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Hollandstoun ... Orkney (OKI, Isles, County, Scotland)
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Australian decendants of North Ronaldsay - (Hollandstoun - Orkney)
Interested in hearing from any Australian descendant of any North Ronaldsay person.
Hoy - (Hoy - Orkney)
I am tracing my Hoy line and as this is not a very common name in Australia I would appreciate contact from any one researching this line. My grandfather often spoke about his line but you know what young children are like - we never take any notice until we are the same age! Lisa
Family Surnames: Hoy
Mowat (hoy) - (Hoy - Orkney)
Loking for more information on Sinclair Mowat who married Barbara Sinclair 1823. Believe his parents were Andrew Mowat and Isabel Sinclair
Family Surnames: Mowat
Miller - (Kirkwall - Orkney)
Family Surnames: Miller
Kirkwall, Orkney - (Kirkwall - Orkney)
Robert MOIR b. abt 1799 Kirkwall Orkney to Robert MOIR & Christian DRAVER. Robert was a Mariner and married Sarah ? at North Shields. He died 1885, North Shields, England.
Family Surnames: Moir; Draver
African Explorer From Kirkwall - (Kirkwall - Orkney)
From The Century Cyclopedia of Names 1895 William Balfour Baikie was born at Kirkwall, Orkney 27th August 1825 and died at Sierra Leone 12th December 1864. A surgeon (assistant surgeon R.N. 1845-51), explorer and pioneer in the valley of the Niger, Africa. He was appointed surgeon and naturalist of the Niger exploring expedition 1854, and succeeded to the command of the vessel - The Pleiad - on the death of its captain. The expedition ascended the river 250 miles beyond the highest point beforereached.
Family Surnames: Baikie
Miller - (Kirkwall - Orkney)
Looking for connections to children of Archibald Miller and Margaret nee Petrie. All children born Kirkwall. Ann Miller b 1813, Thomas Miller b 1815, Archibald Miller b 1818, Margaret Miller b 1821, Jane Traill Miller b 1826, Peter Petrie Miller b 1829, 1 other son David came to South Australia in 1852 with wife and 2 children.
Family Surnames: Miller
Ann Laughton Miller - (Kirkwall - Orkney)
Looking for any info on Ann Laughton Miller b Stronsay,Orkney 1833 to parents John Miller and Mary Smith. Married Thomas Fotheringhame 1854. They lived at Linnabrake on Stronsay.
Family Surnames: Miller Fotheringhame
Spence/Scott/Garrioch - (Kirkwall - Orkney)
I am trying to find the birth/death dates of Ann Garriock who married John Spence (1747)in St Andrews parish Orkney and then moved to Kirkwall having a daughter born circa 1751 and who subsequently married Oliver Scott.
Family Surnames: Spence/Garrioch
Hepburn - (Kirkwall - Orkney)
Looking for any ancestors of Peter Hepburn born 1814-15 in Kirkwall. He joined the 93rd Highlanders in 1830. In 1832 they left for the West Indies. He eventually ended in Canada on a farm near Lindsay, Ontario.
Family Surnames: Hepburn
The Thomson Family - (Kirkwall - Orkney)
Searching for any information on the Thomsons of Kirkwall. My grandfather James Thomson, born May 21, 1907 had a brother that worked at St Magnus Cathedral. James moved to Canada and married Margaret Miller of Wick. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.
Family Surnames: Thomson, Miller
Cleat Family - (Kirkwall - Orkney)
Trying to find information on Robert T Cleat & Margaret D Norn(spouse) at High St, Kirkwall on the 1871 Census.
Family Surnames: Cleat
Corsie family - (Kirkwall - Orkney)
Looking for relatives of William Corsay/Corsie born 1831 in Rousay to James and Betty Corsie, especially looking for Williams parents. William was a blacksmith.
Family Surnames: Corsay/Corsie
Robert Pottinger - (Kirkwall - Orkney)
Robert (born in 1869 in Kirkwall) married my gg Aunt, Elizabeth Corsie (born in 1861 in Kirkwall - to Wiliam Corsay/Corsie and Mary Russell) in Wisconsin, USA. Has anybody got any details about this couple please, or any information about either family please? Thanks.
