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Listers will be aware that for some time I have been looking for this mill
and attempting to find out if any sign of it exists today.
The answer is that it does exist and is only a km or so upstream on the
"Doon" from Alloway.
The mill may date from before 1700 so I would have thought it would have
some historic significance.
By coincidence I was planning to make a trip to Scotland and will be in
Alloway and Maybole for a few days from the 20th of September.
Starting in early July I emailed various organisations seeking general
history on "Waulking Mills" and "Craig Mill" in particular and am astonished
that not one of the organisations has favoured me with a reply.
I would have thought that if someone is prepared to travel around the world
to visit a historic site the respectful, and professional, thing to do would
at the very least be an acknowledgement.
In a similar vein I have a strong belief that a 1st cousin, 5 times removed
(Thomas Reid (b1744)) may have been the model for "Tam" in Robbie Burns
Seeking info I wrote to the "Burns Museum" in Alloway, but am yet to receive
I have been doing genealogy research in many parts of the world for close on
thirty years and have always had my queries treated seriously and acted on
This lack of response has come as a real surprise to me, and wonder if
others have had similar experiences.
From: Mike Boyd
Sent: Sunday, August 19, 2018 12:43 PM
Subject: Is "Boyard" the French spelling of BOYD?
I am just going through a website that shows “BOYARD” as the French version for spelling Boyd.
Does anyone know if that is correct or not?
I do know that there were BOYD at Le Rochelle, SW France and some of those sons went to South Carolina in the 1680’s. Then early 1700’s went to Dublin and a little later went to London, where John Boyd became involved with the East India Company and Slavary in Africa and in the 1760’s he became a Baronet of Danson Hall, Kent.
So it appear that this Boyd family, whom I think is a part of the Boyds of Portincross, Ayrshire, but have not yet been able to prove that.
Historical Committee, HBS
This area of research might be useful for those Boyd not on the Boyd(a)rootsweb.com net list
From: Mike Boyd
Sent: Wednesday, August 15, 2018 3:56 PM
Subject: DNA of Boyds form the Scottish Borders
Given my previous email on the location of Caverton/Cavertoun, Roxburghshire – I estimate that while this location is first mentioned in April 1467, it may come form the Estate of through the marriage of Alice Gifford, the second daughter and co-heir of Hugh Gifford of Yester, who married Sir Thomas Boyd, third Feudal Baron of Kilmarnock. Scots Peerage, does not provide any date of this marriage, but it would appear to be about 1350 to 1370.
I am assuming that “a” Boyd family run this Estate for the Head of the Clan or it may have been a series of over the generations until this Estate would have been lost to the Boyds in 1469.
While we know that there a quite a number of Boyd families that are recorded in the Scottish Border in the last 2 hundred years, but we do not know their origins or linkages.
So while I was writing up the family Chapter on Caverton, Roxburghshire, the thought occurred to me as if these Boyd’s DNA maybe linked.
So has anyone compared the DNA for these Scottish Border Boyd families?
From: Mike Boyd
Sent: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 10:30 AM
Subject: 'County Monaghan, Ireland, genealogy and family history notes', by Michael O'Laughlin (?
From the website this appears to be 34 Books that was written on Irish families in county Monaghan.
So, has anyone looked these books and are there any Boyd families listed separately or as a part of another family?
Historical committee, HBS
The National Records of Scotland (aka Scotland's People) have a very good site on Scottish secretary hand:
All the best deciphering your documents,
a site well worth a look and to join
There is a section for deciphering handwriting
all the forum members are very helpful
and there is an Ayrshire section as well!
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It seems that in the last week, there have been no or very few Emails to the 10 net lists that I am on.
Are there any members now on this list researching any Boyd families in Ayrshire?
The Boyds came to Dean Castle in 1306, but may not have occupied it until after Bannockburn in 1314.
Prior to then they had lived in Cunninghame, Ayrshire (North, Ayrshire) – this was thought to be around Largs, as after the Battles of Largs in 1263 the Boyd were given land in Cunninghame, Ayrshire but the estate/s were not named.
The Boyd, like most of the Ayrshire families, seemed to be of Norman origins.