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New here, any info on Drysdale's would be awesome. Family Crest, info on Douglas tartans. I'd like to get an Ancient Douglas kilt, but I'm new to this. I've traced 9 generations back from my son to James Drysdale born in Glasgow in 1789. Thanks for everything!

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Comment by Greg Drysdale on April 21, 2020 at 23:20
Is there a way I can find the tartan of my surname or district? Looking around but having trouble.
Comment by William Douglas on April 21, 2020 at 22:36

For advice on tartans, start here: http://www.douglashistory.co.uk/history/clan/clan_tartans.htm 
Most people like to wear a tartan appropriate to their family, but there are several generic tartans.

Comment by William Douglas on April 21, 2020 at 22:33

Greg,
THere is no short answer!  Different branches of the Douglas family have different arms.  Arms are given to individuals, not families.  But families tend to use those of the head of their branch.
You can see the variations here: http://www.douglashistory.co.uk/history/heraldry/crests_people.htm
If you want to read more deeply on the subject, Johnstone's heraldry is a good place to start: https://archive.org/details/heraldryofdougla00john 

Yours aye,

William

Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on April 21, 2020 at 21:59
Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on April 21, 2020 at 21:55
Greg , there's a search box in the upper right hand corner , that can possibly answer some of your immediate questions .
Comment by Greg Drysdale on April 21, 2020 at 21:19
Also can someone please explain the different Douglas Crest? The salamander and the heart and star ones.

Do different tartans belong to certain family's? Are all welcome to wear whichever? How does this work? I'd like to get a kilt but I want to make it as authentic as possible to my side.

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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