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How did they die?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Douglas 8 hours ago. 2 Replies

Hi folks,While researching I've come across a couple of road blocks where I'm hoping the good folks here might be able to assist. Sir James 'the Gross', 7th Earl of Douglas died on the 24th of March…Continue

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The meaning behind the sheild.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Douglas Dec 2, 2011. 2 Replies

Hi everyone.I don't know if this is the appropriate forum to pose such a question but I was wondering if someone can assist in solving a riddle posed to me by my wee daughter.When she saw a shield I…Continue

The Australian Standing Stones - the missing link.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Douglas Apr 30, 2013. 14 Replies

G'Day Folks! I'd like to share with you a story and a cause I've now taken up to right a wrong.Late last month my delightful partner and I toured the New England Region of New South Wales. For me, it…Continue

 

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Andrew Douglas replied to Andrew Douglas's discussion How did they die?
"Ah, that answers another question, why was James called 'the Gross'. I was thinking it had to be something like that. "
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William Douglas replied to Andrew Douglas's discussion How did they die?
"James the Gross died at Abercorn, almost certainly of natural causes most probably connected with his obesity.  There is an amusing tale told by, I think, Nigel Tranter of his corpse being lowered into the vaults of St Bride's Church when…"
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How did they die?

Hi folks,While researching I've come across a couple of road blocks where I'm hoping the good folks here might be able to assist. Sir James 'the Gross', 7th Earl of Douglas died on the 24th of March 1443, aged about 69. But what I can't find is 'how'? What ended his life?Also, Sir William Douglas, 2nd Earl of Angus. He died in October 1437 aged about 39, but again, how did he die? I cannot find any information anywhere that provides any further detail. So, if you're able to help or steer me in…See More
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Announcing the production of a book - Black Heart.

Hello everyone,I'm pleased to announce that after years of procrastination, research and even more procrastination, I have finally embarked upon a book project focussing on a critical time in Clan Douglas history. A time of the rise and tragic fall of the Black Douglas branch of the House of Douglas. The genre of the story is historical fiction, however almost all the…See More
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For those who served.

This group is dedicated to those Douglas's and our honored Septs who have served or are serving their country. We particularly remember those who have fallen and strive to share their story for all to learn. See More
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My branch of the Douglas family. Part 1.

Hello readers,Well, after years of research and frustrating roadblocks I have finally pieced together my first article documenting my branch of the Douglas family. This is only part 1, I'm sure in time I'll add more to the story and what I'm documenting here has been a remarkable personal journey. I hope for the reader you may find some take away advice if you're currently or planning to do research into your own family history. I am not a genealogical researcher by any stretch of the…See More
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Clan Douglas Australia shield with crest.

I know it's not exactly to traditional heraldic specifications and this was made purely for fun.
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Richard William Maginis Douglas commented on Andrew Douglas's group For those who served.
"My Great Uncle Sgt. Donald Gordon Douglas, South African Scottish Regiment, who was KIA on 20 September 1917 at Zonnebeke, in Belgium, is included in the Honor Roll of the Bushmills, Co. Antrim, WWI Memorial in the town center. Also found him on the…"
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Stonewalling!

Part 2:
Well the info I uncovered yesterday has today been dashed in the form of an email from John Douglas's Great Grand Daughter. This lead I found has proven to be false.
Unfortunately the information I have with me passed down from my mother has proven to be unreliable. And with the limited information I have left which is sketchy to say the least it is rapidly becoming apparent that this is definately no easy task!
With the work I've done thus far I've drawn an absolute blank with Edward and even his father James. But then, I am only relying on information from ancestry.co which in itself seems good but is it good enough?
The search continues.......


Part one:
Tonight, my darling assistant aka my girlfriend suggested I google my Great Grandfather and the name of the ship he sailed to Australia in the mid 19th century.
Well it turns out this tale has more twists than a Shakespearian tragedy and it appears my GGF sailed with one of his brothers... a completely new revelation to me. However I will need to clarify and confirm details with sources but by all intents and purposes it appears I have scored a major breakthrough!
This is the site we have unfolded with remarkable if at times contradictory information. The saga will continue.......
http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/biogs/A040087b.htm

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Announcing the production of a book - Black Heart.

