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Doig Digest

Year Of The Snake

Legend of Chinese New Year

No one is quite sure exactly when or where the festival originated. Legend has it that once upon a time, there was a monster called Nian that attacked Chinese villages every spring, eating anything that came its way – people, animals, plants and the odd building. One spring, villagers hung red paper on their doors and threw bamboo on a fire when it arrived. The monster was so startled by the bright colours and loud crackling noise of the burning bamboo that it turned and fled. Today the word“ nian” is the Chinese word for year.

Feb 10, 2013

In Chinese astrology, the snake is associated with beauty and wisdom. At first, snakes may appear to be slow-moving, slithery, serene creatures, but they are also known to embody esoteric knowledge and spiritual discovery which is why they are sacred to many ancient cultures around the globe.

To date we know of no Doig who has died of a snake bite ….

Unless you know better?

Dear Doig Cousin,

Did you know that ‘Doig’ is an ancient and distinguished Scottish Name?

Doig’s can be traced back throughout Scottish History, as far as the sixth century. The Doig Family Society was established in 2004 with the primary objective of promoting the Doig Family. We invite you to attend the next International Gathering of the Doig Family Society. This exciting event will be held from Friday July 18th to Sunday 20th 2014 inclusive. All are welcome! Including your neighbours; come and join members of the Doig Family Society from all over the world.

Doigs from Scotland, England, Wales, Canada, USA, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Peru, Malta and Switzerland likely to be there. Please bring the family along with you! Come to the Doig’s homeland in Central Scotland and explore your ancient family history, enjoy an experience to treasure for a lifetime!    Please start now to book for the Next Doig Please start now to book for the Next Doig World Gathering!

A word from our Chairman :- Kerr Doig

We will have a big job on our hands to emulate our last Canadian gathering in Perth, Ontario! It was fantastic, thanks be to Ian Doig in Perth Canada.

A big thank you to Mary and Henry, they saved the day for the society again by collecting and storing our Doig collection of memorabilia. (The Smith Museum had a flood which meant we had to find an alternative home for the Doig artefacts collection we are building up).

Henry has accumulated all the paperwork required for his Doig Coat of Arms application and will hand it to The Lord Lyon's office soon. More candidates still urgently required. I still dearly wish for Clan status please will you all help.

Just recently found out that the firm of Doig, McKechnie and Davies, art Dealers in Edinburgh were granted Royal Appointment Coats of Arms by QV, K. ED V11 and K.GV. Are there any more Doig firms out there?

Why are we telling you 18 months in advance?

Well once more there is to be a Scotland Homecoming in 2014 running throughout the year focusing on the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn on 24th June 2014. There is to be a new Visitor Centre at the site.

See http://www.battleofbannockburn.com/Home/
http://www.nts.org.uk/property/bannockburn/
http://www.homecomingscotland.com/
www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2010/05/25113855

Also the week after our weekend of activity the Commonwealth Games start in Glasgow only 30mls away. So you need to book your accommodation early. I mean soon.

There are plenty of places in and around Stirling but they will be full next year.

Stirling, Scotland. - Right in the centre of Scotland, this is truly historic territory, linking the Highlands and Lowlands. Many famous folk have passed this way. Some had a dramatic role to play in Scotland’s story like King Robert the Bruce, Sir William Wallace and Mary Queen of Scots. Others made their contribution to literature and in passing through the area, left their written or poetic impressions. In this category Robert Burns stands foremost. Our own Dr David Doig was headmaster of the Grammar School in Stirling around 1787. For more details about the area including places to visit, accommodation etc. please see – http://www.visitscottishheartlands.com/

 

DOIG INTERNATIONAL GATHERING 2014: - OUR VENUES

We will be based in Stirling at the Smith Museum and Art Gallery, situated right next to Stirling Castle, which has been booked for the 18th and 19th from 10.30.a.m. until 4.00. Not that we will be there all day.

What will we be doing? Obviously events and times will change; Meet and Mingle on Friday 18th 10.30 at The Smith – tea and coffee is available all day from the café there.

A trip to Lake of Menteith by bus will be offered, perhaps with the chance of looking around Thornhill. Ken (our Genial Geologist) will stay at the Smith during the day to be available for folk wishing to speak to him about personal records etc. A trip to the Doig graves in Kilmadock can be arranged for those interested.

See:- http://www.doig.net/Kilmadock_Kirkyard.html.

Saturday: there will be a few guest speakers possibly Jock Ferguson, an AGM which will not take long (honest). A 20 min video of our sadly departed friend David Ross. A ceilidh may be held on Saturday evening. On the Sunday we propose a free day to do as you please. Visit Stirling Castle / the Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre, Wallace Monument, Old Town Jail etc. A farewell dinner is to be arranged. Please let me know if you wish to attend this function as where we will dine for this meal will depend on the numbers. Please use the internet to do your own bookings!

The Kilmadock Trust & Society: - The Kilmadock Development Trust runs the Information and Heritage Centre at the Development Trust shop 52 Main Street, Doune, FK 16 6BW. It is involved in a wide range of activities, e.g. development of the Youth Project, interpretation boards on the path to Doune Castle, runs walking festivals and provides a base and meeting place for a number of local groups. It also has two employees. JOIN KILMADOCK DEVELOPMENT TRUST

If you would like to get further involved in community or heritage activities pop into the KDT, give us a call or email Nigel Bishop. Anyone who lives or works in approx.. a five mile radius of Doune is eligible to become a member for a one-off fee of £1. If you would like to join, please complete an Application Form from the Information Centre..

The Kilmadock Society is composed of volunteers; and has an annual fee: £5 adults, £2 Senior Citizens (over 60yrs of age), and junior. There are talks and periodic newsletters and again membership forms can be obtained. It is of note that the Society and the Development Trust are run in the main by the same people.

Book Cover
If you have any “Doig memorabilia” it would be appreciated if paper copies were sent to the Kilmadock Heritage Centre who would be most grateful to receive them This book about Doune & Deanston is available as are many other books and pamphlets about the area which are available from the Heritage Centre which is well worth a visit.

DOIG DNA

A lot of progress is being made as to setting up a DOIG DNA data base. An American site has been found which will assist with this aim. http://www.familytreedna.com/

The basic test of 12 Y-DNA is a good start but when you find you have a possible link to someone the larger Y-DNA test of up to 37 is ideal. The intention is to obtain volunteers from several Doig lines and submit for a test which will cost ~ $100. Costs will have to be met by the individual unfortunately. So if you are willing to volunteer please let the Society know via - ken@doig.net A mouth swab is all it takes.

1. You may have already close relatives on the DNA BASE

2. What were your ancestors up to? (Pleasures of our forefathers)  Ken can tell

3. Men only

THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE ON THE DOIG DNA LIST AT FAMILY TREE DNA IS GROWING!

There are now 39 Doig’s, Doige, Doak’s etc. listed : -

AND NOW A WORD FROM OUR GENIAL GENEALOGIST

The Slave Owners of Antigua and Jamaica

 By Ken Doig

James Doig was born in 1702 in Brechin, Angus, Scotland, the son of John Doig and Christian Mudie. His father was the Provost of Brechin, and his grandfather David Doig of Reswallie. We have identified over 8,000 related persons on this family tree at www.doig.net/DAVE1620.htm. James has illustrious distant cousins such as John Andrew Doig in England who publishes Doig’s Digest and our humourmeister Bruce Edward Doige in Canada.

James (1702-1759) inherited from his aunt, Ann (Doig) Franklyn, the lands of Rigbys in New North Sound, Antigua, West Indies. There he married Dorothy Thibou by whom he had 11 children. His eldest son William returned to Scotland, other sons dying young, until his 8th child and namesake, James Doig, inherited Rigbys. At age 15 this James (1743-1788) sired a child by Elizabeth Darby, also named James Doig. He married Elizabeth two years later in 1760, and they further had a daughter Elizabeth Lane Doig.

Daughter Elizabeth (1762-1821) married Joseph Buckley in 1801 in St. Johns, Antigua. She died prior to her mother, and on 27 April 1821 she bequeathed her two slaves, Nancy, age 26, black, and her daughter Eliza, age 4, coloured. Here the designation indicates that Eliza had a white father.

Son James (1758-1804) married Margaret Hurst in 1789 in Antigua, by whom he had three sons. He inherited Rigbys and accumulated a large number of slaves to run the plantation. Their eldest son John Hurst Doig (1793-1833) settled at Rendezvous Bay where in 1817 he had 40 slaves, and by 1832 43 slaves. Second son William Henry Doig (1795- ) continued Rigbys Estate with 69 slaves in 1817 and 60 in 1832. Slavery was outlawed in 1834 which reversed the Doig fortunes and became a crushing hardship on many of the liberated slaves..

Only William Henry Doig had a surviving son, also William Henry Doig (c. 1836-1895), who became a watchmaker in St. John’s, Antigua. Most of the surviving descendants immigrated to America, where there are a few of us about in New York and Florida.

And there is another possible DNA legacy of our early ancestors. Contrary to expectations none of the slaves on the Doig estates had any surname. There are slaves with the surname Doig, but they belonged to other slave holders. Recorded are: Dolly Doig, born c. 1758, black; Patience Doig, born c. 1765, black; George Doig, born c. 1768, black; Mary Doig, born c. 1788, Black; Sally Doig, born c. 1788, black; Charles Doig, born c. 1798, coloured; Jacob Doig, born c. 1811, black; Betsey Doig, born c. 1821, black. The designation of coloured for Charles Doig indicates he had a white father. The surname may only indicate they were sold from the original Doig estate.

Also on this tree is Archibald Doig (1718- ) who in 1746 was listed as a merchant in Jamaica. And, Andrew Doig (1756-c. 1847) recorded in 1802 as in Jamaica. There may be some connection to the Jamaican slaves listed below.


Also residing in Jamaica was Dr. Patrick Doig (1762-1833), the son of Dr. David Doig, who ran the Grammar School in Stirling just below the castle. Some of us will remember eating at the restaurant now in the old school. (Perhaps we can do that again at the 2014 Doig Reunion). This family is at http://www.doig.net/HENX1605.htm.

Patrick had a slave Samson listed in 1817 and 1821. In 1824 he had 4 slaves. Noted on the early records are his attorney David Aird, the son of Patrick’s sister Isabella. Patrick and his wife Jane Austin only had a son David who died as a youth, with no known descendants from this tree.


We sail over to Jamaica where we find Paul Doig (1793-1845), born on Murdieston Farm near Thornhill by Doune with many distant cousins, including myself and other founding members of the Doig Family Society such as Kerr Doig and Dr. Henry Doig in Scotland and other descendants in Canada. We have this branch at http://www.doig.net/PAUL1762.html.

In 1832 Paul had African slaves George (age 38), William (age 53), and a female Chance (age 55). In Paul’s will he acknowledged himself with 3 children by unnamed mothers, and afterwards 6 children by Mary Reid. By the unnamed mothers he sired James Paul Doig (worked as a seaman), Mary Ann Doig, and Paul Doig. Paul (1819- ), mulatto, who at the age of 10 months was in the possession of Robert Newton Jerrett in Trelawney. (Paul’s grandson was Elmo Henry Doig (1923-2010) who you will find in Who’s Who in Black America. Cousin Elmo was a fine gentleman with whom I had many warm phone conversations.)

Also in the contemporary records in 1823 for St. Clarendon Parish, Jamaica are Joseph Doig, age 1-1/2, mulatto, by mother Mary Richardson, in the possession of Henry Doig. In 1829 Joseph was owned by David Doig, along with Elizabeth Ann Doig, age 5. In 1832 David Doig owned William Doig, age 48, Negro; Thomas Doig, age 50, Negro, and Sarah White Doig, age 46, creole. I don’t know to which tree these belong.

Thomas Doig was christened on 21 Feb 1818 in St. Elizabeth Parish, Jamaica with no parents listed. He is recorded as a sambo slave. A sambo was usually the offspring of a black and a mulatto. It does not list his age. The possible wife or mother was Sarah Williams Doig, a Negro woman the property of Roslyn Castle and aged about 40 years, who was baptized on the 11th of November 1821 in St. Elizabeth Parish. Also I do not know to whom these are related, as with several other Jamaican slaves.

Skin tone is unfortunately still a dividing line for many. But I once found it can be worse. Some years ago I stayed in a B & B in Kirriemuir, and the landlady asked in rolling Scottish, “Are ye here for the hunting season?” “No,” I replied, “just following my family tree. I am glad I am Scottish and not from someplace like North Africa.” She corrected me with, “Oh, Lad, it could have been worse. Ye might have been English.”

RICHARD “TARTAN” DOIG has Doig Tartan goods available, ties, scarves, plaids, etc.

Order your Doig Tartan Kilt see www.thekiltshop.co.uk

Richard has shops in Aberfeldy, Blairgowrie, Brechin, Carnoustie, Dundee, Forfar, Montrose & Kirriemuir

Sue and Ian Doig with the Doig Society Banner

FAMOUS DOIG’S

Christopher Keith Doig

Christopher Keith Doig

Message from brother John:- The obituary is excellent he was truly amazing with his multivariate talents to see him awarded a State Memorial Service was a truly astounding experience but was well deserved. We in the family felt his contribution and talent fully justified a Knighthood which seems often given for much less.

Christopher Obituary Comments

Distinguished Guests, Family and friends we three have shared so many wonderful experiences with Chris that we simply didn’t quite know how we could encompass or acknowledge all his achievements and we decided therefore to try and catch the essence of the man by way of anecdote.

It was Clifton Cook the music master at CBHS who first appreciated and recognized the potential that Chris possessed. Given his clear preference for sport he was extremely reluctant to be singled out for grooming as a potential soloist so I volunteered to participate in the singing lessons too. We would go each week in consecutive slots. Needless to say I was not the one destined for stardom.

Chris received an early introduction to best business practice namely that failure to perform could have consequences. Mum and Dad didn’t believe in pocket money but provided well for our sporting and recreational needs they did, however, support individual industry. Our Dad, Roger was the group Managing Director for Suckling Industries, a large conglomerate of shoe manufacturing businesses. As young teenagers Christopher and I were appointed as gardeners at their headquarters in Dundas St. We were expected to mow the lawns weekly, keep the gardens weed free and tend to the roses each Saturday morning.

On one particular Saturday CK just wouldn’t get up to join me as I left for work. Dad gave him an ultimatum and did not get the desired response, then from I bedroom to the next Chris was sacked whilst neither left their beds.

 That Christmas school holidays Chris proudly announced he had a job working as a toilet cleaner at Christchurch International Airport. The employer was the Airport GM, Ivan Jamieson father of the Jamieson boys who were close school friends and who are present here today.

Dad responded by telling CK that he had reached his appropriate career level. As we all know that prediction proved a serious misjudgement on our father’s part.

