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At 19:32 on May 4, 2021, James Izatt said…

 Thanks for the message

From the various Douglas archives posts it looks as though your researches are more wide ranging and interesting than my own which go back to within five miles of where I an sitting at present.

On the face of it quite simple originating in a marriage between a Janet Douglas and a Robert Cochrane in 1707. Beyond that however difficult confirming anything with certainty.

At 21:10 on May 3, 2021, James Izatt said…


Thank you.

I should probably just confirm that  this information arose from a review of Douglas marriages - it just turned out that there were quite a few Murray ones there all with connections to the Edinburgh Legal fraternity.

One thing that may not be generally known about the Pringle name is that it was originally Hoppringle and relates to a border family which held land around Galashiels for centuries - and still does

This web site will have more about the subject than I could say.

Clan Association (

At 12:26 on April 10, 2019, Roger Steves said…

Thank you for the Dingwall pages. Will investigate, and keep you informed.

At 22:32 on April 9, 2019, Roger Steves said…

Thank you

At 23:08 on April 17, 2017, Robert Wang said…

Hi Russell Lynn,

Thank you for your message! I noticed that your earliest ancestor is William Drysdale, Dunfermline area. My earliest is James Drysdale, born 1821 in what is now called Dalgety Bay, just south of Dunfermline. James' first born son was named William. Years later, he was apparently living with his wife Ann at Malcolm's Beath Farm, Dunfermline. I think therefore that there is a good chance we have a connection from that region.  



At 17:31 on May 9, 2016, Jennifer Franklin said…

Thank you. Will gradually put information on this site about my Douglas(s) family.

At 22:23 on April 4, 2016, Danae' Leigh Douglas Christensen said…

Hi Russel! Thank you for the welcome! According to what my family has found so far our George Douglass lived in North Kingstown, R.I. I'm assuming that is where his grave is, it is not listed on the information I have. We're not even 100% sure of his date of death. It's listed between Oct. 15, 1754 and Nov. 1754. We are wanting to find more information on him and validate what we have found but we haven't had much luck so far.

At 12:16 on March 8, 2016, Kathleen Libbey said…

Thank you.

At 5:03 on December 4, 2015, Wayne Ross Douglass said…


Sorry, no Alexanders in my line.  Very interesting that you was born in Utah. My line of Douglass's (starting with William Mochrie Douglass) came to Utah originally and then some of his children went to Idaho to settle.  From Idaho some of my line went to California where my dad, Dan Douglass was born. Dad's family moved back to Idaho while he was in elementary school and then moved to Utah while he was in 8th grade.  I was born here in Utah.  For me that kind of takes my Douglass line full circle as far as Utah goes. 

At 3:39 on December 1, 2015, Wayne Ross Douglass said…

If you mean Richard Douglass - I'm not related to him.  I am related to a Utah Pioneer and that is William Mochrie Douglass born 1835 in Glasgow, Scotland and died 1916 in Smithfield, UT.  William is my 3rd great-grandpa.

At 18:04 on June 23, 2015, James David Douglas said…

Thanks Russell !  If you ever come across anything that links the two lines of Col Edward Douglas of Tennessee and Lt Col Edward Douglas of Virginia let me know.  There is a lot on the net regarding the ancestors of Col Edward Douglass of Tennessee but I think most of it is just guess work and wishful thinking.  Perhaps DNA will prove to be helping in answering some of the questions regarding his line.

At 21:40 on June 19, 2015, James David Douglas said…

nice to make the connection ... looks like you are very active here

At 18:45 on January 4, 2015, charlotte douglas said…

Hi Russell,

you posted on my wall, I only got part of the message, your Grandmother was a jeffs.. this is where it ends, what was her name?

At 20:40 on January 2, 2015, Eddie Roberts said…

Thanks Russell

Looking forward to putting some information up soon !

At 7:31 on December 29, 2014, Shannon Drysdale Gilson said…

Thanks Russel.

At 17:23 on August 28, 2014, Jonna Schelde Jacobsen said…

Hi Russel

My 48 th ancestor is Fergus King of Dál Riata.  From no. 40 in the archives?

Please help me. Hope you are well.


At 23:15 on August 20, 2014, Rhonda Sprague said…

Thankyou Russell for accepting me. I look forward to maybe helping make connections or getting help.    My sister did our family tree and both sides go back to Robert the Bruce.We spent 2 weeks in Scotland finding all kinds of our ancestral castles, and even found the Douglas Castle in Douglas. The name Drysdale name is in cemetaries here in Aylmer Ontario, Canada, on my Moms side.  

At 23:04 on August 20, 2014, Rhonda Sprague said…

Thankyou for accepting me Russell, I hope to make some connections soon of our genealogy.

At 17:55 on August 3, 2014, Helena Provan said…

Hello Russell

Nice to have you as a friend.  Although I have not been doing genealogy recently, I hope to get back into it again in the near future.  

I was looking into my gr-gr-grandfather who was born in Glasserton, Wigtown.  You have probably noticed it in my blog - his name was Hugh Douglas going back to the early 19th century.

A little family story re Drysdale.  My uncle, now deceased, called John Douglas took over a former Manse and made it into a guesthouse.   He named the house Dryfesdale.  My aunt and uncle's good friends were called Drysdale so they must have talked about the old name and that is where they got the idea.  (I think he actually went out with the lady before my aunt, so my mother told me!) Anyway, I passed the house recently, still a guesthouse, and they have changed the name from Dryfesdale to Drysdale.  I used to visit regularly and doesn't seem the same without the old name.   

Just a little snippet.  



At 14:44 on July 1, 2014, anne marie benoit said…
Hello Russel I am visiting Vancouver from the island. My grand father William Drysdale was English and live in Miramichi. Nelson New Brunswick is very close to Chatham and Newcastle as well as Douglastown which is right before Newcastle all on the Miramichi river. That is where I grew up, near Tabusintac not far from Wishart Point. I wonder if your family or William is the same William? My very,very great grand father has a different wife than your grand father. William senior is my grand father on my mom and my dad. One of my brother's wife is possibly related to my father side Drysdale. Nice connecting with you this morning. Anne Marie Benoit

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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