Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.

Topics - Windsor87

Pages: [1] 2 3 4 ... 8
Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Photo help - Boys Brigade Camp
« on: Sunday 03 September 17 20:35 BST (UK)  »
Hi all,

I was hopeful that some of you talented restorers could kindly work your magic on this photo of the Boys' Brigade?

Kind Regards,


Armed Forces / Soldier in the Family
« on: Thursday 16 March 17 22:16 GMT (UK)  »
Hi Rootschatters,

I have a potential soldier going back in the family to around about 1800 - but sadly this is not confirmed.

He was the father of Mary Johnston. She was born around 1793 in Marnoch, Banffshire.

On her death in 1872 her father is described as Alexander Johnston, Soldier.
When her husband remarried a year later she was listed as the 'daughter of Thomas(?) Johnston, Pensioner. (Which I take to mean a Chelsea Pensioner).

Would some kind person be able to help me make the link to this potential solder?

Kind Regards,


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Mary Johnston - Daughter of...
« on: Thursday 16 March 17 21:44 GMT (UK)  »
Hi Rootschatters!

I am trying to decipher the text in this box - many the part which says who the father of Mary is! This record is regarding her widower's remarriage, so strange that it should be used at all!

I think I know what it says but wish for confirmation! It seems to be different from what was written on Mary's death certificate!

Hope someone is able to help!

Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Photo Rstoration - Photo of a Photo
« on: Sunday 15 September 13 23:13 BST (UK)  »
Hi all,

I would be grateful of any help in removing the glare from the below photo. It is a photo of a photo and I have no access to the original.

Thanks for your time.


Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Newspaper Image
« on: Monday 11 February 13 17:09 GMT (UK)  »
Hi all,

I'd be grateful if you could come to my aid and clean up a photo taken from a newspaper?
The man in the image is not a relative, but the founder of my local Boys' Brigade Company.

Before I found this image on an online newspaper today, we (as a Company) had no other known image of him.

I'm not sure if anything can be done to improve the image, but I'd be grateful of any help.

Best wishes,


The Common Room / "Authority to Sell Heritage"
« on: Tuesday 13 December 11 12:14 GMT (UK)  »
Hello all,

A couple of months ago I was asked to write a history of a local church building.
Whilst searching the National Archive of Scotland database, I found this:

Decree in petition for Reverend Michael Patrick Johnstone and others the minister and kirk session of the Parish of Fraserburgh granting authority to sell heritage etc

Permission had been granted by the "Court of Session: warrants of the Register of Acts and Decreets".

What does it actually mean to sell heritage? Are they simply flogging off some stuff?

The church had been extended and completely remodelled in 1898, so there would probably be lots of surplus items going around - including a stained glass window which was installed in 1898, and replaced in 1906.

Can anyone clarify what it means to "sell heritage", and why they needed permission of the courts?


World War One / Error on War Memorial?
« on: Friday 01 July 11 12:49 BST (UK)  »
Whilst atttending an open day at the heritage centre in my home town, I was having a look through the material they had on the fallen of WW1.

I knew that my great great grandfather had been killed whilst serving in the RNR. He was Robert Strachan. Having seen his name on the memorial, I also noticed that there was a Robert John Strachan. I was unable to find who this was, and assumed it was a duplicate for my G G Grandfather. His son was called Robert John Strachan, but he survived the war and lived until 1953.

Anyway - the heritage records (mainly taken from the 1923 list) show that my great great grandfather was wrongly listed on the memorial as Robert John Strachan. So that explained who RJS was, but in trying to find who the other Robert Strachan was I did get a bit of a shock.

This Robert Strachan was serving with the 2nd Gordons. An earlier list states his address as 75 Frithside Street, Fraserburgh - the same as my G G Grandfather - and said he was assumed KiA. When this Robert's death was listed in the 1923 list after the memorial was unveiled, this Robert Strachan was said to have died of wounds on 20/10/1917 - 9 days before my great great grandfather was officially declared dead.

I have searched CWGC but I can't find any Robert Strachan being killed or dying on that date.

I think that my great grandfather may have been wrongly listed on the memorial. He was called Robert John Strachan, he was a professional soldier with the Gordon Highlanders who did serve in the 2nd Battalion and, during the war his civilian home address was that of his parents - 75 Frithside Street.

On the other hand, I have seen my great grandfather's service record and there is no record of any serious injury or reason to believe he may have died.

This cannot, however, be a duplicate entry for my G G Grandfather as one is serving with the RNR and the other is listed as with the Gordons. Also, I think the family would have known RJS was still alive - especially by 1922/3 when the names were being collected.

So - can anybody offer a better explanation as to who this other Robert Strachan is? Can anybody find a record of a Robert Strachan being killed or dying on 20/10/1917? I may have missed something.

Any help would be appreciated.

Immigrants & Emigrants - General / Connon: Missing Family
« on: Saturday 14 May 11 20:32 BST (UK)  »
Hello all,

I have been searching for William Connon and family for some time now but have been unable to find them. I thought that the 1911 Scottish Census would be of help, but it only tells us that they were not in Scotland. I have also checked the 1911 English Census, but have been unable to locate them on that either.

The missing family consist of:

Father: William Connon, b. 27 Sep 1865 at Monquhitter, Aberdeenshire.
Mother: Bella Stevenson (Mrs Connon), b. 21 Mar 1879 at Turriff, Aberdeenshire.
Child 1: George Stevenson Connon, b. 26 Aug 1894 at New Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire.
Child 2: Rachel Connon, b.22 Dec 1897 at Macduff, Banffshire.
Child 3: Davina Connon, b. 30 Mar 1902 at Auchterderran, Fife.
Child 4: Hugh Taylor Connon, b. 19 Mar 1905 at Banff, Banffshire.

The birth of Hugh is the last we hear of them.

I have checked passenger lists but have been unable to find them on those either.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


West Lothian (Linlithgowshire) / Dalmeny Church
« on: Wednesday 04 May 11 16:16 BST (UK)  »
Hello all,

I wonder if a rootschatter in West Lothian would be able to do me a favour?

For a couple of years now I have been looking to obtain a photograph of the Rev W. Neil Sutherland. He was minister at the local church here in Fraserburgh from 1919-1926, before moving on to Dalmeny from 1926 until his death in 1946. So far I have a poor photo from a newspaper, and a photo giving a nice view of the back of his head...

Anyway - there is a book I've noticed in the West Lothian Library Catalogue which will probably be of some help in the search:

Souvenir of the royal visit to dalmeny church : By King George V and Queen mary, 7th July 1931.

If any rootschatter happen to use West Lothian Libraries when searching their family trees, I'd be grateful if you could have a look for this book for me to find out whether or not his picture is in this book. He is famous as the minister who restored the church (which is why the King and Queen were visiting) so he should be in it.!506441~!3100001~!3100002&aspect=subtab11&menu=search&ri=1&source=~!training&term=Souvenir+of+the+royal+visit+to+dalmeny+church+%3A+By+King+George+V+and+Queen+mary%2C+7th+July+1931.&index=TITLE#focus

I hope someone will be able to help.


Pages: [1] 2 3 4 ... 8