Chris was always hugely competitive he simply hated losing at anything. I well remember the time when we were playing the 15th hole at Hanmer Springs a tight par 3 with trees and a ditch along the right hand side. Dayle Hadlee was I think 1 up when Chris sliced his 5 iron into the trees and the ball cannoned down into the ditch. CK volatile as he often was then whirled the club around his head in the manner of a hammer thrower meaning it to fly down the fairway instead it lodged about 30 feet up across the branches of the offending tree. While we three others in the foursome rolled around laughing helplessly he tried to dislodge it with hurled pine cones and then stood back and threw his number 1 wood boomerang style in an attempt to knock it down. You can guess the rest the club struck the branch and snapped mid shaft so now we had the pieces of the wood on the deck and the 5 iron was still up the tree. Whilst the rest of us remained convulsing with laughter he did eventually knock it down with other pieces of missile that were to hand.

I guess I first realized just how truly exceptional CK’s voice was with the Mobil Song Quest win in 1972 but then whilst Chris, Jane and the children were in Vienna and we were living in Glasgow we had the joy and pride of seeing him perform in the major opera houses in Europe. I still remember the thrill of the phone call in late 1979 I think it was when he rang to say he had been asked to sing David in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger in the Vienna State Opera his first major role. He wanted me to come over so he could share the experience with one of the bros. He sang beautifully was enthusiastically received and had numerous curtain calls. Backstage afterward I was stunned to find masses of fans still waiting for autographs and to present bouquets at least an hour post performance.

A special memory of more recent years was when Susan and I travelled to Spain and along with our dear friends David and Jenny Stevens from UK and Fini and Giselher Marek from Austria heard Chris sing Don Jose in Carmen in the famous Liceu Theatre in Barcelona. A fantastic performance in all respects but the abiding memory was the theatre’s practice of showing on a notice board outside the upcoming season’s operatic stars listed in alphabetical order in two columns by gender. We looked down the list and saw Jose Carreras, Chris Doig and Placido Domingo. Here he was with his name flanked by two of the greatest tenors of all time. I guess that brought it home to me that he was truly an operatic star.

Over the last 25 years, Susie and I have loved being with Suzanne and Chris sharing in the many wonderful performances in opera houses throughout Australia and New Zealand and these memories continue to mean a great deal to us both.

Chris you have been a tremendous brother, a companion, a role model and at times an adversary but above all a fantastic and larger than life friend of whom we are all immensely proud.

He was an opera star, artistic mover and shaker, former New Zealand Cricket chief executive and member of the New Zealand Rugby Union board.

Prime Minister John Key said the country had lost a remarkable New Zealander with Mr Doig's death. "I am saddened to learn of the passing of Chris, who I was fortunate to get to know in recent years and to see just last week," Mr Key said.

"Chris was a remarkable New Zealander – he made a great contribution to our country in both culture and sport. Even in his final days he was helping the people of Christchurch as a driving force behind the Placido Domingo concert which raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for arts in the city."

In an interview with Fairfax Media in June, Doig said he was treating his cancer as "another project that I have to deal with”.

 "I've led such an amazing life that I have no regrets. I'm sanguine about the whole thing. I'm certainly not angry or pissed off.

"I just happen to be incredibly pragmatic about it, perhaps because I've had such a charmed life."

Christopher Keith Doig, CNZM, OBE (4 April 1948[1] – 13 October 2011) was a New Zealand opera singer and sports administrator. In 1972 he won New Zealand's Mobil Song Quest and subsequently became principal tenor at the Vienna State Opera. Later in his career he was appointed chief executive of New Zealand Cricket and was a member of the New Zealand Rugby Union board. He was awarded an OBE for his service to the arts in 1992, and in June 2011 was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Doig died on 13 October 2011 after a two-year battle with bowel cancer, aged 63

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/prime-minister-attend-chris-doig-s-service-4472883/video

John Doig

Profile on John Doig (Chris’s Brother)

Medical Training

John Doig graduated in Medicine from Otago University in 1973 then determined to pursue a career in Obstetrics and Gynaecology undertook post-graduate training at Christchurch Women’s Hospital (CWH) and at Queen Mother’s Hospital and the Western Infirmary in Glasgow. John completed Specialist qualification MRCOG in 1979 and whilst in Scotland undertook research in Fetal Cardiac Physiology.

He returned to CWH in 1981 and was appointed Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in 1983 entering private practice that year. He became a Clinical lecturer for Otago University and in1996 was appointed as Senior Lecturer.

In 1982 John was awarded Foundation Fellowship (FRNZCOG) with the then Royal New Zealand College of O&G. He became FRCOG in 1992 and FRANZCOG in 1999.

Special Interests

In the late 1980s and early 90s John Doig, with Mark Insull and Wayne Gillett pioneered and promoted excisional endometriosis surgery throughout New Zealand.

In 1990 John Doig and friend and colleague Michael Laney led the fund raising initiative which established the Reproductive medicine Foundation Charitable Trust opening the IVF unit at Christchurch Women’s Hospital.

In 1996 Michael Laney, Michael East and John with 2 other surgeons opened Oxford Clinic Hospital and the associated therapeutic centres. The three with younger associates have promoted Advanced Endoscopic Surgical techniques at several conferences and workshops. OCWH developed the first Endometriosis Treatment Centre in 1996 and in 2001 they established the Oxford-Ethicon Endoscopic Surgical Fellowship, which is internationally recognized as a centre of excellence in sub-specialty training.

John retired from active clinical practice in December 2009

Professional Profile

After terms on the Council and Education and Training Committee of the RNZCOG, John became Chairman of the NZ National Committee of the RANZCOG after the Australian and New Zealand Colleges combined in 1999.

John has been primary or co-author of 14 scientific publications

Trustee of the New Zealand Endometriosis Foundation 1994

Hon Surgeon to Canterbury Jockey Club for over 20 year

Personal Profile

Married to Susan and with 4 adult children and 3 grandchildren, John is enjoying semi-retirement whilst continuing to work in an administrative role with Oxford Clinic Women’s Health.

John has been successfully involved in Thoroughbred Breeding and Racing for several years. He also continues to sing with the Kilmarnock Edition and has made 4 commercial recordings over the 25 years of performance. His other interests include golf and both fresh and salt-water angling.

John is also involved with the Kilmarnock Edition a folk band. See: - http://www.kilmarnockedition.net/Welcome.html Not to be confused with the Scottish band of the same name.

Memberships

Since retirement from clinical practice John Doig has been awarded life memberships of RANZCOG, RCOG, Australian Gynaecological Endoscopy Society (AGES) and Endometriosis New Zealand (ENZ)

In 2011 John was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) by RANZCOG for services to the specialty in Advanced Endoscopic Surgery and in Management of Endometriosis.

Doig Medal

The Doig Medal

The Fremantle Football Club gives out annually the Doig Medal. The Doig Medal is awarded to the best player of the season, and is named for all the great Doig players in the Western Australian Football League. “Generation after generation will rise and must succeed as these Doigs come from hard and true steel and ring true. And thus we may say, “men may come and men may go, but the Doigs go on forever.”

http://www.george.doig.com.au/articles/the-greatest-family-of-footballers.html George Doig and Western Australia Family http://www.george.doig.com.au/

And now for someone younger;-

Alfie Witcombe:- future Somerset / England Cricketer?

“I wanted to let you know the details of the bowling performance of our Captain, Alfie Witcombe at a game against Westlands U10s for the records and a possible mention in next years Handbook in the Youth Merit section”.

Alfie bowled 3 overs, taking a hat trick (C-WK; B; B) in the final three deliveries of his first over and ended up with the following figures: 3 overs, 1 Run, 4 wickets and 4 extras ( 2 wides)

Picture:- Alfie with his mum Fiona nee Doig (my daughter)

Do you know of a location or a street near you named after the Doig Family? Please let us know. We know of Doig Street, Doig Place & Park in Thornhill, Scotland. A Rue Doig and a Doig River in Canada. Also a Doig Crescent in Stornaway named after Dr Henry Doig’s father, Dr Robert Doig MBE.

Doig Wine Merchant

John Doig appears in a bar in Leith Walk to the Estate of Alexander Doig, wine & spirit merchant of 1 and 3 Leith Walk, died 3/9/1878 one of the beneficiaries was Janet Doig & David Doig, Wine and spirit merchant of 5 Leith Walk. See http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=dave1681&id=I99 look at the base of picture.

Doig Wine Merchant

Another Doig find from around the world

Doig Coat of Arms at 43 Perry Street, Greenwich Village, New York City, located below the roof line.

The building was built in 1850 and renovated in 1967, the crest thought to be added during the renovation.

MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTIONS JOIN THE DOIG FAMILY SOCIETY TODAY!

Annual Membership subscriptions are now due for 2013 and our Treasurer would be pleased to receive monies to assist with running the Society! To pay annual subscriptionor to purchase a Life Membership, simply enter the amount in PayPal and send your payment to the Treasurer of the Doig Family Society - ianpdoig@yahoo.com

Alternatively, you can pay by Bank Direct Debit or cheque.

Life Membership £50. Annual Membership £10 or equivalent per person / per annum, Transfer money direct to our account in Scotland by requesting a form from Ian Doig our Treasurer ianpdoig@yahoo.com or myself john@doigsden.co.uk

WHY DO WE NEED YOUR SUBSCRIPTION?

1. Development of the Doig Family Society

2. To subsidise the Doig Gatherings

3. Archives, research and development

4. To achieve clan status

5. Financing the doig.net websites (currently no charge)

6. To pay for postage and printing of newsletter etc. (currently no charge).

Clan Registration.

The Doig Society in order to achieve Clan Status requires ten armigers to become a clan. Progress has been exceedingly slow and we may not attain this objective. At this point we have three. We really need others to follow suit and align these armigers via the Office of Lord Lyon.

What is required is as follows: - This is for a Grandfather ancestor who lived in Scotland but applied for to Lord Lyon.

1a Your Marriage Certificate

1b Your Father in Law's Marriage Certificate

1c/e All the Children's Birth Certificates (eldest son first, then any daughters)

2a Your Birth Certificate

2b Your  Fathers Marriage Certificate

3a Your  G/Fathers Birth Certificate

3b Your  G/Fathers Marriage Certificate

Cost is over £1000 but not paid up front. British Commonwealth. Anyone domiciled in Her Majesty’s overseas realms or the Commonwealth who has Scottish ancestry can apply. Foreign Countries. Anyone with Scottish ancestry can apply for a posthumous Grant of Arms to a Scottish ancestor. If born in England …. Tough! Please look to your family to achieve this aim for more details and information see www.doig.net

Doig Digest Index:-

The Stirling Castle Ball c.16th Century: - Did Jamie Dog collect this football for King James IV which is now lying in the Smiths Art Gallery and Museum?

Digest 2006/7

Post Cards

Digest 2007

Searching for Doigs by Kenneth Frank Doig:- Doig Family Society Genealogist

Digest 2006 and every edition onwards

(Please let Ken have copies of old photos of Doig’s, new ones also welcome and give permission or not to publish on the Web).

Books

Digest 2007

Doig Society memorabilia archive

Digest 2007 /Digest 2008

Charles Chree Doig: -Article from the Whisky Magazine http://www.whiskymag.com/ by Ian Buxton http://www.whiskymag.com/magazine/author/ian_buxton.html Whisky Pioneers :-ARCHITECT

Digest 2008/2010

Andrea Doig singer

Digest 2011

Wullie Doig songs

Digest 2011

The Doigs of Peru

Digest 2011

David Ross

Digest 2011

Federico Kauffmann Doig

Digest 2011

We are looking for new committee members to swell our ranks in particular those of you in Scotland. If we are to hold another gathering soon we will certainly need assistance with the organising also the post of Chairman and Secretary is waiting to be handed over. Again for practical reasons someone living in Scotland who feels they could take on this job would be most welcome. Please all of you put on your consideration caps with a view to participation

*** BOOK YOUR ACCOMODATION NOW ***

Yield not to Adversity: Na gèill do chruaidh-chas

Have a good year, peace, health, wealth and happiness to all.

The Doig FamilySociety

 


It means May Prosperity Be With You in Chineser> >

Well I hope that 2011 is as kind as 2010. With our Doig Gathering in Canada meeting up with so many friends old & new was certainly my highlight of the year. What a lovely place Perth Canada is and to have such a well known Doig as Ian living there was the icing on the cake.
For the Gathering Photos please look at www.doigsden.co.uk

Doig Artefacts :- No purchases of Doig memorabilia this year but if anyone wishes to donate Doig memorabilia then please send it to our Chairman Kerr Doig or just take it to the Stirling Smith Museum where our collection is held. Our Archivist Ken has recently had paid by the Society had some very old documents from around 1100AD transcribed. Also as soon as a couple of gold tassels arrive we can maybe put our Doig Banner in the Museum for safe keeping. The banner has been made by Sue Doig from Sydney Australia and donated by her husband Ian and herself. We are most grateful for the work of art. Thank you very much from all at the Society.



Another Dog find from around the world
Doig Coat of Arms at 43 Perry Street, Greenwich Village, New York City, located below the roof line.
The building was built in 1850 and renovated in 1967, the crest thought to be added during the renovation.

FINANCES :- At the end of 2010 Financial Year the Doig Family Society had a ~ £3500 in its bank account after expenses had been paid.  Subscriptions to the Doig Family Society became due on the 1st of January, at the rate of £10 per person per year. Your financial support would be greatly appreciated to enable the Society to move towards its objective of achieving official Clan status through the Lord Lyon’s Office. Society Members are requested to set up an Annual Standing Order by contacting the treasurer. A Life membership can also be obtained by a payment of £50 or equivalent. 

The Treasurer requests that when a subscription Standing Order is set up by a member that they let him know so that he will know who the subscription is from. An e-mail to our Treasurer ianpdoig@yahoo.com would be appreciated; this would save a lot of confusion and head scratching! Alternatively, subscriptions paid by PAYPAL or cheque, payable to the “Doig Family Society” and sent to the Doig Family Society Treasurer”, 2E Gillsland Road, Edinburgh, EH10 5BW.  The Treasurer is willing to answer any questions and provide further information (0131 228 2947).


Ian Doig proud son of Susan Doig  and Mark Doig from Ballwin USA
Ian is now 15 years old and still active in Scouting.  He has received 2 additional palms which means that he has been active for 3 more months of scouting and an additional 5 merit badges per palm.  Obviously we are proud of him!

Ian in his uniform right before the Eagle Ceremony. 

 

 


Have you heard the beautiful Andrea Doig?  Find her on You Tube singing some 19 songs

 Have you missed her? Tut tut.

Who has the oldest Doig image?  See Ken Doig’s web  www.doig.net/
on Robx 1713,Rev Thomas Doig Torryburn Fife, his son was the Doig eaten by a tiger in India.

