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John Taylor - Tuesday, 18 November 2014 04:59

I am looking for Taylor descendants in the area whose ancestors include David Taylor and Janet Syme c 1820 Robert Taylor and Margaret Lynd or Lind c1850 William Taylor and Isabella Henderson c.1870.

In addition to genealogical research, I have also been doing DNA research and am interested in speaking with any Taylor in the area interested in participating. 




Sheila K Curran - Monday, 17 November 2014 22:40

Further to my posting of 15th Nov. and my search for the following sons of Andrew KINNEAR and his wife Mary HAY,

Edward Kinnear b. 1827 in Wemyss,

Thomas Kinnear b. 1834 in Wemyss,

I did find them in the 1841 Census. Edward was 14 yrs old and a Hand Loom Weaver.

Thomas was 6 years old.

They are not listed in the later Census and I cannot find deaths for them.

Any help would be appreciated.


Barbara Burnside - Sunday, 16 November 2014 15:00

I'm trying to trace the descendents of Andrew Thomson, born 1870 Ladybank, Fife, married Emily B.? and who lived in Leven at Ethelney Wagon Rd., Occupation Life Insurance Agent, and who left Leven in the early 1900's with wife and family of son Andrew, born Leven 1897, and daughter Roberta, born Leven 1900/01 for South Africa, possibly Pretoria or Transvaal.  There may be a line of descent in the U.S.A.

I would be grateful for any information to be sent direct to me at

Many thanks, Barbara

Sheila K. Curran - Saturday, 15 November 2014 16:59

I am searching for information on 2 sons of
Andrew KINNEAR and his wife Mary HAY.


Edward was born in 1827 in Wemyss, Fife.

Thomas was born in 1834 in Wemyss, Fife.


Any help will be appreciated.



William Alan Bell - Wednesday, 12 November 2014 23:28

MY great great grandfather was William John Bell (1833-19i8) He married   Margaret Barnett.  They had 14 children.  Most of the time the family lived in the Dundee area.   However three of the children were born in Weyms, Fife  They are as follows:

         1. Ann Bell Born March 22,  1862..later lived i Dundee> Her son was Rear Admiral Allan Edward Smith commander of the USS Battleship MIsouri

         2. Christina Bell born May 16, 1866,    died Nov. 26, 1958

         3. David Martin, born March 31, 1864    (He went to Detroit and helped Henry Ford make the first Ford car

I would like to know  where the family lived, why  they moved to Weymss, what did Wiliam and Margaret work at, church that Baptised them? Or any other information.




Ray Watts - Wednesday, 12 November 2014 20:57

I am trying to find the  details of Carol Christopher David Wilkie..A long time New Zealand resident in a small town called Rakaia I believe his ashes were returned to Auchtermuchy probably late 50's maybe 60's.Have tried to find him in the Cemetry records but have not been successful..Reason for my enquiry is ..I am involved in writing a history book about our town..He was remembered as a notable member of our past community..
Thanks.Ray Watts

charles pfeil - Wednesday, 12 November 2014 10:57

Looking for information on Edwin windridge  the nephew of the Brown Family.

He was in the RFC and shot down over enemy lines  on the 9th June 1918

Megan Bent - Wednesday, 12 November 2014 10:12

Hello , I am currently researching my family the Meldrums , I have traced to Dunfermline and they were weavers . I will be visiting the area in early December and was wondering where is the best place to start more research , I have recently read on the web site for the library that it is closed . Is there a museum and/or alternative place that I could visit whilst there . I am open to all suggestions as I am very excited to be able to further my research .


Cheers and thank you in advance Megan :-)

Frances Black - Friday, 14 November 2014 13:01

There is in the Fife FHS Archives a copy of Dunfermline Weavers by Kenneth J Meldrum. What is the name of your Meldrum family.


