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

Robert Douglas, Governor of Bois-le-Duc

On 14 October 1784, Duke Louis Ernest of Brunswick-Lüneburg-Bevern ( 1718-1788) laid down all his offices and left Bois-le-Duc to its new governor, Robert Douglas.

Who is this Robert Douglas?

In the picture below, Robert is on the left.

Any additional information on this event would be…


Added by William Douglas on September 30, 2010 at 15:02 — 1 Comment

The Lady in the mask tells her story

Davinia nee Turrell It is one of the most haunting images of the 7/7 terrorist attacks on London – Davinia Turrell clutching a burns dressing to her face as she fled Edgware Road Tube station.…


Added by William Douglas on September 29, 2010 at 11:25 — No Comments

Douglas statue unveiled

Tommy Douglas statue Sculptor Lea Vivot lovingly embraces her creation, a sculptor of Tommy Douglas, at the artwork's unveiling in Weyburn,Saskatchewan on September 10, 2010. Tommy was Premier of Saskatchewan.…


Added by William Douglas on September 25, 2010 at 19:00 — No Comments

Crocodile Hunter Malcolm Douglas Killed in Car Crash

Australian documentary maker Malcolm Douglas, known in the industry as the original crocodile hunter and the man who managed to match, if not surpass, TV documentary legend Steve Irwin was killed on Thursday at the Wilderness Wildlife Park in Broome, after the 4x4 he was driving hit a tree.

The body of the filmmaker was supposedly found caught in between the tree and his car, with the police ruling the death as accidental. The causes of the accident are however not clear at… Continue

Added by William Douglas on September 24, 2010 at 18:30 — 2 Comments

Douglas-Scotti and the origins of the Douglas family

Sholto Douglas was the mythical Progenitor of Clan Douglas, a powerful and warlike family in Medieval Scotland. A Mythical battle took place: "in 767, between King Solvathius rightful king of Scotland and a pretender Donald Bane. The victory was so nearly Donald's when a certain noble man, disdaining to see so bad a cause have good successe, struck in for the king and turned the fortunes of the day. When the king inquired about the knight who had done such valuable service, somebody exclaimed… Continue

Added by William Douglas on September 21, 2010 at 15:13 — 1 Comment

Ephraim Douglas - Indian Peacemaker

I was doing some research for Amy Walden, when I came across a reference to Adam Douglas, who emigrated to America in about 1765. Adam was father to Brigadier General Ephraim. Who was he, I wondered?

A quick trawl of the internet revealed an extraordinary story.

In 1783, there were a number of Indian attacks. Some of the frontiersmen suspected that these raids were…

Added by William Douglas on September 16, 2010 at 12:17 — No Comments

John Douglas, 7th Premier of Queensland

I have recently been revisiting the story of John Douglas, 7th Premier of Queensland, Australia. It has given me the opportunity of including more details of his family and descendants in the database. These will be added at the next GEDCOM upload.

Doing my research, I came across Jeremy Hodes thesis, The Uncompromising Liberal, which was written over a period… Continue

Added by William Douglas on September 14, 2010 at 11:08 — No Comments

Head of the clan - a debate

Wikipedia has it's fans and it's detractors. The on-line encyclopaedia will be 10 years old in 2011, and has in that time become a major reference for researchers in all fields of discovery.

Because Wkipedia can be edited by anyone, it is prone to pranksters and to the spread of mis-information. However, it is still a very useful resource.

Anyone doing serious research is advised to use alternative sources to verify the information. However, Wikipedia itself offers an…


Added by William Douglas on September 6, 2010 at 15:00 — 2 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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