The Scotsman June/1997
In this issue "The long Siege' tells of Capt James Doig(1547)who led a charge of 30 townsfolk against English soldiers who had taken over Broughty castle at the mouth of the Tay River. These civilians sported whatever weapons came to hand, such as axes, knives and pitchforks.

They were attacking professional soldiers. What followed was a running battle through the narrow closes and wynds of Dundee. The soldiers were driven out of the city and fled back to the safety of the castle. They left 35 dead behind them. James Doig was fondly remembered for his acts of bravery and leadership that day. He later became Provost (mayor) of Dundee.

Cousin Wullie up near Culloden has a band and is a composer if you wish to see some of his video clips then look at :-
http://vimeo.com/7273742

There is an official tartan site with our Doig tartan at http://tartanregister.gov.uk/tartanDetails.aspx?ref=944.


The Doigs of Chile By Ken Doig

Doig DNA has surfaced in Chile. Mary Jane Caroline Doig was born in Sept 1849 in Valparaiso, her father a mysterious David Doig. Her mother was Mary Elizabeth Humphries, born in 1825 in Bristol, England, the daughter of Edwin Humphries and Mary Oldershaw.

In a letter dated 23 Dec 1850 Mary Elizabeth wrote that her second husband was John Doig, a Scotsman, cabinet maker, who died "1 year and 9 months ago" and that his female child was born 6 month after his death. In a history of the Humphrey's family written in New Zealand, the writer, a family member, states that Mary's second husband, John Doig had left NZ in March 1844 on the same ship to Valparaiso, as Mary and her first husband, William Stone, and that Doig was a clerk in a gold mine in Chile. William Stone and a daughter had both died about 1845. Recent correspondence with the writer has failed to provide any firm details.

In 1855 Mary returned with her daughter to New Zealand and settled near Nelson. In 1857 she remarried to Benjamin William Rawlings. Her only surviving child by the three marriages was Mary Jane Caroline Doig.

Daughter Mary married on 10 Apr 1866 in Richmond, NZ to James Griffiths Roberts. Their three children wed and left a number of descendents in New Zealand with our touch of DNA.

So who is this David Doig?  No shipping records have been found that show any David Doig arriving in New Zealand by 1844. It would be nice to corroborate Mary’s 1850 letter.

Our Peruvian Doigs are all descended from John Doig, born 1792 in Maybole, Ayrshire, Scotland. He and his brother William were privateers in the service of Peru during its fight for independence. William, born 1798 in Maybole, later moved on to Chile. A pistol was recovered in 2006 from the wreck of the pirate ship “Peruana” off the coast of Australia the serial number of the weapon linked to this William Doig as probable owner.

John Doig had a son Juan David Doig-Baraona born 1831 in Lambayeque, Peru. He is thought to have visited his Uncle William in Chile. He was been tentatively linked as the mystery David Doig. However, this David went on to sire at least three more illegitimate children before marrying. He died in 1914 in Peru.

If you haven’t read about our Peruvian cousins you will find them at http://www.doig.net/Peru.htm. Visit the other link in this Doig’s Digest for more on one of the notable descendents, Federico Kauffmann-Doig.

Ah, then a rare find of the marriage record of David Doig and Maria Vargas on 13 March 1853 in Santiago, Chile. This lists him from Escosia, Chile, the son of David Doig and Monriel Deivar. Was this David or his father David the mystery David with New Zealand descendants?

Only find one child of David and Maria has been identified, Adela Doig. She married Tomas Clunes, and their six children have left our DNA spread in Chile. David and Maria may have had more children.

The trail disappears into the mist where we bump into a brick wall. Does anyone have better access to New Zealand shipping records or expedientes chilenos?

Our PERUVIAN Doigs continue to be active with visits to Uk and holding reunions in Peru. We had Vergilio Doig along with his Wife and Daughter over for the homecoming event in Scotland.
This from Federico Kauffmann Doig


http://www.maybole.org/news/2011/January/Ambassador_small.JPG

http://www.maybole.org/news/2011/January/feliznavidad_small.jpg

David Kiltie, Chairman of Maybole Community Council, received a surprise phone call on Hogmanay.  It was from Peru and on the other end of the line was Prof Dr Federico Kauffmann-Doig who had visited the capital of Carrick for the Year of Homecoming.  See Homecoming 2009

At that time, Fred, as he likes to be called, was the Peruvian Ambassador to Germany who had traced his family roots back to Maybole.

He was phoning to wish David and the people of Maybole a "Happy New Year and all the best for 2011"and went on to say that he has kept fond memories in his heart of his visit with his daughter Greta to the home of his ancestors and all the wonderful people he met who were so kind to him. He had also emailed Season's Greetings before Christmas.

Fred is a descendant of John Doig who was born in Maybole on June 24, 1792 and founded the Peruvian family of the Doigs after emigrating there in 1820. His brother William arrived in Peru some years later before finally emigrating to Chile. John Doig was the son of Jean Hutchison and David Doig who was a schoolmaster in Maybole and was appointed postmaster on August 13, 1792. David was born on February 15, 1740 in Maybole and died January 11, 1819.

John's grandfather, also David, was the schoolmaster in Maybole in 1740 and was again appointed schoolmaster on June 10, 1749. In 1756 he was Master of the Grammar School and on October 11, 1756 he became a councillor in the town. He died in 1784 at the age 0f 104.  John Loudon McAdam, the road builder, is perhaps the most famous ex-pupil of the Doig family.
Mr Kauffmann-Doig has a doctorate in archaeology, as well as a second doctorate in history. He has lectured at several of Peru's universities and as a visiting professor at the University of Bonn he taught Peruvian and American archaeology. His prolific professional work has been honoured with the title Amauta, the highest award given by Peru in the field of culture. He has twice received Peru's Premio Nacional de Cultura, and was the first Latin American to be awarded Sweden's Neubergh Medal. He has been decorated by the Peruvian government, as well as by the governments of Belgium, Austria and Sweden.
He is a member of Peru's National Academy of History, an Honorary Member of the Barbier-Mueller Museum in Switzerland,a Member of the Royal Academy of History in Madrid, and the founding director of the Institute of Amazonian Archaeology. He belongs to the Scientific Committee of the Centro Studi Ricerche Ligabue, in Venice, and, together with Giancarlo Ligabue, has made 14 expeditions to the Peruvian Amazonian Andes.

On www.maybole.org he is referred to as Maybole's "Indiana Jones". During his visit the ambassador showed some photos of his ancestor's furniture and a copy of a letter John had written to his mother in Maybole He also spoke about some other famous descendants of John Doig, including several generals, politicians, a chief justice of Peru's Supreme Court, architects and one, Herman Doig, who is being considered for sainthood!  Fred is also the author of several books and described his visit as "a dream come true".

I was very happy to visit the town of my Doig ancestor in Maybole in 2009, and to see the home where he was born. And specially to meet wonderful people there,  like David Kiltie and Peter Mason.  Much information is given of this account: see for a commentary www.maybole.org,  
Also
http://www.ayrshirepost.net/ayrshire-news/local-news-ayrshire/ayr-news/2009/03/13/maybole-visit-is-a-dream-come-true-for-ambassador-102545-23114530/


DAVID ROSS
We in the Doig Family Society were extremely fond of David Ross, we mentioned last year about the death of our friend David you can see a clip from the Doig Family Society meeting on Facebook at  http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Society-Of-William-Wallace/323120935714

David spoke for us at all our Scottish Gatherings. Kerr Doig our Chairman organised a  'Women of Scotland' Book Launch written by David,  on behalf of Dunfermline Archives and publishers Luath Press. A very special showing of the Doig First Gathering at The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum 2004, featuring only David's spot, the first on a big screen, fantastic, brought the house down! The Wallace Society were in tears, such was the emotion.(David died 2nd Jan 2010 aged just 51) Henry our Chief in waiting attended the funeral on behalf of the society

David Ross Book Launch Poster attached, Henry, Mary and Kerr attended.

Poem for David Ross by Rab Wilson

Ah wis totally dumbfoundit whan ah read aboot the daith o big Davie Ross! that daith cuid rax oot an tak wan o oor vera best when there's bastarts bi the score rinnin aboot oot there is juist unbelievable!
Ah didnae ken until ah seen a wee obituary in ane o the sunday papers. Wis there a bigger obit duin onywhaurs!? he shairly desairves mair than whit's bin written sae faur!?
Ah hae bin sittin warkin oan some new poems the day, it's a white wonderlaund ootside ma windae here, the kindae day that drags yer mind awa tae the hills! ah'm ettlin tae get three poems feenisht! which isnae bad battin! an ah hae the day entirely tae masel, which is great, an vera conducive tae gettin oan!
Onywey, Big Davie wis in ma heid an ah screived this sonnet in his memory; feel free tae dae whit ye like wiit!

Big Davie (In memoriam David R. Ross 1958 – 2010)
Weel micht the Saltires flee hauf mast the day,     
Fir ane o Scotia’s heroes, taen ower suin.
Why maun the saunds o time sae tentless rin,
Tae ayeweys tak the vera best we hae.
Ah’ve mind him! Cled in youthheid, buskit braw,
Thon tartan giant, wieldin targe, claymore!
His ‘Walk for Wallace’, dignity he bore,
Wi passion, pride, an smeddum maist o aa.
Naw, Davie didnae dee in some sauf bield,
He at Culloden dee’d, braidsword in haun,
He dee’d at Stirling Brig, else Bannockburn –
He’s taen wi aa the flooers o Flodden field.
Davie Ross, we’ll hain yer daithless name;
An friens wull sing yer michty speerit hame!

Whit a sad loss fir Scotland!

Aa best! RAB.


Message from our Chairman Kerr
Clan Status: - A final big push for clan status is required, we still require 7 Armigers. The cost rises every year, so best do it now!  See previous digest on how to achieve the Armiger status or request information.

How do the members feel about the Society giving a helping hand? Clan Rattray did it this way, why not us. Would Doig life members be willing to vote in favour of the society financing part of the application money?

We have ~ £3500 in the kitty and to obtain Armiger for one is over a £1000!. Or do you think it should be spent on the gatherings to keep costs down and to continue to build up the museum piecesand funding research into Dog / Doig archives ?
Please let us know we would be grateful for your views.

Which brings us to the next question :- Were and when for our next Gathering, we were looking ad Christchurch but that will have to wait a few years,  In 2014 there is to be another Homecoming event run to coincide with the Battle of Bannockburn. Homecoming Scotland is to host another Gathering in 2014 to celebrate the Battle of Bannockburn.  It was the 23rd of June, midsummer's eve 1314, the army of Edward II arrived before the Bannockburn ford so it would be around then we could hold an event also.  Please let us have your ideas regarding when; it will be getting late to go for 2012 soon!

A good website to look at if you are to visit Scotland is:- http://www.ancestralscotland.com/?dm_i=2GT,6C9T,1KEJ45,FUAZ,1

I have been requested many times to join social networking sites such as Facebook etc. unfortunately for now I do not think it is my scene so apologies to all that have requested that I be their friend;  I am anyway. If you are a fan then look at: - there are more doig's on Facebook

We are looking for a new committee numbers to swell our ranks in particular those of you in Scotland. If we are to hold another gathering soon we will certainly need assistance with the organising also the post of Secretary is waiting to be hand over. Again for practical reasons someone living in Scotland who feels they could take on this job would be most welcome. I would be please to carry on in a communication role.

Please all of you put on your consideration caps with a view to participation.


DNA 
THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE ON THE DOIG DNA LIST AT FAMILY TREE DNA IS GROWING!

There are now 32 Doigs and a total of 43 listed now: - if you wish to join please make sure that it is worth your while by contacting Ken Doig at kendoig@nctv.com

Family Tree DNA. They have announced the launch of our new Y-DNA111 test!
This test includes a panel of 111 Y chromosome Short Tandem Repeat (STR) markers.* With 44 additional markers, Y-DNA111 is the highest resolution Y-DNA test offered by any company in the world.

The Y-DNA111 test is recommended for customers who already have close matches at the 67 marker level and are looking to tighten the calculation for the time to Most Recent Common Ancestor (tMRCA).** Due to the specialized nature of this test and in order to evaluate the potential benefit of this type of upgrade, we ask that customers with Y-DNA12, 25, or 37 results upgrade to 67 markers first before considering the 111 marker test.

With that in mind, this new test is now available as an upgrade for customers with existing Y-DNA67 results and also as a standalone test for individuals looking to prove a close relationship on the direct paternal line:


Y Refine 67 to 111 (Upgrade)

$101

Y-DNA111

$339

Yield not to Adversity



Year of the Tiger
Year of the Tiger

February 14th 2010 – 3rd February 2011



A Robert Fleming Doig born 20/2/1839 Torryburn Fife was killed by a tiger in India on 12th September 1871. Robert was the youngest son of the Rev Thomas Doig and was a Captain in the Madras Staff Corps and Adjutant of the 2nd Regiment of Infantry. He died at Balarum, Hyderabad in India and his memorial is at Torryburn. Possibly the oldest image of a Doig is his father Rev. Thomas Doig of Torryburn which can be seen at the website George Eastman House , Hill & Adams series Page 1, 79:0012:0021 Circa 1845. Ken  Doig has the family file at ROBX1713

Latest : We now have a Doig in China working in Hong Kong. No Chinese Doig yet, at least with Scottish blood line that we know of.


Chairman's Report
Crest

2009 was a busy one for the Doig Family Society with our trip to the Whisky Heritage Centre and to The Homecoming event when we met cousins from around the world.

The International Gathering of the Clans, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh July 2009.
The 125 Chiefs who descended on the Scottish Capital with their Clans for this historic regrouping of exiles from all over the world, were encouraged to join the 21st Century and start using Facebook and Twitter to increase their ranks and membership. This message to members from the new World was to embrace modern forms of communication to reach different even wider groups of people.

We, the Doig Family Society, had our 3rd World Gathering to coincide with the above and it was so nice to see “well kent” faces and also new members including a Doig family from Peru! The never to be forgotten Clan Parade up the Royal Mile was quite awe inspiring and the farewell Doig Dinner organised by Treasurer lan who picked a perfect venue finished an amazing weekend.

It is with great excitement I announce our 4th World Doig Gathering to take place this year 2010 in Perth, Canada. For details go to www.doigclanreunion.net

I wish organiser Ian (Canada) Doig reidoig@gmail.com every success and hope to see you all there.

The priority this year is CANADA August 18TH -22ND 2010 in Perth Ontario which is being organized mainly by Ian(Canada) Doig of that town.
See his web site
www.doigclanreunion.net
Ian Doig
Try to arrive on Wednesday 18th August so that all those attending can meet & mingle. On Thursday and Friday Ian is organising speakers and aims to identify local items of interest. On Friday evening a Farewell Dinner is to be arranged. On the Saturday the North Lanark Highland Games at Almonte is being held ~ 46km away. If you think our Scottish Games are big events well you will be surprised.  If you can assist please contact Ian (Canada) at reidoig@gmail.com

NOTE:  - Now is the time to book your flights as August is peak season!

