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Here are our surname interests in Ayrshire:
LAUGHT - James LAUGHT, born Dreghorn, Apr 11, 1790, son of James LAUGHT
& Barbara WILSON; d. Dc 6, 1785 in Stanley, Huron Co., Ontario, Canada.
He married Apr 20, 1816 in Dreghorn, Janet WALLACE, b. (according to
the 1851 Census) abt. 1785 in Kilmarnock. Would anyone have any ideas
as to the ancestors of Janet WALLACE?
Luke & Lurie Huisman
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Tom & All: I feel as if I have arrived home. I did not realize I
should address the entire list so when I saw a greeting from Bibbue M.
Hall yesterday, I sent the following message to him. I'll list my line
MONTGOMERY & COLES ancestors who moved from Aryshire, Scotland to
Ballyleck, County of Armagh after they left Scotland in 1649. They were
descended from Alexander Montgomery, Poet and soldier. Please visit me
for a Holiday Greeting!
From: Betti Paull <effie(a)nut-n-but.net>
To: BOBBIE M HALL <DRJG90B(a)prodigy.com>
Bobbie: I just signed up for Aryrshire list so when I saw your name I
thought it was from my grand nephew who is also Bobbie Hall. We now
call him Robbie Hall. He lives in Ohio and has two kids. I think he is
about 30 by now. Or is that his brother Timmie who is the eldest.
Enjoyed your Greeting. You can read my greeting if you go to Grizzly
Bear Graphics. I have paintings and some cards I designed on that site.
You might get a kick out of them.
Stop Grizzly Bear Graphic's card shop
and They posted one of a virtual postcards I created.
To take a peak at my card, click the link below:
Betti Paull, Florida New to the list!
I am trying to locate my great grand uncle, James MacFarlane DUFF. His
last established whereabouts is Irvine, Ayrshire in 1874. He was a witness
at my great grandfather's wedding. My great grandfather was Andrew DUFF,
who married Agnes SKELLY on Oct. 9, 1874. I know that James was born in
Dreghorn on Oct 23, 1856. His parents were John DUFF and Jean SCOLLICK,
both residing in Dreghorn at Springside Square. After this 1874 sighting,
I can't find him in Origins, IGI or anywhere. I believe that his middle
name stemmed from the previous generations. I am still trying to track
that one down too.
Please help me here. Any advice would definitely be appreciated.
At 09:57 23/12/98 , Randy McTaggart wrote:
>I am new to the list and I am interested in the following: McTaggart
>(Irvine and Kilwinning) and Vallance (Irvine) 1700 to present. I am also
>interested in tracking down any one with access to Irvine MI's.
Have you considered posting your interests in the Aryshire Surnames Index
Database? See my sig for details of accessing the database.
Yours aye, Iain - in Windsor in the former county of Berkshire
Web Page at http://home.clara.net/iainkerr/index.htm
Rootsweb Sponsor Listowner for the KERR; McTURK and SOUTHON lists at
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To all our cousins & friends who inhabit the
Ayrshire list, may this Christmas bring you
great joy and peace, and the New Year
deliver a new cousin or two!
Wishing all of you happy holidays, and
many thanks to all of you who have helped
all of us in our searches! Many next
year bring us all closer to our 'roots'
Bobbie Madison Hall - Chicago, usa
A family reunion is an effective form of birth control in my family.
I am new to the list and I am interested in the following: McTaggart
(Irvine and Kilwinning) and Vallance (Irvine) 1700 to present. I am also
interested in tracking down any one with access to Irvine MI's.
I would like to thank everyone who replied to me re my request for help
finding information about the McPHEE travelling families.
I will reply to each individually as and when I can.
I'm just overwhelmed with gratitude and we know so much more now than we did
before about 'The Summer Walkers' and their way of life.
It is with great regret that I will have to unsubscribe from the lists now
because of the volume of mail but many of the other mails regarding other
subjects have been very interesting and I may resubscribe again to a couple
after the holidays.
Thanks again to all, have a Merry Christmas and most of all a very Happy
Ancestor Quest UK and Ireland Genealogy
I got quite excited when I read your post. It's not every day that a
real life "rellie" turns up on a newsgroup.
