My Ancestors

Scotland – from Ayrshire and Lanarkshire
Surnames: Strachan, McCrae, Haddow, McInairney/McInerney, Haggerty, Marshall, Neilson, Alexander
Occupation: mainly coal miners

Scotland – from north-east Aberdeenshire
Surnames: Fraser, Hay, Watt, Logan, Hutcheon, Sangster, Bruce
Occupation: mainly crofters and farm servants

England – from Yorkshire, mainly Worsbrough, Carlton, Royston and Barnsley
Surnames: Green, Senior, Oxley, Simpson, Firth, Haigh, Cox, Rock, Roydhouse or Roodhouse, Hattersley
Occupation: mainly carpenters and joiners, innkeepers and linen bleachers

59 responses to “My Ancestors

  1. Hi Judy

    I just found site. Christian was my 3rd great grand aunt. I do have much information on William Fraser’s side but I do have her side back to her grandfather George Hutcheon and his wife Christian Morice.

    Would love to exchange info with you. I live in Vancouver Canada and by the looks of your email you live in Australia. It is always nice to meet another relative. Hope to talk again soon.

    Glen Kalyk

  2. Hi Glen

    How lovely to find a relative! I’ve done some research on Christian Hutcheon so will take a look at my research tomorrow and contact you.

    I live in England. I’ve been up to Aberdeenshire a couple of times and have photos of the croft William Fraser and Christian farmed. The croft was taken over by my great great grandfather and then by my great grandfather, and my mother used to spend her summer holidays there when she was young. Must put the pics up on this site.


  3. Hi Judy
    My line follows Christian’s brother John D. John married Elizabeth McDonald in New Spynie Moray 8 July 1831. They had 8 children one of them being James born 6 Apr 1840 Turriff. James married Marjory Charles and had 7 children. They were now living in Leith which is were one of his daughters Mary Margaret married my gr grandfather John Henry Moss from Sprowston Norwich. Interesting James’s last name changed between 1861-71 from Hutcheon to Hutchison. The whole family from this point on went by the name of Hutchison. I am not sure is was a error on the census taker originally. One of there 12 children was Robert Brown Moss who brought his family to Canada in 1929 and settled in Vancouver. From what I have been able to find they were part of a group of about 30 familes that all came about the same time including Ramsay, Taylor, Duthie, and Denholm.


    • Suzanne Terrell

      Are we related? I have an Alexander Fraser (1806-1883) and his family were also at Moss-side. His children were born in Banchory-Devon and Logie Buchan. His father was John Fraser (1784-1864) and his son was Robert Fraser (!848-1917). Robert was first a shoemaker and then an overseer at Manar. Is there a sibling relationship or just another Fraser family?

  4. Hi Glen

    Thanks so much for that – more people to add to my tree. I hadn’t done any research on Christian’s brother John so this is great. On the other side of the family tree I have quite a few who migrated to Canada in the 1920s. It seems to have been a popular place for Scots to migrate to back then.

    I looked out my Hutcheon research, but there isn’t a lot as it’s a branch I have yet to follow up on properly. I have Christian as the daughter of Alexander Hutcheon and Agnes Bruce. They had children (from 1800 to 1819) James, Anne, Alexander, John, Keith, Margaret and Elizabeth, all baptised at Longside. The only one I’ve looked at, apart from Christian, is Keith as he lived very close to Mosside, where Christian and William Fraser had their croft.

    The father Alexander Hutcheon was a tailor, a trade he passed down to several sons and grandsons. He was baptised in 1777 at Longside, son of James Hutcheon and Isobel Watt, and married Agnes Bruce of Crimond in 1800 at Longside.

    I the have marriage of James Hutcheon and Isobel Watt in 1768 at New Deer. Before that I only have a few notes which I haven’t studied in detail yet.

    Can you go any further back than that?