 


Please have a look and a listen to musician William Doig’s recording “The Tartan Army” a link to the site is at www.doig.net  Send it to all your friends!

Kerr wishes everyone all the very best for 2010 remembering our motto
Yield not to Adversity: Na gèill do chruaidh-chas


Thanks go to Steve Buchanan who connected the picture shown in the 2008 Digest in which the name John Doig appears in a bar in Edinburgh’s Leith Walk to the Estate of Alexander Doig, wine & spirit merchant of 1 and 3 Leith Walk, died 3/9/1878. One of the beneficiaries was Janet Doig & David Doig, Wine and spirit merchant of 5 Leith Walk. See http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=dave1681&id=I99


Message from our beloved Genial Genealogist
Doak, Doig or Doeg?
By Ken Doig

The early Scottish records show our surname as Dog, from the Celtic gillie dog, or servant of St. Cadog or St. Cadoc. When the English, and their language, arrived north the spelling evolved into Doak, Doeg, Doig, and other variations that didn’t elicit the canine allusion. Doak became common in Ireland, but many remaining in Ayrshire changed it to Doig.  Doig became the common spelling in Scotland. What about Doeg?

In the 1901 Scotland census there were 159 Doak (many from Ireland), 1,747 Doig, and 49 Doeg. In 1901 England there were 73 Doak, 290 Doig, and 50 Doeg. In 1901 Canada there were 131 Doak, 185 Doig, 28 Doige, and 1 Doeg. And, in the 1900 US census 1,943 Doak, 446 Doig, and 59 Doeg. There are no censuses available for Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, or South Africa.

A pocket of Doeg remained in northern Perthshire (WILL1750). Another group of Doeg seafarers sailed from the Edinburgh area and settled at Newcastle, Northumberland, England (DAVE1681). The third Doeg group appears to have arrived in Whitby, Yorkshire, England from Denmark in about 1700 (PETE1630).

How did they get to Denmark? In 1494 James Dog (1449-1532) prepared for the Chancellor of Denmark's visit to the King of Scotland. His grandson is noted in a letter dated 20 Apr 1543, Edinburgh, from Arran, as governor, to Christian III expressing the fear that England thinks of reducing Scotland, and seeking facilities for his servant James Dog, who goes to Denmark for munitions and supplies. This was Capt. James Dog (1506-1555) on file DOIGK. [We are looking for a male Doeg to join our DNA project to confirm this link.] The only families found in Denmark are Henrich Jorgen DOEG, christened 3 April 1747 in Kobenhavn, Denmark, son of Hinrich David Doeg and Gunder Margrethe Nielsdr; and Peder Nielsen DOIG born about 1785 in Denmark.

The Denmark Doeg line spread thinly from England to worldwide, but mostly to the US and South Africa.  Of particular note is John Hope Doeg, born 7 Dec 1908 in La Colorado, Sonora, Mexico. He moved north where he married twice. John was the U.S. Open Doubles Tennis Champion in 1929 and 1930, and the singles champion in 1930.  He became a US citizen in 1933. He was elected to the Tennis Hall of Fame in 1962.
He died in 1978 in California.

The Doeg’s of Newcastle have a notable seaman who transported Napoleon into exile at Elba in 1815. Stephen Doeg (1788-1844 Newcastle) married Jane Bowes in 1822, by whom he had children Margaret, John, and George. John married Mary Hunter, some of whose descendants moved to South Africa.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/8c/DeathNelsonDevisLighter.jpgA 1988 letter by Henry Doeg of Pretoria, South Africa relates: "One member Thomas Doeg was taken by the Press Gang during the Napoleonic wars, served in Bellerophen and later Victory and was Nelson's coxswain; it was he who held Nelson's head in the famous picture "The Death of Nelson". After Nelson's death, he transferred to Royal Sovereign as coxswain for Lord Collingwood, a Northumbrian, and had the onerous task of taking Napoleon to St. Helena. He later retired from the navy taking up his freelage with the shipwrights company."

No confirmation has been found (by me) that a Thomas Doeg was present at the death of Nelson on 21 Oct 1805. Might that be Thomas in the white shirt? Or did the letter intend Stephen Doeg?

However Stephen Doeg was present when Napoleon surrendered on the HMS Bellerophon on 15 July 1815. There is a price money certificate No. 1592 which says: “This is to certify that Stephen Doeg has served as carpenter's mate on board of his majesty's ship "Bellerophon" under my command from the 9th day of April 1815 to the 15th day of September 1815 and signed by Captain Frederick Lewis Maitland.” In other documents Stephen is described as age 28, 5'8' high, and with a fair complexion.

 

Stephen is also reported to have been a background character in a painting of Napoleon’s surrender. Might that be him holding the rope in front of Napoleon?

The family story goes that Stephen was rewarded, and with his prize he purchased two boats, both of which sank uninsured.  
What will you do with your 15 minutes of fame?

 

 

 

 

 


Don’t forget to join our DNA project.
One small swab for Doig, a giant leap for Clan Doig.

This project so far has thrown up several very good links with the main link being the SCOTT lineage of which Henry Doig ( our Chieftain in waiting), Kerr our Chairman and Ken (Genial Genealogist) and others are linked. I, for my forefather’s sins, had a more adventurous origin being of Viking decent. Please contact the DNA Web site. Please note it is very secure and no details etc are passed on. See https://www.familytreedna.com

The basic test of 12 Y-DNA is a good start but when you find you have a possible link to someone the larger Y-DNA test of up to 37 is ideal.

We really do owe Ken our Genealogist a vote of thanks and our gratitude. Over the years Ken has spent many hours (days / months / years) building our web site (www.doig.net) and gathering information, a lot of which has cost a considerable amount of money. He wishes to carry on with the Web site cost as he has other material attached to it, so for now Ken is the sole Web Master however an assistant archivist Ian L (Glasgow) Doig has access to Ken’s Web should the need arise. Ian has kindly agreed to provide local support in Scotland to develop the Doig Website.

Our ambition to obtain Clan Status is progressing but slowly, Ian Doig in Australia, Henry Doig in Scotland, John R. Doig in New Zealand as well as Ian P. Doig in Edinburgh are all intent on obtaining Armiger status see Lord Lyons Den @ www.heraldry-scotland.co.uk for full scripts.  7 more men in total including the above mentioned are required to obtain Armiger status before we can become a clan. What is an Armiger?  : - A person who has petitioned and has been granted a Coat of Arms by the Lord Lyon of Scotland.  Why not spread the cost by asking family members to contribute?

Please look to your family to achieve this aim for more details and information. See www.doig.net

British Commonwealth. Anyone domiciled in Her Majesty’s overseas realms or the Commonwealth who has Scottish ancestry can apply. Foreign Countries. Anyone with Scottish ancestry can apply for a posthumous Grant of Arms to a Scottish ancestor.  Time Scale for an application. The cost of a Coat of Arms, it goes up every April each year, now New Grant of Armorial Bearings, including shield and crest and motto £1,926. New grant of Armorial Bearings, including shield alone £1,194.  Pay for it now before April, save money. It can take up to 18 months to obtain once submitted

Footnote from our Secretary: - I cannot become an armiger as I live in ENGLAND as I would have to apply to the English Court.


Doig Artefacts
No purchases of Doig memorabilia this year but if anyone wishes to donate Doig memorabilia then please send it to our Chairman Kerr Doig or just take it to the Stirling Smith Museum where our collection is held.

There is an official tartan site with our Doig tartan at http://tartanregister.gov.uk/tartanDetails.aspx?ref=944.
Click on the tartan to enlarge to appreciate it in full
The web site to purchase the Doig Tartan is www.thekiltshop.co.uk


Edinburgh’s Whisky Heritage Centre
Right up near the Castle, on the right as one walks up to the Castle
This is a well worth while experience even for non drinkers. An intrepid group of Doigs had a very enjoyable escorted trip round the centre, the highlight being the references to Charles Chree Doig the architect, who was the inventor of the famous “Whisky Pagoda” chimney, which is seen on many distillery buildings.

A Pagoda is on display in the tasting room along with an explanation of Charles’s architectural achievements. A plaque will be presented at a later date.

Note: a Doig concessionary tour is reduced from £11.50 to £8.50 available to Doig visitors. James and Ann Doig were present for the tour, James being a direct descendent of Charles. See photo below

Edinburgh Whisky Heritage Centre

Ian, Kerr, Ann, Wendy, Henry, Mary, John and James (related to Charles)


Want a DOIG number plate? PDOIG as well as others see mrbikeuk@hotmail.com


The 3rd International Doig Gathering @ Edinburgh 2009

The 3rd International Doig Gathering @ Edinburgh 2009

The International Doig Gathering took place in 2009 and linked up with Scotland’s Year of The Homecoming.   The Homecoming was a year long programme of events, which culminated in the largest highland games on the Saturday and Sunday.  The highlight on the Saturday evening was the Grand March of the Clans (see photo above): A contingent of over 20 Doigs, from Scotland, England, Wales, USA, Australia, New Zealand and Peru joined other Clans and Societies in the Grand March from Holyrood Palace to Edinburgh Castle accompanied by clan banners and numerous pipe bands to the delight of thousands of spectators.  The March was followed by a Historical Pageant at the Castle, attended by people of Scots Decent from all over the world.

A sound DVD of the event can be obtained from www.thegathering2009.com and click on shop. (This is the current website).

A very enjoyable Doigs’ day and evening was spent at St John’s Church Hall in Princes Street, Edinburgh on the Friday.  Our thanks go to Wendy Doig (John’s wife) for organisation and food. As was mentioned in the AGM report, several members of the Society have purchased Life Memberships and were presented with inscribed certificates: -

Kenneth Doig (California) was presented with his certificate with special recognition for all the outstanding and painstaking work Ken has done over many years on tracing the Doigs’ genealogy and in the setting up of the Doigs’ Web SiteAlso thanks are due to Kens wife, Linda Doig (California) who was unable to accompany Ken on this visit.  To our Founder & Chairman G. Kerr Doig, also to his wife Maureen Doig (Dunfermline).  To Dr. Henry Doig, who was appointed as our Chieftain-in-Waiting, and his wife Dr. Mary Doig. (East Kilbride) Also John K Doig and Margaret Doig (East Kilbride), Geoffrey Watson  Doig (Crewe),  John R Doig and Susan Doig (NZ). Ian B Doig and Susan C Doig (AUS), Ian P Doig our Treasurer (Edinburgh),  John A Doig our Secretary and Wendy H Doig (Liverpool). Finally Alison Garabedian-Doig of Switzerland.

I have lost contact with Alison as her E-mail address no longer works which reminds me to plead to you all if you change your E-mail address PLEASE LET ME KNOW!

At the off!  On the march!
Some of the Doigs who marched under the Doigs’ Banner and attended the Pageant
Note: Sue Doig, wife if Ian Doig Sydney Australia, is to make us a permanent needlework Doig Banner. This would be terrific and put us in good stead for the future.


Treasurer's Report
Our busy Treasurer Ian P. Doig will finalize the Society’s 2009 accounts shortly and informs us that the Society has accumulated funds of £3000 in the bank.  Ian hopes to set up an arrangement with PayPal shortly to enable subscriptions and life membership fees to be transacted more efficiently and/ or to create a downloadable PDF Membership Subscription Form.

If you would like to purchase Life Membership of the Doig Family Society or pay your annual subscription please do so, as outlined below...

Membership of the Doig Family Society is a yearly subscription of £10. Subscriptions for financial year 2010 are now due, so please send payment to the Treasurer, as the Society does not have admin. resources to issue individual invoices to each member. Alternatively, the committee have introduced a new option of Founder Life Membership for a (very reasonable) one off payment of £50.   Founder/Life members will be given a pride of place on the Doig Family Website www.doig.net If you have already paid your £10 for 2009 you can convert to Founder/Life Membership for an additional one off £40, payable via our Treasurer: - (Please email Ian to advise when and what you do, so that Ian can identify your subs on the bank statement – Ian can then acknowledge receipt by email).

Treasurers contact info: Ian P. Doig, Hon Treasurer, Doig Family Society.  Tel: 0131 228 2947  Mobile: 07970 765649.  ianpdoig@yahoo.com

• Payment Option 1 – for individual payments of £10 subscription, the account information & the transfer codes to use to transfer subscriptions through the banking system (including international payments) to the Doig Family Society bank account is:

Please contact treasurer or secretary for bank details

• Option 2 – Our preferred method for collecting subscriptions with minimum admin. is by setting up a standing order with your bank. See mandate form attached here

• Option 3 – Alternatively, you can send always send a cheque in pounds sterling, payable to the ‘Doig Family Society’ to the Treasurer.


It is with sadness that I report the untimely death David Ross (2nd Jan 2010) our prime guest speaker at all our Doig Gatherings. May he rest in peace.
( I have DVD’s of the last talk by David at our Gathering if anyone wants one let me know by e-mail )


ST CADOC’S DAY: - We Doigs remember it on the 24TH January


Have a good year, health wealth and happiness to all.
Best Wishes
John Doig Hon Secretary

john@doigsden.co.uk for Doig Family Society news and re my famous  grandfather Ned Doig.


 

 

Doig Digests

Newsletter of The Doig Family Society

May 2008


Year of the Rat

Chinese Dog Symbol

To the Chinese, 2008 is the year of the rat. No Doigs identified in China yet – but these Doigs get everywhere, so who knows! Being the first sign of the Chinese zodiac, rats are leaders, pioneers and conquerors. They are charming, passionate, charismatic, practical and hardworking. Rat people are endowed with great leadership skills and are the most highly organized, meticulous, and systematic of the twelve signs. Intelligent and cunning at the same time, rats are highly ambitious and strong-willed people who are keen and unapologetic promoters of their own agendas, which often include money and power. They are energetic and versatile and can usually find their way around obstacles, and adapt to various environments easily. A rat's natural charm and sharp demeanor make it an appealing friend for almost anyone, but rats are usually highly exclusive and selective when choosing friends and so often have only a few very close friends whom they trust.


Year of Rat began on 4th February 2008 - to 25th January 2009

THE RAT PORTRAYED IN THE ZODIAC FOUNTAIN IN ALMATY



Well another past, a quiet one for the Doig Society with no gathering this year but efforts are concentrating on the Gathering on the weekend of the 25th July 2009 but more of that later.
My name was found in a Public Bar in Edinburgh on Leith Walk: look at the base of picture. I have to find out who it relates to. Any suggestions?


