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Sir Archibald Douglas was the son of William Douglas, the 1st Earl of Queensberry, and Isabel (Kerr) Douglas. He had to have been born either in or before his mother died in 1628. He was the founder of the Douglases of Dornock. He filed his Will on December 11, 1679, and died either on or after that date.
There are some discrepancies in the records listed here.
In his book, The Heraldry of the Douglases: With Notes on All the Males of the Family, Descriptions of the Arms, Plates and Pedigrees., George Harvey Johnston gives his descendants as follows:
First, Sir Archibald has 2 sons:-
1.) William Douglas of Dornock: Johnston states that he has multiple Wills and that they were recorded on May 25, 1717, March 29, 1736, and February 22, 1750. Johnston says that he married Alison Pennycook, who recorded her Will in January of 1698.
2.) Major Archibald Douglas: of whom Johnston says he recorded his Will in January 1710. Johnston records no sons for him.
Next, William Douglas of Dornock has 1 son:-
1.) James Douglas of Dornock: of whom Johnston says he married Isabella Man.
Johnston lists 3 sons for James Douglas of Dornock:-
1.) James Douglas of Dornock: Johnston says that he marries Philadelphia Johnstone, who was the daughter of the 1st Baronet of Westerhall, Sir John Johnstone.
2.) John Douglas: of him, Johnston says he recorded his Will on September 13, 1717. No children listed.
3.) William Douglas of Bodisbeck: Johnston says he died without offspring, and that his brother James was retoured as his heir on September 21, 1736. I presume this is when William Douglas of Bodisbeck died due to the definition.
Finally, James Douglas of Dornock, son of James Douglas of Dornock, has 1 son:-
1.) Archibald Douglas, of whom Johnston says was retoured heir to his uncle, William Douglas of Bodisbeck, on April 10, 1760. This is probably when Archibald's father died. Further, Johnston says that his sisters succeeded Archibald, which means that Archibald died without offspring.
Johnston wraps up by saying that Dornock was sold to the Dukes of Queensberry.
'The website, thepeerage.com, gives a different line of descent for Sir Archibald Douglas.
The website lists 2 sons for Sir Archibald (in bold):
1.) William Douglas
William Douglas, son of Sir Archibald, had 1 son:-
1.) William Douglas
William Douglas, son of William Douglas, had 1 son:-
1.) James Douglas
James Douglas, son of William Douglas, had 2 sons:-
1.) William Douglas: no issue, lived at Bodsbeck, Scotland.
2.) James Douglas: who on 28 April 1703, married Philidelphia Johnstone, the daughter of Sir John Johnston, 1st Bt. and Rachel Johnstone.
They had 5 children:
1.) Clementine (Douglas) Fergusson: who married Robert Fergusson of Craigdarroch, son of Alexander Fergusson, 14th of Craigdarroch and Annie Laurie. They had one daughter named Philidelphia (Fergusson) Loughnan, who had more descendants which I shall not list here.
2.) Archibald Douglas: died without issue.
3.) Philidelphia (Douglas) McMurdo: who married Robert McMurdo of Dumgans. No children listed.
4.) William Douglas: who was born and baptized on November 22, 1703. He was baptized at Edinburgh, Scotland. No children listed. As his brother was also named William Douglas, it is likely he died before his brother William was born.
5.) William Douglas: who was born and baptized November 25, 1704, at Edinburgh, Scotland. No children listed.
2.) Major James Douglas: born 1634, and died after 1663 in Jamacia, his Will dated that same year.
Major James Douglas had 1 son:-
1.) Thomas Douglas: born 1616 and died 1717. He married a Lady Watson in Jamaica.
Thomas Douglas had 1 son with her:-
1.) Samuel Douglas: born 1700, he married Ms. James, daughter of Robert James.
They had 1 son:-
1.) Samuel Douglas: born about 1720, he married Isabella Moncrieffe. Samuel worked as a merchant in Kingston, Jamaica.
Samuel and his wife had 1 son:-
1.) Robert Douglas: born 1750. Robert had a son, Samuel Douglas, whose descendants I shall not list here.
That is all for thepeerage.com.
It looks as if there is confusion on who the sons of Sir Archibald were, and how many he had. Together, the 2 sources list 3 sons for Sir Archibald:-
1.) William Douglas of Dornock: Johnston states that he has multiple Wills and that they were recorded on May 25, 1717, March 29, 1736, and February 22, 1750. Johnston says that he married Alison Pennycook, who recorded her Will in January of 1698. thepeerage.com also lists a William Douglas who is a son of Sir Archibald, which means they are one and the same.
2.) Major Archibald Douglas: of whom Johnston says he recorded his Will in January 1710. Johnston records no sons for him, but that does not mean he had none, Johnston could have omitted them for lack of space. This is reinforced by the fact that Johnson does not say that Major Archibald died without issue or without offspring. thepeerage.com does not list Major Archibald.
3.) Major James Douglas: born 1634, and died after 1663 in Jamacia, his Will dated that same year. A son and descendants are given on thepeerage.com. Geroge Harvey Johnston does not list a Major James.
It seems that numbers 2 and 3 above could possibly be one and the same. However, the Wills are recorded have different dates and first names. While some people probably did record more than 1 Will for various reasons, such as when they needed to be updated, it seems that most of the time only the Will that was used upon their death is listed in genealogies. It is also possible the either James or Archibald was a middle name, but they were rare in Scotland until about 1780. Numbers 2 and 3 also held the same military rank of Major, but there is no reason to believe that there cannot be 2 brothers who hold the same military rank. The evidence here seems to support numbers 2 and 3 being separate persons.
It is possible that the parents for numbers 2 and 3 are wrong for 1 or both of them, and that cannot be discounted yet. More research is needed to be done to check this out.
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