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red mail African Explorer From Kirkwall
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.
red mail Durno Family from Kirkwall
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.
red mail Cusiter family at Quoydandy
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.
red mail St Mary's Holm, Kirkwall
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.
red mail Spence/Scott/Garrioch
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.
red mail Anne,James Sinclair
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.
red mail Spence & Guthrie Families, 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.
red mail corsie family kirkwall
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.
red mail A/Major D. B. Close R.A.S.C. (E.F.I)
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?
red mail Prince, Perence
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.
red mail Marriage
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

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