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William Douglas's Blog – December 2010 Archive (7)

New Years Honours - 2011

We congratulate Mrs Margaret Douglas who has been awarded a MBE, in Her Majesties New Year Honours, for voluntary service to the Riding Group for the Disabled, South Hams.

Added by William Douglas on December 31, 2010 at 17:26 — No Comments

Thought for the day

From translation of  a poem by John Barbour, Archdeacon of Aberdeen  written in 1375  about the " Good Sir James ", the Black Douglas '
' In all his deeds was Douglas true;
For nothing would he have to do
with treachery, nor with a lie
His heart was set on honour high …

Added by William Douglas on December 23, 2010 at 10:30 — No Comments

Festive Greetings

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, our best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at…


Added by William Douglas on December 19, 2010 at 17:09 — 1 Comment

John Douglas of Newcastle

We have known for sometime that Elizabeth, daughter of John Douglas of Newcastle married William Douglas, 12th Laird of Cavers (d1698).  However, who is this John Douglas?


Today, I came across this reference:

We possess an unrecorded chapter in connexion with the water supply of old Newcastle. Before the arrangement between William Grey, author of the ^^Chorographia," and the Corporation in 1647, there can be no doubt that the Newcastle people drew their main…


Added by William Douglas on December 16, 2010 at 22:39 — 2 Comments

Coal mining in Spitzbergen, 1906

A researcher has sent me the following:

The Earl of Morton had several Arctic interests, as far as I can see. He and Alexander Bruce Hugh, 6th Lord Balfour of Burleigh had major shares in the little known Spitzbergen Coal and Mineral Ltd of London before Morton became involved in the Spitzbergen Mining and Exploration Syndicate in 1906. His third son, Archibald Roderick Sholto, was also a shareholder in the latter. Then there were shares in Arctic Ltd, but I have no idea what that…


Added by William Douglas on December 14, 2010 at 10:52 — 2 Comments

Far East biographies - help needed

Can anyone add anything to the following biographies?

DOUGLAS, Francis William (KINTA),
Secretary of the Sanitary Board; b. Dec. 31, 1874. Joined service at Perak, 1895 ; acting assistant District Magistrate, Tanjong Malim, 1896; acting District Officer, Kuantan, 1897; acting Distiict Officer, Temerloh, 1898 ; acting-Superintendent, Ulu Pahang, 1898 ; assistant Distiict Magistrate, Tanjong Malim, 1899 ; acting Forest Officer, Perak, 1900; acting assistant…

Added by William Douglas on December 9, 2010 at 10:00 — No Comments

Writing for Wikipedia - why?

I spent a couple of hours last night writing an article for Wikipedia. This might seem strange when I am so far from completing many articles for The Douglas Archives. But, somehow, the two sometimes seem to go together.

Many of the full Wikipedia 'nobility' articles written about the Douglas family were just one liners when I first started contributing. Now, someone, or probably lots of someones, has added to them and built a full biography. This information then flows…

Added by William Douglas on December 8, 2010 at 13:15 — 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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