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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: 


Douglas in South America09/17/2019
Robert Martin Douglas, 1849-191709/11/2019
Rev. John Jordan Douglass, 1875-194009/11/2019
Alexander Sholto Douglas, 1884-193409/08/2019
William Douglas, 1812-185809/02/2019
William (Bill) Douglas (b. 1967)09/01/2019
McKittrick - a Douglas sept08/31/2019
London Burials 1608 - 168908/26/2019
London Apprenticeship Abstracts 1442-185008/26/2019
Thomas Douglas of Chile08/22/2019
The Earl's Palace, Orkney08/19/2019
Dr George Keith Douglas, abt 1621-201108/15/2019
St Giles High Kirk, Edinburgh08/15/2019
Knights of the Thistle08/15/2019
Douglas Support08/12/2019
Ployart-et-Vaurseine, France.08/12/2019
The Battle of Dalrigh and the Lost Sword of Robert the Bruce08/07/2019
The Siege of Leith08/07/2019
Archibald & Eleanor Douglas-Pennant08/06/2019
Marin Douglas, died 187808/06/2019
Claypotts Castle07/31/2019
Janice (Jan) Douglas, 1939 - 201507/30/2019
Claire Douglas07/30/2019
Bronwen Douglas, b194607/30/2019
Judge Carolyn Douglas07/30/2019
Douglas family in Lurgan07/26/2019
Edinburgh Academy07/22/2019
Robert Douglas-Fairhurst07/22/2019
Samuel Douglas of Burnhouses07/17/2019
Steve Douglas, Living 201906/09/2019
  These pages have been revised and contain new information:

Robert Martin Douglas, 1849-1917 09/11/2019
Cranshaws Tower09/08/2019
Douglas of Spynie09/07/2019
W & B Douglas, Tool Makers of Middletown, Connecticut09/02/2019
Douglas families in the Falklands08/22/2019
Col. Robert Douglas, k.174508/19/2019
Coats of arms - people08/19/2019
Douglas Support08/11/2019
The Douglas family in France08/10/2019
Major William Sholto Douglas, 1875-191408/08/2019
Bishop Henry Alexander Douglas 1821-187508/06/2019
Glasgow Cathedral07/31/2019
Douglas of Glenfinart07/31/2019
Rev Robert Gresley Douglas, 1862 -07/22/2019
Douglas, Co. Cork07/22/2019
Douglases in Elgin07/19/2019
The Scottish Marches07/15/2019
Douglases in Carlisle07/15/2019
Mary, Queen of Scots07/13/2019
Gypsies and Tinkers, Travellers and Itinerants07/07/2019
Douglas of Bonjedward07/06/2019
Biographies - religious07/01/2019


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