Secretary Fife FHS

Megan Bent - Saturday, 15 November 2014 14:13

Hi , my ancestors are William Meldrum M Jean Fotheringham , his grandson Henry ( B 1825 Dunfermline )  is my 2ndggrandfather and the Meldrum who came to Australia , to start our line . I am interested in where they lived and I would like to know more on the history of Weaving in the area . I have seen this book Dunfermline Weavers in Australia at the National Archives , I have been trying to obtain a copy ever since which proves to be quite elusive .

Megan :-)

David Allan - Sunday, 16 November 2014 21:28

My wife is a descendant of the Meldrums - there is a substantial publication in Dunfermline library entitled 'the Meldrums of Dunfermline' which has lots of information and the local papers had several interesting articles on them.  Your family may well be linked to them

Margaret Mckirdy - Wednesday, 29 October 2014 00:30

I was wondering if anyone has heard of Robert Gordon.  He was a WW1 soldier and I think he was a Lance Corporal in the Royal Engineers!  I don't know his service number!  His fathers name was John Gordon and his mother was Isabella Nisbett.  His siblings were David, Frank, George and Bessie Gordon.  He was my second cousin.  I'm working on my family history and I can't find them!  They lived in Lochgelly at one time!  I would appreciate any ideas! 


Sue McCormick - Monday, 27 October 2014 00:32

Hi there,

Not sure if this is the right place to ask a few questions?

I am trying to locate information on a family from Newburgh area, Joseph & Mary Martin, I believe they were grocers in the 1850's in or around Newburgh (This info has been gained from John Henry Martin marriage certificate) Joseph & Mary had a least one son, John Henry Martin, born around 1832 ish. John Henry Martin migrated to Australia in the early 1850's at about the age of 20. (Just to confuse things John Henry's death certificate says that he was from Dundee)

Hope you might be able to point me in the right direction, look forward to hearing from you soon.

Thanks in advance

Sue McCormick

P.S John Henry Martin is the Great Great Great Grandfather of my children who live in Australia

Kathleen LOW - Wednesday, 05 November 2014 20:29

Hi Sue

We (friends of the laing) are based in Newburgh and we have started a data base of local names. We have found Joseph Martin and Mary Storie with their 9 Children born in Newburgh so far. What info would you like us to look for on this family?

Regards Kate

Michael DISTON - Friday, 03 October 2014 07:51

Hi, I wonder if anyone can supply details of or know where to go for details of Fife Master Mariners and which companies employed them. In particular James Diston b1832 and Peter Baxter Diston b1836. 


Alison - Thursday, 16 October 2014 06:25

Hi Michael

There are several references on ancestry relating to James. His Masters Mariner certificate a census record where he is listed on the ship Eureka and a Cupar library card index reference to a newspaper entry which I presume was an obituary. If you don't have an ancestry account you gan get a free 14 day trial. Some libraries also give access to ancestry. Hope this helps. Alison Fife Family History Society

Roddy - Saturday, 22 November 2014 17:02


I came across both the Mate and Master Certificates for Peter Diston dated 16 March 1833 and 12 February 1866 respectively.  

There is also an entry in the England & Wales Probate Calendar (Index of Wills) stating that his widow, Isabella Grieve was appointed his executor.  He was described as a shipmaster formerly of Inverkeithing afterwards of Burntisland who died at Malta on 14 May 1882.

In the 1871 census of England both Peter B Diston and his wife, Isabella, were included in the returns of the Registration District of St Olave, Southwark, London aboard the vessel Isabella Diston of Inverkeithing.  This vessel was built in Inverkeithing in 1870 and was owned by John Bradshaw, Fleetwood.

Sources:, and 

Roddy - Fife Family History Society

hugh hoffman - Thursday, 02 October 2014 11:55

Hallo Michael.   We can supply back numbers of all our journals.  The cost is £2 per copy plus postage.   Alternatively the first 44 journals (1989-2004) are on a single CD which costs £10 plus postage.   I suspect the CD would contain the issue you want - though it cannot be 1988 as you suggest given that the society was not founded till 1989!

