A collection of historical and genalogical records
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Presented as the ultimate ‘off grid’ residential and forestry estate in the south of Scotland, Blackhouse Estate, which lies in the Tweedsmuir Hills on the northern edge of the Yarrow valley, in the ancient Ettrick Forest, is for sale.
The Ettrick Forest or the 'Forest' as it was known has long connection with the earlier Scottish kings as a hunting area. The Douglas family were seen as the keepers of this area and it is after this family that the Douglas Burn is named. As…Continue
The Balliol Roll, the earliest roll of arms for Scotland. It contains thirty-five shields of Scottish noblemen arranged beneath the arms of Sir Edward Balliol, king of Scots (c. 1282-1364), and was almost certainly composed for that ruler. Edward Balliol, the last of the Anglo-Scots, was the son of John de Balliol (King John of Scotland) and Isabella de…Continue
Chevalier Douglas, Alexandre-Pierre de Mackensie-Douglas, baron de Kildin, was a Scottish Jacobite in French service He was sent on a secret mission to Russia where he was to meet Empress Elizabeth and conspire with the pro-French faction against the Habsburg monarchy.
He was to be accompanied by a young woman, his 'neice', to provide cover for his…Continue
From time to time, the Douglas gypsy connection is raised.
Best known was Charlie Douglas (best known to me, anyway) who revelled in the title "King of the Gypsies", but there are other families.
Thomas Douglas, Tinker, thief. Resident of. Bannockburn, Stirlingshire was transported to America in…Continue
On the 29th January in 1856, the Victoria Cross was instituted by H.M. Queen Victoria. The medal is the highest award for bravery that a British and Commonwealth serviceman can be presented. At the time of its institution it was written that the…Continue