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William Douglas's Blog – November 2012 Archive (3)

Kiteboarder Chases a Speed Title That He Lost to a Rocket-Shaped Boat

Two years ago, Douglas rode a five-foot fiberglass board, powered by a 96-square-foot kite, down an artificial channel in Lüderitz, Namibia, and hit a speed of 55.65 knots, or 64.04 miles per hour.

But on Nov. 16 an unorthodox craft called the Vestas Sailrocket smashed that record on Walvis Bay in Namibia, hitting an average speed of 59.23 knots, more than 68…


Added by William Douglas on November 26, 2012 at 12:03 — No Comments

Douglas of Mains

I received this interesting response to a question about Archibald Douglas, who changed his name to Campbell.

There are three Colins in the family tree at that time, according to "A Short History of Mains" which I happen to have left in my briefcase and can refer to right now.The first Colin was Laird of Mains and died in 1801, marked in the Wikipedia article as 15th. His brother Robert assumes the title on his death and has issue, firstly John who dies in 1803 (a year before his…


Added by William Douglas on November 18, 2012 at 10:30 — No Comments

The Black Douglas at Bonaly Tower

Bonaly Tower is located on the site of the 17th century farmhouse that once stood at the centre of the village of Bonaly, on the south-western outskirts of Edinburgh . On the directions of Lord Cockburn, the farmhouse was extended, and the village cleared to create his country residence. In 1839, the architect William Henry Playfair added an imitation peel tower to the…


Added by William Douglas on November 5, 2012 at 16:46 — 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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