We have been purchasing archive items for the Doig Society as they come up on E- Bay, our recent purchases consist of a Corgi Doig Coach, Medals of the Second world war relating to A. Doig of Ramsey Street Dundee,( can anyone provide any background information?), and a cigarette card of J.E. Doig, the famous Scottish goal keeper. The first public showing of our Doig material in the Stirling Smith Museum. The Smith has kindly agreed to display our collection in either Gallery 2 or in the Lecture theatre, immediately after the Edinburgh 2009 Gathering. There would be no charge for this but perhaps a donation would be appropriate? If anyone wishes to donate Doig memorabilia then please send it to our Chairman Kerr Doig or just take it to the museum.

 


Charles Chree Doig: -Article from the Whisky Magazine http://www.whiskymag.com by Ian Buxton
http://www.whiskymag.com/magazine/author/ian_buxton.html
Whisky Pioneers :- ARCHITECT

Ian Buxton (writer) looks at the man behind the iconic pagoda, his contemporaries and his legacy. Stop reading this article now - and draw a distillery. Then come back to this page. Chances are your sketch, however crude, has a pagoda roof somewhere in the design. You didn't have to think about it, it was just there. Without it, your picture wouldn't really look like a distillery. With it, the building instantly says 'distillery. It just feels right.One man is responsible for this: Charles Chree Doig (1855 -1918). He started life with some advantages. For one thing, he was born in Scotland which, in the 19th century, meant that despite his humble background (his father was a farm labourer) he received a decent secondary education. And, for another, he moved to Elgin in 1882 to join a surveyor's practice, having trained in architecture in Perthshire. That meant he was in the right place, at the right time. Imagine being an architect, in the heart of distilling country, at the start of the greatest distillery construction boom Scotland has ever seen.
Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Photo with Isabella (Wife)

the late Victorian period whisky was enjoying unprecedented popularity. Ever-¬rising levels of demand meant that existing distilleries were expanded and new ones built. Charles Doig was the principal architect of this expansion and, almost single-handedly, defined what we think a distillery should look like. His achievements were prodigious though, sadly, his name is not well known outside the industry and much of his work has been lost - swept away by 'progress' in subsequent such as at Craigellachie, or lost altogether such as at Gerston, Lochside, Auchinblae, Stronachie, Breadalbane and Killowen distilleries. All ghosts now.
"Charles Doig designed 56 of our Scotch whisky distilleries and pagoda roofs, but sadly I feel he has never been given the true redevelopment, recognition he deserves," says Richard Paterson, master distiller at Whyte & Mackay. Others put the number higher still. Much of Doig's work survives in the archives of his old firm,
preserved by Moray Council in Elgin. and Forres, and this suggests that Doig worked on around 100 distilleries in all.
His most brilliant contribution is, of course, the pagoda - or Doig Ventilator as it should perhaps be known. Whisky expert Alex Kraaijeveld has shown, the design for the ventilator evolved through a series of sketches for Dailuaine distillery, who commissioned Doig to make alterations to its maltings. The aim was to improve the efficiency of the chimneys at drawing off peat smoke.
Doig succeeded brilliantly, with a design both functional and elegant and, in an industry not noted for its ready acceptance of innovation, his pagoda was swiftly adopted. The trade press praised the , new look Dailuaine and other commissions swiftly followed.
Indeed, his competitor John Alcock immediately developed the idea for the striking twin pagodas at Strathisla, and later worked with Doig at Glentauchers. Doig's influence on the great Japanese distilling pioneer Masataka Taketsuru (founder of Nikka Distilling) in the design of Yoichi distillery in Hokkaido is also clear at a glance.
The list of Doig's commissions comprises a roll of honour: beginning with his first commission at Glenburgie and then Dailuaine, Doig worked at Glenfarclas, Dalwhinnie, Balblair, Knockando, Aberfeldy, Pulteney, Bushmills in Northern Ireland, Dufftown, Talisker, Glertkinchie, Speyburn, Benromach, Aberlour...to pick just a few names at random. And the list goes on.
Other Doig sites, such as Dallas Dhu which is preserved as a museum, or Imperial which is mothballed and could re-open mean his legacy will never be totally lost.
Distillery commissions dried up after the Pattisons crash and subsequent slump in the industry at the end of the nineteenth century. Doig himself famously prophesied that after Glen Elgin (1898) no distillery would be built on Speyside for fifty years. That was not perhaps as prescient as it sounds, as whisky went into a decline as catastrophic as the dot com fiasco of recent memory, but it's a curious fact that he was right, it being 1958 before the construction of Tormore saw new distillery construction by the Spey. Sadly, Tormore's ventilators are squat and functional.
There is no statue to Doig and his work, though he was rightly eulogised in an obituary in the Northern Scot and Moray & Nairn Express, which read: Additions and reconstructions were extensively undertaken by many distillers of Highland malt whisky, and in all this work the services of Mr. Doig as an architect were very much in demand. All over Scotland and in the north of Ireland his work was well-known, and in the course of his professional career he formed many warm friendships among the distillers. In matters of arbitration and valuation he was much in request, his keen business ability, combined with fairness of judgement, being readily recognised.
Though the firm continued after his early death (he was 63) the magic was gone and with more than sufficient capacity in the industry the salad days of distillery construction were over.
Now, at last, he may be honoured. Richard Paterson has been leading a campaign to erect a memorial in Edinburgh's Scotch Whisky Experience (you may know this as the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre, but it 'rebranded' recently).
Some £7,500 was raised by an auction at McTears in 2004 and the team behind this project await a suitable opportunity during the next planned refurbishment at the Scotch Whisky Experience to install their tribute to the great man.
But, just like buses, you wait for ages and two come along at once. In Manhattan, sculptor and architectural designer Elena Colomba is planning her own tribute.
Colomba has ambitious plans. Her proposed design is of solid copper construction, 21 ft tall on a 21 ft square base, with a 2 ft deep tidal pool as its base. A stanza from the poem Natures Lawby Robert Burns and a short biography of Charles Doig will be inscribed and silvered on the copper floor of the tidal pool.
In the concept drawings, an eternal flame (symbolising the malting chimney and the hearth) illuminates the piece. The copper arcs give abstract form to the current of air that draws peat smoke through the barley from the kiln fires below - a defining moment in the creation of Scotch whisky.
The memorial will be oriented to mark true north by an extended compass needle that sweeps down the edge of the northern arc, drawing a finned line that disappears into the sand or turf of the site. Located ideally where land, water and sky meet, the memorial will respond to its environment by collecting sea water and specimens in its tidal pool during high tide, and holding them within the edges of the base during low tide.
According to Colomba: "The arcs evoke Doig's most significant design contribution to the distillery and to the efficiency of the malting chimney: the pagoda roof."
She continues: "For me, the Charles Doig Memorial has become the flash point of an obvious relationship between fire, whisky, Scotland, and the rest of the world. The depth of the Scottish fire calendar is transcendent: Beltane, Samhain, Hogmany, Up Helly Aa, and Burns night - the whole lot. I would like nothing more than to help celebrate this primal relationship."
Let us hope that one or other of these proposals bears fruit soon: Charles Doig, Scotland's architect of spirit, deserves a greater monument than hot air passing through a ventilator.


Some pictures of our secretary’s recent whisky tasting holiday can be seen at
http://www.flickr.com/photos/25914259@N03/sets/72157604964681935

Message from David Doig distillery manager at Fettercairn Whisky Distillery re the Charles Chree Doig event in 2009:- Have talked to Richard Paterson, the Master blender for Whyte and Mackay, with regard to the Charles Chree Doig memorial for the Whisky Heritage Centre in Edinburgh.
This will have to be in place by next March at the latest as there are some other exhibitions to be opened at the same time and the opening is to be carried out by Alec Salmond leader of the SNP in Scotland. We should try to get as many Doigs there as we can for the unveiling. We will try to keep you all posted of their plans


Message from Elizabeth Doig in Canada tabitha@ns.sympatico.ca

Hello, just wanted to let you know that there is a group on facebook called wait........there are more doig's.
There are over 92 members now, including myself, my daughter and five of my cousins. My daughter's half-sister is also on there. It appears to be a wide reaching group.....mostly of younger people.
Thought you might be interested.


Doig Clan Status Report as at May 2008. by our Chairman Kerr Doig STOP PRESS.

"Halfway There"

I am now proud to inform you that I am a registered Doig armiger (i.e. a Male Doig who has been granted a Coat of Arms by The Lord Lyon), the first resident Scottish born Doig to be granted a Coat of Arms since 1468 (unfortunately this date was before modern registration)
Two more Scottish committee members, Henry and Ian have stepped forward and I will be helping them process their applications in the next few months.
We therefore only require another 5 male Doigs to step forward to enable the Doig Family Society to apply to become recognised as a recognised clan. I will be honoured to help with any other applications if required.
Ideally it would be great if some gallant clansmen from Australia and New Zealand would consider applying. Do not be surprised if I pressgang some likely candidates.


FIVE DOIG MEN WANTED

We now thanks to Kerr Doig have three armigers, so we need another seven to try to obtain the Armiger status necessary to obtain clan status. Illustrated above are the heraldic documents that Kerr obtained from the Lord Lyon now proudly displayed in Kerr’s Home.

What is an Armiger? : - A person who has petitioned and has been granted a Coat of Arms by the Lord Lyon of Scotland. Why not spread the cost by asking family members to contribute?
Please look to your family to achieve this aim for more details and information. See www.doig.net
British Commonwealth. Anyone domiciled in Her Majesty’s overseas realms or the Commonwealth who has Scottish ancestry can apply. Foreign Countries. Anyone with Scottish ancestry can apply for a posthumous
Grant of Arms to a Scottish ancestor. Time Scale for an application. 18 months approx.


Genealogy Notes Kenneth F. Doig

I started digging into my ancestors about 15 years ago, and knowing no other Doigs than my immediate family, started accumulating anything with that surname. I had no clue to what I had started. Including my wife’s side of the family (Koontz from Switzerland via Germany and France, to America in 1739). I have family files approaching 100,000 names. Most are Doig or related.
Thanks to DNA I have confirmed links with cousins back into the 1600s in the Vale of Menteith in Perthshire, with earlier ties to the 1300s. Now I have returned to that area recording side lines and looking for the female links. About 15,000 names have been added for the parishes of Kilmadock, Kincardine, and Port of Menteith. Many of these have been linked as branches, with more connections being made every week. You can search these on the main file at http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=doigk, with over 52,000 names.
Welcome to Drummond Doig in South Africa who has just joined our Doig DNA project. I expect he will link to Colin David Doig in the US and David C. Doig in Scotland (David, have we lost contact with you?). If you haven’t joined yet, please check out http://www.doig.net/DNA.htm.
On a more personal note, I had learned some years ago that my grandfather Edwin Fennimore Doig (1886-1964) had spent time in the Colorado State Penitentiary in 1904/5 for stealing a horse. I obtained a copy of the Colorado record which had few details, but did include of photo (yes, holding a number). I doubt any of my family knew of this, except some then lost cousins. Well that lost cousin recently sent a copy of a 1904 newspaper article detailing the crime and his arrest. Ed and a friend stole a team of horses and wagon. They then robbed a store of saddles, blankets, and guns. They were overtaken by the store owners, and gave them the horses and wagon in exchange for not reporting them to the sheriff. The store owners later learned the wagon and team were stolen. Ed was arrested at the “lost” uncle’s ranch. Living in California, my father had told me several times that his father used to go to Colorado to visit cousins, but he didn’t know who they were.
On the upside, my grandfather learned the trade of tool and die maker from his father. They had a shop, now covered by a parking lot, next to the Denver Mint. Perhaps they worked to the dies for some of the US coins. Ed became a short-wave radio operator, and won a prize for relaying the first trans-America Morris code message in 1918. He became an expert marksman, winning many medals and trophies. I was always impressed by the gun-making machinery in his garage. He also loaded his own ammo. When he became too stiff to assume the prone position to shoot, he took up photography. My last memories of him are sitting in a worn, over-stuffed chair reading a favourite western novel.
If you would like stories added to your family file, please send them along to ken@doig.net. Yield not to adversity!
Doig DNA- We are having some success with the male Doigs getting DNA testing, with a total of 22 members having subscribed to at least a 12 Marker test which is ~ $95 US.


Treasurer’s Information

Accounts to end of 2007 have been submitted to and approved by the committee and will now be audited by our Honorary Auditor, Jon Doig. At December 31st 2007 the Society had accumulated funds of £2363 Copies of accounts are available on request. Subscription update - Membership of the Doig Family Society is a yearly subscription of £10. Subscriptions for 2008 are now due, so please send payment to the treasurer, as the Society does not have admin. resources to issue individual invoces to each member. Alternatively the committee have introduced a new option of Founder Life Membership for a one off payment of £50. Founder Life members will be given a pride of place on the Doig Family Website www.doig.net If you have already paid your £10 for 2008 you can convert to Founder Life Membership for an additional £40, payable via our Treasurer:- (Please email Ian to advise when and what you do, so that Ian can identify your subs on the bank statement – Ian can then acknowledge receipt by email). Treasurers contact info: Ian Doig, Hon Treasurer, Doig Family Society. Tel: 0131 228 2947 Mobile: 07970 765649. ianpdoig@yahoo.com

• Payment Option 1 – for individual payments of £10 subscription, the account information & the transfer codes to use to transfer subscriptions through the banking system (including international payments) to the Doig Family Society bank account is:

Please contact treasurer or secretary for bank details

• Option 2 – Our preferred method for collecting subscriptions with minimum admin. is by setting up a standing order with your bank. See mandate form attached here

• Option 3 – Alternatively, you can send always send a cheque in pounds sterling, payable to the ‘Doig Family Society’ to the Treasurer.


CLAN GATHERING 2009:- JULY 25TH & 26TH (Saturday & Sunday)
See http://www.clangathering.org/u/the_gathering_2009_brochure.pdf

http://www.clangathering.org/

http://news.visitscotland.com/go.asp?/bVIS001/mLJUAN8/uK3FG6/x3B3AN8

Chairman Kerr Doig is proud to invite all Doig cousins and friends to attend The Third World Doig International Gathering in Edinburgh 2009. It promises to be the ultimate Doig experience of your lifetime, so DO support the Doig Family Society by taking up this invitation. Programme: On the Friday 24th July, Doig Conference, Doig Ceilidh, etc. On the 25th and 26th July, all Doigs are invited to attend the largest Clan Gathering in History at Holyrood Park and then to Edinburgh Castle, including a magnificent Highland Games
This is going to be a truly memorable event and I strongly urge all who intend to be there, to book tickets soon (and accommodation if required) both will be in short supply. NOTE If you wish to be seated in Edinburgh Castle for the Scottish Pageant then you must buy a Passport for ~£88 each, this gives you a seat at the two day Games in Holyrood Park and to take part in the Official Parade to Edinburgh Castle.
Questions http://www.clangathering.org/events/content/clan-pageant-and-parade-faq's.html
Transport. http://www.clangathering.org/events/content/clan-pageant-and-parade-faq's.html
Pageant http://www.clangathering.org/events/view/110


We “THE DOIG FAMILY SOCIETY” will be meeting at St John’s Church Hall , at the west end of Princes Street Edinburgh EH2 4BJ on the 24th July from approx 10am – 4pm then 7.30 –10.30 Times to be confirmed. http://www.stjohns-edinburgh.org.uk/
A farewell dinner on the Sunday evening may be organized for those interested: please let me know asap to gauge support. john@doigsden.co.uk
Towards Worldwide Membership:- Oversees “Doig Ambassadors”
- Ian Doig of Perth Canada has volunteered to be the representative for Canada and is organizing the 2010 Doig Gathering over there reidoig@storm.ca
- Drummond Doig in South Africa has volunteered to be the representative for South Africa drummond@ieds.co.za
- Ian Doig of Sydney has volunteered (by me), to be the representative for Australia idoig@bigpond.com
- Other ‘ambassador representatives’ are invited
Yield not to Adversity: Na gèill do chruaidh-chas
Have a good year, health wealth and happiness to all.
The Doig Family Society





Doig Digests

Newsletter of The Doig Family Society

February 2007


Year of the Pig

Chinese Dog Symbol

The Pig is a fun and enlightening personality blessed with patience and understanding. People born under the sign of the Pig enjoy life and all it has to offer, including family and friends. They are honest and thoughtful and expect the same of other people. Pigs can be perceived as oblivious or gullible because they care about others so much they will do just about anything for a friend in need.