  5. Hi Judy
    Nice to hear from you again. I have a question for you about the info that you just sent me. Do you have any records for Alexander’s parents being Alexander and Isobel? I had Alexander’s parents as George and Christian Morice and Alexander being born 20 Apr 1779 Fraserburgh. I also have what I think is the correct census for Alexander and Agnes showing him born Fraserburgh and his occupation as a agricultural labourer.
    As far as the rest of the family goes I do not have much on Keith other than I show him marrying Mary Adam. I have quite a bit on the rest of the siblings so maybe if you give me your email address I will send you a link to my tree or you can email me.
    I think I filled my email in the icon below

  6. Hi Judy and Glen,

    Another family tree connection through Alexander Hutcheon and Agnes Bruce – a very remote, but intriguing one.

    First, let me bore you with how I discovered this site. Periodically, I have done a google search of “farm life in north-east Scotland”, since I have developed a bit of an interest in the living conditions of farm servants in the 1800s as my family tree has evolved. The extent of illegitimacy in Scotland’s north-east farming community during that era – compared to other regions – merits a little more reading. This search led me directly to this blog

    I’ve enjoyed the informative articles on this site and intend to find the books that Judy recommends. When I clicked on the “Fraser” menu and read of a Christian Hutcheon from Longside, I felt there must be a connection to the Mary Hutcheon in my tree who married Robert Lamb and had a daughter, Christian. Reviewing my tree, I noticed that I too had Alexander and Agnes Bruce as the parents of Mary Hutcheon, but I only had Elizabeth and Anne as siblings, so I was pleased to learn of others.

    Mary Hutcheon would be my gg grandmother. Robert Lamb is my gg grandfather. He moved at some point to Lossiemouth. This past summer my wife and I visited the Lossiemouth area to see where my great grandparents lived and where my grandfather was born. Almost all of my Lamb information has been provided through a contact in Scotland who is also a descendant of Alexander and Mary. He has done extensive research on this part of the family and has been an active contributor to “rootschat”.

    I, too, am partly a product of Scottish emmigration to Canada in the 1920s – to Toronto. Looking forward to learning more from this blog and contributing if I can.

  7. Hi Grant

    Lovely to hear from another Hutcheon descendent, and welcome to the blog. I must write up my notes for the Hutcheon line and post them up here – not got round to it yet. I have 9 children born to Alexander Hutcheon and Agnes Bruce but no Mary. Do you know when she was born?

    Getting late in the evening here now and I’ve to be up early tomorrow, but shall make a start of the “Hutcheon Story” tomorrow afternoon. It would be great if others could contribute what they know.


  8. Hi Judy,

    I do not have an exact date of Mary Hutcheon’s birth. Apparently there was no record of her birth in the parish register. Mary Hutcheon’s marriage to Robert Lamb is recorded at Longside on Saturday June 16, 1838. Both are listed as from the parish. Robert Lamb was a farm servant actually working on a farm in Old Deer. Their marriage is also recorded in the parish register in Old Deer on Tuesday June 12, 1838.

    Robert and Mary had the following children:

    Christian, William, Mary, Robert, George, Barbara, Margaret, James,
    John Garland and Alexander.

    Margaret is my great-grandmother.

    I can forward dates of baptisms and other details (e.g. residence locations) if you are interested.


  9. Thanks for that. I spent some time yesterday doing some research into Mary – got her death certificate from ScotlandsPeople so was able to work backwards from there. She is now on my tree so thank you for alerting me to her. I’ve now written up my notes about Alexander Hutcheon and Agnes Bruce and what I’ve so far been able to find out about their children – there’s now a Hutcheon page on this blog. I’ll drop you an email as I’d love to know what you already know about Mary’s descendants.

  10. Hi Judy

    Have been busy so have not had time to do any research. This is the first time I have being back on your blog for a while and I am truly impressed with the details of life as it used to be.
    I see that I will also have to do some updating on my Hutcheon’s as well.
    Keep up the good work and I will be in touch soon


  11. Hi Glen – good to have you back. Life certainly gets in the way at times, but the beauty of genealogy is it will wait until we’re ready. Retirement and awful winter weather have given me lots of time lately, but the weather starting’s to improve and outdoors is beginning to beckon. But at the moment I’m enjoying untangling the Hutcheons.