I will check back numbers for the article on INNES and will confirm if it is available.


Hugh Hoffman

Fife FHS

Michael Innes - Saturday, 04 October 2014 16:56

Thanks Hugh. I look forward to hearing what you might have in your archives. I actually found the reference in a Fife HS document entitled "Published Family Histories" (URL: In the first paragraph of the entry for Innes, there's a note on the item I'm looking for. The specific mention states: "The Innes family history can be found in the 150th Anniversary of the Fife Herald of March 1972; we reprinted this history in the Fife Family History Society Journal of Sep 1988 (Vol 11 No 1)."

Michael Innes - Thursday, 02 October 2014 08:34

Hello everyone. I'm new here. I'm looking for older issues of the Journal - are there any prior to what's listed under the resource section of the website (ie. pre-2012 issues)? While doing some research on my own family, I found a reference to a 1988 issue, purported to contain a reproduced history of the one of the branches of the Innes clan. Grateful for any support on this.

Frances Black - Tuesday, 30 September 2014 07:39

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secretary Fife FHS

Alex - Tuesday, 30 September 2014 07:44

Thank you, Frances!

marjorie smith - Sunday, 28 September 2014 16:48

hi, I am trying to find out if Edwin tivendale wood was born I the fife area and if he had 4 children - joan m tivendale wood, Kenneth tivendale wood, Arthur tivendale wood and Kathleen tivendale wood whose BD we can not find


marjorie smith

Frances Ward - Saturday, 27 September 2014 19:45

Hello. I'm trying to find out where my great grandmother worked during the 1880s. All I know is that it was somewhere in Fife! She worked in a large family home as a house servant. This part of her history is very important for reasons I can't disclose. 

Would records of employment or census records help? if so how do i access these? I've never done anything like this before. I can't be more exact as I really have no other details - my mother's family didn't speak of my great grandmother much at all.


I'd be very grateful for any help. Thank you.

Frances Bla - Monday, 29 September 2014 12:09

What was your Great Grandmother's name. If you would rather email me direct with your information please do so.


Lynn Armstrong - Thursday, 25 September 2014 22:51


Hope someone can help!

Can anyone give me any information regarding the Dysart Combination Poorhouse. I have found a relative who was living there in 1901. I would like to find out the history of the poorhouse and where could I view the census records from 1891 onwards.

Marie - Monday, 29 September 2014 21:20

Both FindmyPast and ScotlandsPeople websites have pay-to-view census records, so if you already have a name and location you should have little difficulty in finding them in 1891.

Fife Archive Centre may also have some information –

They already hold “Index to Dysart Combination Poorhouse - List of people sent to the Poorhouse by the Parish Councils of Dysart 1878-83 and Markinch 1868-83” Compiled by A A Thomson from the Parochial Board minute books.

Also earlier than your specific query, but good for general historical background, have a look at Peter Higginbotham’s excellent website, which includes an 1881 census  –


Good luck!


John Douglas - Tuesday, 23 September 2014 17:30

Hi, can anyone help? I've gone back in a proven line to 1779 where John Douglas and Ann Crighton produced a son, John Douglas on 28th Jan. We Douglas's seen to have settled in Dairsie as my Great Grandfather James Struthers D and Grandfather James Robert D (one of 15) were born there. Prior to 1779, except for Ann Crighton b.1741 in Leith North, I cannot trace the next Douglas. Any pointers etc will be much appreciated.

hilary sadler - Tuesday, 23 September 2014 09:38

My grandfather William Beveridge Melville was a Dysart Melville and I would appreciate any contact or information which would help me trace my family history

Frances Black - Thursday, 23 October 2014 13:04

Hi Hilary

I have been contacted by someone who has the following in her tree. If it is also in your family she would like to get in touch with you. Her name is Margaret Strachan and I have her email address which I could pass on.                                            The person in question in her family is "William Beveridge Melville born 1863 to RObert Melville (a tailor) and Janet, MS Cairns.


