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Caithness / Aboard the "Jean" off Wick - 1945
« on: Tuesday 21 April 20 09:54 BST (UK)  »
The attached photo has ’aboard the “Jean” off Wick’ and dated May 1945.

The people are labelled (right to left!) as Cliff Norton, Self, Tom McLaughlan, John Lightfoot, Joe Beck.  “Self” is David Welsh from near Kelso - he was a wireless operator during WW2 and post-war kept his radio interest as radio amateur GM3BFU.

The five look very happy - perhaps this is not long after VE Day?

Any information about the “Jean” would be welcome. 

Thank you


Roxburghshire / SOLVED: Tom Toorak ~ hill near Hermitage?
« on: Sunday 03 May 15 12:53 BST (UK)  »
I've been reading an account of a walk to Riccarton Junction on the Waverley Route. 

In the account, the walker parks his car, "turned north and ambled across the field and on to the slopes of Tom Toorak. With only a little difficulty he reached the summit, cast his eyes westward and looked at the ruins of Hermitage Castle ..."

I've looked at 6 inch and 25 inch maps to no avail.   I can find a reference to "Toorak" in the excellent Hawick Word Book but it doesn't help about location.

I'm guessing that "Tom Toorak" must be a colloquial name for a hill.  Can anyone help?

Many thanks.

Scotland / Cousins marrying in 1859
« on: Thursday 27 June 13 21:08 BST (UK)  »
Could someone decipher, and perhaps explain, the entry on this marriage certificate from 1859 after "Spinster"?

I'm sure that the couple were cousins.

Many thanks


Scotland / Recent census 1971, 1981
« on: Sunday 02 January 11 11:04 GMT (UK)  »
Can anyone help with the population of the counties of


in 1971 and 1981

I just cannot find links after searching through Google.

Many thanks,


Dumfriesshire / Mein family ~ Langholm Grammar School
« on: Friday 29 January 10 09:07 GMT (UK)  »
Langholm Archive Centre gets many requests.  The one below completely "floored" us, perhaps you can help?

quote ...  I'm just cleaning up the last few loose ends in the Mein Family History book
before it goes to the printer next week.

One of these 'loose ends' regards the Langholm Grammar School c.a.1720's.
Would you know whether this school DID exist, and if the building still
If it no longer remains, would you know its former address and a little
about the school?
... unquote

Can someone help?

Thanks WalterC

Roxburghshire / Pettigrews around Hawick
« on: Tuesday 22 September 09 12:48 BST (UK)  »
I’ve had a few emails recently from descendants of Archibald Pettigrew and Isabella Miller.

Archibald was born ca 1821 in Ireland and Isabella (Archibald’s third wife!) born Teindside Bridge, some7 miles south of Hawick.

They had – to my knowledge – 7 children:

Jessie, born ca 1846
Archibald born ca 1848
Jane born ca 1848
Gideon Millar born ca 1855
Helen born 11 August 1856
John Millar born 26 May 1859
Daniel born 29 May 1863

I’m descended from his son John Millar Pettigrew, who was my great grandfather.

My own grandfather (who died some 50 years ago) used to say that the Pettigrews in Kelso and Dunbar with shops were related, but this may just have been a story to keep a young boy quiet!

Out the blue at the weekend, I had contact from a descendant of Isabella Miller’s brother Gideon Miller, in response to a posting elsewhere in Feb 2000!

Obviously from the "Huggan" postings there are other Pettigrew descendants.

In the 1851 there were 12 Pettigrews living in Wilton.

Are you related?


Dumfriesshire / Langholm Archive Centre - update
« on: Monday 05 January 09 15:50 GMT (UK)  »
The Langholm Archive Centre website has been given a 'makeover' to cope with the new material which is now on-line.

Apart from the Eskdale & Liddesdale Advertiser index (now from 1848 to 1872), there is also a large photo archive and a relatively recent Church Magazine archive.

All three are being worked on, and added to, as the volunteers continue transcribing and scanning.

The Centre's webmaster would welcome any comments and corrections.

The home page is:

Cumberland / McCartney ~ Cleator Moor
« on: Wednesday 03 December 08 10:32 GMT (UK)  »
I have a David Richardson McCartney, born 1869 Middlebie Dumfriesshire, died Cleator Moor, 1928.

Could someone suggest in which cemetery he might be buried?

He was a butcher to trade (in 1901 census) and in 1907 was secretary to the Buffaloes.  His wife was a Jemima Paton born in Carlisle.

Thank you for any help.

Walter C

Peeblesshire / Tweedie of Dreva
« on: Tuesday 04 November 08 15:52 GMT (UK)  »
Can anyone help me with finding a Tweedie of Dreva pedigree?

I'm interested in finding the offspring of
Elizabeth, Bettie, or Bethea, b. 3ist May, 1760, baptised 2nd August, 1760, m. 16th February, 1786, Thomas Tweedie of Patervan, Peebles, who died 2nd June, 1847. She died 5th August, 1845.

Many thanks for any leads.

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