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From time to time, the Douglas gypsy connection is raised.

Best known was Charlie Douglas (best known to me, anyway) who revelled in the title "King of the Gypsies", but there are other families.

Thomas Douglas, Tinker, thief. Resident of. Bannockburn, Stirlingshire was transported to America in 1754.

The Stewarts were a well-known Traveller family with strong ties to Wigtownshire. 
Shown, from left to right, are: Thomasina; Thomasina (wife of Jack Douglas from the Borders); Janey (daughter of Thomasina and Jack); Isabella; Maggy; unknown girl; Jack Stewart of Stranraer and his son John. 

Jack Douglas would appear to be from Kirk Yetholm, conveniently less than 1 mile west of the border for folk who need to hide for a while.

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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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