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Jan Shaw - Ne obliviscaris

It is with sadness I record the death of Jan Shaw, on 10th June.

Jan was for many years to President of the Clan Douglas Association of Australia, and before that the newsletter editor.

Her knowledge of Douglas matters, her support of Douglas heritage and her friendship will be missed by many.

Her funeral service will be at St Mary's Anglican Church,…

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Added by William Douglas on June 12, 2018 at 14:51 — 1 Comment

Douglas Archives database problems

You may have noticed strange behaviour with the Douglas Archives database.

There appears to be a problem with my web service provider that is affecting both email and the database. We are working on this. Meanwhile the revised database has wiped the older version, but not replaced it.

Boring!

Yours aye,

William

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Added by William Douglas on June 9, 2018 at 17:14 — No Comments

Distinguished Man - 6000 y.o. language

I am informed that Douglas in Hebrew means "Distinguished Man".

Doogle= distinguished, eesh= man.

Could it be that Douglas came from Danite Celts?

Hard to prove, but an interesting coincidence. Do any of my distinguished friends have any thoughts on this?

And Urban Dictionary has a rather different definition!

Added by William Douglas on June 9, 2018 at 9:52 — No Comments

Douglas pin brooch for sale on eBay

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Added by William Douglas on June 8, 2018 at 22:41 — No Comments

Ephemera related to Admiral Douglas's house Seafield in Walmer

I have been offered ephemera relating to Admiral Douglas's house Seafield in Walmer. Would anyone be interested in this?

Admiral Robert Gordon Douglas(1829-1910), descendant of James, 4th Earl of Morton, was the son of Commander John Douglas, JP, RN, and Robina MacDonell. He had at least one son, James Sholto Gordon Douglas, and a daughter Madeline Gordon Douglas.

The…

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Added by William Douglas on June 6, 2018 at 10:53 — No Comments

Douglas title conferred on Prince Harry

Prince Henry, KCVO (Henry Charles Albert David; born 15 September 1984), also known as Prince Harry, is a member of the British royal family. He is the younger son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales, and is sixth in the line of succession to the British throne.

Today, 19th May 2018, on the occasion of his…

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Added by William Douglas on May 19, 2018 at 16:30 — No Comments

Sir William Douglas, Lord of Liddesdale, the Flower of Chivalry.

Sir William Douglas, Lord of Liddesdale (circa. 1300-k.1353) was also known as the Knight of Liddesdale and the Flower of Chivalry. He was a Scottish nobleman and soldier active during the Second War of Scottish…

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Added by William Douglas on April 28, 2018 at 11:44 — No Comments

Of, in or at a place

The following helpful guide was contributed by the late Norman Douglas of Dundarroch to a Clan Douglas Association of Australia newsletter some years ago. It bears reprinting.

When searching through records or gravestones in Scotland, it is common to find a person described either 'of', a place or 'in' a place or 'at' a place. These words are of considerable…

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Added by William Douglas on April 25, 2018 at 10:58 — No Comments

Historic Artist Andrew Hillhouse, 1964-2018

Several of the illustrations used in the Douglas Archives were created by Andrew Hillhouse, who died on Sunday 16th April 2018.

Andrew worked as a technician in the School of Landscape Architecture, ESALA, Edinburgh University. He drew, painted and illustrated in his spare time depicting, predominantly but not exclusively, various periods of Scottish…

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Added by William Douglas on April 16, 2018 at 22:03 — No Comments

Kirkpatricks in Seville

During a recent short holiday in Seville, I did not expect to see evidence of 'The good' Sir James Douglas, who passed through the city when en-route to the Holy Land, in 1330. As a consequence, I failed to do my research before arriving.

