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Clackmannanshire / Re: death certificate
« on: Monday 04 October 10 14:24 BST (UK)  »
Just above the certificate you'll see :-

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The Lighter Side / Re: Suicide burial
« on: Saturday 25 September 10 15:29 BST (UK)  »
Thank you both, Stan and Falkyrn, for your swift replies.  I have emailed the local registrar requesting that he/she consult the records to see if there was a burial in the local cemetery in the 1940's of someone who committed suicide by drowning.  Apparently the person in question refused to serve in the armed forces believing it wrong to  being involved in the death of his fellow men. There appears to be some doubt as to his place of burial.

The Lighter Side / Suicide burial
« on: Saturday 25 September 10 11:53 BST (UK)  »
Am I correct in thinking that at one time, anyone who committed suicide was not allowed to be buried in consecrated ground ?  The event in question took place about 1943 in Scotland with reference to the local public cemetery.  Does this still apply ?


Kincardineshire / Re: nearest cemetary
« on: Tuesday 14 September 10 22:09 BST (UK)  »
Yes, Garvock  has a graveyard.  If you log on to:  you'll find that Mr Milne is willing to photograph stones.  To see his entry for Garvock, click 'Graveyards' in the menu on the left, click 'Kincardineshire' on the left of the following page, then click 'Garvock' in the next page.


Kincardineshire / Re: Access to Newspaper Archives for 1909
« on: Sunday 12 September 10 18:28 BST (UK)  »
Perhaps this website may be able to help:

Their Email address is : LocalStudiesLibrary[at]  and their telephone number is 01224 652512.  As you have the exact date this will help greatly.

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Scotland Resources / Re: Scottish Maps
« on: Saturday 11 September 10 17:09 BST (UK)  »
I must agree with ibi that the 6" to the mile maps are a wonderful resource.  In the past I have found that John Thomson's Atlas of Scotland, 1832 can be invaluable in tracing  place names which existed 180 years ago or more, especially the names of farms or small holdings which may have vanished. The atlas shows an amazing amount of detail when "zoomed".


Kincardineshire / Re: Fetteresso 1861 census
« on: Thursday 19 August 10 23:15 BST (UK)  »
In the ScotlandsPeople Index of the 1861 Census I entered the name John Falconer (but didn't include his wife's name) and found a person of that name aged 87 in Fetteresso Parish, Kincardineshire.  Hope this helps.
I also had a look at the IGI and found a John Falconar (sic) baptised at Garvock on 21 Jan 1779 his parents being Alexander Falconer and Ann Rodger.

Aberdeenshire / Re: Who's the bride Peterhead
« on: Wednesday 18 August 10 22:51 BST (UK)  »
I could be wrong but perhaps it's a golden wedding celebration, especially as the elderly couple are in the centre of the photograph.

Kincardineshire / Re: Unusual Christian name
« on: Saturday 14 August 10 21:44 BST (UK)  »
Just as a follow-up to my previous thread.  My grandfather, John S. Burness built Pitcarry Flax Spinning Mill and would have attended the market at Dundee to solicit new orders.  Isles was a relatively common surname in Angus (and still is)  so perhaps he was very friendly with someone of that name who may have been in the trade and decided to give his son the name.  All this is a supposition of course and the truth will forever remain a mystery.  Having said that, I've just remembered that one of his grandchildren who is a few years older than myself may have been told by her mother who was three or for years younger than Uncle Isles.   I must get in touch before it's too late.   :)

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