of the Douglas family
Version 1: Sholto Douglas was the mythical Progenitor of the House of Douglas, a powerful and warlike
family in Medieval Scotland. A Mythical battle took place: "in 767, betwe"in 767, between King Solvathius rightful king of Scotland and a pretender Donald Bane. The victory was so nearly
Donald's when a certain noble man, disdaining to see so bad a cause have good successe, struck in for the king and turned the fortunes of the day. When the king inquired about the knight who had
done such valuable service, somebody exclaimed "Sholto du glasse!"..."Behold the black gray man!".." (Ane Historie of the House and Race of Douglas and Angus, David Hume of Godscroft,
There is the following tradition in regard to the origin of the name. In
the year 770 Solvathius king of Scotland, obtained a victory over Donald
Bain of the Western Isles, by the assistance of a man who was unknown to
him. After the battle, being desirous to see one who had done him so
signal a service, he was pointed out to him with these words: " Sholto
Dhuglass," behold that swarthy man. One of this family, Sir William
Douglas, entered into the service of Charlemagne and was the founder of
the family of Douglassi in Tuscany. Sir James de Douglas took the heart
of Robert Bruce to the Holy Land, to commemorate which his descendants
have ever since horn a crowned heart in their arms. Before the death of
Bruce in 1329 the arms of the family were azure, three mullets argent.
The first Douglas to stride across the stage of Scottish history was
Sir William Douglas who fought and died for William Wallace. His son,
Sir James Douglas was a supporter and lifelong friend of Robert the
Bruce. "Good Sir James" died taking Bruce's heart on a
crusade to the Holy Land. The 2nd Earl of Douglas died at the Battle
of Otterburn in 1388 as his army defeated an English force led by
Prince Henry "Hotspur". In 1402 the 4th Earl was defeated by
the same Henry Hotspur at the Battle of Homildon Hill.
Clan Douglas Gathering 2014
A gathering of the clan will take place in Scotland 30th June - 6th July 2014, the
week following the anniversary celebrations of the Battle of Bannockburn.
Scottish Government has already nominated 2014 as the year of the
Homecoming, and this seems like an opportunity for Douglas family
members from around the world to meet and develop their links with
Scotland and each other.
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|Sally E. Douglas||05/18/2013|
|Douglas flags and banners||05/15/2013|
|Douglas Archives site statistics ||05/14/2013|
|Crests on objects ||05/10/2013|
|Coats of arms - people||05/02/2013|
|Battle of Skirmish Hill||04/22/2013|
|Torin Douglas, Living 2004||04/19/2013|
|Biographies - religious||04/17/2013|
|Biographies of Douglas artists||04/16/2013|
|Captain Alexander Douglas, abt 1840||04/14/2013|
|Baron Caspar Breugel-Douglas, born 1752||04/08/2013|
|Edwin James Douglas,1848-1914||04/05/2013|
|George Douglas, 16th Earl of Morton||04/05/2013|
|Sholto Douglas, 15th Earl of Morton,1732-1774 ||04/05/2013|
|Justice William O. Douglas, 1898 - 1980||04/03/2013|
|William Douglas, 1745-1810||04/01/2013|
|William, 3rd Duke of Hamilton, 1634-1694||03/26/2013|
|Alfred Douglas-Hamilton, 13th Duke of Hamilton, 1862– 1940)||03/26/2013|
|Lord Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton, 1909-1964||03/26/2013|
|Paul Douglas, 1907-1959||03/24/2013|
|Sholto Douglas-Home, Living 2005||03/23/2013|
|Andrew Douglas-Home, b1950||03/23/2013|
|Sir Howard Douglas, 1776 - 1861||03/22/2013|
|Saint George Douglas, K1587||03/22/2013|
|Lady Mary Douglas-Hamilton, Princess of Monaco||03/21/2013|
