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Ayrshire / Re: Bullion/Bollion
« on: Tuesday 01 May 12 19:52 BST (UK)  »

Wondering if either of you (or other extended family) have had any luck tracing this family. James & Helen are my 6xgreat grandparents, would really like to find out where they came from.

I've looked through the Farm Horse Tax Rolls for all of Ayrshire, long shot I know seeing as how they were weavers, but no Bunyan/Bullion/Bollian or anything close.

The only leads I currently have to go on are some possible nieces/nephews from Monkton & Prestwick OPRs:

- John Smith Bullion b. 16 Mar 1794, lawful son to Francis Bullion, weaver in Prestwick and Margt. Smith

- Sarah Bullion b. 27 Mar 1799, lawful dau. to William Bullion, weaver in Prestwick & Je. Bullion (there is a note in the OPR, as sented(sp?) by Francis Bullion his brother)

- Thomas Bullion b. 16 Nov 1802, lawful son to William Bullion, weaver in Prestwick & Agnes Clark his spouse

Looks likely to me that there were (at least) 3 Bullion brothers who came to Prestwick and worked together as weavers.

Also have an OPR of a death of Margaret Bullion in 1844, age 53 of Kirkhill (Neilston, Renfrew) - could be unrelated.

Considering a trip to Carnegie Library in Ayrshire to see if I can get ahold of MIs or have any luck with the newspapers, or to the old graveyard in Prestwick where I believe James & Helen's son should be buried.

Looking for tips or information anyone can help me with before I go?

Scotland / Re: Can you access a tree at and pass on information to me?
« on: Sunday 28 November 10 18:48 GMT (UK)  »

All 6 trees seem to have exactly the same details. No ancestry further back than William Alexander (1704-1770) and Elizabeth Meason (1708-1780). They seem to have had 6 sons, no daughters:

Silvester b. 1728
James b. 1732 married Margaret Taylor, had 2 sons (James & David) and 3 daus (Catherine, Jean, Margaret)
Alexander b. 1737
William b. 1738
Patrick b. 1739
Stewart b. 1742

David, son of James & Margaret had a dau Janet Alexader b. 10 Jun 1798 in Kinclaven, which is not far from Cargill parish. Date of death for her is Jan 1834, but no spouse/children listed.

edit: actually some other ancestry trees seem to indicate this Janet married John Keay in 1829, and had 3 children with him, b. 1829, 1831 and 1833. Unlikely to be yours then unless Janet's 1st husband died young?

Also got this from Ancestry, was attached to William Alexander:

The ALEXANDERs, farmers in Kinclaven, can be traced through the parish record only as far back as 1726, the beginning of the record. At that time there were three distinct ALEXANDER lines there, each represented by a William of child-bearing age: William at Moneydie, William at East Woodend and William at Muirside. Obviously the three were related but the relationship [not closer than cousin] can't be determined. William of Muirside was the great-grandfather of James ALEXANDER who married Elspeth BRODIE (and David Alexander m.Janet Soutar - EB). Muirside, Nebs, Hilloch and West Woodend farms were adjacent farms inhabited at various times by the Alexanders and related families. Four generations of Alexanders were born at the croft called "Nebs o' the Gate". [G.Buermeyer, Jan 2005]

Hope that helps!

Scotland / Declared insane
« on: Sunday 28 November 10 04:08 GMT (UK)  »
Wondering if anyone can help with information on mental health in the 1900s in Scotland. I have a relative that was declared "insane" by the Perth Sheriff in the 1900s, and was locked up for the next 30 years. What was classified as "insanity" in those days? And would any record of such a declaration still exist? Is this something local newspapers might have reported or were these things kept hush-hush?

I've managed to access some of my relatives later case records from one of the asylums they were in, which made for very interesting reading, however there doesn't seem to be any proper diagnosis or attempt at rehabilitation. Was this usual in those days? The particular asylums my relative was in were the Murray Royal in Perth, Murthly Asylum in Perthshire, Hartwood Asylum near Shotts and Dykebar Asylum near Paisley. If anyone has further information, I would be very much interested.

Stirlingshire / Re: Fallin colliery
« on: Friday 15 October 10 15:25 BST (UK)  »
Found some photos that may be of interest.

First one is "Fallin Old Folks Treat". Kneeling on far left of the picture is Thomas Bunyan; I don't know who anyone else in the photo is. This photo is from about the 1950s-60s. The photo was taken for the Stirling Observer.

Second photo is Polmaise Bowling Club, from the 1960s I believe.

Perthshire / Re: My shady family in Perth ...
« on: Monday 20 September 10 14:54 BST (UK)  »

Not sure how much info you got from NAS about the 1894 High Court appeal, but I've got a summary of the appeal from the Scots Law Times.

Your GG Grandfather Giovanni Costadasi, ice-cream maker at Kirkgate, was convicted in Perth Police Court on the 16th June 1894, of contravening the Public Houses Acts Amendment 1862. It appears he was selling alcohol without a licence. His appeal to the High Court was dismissed by the 3 Lords on the 20th July 1894.

Hope that helps!

Perthshire / Re: Perthshire Newspapers Early 1900s
« on: Friday 27 August 10 23:40 BST (UK)  »

There are 350 Smalls in the AK Bell index, 3 of them Roberts; I have messaged you about them :)

Ayrshire / 1820 Irvine Census
« on: Thursday 26 August 10 01:01 BST (UK)  »
LDS records show the 1820 census is avaliable for Irvine in Ayrshire which includes name of family head, age, occupation, and religion, but I'm not sure where to go about finding it; can't find it on the NAS catalogue.

Has anyone consulted this before and know anything further about it?

Perthshire / Re: Perthshire Newspapers Early 1900s
« on: Thursday 26 August 10 00:50 BST (UK)  »
What's the name of your g g uncle? Errol would be covered by either the Perthshire Advertiser or the Courier, both of which are available in the A K Bell Library, but the index cards from the library have also been scanned onto Ancestry. I can do a lookup if you need.

Stirlingshire / Re: Fallin colliery
« on: Thursday 26 August 10 00:28 BST (UK)  »
Hi Kathy,

I also have relatives that lived in Fallin and worked at the Colliery, though I'm not sure there is any family connection - mine were Bunyans. I have also got the book on mining in Fallin from Stirling Library, it's v interesting.

Have you had a look at the Stirling Observer Christmas Annual in Stirling Library? There are some Ryan's from Fallin mentioned in the index with entries between 1949 and 1969. I found some great pictures in there from my family.

Best wishes,

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