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"The crossed flags indicate he was in the Black Watch signals unit (Was it a 'Signals Platoon' in WW1?) tasked with providing communications between companies and HQ, and battalion HQ and Brigade HQ."
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Researching members of the Douglas family in Ireland is notoriously difficult.  So many records have been destroyed, and the families often moved on to America, or elsewhere.This group is for those tracing their ancestors in Ireland.See More
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PLaces in Douglas History

Posted on October 11, 2019 at 11:30 0 Comments

I have had a session adding to my map of places in Douglas history. Still a long way to go! https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/edit?mid=1F-UPddN4htCLFLz75kSfJlucn5g&ll=10.299642456804598%2C0&z=2

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Early Douglases

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Extracted from la genealogia de la antiquissima y nobilissima familia Brigantina o Douglas

How many swords did the Good Sir James Douglas own?

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On 21st June 1861, the anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, the master gunner of Dumbarton Castle carried William Wallace’s sword to the laying of the foundation stone at the Wallace Monument, while a servant of the Earl of Elgin carried King Robert Bruce’s sword. Up to 100,000 people are said to have attended.

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Henry Alexander Douglas, Vicar of Abbotsley Church

Posted on August 6, 2019 at 12:27 0 Comments

Henry Alexander Douglas progressed from being Vicar of the Church of St Margaret of Antioch, in Abbotsley, now in Cambridgeshire, but in an area formerly known as Huntingdon, via South Africa to becoming Bishop of Bombay.

I have known of him for a while, but have not been able to piece together his full story. Yesterday, another fact emerged.

I was attending a family service in the church of St Margaret of Antioch, which sits in the village of Abbotsley. The earliest record of…

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Posted on July 22, 2019 at 12:51 1 Comment

In line with other genealogy and family history web sites, I am asking site users to agree to the 'Ancestry Rule'.

You are not authorized to add this page or any images from this page to Ancestry.com (or its subsidiaries) or other fee-paying sites without our express permission and then, if given, only by including our copyright and a URL link to the web site.

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At 22:50 on September 18, 2019, Paul Douglas said…

It seems my ancestor changed his name from James Affleck to James Douglas somewhere between 1883 and 1895. I am somewhat surprised and extremely dissapointed to find this out but intrigued also. There does not seem to be a link to the Douglas name before this as yet. Thank you for your help and this site.

Paul

At 21:57 on September 2, 2019, Darrin Dickey said…

Hello, William and thanks for the welcome. I don't understand enough about the DNA stuff yet, but it's interesting. On my Dickey side, my haplogroup is I-M253. I don't have any Douglases there though that I recall.

On my mother's side, I have a Robbins whose mother was a Merrill and her grandmother was a Douglas, supposedly descended from William Douglas (1610 - 1682), but her haplogroup is H1.

Still trying to figure out how I can connect all of the pieces. 

Darrin Dickey

I-M253

At 10:33 on August 12, 2019, Trevor James Douglas said…

HI William

I am  busy compiling my family tree at the moment. I have all of the documentation  back to the 1300's positive back to 1669 with William Douglas who was the son of William (4th of Kirkness) Douglas. My Scottish ancestory started with John Douglas 1715 who moved to North Yorkshire and the family ended up in Seaham Harbour near Sunderland. Which is where I am from.

At 3:20 on July 18, 2019, Robert Alexander Douglass said…

Hi William, and thank you!

The Thomas born in 1824 is mysterious. I'm confident that he married Margaret Smollen, who I found in Irish records as born in 1822 in Collinstown, Westmeath, Ireland. According to the 1850 census, their son Thomas F. Douglass was born in 1848 in Ireland, their next child, Mary, was born in Philadelphia in 1850, so that brackets the years they could have emigrated fairly closely. That 1850 census lists his profession as tailor. Thomas (1824) died before the 1860 census (Margaret is listed as widowed in other documents, and I have a record of his burial here in Philadelphia.

There are two other Douglasses that died that same month and are buried in the same place - Thomas (born 1857) and Elizabeth (born 1832). They might be part of the puzzle, or they might be just a coincidence. 

