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The tale of Duncan Archibald Douglas, an army deserter - or maybe not?

Virginia Silvester has most kindly contributed the following article to TACA, in which she traces the fortunes of two of her great-grandmother's soldier brothers, one of whom was an army schoolmaster. Her account vividly illustrates both the mobility inherent in the military way of life, and the hardship endured by the wives and children of serving soldiers around a century ago. To discover more, read on . .

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Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on October 15, 2013 at 1:36

Interesting William 

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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