Posted on October 12, 2019 at 20:01 0 Comments

Hello everyone,

I'm pleased to announce that after years of procrastination, research and even more procrastination, I have finally embarked upon a book project focussing on a critical time in Clan Douglas history. A time of the rise and tragic fall of the Black Douglas…

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My branch of the Douglas family. Part 1.

Posted on May 24, 2019 at 12:49 1 Comment

Hello readers,

Well, after years of research and frustrating roadblocks I have finally pieced together my first article documenting my branch of the Douglas family. This is only part 1, I'm sure in time I'll add more to the story and what I'm documenting here has been a remarkable personal journey. 

I hope for the reader you may find some take away advice if you're currently or planning to do research into your own family history. I am not a genealogical researcher by any…

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A breakthrough!

Posted on November 13, 2017 at 6:24 3 Comments

After many, many years I have finally cracked the case of my mysterious ancestor Edward Douglas - the first Douglas of my family line to arrive in Australia.

Edward was the son of James Douglas - the only recorded child to James and his unknown wife. He was born in 1824 

Records on ancestry.com suggests that Edward was born in Birmingham. Evidence on this same site suggests he lived in the Warwickshire until the age of 19. 

It appears that life at that time for him was…

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The story of three brothers.

Posted on March 25, 2016 at 6:37 0 Comments

Recently I published an article on my wordpress blog to serve as a memorial page to three Australian Douglas brothers tragically killed in action in WWI. 

Sadly I am unable to locate any surviving relatives. 

You can find the page here.

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At 9:02 on May 27, 2015, J Ruaidri Douglas said…

My pleasure. Thank you Andrew! :)

At 23:21 on December 14, 2011, William Douglas said…

That's a relief!  I was worried that they would get lost in the system.

William

At 8:53 on May 9, 2011, William Douglas said…

Andrew, I did respond to your email - in the affirmative.

What size of stone(s) are needed?

William

 

At 10:38 on January 26, 2010, William Douglas said…
Andrew,

John Douglas, 1828-1924, Premier of Queensland is documented in the Douglas Archives: http://www.douglashistory.co.uk/famgen/getperson.php?personID=I4315&tree=main

I am not sure if his brother, Edward, is your Edward, though, as it appears he died unmarried.
At 2:45 on January 26, 2010, Francene Thompson said…
i am a bit confused here ,who was a politician, are you talking about HG Douglas. William also confused as it was my gggrandMOTHER not Father, he married Margaret Douglas.I have their sons another Henry Dauntons marriage excerp which i got NSW BDMs, but cannot find anymore imfo his mother was Margaret. Mum had a genealogist go back (years ago) & she said we are of the Black Douglas Clan, which i am trying to find out for younger generation, but we are all of one family somewhere along the line i`d say. Good to hear from someone who could be related & in Aus. Francene
At 23:03 on January 25, 2010, Andrew Douglas said…
.... to be a politician in both the colonies of New South Wales and Queensland. He had a very colourful career and I was quite suprised to find that Port Douglas was named after him. It's a shock to find that a famous Aussie destination is named after a relative!
However... the search continues.
At 23:01 on January 25, 2010, Andrew Douglas said…
Hi Francene
Well so far my direct lineage is completely covered right up to when my Great Great Grandfather Edward migrated to Australia in 1851. And that's where the trail ends.... until last night when with a bit of snooping online I came across a possible breakthrough.
Before I didn't know the names of Edwards brothers. He had two others from what I gathered through the information passed down from my mother. I was intrigued that one of his brothers migrated to Canada around the same time so my search began from there.
It turns out that Edward sailed to Australia with one other brother John Douglas who went on....
At 22:41 on January 25, 2010, Francene Thompson said…
I have been trying to track back to the Douglas side without much luck, as i dont seem to be able to get past GGGrandma Margaret, all i know is her father was supposed to be a Lord. she married a Dr Henry Daunton.
At 22:28 on January 25, 2010, Francene Thompson said…
Hello Andrew, where are you with the Douglas Clan. My GGGrandmother was a Douglas, Regards Francene
At 11:49 on January 25, 2010, William Douglas said…
Welcome aboard, Andrew. I see you have been busy already!

I am just being inquisitive, but where is the coastal scene in one of your photographs?

How far back have you got with your research? Who is your ealiest douglas ancestor?

Yours aye,

William
 
 
 

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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.

Maybe it is time to update the information in your profile?


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