  12. Maureen Walmsley nee SOUTER

    I am an absolute novice at Family History and found your page when I entered “Kennedys Buildings Longhaven” inG oogle. Much to my surprise one of your ancestors lived there and was there when he died in 1949. I was born just across the road from” ‘ the Buildins’ as we called them in a little cottage called 1937 then we moved to Cruden Bay. Our family migrated to Australia in 1950 so your George died just the year before we left. Iboughtthe package “Family Tree Maker” in 2010 and have not as yet loaded it onto my computer

    • Hi Maureen – lovely to have you commenting on my blog. So you know Kennedy’s Buildings! How amazing – it would be lovely to hear what you remember of the area. Interestingly, the George Morgan who died there in 1949 was the son of William Souter Morgan, who was probably named for someone called William Souter. I wonder if there’s a link with your family?

      Hope you enjoy researching your family tree – it’s a very addictive hobby. Let me know if you ever need any help or advice.

  13. Maureen Walmsley nee SOUTER

    Thanks for you comments Judy. I have been watching your daily notes. Also looked back to the ones about you trip to Aberdeen. My cousins lived in Lendrum Terrace Strilinghill and I remember visiting them there when the roads were all ice and we could hardly walk down the hill to the bus stop. One of the cousins still live in Boddam – and one in Peterhead – they are cousins from my Mum;s side of the family – the BORTHWICK;S. I hope to make one more visit to Cruden Bay before I get too ol for the trip over from OZ

    • Hello again Maureen. So you know Lendrum Terrace? I enjoyed my visit there – what fantastic views they had, and surrounded by so much countryside, despite the quarry being there. There are quite a few on my family tree who lived in Boddam and in Peterhead. Hope you get to make your trip over here soon.

  14. Maureen Walmsley nee SOUTER

    you have inspired me to install the Family Tree Package onto my computer v.v.soon as it came with 6mths FREE access to ancestry. My Grannie SOUTER nee ANNAND’S brother was married to a MUTCH another name in common . Feel a lot more confident about starting up again – I think I am hooked.

  15. Hi Judy, I believe we are connected through my GGG Grandparents Peter Thomas Howat and Janet Strachan, I was born and still live in Kilwinning Ayrshire

    • Hi Alastair and welcome to the blog. Yes, we are related and it’s lovely to hear from someone still in Kilwinning. So many on the Strachan tree moved away from Ayrshire. I do know that Peter Howat and Janet Strachan had a lot of children but I haven’t fully researched them, so I’d love to hear which of their children you are descended from. My ggg grandfather was the brother of Robert Strachan and therefore uncle of your ancestor Janet Strachan.

  16. Hi again Judy, my GGG grandparents were Peter and Margaret Frew,I’ve had a fresh look at my family tree and I’m not sure about the connection to your GGG granddad Robert Strachan as Janet was also born in 1808 in Riccarton Kilmarnock and her parents were Robert Strachan (b sept 1781) and Jean/Jennie Kelly.
    There’s still few Strachans in kilwinning ,I had 2 in my school class , I’ve got one as a neighbour and also a work colleague , must find out if I’m connected to them.

    Cheers, Alastair

    • I’ve got Peter Howat and Margaret Frew on my tree. I have them married 1866 at Dreghorn and with 7 children. Is that right? Interestingly, I also have a Jane Frew married to Thomas Laught Strachan in 1871 at Dreghorn. Thomas was the son of Andrew Strachan and Elizabeth Howat. It seems the Strachans, Frews and Howats made a habit of marrying each other!

      I have Janet Strachan who married Peter Thomas Howat born 1808 at Riccarton, daughter of Robert Strachan born 1781 and Jean Kelly. Robert’s older brother John Strachan born 1774 was my ggg grandfather, and John’s son Robert born in about 1808 was my gg grandfather. There are so many Robert Strachans its very easy to get them confused – and my father was yet another Robert Strachan.

