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William Douglas's Blog – December 2013 Archive (6)

Douglas Archives update

I have added some new detail to the genealogy database, which will be the last for the year.  It currently includes entries for which the photographs are missing.  This is information that i received from elsewhere, and the images were not included, but the database thinks they should be there! I will work my way through these correcting the entries over the next couple of…


Added by William Douglas on December 30, 2013 at 13:51 — No Comments

David Douglas of St Vigeans, Angus (1777- c1855)

David Douglas of St Vigeans, Angus (1777- c1855) Driver, Royal Artillery Corps from 1794-1815. Served 20 years in East or West India Services

The above entry has been added to the page listing Douglas surnames in Wikipedia.  However, there is no entry for this David Douglas. Perhaps this is not surprising, as he was apparently a driver in the Royal Artillery, and so is unlikely to have had…


Added by William Douglas on December 28, 2013 at 21:18 — No Comments

James Douglas, 100, wins trophy

A GREEN-FINGERED pensioner has beaten off the competition to win a gardening contest at the age of 100.

Despite becoming a centenarian in July, James Douglas still keeps his colourful garden meticulously.

It has now won him first prize in a gardening competition run by the Scottish Borders Tenants Organisation.

The contest is open to thousands of tenants of…


Added by William Douglas on December 11, 2013 at 16:14 — No Comments

La piedra del destino by Jesús Maeso de la Torre

"Wasp" reviews  La piedra del destino by Jesús Maeso de la Torre:

This doorstop of a Spanish novel deals with the death of the Scots knight Sir James Douglas at Teba (southern Spain) in 1330. He had traveled there in fulfillment of a promise to his friend and lord, the late King Robert Bruce of Scotland. On his death bed the Bruce had asked that his heart be carried in battle against the Muslim 'enemies of God' as a token of his unrealised vow to go on crusade and so purge his soul…


Added by William Douglas on December 7, 2013 at 19:00 — No Comments

James the Good: The Black Douglas by David R. Ross

Review by "Wasp":

This was a frustrating book to read. It is a lot more sensible than many patriotically inspired histories and avoids many of the pitfalls of the Douglas legend, only to tumble headlong into…


Added by William Douglas on December 6, 2013 at 19:00 — No Comments

Douglas swords - who is Henry B. Douglass?

Every now and then, I realise that there are sufficient articles on a topic to require a catalogue, and reorganisation of the layout of my files, which I hope will help researchers find what they are looking for.

Today, I have introduced a new section listing Douglas presentation swords.

Along the way, I often discover new articles on the same topic. One such was about the…


Added by William Douglas on December 4, 2013 at 15:30 — 8 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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