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William Douglas's Blog – August 2010 Archive (5)

Fraud warning

You are probably aware of the Nigerian scams informing you to you only have to send your bank details to receive squillions of pounds or dollars from suspended accounts.

However, I was disturbed to read of one from 'Mr Paul Douglas'.

If you receive a message from please him, do not respond; perhaps I should be adding him to my Rogues and Vagabonds section?

As a P.S.…

Added by William Douglas on August 28, 2010 at 11:42 — No Comments

Gelston Castle, Jordonville, New York

Gelston Castle is a limestone mansion near Jordonville, New York. The mansion, possibly a replica of a castle called Gelston in Scotland, was built between 1834 and 1836 by Harriet Douglas Crugar.

When she died, she left the castle to her niece, Fanny Monroe (1824-1906), the grandniece of President James Monroe. Fanny Monroe left the castle to her son Douglas Robinson who married Corrine Roosevelt, the sister of president Theodore Roosevelt. Reputedly, three presidents,… Continue

Added by William Douglas on August 25, 2010 at 22:05 — 8 Comments

Earl of Arran title claimed by Swiss millionaire

One of the titles held by Alexander, 16th Duke of Hamilton, is being claimed by Willi Ernst Sturzenegger, a Swiss millionaire who already styles himself 'Sturzenegger of Arran, holder of the territorial Earldom of Arran'.

Mr Sturzenegger, who already freely styles himself online as Lord Arran, had a similar petition turned down by the Lord Lyon, the guardian of Scottish titles and heraldry.

He claimed his title in 1995 along with a few thousand acres of Arran and the… Continue

Added by William Douglas on August 25, 2010 at 9:55 — No Comments

DNA developments

As those who are members of the Douglas DNA project will be aware, this is a busy week with developments in sorting out the Douglas lines.

We have identified 48 R1b1b2 participants in the Douglas group which includes the men with paper lineages to the Earls of Morton.

There are a further 12 R1b1b2 who are indicated to be Niall of 9 hostages descendants. Some of these claim Angus descent, some Morton , and some do not know.… Continue

Added by William Douglas on August 19, 2010 at 9:28 — No Comments

Physicians and surgeons

Kenneth David Morton Douglas is seeking further details of David Morton Douglas (Physician and Surgeon) who was practising in the Bow area of London in 1882 when his wife Rosina Sarah gave birth to Kenneth's grandfather, James Herbert David Morton Douglas.

This led me to the thought that we have many distinguished doctors, physicians and surgeons in the Douglas family, some of whom are included in the… Continue

Added by William Douglas on August 17, 2010 at 9:56 — 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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