Rogues and Vagabonds
The Morning Post and Gazetteer (London) Monday, August 16, 1802
Archibald Douglas (c.1540–c.1602),
conspirator and Church of Scotland minister, was
the second son of William Douglas of Whittingham and Janet Matheson.
In March 1566, with his brother William and his kinsman
fourth earl of Morton, he was involved in the conspiracy to murder David
Rizzio, secretary to Mary, queen of Scots. In February 1567, with Bothwell,
Douglas was implicated in the plot to murder Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, the
queen's husband. In September 1570 he acted as ambassador to the earl of
Sussex, and in April 1572, having been detected sending money and supplies
to the queen's party besieged within
Edinburgh Castle, he was
imprisoned in Stirling Castle
(when it was alleged he plotted to kill his kinsman Morton, now regent).
And so it goes on!
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Francis Marion Spinney Douglass was
reputedly a notorious horse thief who was the son of Lancaster Douglass of
Switzerland County, IN.
Does any one
have more information?
His last sentence for this crime was completed at the Michigan City, IN.
State Prison in 1900. He served about 5 other sentences and was born circa
1847. He also had trouble in KY and possibly in Ohio too.
It was rumoured that he was hanged by a lynch mob.
Richard William Glode Douglas (1798-1862)
Following is an example taken from a transcript of court proceedings:
“In November, 1843, Mr. Thomas Chew, livery stable-keeper, Little
Moorfields, city, says that Richard came to him, and representing himself
as Lord Douglas, said he had a hunting-box at Eastbourne, in Kent and that
he wanted to hire a pair of horses for a short time, giving a reference to
Mr. Wells, a solicitor. He accordingly lent them to him, and a few days
afterwards the prisoner sent a letter desiring to purchase them, at the
same time requiring to know the price. On the 27th of December following
he had another horse, when Mr Chew lent him a bridle and saddle. The last
horse was returned, but he had not seen the bridle and saddle since, nor
had he been able to trace any tidings of the prisoner until he had seen
the account in the newspapers (of Richard's arrest). He further added that
the dealing with the horses was a debt, but he should certainly charge the
prisoner with stealing the saddle and bridle.”
Belfast, September 1864: Robert Douglas was sentenced to
fourteen days imprisonment and William McAnally was sentenced to a week’s
imprisonment for having stolen a dress, the property of Sarah McDonnell.
Both boys were to be whipped once in the jail with a birch rod.
Black Douglas was a notorious
'Mulatto Indian' who ran a bushranging operation between Melbourne and
Colin Douglas Dorset gunman convicted of 18 offences in 2011
George Douglas convicted of
stealing a handkerchief and a pair of trousers, in 1849
Douglas Convicted under the Medical Act of impersonating or
practising as a doctor
Douglas, suspected paedophile
Robert Scott Douglas, arsonist in
Sawny Douglas former soldier
and highwayman, executed at Tyburn, London, in 1664
Thomas Douglas murdered his
shipmate, and was executed at Tyburn, London.
(born 1961) is a Scottish drug trafficker and organized crime
Gang of Thieves and
Pickpockets in Gateshead (Thomas, John, Eleanor and David
William Douglas received 6
of the best in 1884...
William Douglas, of
Paisley, was a murderer, in 2007
Douglas was convicted of Larceny. Seemed a bit harsh to me.
William Thomas Douglas,
convicted of murder in Thailand, 2010.
Elizabeth Douglas, the
'Sandy Row executioner'
Hugh Douglas alias
Sholto McPherson, age 37, convicted for receiving stolen goods at
Inverness Court of Justiciary on 5 Sep 1833, sentence 7 years
“James Douglass, one of 290 convicts transported on the Asia, 05
November 1835″ Convicted at Edinburgh Court of Justiciary for a
term of 7 years on 02 February 1835
“Adair Douglas, one of
290 convicts transported on the Asia, 05 November 1835″ Convicted
at Stirling Court of Justiciary for a term of life on 14 April
1835. Place of arrival; Van Diemen's Land
“Edward Douglas, one of 294 convicts transported on the Fairlie,
09 March 1852″ Convicted at Scotland, Glasgow Court of Justiciary
for a term of 7 years on 23 April 1849. Ticket of Leave.
“Thomas Douglas, one of 290 convicts transported on the Lady
Montagu, 31 July 1852″ Convicted at Northumberland. Assizes in
Newcastle-upon-Tyne for a term of 10 years on 03 August 1848.
“Henry Douglas, one of 300 convicts transported on the Aurora,
03 July 1833″ Convicted at York. Doncaster Quarter Session for a
term of life on 23 April 1833.
“Mary Ann Douglas, one of
140 convicts transported on the Henry Wellesley, 17 July 1837″
Convicted at Lancaster Assizes for a term of 14 years.
DOUGLASS, David / 30 Nov 1842 / FC 07 Dec 1842
Executed within the walls of the new jail in Lockport, New York
The first official act in this building would be the hanging of
Richard Douglas, son of the laird of
was banished from the realm of Scotland.
Jane 'Mother' Douglas, brothel keeper
William Douglas-Home, playwright may not be a 'rogue' nor a
'vagabond', but he was convicted by court martial and sentenced to be cashiered and to serve one year's imprisonment with hard labour.
George Douglas, Master-gunner of Fort William, in Scotland: Account of goods smuggled by his company: 1755.
(Held in British Library)
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Find out just how close Scotland came to losing the poet to
Jamaica, and the role played by Patrick Douglas
Seven Daughters of Eve
Almost all people of native
European descent, wherever they may live throughout the world, can
trace their ancestry back to one of seven women, hence, the Seven
Daughters of Eve.
Pharoah's daughter -
Queen of Scots. A new book, Scota, Egyptian Queen
of the Scots, by Ralph Ellis, claims to prove that this origin
myth was no made-up story but the actual recording of an Egyptian
exodus that did indeed conclude in Scotland.
the Bruce. The 700th anniversary of his coronation was
celebrated on 24th March 2006.
Rogues and vagabonds. Not all
Douglases have been goody goodies - read about horse theives, and
slavers. Slaves and tales of daring-do, as the Douglases
hunt down the slave traders.
Douglas Heart. A heart features on many Douglas family coats of
arms, cests etc, including the one at the top of this page.
women. The scientists at Oxford
Ancestors can trace ancient maternal ancestry by testing
mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), which is passed down from mother to
child and changes little over time. (There may be other suppliers)
by DNA. A research project seeks volunteers to help
prove Douglas connections
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