where he was served the King as a Page, where he steadily moved through the levels of the Maison du Roi.A fine memorial was erected to his memory in the Chapelle de…


Added by William Douglas on June 20, 2011 at 20:00 — No Comments

Melanie and Mike Douglas successful bidders at Alpaca sale

Ravenshaw Gracia L34 3800g The first ever on-farm sale of Alpacas took place at the home of Campsie Camelids breeders, Freddie and Janet Small, of Ballochruin Farm, Balfron. Included in the sale was the major reduction sale from Campsie, along with invited herds.

Buyers travelled from Elgin in the North of Scotland and came from Corwen in Wales to invest in some of Scotlands quality prize winning animals.

Heading the line up at 3,800gns was a light brown maiden female from the Ravenshaw herd. This two… Continue

Added by William Douglas on June 17, 2011 at 18:32 — No Comments

Who was Dame Margaret Douglas of Balmakelly, who built Queensberry House?

There follows a brief early history of Queensberry House, in Edinburgh, then a T-plan structure originally erected by Dame Margaret Douglas of Balmakelly as a ‘Grand Lodging’.



Queensberry House was first built for Dame Margaret Douglas of…

Added by William Douglas on June 10, 2011 at 11:31 — 2 Comments

Sir Howard Douglas navigational quadrant for sale on eBay

A rare navigational instrument signed 'Cary, London', patent 73, dating from around 1825.As a result of clever design, this instrument can be used to take instantaneous sightings of objects separated by up to 120 degrees, so facilitating a rapid determination of a given position.

The 110mm. Linear plotting scale under the semi-circular scale (reading to one minute of the…

Added by William Douglas on June 7, 2011 at 19:00 — 1 Comment

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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.

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