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I have been working on researching Douglases who were watch and clock makers, trying to find the link between family members in Chertsey, Surrey, Jedburgh, Roxburghshire, Galston, Ayrshire and others. Sally Douglas, in Melbourne, Australia is the power behind this research and has made enormous progress.

She recently sent me a couple of photographs of gravestones which are key to providing supporting evidence. But for how much longer will this evidence be available?

Foe 'health and safety' reasons, Scottish councils have been laying gravestones flat. The result is that moss and grass grow over them, and ground staff even ride grass mowers over them.

These two images are of John Douglas's tombstone at Galston.

How much longer will gravestones such as these be visible?

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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.

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