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William Douglas's Blog – November 2015 Archive (3)

Pringles - a Douglas sept?

From time to time, I receive complaints that I should not be including the Pringles as a sept of the Douglases.

Whilst I like to leave the decision to others, I include the item as a reference.

Today, it is revealed that the problems facing the Pringles are deeper.

The village of Stichill lies in the historic territory of the Pringles, a notorious Riding family of Border Reivers. The Pringles of Stichill are a cadet branch of the Pringles of Smailholm. Robert Pringle of…


Added by William Douglas on November 26, 2015 at 18:07 — 3 Comments

Home wanted for historical document

Robert Douglas (1727–1809) was a Scottish-born soldier who replaced Ludwig Ernst von Brunswick-Lüneburg-Bevern as governor of the garrison city of 's-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands in 1784. He was major-general from 1778 and commander of the city from 1780 to 1794.

He was the son of George Douglas of Friarshaw.

A contemporary document has come to light that might be suitable for a family member to acquire.

Contact me for details.…


Added by William Douglas on November 16, 2015 at 13:09 — No Comments

Letter to Thomas Jefferson from Nathaniel Douglas

To Thomas Jefferson from Nathaniel Douglas, 18 September 1806

Bath Westmoorland Jamaa.

18 September 1806


I wrote you sometime ago. I am astonishd a person of your prudence respected years of experience and good Education should have pas’d over a consideration that so nearly concerns yourself as well as the multitudes that are and will arise in america in ages of futurity, in so Silent timid & uninterested a manner. you nor none that have seen my writings can say I…


Added by William Douglas on November 8, 2015 at 21:19 — 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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