      If there are Strachans living in Kilwinning there’s a very high chance you are related to them from way back. Ask if any of their ancestors were coal miners: if the answer is yes then they almost certainly are related to you.

  17. Maureen Walmsley nee SOUTER

    An article “Digging Deep -the life and times of our coal miner ancestors” should be in the next issue of Ancestor – I missed the talk & they usually print it in next mag. How Can I get a copy of the article to you Judy? Not managing this Reply site very well. .

    • Your comment came through so you’re managing the reply function just fine. Is Ancestor an Australian magazine? I’ll look for it online and see if I can get hold of a copy as that article sounds very interesting.

  18. Maureen Walmsley nee SOUTER

    Gen Soc Victoria quarterly Mag next due Dec so Coal Miners article should appear then. I also subscribe to Scottish Ancestry Group & get their Newsletter(part o f Gen Soc VIc.Great article on Farm Life in Aberdeenshire.Look forward each day to your postings.

  19. Thank you Maureen – I;m so glad you enjoy my blog posts. The article sounds very interesting so I’ll keep my eye open for it when it’s published.

  20. Maureen Walmsley nee SOUTER

    just tried to send rather a long comment but lost it again – I do not know where it goes – will await instructions from my daughter when she comes to help install f t maker SOON. As soon as I get to about 3 lines long it scrolls up and then I cannot continue. More news about article on coal miners Pt 1 Dec then Pt 2 in march 2014.

  21. Maureen Walmsley nee SOUTER

    Hugh Dennis was on WDYTYA tv program and his Pat’l g/g.father was a miner in Kiveton Park Colliery near Sheffield. did you see the show – i love watching. I think I have worked out what I was doing wrong. Got my mags mixed up – the coal miners article was in the Scot.Ancest.Group Newsletter “Thistle” not “ancestor” -they do cross/advertise – easy to confuse, Pt 1 in Dec Issue and Pt.2 in March issue.Love your blogs – read every morning . .

    • How lovely to hear you enjoy reading my blog each morning. It motivates me to keep it going. Yes, I watch WDYTA and there’s always something really interesting in every episode. Do let me know what the mining article is like, when it comes out.

  22. Maureen Walmsley nee SOUTER

    just did it again – what I was saying ws that i read your blog while having my yorkshire tea and toast. must keep comments shorter so they do not disappear.

    • Not sure why your messages disappear – some people have posted quite long ones so you shouldn’t need to keep them short. Enjoy your Yorkshire Tea. It is made in Harrogate, which is just up the road from where I live by the same company that owns Betty’s Tea Rooms, another Yorkshire institution.

  23. Maureen Walmsley nee SOUTER

    now on FTM Th and Ancestry and loving it – doing a 2 hr session in Jan on Ancestry,made a few mistakes that I cannot fix. Lots of place names in my tree that come up in your tree. Bourtie, Chapel of Garioch, Tarves etc. My tree is in the name Maureen Souter. Still just a new chum in the Family History game but loving it – not much TV watching since FTM installed.

    • You’re really getting the bug, Maureen. I use Ancestry but admit to paying little attention to trees on Ancestry as so many have mistakes on them: as you’ve found out, it’s not easy correcting a mistake so a lot of people just leave it. Then someone comes along and copies their tree, mistakes and all! But I will check out your tree and see where we’re connected as there must have been a few instances of intermarriage between our ancestors. I have a tree on Ancestry but I haven’t added to it for ages so it’s not complete. I prefer my own tree on my own computer, as I can do whatever I like with it.

  24. Maureen Walmsley nee SOUTER

    You mentioned Meadow Lane in your Blog.Is Meadow Lane a place or a “Lane” in Leeds? I remember it mentioned in some papers about the Walmsley side of the family who came from Leeds in the 1890’s to Melbourne. I will have to unpack all the boxes stored in the spare room for 5years since I moved to this address. What on earth will all us Blog Followers do in 2014 when you run out of days? Hope your Christmas and New Year are everything you expected them to be.

