It might seem strange that I have only just paid my first visit to the village of Douglas in Lanarkshire. I have driven passed the village on the motorway innumerable times, but this week, I made a special journey to the cradle of the Douglas family.
Castlemains, Douglas, Lanarkshire
I was fortunate to have as my guide, Jim Fleming, who wrote the history of St Bride's Church - and kindly gave me a copy to add to my Douglas library. Jim was patient, interesting and amusing, sharing history and myths. The Heritage Museum is normally only open at weekends, so I was privileged to have a special opening. The painters were busy in the church, but disappeared whilst I was looking around, leaving me with my ancestors.
Jim is also responsible for the historic clock - which chimes 3 minutes ahead of the hour, because, of course, a Douglas is 'Jamais arriere! I have to mention that the clock was actually 30 minutes behind! But the clock did strike correctly - it was showing 11:30 when it struck 12! I thnk Jim was a trifle embarrased about that.
Most of this is now in my updated pages on Douglas village, the castle and the church. I have also been able to add some information to the record on the Cameronians and about Douglas Water.
As so often happens, filling in the gaps here, and led to finding some there, so I have been trying to bring everything together since my visit, but still have some way to go. This morning's diversion was adding crests to the Douglas Archives.