Doug Laidlaw

Doug Laidlaw

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Doug J. Laidlaw
Born 1940s.
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Brother of [private brother (1940s - unknown)] and [private sister (1940s - unknown)]
Father of [private daughter (1970s - unknown)], [private daughter (1970s - unknown)] and [private daughter (1980s - unknown)]
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Profile last modified 26 May 2020 | Created 7 Jan 2014 | Last significant change: 25 May 2020
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The Laidlaws are an accepted sept of Clan Scott. The Australian Clan Scott Association went defunct, and the current one is not very active, but I have been accepted for membership.


Douglas was born in 1943. Douglas is still living, if only just. Was a first baby, and a breech birth resulted in neurological deficiencies. As well, he inherited major depression from his Boykett ancestors, (descended from [Boykett-4].) At 75, he is becoming confused and forgetful. If anything looks wrong, please speak up.

All I ever wanted to be, is an ordinary, unmarried man, like Henry Higgins. But like him, I was told that I had no input into deciding. Either gender is sufficient without the other, as the BBC experiment proved, but women need a man to destroy.

John Bernie (living) is my wife's first cousin.

Research Notes

I seem to have added as many as possible from my own trees. I will clean up my outstanding GEDCOMS, then leave my data here for others to mess up. There are "Golden Rules" of genealogy. There are many sets available by a Web search. I still use the 10 Rules published every month in Australian Family Tree Connections (now defunct.) The fundamental rule is:

"Never accept another genealogist's work implicitly." Any genuine researcher will thank you for alternative info, with evidence to support it. will give you the results with the largest "copy and paste" brigade, regardless of accuracy. has records, which are reliable, and family trees, which are contributed and not verified. The latter are no more reliable than trees found elsewhere. Euclid told the King of Syracuse that there is no "royal road" to geometry. The same is true of genealogy.

Another Rule is "Never believe everything in a BDM certificate." They are not certified as accurate. Some of the people mentioned were unable to write. Birth and death information is only the best belief of the informant. Even in a court of law, certificates are only "evidence," alongside other evidence.

To believe, either (a) that there is no country in the world besides the USA; or (b) that connections can be established within 100 degrees between all the people in the world, many of whom don't speak English, and many of whom have no or inadequate documentation; or even (c) that the population is not in a constant state of flux

is no more than an American fantasy.


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Every Australian has a story to tell.
My wife's mother's maiden name. The surname Bernie was originally Norman. It exists in Scotland and Ireland. John [Bernie-17] had done much before I arrived here.
Thomas Boykett, Congregationalist and political activist. Came to Adelaide South Australia in 1853 with 3 of his 4 sons and two unmarried sisters. They accompanied Judge Benjamin BOOTHBY, but travelled separately. The name Boykett is (or was) represented in Australia and New Zealand by this family only, but it is a variant of Boycott. My own project is at [1].
My Laidlaw ancestors lived in Roxburgh, Scotland. They migrated to Melbourne, Australia in 1870.
My Boykett ancestors came to Adelaide, and there are other links as well.
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Doug Laidlaw's DNA has been tested for genealogical purposes. It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Doug or other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA. It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Doug:

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Hi Doug, Our dear relative, Alfred Edward Clarke has certainly got numerous entries in his profile. I do really appreciate the help and support you have given me with the Clarke side of my ancestry. Keep well Doug and I hope to hear from you again soon. Regards. Mike
posted by Michael Clarke
He isn't the only one, Mike. It may come from accepting all the numerous records that suggest.
posted by Doug Laidlaw
Hi Doug, No I don't think we have sorted out Alice Nicholson/Stewart. I haven't done much research lately though and should really get back into it. Robyn Flemming is the one who made the connection in Wikitree so maybe she knows more. She and I have chatted prior to internet trees like this and I know her research is normally pretty reliable.
posted by Sue Brown
Wilson-35952 and Wilson-62314 were set as rejected matches I simply removed them as a rejected match and any connection between the two.

Wilson-35952 is not matched up with anyone now

I don't know who suggested it or who set them as a reject match but it wasn't Ancestry.

posted by Melissa McKay

I have no idea what you mean by

"Whoever matched the two Wilsons? Since one was in the USA and one in Scotland, only could have suggested it."

Which Wilson in USA is matched to what Wilson in Scotland?

posted by Melissa McKay
Thanks for your thoughts, Shoshanah. It is all Justice Benjamin Boothby's fault. He is the only Australian Judge to be sacked twice. His son William was Best Man at the wedding in England of my ancestor, William Boykett. If he had not been appointed, the Boyketts would not have come out, bringing their genes for depression with them.
posted by Doug Laidlaw
Hi Doug, I am sorry to read below of your health problems.

I refer to your recent comment on the Australia Project and Convicts after the Third Fleet. It is my understanding and experience of Wiki Tree and DNA Genealogy is that all and any participation is completely voluntary. Take care, Shoshanah

posted by Shoshanah Luckie
My health is deteriorating. I don't know how long I can continue. I seem to have completed the core of my family tree, enough that I now have direct connections to the Anchors every week, instead of via my wife's relatives. For a while, I will confine myself to cleaning up profiles and dealing with queries.
posted by Doug Laidlaw
In answer to your question about categories, I have sent you a private message.

Plus: an answer is provided here from the Wikitree GtoG forum that I see you have been an active participant of in the past.

I hope that this helps

posted by Shoshanah Luckie
Further to my comment of 20 Aug, I have now received my DNA results. They tell me very little of relevance that I haven't found the hard way. To paraphrase Euclid, there is no "royal road" to genealogy. The modern loneliness is spiritual, and DNA is not the answer to it. says that being like 24% of respondents is the same as "unique!!" MyHeritage is worse.

Wikitree suggests that I prove that my parents really are my parents by further testing. That sounds like trying to prove that DNA has a use, even an unnecessary one. One woman did just that, and it backfired: her mother's husband wasn't her biological father!.

posted by Doug Laidlaw
Gillian, I simply pile on names with a minimum of verification. One day, I will add BDM references. Others do a lot more than me.

I have sent off my DNA sample, not because I believe in it, but because everybody wants me to. DNA can confirm the paper trail, but it can never be a replacement, as some seem to think. According to DNA research, no men existed before the 18th cent. It is a bit like the Mad Hatter's watch: "I told you butter wouldn't suit the works." March Hare: "But it was the _best_butter!" Or more accurately: "If the data doesn't support the hypothesis, discard the data."

posted by Doug Laidlaw
Hi Doug

On behalf of the Australia Project leadership team, we're carrying out a Project Members Check-in to see if you are still interested in being involved as an active member of the project. In particular, we are ready to launch our new teams for the project. Please could you let me know what team/s you would like to contribute to. A list of teams is on the Australia Project page. Please respond by private message.

We really appreciate your enthusiasm in working on Australian profiles on WikiTree, and thank you for all the work you have been doing. We look forward to hearing back from you and that you will decide to be part of the project as we move forward with the new teams for the project. Regards, Gillian

posted by Gillian Thomas

Doug is 27 degrees from Donald Howard, 23 degrees from Julia Howe and 22 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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