    • Hi Maureen. Meadow Lane is a road and is still with us, though none of the old buildings along it remain. It is just south of Leeds city centre, on the other side of the the river Aire, and is very much an industrial and office block zone these days. I didn’t realise you also had ancestors from Leeds: let me know if there’s anything else Leeds related to want to know. And in 2014 I’m sure I’ll find plenty more to blog about!

  25. Maureen Walmsley nee SOUTER

    the more I read your Blog makes me more and more sure that our ancestors will align at some stage .You have Mary Logan marrying Wm YULE at Tarves. Addresses on Censuses (?) Blackhill of Courtstone and Braikley. My gg g’mother was Helen ANNAND nee YULE,. when her son Wm annand m Jane Gordon their respective addresses on M/Cert were Hill of Brackley TARVES and Courtstone TARVES.
    Looked on Google for” Walmsleys of Meadow Lane Leeds ” and on a Gedforum found an OLD posting from an acquaintance here in OZ. we exchange Xmas cards that is all – we lost touch as I was not into the F/Hist too much back then and he gave up on me as a lost cause, or at least not a source of information. His name is Barry Walmsley and he shares a greatgrandfather with my Husband Ronald James Walmsley. Have to leave the Walmsleys alone for a while and concentrate on the SOUTERS etc and Aberdeenshire.

    • That is a coincidence. The William Yule who married Mary Logan was born at Nigg, according to the census, and there’s birth on FamilySearch for William Yule baptised in 1856 at Nigg with parents David Yule and Margaret Keith. Beyond that I know nothing about him.

      Funnily enough, when I lived for a while in Australia, in Melbourne, I knew a Rosemary Walmsley, although that was her ex husband’s surname and I never met him.

  26. your notes on living conditions reminded me that you asked about my memories of the “Buildings” There was a Midden (or ashpit) outside toilets and no bathroom. My Mum’s friend Mrs Robertson who lived there used to come to our Council House in Cruden Bay every Friday for a bath and we children used to go to the chemist for her, usually for Veganin tablets and hair pins. My sister remembers that Mrs Robertson had an older man as a lodger but we do not know names. Will have to look on Census when I get the hang of it all. DId your relative perhaps live as a lodger??? The Buildings were either stone or brick , double storey but do not remember much else. A few doors along from there was a lady(dressmaker) who made annual outfits for my sister and I (for SUnday school) I do not remember her name but I am almost certain that her house was called Thistle Cottage -my sister can not recall that though. On Google I found mention in the Edinburgh Gazette of Mr Kennedy(Gentleman Farmer) who owned Kennedy’s Buildings way back when – he owned Playhillock Farm and our cottage (Playhillock also).He was fined lots of money, but I cannot find where I made the notes about him. will have to get my “office” in order – my New Year Resolution!!!!!! Hope the weather is being kinder and some blue skies on the way. Also, my father and grandfather both worked at the Brickworls in Cruden Bay – gone now, but I picked up a small souvenier piece of brick outside the fence when I was there last, but probably all new housing now.

    • Lovely memories, Maureen, and they add so much local colour to my research. The lady at Thistle Cottage could well have been one of my relatives. She wasn’t called Mrs Michael was she? My great great aunt Mary Ann Fraser married David Michael and had quite a large family. By 1923 they were living at Thistle Cottage, Longhaven in 1923, as two of her sons gave that address when they went to Canada, and it is the address on her death certificate in 1940.

      I have Robertson on my family tree as quite a few Frasers married Robertsons.

      The people I have at Kennedy’s Buildings were there in the 1901 census: the Morgan family, who were in Boddom by 1911. Lots of Morgan lived at Little Tillymaud. When William Souter Morgan died in 1917, his death certificate says his usual residence was Playhillocks. I haven’t fully researched his children so must do so, as one of them might have been the person living at Playhillocks. Most of the men who lived around there at that time worked at the granite quarry.