Family Surnames: Pottinger, Corsie, Russell
William Walls - (Kirkwall - Orkney)
Trying to trace the parents of William Walls, born in Kirkwall and died there 24.2.1883 aged 82. Married to Betsy Miller, children Wemyss and Thomas. Death cert states parents as Thomas Walls and Clement Tulloch, but no records of them.
Family Surnames: Walls, Miller, Tulloch
Slater & Fotheringhame, Kirkwall - (Kirkwall - Orkney)
James Slater and Sibella Fotheringhame were married on 24 March 1831 by the Rev Robert Paterson.   Witnesses John Fotheringhame and James Chalmers. James' father was Thomas Slater, mother Margaret Mentland. Looking for more information about family in the Orkneys.
Family Surnames: Slater/Fotheringhame
walls family - (Kirkwall - Orkney)
try to find family from my mothers side.I dont know very mutch about the walls family,but what i do know my mothers called cathrine mary walls born in kirkwell on the 5/8 not to sure about the year she was born.she married John Ellis in England in the 60s thay had 4 children 1boy 3girls.I never did know my granmothers name but she had been married more then once.i can rember my mother saying that she had alot of chilren but never tolled how many there was.my granmother died in the 70s in kirkwell.my granfather was known as georgie how died in the 80s in an old peoples home in kirkwell.can you help me.any and all help would be greatly appreciated.
Family Surnames: Walls
corsie family kirkwall - (Kirkwall - Orkney)
Looking for the family of william corsie dob 2nd march 1900. Fathers name thomas who had a brother called james. i think some of my ancestors were russel corsie. I think thomas was married twice.
Family Surnames: Corsie
David - George and JamesMunro - (Kirkwall - Orkney)
Looking for information on David and George Munro of Saverock David later lived in Leith George went to Russia Brother James lived at Iphs Westray and also Crossiecrown
Family Surnames: Munro
Marriage - (Kirkwall - Orkney)
I am researching my uncles DUDLEY REYNOLD CHARLES WILTON-KING Naval/service/record & discovered he married a MARGARET MARY NORRIS 25-10-1938 at ST MAGNUS CATHEDERAL KIRKWALL he was aged: 23 she was aged: 19 he was in the ROYAL/NAVY she resided at 22 GARRIOCH St Kirkwall her mothers name was MARY MARTIN SCOTT NORRIS, should some one reading this have any knowledge of the families mentioned. i would be most grateful for any information or contact Thank You. REDBERT
Family Surnames: Norris
Prince, Perence - (Kirkwall - Orkney)
Am interested in the Prince/Perence family originating in the Orkney Islands, possibly Kirkwall. Beginning in sixteenth century, ancestors possibly relocated to locales throughout Scotland (Edinburgh)and Northern Ireland (Antrim), and some descendants eventually arrived in U.S.A. (Pennsylvania)and in Latin America. Have some documentation from a family Bible.
Family Surnames: Prince, Perence, Mcdowell, Mcmunn, Scott, Stocker
A/Major D. B. Close R.A.S.C. (E.F.I) - (Kirkwall - Orkney)
Between the 1st January 1942 until 29th November 1943; my father,with the rank Acting Major D. B. Close: R.A.S.C. (E.F.I.) was based in Orkney. From the little information I have he was in the N.A.A.F.I. but I have no idea where that "camp" might of been. I have in my possession two photographs of him taken with his officers and men during that time. One of the photo's has a mount, on which is printed Sinclair, Kirkwall (photographer). His Personal No: P 110288 - nothing in his Officer's Record of Service indicates any Regiment he served with or was attached to, prior or during that time.Would there be any way of identifying the N.A.A.F.I personnel/or records for the 1942 -43 period?
Family Surnames: Close
Spence & Guthrie Families, Orkney - (Kirkwall - Orkney)
Hi. I'm researching the Spence (early spelling Spens) of Kirkwell, Holm and Paplay, Shapinsay, Eday (Orkney). John Spens (b. around 1754) married Mary Crawford. James Maxwell Spence (b. 1803). Stonemason. Married Jane (Jean?)Guthrie (b.1807). Emigrated to Geelong 1851. I'd love any information anyone may have, & am happy to share what further info I have.