Here's a brother for your William S. RICHMOND, born about 1832 in Old
Robert RICHMOND, son of David Wilson RICHMOND and Grace Baird, was
born circa 1827. He was a Miner and married Isabella BOAG 12 Sept 1845
Kilmarnock Ayr. (I have a copy of the Marriage Certificate) They
emigrated to Australia on the "Coldstream" in 1863.Their daughter,
Grace, married a Miner, John HORNE, in Newcastle, NSW. Their daughter,
Isabel, was my husband's grandmother.
If you reply personally I can give you more info.
Hi everyone on the Ayrshire list, Merry Christmas to you from snowy British
Columbia. I have just joined this list and am looking for information on the
Scott family in Old Cumnock and Ochiltree. My great grandfather Ebenezer
Scott b: ABT 1848 in Old Cumnock looked after the horses and drove the
carriage for the Marquis of Bute, they lived in the Gate House at Dumfries
House. He was married to Jane Smith from Ochiltree. His brother David Scott
married to Cunningham Wills also worked on the same estate.Does anyone have
any information about either of these families? Thank you in advance. Mary
Breer, Comox, B.C.
Greetings all - In my first post I said I had two names of
interest in Ayrshire - here is the second one.
Robert RICHMOND, born about 1775, where unknown. Married
Marion McGREGOR in Bankhead, Old Monkland, Lanarkshire,
August 25, 1795. Banns also called in Auchinlech.
No record of any births of children in the OPR, from which
it is assumed family was Free Kirk. Apparently at least
two children, one of which was:
David Wilson RICHMOND, born about 1805 in Old Cumnock.
Married Grace (Grizle) Baird of Stirling in Old Cumnock
December 3, 1824. David died in Kilmarnock, Sept. 15, 1888.
Again no record of births of children in OPR, but believed
to have EIGHT, one of which was:
William S. RICHMOND, born about 1832 in Old Cumnock.
Married Margaret WEBSTER in Kilmarnock June 4, 1852 He died
October 6, 1893 in Kilmarnock. Tailor Journeyman and
His eldest daughter Agnes RICHMOND, born Glasgow June 8,
1858. Two other daughters born 1860 and 1863, but believe
both died as infants. Family went to India 1863 and
returned to UK 1873. Two children born in India. James
September 1, 1867 in Lahore (Meen Meer), and Minna Margaret
Jane November 10, 1872. Agnes was my paternal grandmother.
I have ordered LDS films for Old Cumnock marriage register,
and Old Cumnock Mid-Wives register to 1829 in attempt to pin
down births of family.
If anyone has any interest in, or information of, this
family I would appreciate hearing from them.
George M. McCaig,
Dwight, Ontario, Canada. (presently in Florida for the
Most reluctantly I find that I will have to unsubscribe for the duration of
the Festive Season and a short holiday. I do hope I don't miss too much
whilst I'm gone. Best wishes to you all.
Kay Raynor (in Down Under Perth. Western Australia)
To all members of the East Ayrshire Family History Society on this list:
Thank you for all the information and advice you shared with me at the
EAFHS meeting and during my visit from America. It was wonderful to
visit Kilmarnock and be able to find so much help. Special thanks to Jim
Steel, Tom Shaw, Iain Bunten, Frank Beattie, Margaret Templeton and Ewen
Steed; and new cousins Marlyn and Heather Armour, Ann Amor and John
Hugh Cameron "Tim" Millar
Cape Cod, Mass
I am looking for any record of a family of tinkers, name of father Duncan
MCPHEE, Mother Elizabeth(Cameron) MCPHEE..children John, James, Elizabeth,
Susan...all of the children were brought up in orphanages in Greenock from
the late 1920's to 1930's..they were given their parents names, told they
were tinkers but no other information was given...they were later told that
they had died..this may not have been true at that time...John later
emigrated to Chicago, himself and Elizabeth my mother-in-law were re-united
as adults after she advertised in a Sunday Newspaper, his landlady
recognised the name and contacted Elizabeth to tell her John had joined the
RAF and had lodged at her house before emigrating to America...James was
found but the reunion was not a success, Susan has never been found, she was
last seen in Greenock in 1939..the Scotland GRO searched through all of
their records when Elizabeth applied for a Birth Certificate to obtain a
passport for a visit to John in the US, they found nothing, no record of
births for any of the children..we searched the St Cath's indexes for
England and Wales, found nothing also..they may have been born in Ireland or
Births may not have been registered as seemed to be commonplace among
Travelling families..I have heard that MCPHEE was a very common name among
Highland tinkers.....Elizabeth was contacted some time ago by a BBC
Researcher who was interested in making a documentary about Elizabeth's
search for her roots and sister, she has also been interviewed on BBC Radio
Merseyside, in the North Wales Weekly news and a reporter in Greenock
contacted us about the story....if anyone has any record of this family or
comes across any Memorial Inscription for Duncan and/or Elizabeth, marriage
record or anyone
who may know or have known Susan, Please contact me at
firstname.lastname@example.org..thanks, sorry for this long mail..by the way, have
added a page for Old Kilsyth Churchyard Stirlingshire Memorial Inscriptions
to the Genealogy Scotland site below..transcribed by Bob Coomber, who first
sent them to the Stirlingshire Mailing list..and kindly gave his permission
for me to put them on a page, many many, names a wonderful resource,
Ancestor Quest UK and Ireland Genealogy
A-Z of Family Surnames From England
Genealogy Wales, Wales/Cymru, the culture, language and history of Wales.
