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William Douglas's Blog – October 2009 Archive (5)

Douglas Barony for sale

I have been working on the Douglases of Brigton, and their connection with Dudhope Castle. As I was writing up the ancestry and history, I did not know that there is an opportunity to buy the Barony of Dudhope!

But checking on some amendments on, I went back to my research and found that The Lordship and Barony of Dudhope are being offered for sale at a cool £75,000.

Any takers?

Further details can… Continue

Added by William Douglas on October 30, 2009 at 0:00 — No Comments

New Scotland history site goes live

A wealth of information about Scotland's past is now freely available through an online resource developed for the use of pupils, teachers and those seeking to put their ancestors into an historical context.

Scotland's History Online covers a range of subjects, from prehistoric through to 21st Century Scotland. With more than 200 topics that include links to over 1,000 other online sources and a wide range… Continue

Added by William Douglas on October 28, 2009 at 13:30 — No Comments

Douglas of Brigton

Prompted by my friend Tony Stapleton on the Genwise network, I have been working at developing the history and ancestry of the Douglas of Brigton branch of the family.

I have not yet determined how the estate came into the family, and am a bit bogged down with what happened after the Douglas Vs Douglas… Continue

Added by William Douglas on October 26, 2009 at 13:37 — No Comments

Catherine Douglas wins the Ig Nobel Prize

Newcastle scientists Dr Catherine Douglas and Dr Peter Rowlinson have won the Ig Nobel Prize for Veterinary Medicine for their work looking at reducing stress levels in dairy cattle. In a paper published earlier this year, they described how giving a cow a name and treating her as an individual can increase a farmer’s annual milk yield by almost 500 pints.

Led by Dr Douglas, the research found that just as people respond better to the personal touch, cows also feel happier and more… Continue

Added by William Douglas on October 6, 2009 at 21:23 — No Comments

Douglas history slideshow

For an overview of the history of the Douglas family, view this video from The Douglas Heritage Museum, in Douglasdale.

Added by William Douglas on October 3, 2009 at 11:00 — 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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