CHINESE NEW YEAR
starts 18/2/2007



Dear Doig Cousin,

A Scottish and Chinese Guid New Year to you all once more! As you can see we are still in the year of the Dog. 13 dogged months it is. Well as most of you know the “Doig’s” celebrated the year of the Dog in August 2006 at the Doig Gathering. Although many cousins from around the globe attended we were disappointed with the numbers attending. Having hoped and planned for over 100, we only had 60 on average attendance, which was similar to 2004. However this did not distract from the splendid occasion which was highlighted by the talk, I think we all agree, by the Whyte & McKay Master Blender Richard Patterson. His talk on whisky and tasting included not only facts about Charles Cree Doig the famous 19th century architect, (famous for his pagoda style air ventilators on whisky distilleries), but the sight, smell and taste of a Dalmore malt whisky whose youngest age was 62yrs and oldest from the 1860’s. The bottle cost £32,000 and Peter Doig is on DVD drinking ~ £2-3000 in one gulp!

Our Archivist Ken Doig from California is to be congratulated once more for his continued work compiling the data. A great step has been taken both with the Doig DNA project, (see later), and advances on the Web.

Did you know that you can now look at archives on www.ancestorsonboard.com for people travelling on passenger ships from 1890.
Please let Ken have copies of old photos of Doig’s, new ones also welcome and give permission or not to publish on the Web. We also thank Kerr, our Chairman, for this time literally pulling the Dog Cart along; He visited major cities in Scotland to promote our Gathering and stood on the corner of main streets with a placard “DOIG’S WANTED”, he was so effectual that he nearly got a Dog for nothing! :-)


NOW A WORD FROM OUR CHAIRMAN
The Great Search for the Clan Doig

Canada has two, Scotland has one pending, and therefore we still require seven Armigers.

What is an Armiger?
A person who has petitioned and has been granted a Coat of Arms by the Lord Lyon of Scotland. See www.lyon-court.com
To be considered for Clan status we require a total of 10 armigers!

Who can apply?
Scotland
Any person who wishes to apply to use Arms in Scotland must submit a petition to the Lord Lyon King of Arms who is responsible for exercising the Royal Prerogative and may grant Arms to “virtuous and well deserving persons”.
In Scotland Arms are heritable property, and on their original owner’s death, they descend to his heir.

Proofs
To support the petition original Birth & Marriage certificates are required. This is for a Grandfather ancestor who lived in Scotland but applied for to Lord Lyon

1a  Your Marriage Certificate
1b    "      Father in Law's Marriage Certificate
1c/e      All the Children's Birth Certificates (eldest son first, then any daughters)
2a   Your Birth Certificate
2b    "      Fathers Marriage Certificate
3a    "      G/Fathers Birth Certificate
3b    "            "        Marriage Certificate

Cost
New Grant of Armorial Bearings including shield alone - £880.
A New Grant of Armorial Bearings, including shield and crest - £1,334. (Prices correct as at 1st April 2005.)

Why not spread the cost by asking family members to contribute?
Please look to your family to achieve this aim. For more details and information see www.doig.net

British Commonwealth
Anyone domiciled in Her Majesty’s overseas realms or the Commonwealth who has Scottish ancestry can apply.

Foreign Countries
Anyone with Scottish ancestry can apply for a posthumous Grant of Arms to a Scottish ancestor.

Time Scale for an application
I applied 3rd September 2005, no monies were requested until 30th Nov 2006, estimated completion time - June 2007.

Please support me by applying for your own Coat of Arms now!
My dream in my lifetime is to see official Clan Status granted for the Doig Clan. So please hurry!

Yield Not to Adversity
Kerr Doig, Hon Chairman


SEARCHING FOR DOIGS
by Kenneth Frank Doig
Doig Family Society Genealogist

Died lately at Maybole, upwards of a hundred years of age, Mr. David Doig, late master of the Grammar school of that place." (Notice in "The Edinburgh Advertiser," 24 Sept 1784).

This David Doig holds two distinctions, one being that he is the longest-lived male Doig at age 104 (one of our ladies made it to 105). He was also the grandfather of John Doig who sired our line of cousins in Peru. For tales of piracy and success see www.doig.net/Peru.htm

My wife Linda and I attended the 2006 Doig Gathering at the home kennel at Thornhill. One of our side trips was to Maybole to see if we could get more info on David Doig’s family. The main highway cuts a congested swath through the center of Maybole, a loud complaint of the historian in their local history center. What did they have on our David? Nada.

We also stayed at a B & B overlooking Largs, famous for the Scots repulsing the Vikings in 1263. The earliest mention of our family was the Dog who fought with Sir Walter Stewart at the Battle of Largs. What did the local library or history center have on the participants of the battle? Zero.

Linda and I visited the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther, next to Cellardyke in Fife. John Doig (born 1896) retired from fishing as a guide at the museum. Besides the fine exhibits was a small library which contained early photographs of our Doig seamen, including John. Ah, for a scanner, but I managed some digital photos which you will find at www.doig.net/DOIGF.html One photo from about 1871 includes John Reid Doig (1797-1882).

At Thornhill we stayed at a farmhouse on the edge of Flanders Moss. The owner remembered the mention of a Doig in a volume about grazing rights on the moss. The 1810 testimony of Paul Doig, his mother Margaret Paterson, and others is now preserved at www.doig.net/JOHN1751.html This was a first confirmation for Kerr Doig that these ancestors were more than names and dates in a parish register. The previously uncertain link has been confirmed by a DNA match to Henry Doig and me. Congratulations to Kerr on adding the third Doig Coat of Arms for the required ten for clan status.

David Doig (1761-1847) sired 19 children by two wives. See http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=alex1723&id=I9. Maybe they wore name tags. Who can top that?

What’s in a name? In the earliest records our ancestor’s name (from the Celtic) appeared as DOG. After English King Edward Longshanks sent his troops into Scotland, our Dogs found out what it meant in English. Then the records find our ancestors as Dogg, Doeg, Doig, Doige, Doak, Dook, Dock, Doick, etc. Most of Scotland settled out as Doig with a few Doeg in northern Perthshire and Doak in Ayrshire. Many of our refugees in Ireland and England retained some of these variations. Check out Adam Doig / Dock / Dook / Doak http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=adam1753&id=I279. Adam had a nasty end.

Our name was derived from gillie doc, or Servant of St. Cadoc. The initial returns from our Doig DNA project suggest that there were more than one servant. Please consider joining our Doig DNA project at www.doig.net/DNA.htm. Brave the swab.

Yield Not to Adversity
Ken


DOIG DNA PROJECT
Dog, Doig, Doige, Doeg, Doegg, Doigg, Dogg, Doak, Dock

In our last Digest we mentioned we were looking for volunteers to participate in the DOIG DNA PROJECT, whose aim was to try to find links between the various Doig lines. Yours truly led the project by getting the first one done, others followed and the DNA presentation at the August gathering led to more than another half dozen. The identical Y chromosomes between Ken Doig Kerr Doig and Henry Doig was not surprising as they were already known to be on the same family tree. However the fact that the others were not closely linked was of interest. Recently James Gibb Doig and I have identical haplotypes. This is the first link between two lines and the connection has to be before 1700. We need more volunteers. Please assist you, could be pushing back history! See www.familytreedna.com Costs will have to be met by the individual unfortunately. So if you are willing to volunteer please let the Society know via - ken@doig.net A mouth swab is all it takes.

We are scraping the bottom of the barrel for written references to our early ancestry. DNA testing gives us the opportunity to look under the barrel. DNA can confirm those uncertain links and bind our family together.

Our family name comes from Gille Doc or Servant of Saint Cadoc. It is likely that should read Servants of St. Cadoc, as he had churches in several locations. There may be multiple ancestors instead of one. As the ad goes for the US Marines, "We are looking for a few good men." Joining our Doig DNA Project will not require jumping out of airplanes or powder burns. It only requires $99.00 US and a vigorous swabbing of the inside of one's mouth. Are you man enough?

The earliest family name recorded was Dog. With the Reformation some of the early family fled to Ireland, there known as Doak or Dock. In Scotland the spelling typically became Doig, with some Doeg and Doak. We have spread to the world as Dog, Doig, Doige, Doeg, Doegg, Doigg, Dogg, Doak, and Dock. If you have any of these surnames you are likely a cousin. Are you Doig enough?

Kerr and Henry are 5th cousins, once removed - Common ancestors John Doig (1707) and Susanna Coupar.
Kerr and Ken are 6th cousins, once removed - Common ancestors Paul Doig (1676).
Kerr and Ken are 14th cousins, twice removed - Common ancestors Walter Doig (1420) and Elizabeth Nory.
Kerr and Ken are 15th cousins - Common ancestors James Doig (1449) and Margaret.
Henry and Ken are 6th cousins - Common ancestors Paul Doig (1676).
Henry and Ken are 14th cousins, once removed - Common ancestors Walter Doig (1420) and Elizabeth Nory.
Henry and Ken are 14th cousins, once removed - Common ancestors James Doig (1449) and Margaret.

The DNA match is for the male line. John Doig (1707) was the son of Paul Doig (1676). Paul married twice, and Kerr and Henry are descended from his first wife Jean Paterson. Ken is descended from his second wife Elizabeth Ferguson. The 14th and 15th cousin matches are because Paul and Jean Paterson's son Andrew married Janet Doig from the other side of the tree, an 8th cousin, once removed. In summary, Kerr, Henry, and Ken have the common ancestor Paul Doig (1676), whose family line runs back to the earliest known Doig.

Are you willing to spend a $99 pittance (charge it to a credit card) and brave that swab?
DNA Project Coordinator: Dr. Andrew Doig, The University of Manchester, England

LATEST UPDATE ON THE DOIG DNA PROJECT
19th January 2007
Andrew James Doig

KIT NAME INITIALS
51234 John Alexander Doig JA
51235 Kenneth Frank Doig KF
53274 George Kerr Doig GK
62965 Henry Paul Doig HP
64080 Ian Bruce Doig IB
64084 Chris Doig C
65611 Douglas Alan Doak DA
70533 David C. Doig DC
70855 Daniel Doig D
70872 James Gibb Doig JG
70880 Geoffrey W Doig GW
76615 David John Doak DJ
70531 Ian Doig I
82121 Kevin Christopher Doig KC

Distance Matrix
The numbers show the number of haplotypes that differ between each person. The smaller the number, the closer the relative. A distance of 4 more suggests that the two individuals have not had a common ancestor for thousands of years.

JA
KF
GK
HP
IB
C
DA
DC
D
JG
GW
DJ
I
KC
JA
0
10
10
10
11
12
4
11
12
0
13
4
KF
10
0
0
0
17
2
14
7
6
10
7
14
GK
10
0
0
0
17
2
14
7
6
10
7
14
HP
10
0
0
0
17
2
14
7
6
10
7
14
IB
11
17
17
17
0
17
13
18
17
11
18
11
C
12
2
2
2
17
0
16
9
8
12
9
14
DA
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Rootless Phylogenetic Tree
This information can be shown in the form of a tree. The nodes are individuals or putative common ancestors (where 3 lines meet). If we know who any of these common ancestors are, dates can be added. The numbers show the number of haplotypes that differ between nodes. You can follow a line between any 2 individuals to get their distance. This may not always agree perfectly with the table, as drawing up a perfect tree is not possible, but it will be close. IB is included, but this branch is highly dubious, as IB is not at all related to any of the others. The 3 branches (GW/CD/D, KF/GK/HP/C and DJ/DA/JG/JA) are reliable in themselves, but how, and indeed if, they really join each other is also questionable. Its fun to link them all up though. Additional results should help.

With regards to John Alexander and James Gibb
James Gibb Doig is on file GEOX1685, and his earliest confirmed ancestor is Charles Doig (born about 1756) at http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=geox1685&id=I22
John Alexander Doig is on file DAVE1620, and his earliest confirmed ancestor is George Doig (born about 1768) at http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=dave1620&id=I550

The above Charles Doig and George Doig must have a common male ancestor.

Late News
Virgilio Doig from Peru has indicated his willingness t o participate with a DNA Test.



THE STIRLING CASTLE BALL c.16th CENTURY
Did Jame Dog collect this football for King James IV which is now lying in the Smiths Art Gallery and Museum?

Since we reported this football in our last news letter it has contributed to Global warming just a bit by travelling to many foreign parts, returning from time to time to The Smith’s.

Doig Football postcards for sale, are available 50p or $1US / per card (postage extra).


THORNHILL AND ITS ENVIRONS

A Social History by Stuart J. McCulloch. This short history of Thornhill and the parish community of Norreiston is a must for all Doigs to have in their home library. It is a bountiful guide to the local history that surrounded the Doigs of the area, 9 pages where they are mentioned. The Society has obtained all the copies currently in print and they are available at £10 incl. p&p to the U.K. $20 US plus p&p to abroad.

THE SCOTTISH GENEALOGIST

This Scottish Genealogist booklet is available at £4 + p& p it contains an article by the Society Archivist and our Chairman. Only a few are remaining. For any of these books Contact GkerrDoig@aol.com by e-mail prior to purchase.


SUBSCRIPTIONS REMINDER!
Subscriptions now due for 2007! See Minutes of various committee meetings on the web site
www.doigsden.co.uk

At the end of 2006 Financial Year,the Society’s second year of operation, the Doig Family Society had a healthy £2000 in its bank account after expenses had been paid. These funds have been generated by a combination of members’ subscriptions and the fund raising proceeds from our two Doig International Gatherings in 2004 & 2006

2007 subscriptions to the Doig Family Society became due on the 1st of January 2007, at the rate of £10 per person per year. Your financial support would be greatly appreciated to enable the Society to move towards its objective of achieving official Clan status through the Lord Lyon’s Office.

