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Yorkshire, formally known as the County of York, is a historic county of Northern England and the largest in the United Kingdom. Due to its great size in comparison to other English counties, functions have been undertaken over time by its subdivisions, which have also been subject to periodic reform. Throughout these changes, Yorkshire has continued to be recognised as a geographical territory and cultural region. The name is familiar and well understood across the United Kingdom and is in common use in the media and the military, and also features in the titles of current areas of civil administration such as North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and East Riding of Yorkshire.

A collection of notes; the aim is to find common threads of the Douglas families in Yorkshire.
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•  Until 1835, the Dukes of Buccleugh held lands in the West Riding of Yorkshire and the ancient title of Lord of Bowland.

•  Jacobus Douglas was either born in Northern England or Drumlanrig, Scotland in about 1500. His father according to recent findings is Sir William Douglas 6th of Drumlanrig. He was probably illegitimate. Very little is known about Jacobus, except that he shows up in West Yorkshire being buried in St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Halifax, West Yorkshire, England. It has been determined that his son, by the name of William, is in the same parish. His son, William had a son named Jacobus in 1545, who was named after his grandfather. The name Jacobus is the same as James. His grandson Jacobus, ended up in Henley On Thames, Oxfordfshire, England where he married Ann Tulio. The marriage record listed him as James, but on his children's baptism record it was listed as Jacobi. It was common in England for the name James to change as Jacobi or even Jacobus or James at different times. The elder, Jacobus's grave, is probably unmarked, but the parish records shows him buried in St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Halifax, West Yorkshire, England.

•  Margaret, Countess of Lennox (1515-1578) was the daughter of Archibald Douglas, 6th earl of Angus, and Margaret Tudor, daughter of Henry, daughter of Henry VII. of England and widow of James IV. of Scotland. During Marys reign the countess of Lennox had rooms in Westminster Palace; but on Elizabeth's accession she removed to Yorkshire, where her home at Temple Newsam became a centre for Catholic intrigue.

• Alexander Douglas Lived at the time of Charles 1st. His father was the first ancestor of the Douglas of Gyrn line to settle in England and came in the retinue of King James at the time of his accession to the English throne. He was of the Morton line of the House of Douglas. Alexander owned Townend Hall in Arkendale. (Arkendale = Arkengarthdale) (Arkendale is near Reeth in parish of Grinton, in Yorkshire.)

•  Bishop John Douglas was born in 1743 in Yarm, Yorkshire, the son of John Douglass and Brigit Senson or Semson. John Douglass (snr) had fled Scotland because he was a Jacobite supporter.

• The Hon. John Douglas (born 1756) was the youngest son of James, 14th Earl of Morton. In 1784 he married Frances Lascelles, daughter of Edward, 1st Earl of Harewood at North Allerton, Yorkshire, where he died on 1st May 1818. His son, George, became the 17th earl of Morton.

•  John Douglas, stuff merchant of Bradford, Yorkshire, England, was born 31 Dec 1809 in Stranraer, the son of John Douglas, Burgess of Stranraer, woolen/linen draper and silk mercer and his wife Jean McConbling or Comlin [sister of Nathaniel Comlin]. He had eight siblings.

•  James Stuart Douglas (4 November 1837 - 30 June 1918) was a Canadian mining engineer and businessman who introduced a number of metallurgical innovations in copper mining. His great-grandfather was a mason and stone-cutter in Yorkshire.

•  Rev. William Frederick Douglas (who in 1846 married); Rector of Scrayingham, Yorkshire, and third son of Sir Howard Douglas, M.P. for Liverpool

•  George William Douglas (1859–1947) was a woollen and worsted dyer. He was born on 14 August 1859 at 26 Spring Gardens, Bradford, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the son of David Maitland Douglas and his wife, Margaret, née McConnal.

•  Rev. Henry Archibald Douglas-Irvine BA MA (1883–1962), a Douglas of Grangemuir; Vicar between 1932 and 1937 at Salton, Yorkshire, England (Holmfirth, West Yorkshire in 1917). His son, Walter Francis Edward Douglas was born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire in 1917

• George Keith Douglas Born 1904, Died 1949 Farfield Hall, Addingham, Skipton, West Riding of Yorkshire.

•  Claude Douglas (23 August 1852 - 9 June 1945) was Consulting Surgeon to the Infirmary in Bradford. He was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, the seventh child of James Douglas, MD, LSA

•  Reverend Archibald William Douglas 98 June 1870 - 23 March 1955 was Canon of Sheffield Cathedral.

•  Ian Douglas-Wilson (died 15 October 2013) was a British physician who was editor of The Lancet, a United Kingdom-based medical journal, from 1965 to 1976. He was born on 12 May 1912 in Harrogate, Yorkshire, England, the son of a spa doctor.

•  The former Miss Kate Middleton, The Countess of Strathearn, as she is known in Scotland, is descended from John Douglas of Yorkshire.

•  Richard Philip Douglas, CB (born 20 November 1956 in York, North Yorkshire), is a senior civil servant

•  David John Douglass political activist and writer. He worked as a coal miner in the coalfields of Durham and South Yorkshire

•  The Kidson family, a Douglas sept, may have had their origins in Yorkshire.


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