    • Stewart MacPherson

      Hi, My name is Thomas Stewart MacPherson and Mr Kennedy (James I believe) was my great grandfather. I’d be interested to have any information about him. He was born illegitimately in Kennethmount, went on to have 16 children I believe, my maternal grandmother being one. He seemed to have been a bit of an entrepreneur as he had farms, quarries and other businesses with various off-spring running them. Any information would be gratefully received. Thanks, Stewart

  27. my sister Audrey and I were both born at Playhillock Cottage in 1936 &1937 then we moved to council house in C/Bay. My Granda was William Herd Souter and his father was Thomas Souter. It is now 11.45pm and tired after a very hot day and hotter to come next week 41 deg on Tues. My sister tells me that Uncle Bill Duncan from Lendrum Terrace worked at the quarry there.I noted on a google map that a railway ran from Lendrum Terrace taking quarried stone to Peterhead . Always something new to be found.

  28. been talking to my sister and she tells me that the railway from the quarry behind Lendrum Terrace ran to Peterhead Prison – so perhaps a lot of the work force at the quarry might have been prisoners. In our time, and even now Peterhead Prison is for very, very nasty prisoners. The lady we knew at Thistle Cottage would have there around 1943-45 . My dad’s sister Elizabeth (Bess) married a Robertson from Aberdeen (they lived in London) do not know a lot about him as yet, only looked at a few sites but did find that he had a very distinctive middle name. Uncle Jack was John Manzie W.? Robertson, I think that was his mother’s maiden name – lot more to do on that. I also have a friend in Boddam who is married to a NORRIE and my Boddam Cousin’s daughter married a Derek MORRICE they live up Inverness way. It is all a bit overwhelming at the moment but once I get is all organised I am sure it will a lot easier. If only we had asked more questions while our folks were still here!

    • There is always more to research, Maureen! Interesting about the railway from the quarry going to the prison – I wonder if the prisoners did stone breaking at the quarry? And I too wished I had my grandparents and parents a lot more questions about their early lives when they were still around. Fortunately my mother was still going strong when I began my research, so was able to fill me in with quite a lot of detail. She used to spend the summer school holidays up at the croft near Hatton so I know a fair bit about the way of life where in the 1920s and early 30s.

      • Hi Judy,

        With regard to Peterhead prison, the prisoners did work in the quarry and, as I recall, the prison was part of a project to build a new harbour in Peterhead using the quarried stone – hence the railway. Peterhead granite is a fine pink stone that used to be popular for houses and public buildings.

        The prison used to be quite notorious as a place for hard men and later sex offenders but was closed recently.

        PS Nathaniel McWilliam was my great great grandfather and his daughter Jessie (my great grandmother) stayed in Scotland when the rest of the family emigrated.

  29. While dabbling in Google I found some Building applications for Longhaven.One took my eye as it was an empty block where my grandparents retirement cottage used to be at North Haven, just a hop step and a jump from the Buildings. The other was requesting permission to build opposite the Buildings and the diagram had the Buildings and Thistle Cottage marked as I had remembered.(forgot to look at the date on the application) My sister thought the lady’s name started with C. Later that same day I rang her to ask, was it Mrs Cassie – she agreed it was .Amazing what is lurking in one’s brain! My sister also told me that our annual outfits that Mrs Cassie sewed for us were cut from hand-me-down adult dresses and coats – amazing, I never knew, I was always so proud to have a new outfit during the war, in spite of clothing coupons.

    • Gosh, your memory has been well at work, Maureen. No-one called Cassie on my family tree but you never know. Hand me downs and clothes remade from older clothes were no doubt used a lot during the war, with the coupons restricting how much everyone could buy. I am actually old enough to have had a ration book, as some food things were still being rationed when I was a baby in the early 50s.

  30. Maureen Walmsley nee SOUTER

    Judy. If you enter Kennedy’s Buildings Peterhead, you will see an ad for the buildings as they are today – they look like the original building well & truly refurbished.