A-Z of Ireland Family Surnames Pages
British WW2 Reunion Page and tracing your Military Ancestors
Is anyone researching these families?
Our earliest find is a birth to Thomas LAWRIE and Jannet WALLACE abt 7 Aug
1734, son Thomas LAWRIE Nth Milltown, christened Old Luce Parish, Wigtown.
Another son John LAWRIE (born Apr 1742) married Agnes GORDON 1772.
Their daughter Margret married Thomas MCKINLAY (also spelt MCKINELEY).
Margret & Thomas' son Joseph MCKINLAY/MCKENINLEY b 13 Feb 1811 in Ayr.
Other chn Jane and Ann born Scotland but not Ayrshire. Census records show
that the family lived in Ayr, Joseph's chn all being born in Ayrshire.
Associated names include STEVENSON, FALCONER, STEWART, BROWN.
George Cornelius KERR married in Tarbolton in 1926, most likely
in the local Presbyterian church. I know it is over 50 years ago, but would
anyone out there know anything about the family - who he married, what
happened to them etc? It is thought GCK may have spent some time in Canada
and it's possible he may have returned there after his marriage. If I have
the right person, he'd be s/o John KERR & Isabella Hastings Dempster
CORNELIUS, and therefore my first cousin once removed, his mother and my
grandmother being sisters.
Any help and ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Beaudesert, Qld, Aust.
Hello & Happy Holidays to everyone on the list !
I am new to the list and just wanted to post my surnames to see if anyone
else is serching in my direction.
They are :
HAMILTON - Kilbirnie / Glengarnock 1800's - 1900's
STRACHAN - Riccarton/ Stevenson 1800's- 1900's
NESBIT or NISBET Riccarton / Kilmarnock 1790-1800's
LOUDON - Kilmarnock 1800's
JOHNSTON - Kilmarnock
Merrimack, NH USA
My G Grandfather Daniel W. McClure dob 1827 (sometimes listed as Donald) Left
from Glasgow Scotland and arrived in America in September of 1850. In 1867
his wife died shortly after giving birth to her 4th child and Daniel returned
to Scotland. He returned to America in August of 1891 and died 3 weeks later.
I presume he returned to his family in Scotland during his 25 year absence
and it is also very possible he started another family. Looking for any ideas
on how to find out where in Scotland he may have been from so that I can start
my search. Regards John McClure
Just a round robin (no pun about Christmas intended) to let everyone know
that as a result of various enquiries about apparently non-existent streets
in Glasgow where births, marriages and deaths took place, I've created
from the 1938 Post Office Directory a listing of all these streets which
have been renamed. It's available on my home page below. If you use it it's
best viewed at a resolution of 800 x 600, otherwise everything sems to go
out of line.
Happy hunting to all, and of course a Merry Christmas.
Greetings all, I am new on this list. I have two names of
interest in Ayrshire but will post only one at this time.
Robert McCaig, journeyman sawyer, born Kilmarnock about
1864-66. Not on IGI but birthplace declared in 1891 census
when he was living in Irvine. He married my grandmother in
At time of marriage he declared his parents to be William
McCaig, journeyman blacksmith, and Margaret Adams, both
So far I have no other information on any of them. I am
searching birth record films at LDS to pinpoint Robert's
birth so I can order his birth certificate, and thus get the
date, and place, of his parents marriage.
If anyone is researching this family name, I would
appreciate hearing from them.
George M. McCaig,
Dwight, Ontario, Canada. (presently in Florida for the