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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: 


Orlando B. Douglas, b183604/15/2021
John Thomas Douglass, 1847–188604/13/2021
Redcastle, Black Isle04/13/2021
Andrew and Stuart Douglas04/01/2021
The Buke of the Howlat03/02/2021
Douglas window in Linlithgow02/18/2021
A Douglas Valentine's Day02/14/2021
Sawney Bean and Black Agnes Douglas02/04/2021
Myra Douglas, b184401/23/2021
Virginia Tax Rolls01/18/2021
Maj. Gen. John Douglas-Withers, 1919-199701/15/2021
Abdel Hamid Palace01/15/2021
Raeburn portraits of the Douglas family12/29/2020
Priscilla Douglas, 1849 - 192912/03/2020
Durisdeer Castle11/25/2020
Jerzy Hardie-Douglas, b195111/13/2020
Col John Douglas, k165111/06/2020
Captain Alexander Douglas, RN, 1756-179310/29/2020
James Douglas, died 185210/20/2020
Sydenham Gordon Douglas, 1867-192810/16/2020
Furniture makers10/16/2020
Sholto Osborne Gordon Douglas, 1873-193410/04/2020
Battle of Brechin, 145110/03/2020
Earl's Gift10/02/2020
Robert Claude Gresley Douglas, 1898-198209/24/2020
Villa Douglas, Aschersleben09/21/2020
Blencowe bleeding heart09/03/2020
Milton Douglas Heritage House08/30/2020
Battle of Edgcote, 146908/26/2020
  These pages have been revised and contain new information:

Robert Douglas, Engineer, b182204/18/2021
Robert Douglas bottle04/18/2021
Mary Diana Dods, 1790–183004/17/2021
Pierre Douglas, b194104/10/2021
Douglas of Tilquhillie04/05/2021
Dame Mary Tew Douglas, 1921 - 200704/01/2021
Douglas family in Pennsylvania03/20/2021
Clan Douglas Society of North America03/02/2021
Captain William Bloomfield Douglas, 1822 - 190602/27/2021
Captain Bloomfield Douglas, 1831-02/27/2021
William Douglas, 9th Earl of Morton, d168102/21/2021
William Douglas, 7th Earl of Morton02/21/2021
Robert, 8th Earl of Morton02/21/2021
Coats of arms - people02/17/2021
Poetry, Music and Song02/11/2021
James Sandilands Douglas (1872- )02/09/2021
Captain John Erskine Douglas R.N.01/25/2021
Chief Douglas' Daughter01/24/2021
Douglas header01/17/2021
William Douglas, Covenanter01/16/2021
George Edward Douglas, bc 1835 01/10/2021
Douglas in Ulston01/04/2021
Brig. Mark Guy Douglas-Withers, b194512/30/2020
James Douglas of Orchardton, 1747-182112/29/2020
Anne Hamilton, 3rd Duchess of Hamilton12/29/2020
Cockburnspath Tower12/29/2020
Battle of Piper Dene, 143612/29/2020
Rev. Canon Archibald Douglas, 1947-200412/03/2020
Coldingham Priory11/30/2020
William 'Le Hardi' Douglas11/25/2020
The Good Sir James Douglas, k133011/25/2020
Douglas titles11/25/2020
Kilspindie Castle and the Red Douglases11/11/2020
Douglas gardeners in Jedburgh 11/10/2020
Cleanse the Causeway, 152011/02/2020


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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