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William Douglas's Blog – November 2013 Archive (7)

The Office of Lord Lyon King of Arms retires

The Office of Lord Lyon King of Arms will fall vacant at the end of December 2013, when Mr David Sellar the current Lord Lyon steps down. The Lord Lyon is appointed by Her Majesty the Queen on the recommendation of the First Minister under section 3 of the Lyon Kings of Arms (Scotland) Act 1867.

The Lord Lyon is the sole King of Arms in Scotland. He is the Head of the Heraldic Executive and the Judge of…


Added by William Douglas on November 29, 2013 at 9:42 — No Comments

Historical Account of Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Including the Borough of Gateshead - Henry Douglas murdered

Richard Brown, a keelman, was executed on the Town Moor, Newcastle, on the 21st of August this year (1751) for the murder of his daughter; and on the 27th of the same month, Henry Douglas, a surgeon in the navy, on half-pay, was killed in a scuffle with Edward Holliday, a seaman, in the house of David Shield, an innkeeper. 

Added by William Douglas on November 28, 2013 at 22:32 — 1 Comment

The Asiatic journal and monthly register for British and foreign ..., Volume 34 1841

Capt. Douglas, late of the Cambridge (who was presented to Her Majesty, and knighted), having heard, whilst at Singapore, of the seizure of Capt. Elliot and the British residents at Canton, sold his cargo, and purchasing some 32-pounders and ammunition, sailed, with an addition to his crew, to their…


Added by William Douglas on November 27, 2013 at 12:30 — No Comments

Appeal to save Douglas mausoleum

The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis, a Scottish Charitable organisation which is run entirely by volunteers, launch Phase I of their Public Appeal for the restoration of the Monteath Mausoleum.



Added by William Douglas on November 26, 2013 at 18:40 — 1 Comment

Google Books is protected by the "fair use" principle of copyright law

As a regular user of Google Books, I am delight that fter eight years of legal wrangling, a US federal judge delivered a resounding victory for Google on Thursday by dismissing a lawsuit from the Authors Guild challenging the tech giant’s ambitious book-scanning project.

In a landmark decision, Judge Denny Chin, of the United States Court of Appeals…


Added by William Douglas on November 15, 2013 at 21:55 — No Comments

Croftdouglas, Perthshire

John Thomson's map of Borenich

Croftdowglash, in Perthshire.

Loch Tummel was raised in the 1950s, I think, and so this may now be under water.

I wonder if anyone knows?

This came to light when researching  seven unroofed shieling-huts at a place called Allt Poll Dubh-Ghlas  a few miles to the north-west.

Added by William Douglas on November 14, 2013 at 11:42 — 5 Comments

Luke scores for Scotland

Australian/Scot Luke Douglas pushes through to score the third try for Scotland against the USA in the Rugby League World Cup quarter final


Added by William Douglas on November 9, 2013 at 12:31 — 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.

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