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red mail Alexander Stirrat
Alexander Stirrat (aged 27) 26 Ladeside Street Rothesay married Mary McKinnon (aged 27) 10 Crownpoint Road Glasgow on 14th December 1875 at St Mary's Chapel Glasgow they had several children - Alexander born 25th Sept 1876 - Murdoch born 24th April 1878 - Elizabeth (possibly known as Mary) born 2nd July 1882 (this is the main person we are trying to trace info on but we can find no birth certificate for a Mary but the details seem to fit info we do have) - Bridget born 5th May 1884 - another Elizabeth born 5th April 1889 - I think another two children named Malcolm born 1886 and Mirren (Marian or Maureen) born1889-90 (this is another girl we can find no birth details of) - the family lived at 5 Staffa Place Rothesay - Alexander snr died 16th April 1899 - there is a family connection and we have been looking for info for a long time
red mail McKirdy/ McKirgan From Rothesay
Brick wall time. I have a Jane who says she was born in Rothesay in abt 1834, according to her marriage certificate. I have her surname listed as mostly McKirkan in Glasgow but also as McKirdy. Her father was names Peter & was a tailor. Her mother is listed as Mary Irvine, born in Ireland according to Census in Glasgow. It may be that she has an elder half brother called William whose mother was Elizabeth Dougherty. I cant find anything relating to Jane or her parents being in Bute apart from her Glaswegian records that state her place of birth. No marriage for her parents. The name Peter seems very rare but still having trouble locating him. Cant find the family in earlier census in Glasgow so dont have a record of Peters place of birth. Ive not found a death for him but I did for his wife Mary in Glasgow in 1860 where she is a widow. Anyone else have anything on a Peter McKirdy or similar in Bute around 1830-35? thanks...
Turner Family Rothesay 1778-1800 and after.
Patrick or Peter Turner was Captain of a Gabbard named, "The Mally". It appears he may have died around 1795. He married Mary Macmaster in Rothesay 1778. She was a maid in the house of, "The Recorder". at the time. They had 7 children:: Archibald, Mary, Elizabeth, Christian, and Peter, "b 1795". !! I can find little reference to the family other than the foregoing. Any information would be much appreciated. I have accumulated a deal of information about other bute families, (mainly Scott) but have drawn a blank with the Turners
Alexander McConachy and Janet, married 1762./ Son Robert (b.1778 as Duncan) married Jean Walker (b.1789) in 1810./ Robert and Jean relocated to Liverpool Lancs. circa 1817./ Janet's parents - James Walker and ElizabetH McConechy.
red mail McKirdy of Bute (esp. those also called Gillies)
I would be interested in hearing from anyone related to the McKirdys of Bute, especially anyone with the name Gillies in their family, too. In particular, I am looking for anyone related to Daniel Gillies McKirdy, who married Elizabeth McDonald, also from Bute, in the Plantation area of Glasgow. He was a civil servant in HM Customs & Excise. I believe that some of his relatives emigrated to Montreal as my father had a cousin called Tom McKirdy (probably born just before WWI) who was a police officer there.
red mail Jamieson/McKirdy/Muir
Jamiesons John & son Robert of Scalpise/Quein/Kilmory farms to Australia 1854. John m Elizabeth Stewart of Kilmichel settled in Dayslford area.
red mail Bland, Muir
Seeking any information on descendents of Thomas Bland MUIR born c 1816, Rothesay. Thomas died 1906, Kaitangata, New Zealand. Thomas was the son of James MUIR and Margaret BLAND. Thanks, Vivian
red mail John Fyfe, Gardener
I am seeking information on John Fyfe, who was a gardener on the estate of Thomas D. Douglas, Esq., Rothesay, Isle of Bute in the 1840s. From census records we know that John Fyfe was probably born around 1814 in Scotland. He emigrated to America on the ship SS Victoria in 1873, and was living in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1879. The 1880 US census has a record for a John Fyfe, widower, living in a house on Fresh Pond Lane in Cambridge as a boarder. There is also a Boston death record for a John Fyfe in 1890, but it is unclear whether this is the same person. He may very well have returned to Scotland in the later 19th century, but this is just speculation. Any information on John Fyfe's early life, his family, children or descendents will be greatly appreciated.
