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Banffshire / Re: Delanlyon - Tomintoul - Kirkmichael
« on: Wednesday 29 May 19 21:04 BST (UK)  »
Indy, Yes it is still a fully functional house.  It was the gamekeepers house.  Substantial looking building on the floodplain of the conglass.  On old maps there were several buildings, but just the one now. 

Looks like an F the same as on Ferrier to me, making it Fyvie, Aberdeenshire but not so far from Banffshire.

United States of America / Re: Tracing Mrs Ruth Thatcher (nee Irving)
« on: Wednesday 29 May 19 08:48 BST (UK)  »
Wow, thanks so much for getting in touch.  However did you find this post?  The obituary for Frank is so detailed and fills in some of the gaps I had about him.  Anything you can tell me about Ruth would be so helpful to me.  How well did you know Ruth? Did you know much about her earlier life - as to why she and Frank were born in Canada?
Since making the post I have managed to track down Ruth's daughter's daughter, but if you were a friend of Ruth you may know more about her (having known her as an adult).
My connection with Ruth and Frank is unexpected, but I am related.  I shall see if I can message you directly rather than on this public post.  Any info you have would be fascinating for me.

Armed Forces / Re: Black Water? Ireland? Highland Cyclist Battalion??
« on: Saturday 23 March 19 09:40 GMT (UK)  »
Yes, of course it is Black Watch - how did I not work that out myself. Thanks for all the help - had no idea about Chinese labour corps or the cycling battalions but I do now. 
Helpful to to get details about Roberts birth (and no his mother wasn’t Irish)
Thanks to all

Armed Forces / Re: Black Water? Ireland? Highland Cyclist Battalion??
« on: Friday 22 March 19 12:36 GMT (UK)  »
Hi, thanks, yes, I had found the birth reg'd in Belfast, its just that on one census (when he was a child) the parents have said he was born in Donegal.  If they were in Ireland with army perhaps any children born were registered in Belfast (something to do with army?). 
Would Black Water have been a flashpoint?  Or were they just positioned randomly around the country? 

Armed Forces / Black Water? Ireland? Highland Cyclist Battalion??
« on: Friday 22 March 19 12:21 GMT (UK)  »
Hi, I have mention of Black Water on a record of a Donald Munro (b1864) who was born in Tomintoul, Scotland.  He joined the 42nd Royal Highlanders and the record is sketchy, but Black Water may be in Ireland as I know his son Robert Henry Munro was born there in 1886 (probably either Belfast or Donegal!)  He was a soldier prior to having children with the Royal Highlanders and then moved to Aberlady and was a policeman for a couple of decades.  He then seemed to split from his family and moved to Edinburgh to work on the trams, but in 1915 he joins up again (which is the record I have looked at which mentions prior service at Black Water).  Did search on google and alarmingly it took me to a modern mercenary website!  Any help with where he might have been in Ireland would be appreciated.  Rather oddly, the record also seems to record him being a member of the Highland Cyclist Battalion - is that a real thing?

Banffshire / Re: Stuarts stonemasons Tomintoul.
« on: Saturday 09 March 19 15:50 GMT (UK)  »
Actually James Kelman seems to be described as meal Miller of Ruthven Mill or as living at Glenlivet - used interchangeably.  I thought it was a Ruthven further away but looks like it was Ruthven, Kirkmichael. 

Banffshire / Re: Stuarts stonemasons Tomintoul.
« on: Thursday 07 March 19 19:26 GMT (UK)  »
Just throwing this into the mix.  Maybe relevant, or not...

I have a James Kelman and his wife Jane Gordon (Jean) and a few kids living at Glenlochy (Abernethy) and James was definitely a Miller by trade.  So there must have been a mill there, so possibly a residence of some sort near the burn where the Mill was?  This was in 1841 (although they are listed as Helman, rather than Kelman which made them very tricky to find!).

Angus (Forfarshire) / Re: Morgan Academy, Dundee
« on: Monday 04 March 19 18:05 GMT (UK)  »
A bit late to be replying, but I have class photos taken at the Morgan from about 1935 (5 years old) to  1945/6 (as 15 year olds).  If these dates fit I can try to find the photos and scan and post/email.

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