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No. 15:  Trying to do better in 2017
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Dear Clansmen and Clanswomen,

It has been some time since I last shared a newsletter with you.  I did promise not to bombard you with correspondence, but I had not intended that so long should pass between one newsletter and the next.

I am involved with a community group in Lanarkshire who are hoping to acquire the little that is left of the Douglas Support estate from descendants of the Douglas family. None of the trustees who own the estate are Douglases, so the family connection is all but lost. However, the remaining land is a lovely, if uncared for, area lying astride the under-construction M8 motorway and would be an asset for the local community.

I attended the funeral of the Earl of Morton at Dalmahoy in March 2016, and had the honour of holding a cord at the internment. He was a generous host, as many Douglases from around the world can attest. Sadly, the Countess died a short time later.

Whilst it is disappointing that the Clan Douglas Association of Australia has folded its tent and departed there is good news that The Clan Douglas Society of Australia was officially formed on the 2nd of December 2016 at the Burns Club, Canberra. The wonderful contribution to Douglas heritage made by Jan Shaw and her team has been much appreciated and It is good the Andrew Douglas is able to continue their work.

It was my pleasure to accompany a Douglas family from Australia when they visited Bothwell and Douglas a few months ago. If you are visiting Scotland, please do get in touch - it would be good to meet up.

Yours aye,

William Douglas
Compiler
The Douglas Archives
 

Once exclusive to CDAA members and descendents of Robert Douglas of Kangaroo Point and Glenbervie/Cruixton Douglas line, the much awaited update to the family history publications, A Douglas! A Douglas! and Never Behind by Mary Smith and Janet Shaw is now available as an e-publication.

This history of the Douglas family from 1174 - 2015 was originally published in 1986 and updated in 2000.

The ebook includes the Births, Deaths and Marriages since the 2000 update. As few families can trace their ancestry for 26+ generations, this is a book which every member of the family can afford and should have on their bookshelf.

But you do not have to be Australian to enjoy this book! If you are a descendant or Douglas of Cruixton or Glenbervie, or of Robert Douglas of Ardrossan, then you will find much of interest here.

Download an order form here>>>

Clan gatherings


I enjoy reading about the various Douglas clan gatherings around the world, though sadly not in Scotland.

Here we have the Douglases of Southern California.

If you have attended such an event, then please share the details. I would also like to hear of other Douglas Facebook groups.

The Clan Douglas Society of North America has recently updated the list of forthcoming festivals
Ancestral Charts

Ky White, assisted by his wife, C[ndi, have produced family trees for a wide variety of families around the world.  I had been considering having my tree, complete with family armorial bearings, drawn for sometime.

2016 was to have been the year of exploration of the Douglas family in France, but instead I blew the budget on having my ancestral chart done.

Ky worked hard to produce my amazing chart, accepting changes without (audible) complaint.

Any errors - and there is one - are entirely due to myself. But will anyone notice?

Ancestral Charts
Coats of arms
Unknown 

I have received several family trees during 2016. One is emblazoned with the heraldic shields of the various branches and families. But one is untitled.

The centre is the arms of the Douglases of Lochleven and the Earls of Morton. But the checkered (checky) border is unknown to me.

Can anyone help?

John Douglas,
21st Earl of Morton
 

John Charles Sholto Douglas (19th March 1927 - 5 March 2016) proved an able farmer and cattle breeder, owning land both in Scotland and England: in the latter his farm in Wiltshire was particularly innovative after he founded his own livestock company. He was a great and ebullient enthusiast who embraced many aspects of life in his career: entrepreneur, farmer, cattle dealer, polo player and a loving family man.

Seen in the above photograph, he was hosting a reception at Dalmahoy for the the 2014 Clan Gathering.
 
Cavers

I have written about Cavers Castle before, describing how the ruinous property seeks a new owner.

Earlier, in 2016, I was approached by someone interested in acquiring the building seeking a point of contact with a member of the family.

This led to my receiving a copy of the Palmer Douglas family tree, for which I am most grateful. Transcribing this is just one of a number of outstanding tasks on my to-do list.

A couple of plates once owned by the family were sold recently.  Sadly, the asking prices were well outside my budget.
Andrew Hillhouse

Fascinated since youth by epic tales of Scottish heroes, Andrew Hillhouse combined his interest in historical research with his experience in the production of detailed architectural drafting to produce authentic period reconstructions of individuals, events, equipment and landscapes.

I have been a fan of his images of the Scottish Wars of Independence for some time.

He has captioned this as 'Bring It On - The Black Douglas'.

More can be found on his website

2016 seems to have been a year of discovering family trees which had eluded me previously.


Work on developing my knowledge and understanding of the European Douglases has been fun, but slow, so I enjoyed finding Gustav Otto Douglas's tree on this Danish website.
The website

The Douglas Archives are held in three sections: The genealogy database, the history and biographical section and our community forum. All grow in size, almost daily, though it must be admitted that December was a slow month.

Many of the changes are small; minor detail alterations, corrections, and maybe an image added.  These are often a result of a kind contributor making contact and sharing knowledge.

At today's count, the history section has 8,883 files and 5,483 images. The genealogy section records details of 182,314 individuals in 76,029 families. 

I am grateful to all those who have helped build this collection, and help to keep me right.

A Lock Sicker!
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