Family Surnames: Spence, Spens, Guthrie
Anne,James Sinclair - (Kirkwall - Orkney)
I am wanting information regarding Anne Sinclair and James Sinclair who came to NZ in 1857.THey were both Sinclairs . Anne's mother was Margeret Sutherland and her father Walter Sinclair . His mother's surname was Rosie. Anne's mother Margeret's father was James Sutherland (Lord Duffus).Margeret grew up in Caithness at the Castle Mey. Her mother was Anne Dunnett. AS well as living in Kirkwall Walter and Margeret lived in Burry. I know nothing of James Sinclair.
Family Surnames: Sinclair Sinclair
St Mary's Holm, Kirkwall - (Kirkwall - Orkney)
My grandmother Janet McBeath was born there in 1898, she married Robert John Anderson ( from Elgin) in 1918, their children John Russell, Eleanor Mary, & my mother Winnie Margaret were born, they later moved to Burhead, Morayshire. I believe that Janet's parents, were involved in running an Inn, at the time of her youth. Close to St Magnus's Cathedral? My great grandmother's name was Mary Sutherland-Muir, and she married John Clark McBeath, I know that there was a Cecilia Elphingston, and an Isabella Baikie (sp) in the family but do not have any dates of birth/death.
Family Surnames: Mcbeath, Anderson, Sutherland-Muir
Cusiter family at Quoydandy - (Kirkwall - Orkney)
Seeking information on the family of Peter CUSITER who was born in 1800 in Kirkwall and died in 1879 on his farm called Quoydandy near Kirkwall. Peter was a merchant, farmer and shipowner and also a member of the Guild. He married Isabella Cobban Smith, daughter of the Congregational minister at Rendall, Alexander SMITH. Their children were Alexander Smith who emigrated to Australia, James Pottinger, Clementina Cobban who married Edward Scollay SLATER, Mary Isabella who wed William MACGREGOR and Robert Irvine.
Family Surnames: Cusiter, Smith, Slater, Macgregor
Durno Family from Kirkwall - (Kirkwall - Orkney)
Seeking any info about George(1852)and Isabella (1863) Durno and their four children George, Kenneth, Margaret(1893)and Cecil (1902)of Kirkwall. Children George and Kenneth arrived in Canada some time prior to 1921, George settling in Toronto and Kenneth in Oshawa, Ontario. The rest of the family emigrated from Kirkwall on the Tunisian, arriving in St. John, NB, on April 15, 1921, and settling in Oshawa, Ontario. The birth record of Cecil Durno shows that George and Isabella were married on June 23, 1881, at Chapel of Garrioch. It also shows that Isabella's maiden surname was Rennie, contrary to family memory that it was Garden. Prior to leaving Kirkwall for Canada, Cecil worked for R. Garden, Limited, in the motor lorry department. Cecil attended St Magnus Cathedral Sunday School as a boy. The grandfather, George Durno, may have originally come from the village of Durno.
Family Surnames: Durno Rennie Garden
Oman - (Longhope - Orkney)
Searching for any information re my Great Grandparents (John Oman and Elizabeth S.H. Smith) who were natives of Longhope, Orkney and emmigrated to Stratford, Ontario, Canada in the mid-1800's.
Family Surnames: Oman Smith
Oman Cont'd - (Longhope - Orkney)
My great-great grandparents were John Oman and Elizabeth Smith. I was born in Stratford, Canada. What would you like to know? I may be able to help.
Family Surnames: Oman Smith Omond Omand
Thomson - (Longhope - Orkney)
Searching for John Thomson b:1832 m:Charlotte Moar Oct 12,1851 in Hoy.Children: John,JAmes,Charlotte,Margaret,William,Isaac,Ester,Andrew and Joanna, They were all born in Hoy around Walls/Longhope areas. Also Catherine Isabella Mowat m: James 1883 b:1853 Hoy -Any help appreciated
Family Surnames: Thomson,Moar,Mowat
Stout - (Longhope - Orkney)
Looking for parents of Elizabeth (Eliza) Stout, born in Longhope 1787/91. Married Robert Sutherland in 1811 in Latheron.
