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17 April 2013:
Hi there thought this might be of interest to you.

I bought a set of pipes and on removing the inside layer of the box , I found this inscription.

This box was presented by Lord Stair

of Lochinch Castle

To Thomas Lees

Army Cadet pipe band

in 1944

Now belongs to His Grand Nephew

Tommy Clanachan.

inside the box are a set of Lawrie Pipes,

was wondering if these were the pipes that came with the box.

Could any one help?.
- David Nel (, Invercargill, New Zealand

16 April 2013:
Further to my 31 1 2012 entry.

It has now been confirmed my great aunt Alice resided in Achany house. She was married to Angas MacPherson who retired to Achany house. Angas was piper to Andrew Carnegie. Their son Malcolm also became a renown piper.

Thanks to Gazetteer for Scotland another facet in my family geneology is revealed.

Robert P.
- Robert Popplewell (, Coffs Harbour, Australia

03 March 2013:
I am looking for a connection to my mother's ancestors. Her maiden name was Tynes (father Robert Riley - Born: Shawsville, Virginia)and my research only goes as far back to the early 1800's to her grandfather. Robert Riley Tynes' military census record has his home of record at time of his WWI service as Roanoke, Virginia. I lose track of the line with her grandfather (Washington Tynes). I do not know if there is a potential kinship to the Tynes family from the coast of Virginia ( ). If there is a know connection please let me know.
- Brenda Cockrum (, La Luz, United States of America (USA)

01 January 2013:

I just stumbled on to your site while doing some research on Dallas -- Scotland, that is! Many native Scots and probably 99.99% of Texans have no idea that there is a town in the north of Scotland called Dallas! As a member of The Scottish Society of Dallas ( we have a lot of fun sharing that fact with attendees at the various gatherings, festivals and civic activities that we get involved with over the course of a year. I have changed our "Dallas Scotland" link, on our Scottish Links web page, to point to your URL for the village of Dallas. I've also made a modest donation in the hope that you will be able to keep up the good work that you are doing.


Scott W. Fischer

President, The Scottish Society of Dallas (Texas, that is.)
- Scott Fischer (, Dallas, United States of America (USA)

14 August 2012:
Hi there.

I am trying to trace history on my live in partner's late father. He was born at Overton Cluny, Overton was a farm very close to the still existing Cairnfold Cottage. He was born 25 January 1921, his name was Robert Wood Stewart, his parents were John and Edith, they were married at Tarves Church on 27 November 1914. We would love to know if Robert was an only child, unfortunately he left Cluny for Leiston in Suffolk and killed himself at 40 on 19 August 1961.

Any help please would be appreciated.


- Sheila Bullock (, Sutton, Surrey, England

31 January 2012:
I believe my great aunt Alice Ross (her maiden name), may have married the owner of Achany house, or his son, in the early 20th century. I have photos of Achany house date unknown, but the dress of persons in one would indicate 1920's or 30's.

The photos gave no information about the house or people in them, however family "hearsay" was that Gt Aunt Alice lived in the Lairg area. I did a google earth search literally house by house and found a match for my photo in Achany house.

Robert P

- Robert Popplewell (

20 January 2012:
I am trying to trace any details of my grandfather William Patrick Logie Robertson who died in 1957 and is buried in preston kirk east linton. He was a corporal in the home guard

during ww2
- Michael Husband (

21 November 2011:
Hi, I am tracing my husband family and have got as far as finding out that his great grandfather was born in Kirkcudbright.

His mothers name was Elizabeth Little Craik born around 1883 and lived in Chapel Street, Maxwelltown. He was born illegitamately and his fathers name was also Walter Connell..

It looks like Walter was brought up by his grandmother Jane or Janet Craik (chapel street) his grandfathers name was William Craik.

I am trying to find more information, especially about his father Walter Connell. Also he was born in Bogrie Cottage.

I would appreciate it if comeone could shed some light on this.

Many Thanks
- Kirsty Connell (

13 November 2011:
My paternal grandfather came to America @1892 from Scotland. He was Archie Reid Ogilvie and the son of William (1823-?) and Jane Forsyth Ogilvie (@1843-1891). William was born in Aberdeen and Jane was born in Lossiemouth, Elgin. The last place of residence I have for both is in Old Machar, Aberdeenshire in 1871. They had several children and several came to America planning to start a business and then their parents would join them since the mother's health was poor and they felt that she would do better in America. They were in the furniture/lumber industry.

Any help that you could give me would be most appreciated.

My address is Angela Ogilvie Hedgepeth

653 Franklin Grove Drive

Mooresville, NC 28115 USA
- Angela Ogilvie Hedgepeth (, Mooresville, North Carolina United States, United States of America (USA)

16 October 2011:
"Edinburgh's War" is a collaborative venture involving The Centre for The Study of The Two World Wars at the University of Edinburgh, the City of Edinburgh Libraries, The Scottish War Memorials Project, and community history groups. A truly fascinating story of Edinburgh, Leith and the Lothians in World War One has emerged. A virtual history archive went live in October 2010 and can be found at We continue to find more and more information, and people are sending us stories that we believe would never have been told were it not for this Project which continues to develop.

The plan now is for the Project to be extended to become "Scotland's War".

