A collection of historical and genalogical records
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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
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
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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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by William Douglas on December 11, 2017 at 16:30 — No Comments
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…Continue
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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…Continue
Added by William Douglas on November 11, 2017 at 13:34 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by William Douglas on November 3, 2017 at 13:02 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by William Douglas on October 18, 2017 at 19:24 — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
I have been asked by a Palestinian living in Jordan for help in identifying her ancestors. Her surname is Daghlas. The main centre of those with this name seem to be around Nablus - a troubled part of the world.
The name is also spelled Daghles; some appear to use both.
It seems likely that the name originated around the time of the British civil administration in…
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Two questions focus the minds of those who follow the fortunes of kilt-wearing Shoreditch hipsters. One, of course, is: 'What, if anything, do they wear underneath them?' The other, far more fascinating, is: 'Just who is Scott Douglas?'Continue
Added by William Douglas on July 10, 2017 at 19:04 — No Comments
Visiting the Arctic Convoys memorial, in Wester Ross, I was reminded of the terrible conditions endured by both those in the protection warships, and those in the unarmed merchant ships carrying essential supplies to Russia.
About 1400 merchant ships delivered essential supplies to the Soviet Union under the Lend-Lease program, escorted by ships of the Royal Navy,…Continue
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I was researching the author, W. Sholto Douglas (Cromwell's Scotch Campaigns 1650-51, et al) when I stumbled across the remarkable story of Walter Sholto Douglas.
My first discovery was that there was a marriage between Walter Sholto Douglas and Isabella Robinson, who married secondly Rev. William Falconer. Was this my historical author?
Well, maybe not, although she (wait for it) was a writer.
Mary Diana Dods (1790–1830) was a Scottish writer of books, short…Continue
They have on sale, via ebay, a copy of A history of the house of Douglas from the earliest times down to the legislative union of England and Scotland by Sir Herbert Eustace Maxwell. This 1903 two volume publication has…Continue