red mail Livingstone, Livingston
Hi All I am researching the Livingstone family name. They seem to have moved around a little. Some of the places lived are Rothesay, Killaran Greenock,Glasgow,Kilmern and Kilfinan. Some of the spelling must be off as I can't seem to find some when I do the village search. So hope to find someone on this site that is looking into the same branch of the family. Robert Duncan Livingstone b: about 1888 in Rothesay parents are Duncan Livingstone b: about 1857 and Sara MacFarlane b: about 1855. Robert Duncan had 3 sisters Mary Henderson b: about 1890 Margaret Kerr b: about 1892 and Janet Ann b: about 1893. I have a little information on on the sisters and parents but have hit a brick wall on Robert Duncan. Would appreciate any help with him and will try and help with any information I have. I also have a picture of a man and women taken by a Rothesay Photo Studio but I do not know who they are. Look forward to any replys. Thank you Valerie
red mail thomas smith rothesay bute
looking for any information about Thomas Smith (father of Hellen who married David Craig in Glasgow circa 1850.)
Donald Munn
Donald Munn, father and son, both enlisted in the "Royal 42nd Highland Regiment of Foot - Second Battalion", the Black Watch, in Glasgow, Scotland on August 10 1775. They served in America during the Revolutionary War. Donald Sr died in New York in 1780 and Donald Jr with wife and child settled in 1787 at Nashwaak, New Brunswick on land granted the Regiment. Have information about descendants - would like to learn about Munn origins and family in Scotland.
red mail Alexander Mulholland
I am trying to locate the family of Alexander Mulholland born about 1810 Rothesay, Isle of Bute. His parents were Thomas and Mary. Alexander was an apprentice weaver at age 11years working at Glasgow. In 1826 he went to Carlisle,Cumberland, England where he married Mary Sanderson. In 1852 he boarded a ship with his family and set sail for Australia. In 1851 his mother, Mary was living with the family at Carlisle. Any information for this family would be appreciated.
red mail Gollan
Looking for information on Alexander Gollan. He was married to Martha Morrison. Alexander died December 26,1911 at Burgh of Rothesay. Does anyone know how I could find where he would be buried?
red mail McLean of Bute
Looking for info on Agnes McLean, wife of James Fyfe & mother of John Fyfe who married Christina McDonald Gray of 109 Montague St., Rothesay in 1896. John had McLean cousins in Bute including probably Peter McLean who was witness at his wedding.
red mail Gray of Rothesay
Looking for info on James & Charlotte Gray (maiden name McKay), 109 Montague Street, Rothesay. That family adopted a girl (born Alice Christie in Govan, Glasgow 1872) & raised her as Christina McDonald Gray. Christina, a laundress, was married at Montague Street to John Fyfe in 1896.
red mail Bute Industrial School
My wife's great grandfather, Hector D. Harvey (Harvie?) is listed in the 1871 census as being an 'inmate', rather than a 'scholar' at the Bute Industrial School. What kind of school was this? Any info. welcomed.
red mail Margaret Nixon
Margaret Nixon was the daughter of Robert and Janet Nixon. She was born about 1864 in Rothesay, Buteshire. In 1883 she married James McAllister Lownie in Partick, Renfrewshire and both parents appear as deceased on the marriage certificate. I am looking for any information on the Nixon family, as I have been unable to locate them.
red mail Catherine McDonald
Looking for any descendants of Catherine McDonald (born Catherine Garrity c1907 in Glasgow)who was the natural sister of my mother in law (born Hilda Dalziel Garrity) Catherine and Hilda's mother died soon after Hilda was born. Hilda wa adopted by relatives on her mother's side and knew nothing of her sister. Their father, Martin Garrity was killed in WW1. He served under the name Martin McQueen. In his Will(made before departure to the front) he asked for his daughter, Catherine, to be adopted by Miss Catherine McDonald of 18 Ladeside Street, Rothesay. Do any of these names mean anything to you?
