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"Gerald Sholto Douglas was son of Hugh Gamany Douglas, of Mountain Lodge, Keady, Ireland"
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"With apologies.  Archibald Douglas B.  10 March 1770, Virginia, USA D.  27 March 1815,  Verdery, Greenwood, South Carolina, USA His second wife was Nancy Ann Wilson B.  1793, Abbeville, Abbeville, South Carolina,…"
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"Welcome to our group, Lana. I received your message about Archibald's second wife being Nancy Ann Wilson.  However, you have given me no clue as to which Archibald that might be.  Archibald is almost as common as William as a Douglas…"
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Who is Frances Browne, Mrs John Douglas?

Posted on May 13, 2020 at 15:57 1 Comment

Thomas Gainsborough  (1727 – 1788) was an English portrait and landscape painter, draughtsman, and printmaker. One of his sitters was Frances Browne, Mrs John Douglas, who appears to be born in 1741 and died in 1811.

The portrait hangs in Waddesdon Hall, the property of the Rothschild Family.

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James Douglas was the 14th Earl of Morton, a Scottish peer dedicated to science with a keen interest in astronomy.  He was a founding member and President of the Society for Improving Arts and Sciences in Edinburgh, and elected as President of the Royal Society in London in 1763. 

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In 2013, I was informed by a young woman of details of her family.

I included these in the Douglas Archives, in good faith.

Last night she sent me an email informing me that her family circumstances were not as she had provided them, and asked me to remove them.

It transpires that she had made a marriage 'contract' on the basis of her connection to a prominent Scottish family, and this had proved to be false.

Was I duped, and used to promote a false identity? Or…


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James Arthur DOUGLASS, Police Staff, Metropolitan Police Service. For services to Policing and to National Security, who was appointed to the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2020 New Years Hounours

Along with the Birthday honours, the New Year’s Honours list is the most significant announcement of civilian and military gallantry awards.

The system acknowledges the…


Finding Henry

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Rob Douglas, of Western Australia, has published a collection of notes and photographs about his grandfather, Henry, and grandmother, Mina. Rob uncovered a wealth of anecdotes and recollections of their lives.

If your family history merges with theirs at any point, then I am sure you will find this publication as fascinating as…


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At 18:22 on May 25, 2020, Lana Davis said…

With apologies. 

Archibald Douglas
B.  10 March 1770, Virginia, USA
D.  27 March 1815,  Verdery, Greenwood, South Carolina, USA
His second wife was Nancy Ann Wilson
B.  1793, Abbeville, Abbeville, South Carolina, USA
D.  12 Nov 1852, Greenville, South Carolina, USA 
"Est. of Archibald Douglas admin. April 25, 1815 by Nancy Douglass" 
Donald Douglas sued John Baylis Earle in 1833 and in the lawsuit refers to the "intermarriage with Archibald Douglas' widow.  Much documentation exists about this marriage.  I can provide some.
Nancy Ann Wilson was about 20 years old when she married Archibald and  22 when he died.  She administered Archibald Douglas' Will.  I am attaching a page from a lawsuit between Donald Douglas and John Baylis Earle stating that Earle married Archibald's widow.Nancy%20Ann%20Wilson%20Widow%20of%20Archibald%20Douglas.docx
She remarried at 23 and had her only child at 24, Georgia Washington Earle, a wealthy heir.  She was the second wife of John Baylis Earle b. 23 Oct 1776, Spartanburg, SC, d. 3 Feb 1836, Silver Glade Plantation, Pendelton, Anderson Dist, SC
This site is an amazing work.  Thank you William. 
At 15:22 on April 28, 2020, Ian John Hermon said…

Thank you for allowing me to join the group. I am trying to trace the Ancestors of James Douglas my 3x great grandfather, born we think in 1801 in Dundalk, County Lough, Southern Ireland.

My research so far has taken the following route. I knew that my maternal Great Grandfather was Frederick Douglas Born1869, as evidenced by family chat and old family documents. The1871 Census showed him living in Berkshire with his father William Douglas born 1843 in Standlake, Oxfordshire, together with his mother Harriet and his siblings. I then found William in the 1851 census living in the St Mary Magdalen area of Oxford showing his father James Douglas, then aged 50, occupation coal labourer, and his mother Jane.  James's mother-in-law Susan Douglas Crapper, aged 88, was also living with them.. They had 11 children together and stayed in Oxford for the rest of their lives.  He died at the age of 64.  We have not managed to find any formal records of the Crapper family. James recorded his birthplace as Dun Dock (Dundalk) Ireland.

Its at that point I’ve hit a brick wall and would be delighted to hear from anyone who’s research has come across a Douglas family in Ireland.

At 10:34 on April 24, 2020, Kara Cox said…

Thanks William! 

I had noticed that there were two different sets of parents listed for William Douglas. Is there any way to find out for sure? I'm happy to do the detective work, if it's even possible to find the answer. As soon as lockdowns are lifted I am going to be headed for Wigton, Edinburgh, Cockpen, and a few other locations to do some research. 


At 18:00 on April 22, 2020, Leslie Wright said…

Information for Terence Douglas from 1821 Ireland census says living in Bective, County Meath, Ireland, former with wife Mary and children Edward, Mary and Patrick.  Edward had birth record born in Navan, Meath, Ireland in 1800 with parents Terence Douglas and Mary Murray.  I am trying to track the Ireland ancestors.  

Thank you

At 22:20 on March 20, 2020, Stuart Douglass said…

William, Curtiss Finch Douglass was a lawyer and judge in Noroton Heights, CT. He was my great grandfather, probably would have been in his prime during around 1900. He's the oldest known Douglass my family is aware of. I've not started research into it.

At 1:44 on March 10, 2020, Kathryn McInnis-Misenor said…

"William, I see mention of DNA here has it ruled any Douglas lines out? My great grandmother told my mother now gone as well that we were from Robert the Bruce via her Douglas line. What is the facts? Kathy McInnis-Misenor

At 22:28 on December 22, 2019, Clarice Douglas said…

 William maybe but I will turn it into an adventure thanks

At 16:50 on December 21, 2019, Alasdair Malcolm Douglas-Hamilto said…

Good to meet you at the opening of the Douglas Monteith memorial opening. Seriously, if you want more info, get my book "Lord of the Skies" from It is largely about my father, who died  (actually disappeared for 2 years) in an air crash in West Africa.

Briefly, my grandfather was the 13th Duke of Hamilton, and I have quite a lot of information which could be of interest to you.

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At 11:36 on October 27, 2019, Isabel Miller Grant said…

Hello,  I am very pleased to have been admitted to the Douglas Archives.   The info I have is that late eighteen/early nineteen hundred, there was an outbreak of  ??? in Edinburgh and Caroline Douglas was sent to Robert Harden, Station Master in Kilsyth.  Her father had a Saddler's shop in the Grassmarket, but I haven't beenable to find anything on this.  Someone from the Registrar's came through and told them they were related to the Black Douglas.  They named their cottage Douglas Cottage and recently the name was changed.  I hope this will help and if I can find any more info I will let you know.  I find this all so interestin g and meaningful.  Thank you.  Isabel



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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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