|William, 6th Earl of Morton||03/19/2013|
|Robert, 8th Earl of Morton||03/19/2013|
|Armorial carvings ||03/18/2013|
|Coats of Arms - places||03/18/2013|
|Dr William Douglas, living 1746 ||03/13/2013|
|Douglas Headstones ||03/13/2013|
|Crests for Douglas organisations ||03/12/2013|
|Bishop John Douglas, 1743-1812 ||03/12/2013|
|Douglas of Whiterigs||03/06/2013|
|Douglas with West Indies connections||03/06/2013|
|Admiral The Honourable Sir Cyril Eustace Douglas-Pennant, 1894 – 1961||03/03/2013|
|Biographies of Douglas authors and poets||03/02/2013|
|John James Douglas, 1792-1836||02/27/2013|
|James Douglas, 2nd Duke of Queensberry||02/25/2013|
|James Douglas, 1858-1911||02/24/2013|
|George Douglas-Hamilton, 1st Earl of Orkney c1666 - 1737||02/17/2013|
|Major Sholto W. Douglas, killed 1914||02/15/2013|
|Camp Morton ||02/14/2013|
|jonathon Douglas, b1962||05/18/2013|
|Sir Robert Douglas, 1899-1996||05/18/2013|
|Robert Douglas, 1930-2010||05/18/2013|
|Oliver - Douglas vassals ||05/12/2013|
|Black Douglas motor yacht||05/11/2013|
|Quincy Douglas, d1986||05/02/2013|
|Thomas Dunlop Douglas, 1776-1869||04/28/2013|
|Louisa County deeds||04/27/2013|
|Henry, Lord Darnley||04/22/2013|
|Vreta Abbey, Sweden||04/17/2013|
|Rev George Robinson-Douglas, 1813-1878||04/17/2013|
|Rupert Douglas, c1658||04/16/2013|
|Rev James Douglas, k1944||04/15/2013|
|William Douglas, living 1918||04/15/2013|
|Rev William Douglas, 1708-1798||04/15/2013|
|Charles Remond Douglass, b1844||04/12/2013|
|Francisco Tudela van Breugel Douglas, born 20 July 1955||04/08/2013|
|Robert, Baron van Breugel Douglas, 1791-1873||04/08/2013|
|Bishop Valentine Douglas, d1598||04/05/2013|
|Archibald Douglas of Blythswood,1809-1868||04/03/2013|
|Regent Morton's House||04/03/2013|
|Seal of Margaret, Countess of Angus||04/01/2013|
|Dukes of Brandon||04/01/2013|
|Will - Honourable & Reverend Charles Douglas of Earlsgift 27 May 1857||03/27/2013|
|Hon Rev Charles Douglas of Earlsgift, 1791-1857||03/27/2013|
|Alasdair Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton, b1939 ||03/26/2013|
|Douglas-Hamilton plate ||03/26/2013|
|Douglas, Wyoming ||03/21/2013|
|Douglas Park, Chicago ||03/21/2013|
|Duke of Monmouth||03/21/2013|
|Grimaldi of Monaco||03/21/2013|
|St Mary's Isle Priory||03/21/2013|
|Charles, 12th earl of Home, 1834-1918||03/18/2013|
|William, 6th Duke of Buccleugh||03/18/2013|
|Representative peers ||03/18/2013|
|Cospatrick, 11th Earl of Home||03/18/2013|
|Hamilton Palace Mausoleum||03/18/2013|
|James Douglas, Commendator of Melrose||03/13/2013|
|The University of Glasgow mace||03/13/2013|
|Margaret Tudor, 1489-1581 ||03/12/2013|
|Stephen Douglas Monument Park||03/12/2013|
|Douglas Island, Alaska ||03/12/2013|
|Edinburgh treaty - 1328||03/12/2013|
|Lesudden House ||03/11/2013|
|Composition of a coat of arms||03/10/2013|
|Prof. Gillian Douglas, living 2013 ||03/09/2013|
|Paterson - Douglas vassals ||03/09/2013|
|John Douglas, 2010 ||02/24/2013|
Recent research has revealed considerable
Douglas involvement in the development of world trade in the sugar
industry. but it is an area about which we wish to learn more.
can you contribute?
||Douglases on TV
In 1452 James invited William, 8th Earl of Douglas,
to Stirling Castle. James demanded that Douglas end an alliance with
the MacDonalds. In the argument that followed Douglas was stabbed to
death. See the
BBC video here>>> and look for 1452 AD
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Slaves and tales of daring-do, as the Douglases
hunt down the slave traders>>
A heart features on many Douglas family coats of
arms, crests etc, including the one at the top of this page.