Society Members are requested to set up an ANNUAL Standing Order of which there is an example here.
The Treasurer requests that when a subscription Standing Order is set up by a member that they let him know so that he will know who the subscription is from. An e-mail to our Treasurer ianpdoig@yahoo.com would be appreciated; this would save a lot of confusion and head scratching!

Alternatively, subscriptions may be paid by cheque, payable to the “Doig Family Society” and sent to the Doig Family Society Treasurer”, 2E Gillsland Road, Edinburgh, EH10 5BW. The Treasurer is willing to answer any questions and provide further information (0131 228 2947). People abroad can send their donation / dues via Swift banking ask Ian for details.


THE KILMADOCK TRUST & SOCIETY

The Kilmadock Development Trust runs the Information and Heritage Centre at the Development Trust shop 52 Main Street, Doune, FK 16 6BW. It is involved in a wide range of activities, e.g. development of the Youth Project, interpretation boards on the path to the Doune Castle, runs walking festivals and provides a base and meeting place for a number of local groups. It also has two employees. Membership of the Trust is £1 life membership; one gets very little for this as it is a way to support the Trust. Membership forms can be obtained. Two newsletters have been produced since the Trust was formed.

The Kilmadock Society is composed of volunteers; and has an annual fee, £5 adults, £2 Senior Citizens (over 60yrs of age), and junior. There are talks and periodic news letters and again membership forms can be obtained. It is of note that the Society and the Development Trust are run in the main by the same people.

DOUNE & DEANSTON
This book about Doune & Deanston is available as are many other books & pamphlets about the area which are available from the Heritage Centre which is well worth a visit.



DOIG SOCIETY MEMORABILIA ARCHIVE

We are also setting up a Doig Society memorabilia archive; Our Genial Genealogist Ken Doig has donated his collection over the years to the archive which we hope will be established in Doune.

We have been buying artefacts on E-bay, recently one book by Dr Andrew B. Doig a former Moderator of the Church of Scotland who participated in the Wedding of Prince Charles to Diana, this book is entitled “It’s People that Count”.


Also an historic whisky flagon inscribed 'David Doig Scotch Whisky Merchant Dunoon'



KILMADOCK GRAVEYARD

Kilmadock Graveyard has close links with our Doig ancestors. Stirling Council have done some repairs to the graveyard walls to keep the herborous animals out, (slugs are welcome), the nettles still abound but access is possible. and upkeep of the Kilmadock graveyard is hoped to be an ongoing project. There is a new access map to the graveyard and it is hoped this is available at The Kilmadock Trust & Society: - The Kimadock Development Trust runs the Information and Heritage Centre at the Development Trust shop 52 Main Street, Doune, FK 16 6BW


RICHARD “TARTAN” DOIG

RICHARD “TARTAN” DOIG has Doig Tartan goods available, ties, scarves, plaids, etc. Order your Doig Tartan Kilt see www.thekiltshop.co.uk Richard has shops in Aberfeldy, Blairgowrie, Brecin, Carnoustie, Dundee, Forfar, Montrose & Kirriemuir


DOIG GATHERING DVDs

The only 2nd International Doig Gathering DVDs in the World are available.
£10 incl. p&p in UK, $20 US outside UK.
First International Gathering DVD’s are still available.
Contact Secretary John Doig for copies at john@doigsden.co.uk

Sorry if you missed the Doig International Gatherings? Contact our Kennel Master John Doig Liverpool who will be pleased to assist you if foreign Doig’s stray to the U.K for a holiday or other reason.


STIRLING, SCOTLAND

Stirling, Scotland. – For those of you who wish to know more about the area including places to visit,/accommodation please see www.visitscottishheartlands.com more available accommodation at www.upmystreet.com - search Hotels in the village of Deanston & Doune close to Stirling and Thornhill.


THE SCOTTISH GENEALOGY SOCIETY

The Scottish Genealogy Society promotes research into Scottish History encouraging the collection, exchange and publication of material relating to genealogy and family history. E-mail; info@scotsgenealogy.com and web www.scotsgenealogy.com they reside at 15 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2JL 0131 220 3677

They produce a quarterly journal “The Scottish Genealogist” and recently in L11 Vol 2 had a 7 page spread written by Kenneth Frank Doig, (our Genealogist California) Dr Suzanne Mary Doig (NZ) & George Kerr Doig our Chairman.
For details on subscriptions etc please see the above contacts.


DOIG INTERNATIONAL GATHERING IN CANADA 2010

IT IS INTENDED TO HOLD OUR NEXT DOIG INTERNATIONAL GATHERING IN CANADA IN THE FALL OF 2010 :- before the winter Olympic Games start?

If we are to have an International Gathering in Canada in 2010 we will require some organisation.
Ian Doig reidoig@perth.igs.net has agreed to become the Canadian representative. Ian lives in Perth Ontario and we will require those other Doig’s in Canada to come out of the woods and assist. Please contact Ian, we need to look at a venue and will require star attractions / ideas.

Where shall we meet on the West Coast ? East Coast? We need your views and ideas. It will be a 2-3 day meeting? with if required a tour of parts of the country organised. Are you interested in attending? Please let us know. Also let us know if you will not attempt to attend.

Are you willing to volunteer to assist? Let Ian know.

PLEASE LET ME KNOW NOW IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING ATTENDING AS WE NEED TO KNOW IF THE VENTURE IS WORTH WHILE at john@doigsden.co.uk

Ian Doig in Sydney Australia has also agreed to become the Auzzie representative, these duties entail the rustling up of Doig descendents, encouragement to join the Society, assisting to becoming a Clan and if the country hosts a Gathering to act as a key role in the organization.

DOIG REPRESENTATIVE REQUIRED IN EACH COUNTRY
Are you willing to be your Countries Doig leader? Let us know.


TALK FOR FREE ON SKYPE (NOW WITH A VIDEO LINK) SO FAR THERE ARE NOW NEARLY 300 DOIGS ON SKYPE AN INCREASE OF 500% IN A YEAR. I JUST WISH THEY ALL WOULD LET ME TALK TO THEM :-)
IF YOU ARE ON SKYPE MY SKYPE NAME IS doigjohna PLEASE CALL!


Do you know of a location or a street near you named after the Doig Family? Please let us know. Due to our Gatherings in Thornhill in 2006 we have had another named after us. Doig Park in Thornhill just off Doig Street.


Contact e-mails

Ken is at - www.doig.net
Archivist & Web Master

Kerr - GkerrDoig@aol.com
Hon Chairman

John - john.doig@tiscali.co.uk
Hon Secretary

Ian - ianpdoig@yahoo.com
Hon Treasurer

Henry - sunnysidehouse@hotmail.com
Lineage


THE DOIG SOCIETY EXTENDS TO YOU ALL A WISH FOR
PEACE, HEALTH AND HAPPINESS IN 2007 AND BEYOND
!


OH! I NEARLY FORGOT
Have a yard sale or event on behalf of The Doig Family Society and...




Doig Digests

Newsletter of The Doig Family Society

January 2006


Year of the Dog

Chinese Dog Symbol

Dogs are Honest & faithful to those they love but they tend to worry too much
and find fault with others. They make ideal secret agents and business people.

CHINESE NEW YEAR
starts 29/1/2006




Dear Doig Cousin,

A Scottish and Chinese Guid New Year to you all! We will celebrate the year of the Dog in August and it looks as though the Doig Gathering in August 2006 is to be a good one, with many cousins from around the Globe attending. We are currently planning the event in more detail. As more interest is shown it has become apparent that the venue of the Smith Museum in Stirling is too small and therefore another venue, just outside Stirling , the Village Hall at Thornhill, has been booked. This will give us room with capacity to spare. We were very reluctant to move from the Smiths but we will still have their support and that of the Kilmadock Society.

What a difference a year and a bit has made since our last Gathering. We must once again thank our Archivist Ken Doig in California who has been able to tie in some ancestor lines with the information received at the first International Doig Gathering at Stirling in 2004. Also thanks to Ken for the improved web pages that he has produced, which now have some photographs on. If you are willing to have photographs of any of your family, old or present, let Ken have e-mail copies. We must also thank Kerr, our Chairman, for pulling the Dog Cart along; he is / has delegated writing this Digest (thanks Kerr!) and is embarking on a book about the Doigs. Title to be decided but I think the “Big Dog Book” could be a best seller J . The book is to be a journal of Doig's, Dog's and Doige's past and present, famous and infamous.

If you have a story Kerr will be pleased to accept it along with any background information & evidence (newspaper cuttings etc) / photographs at GkerrDoig@aol.com

John Doig, Secretary Doig Society

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CLAN REGISTRATION

The Doig Society in order to achieve Clan Status requires ten armigers to become a clan. At this point we have two, with one application in process by Kerr Doig . We really need others to follow suit and align these armigers via the Office of Lord Lyon. What is required is as follows: - This is for a Grandfather ancestor who lived in Scotland but applied for to Lord Lyon.

1a  Your Marriage Certificate
1b    "      Father in Law's Marriage Certificate
1c/e      All the Children's Birth Certificates (eldest son first, then any daughters)
2a   Your Birth Certificate
2b    "      Fathers Marriage Certificate
3a    "      G/Fathers Birth Certificate
3b    "            "        Marriage Certificate

Cost is around £1000 but not paid up front.
Please look to your family to achieve this aim for more details and information see www.doig.net


Subscriptions now due for 2006! See Minutes of the November 14 th 2005 on the web site http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/doigsden/

At the end of 2005 Financial Year the Doig Family Society had a healthy £734 in its bank account after expenses had been paid. 2006 subscriptions to the Doig Family Society became due on the 1st of January, at the rate of £10 per person per year. Your financial support would be greatly appreciated to enable the Society to move towards its objective of achieving official Clan status through the Lord Lyon's Office. Society Members are requested to set up an ANNUAL Standing Order of which there is an example to use below. The Treasurer requests that when a subscription Standing Order is set up by a member that they let him know so that he will know who the subscription is from. An e-mail to our Treasurer ianpdoig@yahoo.com would be appreciated; this would save a lot of confusion and head scratching! Alternatively, subscriptions paid by cheque, payable to the “Doig Family Society” and sent to the Doig Family Society Treasurer”, 2E Gillsland Road , Edinburgh , EH10 5BW . The Treasurer is willing to answer any questions and provide further information (0131 228 2947). CLICK HERE FOR A PRINTABLE STANDING ORDER FORM

Accounts are required to be audited and that this could be carried out at the Gathering, Ian P. Doig Treasurer


The Kilmadock Trust & Society :- The Kimadock Development Trust runs the Information and Heritage Centre at the Development Trust shop 52 Main Street , Doune, FK 16 6BW. It is involved in a wide range of activities, e.g. development of the Youth Project, interpretation boards on the path to the Doune Castle , runs walking festivals and provides a base and meeting place for a number of local groups. It also has two employees. Membership of the Trust is £1 life membership; one gets very little for this as it is a way to support the Trust. Membership forms can be obtained. Two newsletters have been produced since the Trust was formed.

The Kilmadock Society is composed of volunteers; and has an annual fee, £5 adults, £2 Senior Citizens (over 60yrs of age), and junior. There are talks and periodic news letters and again membership forms can be obtained. It is of note that the Society and the Development Trust are run in the main by the same people. If you have any “Doig memorabilia” it would be appreciated if paper copies were sent to the Kilmadock Heritage Centre who would be most grateful to receive them.


PLEASE COPY THE POSTER BELOW AND PLACE IT IN YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY
(CLICK ON POSTER TO OPEN IN NEW WINDOW)


The Stirling Castle Ball c.16th Century: - Did Jame Dog collect this football for King James IV which is now lying in the Smiths Art Gallery and Museum?
When workmen found this small leather ball hidden within the Queen's Chamber at Stirling Castle in the 1970s, little interest was stirred. With its dried up bladder still inside the casing, the ball was merely classified under 'leather goods' and deposited in the Smith museum. More recent research by the Scottish Football Museum , however, suggests that it may be of considerable historic significance. The ball's age may partly be deduced from the location of its concealment, behind a wall erected as part of James V's reconstruction of the castle between 1537-42. From the Accounts of the Lord High Treasurer during the reign of James IV, dated 11 April 1497, we also find an order from Stirling , 'giffin to Jame Dog to by fut ballis to the King.' So might this ball be one of Mr Dog's? Football was certainly being played at this time in Scotland , at least by the brave (as depicted below). Sir David Lindsay, a satirist in the court of James V, listed 'futeball' among the pursuits of his protagonist Squyer Meldrum, while during Mary Queen of Scots' imprisonment at Carlisle in 1568, according to a letter from Francis Knollys, `20 of her retinue played at football before her for two hours very strongly, nimbly, and skilfully...' 'Theyr fairer play,' wrote Knollys, was owing to `the smalness of theyr balle'. But it is the very smallness of the Stirling ball which has led the National Museum of Scotland to suggest that it was not used for football, but for pallone, a tennis-like game in which players strike the ball with wooden sheaths attached to their forearms. Popular at European courts in the 16th century and still played in Italy today, Pallone- the Italian for ball or balloon - uses a bladder-­inflated ball similar in size to the Stirling example. If this is a pallone it adds intriguing evidence to what is already known of Scotland 's close ties with European fashion during the Stewart period. But if it is indeed a football, it is, as far as we know, the oldest surviving example in the world.


Kilmadock Graveyard update : - Stirling Council have awarded a £15,000 funding for repairs and upkeep of the Kilmadock graveyard , which has close links with our Doig ancestors. There will be a new access map to the graveyard and it is hoped this will be available for our August 2006 Gathering.


DOIG INTERNATIONAL GATHERING 2006: - OUR VENUES and PROGRAMME OF EVENTS

Stirling, 4 th and 5 th August 2006 Commencing at 10.30 each day at THORNHILL in the village hall, starting with mix and mingle / lunch / speakers - finishing around 4.30. We will welcome both “kent faces” and new Doig cousins attending for the first time.

On the Friday there will be an “Evening Soiree” with entertainment from two bands - our own Wullie Doig 's band and “The Twa Daves” with singers including Katie Costello.

On the Saturday a similar format during the day, (the speakers are yet to be finalised together with times). We will vote for our “Clan Chief”. Look forward to the 2008 venue requesting input / format and also to the 2010 gathering in Canada?