Family Surnames: Stout
GRAY-HARVEY - (Midland - Orkney)
I am looking for information for John Gray b. about 1830, Scotland (I was given Midlan, Scotland) and Agnes Harvey b. about 1830 Scotland (again I was given Midlan, Scotland) I do not know when they married or when they immigrated to the USA. I do know they had three children born in the state of New York USA. John 1851 ( Greene County), Andrew 1853 (Green County), and Agnes 1855 (Chemung county) From genealogy websites, both Green and Chemung counties had several Haveys and Grays in the mid 1800s.
Family Surnames: Gray, Harvey
Pierowall - (Pierowall - Orkney)
Pierowall is the village of the island of Westray in the Orkney Islands, Scotland. It is named after the old Norse parish of Waa. The pier of Waa.
Family Surnames: Rendall
Mowat and Marwick - (Stromness - Orkney)
My GGGrandparents from Stromness/Kirkwall, Orkney Isles. David Mowat 1853-1901 m: Mary Marwick/Mariwick 1858-1943. Children: Robert 1879-1947 m: Maggie Wilson; Mary Jane 1881-1882; Margaret 1882-19? My GGrandpa: John 1884-1957 m: Mary Drever in Winnipeg, Mb. My Nan: Mary Mowat m. Charles Holewell Any leads would be appreciated!
Family Surnames: Mowat, Marwick, Mariwick, Drever,
Thomas Hunter - (Stromness - Orkney)
Looking for any information on Thomas Hunter who was born in Stromness around 1830. He subsequently married Ann Newton Bell and lived in Northumberland/Durham in the mid to late 19th century.
Family Surnames: Hunter, Bell
LOUTTIT - (Stromness - Orkney)
Interested in the LOUTTIT family from Stromness who came to live near Sunderland Co. Durham and then some of them moved to Pennsylvania.
Family Surnames: Louttit
Sinclair, Stromness - (Stromness - Orkney)
Searching for information on my great grandmother Johanna Sinclair born 1856 at Stromness. On the 1881 census she was living with her mother (Elizabeth White) in Sunderland, Co Durham. I presume her mother Elizabeth (White) must have married again after she was born. Any information on Johanna's or Elizabeths family/ancestors would be greatly appreciated.
Family Surnames: Sinclair, White
Norn Family - (Stromness - Orkney)
Trying to find information on Margaret Downie Norn, born Possibly in Stromness about April 1823, also parents David Norn & Ann Mainland.
Family Surnames: Norn
Baikie and Linklater - (Stromness - Orkney)
Searching for information on Peter Baikie (born about 1755 Stromness) who married Christian Linklater (born about 1759 Stromness) on 15th December 1780 Stromness. I know Christian's father was a Magnus Linklater but have no further information on the Linklater family, or who Peter's father or mother was but Peter was of "Mouseland" on the Marriage Certificate. Peter and Christian had 5 children, James b 1781, Katharine b 1787, Peter b 1790, Margaret b 1793 and William b 1796. Any information or leads would be greatly appreciated.
Family Surnames: Baikie Linklater
Strang - (Upper Sanday - Orkney)
David Strang b 1680 - married Jean SCOLLAY. baptised in Kirkwell, Orkney. His ancestors occupied Balkaskie House in 1200's Would like more information on his ancestors. David's mothers maiden name (I think was Isabel Irving)Any assistance greatly appreciated
Family Surnames: Strang Scollay Irving
Gutcher, Gray, and Mowat families of South Ronaldsay - (Orkney - Orkney)
Interested in descendants or researchers of these families. I have Thomas GUTCHER b. circa 1785 in South Ronaldsay, Orkney, Scotland. He married Helen GRAY 23 Dec 1810 in South Ronaldsay. They had 7 children. My husband is descended through son Thomas b. 7 Feb 1820. He married Jane Mowat/Mouat b. circa 1825, also from Orkney islands, in 1855 in St Kilda, Vic, Australia. Thomas jnr was a miner in Mt Moliagul, Victoria.
