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Admiral Sir Charles Douglas - a new biography

It is always exciting when a new biography apppears, charting the history of one of the family who made an imprint on world history.

Fortune's Favorite: Sir Charles Douglas and the Breaking of the Line

Sir Charles Douglas played a pivotal role in many of the most important events of the late eighteenth century, and yet his name appears only in short passages and footnotes of works on naval history and the American Revolution.

In Fortune's Favorite: Sir Charles Douglas and the Breaking of the Line, the Royal Navy captain finally receives the attention he deserves for his part in the Relief of Quebec, the Battle of Valcour Island, his naval gunnery innovations, and the Battle of the Saints, including his contribution to the "breaking of the line" maneuver, which has been a subject of controversy for nearly two centuries. Written by an American descendent of Sir Charles, Fortune's Favorite is the definitive work on this most extraordinary man.

For those researching the Douglas of Carr line, this must be essential reading.

The book was released yesterday, and can be ordered from our bookshop.

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Comment by William Douglas on August 27, 2010 at 13:52
I note that this book is now available on-line:
Comment by abramor graciela g on March 20, 2010 at 8:22
Los de mi tatarabuela Janet Douglass son Jame Douglass y Catharine Walker-married in Roseneath, Dumbarton el 21 de junio de 1777- Los hijos de Jame Doug
Comment by Christopher J. Valin on November 16, 2009 at 21:00
Thank you, William. I would add that not only am I a Douglas descendant, but a long-time fan of your Douglas Archives, as I mention in the preface to the book.

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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