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Angus (Forfarshire) / Ballantine family, Liff
« on: Monday 14 July 08 13:14 BST (UK)  »

I'm trying to trace the Ballantine family after 1881. William BALLANTINE, born 10/3/1850 married Jane MCKENZIE in Caputh 2 Dec 1873. They had three daughters -  Agnes born 12/7/1875, Helen born 6/3/1876 and Ann born 5/11/1879. In 1881 the family are living in Liff, Angus at 160 Liff Road with Jane's brother John and sister Agnes.

After 1881 all seven of them disappear - I'm assuming they emigrated but I'm not sure where to. If anyone has any information I'd be very grateful!

South Africa / Cobb family, Cape Town
« on: Monday 14 July 08 11:18 BST (UK)  »

I'm trying to trace my Cobb relatives who I know were living in Cape Town, South Africa during the 1950s. My great-grandfather's brother, ANDREW SOUTAR COBB, born Perthshire, Scotland 28 Feb 1880 emigrated to South africa some time after 1901 (He's on the 1901 census in Coupar Angus, Perthshire). In 1959 my great grandmother recieved a letter (which I have) from JACK COBB, who was born in Cape Town in 1909. In the letter he mentions seven siblings - BRIDGET, DORIS, IRIS, MARGARET, STELLA, WINIFRID and ALBERT. Albert was apparently born in 1915 but there are no birth dates for the girls. All were living in 1959 and several were apparently married with children. Jack mentions working for Woolworths in Cape Town.

I'd love to hear from anyone who knows anything of the family, or can help me find more details.


Angus (Forfarshire) / Mr Carnegie, Lower?
« on: Thursday 10 January 08 13:10 GMT (UK)  »
Hello all - I wonder if anyone can help me with another little mystery, or at least point me in the right direction!

I've got a OPR marriage record from 1791 in Forfar for David Scott and Mary Davidson, in which they're described as "Servants to Mr Carnegie of Lower." I'm wondering if there's anyway of finding out who Mr Carnegie was and where Lower was. Presumably if he could afford to employ two servants he had a bob or two, but I can't find mention of a farm or estate called Lower anywhere.

Has anyone else come across this mysterious chap?

Aberdeenshire / Kirk sessions, Forgue
« on: Thursday 10 January 08 13:03 GMT (UK)  »
Hello all,

I'm quite interested in getting a look at the Kirk Sessions from Forgue for 1833-5. My great great grandfather was born there, to George Morrison and Jessie Taylor, and the OPR baptism says both were unmarried. I've been told there might be a reprimand or mention of it in the Kirk Sessions, but I don't know where to get hold of these.

I emailed the National Archives in Edinburgh, but they said I would have to go and look myself. Being in Devon that's quite a challenge! ::)

Any ideas?

Angus (Forfarshire) / Drumclune?
« on: Tuesday 08 January 08 10:15 GMT (UK)  »
Hello all,

Can anyone tell me anything about a hamlet or village called Drumclune in Kirriemuir? I believe my great great grandfather rented a farm there in the 1860s.

I've managed to find it on the map I think but I just wondered if there was any other information out there - such as who owned it, whether it's still there and so on.


Perthshire / Is this a total dead end?
« on: Wednesday 19 December 07 08:27 GMT (UK)  »
I've been tracing the McKenzie family of Craigie, near Caputh in Perthshire and I think I've hit a dead end, but I'm wondering if anyone can think of a way round it.

My ancestor, Donald McKenzie, married to Charlotte Isles, is on the 1841 census, but not the 1851 census, so he must have died sometime between the two. There's no tombstone, and his parents aren't mentioned on the marriage record for him and Charlotte. Is there any other way I can find out who his parents are?

There are a lot of family legends, such as Donald's grandfather came to the area with the 1745 uprising (not a Jacobite unfortunately) as a farrier and then settled in the area, before the local Laird set him up in the Smithy in Craigie, but I don't really know if this helps me....

According to the 1841 census Donald was born in Perthshire, and I think he may have been married twice - there's a tombstone in Caputh church (with no date, annoyingly) which reads "Donald McKenzie, sometime smith in Craigie, erected this in memory of his wife and children." It's probably my Donald, but as he predeceased Charlotte he must be talking about another wife.

Any suggestions gratefully received!

Scotland / Is anyone researching Scottish Cobbs?
« on: Tuesday 18 December 07 08:36 GMT (UK)  »
Hello all,

I'm very interested in the Cobb branch of my family, which is concentrated around Forfar and Angus from about 1750. It seems to be a fairly unusual name in Scotland, and according to my dictionary of Scottish surnames, the surname appears in Brechin, Angus around 1530. There's another group of Cobbs concentrated around Dorset in England that don't appear to be connected, but I'd be interested in hearing anything about any Scottish Cobbs and their origins.


Surrey Completed Look up Requests / Menzies family in Surrey (I think)
« on: Tuesday 18 December 07 08:32 GMT (UK)  »
Hello all,

I'm trying to trace a Scottish family that moved to Surrey shortly after 1901. James Menzies, born in Perthshire married Elizabeth Mary Cobb born in Coupar Angus, Scotland. James died in Coupar Angus in 1943 and Elizabeth died in Richmond, Surrey in 1959. They had at least two children - Lawrence, born in 1906 (I think) who went on to become deputy governor of the Bank of England, and a J Menzies who signed his father's death certificate.

I'd love to know more about this family, and whether there are any descendants who might remember my great grandma and grandma. Any information would be very gratefully received!

South Africa / Anyone know anything about this lot?
« on: Tuesday 18 December 07 08:28 GMT (UK)  »
Amongst my great grandmother's papers I've found a letter dated 1956 from South Africa from a Jack Cobb, informing her of his father's death. He never mentions his father by name, but since my great-grandma's married name was Cobb this Jack must have been the son of her husband's brother Andrew.

Andrew was born in Perthshire and I have him on the 1901 census as unmarried, so he must have married after this date and left for South Africa. There's no marriage certificate on Scotlandspeople, so I think he may have married in South Africa. According to the let Jack was born about 1908 and his brother Albert 1915. There are a number of sisters too, but as he says in his letter "you know how women are about their ages." Jack also says he has two sons.

Trouble is, I'm not massively sure about how to go about researching South Africa at all, or even if it's possible. Can anyone help me trace this line?

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