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W. S. Douglas of Dundarrach and the Sandilands of Eastbarns writs

Mr Douglas,

I am writing on behalf of the National Records of Scotland who are very interested in obtaining up-to-date contact details in relation to the Sandilands of Eastbarns Writs deposited some time ago by W. S. Douglas of Dundarrach.

I would be very grteful if you could get back to me at at your earliest convenience.

Thank you and best wishes,

Kirsty Martin

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Comment by William Douglas on November 15, 2017 at 12:00

Looking through some papers in the Mitchell Library archives, in Glasgow, I came across some incomplete papers with extracts from the Douglas family tree.
This stamp was on some of them, but there was no mention of Norman in the pages present.

Comment by William Douglas on April 2, 2017 at 11:13

Could there be a connection with the Eastbarns school teacher, John Douglas?

Comment by William Douglas on March 31, 2017 at 21:28

Arms update:
Norman matriculated his Arms 20/May/1969, the Court of the Lord Lyon, Edinburgh; Motto — Toujours en avant — Always in front;

Comment by William Douglas on September 30, 2016 at 12:07

This rather poor extract from the photograph of Norman Douglas is difficult to see.  I am unable to make out the motto, but it does not appear to tie in with any other branch of the Douglas family. Likewise, the three crosses do not tie in with any other Douglas family to the best of my knowledge.  Can anyone help?

Comment by William Douglas on September 30, 2016 at 12:03

On the reverse side Norman has written “ on the right;, Norman Douglas of Dundarach with one Golden Bagle   (as he has written) feather in his balmoral cap, on the left; John Terlow from the Netherlands.

In the middle; Coat of Arms of Norman Douglas of Dundarach embroidered by John Terlow (or Tarlow) 1984  With thanks to Jan Shaw.  

Carrying a feather in your cap is a mark of a chieftain. As head of the Douglases of Dundarrach, I suppose that he was entitled to do so, but I am still keen to learn more about this branch.

Comment by William Douglas on November 7, 2012 at 15:31
Does anyone have knowledge of this family?

Norman (Norrie) Douglas of Dundarrach, Dundarrach, Tarbet, Arrochar, Dunbartonshire G83 7DD, who was elected as Ordinary Fellow Society of Antiquaries in 1986, died during the year 1999–2000. He wrote local (Arrocher) history books and articles.

I think there was a son, Gordon and cousins Kenneth and Ian. Kenneth had a stepson, Ron Beaty.

More information would be useful.

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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.

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'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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