What I don't have is any idea of where in Ireland they came from. So going backward, which is what I'm trying to do now, what I have is more circumstantial. Thomas could actually be born in County Cork in 1827, but it looks more likely to be  Clones, Monaghan, where I found baptismal records from 1827 that shows he was born in 1824. From there, there's a Thomas born in 1802, married to Fanny Litle, who is my best guess at Thomas's father, given everything, but now I manage to be both out-on-a-limb and up against a brick wll.

At 11:44 on July 14, 2019, Stephen Light said…

Hi William. I have not been on the archives in a while and had left all my information but somehow can't find it .

My Major James Douglas was born Springwood Park Roxburgh 25/9/1768.He was sent out to India as a 16 year old cadet in East India Company.He had four children to a Indian Bibi.Rachel Douglas born1797 Bombay, Catherine born 1799 Bombay, Mary born1801 Bombay and James born1804 Bombay.

Major James Douglas died 1814 at his estate Edenside Kelso.

I have tried to find his parents and all I can find is a baptism for 22/3/1769 Ancrum Roxburgh father given as James Douglas.

Being born at Springwood Park the home of the Douglas  nobility.

Rachael Douglas married James White a surgeon in Edinburgh 27/2/1821 at Saint Cuthberts and her brother James Douglas was also a surgeon.

They migrated to Australia with their children and her sisters and brother on the Kohinoor in 1852.

At 4:02 on June 23, 2019, Richard Anthony Limanowski said…

At 9:40 on June 19, 2019, Tommy Douglas said…

Yes, that is the  Alexander William Douglas I can trace back to. Then I guess I am stuck.

At 15:46 on May 2, 2019, William Andrew Broadway said…
Hi..my 2x GF was Lemuel Douglas b. 1811 in NOrth Carolina USA. He died in Orange County NC 1893 and is buried there..
His children, according to 1880 census, were Susan J, Martha F, John M, Levi W, Joseph Y, Sely A, and youngest, William Andrew Douglas, my 1x great grandfather, whom I was named after.
Lemuel was married to Frances Browning.

I have found in 1755 tax list from Orange County a John Douglas. The 1779 tax list has John Douglas, David Douglas, and William Douglas. None of them have wills that I can locate, only probate files with no family information, outside of of a probate for a John Douglas from 1816 with a widow of Margaret. I don’t know if this is the same John on the 3 tax lists.

I need help past Lemuel. I can’t find out his parents names, and thus, can’t connect him to one of the 3 Douglas’ on the tax lists. Please help if anyone knows anything about these Orange County NC Douglas’s.
William Andrew Broadway
Swansea IL USA
At 6:12 on March 2, 2019, Ann Douglas-Heflin said…

I am not sure how to reply.  William Douglas, yes, I believe we have touched base before.   I have a typed out "history" written by my Aunt Lucille Douglas.  It's a bit romanticized.  I have some pictures of ancestors.   My Father Angus Dearborn Douglas was born in...…….Dearborn Michigan.    Due to an unfortunate tendency to have female children, I am the last of this Line.   It's too bad, I can trace back to 1638.   If there is a way to maneuver on here I would love to scan and post my pictures and stories.   It may be of interest to Douglases in Massachusetts, Ohio and Michigan.  

  

At 0:50 on February 27, 2019, Christopher Douglas Kearney said…

Hi, William,

Below are the detals I have on 'my james' :-)

My G Grandfather was James Douglas (b1832-?). I think he was a carpenter. His first wife was Elisabeth MacDonald(b1830 - d1870); & they had 7 children ; Jane b1855; Margaret b1857; John b1860; James b1861-d1922;Alexander b1862; Sophia b1864; Robert b1867 . His second wife, my G Grandmother was Christina Fletcher (1843 -?). They had 3 children Janearina b1878, Justin b1881 & Edward Simpson b1885-d1956, my grandfather. He married my grandmother Helen Cameron & he was a professional golfer who migrated to New Zealand where he raised his family, 2 daughters Marie & Dorothy (my mother)

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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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