Douglas (and variants) Surname Project - Goals

1.We seek to characterize the Old Douglas lines (eg Red, Black, and Morton Douglases and others). We are seeking Y DNA samples from Douglas males who can trace their lines to William De Douglas c1174.
We hope that with enough samples we can “define” these lines so that modern Douglases who have lost their connections with the Douglas lines can compare their results and be re-united (genealogically) with their origins.

2.We will also define the profiles of those families who cannot yet establish their connections to the Old Lines. We may be able to establish previously unknown connections in the modern families. However as we establish the genetic profiles of the modern lines it will be interesting to see if they can connect into the Old Lines.

3.With enough data we may be able to learn something about the origins of the Douglas clan. It has been thought that all of the modern Douglases are descended from Willem de Duglis (1174) and his sons. But there was at least one other Douglas who pre-dated Willem. This was Sholto, and his descendants are now in Italy and use the name of Scotti-Douglas, or Douglas-Scotti. In other clans a number of families grouped together, taking the name of the local area, and formed the clan. Did this happen in the Douglases? Were there a number of early Douglas progenitors?

4.Willem De Duglis was thought to be a Viking. We may be able to add more data to this discussion.