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What's new in the Douglas Archives?


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: 


Cecil Francis Johnstone-Douglas, living 189112/07/2018
Arthur Douglas,1843-192512/07/2018
Francis Wingfield "Frank" Douglass, 1875–1972)12/07/2018
Register of Testaments in Lanark11/29/2018
James Douglas of Mouswald’s Regiment of Foot11/28/2018
Sir William Douglas’ Regiment of Foot11/28/2018
Sir William Douglas’ Troop of Horse11/28/2018
Colonel Robert Douglas’ Regiment of Foot11/28/2018
Who was The Black Douglas?11/26/2018
The Scottish Wars of Independence11/26/2018
Battle of Byland11/26/2018
Battle of Methven11/26/2018
Storm of Dundee11/23/2018
Archibald Douglas of Darroch’s Regiment of Foot11/23/2018
Matfen, Northumberland11/22/2018
Douglas of Edrington11/22/2018
The Victoria Cross (VC)11/19/2018
Sholto-Douglas Family of South Africa11/17/2018
Heatherton Towers, Kwandwe11/16/2018
Rev Thomas Douglas, c167911/15/2018
Rev Thomas Douglas, d163411/06/2018
James Douglas, d178011/05/2018
John Douglas, 1946-201611/02/2018
Barrington Sholto Douglas Campbell, 5th Baron Blythswood, 1877–193710/25/2018
Baron Blythswood10/25/2018
Leopold Colin Henry Douglas Campbell/Campbell, 6th Baron Blythswood, 1881–194010/25/2018
General John Douglas, 1734-180910/15/2018
Argyll's Rebellion, 168510/13/2018
Abbotsford House10/12/2018
Amelia Douglas, 1812-189010/12/2018
Henry Douglas, bc 193609/27/2018
Beverley Browne Douglas, 1822-187809/27/2018
Douglas Scotti of Agazzano09/26/2018
Castello di Agazzano09/26/2018
The Douglas Children, or 'Juvenile Retirement'09/25/2018
Julia Douglas, living 201809/20/2018
Skirmish at Sclaterford, 151309/15/2018
  These pages have been revised and contain new information:

Charles Douglass' Regiment of Marines11/28/2018
Richard Douglas Regiment11/28/2018
Col James Douglas of Morton Regiment11/28/2018
Douglas of Kirkness11/23/2018
The Douglas family in France11/23/2018
Forfar and Kincardine Militia11/20/2018
Fun (peculiar) emails 11/19/2018
Coats of arms - people11/17/2018
Sir James Douglas (c1839)11/16/2018
Douglas of Bonjedward11/01/2018
Douglas of Stonypath10/31/2018
Lord Blythswood10/21/2018
American politiicans10/21/2018
Simon Douglas, living 2010 10/19/2018
Robert, Baron van Breugel Douglas, 1791-187310/19/2018
George Douglas, 1st Earl of Dumbarton, 1635 - 1691/210/13/2018
William Douglas, 7th Earl of Morton10/13/2018
Change log10/12/2018
Alexander Douglas Douglas, 1843 - 191409/20/2018
Robert Douglas, 1st Viscount Belhaven, c1572 - 163909/18/2018
Douglas of Spott09/18/2018
Henry Douglas, Earl of Drumlanrig (1722 - 1774)09/18/2018
Thomas Douglas of Grantham, 1732 - 178709/14/2018
C K M Douglas, meteorologist09/12/2018
Frederick Douglas, 1817-189509/05/2018


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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