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The Douglas Archives are in two parts: history and genealogy.

The genealogy section has it's own 'What's new' list, containing details of the most recent additions to the database.




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  • Blythswood House

    Blythswood House

    The Campbells of Blythswood, who were also Douglases of Mains, owned this mansion house

  • Camp Morton

    Camp Morton

    Camp Morton, a coal mine in Spitxbergen, was named after the Earl of Morton, who was one of the owners.

  • Caerlaverock Castle

    Caerlaverock Castle

    This was not a Douglas property, but features in Douglas history.

  • Castle Mains

    Castle Mains

    The Earl of Home's residence, near Douglas Castle.

  • Cavers House

    Cavers House

    Now a ruin, the house was on the site of a 14thC castle built by Sir Archibald Douglas, son of the Earl of Douglas

  • Dalkeith Castle

    Dalkeith Castle

    Dalkeith Castle, or Palace, in Midlothian, Scotland, is the former seat of the Duke of Buccleuch. The present house was built in 1702 on the site of an earlier castle.

  • Douglas Castle

    Douglas Castle

    Also known as Castle Dangerous; several castle have been built on this site, the most recent being demolished in 1938.

  • Gelston

    Gelston Castle

    Built in red sandstone c.1805 for Sir William Douglas (1745-1809), founder of Castle Douglas.

  • Grace Hall

    Grace Hall

    The seat of Thomas Douglass, Esq., 'a very fine modern edifice', in Co Armargh, Ireland.

  • Grangemuir House

    Grangemuir House

    Located just north of Pittenweem in Fife, Grangemuir House came into Douglas ownership through marriage in 1824, but is now in ruins.

  • Hawthirnden

    Hawthornden Castle

    A property of the Abernethy family, it passed to the Douglases in the 14th century. The earliest parts of the castle date from the 15th century.

  • Herdmanston HouseHerdmanston Castle

    Hermiston, or Herdmanston, passed to the Sinclair family in the 12th or 13th century.

  • Hermitage Castle

    Hermitage Castle

    Held by William de Douglas, Knight of Liddesdale, who also held Roxburgh & Lochmaben Castles, and, in 1332, was Warden of the Marches.

  • Battle of Flodden Field

    Flodden Field

    More than 10,000 Scots, including King James IV, were killed in this significant defeat for Scotland.

  • Battle of Homildon HillHomildon Hill

    Archibald, 4th Earl of Douglas was taken prisoner by Sir Henry Percy at Homildon Hill.

  • Battle of Neville's CrossNeville's Cross

    The battle was disastrous for the Scots, whose King was captured and imprisoned and many men were lost.


  • Nattle of OtterburnOtterburn

    The battle of Otterburn was a Scottish victory, though not a resounding one as their leader James, Earl Douglas was killed.

  • Benjamin Douglas

    Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut, 1861-62

  • Damuel T DouglassSamuel T. Douglass

    Justice of Michigan state supreme court, 1852-57.


  • John Joseph Douglass

    U.S. Representative from Massachusetts, 1925-35.

  • Image result for Douglas, Helen GahaganHelen Gahagan Douglas

    U.S. Representative from California 14th District, 1945-5.

  • Battle of TebaTeba

    The Good Sir James died at Teba, carrying Robert the Bruce's heart to the holy Land.


Here is a list of recent additions in the history section: 


Admiral: Karl Ferdinand vonGrumme-Douglas, 1860–193701/16/2020
Vittorio Centurione Scotto, 1900-192601/15/2020
Carlo Centurione Scotto,1877-1958 01/15/2020
The Swedish branch01/13/2020
Douglas descendants of Grand Duke Ludwig I of Baden01/12/2020
Schloss Gondelsheim01/12/2020
Wilhelm Ludwig Karl von Douglas, 1849-190801/12/2020
Douglas Palais, Karlsruhe01/12/2020
Earl of Selkirk title claim01/12/2020
Rev Andrew Douglas d 200101/12/2020
Douglas of Killiewarren01/07/2020
Alexander Stark Douglas, d191801/07/2020
Let the Wolves devour01/06/2020
Alice Blacker-Douglas, nee McGeogh, 1869-195601/01/2020
Heraldry of Italy12/03/2019
Douglas Scotto in Sicily12/03/2019
Col. Young Norvel Douglass, 1805 - 186512/02/2019
Keith Douglas, curler11/25/2019
Did a Douglas actually claim the crown?11/21/2019
Luigi Scotti Douglas, 1796-188011/20/2019
Piacenza, Italy11/20/2019
Castello Fombio11/19/2019
Scotti feudal lords of Varsi11/19/2019
Evelick Castle11/06/2019
Carlisle Castle10/19/2019
Mel Douglas, b197810/18/2019
Battle of Myton10/18/2019
Douglas of Leswalt10/15/2019
Mabel Smith Douglass, 1874-193310/10/2019
  These pages have been revised and contain new information:

Captain William Douglas, d174101/17/2020
Columbus - was he a Douglas?01/13/2020
Search For a Clan Chief01/13/2020
Coats of arms - people01/11/2020
Douglas with West Indies connections01/04/2020
Major General Sir William Douglas, 1770-183412/27/2019
Douglas Motorcycles12/27/2019
Douglas Family Trees12/11/2019
Wiley J. Douglass, born 179212/02/2019
Italian members of the Douglas family11/27/2019
The Douglas family in France11/27/2019
Keith Douglas, 1920-194411/26/2019
Major General Octavious Douglas-Hamilton 1821 - 190411/25/2019
Douglas septs and name variations 11/10/2019
Margaret, The Fair Maid of Galloway11/09/2019
Douglas of Garvald11/03/2019
Douglas Support10/31/2019
Sir William Douglas Hamilton, 1730 - 180310/31/2019
Douglas of Dervock10/26/2019
Battle of Kirtie, 148410/21/2019
Flying Officer Robert Douglas, GC10/13/2019
Douglases in Carlisle10/09/2019
Robert Martin Douglas, 1849-1917 09/11/2019
Cranshaws Tower09/08/2019


Please note that minor changes, such as the introduction of a photograph or date of birth, would not normally warrant a 'What's new? entry. However, they may be listed in our change log.



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