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William Douglas's Blog – October 2012 Archive (13)

Mystery message at Penrhyn Castle

 Lady Alice Douglas Pennant (born 1863, died in London at the age of 76 in March 1939) is a the centre of a mystery at the National Trust's 19th Century neo-Norman Penrhyn Castle in Gwynedd. 

Following a falling out between George Douglas-Pennant, Lord Penrhyn,   (1836-1907). -…


Added by William Douglas on October 29, 2012 at 18:00 — No Comments

Gingerbread home named after old Douglas family

A gingerbread house was once three cottages owned by local farmers who can be traced back to the mid-18th century.

The properties were built using Hornton or ‘gingerbread’ stone that is a feature of many Oxford colleges.

Douglas House, in Chipping Warden, is named after one of the old farming families and has many period features including stone fireplaces and…


Added by William Douglas on October 26, 2012 at 18:24 — No Comments


On 26th May 2011, new laws came into force in the UK that affect most web sites. If cookies are used in a site, the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 (UK Regulations) provide that certain information must be given to that site's visitors and the user must give his or her consent to the placing of the cookies.

The UK Regulations implemented into UK law the provisions of the amended E-Privacy Directive of 2009. The Directive required that…


Added by William Douglas on October 25, 2012 at 17:18 — No Comments

Douglas clothing from Wee Willie Gear

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Added by William Douglas on October 24, 2012 at 20:44 — No Comments

Woolwich Churchyard Monumental Inscriptions

Elizabeth wife of Thomas HOPKINS of the Parish of Plumstead, died 25 March 1839 aged 31. Mr. John DOUGLASS, father of the above, died 2 July 1830 aged 47. Margaret wife of Sergeant Major LAZENBY of the Royal Artillery and daughter of above died 17 January 1846 aged (?41). Also Mary Douglass wife of above died 4 July 1849 aged 84.


Elizabeth cannot be 'the above' in all cases, so is John Douglass father of Elizabeth and Margaret,…


Added by William Douglas on October 23, 2012 at 18:30 — No Comments

Green-Wood Cemetery, New York - Douglas burials

The amazing Julie has just finished putting in all the Douglases listed in

onto Findagrave.…


Added by William Douglas on October 15, 2012 at 11:00 — No Comments

And now an announcement from the Council of Scottish Clans & Associations

The pieces of the 2014 Clan Gathering are finally being shaken into place – and the resulting picture is actually pretty exciting.  While it has taken some time for the concept of the 2014 Clan Gathering events to materialize, the developing vision and approach are fresh and energetic.

 The Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs (SCSC) has released a press release that speaks to the current plan in broad terms.  …


Added by William Douglas on October 13, 2012 at 20:30 — No Comments

Another Clan Gathering press release!

Press Release – October 11th 2012


Scotland’s clan chiefs and clans are to come together in 2014 to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn with a re-enactment weekend near Stirling organised by the National Trust for Scotland. A clan village will be set up and the town will be bright with tartan as Scotland marks the anniversary of the battle and remembers the fallen. …


Added by William Douglas on October 13, 2012 at 18:03 — No Comments

Homecoming Scotland announcement re 2014 events

I have just received this announcement from Homecoming Scotland

Scotland welcomes the world for the Year of Homecoming Scotland 2014. The year-long programme of events will be celebrating the very best of Scotland’s food and drink, our fantastic active and natural resources as well as our creativity, culture and ancestral heritage.  The year will run from December 31 to December 31 and will be celebrated from Shetland to Stranraer.

The first Homecoming year in 2009…


Added by William Douglas on October 13, 2012 at 17:17 — No Comments

Robert Douglas - sail maker

I recollect that someone contacted me about a sail maker - but I cannot trace the message.  The following was found in the Edinburgh Gazette, 7 December 1917.


Sail Makers, Plantation Sail Works, Eaglesham

Street, Glasgow, was transferred by the Subscribers,

the Testamentary Trustees of the late Lieut.-Col.

Robert Jeftray Douglas, C.M.G., who was the sole

Partner thereof, to his brother, the Subscriber



Added by William Douglas on October 5, 2012 at 11:55 — 1 Comment

Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner solves copying problems

The Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner - a cordless, battery powered, scans large originals - is the new must have accessory for genealogists and family history researchers.

For Memory Keepers who want to conveniently and reliably scan photos, images in books and magazines, and works of…


Added by William Douglas on October 4, 2012 at 21:30 — No Comments

On this day, 3rd October..

OK - it is the 4th of October now!

But the Treaty of Berwick was an important event as in 1357, it officially ended the Second War of Scottish Independence. In this second phase of the Wars of Scottish Independence, which began in 1333, King Edward III of England attempted to install Edward Balliol on the Scottish throne, in place of King David II, son of Robert the Bruce.

There were subsequently three further Treaties signed in Berwick, in 1560, 1586 and 1639.

Added by William Douglas on October 4, 2012 at 8:57 — No Comments

On this day, 2nd September 1263...

On this day (although the day cannot be definite),  the armies of Norway and Scotland fought at the Battle of Largs, an inconclusive engagement near the present-day town of Largs in North Ayrshire.  Sir William de Douglas had 2 sons who fought at the Battle. Presumably other Douglases were also involved.

Added by William Douglas on October 2, 2012 at 23:05 — 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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