Family Surnames: Gutcher, Gray, Mowat, Mouat
SANGSTER family - (Orkney (OKI, Isles, County, Scotland) - Orkney)
Seeking information on the Sangster family of Orkney.(possibly Stromness) GEORGE SANGSTER (born approx 1881, died 1907/8). Married Frances (Fanny) Wood. I think George worked for Eastern Telegraph Co. in London.
Family Surnames: Sangster
South Ronaldsay, Laughton - (Orkney (OKI, Isles, County, Scotland) - Orkney)
Looking for information on Samuel Laughton b.18.3.1825 on South Ronaldsay, son of Malcolm Laughton and Anne Liddle. He married Anne Isbister 29.1.1850 on both S.Ronaldsay and at Kirkwall. Samuel became a Merchant Tailor. He seems to have moved from Orkney because both his wife and one son, Thomas, died in North Shields. Samuel was dead by 1877. Anne's sister married another Merchant Tailor in Edinburgh and then moved to North Shields so Samuel may have worked and died in Edinburgh. Apart from Thomas b.12.7.1856 at Stronsay, other known children were Williamina b.30.6.1858, Kirkwall & St.Ola and Barbara, probably born Orkney 1850/51.
Family Surnames: Laughton, Isbister, Liddle
HAWTHORN family - (Orkney (OKI, Isles, County, Scotland) - Orkney)
My g-g-grandfather ROBERT HAWTHORN born Orkney Island c.1824, son of HUGH HAWTHORN, 'weaver'. Any info on this family please?
Mainland, Hugh m. Janet Grieve 20 Feb 1844 - (Orkney (OKI, Isles, County, Scotland) - Orkney)
I am seeking any information about Hugh Mainland b.14 Mar 1816 in Hurtiso, Rousay and Egilshay, Orkney He was married to Janet Grieve b.20 Jul 1816 They are my G.G.Grandparents and any additional information would be appreciated. I know they migrated to Canada in 1870 with their son William Craigie Mainland b.28 Dec 1844 in Rousay and Egilshay. Thankyou.
Family Surnames: Mainland, Grieve
Petrie,James - (Orkney (OKI, Isles, County, Scotland) - Orkney)
James Petrie born 16th. Aug.1848 at Stronsay on the Orkney Isles, Scotland. Emigrated to New Zealand approx.1861. Married Jean Stirling 1878. James' mother married twice...Brodie
Family Surnames: Petrie
Ritchie's - (Orkney (OKI, Isles, County, Scotland) - Orkney)
seeking any information on the Richie's in Orkney from about 1860 orignally from Rosehearty area Williamina Caskey born 1880 named for the minister, Jean and Alexandrina born 1896, born orphir. Richie Marriages to Budge and Flett families. Two familes went to Moosejaw Sask. Canada , but returned by the 1920's.
Family Surnames: Ritchie, Robsob, Budge Flett
Gray, Malcolm - (Orkney (OKI, Isles, County, Scotland) - Orkney)
Malcolm Gray, born about 1784 South Ronaldsay, married Jane Sophia Peake 1819 in Surrey where she was born. They went back to his farm on Orkney and had 6 children. Does anyone know why he was in Surrey? I now know that Malcolm was in the Royal Navy and presumably his ship docked in London. Can anyone shed more light on Malcolm himself, or know of any Royal Navy records from the early 1800s?
Family Surnames: Gray, Peake
Drever, Sandison - (Orkney (OKI, Isles, County, Scotland) - Orkney)
Drever, John Reid dob 01/21/1924 to Williamina Drever, searching for info on his father. Williamina May was born Westray, 1901 to William Drever (Drever, Leslie), Westray, 1863 and Jean Sandison (Sandison, Mowat), Westray, 1870, other children of William and Jean were Elizabeth J M, Andrew and Seater Sandison. Any further info would be greatly appreciated
Family Surnames: Drever, Sandison
Slater/Schlater - (Orkney (OKI, Isles, County, Scotland) - Orkney)
I am looking for info on a Peter Slater who was born in the Orkneys in about 1839-41 His father was James .Peter was a seafarer and he lived in North Shields after 1864.
 
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