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William Douglas's Blog – December 2012 Archive (4)

John Douglas and Cecilia Buchanan

According to the entry in the History section of the Douglas Archives, John Douglas, the second son of William Douglas of Leith (3 December 1696-) and Katherine Dunlop (of Garnkirk) (1695-1785c), was born about 1745 and baptised at Glasgow in Lanarkshire, Scotland on 15 December 1745.

The entry states that John Douglas married Cecilia Buchanan, the daughter of George Buchanan (1686-1773) and Cecilia Forbes (1715-),…


Added by William Douglas on December 28, 2012 at 18:13 — No Comments

Getting web design right for the modern user

Getting the website right for the modern user is a problem that I am struggling to respond to.

Of the 11,000+ visitors to X-Factor finalist Jahmene Douglas's page in the past month, nearly 2,000 used a mobile phone or tablet.  However, my page design was done before…


Added by William Douglas on December 11, 2012 at 16:07 — No Comments

2013 Events

I am hearing that a number of events are planned in Scotland to commemorate both the 500th anniversary of the battle of Flodden and 500 years of the Scottish Soldier. These will take place during September 2013.

However, I have no details yet.

Added by William Douglas on December 9, 2012 at 22:38 — No Comments

DOUGLAS - Clock and Watchmakers - Victoria and Scotland

watch reverse watch

The above watch was made by James Douglas of Chertsey in 1774. Described as: An 18th Century English verge in silver pair cases.  Full plate fire gilt movement with square baluster pillars.  Pierced and engraved cock, pierced and engraved foot and plate for the silver regulator disc.  Fusee and chain with worm and wheel barrel setup between the plates. Plain three arm steel balance, blue steel spiral hairspring. White enamel dial with Roman and Arabic…


Added by William Douglas on December 3, 2012 at 14:30 — 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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