    • Thanks for that Maureen. They certainly look as if they’ve had a thorough renovation. Interesting looking at them on Street View, as they are still very much in the country – just a few cottages nearby but mostly surrounded by fields.

  31. Maureen Walmsley nee SOUTER

    in Google I should have mentioned

  32. Maureen Walmsley nee SOUTER

    Judy, don’t know if you are “watching this space” but here goes. I now have all 3 instalments of “Digging Deep in Scotland” and wondered if you were comfortable with sending me a postal address as I do not know how to scan & send by email (yet). The last instalment was particularly interesting and very moving as the poor miners, their spouses and children were so tied to the mine owners. “Digging Deep” is only 7 pages but thought you might like to see the whole newsletters as they have websites for Aberdeen etc etc etc
    I think the 3 Newsletters add up to 17 pages. The source for the articles is “The Rise of the British Coal Industry” by J.U.Nef. Perhaps that would interest you as the book would cover more than just Scotland, which is what the “Thistle” newsletter does. My email is …..
    p.s. will endeavour to get instructions on scanning/emailing in the meantime which of course would require an email address – there I go showing up my lack of technical nouse AGAIN.

  33. Hi Judy

    i’m doing my family tree and was wondering if you had any pointers you can send me in, my mothers name maiden name is Gallacher and lived in Crockedholm and help would be great full recieved

    • Ah, a Crookedholm connection. The best hints I can give is to start from now and work slowly and methodically backwards, and always try to get at least two pieces of firm evidence about someone (from birth, marriage, death and census) before assuming someone is “yours.” Easier said than done though! Also, spend time learning how to do an effective search on ScotlandsPeople do you don’t waste too many credits downloading the wrong certificates.

      When you get further in time and start using parish records, Crookedholm will come under Hurlford, and before that Riccarton.

      Just shout if you want to know anything else. Good luck!

  34. Hi Judy,

    I have just started researching my family tree and came across your blog after Googling “Hugh Findlay, tea merchant”. I was particularly drawn to your site as my name is also Judy!

    Hugh Findlay was my great grandfather, and the information you provided was fascinating. Hugh’s elder daughter Helen married Wallace McWalter in 1923, and their daughter Aileen (my late mother) was born in 1924. Helen and Wallace bought a house in Clarkston, Glasgow in 1939 and I still live there with my own family.

    I will continue to read your blog with interest. Thank you for all your hard work!


    • Hello another Judy. Thank you so much for posting your message. I have Hugh Findlay and his wife on my tree, and noted their two daughters from their census entries, but hadn’t researched them further so it’s lovely to find about them. And it’s also great to hear from someone still in Scotland as so many of my tree migrated.

      Hope you find more to interest you on the blog, and just shout if you want to ask anything.


  35. Maureen Walmsley nee SOUTER

    just left a comment in the wrong area – hope you get it OK (regarding Moss Croft vs Mosside Croft and the COUTTS family.

  36. Maureen Walmsley nee SOUTER

    Sorry, but as I cannot find where I left the comment I cannot see your reply. Just spent an hour “trawling” thru and cannot find it. I usually comment in the My Ancestors area but blowed if I know what I did – just when I thought I was getting the hang of it all.

  37. Maureen Walmsley nee SOUTER

    Finally found where I put my post ( Home) and saw your reply. I have since seen a map etc that mentioned that the Moss was where our ancestors collected their peat ( in other words a moss was a peat bog) so no wonder it comes up so often in the naming of dwellings etc. Still chipping away at FH and have found shipping records of relatives migrating to Canada so that is something but no more as yet on the Aberdeenshire folk. Hope you are back soon as I love reading ur blog even if they have no connection to me.

    • Hi Maureen

      So sorry for taking such a long time to reply. Must get back into this blog again after taking a break! Yes, there are lots and lots of places with the word ‘moss’ in them: means they were close to a peat moor. Have you made any more progress? Must admit to doing nothing at all for several months myself, but winter is now here so I’ll be spending more time at home and inside.


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