There are no SERVICEs in my family, but through my TAYLOR ancestors I have
an interest in Kilwinning, Ayrshire. In a book of pictures called "Old
Kilwinning" (ISBN 1 84033 041 4), the caption to one of the pictures (a
general street scene) begins: "A figure closely associated with Kilwinning
is the Preston-born Robert SERVICE, 'Bard of the Yukon', who as a boy lived
in the town between 1878 and 1883. SERVICE was a poet who chronicled the
frontier life in Canada and became possibly the only poet ever to become a
millionaire from sales of his writing. In his autobiography 'Ploughman of
the Moon', his memories of Kilwinning are perhaps a little confused as he
refers to it as 'the Long Grey Town', remembering only the main street and
the ironworks and coal mines in the area ..."
It's something of a long shot, particularly as this Robert SERVICE postdates
your Perry SERVICE, but, as you are interested in Scottish SERVICEs, this
may fit somewhere in your jigsaw puzzle.
Incidentally, are you familiar with George F Black's massive work "The
Surnames of Scotland"? He states in relation to SERVICE that "there is an
old Stirling family of this name which may be descended from William
SERVATUR (or LE SERVETUR), burgess of Stirling, who rendered homage, 1296".
He makes references also to Roxburghshire (same year) and to a Robert
SERVICE, servant to the notary of Ayr, in 1662.
At Brockenhurst in southern England
Lory Whicker wrote:
Hello. I am a new subscriber to this list, having just discovered
the SERVICE surname has Scotch ancestry. My great grandmother was a
Service; the earliest name I have in her line is a Perry Service, born
1822 in Ohio, USA. I am looking for any further information regarding
those of the Service name, in hopes of finding a connection somewhere.