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Are you a Douglas descendant of any of the Earls of Angus, and
descendants of the Earls of Morton prior to the 1700s? The Douglas
DNA project needs samples of men who are known to be descended from
these two lines, in order to verify the DNA types involved. We want
to do this in order to allow modern Douglas families to focus their
geneaological research into the correct branches of the Douglas tree
to find their ancestors. If you are known to descend from these
lines the Douglas DNA project may be able to pay for your DNA test.
Lineage testing by DNA
We are hoping to make contact with members of the Douglas family who
have been in Europe for centuries. Douglases have been in Sweden,
Netherlands, Germany, and Italy, and possibly other countries, for
many generations. We would like to find male representatives of
these families to assist our Douglas DNA project. The Douglas DNA
project may be able to pay for DNA tests for suitable candidates
from these families.
Lineage testing by DNA
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.
We have now made available a selection of books on the Douglas
family, Scottish history and genealogy all available direct from
Google news headlines from around the world
on stories involving 'Douglas'.
A recent painting of the
Black Douglas has been unveiled.
Douglas chess piece
This pewter model is part of Nigel Tranter's Bannockburn Limited
Edition Chess Set. This specially devised and commissioned by
Morag and John Morgan exclusively for
Additional models can be seen in our
A slideshow from a visit to Douglas, Lanarkshire, is now
available, depicting The Good Sir James, Douglas Castle and St
Douglas is a legendary figure in British Columbia, from his fur
trade days at Fort St. James to his dual governorship of
Vancouver Island and British Columbia.
How The Douglas Archives
What else is new??
We have collected
information from a variety of sources, some of it contradictory!
Where the errors
are obvious, we have corrected them; where there is doubt, we have
shown both options.
Scripts from old
documents may not have scanned in well, and these will be amended as
time goes by.<
The early history
of the Douglases is far from certain. Early chroniclers often
got it wrong. The editor of The Douglas Archives claims to be
as always, advised to verify information before taking it as gospel.
There are two search options - one for
the history section and one for the genealogy section. Try
both to find your missing ancestor. oh yes! The community
network also has its own search facility.
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Network. Additions and significant
revisions to the History section are listed above.
Details of the last 12 individuals added to
the database in the past 30 days are automatically recorded. With
over 100,000 names, this growing resouce will prove invaluable to
A TV programme charting the lively lifestyle of
Princess Margaret has thrown up some interesting Douglas connections.
The royal marriage between Prince William and Catherine Middleton brings more Douglas connections.
Further royal connections can be discovered
Castle was the site of the infamous "Black Bull's
Dinner" where 16 year old sixth Earl of Douglas and his 14
year old brother David were murdered in front of their 10 year
old King (James II). >>
Concerns are being expressed about the
future of the Mausoleum in Castle Douglas
The Scots won the battle and
captured the English leader Henry (Hotspur) Percy. When he offered
to capitulate, he was directed to surrender to the bush under
which Douglas was lying and so the battle became famous because it
was won by a dead man.>>
Not all Douglases have
been goody goodies - read about horse thieves, and others.
Other stories of interest can be found in our
Our place in history
"In the margin, about one-third into The Book of Clan Douglas, Volume III,
are written the words: `This is about the time when the Earth began'."
(Mary Murray, nee Mary Douglas, of Earltown: 1991)
I have still a lot of work to do on this
section, and all contributions will be welcomed.
to enlarge this picture of Lance Corporal of Horse Chris
'Dougie' Douglass, serving in Afghanistan with Prince
The father of Lance Corporal of Horse Chris 'Dougie'
Douglass, 27, had wondered why his son had
stayed so tight-lipped about his desert
Gary Douglass, 55, from Sunderland said:
"Usually he sends us emails and rings to let us
know he's OK. But this time he did not tell us
much about what he was doing. Now we know why.
His mother has been very worried about him."
Chris, who lives in Army accommodation in
London with his wife and two children, Jake, 11,
and Reece, five, said: "Harry's always got a
smile on his face. Nobody cares about his
How many ancestors do I have?
I have been wondering how many ancestors I might have...
Two parents, four grandparents, eight great grandparents... If I continue this series back at 3 generations per century, I find I have over a
billion Viking-era ancestors. And 10^18 in the Roman era. And so on. This is plainly wrong.
Where is the flaw in the logic?