The centenary of the outbreak of World War One in 1914 is fast approaching and many organisations, groups and individuals are planning to mark the event. Many of them, individuals and families, have archive material and artefacts that have never seen the light of day.

- Alistair Mcewen (, Edinburgh, Scotland

13 August 2011:
I am trying to research my families past in the Highlands, given they were known as Lovat, Lovatt and Lovett from this distance it has been difficult to do family tree work.My Great-Great Grandfather (George William Lovatt) is thought to have come from Beauly area and travelled to both Hobart Australia, then pensioned of into Howick NZL where I to was born, I would be grateful for any background I can obtain from ancestors or people with the knowledge.My sincere thanks in anticipation. Grant Rankin
- Grant William Rankin (, Onehunga , Auckland, New Zealand

16 July 2011:
hi i am reseaching my family history and need info on the shade family name and any conection to the gillespie name and if so in what way.


- Patricia Barry (, Manchester, England

30 May 2011:
Hi all members,

My family used to work in an old brick work in a place called Garnkirk near Muirhead in Scotland. Mary, Margaret, Catherine and Peterand I am currently trying to follow up any leads about the brickworkand my family. My Grandfatheer I know had Irish ancesry but I cannot go back any further to my grandmother. Perhaps this is just the site I have been looking for . Anybody out there with any info, please get in touch. Many thanks.

- John Moore (, Killin, Scotland

29 March 2011:
Hi, I'm looking for a high resolution map of Dundee, Angus, Scotland at the end of the 19th Century. Yes I know there is an historical map on this site. I'm looking for a high resolution map of the same map that can be found on this site.
- Kent Gardiner (, Valencia, United States of America (USA)

21 January 2011:

I'm looking for some information about Stuarts in Austrian XVIII century army.

In crypt st. George church in town Petrovaradin is this description:

"Jllustriss Dominus Comes

Joseph de Stuart

Hibernus General Vigiliarum Praefectus

coelebs annorum 44.

obijt 5.9.bris 1788.

Who is that man?"

-, Petrovaradin, Croatia (Hrvatska)

14 October 2010:
Hi, I just found you website and love it. I am hoping someone on here will be able to help me in finding an ancestor. I am looking for Robert Masters. I have his birth as 1658 in Pebbles, Scotland. He married in 1683 to an unnamed lady also of Scotland. They married in Maryland and I have his death as 1716. Two children Robert 1687 and William after 1683. I am wanting to find ancestors in Scotland. If anyone has any information it will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

Penny S. Masters Gammon
- Penny Masters (

02 October 2010:
I have traced my family to the Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire area of Scotland. I've found some birth and marriage records through the Mormon church records. These records state that the births and marriages occurred in Saint Nicholas Blotter and Scroll, Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland. Can anyone tell me what "Saint Nicholas Blotter and Scroll" refers to...a village, a church, etc? The family surnames that I am descended from are Ross, Alexander, and Booth. Is anyone else researching these families and have family information. Thank you...Sheila

- Sheila Ross (

21 September 2010:

I have an original volume 2 of ordnance gazatteer scotland which was published 1n 1882.

it is in a good condition. i was hoping that someone can put me in touch with a collector who would be interested.


- John Mcintosh (

09 September 2010:
hi i have a andrew usher whiskie match box i think its very old can some 1 please help. made out of metal
- Charles Malan (

22 August 2010:
Can someone help me locate the "Loch of Cathel" Believe it is near Halkirk in Caithness but can't find it on a map.

10 April 2010:
i have just discovered that my ggggggggggggg (13th) grandfather was born in the parish of Kilmadock in 1654 named John Meiklejohn (this surname is not in your list of names on another page by the way), later the family moved to St Ninians. I have full details of the family in St Ninians but have not had any success in Kilmadock. John married Elizabeth Moir dob 1658 but I have not got DOM or any other details, there must have be family in Kilmadock before John. I would dearly like to get grave stone inscriptions for the Meiklejohn's

Peter Meiklejohn on
- Peter Meiklejohn (

24 February 2010:
From early April to late September I take members of my motorbike club on various run outs around the central belt of Scotland and beyond. I had bought your brilliant book "Scotland an Encyclopedia of Places and Landscapes" which lead me to this website.

Its a great source of information for me in helping to plan the routes and search the places which we pass through.

My most recent best discovery is Culross, a wee gem on the shore of the Firth of Forth.

Keep up the good work,

John F
- John Fagan

11 February 2010:
Lady Stair's House.

I am puzzled by the name of Sir Walter Gray. As one of his descendants I had thought it was Sir Willaim Gray who is one of my ancestors.

The name William appears in other artricles about this house.
- Anonymous

05 January 2010:
I am looking for infomation regarding a john mcintosh or macintosh, dates unknown. i beleive he came from lorgerette, scotland. cannot find any information of him in the states. he married polly merrils & had 8 children. this would be pior to 1816 as i have one child born at that time in the states. I have much info as to residence or birth written by him or his father. any info would be greatly appreciated.
- Jeanine Viera (

31 December 2009:
I am looking into my family. (LITSTER). I have found that one of my ancesters lived at 155 Main St in the Parish of Gorbals according to the 1851 census. Can anyone help with any information on either the family or address.


Don L
- Donald Litster (

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