When he was commissioned by the dying King, Robert 'The Bruce', to carry his heart on crusade to the Holy Land, James Douglas gathered around him several noble knights and twenty esquires, among them a son of Sir Roger Kirkpatrick of Closeburn. The…

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Added by William Douglas on April 2, 2018 at 15:43 — 1 Comment

Lieutenant Commander James Sholto Douglas

Lieutenant Commander James Sholto Douglas - a new biography: http://badseysociety.uk/war-memorial-badsey-church-and-biographies-the-men-recorded-thereon/douglas-james-sholto-1889-1916

Added by William Douglas on January 30, 2018 at 23:00 — No Comments

UK New Year Honours 2018

We offer our congratulations to the following on their appointments:

Member of the Order of the British Empire MBE Member of the Order of the British Empire Mr Grant Jonathan DOUGLAS Founder and Chief Executive Officer, S'up Products Limited. For services to People with Disabilities. Edinburgh

Medallist of the Order of the British Empire BEM Medal of the Order of the British Empire Mrs Theresa Mary DOUGLAS Police Staff, Police Service of Northern Ireland. For services to…

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Added by William Douglas on December 30, 2017 at 20:06 — 1 Comment

'Covenanter martyrs' John Douglas and Samuel Douglas drowned

On 10th December 1679, 210 Covenanter prisoners in the Greyfriars Prison destined, with others from the tolbooths, were being transported on board the ill-fated "Crown", which sank off Deerness in the Orkney Isles. Over 200 were drowned.

In 1679, after the Scottish Covenanters' uprising was quashed at the Battle of Bothwell Brig, 1184 prisoners were captured after the…

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Added by William Douglas on December 11, 2017 at 16:30 — No Comments

A Douglas chair?

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Experts are examining carvings on an old wooden chair that shows evidence of having been immersed in sea water for some time.

The seat is stored in the Am Fasgadh building at the Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore in the Cairngorms.

Thought to date from the 17th or 18th Century, it was given to the museum by a donor from Edinburgh.

On the panel that forms the back of the seat are carved a lion and a unicorn on a crest with a crowned heart…

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Added by William Douglas on December 5, 2017 at 11:57 — No Comments

Who is the earliest recorded Douglas?

There is a story circulating that while researching the Vatican archives for a book on the topography of Lowland Scotland, the author Nigel Tranter found a document which stated that John, son of William Lord of Douglas attended a royal council at Scone in 1056. This would be more than 100 years earlier than the previously accepted first Lord of Douglas.  At that time, Macbeth would have been king.

There is the following tradition in regard to the origin of the name. In…

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Added by William Douglas on November 11, 2017 at 13:34 — No Comments

Who was Grace Sholto Douglas?

Grace Sholto Douglas (1940) is a large painting by the British artist and set designer Leslie Hurry, which depicts a woman positioned semi-seated with her left arm resting on a stone architectural feature.

Although it is unclear where Grace Sholto Douglas was painted, it is known that Hurry first met the sitter during a concert in the National Gallery, London, in 1940. The image…

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Added by William Douglas on November 3, 2017 at 13:02 — No Comments

Who was Sarah Frances Douglas

William Crockford married Sarah Frances Douglas on 20th May 1812 by licence in the parish of St George, Hanover Square, London. He is registered as a bachelor and she as a spinster.

However, she was his second wife and he was previously married to Mary Lockwood, and by her had William (1799-); George (1802-69), Edward (1804-75); Mary Ann (1806-74) & Priscilla Eliza (1809-53).

Sarah Frances Douglas (1790-1865), 'a lady of refined manners and amiable…

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Added by William Douglas on October 18, 2017 at 19:24 — No Comments

The Douglas family in Norfolk

I have been asked to help trace the Douglas family in Norfolk, East Anglia, particularly the name variants Dagles, Dagley, Daglis, Daglos, Duglasse.  As I have recently been working on the Palestinian variant Daghlas, this looked to be an interesting project.

And it is interesting and frustrating!

I have found a 15th century Richard Duglas, both Junior and…

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Added by William Douglas on August 7, 2017 at 18:00 — 1 Comment

Little boys should neither be seen nor heard?

One wonders why the boy in this family group should have been given so little space if he was wanted in the photograph!

The carte de viste was taken by Robert Douglas, Landscape & Portrait Photographer, The Vineyard, Top Whytes Causeway, Kirkcaldy, probably in the 1860s.

Robert is possibly the father of the Robert Douglas who ran the…

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Added by William Douglas on July 29, 2017 at 12:00 — 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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