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Aberdeenshire / Re: Bruce, Crighton, Fyvie, Mutch
« on: Thursday 02 February 17 15:21 GMT (UK)  »
I'm having a problem attaching the photo of the gravestone of George Crighton, Margaret Brebner and Rachel Crighton. I'll have to try again.

Meanwhile, I think that George and Margaret Brebner had quite a large family:
Peter (1812 -?)
George (1815 -?)
Mary (1815 -?)
William (1816 -?)
James (1819 -?)
Alexander (1821-1902)
Bathia (1832 -1921)
Rachel (1834 - 1919)

Hope that helps.


Aberdeenshire / Re: Bruce, Crighton, Fyvie, Mutch
« on: Wednesday 25 January 17 21:01 GMT (UK)  »
George Crighton married Margaret Brebner on 16 February 1811 at New Deer. George Crighton died 27 June 1873 at Auchreddie, New Deer. His son David registered the death. His death certificate gives his occupation as "crofter". His parents were alexander Crighton and Jane Webster.

Margaret Crighton (nee Brebner) died 11 December 1887 (sorry, I mis-typed the date earlier) at Auchreddie. She died from "general debility" and David again registered the death. Her parents were Peter Brebner (farmer) and Mary Anderson.

I'll have to find the photo of the gravestone.

Aberdeenshire / Re: Bruce, Crighton, Fyvie, Mutch
« on: Wednesday 25 January 17 18:29 GMT (UK)  »
I have George Crighton (1792-1873) in my tree. He married Margaret Brebner (1792 - 1897) and their gravestone is in New Deer cemetery. Their son Alexander (1821 - 1902) is my great-great grandfather. I have found that there are several potential spellings of "Crichton", including Crighton and Creighton, so following the trail can be a challenge.


Moray (Elginshire) / Re: Simpson of Urquhart
« on: Thursday 19 January 17 19:23 GMT (UK)  »
Whoops, that's what I get for listening to an old guy who had lived there!


Interesting. I'll go and ask around when I am passing (it's only 5 or 6 miles from where I live, and I once viewed and almost bought a house there before common sense prevailed - it has vast acres of lawn which would have taken ages to look after), but it's signposted with the 'f' and the 19th century censuses also say Meft. Googling for meft moray produces 57,100 results, but mest moray produces a load of stuff in Norwegian so it's difficult to say how many results there would be - in the first six pages there are only two real hits for Mest referring to this place, one of which is this thread. LIBINDX has Meft Cottage but no Mest.

I've come late to this debate but I can absolutely confirm that the croft was called Moss of Meft - because my Great Granny lived there and I spent most of my school holidays there when I was a young boy. It was very different then - I remember the excitement when my Auntie Nell got a Calor gas cooker, so she didn't have to cook on the fire.


Monaghan / Re: James thompson &Fanny Jane Carson
« on: Friday 04 September 15 17:55 BST (UK)  »
Hi- This is the information I have which might be of help to you...

James Thompson born about 1864 in Ireland. On 8th August, 1882, he married Fanny Jane Carson in the Parish Church at Ballybay, Co Monaghan.  James's father was James Thompson and his mother was Fanny Armstrong.  James would die in Hamilton, Scotland on 23rd February 1907 aged 53.

Fanny Jane Carson was born about 1863 in Ireland her her father was John Carson, Army Pensioner, and mother Mary Jane Dickie. Fanny would die 11th December 1946 aged 83 in Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland.

It seems that the couple went between Ireland and Scotland.
Their first child, Eliza Jane (known as Mary) was born 1st May 1884 in Rutherglen, Glasgow and she died 2nd October, 1948 aged 64 in Ayrshire.  She married on 13th April 1906 and had family of which I have details.

Their second child, William John was born in Ireland on 15th July, 1885.  William survived WW1 and married with family.  William died 17th September, 1947 aged 62 in Ayrshire, Scotland.

Their third child, James, was born in Ireland (Ballybay) about 1886.  He died on 29th September, 1900 aged 14 in Glasgow.

Fourth child, Frances Jane was born on 20th July 1888 in Glasgow.  She died 7th October, 1889 at 14 months.

Fifth child, Frances Jane, was born 1st February, 1890, in Glasgow.  She married on 12th July 1907.  She had no children.  At the age of 81, she died on 11th March 1971 in Glasgow.

I have certificates from ScotlandsPeople to cover the Scottish side and the few mentioned from Ireland.

Good Luck!


Monaghan / Re: James thompson &Fanny Jane Carson
« on: Monday 31 August 15 17:49 BST (UK)  »
Hi - Just seen your reply and hope we are looking at the same couple.  They were my great grand- parents on my mother's side.  They came from Co Monaghan to Glasgow where they had five children, three surviving to adulthood.  Both James and Fanny died in Scotland.  If you can provide me with your link, perhaps I can help more as I have Scottish certificates.  If not, it was good to talk to you. 

Lanarkshire / Re: William Pinkerton
« on: Friday 28 August 15 08:39 BST (UK)  »
Thanks, everybody, for all your help with this query. Very helpful.


Lanarkshire / Re: William Pinkerton
« on: Thursday 27 August 15 15:30 BST (UK)  »
Thanks for all of this - that is the family. What I'm wondering about is whether there is anything like a birth certificate for William.


Lanarkshire / William Pinkerton
« on: Thursday 27 August 15 14:23 BST (UK)  »
We're looking for any information on William Pinkerton, father of Alan Pinkerton (the founder of the Detective Agency), who appears in the 1841 census in Glasgow, aged 70. Looking for any information on his birth or wider family. Perhaps he was born in Ireland?


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