In the evening at Thornhill near Stirling , 5 th August. 7.30pm , “The Doig Doo” Our Ceilidh Dance, to be held in the Thornhill village hall, dance until midnight, definitely not to be missed! Space is limited to 120 so please apply for your tickets early. PLEASE, bring a raffle prize with you to the Gathering. Grand draw at the “Doig Doo”

Bridge of Allan 6 th August . Come with us to the world famous Bridge of Allan Highland Games one of Scotland 's premier events attracting crowds of between 10,000 and 15,000. The games field is situated in a spectacular setting nestled between Stirling Castle , the Ochil Hills and the Wallace Monument and Bannockburn Battlefield, made famous by the blockbuster movie Braveheart. The games themselves offer a full athletic programme including the crowd pleasing heavyweight competitions, nearly 200 highland dancers, approx 1500 pipers, wrestling, tug-of-war, cycling, over 40 Exhibition and trade stands, food stalls, bars and a huge fun fair. It is renowned for the large number of pipe bands attending. See http://www.bofagames.i12.com

If you would like to represent the Doigs in any of the competitions please feel free to do so.

FAREWELL DINNER : - on Sunday the 6 th August we will have a farewell dinner. If you are interested in the dinner please notify the Chairman, as dependent upon numbers, the venue may have to be changed. GkerrDoig@aol.com

RICHARD “TARTAN” DOIG IS ATTENDING on all days and will have a stall at the Bridge of Allan Games . Doig Tartan goods will be available, ties, scarves, plaids, etc. Order your Doig Tartan Kilt see www.thekiltshop.co.uk

DOIG SPEAKERS ARE STILL WANTED; DOIG PIONEER STORIES, OR SCOTTISH TOPICS, ALSO SINGERS / ENTERTAINERS FOR THE EVENING SOIREE. Please e-mail John. john.doig@tiscali.co.uk


BOOK : - THORNHILL AND ITS ENVIRONS : - A Social History by Stuart J. McCulloch. This short history of Thornhill and the parish community of Norreiston is a must for all Doigs to have in their home library. It is a bountiful guide to the local history that surrounded the Doigs of the area, 9 pages where they are mentioned. The Society has obtained all the copies currently in print and they are available at £10 incl. p&p and will be available at the Gathering .

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The only Doig Gathering DVD film in the World!
First International Gathering DVD's are still available.
£10 incl. p&p in UK , $20 US outside UK.
Contact Secretary John Doig for copies.
It is intended to video the Gathering again in 2006. So start saving now :-)


Sorry if you missed the First Doig International Gathering? ; be there at the SECOND!
Contact our Kennel Master John Doig Liverpool. August 2006 is less than 7 months away!

CONFIRMATION OF YOUR ATTENDANCE IS DESIRED!

I would be grateful if you would please register indicating THE DAYS / DATES YOU INTEND TO BE PRESENT we do need to plan our meals / snack etc.
No later than 30 th June 2006 to ensure your booking for the Ceilidh

NOTE: - The Edinburgh Festival and Tattoo are on at the same time.

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Stirling , Scotland . For those of you who wish to know more about the area including places to visit,/ accommodation please see http://www.visitscottishheartlands.com
More available accommodation at http://www.upmystreet.com search Hotels in the village of Deanston & Doune close to Stirling and Thornhill.

Maps of the Stirling – Thornhill: - a distance of about 7.5mls from Stirling and 11 minutes travel by car.


SEARCHING FOR DOIGS
by Kenneth Frank Doig
Doig Family Society Genealogist

I purchased my first computer genealogy program in 1991. My name was the first, and I added from there. I currently have about 75,000 names up on the internet , of which about 60,000 are Doigs or their spouses' (about 15,000 are my wife Linda's).

I was a purchasing agent and had the opportunity to travel. Many flights had arranged stopovers in Salt Lake City where much of my earlier research was done. Besides the US and Canada , I have also researched at many places in Scotland and England . I have braved the book mites in the Vatican Library in Rome , the Registry House in Sydney , NSW, Australia, and the Library in Christchurch , New Zealand . I have exchanged reams of paper by snail mail and more recently many thousands of emails.

When I first signed on to the Internet, the search engine for “DOIG” yielded 286 results. Today that search on Google is 1,860,000. At the top is our website www.doig.net. I used to keep up with the new e-mail addresses and websites, but had to give that up. The Internet has made the search much easier to do from home, but I get dozens of email enquiries each week that take additional research.

Where can you see some of the results of the Doig quest? Go to www.doig.net and try your name in the search engine. If you can't find yourself send me an e-mail at ken@doig.net with a bit of ancestry. Most of the files have been updated down to recent. If you want to browse our earliest records check out http://www.doig.net/DOIGK.htm.

Besides the text files there are GEDCOM (linked) files at http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi. (The site is free, but I hope you have a pop-up blocker) This program removes info on living persons after 1930. Here you can do a specialized search. Try only the name “Doig” and Birth Place of “Kinnettles.” You will get 70 results just from this small parish near Forfar.

When you find yourself, please send any corrections or additions to me at ken@doig.net. Also send photo scans for inclusion with the text files. To see how these enhance your family history check out my pics at http://www.doig.net/ANDX1776.html. Click on the photos to enlarge. Please contribute your smiling face and your ancestors to share with your cousins.

Now a question for our Canadian Doigs. Who is this? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel_Doig


The Scottish Genealogy Society: - Promotes research into Scottish History encouraging the collection, exchange and publication of material relating to genealogy and family history. E-mail; info@scotsgenealogy.com and web www.scotsgenealogy.com they reside at 15 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh , EH1 2JL 0131 220 3677

They produce a quarterly journal “The Scottish Genealogist” and recently in L11 Vol 2 had a 7 page spread written by Kenneth Frank Doig, (our Genealogist California ) Dr Suzanne Mary Doig (NZ) & George Kerr Doig our Chairman.

For details on subscriptions etc please see the above contacts.


DOIG DNA
Some progress is being made as to setting up a DOIG DNA database.
An American site has been found which will assist with this aim. http://www.familytreedna.com/

The intention is to obtain volunteers from several Doig lines and submit for a test which will cost $102. Costs will have to be met by the individual unfortunately. So if you are willing to volunteer please let the Society know via - ken@doig.net A mouth swab is all it takes. We already have two volunteers so watch this space you may find that you do not have a Doig Genealogist or Secretary soon :-)


REPRESENTATIVE REQUIRED IN EACH COUNTRY
ARE YOU WILLING TO VOLUNTEER?

If we are to have an International Gathering in Canada in 2010 we will require some organisation.

Ian Doig reidoig@perth.igs.net has agreed to become the Canadian representative. Ian lives in Perth Ontario and we will require those other Doig's in Canada to come out of the woods and assist. Please contact Ian, we need to look at a venue and will require star attractions / ideas. Ian Doig in Sydney Australia has also agreed to become the Auzzie representative, these duties entail the rustling up of Doig descendents, encouragement to join the Society, assisting to becoming a Clan and if the country hosts a Gathering to act as a key role in the organization.


TALK FOR FREE ON SKYPE (NOW WITH A VIDEO LINK)

SO FAR THERE ARE NEARLY 100 DOIGS ON SKYPE!
I JUST WISH THEY ALL WOULD LET ME TALK TO THEM :-)

IF YOU ARE ON SKYPE MY SKYPE NAME IS doigjohna PLEASE CALL!


Do you know of a location or a street near you named after the Doig Family? Please let us know.

 
Canada


Contact e-mails

Ken is at - www.doig.net
Archivist & Web Master

Kerr - GkerrDoig@aol.com
Hon Chairman

John - john.doig@tiscali.co.uk
Hon Secretary

Ian - ianpdoig@yahoo.com
Hon Treasurer

Henry - sunnysidehouse@hotmail.com
Lineage


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THE DOIG SOCIETY EXTENDS TO YOU ALL A WISH FOR
PEACE, HEALTH AND HAPPINESS IN 2006 AND BEYOND.


Doig Digests

Newsletter of The Doig Family Society

August 2005


Dear Doig Cousin,

Did you know that ‘Doig' is an ancient and distinguished Scottish Name? Doig's can be traced back throughout Scottish History, as far as the sixth century. The Doig Family Society was established in 2004 with the primary objective of promoting the Doig Family and that of achieving full Clan status in our own right. We invite you to attend the next International Gathering of the Doig Family Society. This exiting event will be held from August 4 th to 6 th 2006 at Stirling, Thornhill and Bridge of Allan , Scotland . All welcome! Come and join founder members of the Doig Family Society from all over the world – Doigs from Scotland, England, Wales, Canada, USA, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Peru, Malta and Switzerland have already indicated their attendance. Please bring the family along with you! Come to the Doig's homeland in Central Scotland and explore your ancient family history, for an experience to treasure for a lifetime!

Motto: Yield not to Adversity Kerr Doig Chairman Doig Family Society

Stirling , Scotland . - Right in the centre of Scotland , this is truly historic territory, linking the Highlands and Lowlands . Many famous folk have passed this way. Some had a dramatic role to play in Scotland 's story like King Robert the Bruce, Sir William Wallace and Mary Queen of Scots. Others made their contribution to literature and in passing through the area, left their written or poetic impressions. In this category Robert Burns stands foremost. Our own Dr David Doig was headmaster of the Grammar School in Stirling around 1787. See a photo of the commemorative plaque courtesy of Ian P Doig society treasurer.

For more details about the area including places to visit, accommodation etc please see – http://www.visitscottishheartlands.com

Thornhill, near Stirling . The Doig family arrived in The Thornhill area in the sixth century. Close by is Kilmadock's ruined churchyard (Church of the Doigs), complete with Doig gravestones, see Archivist Ken Doig's web page at www.doig.net

How to get to the ancient Doig churchyard? Just beyond the houses in Buchany turn right into the entrance beyond Doune Lodge. Before the road divides it is quite wide and it is possible to park close to the wall at the side of the roadway without being a significant danger to traffic. Cross over the road with great care, traffic comes round the corner at speed, and go down the grassy slope behind the Armco , barrier. Turn left through a gate and follow the path to the east of the Annet Burn to the edge of the field above the graveyard. Walk across the field and take care getting into the graveyard using the steps over the wall. The ground in the graveyard is uneven and some parts of the outer wall have collapsed . BE VERY CAREFUL. A warning on the entrance states “Some of the materials within this site may be unstable, visitors are advised not to touch any monuments and to remain on the paths at all times”. We found the pathway to the site very difficult to access in the summer.


DOIG INTERNATIONAL GATHERING 2006 : - OUR VENUES

Stirling, 4 th and 5 th August 2006 Commencing at 10.30 each day at The Stirling Smith, Art Gallery and Museum, Dumbarton Road , Stirling , Scotland.
See – www.smithartgallery.demon,co.uk
Gallery director Elspeth King and her dedicated staff will welcome both “kent faces” and new Doig cousins attending for the first time.

Thornhill near Stirling , 5 th August. 7.30pm , “The Doig Doo” Our Ceilidh Dance, to be held in the Thornhill village hall, dance until midnight, definitely not to be missed! Please apply for your tickets early as space is limited.

Bridge of Allan 6 th August . Come with us to the world famous Bridge of Allan Highland Games one of Scotland 's premier events attracting crowds of between 10,000 and 15,000. The games field is situated in a spectacular setting nestled between Stirling Castle , the Ochil Hills and the Wallace Monument and Bannockburn Battlefield, made famous by the blockbuster movie Braveheart. The games themselves offer a full athletic programme including the crowd pleasing heavyweight competitions, nearly 200 highland dancers, approx 1500 pipers, wrestling, tug-of-war, cycling, over 40 Exhibition and trade stands, food stalls, bars and a huge fun fair. See http://www.bofagames.i12.com

If you would like to represent the Doigs in any of the competitions please feel free.

Full weekend programme details under preparation, and will include : -

  • Doig International Conference. Fri 4th & Sat 5th
  • Guest Speakers.
  • Our quest for Clan Status. See www.doig.net for details
  • Richard “ Tartan” Doig is attending: purchasing of Doig Tartan goods will be available, ties, scarves, plaids, etc. Order your Doig Tartan Kilt see - http://www.thekiltshop.co.uk
  • Vote for the Scottish Doig venue 2008.
  • Vote for 2010 Doig International Gathering venue : - Canada .
  • Vote for our first “Clan” Chief.
  • Doig Evening Soiree. Fri 4 th
  • Doig Ceilidh. Sat 5 th evening 7.30 onwards.
  • Visit to Bridge of Allan Highland Games Sun 6th
  • Farewell Doig Dinner. Evening Sun 6th

Doig speakers wanted urgently; Doig pioneer stories, or Scottish topics, also singers / entertainers for the evening soiree.
Please e-mail John at john.doig@tiscali.co.uk
Bring a raffle prize with you to the Gathering. Grand draw at the “Doig Doo”

Sorry if you missed the first Doig International Gathering? ; be there at the SECOND.
Contact our Kennel Master John Doig Liverpool. August 2006 is less than 365 days away!
CONFIRMATION OF YOUR ATTENDANCE IS NECESSARY!
Please register indicating THE DAYS / DATES YOU INTEND TO BE PRESENT.
NO LATER THAN 30th APRIL 2006 TO ENSURE YOUR BOOKING!


The only Doig Gathering DVD film in the World!
First International Gathering DVD's are available.
£10 incl. p&p in UK , $20 US outside UK . Contact Secretary John Doig for copies.


Do you know of a location or a street near you named after the Doig Family? Please let us know. We know of Doig Street & Doig Place in Thornhill , Scotland . A Rue Doig and a Doig River in Canada . Also a Doig Crescent in Stornaway named after Founder Member Dr Henry Doig 's father, Dr Robert Doig MBE. Does anyone know how these names were called? We would be pleased to know.


Join the Doig Family Society today!

Membership £10 or equivalent per person / per annum,
Transfer money direct to our account in Scotland using the form below

WHY DO WE NEED YOUR SUBSCRIPTION?

  • TO ACHIEVE CLAN STATUS
  • Development of the Doig Family Society
  • To subsidise the Doig Gatherings
  • Financing the doig.net website
  • To pay for postage and printing of newsletter etc.
  • Archives, research and development

CLICK HERE FOR A PRINTABLE STANDING ORDER FORM


Did you know the small parish of KILMADOCK was named after the Doig family? Visit the Kilmadock Heritage Centre shop in Main St, Doune. Many books on sale. If you have any “Doig memorabilia” it would be appreciated if paper copies were sent to the Kilmadock Heritage Centre who would be most grateful to receive them.


TALK FOR FREE ON SKYPE
Use your search engine and download SKYPE for free! This will enable you to talk over the Internet for free! A microphone is required. One can also ring up a normal telephone anywhere in the World for ~ 1.2pence per minute. Our Secretary is online as doigjohna


Doig World Co-ordinator required NOW!
To help set up the Doig DNA Project - a simple mouth swab is all it takes!


Contact e-mails
Ken is at - www.doig.net Archivist & Web Master
Kerr - GkerrDoig@aol.com Hon Chairman
John - john.doig@tiscali.co.uk Hon Secretary
Ian - ianpdoig@yahoo.com Hon Treasurer


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