red mail mac/mc kirdy/curdy
looking for descendents of Alexander Ross: McCurdy or Mac Kirdy who went to Canada around1692
red mail Burns
I am looking for any relatives of John Dornan Burns from Glasgow. He used to visit Rothesay every year and would meet up with someone in a pub near the castle. This would have been about the mid 1950s. I am trying to find the link between a George Henderson Burns who was born in Rothesay in 1868, and my husband, who has the same name
red mail Looking for
I am looking for information about Susan Boyd, born 1879 Shore Street, Bowmore, Islay. She married a Canadian?, Henry? Robson and was badly injured in a Canadian Railway Accident. She lost her legs in this accident and had to use a wheel chair for the rest of her life. She came to live in Rothesay and died there in about 1950ish. Unfortunately I don't know when she married or died. Can someone please help. Many thanks. Kirsten
red mail macaloon
Trying to find out info on my mothers family name. My grandfather Edward Macaloon was born in rothesay in 1911. Trying to trace any relations anywhere.
red mail rev robert craig a m
had brothers david john archibald robert b 1792 d1860 father was robert b1733 d 1796m margaret clarke rev rob was minister free church of scotland m flora campbell mure
red mail McKirdy, Rothesay and villages
Looking for McKirdy ancestors from Bute. John b. 1815 Rothesay married Mary Gilchrist - 11 children; Robert b. 1777 married Janet Gillies - 3 children (John, Robert Gillies, Janet); Robert b. 1739 married Jane (?) - 9 children.
red mail Browns of Rothesay
I am researching my gt gt grandfather's family. John Brown was born in Rothesay c.1832 and married in 1850 to Christina Forsyth(who was born in Edinburgh according to the 1871 census). The first 2 children were born in Rothesay,John(1851) and Andrew(1853) after which they moved to Greenock. John's occupation is recorded as Tanner but I can find no entry for him on Rothesey for 1841 or 1851. His father was also from Rothesay, also John.On the son's death certificate it says he was a carter.
Crawford - Harrison - Wilson - Stabrick
Archibald Crawford (1768 Rothesay - 1839 IN, USA) m. in 1792 in Dublin, Nancy Agnes Harrison (1770 IRE - 1848 IN, USA) of County Down's John & Hannah Matchett Harrison. They came to America in 1793 with first son John H. born at sea. Is Archibald's father John Crawford (1729 Inverkip, Renfrewshire - Abt 1799 Rothesay)? Was mother Margaret Wilson (1729 Greenoch, m. 1753 Rothesay, d. Abt 1815 Rothesay)?
red mail McKirdy,Rothesay, Bute
We have been researching the McKirdy Family and descendants from Bute. We got back to John McKirdy, born appr.1750 who married a Margaret McConachy on Dec 15, 1774. They had 8 children - Elspeth b1777,Margaret b1780,John b1782,Robert b1785,Archibald b1788,Alexander b1790,James b1792 and our direct line Andrew b1796. Would love to hear from anyone who has information on this family or can give information on the first John McKirdy's parents or his siblings. His father's name was Robert McKirdy but the records we found do not list a mother.
John Donald Harper, born 01.09.1928 in Rothesay to Alexander and Annie, died peacefully on 16th January 2004. He had been in hospital since November and had a leg amputated. It was obvious that he was going to lose the other leg and we are sure that he decided that he wasn't going to lose his independence as well so he refused all medication or treatment. His sister, Margaret and his step-children and step-grandchildren visited him regularly until the end. He is very sadly missed by us all and remained to the bitter end a funny, loving, cantankerous old bugger!!!
red mail Mckellar Family, rothesay
Janet McKellar migrated to Australia with her husband John Keith and son Duncan in 1864 on the Blue Jacket.Her parents were Duncan McKellar and Mary Currie,any information in regard to this family would be appreciated.Duncan and Mary were married 13/4/1840.Census dated 30/3/1851 has Duncan,34,(fisherman)and Mary,35, living at Ballycurrie Shore, Bute with children John 2 years of age, Margaret 8 mths, Janet 7,Elizabeth 5. On arrival In Australia Jon Keith died 8 May 1867 at Ballarat Hospital. Janet now a widow with children married Martin O'Brien 26 Feb 1868 with whom she had 10 children.My Great Grandmother Janet died 15 Aug 1909,Beechworth,Victoria and is buried at Carlyle Cemetery,Victoria with members of her family.
red mail Mckirdy Family From Rothesay
I would appreciate any help in tracing the McKirdy family further back than James McKirdy b.10 Apr 1760 in Rothesay, Bute who m. 30 Nov 1789 Catherine McAllister b. 21 Oct 1767 and the Archibald McKirdy decendants through my g.grandfather who arrivedin Australia in 1856 to settle in Daylesford, Victoria, Australia

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