Secretary Fife FHS

Sandra Gatt - Monday, 22 September 2014 07:12

Hello I wonder if you can help me. I have been trying to locate a place where my ancestor lived in the 1860s. It was called Kilconquhar Mill. I know there is a village called Kilconquhar and just outside there is a farmhouse called Kilconquhar mill. do you think this could be the same place. I found on your website the 1861 parochial records and there is a Reid & co animal Grease & manufacturers listed at Kilconquhar mills and my ancestor called Stephenson Reid does list himself as a Grease and manure (chemical) manufacturer in many records whilst putting Kilconquhar Mill as his residents. Any information would be fantastic if you can help. Thank you Sandra Gatt

Aileen MORTIMER - Friday, 19 September 2014 16:11

My grandfather, Andrew Dunsire, was killed in World War 1 and, although his name appears in the National War Memorial of Scotland at Edinburgh Castle and on the Menin gate at Ypres, it is not on a local war memorial. When he enlisted in 1915 he lived in Kirkland and that address is given in the entries in Edinburgh and Ypres.  I would have thought, therefore, that his name should have been on the Buckhaven and Methil memorial.  

Can anyone throw some light on this or do I assume there has been an oversight?  If so, is it possible at this centenary time to have the omission redressed?  Any help would be appreciated.

Aileen Mortimer

Alison - Sunday, 21 September 2014 15:21

Hi Aileen

Might be worth contacting Fife for advice.



Liat Harrower - Sunday, 14 September 2014 06:48

Robert WATSON (1790-1849)

I live in Australia and have hit a bit of a brick wall in searching for further info about my Fife ancestors.

According to census info, ROBERT WATSON was born c1790 in Abbotshall, married MARGARET GRUB in Jan 1819. They had 3 children I can find - Isabella (1819-1889), William (from census info born around 1830, unknown death date or whether married), and James (1831-1890).  The 1841 census has the family's address as "Links", with Robert listed as a Hand Loom Weaver. Margaret (wife) and children Isabella, William and James are listed. It appears Robert died in 1849, with the OPR listing reading "ROBERT WATSON, in the centre of his property, 4 feet deep, age 60 years".  (I would like to find out if I can the actual address of this property, but haven't had any luck so far).

The 1851 census has Margaret (listed as Head and occupation Yarn Winder) living in High Street, Linktown with son William (labourer) and 2 lodgers (Mary Greig, 19 and George Fraser, 31).  Isabella may have married a GEORGE WRIGHT in 1844, and if so I have her death certificate listing her as his widow and dying on 12 Apr 1889 at the Markinch poorhouse of bronchitis.  (I would like to confirm this is her, and whether they had any children).  JAMES WATSON doesn't appear to be living with them, but I think I have him in Scoonie, listed as a servant living with CATHERINE ANDERSON.  He emigrated to Australia for the Gold Rush in 1852.

Any info I can get about the unconfirmed parts of the above would be greatly appreciated.  In particular I'd like to know who ROBERT WATSON'S parents were, What happened to WILLIAM WATSON, and whether I have the right Isabella (ie; marrying GEORGE WRIGHT).

With many thanks in advance,


Douglas STEEDMAN - Saturday, 20 September 2014 10:10

Hi Liat.

I'm Doug Steedman member FFHS. Use Family Search. Org and Scotland's People, That's where you will find the answers.

Douglas STEEDMAN - Saturday, 20 September 2014 10:15

Hi Liat,

Sorry for the brevity but for some reason I cannot get a bigger message posted


John Irwin - Sunday, 28 September 2014 11:11

hi Liat, 


When the OPR states that ROBERT WATSON, in the centre of his property, 4 feet deep, age 60 years".

I believe it is referring to his actual grave and not his home. Victorians bought plots of land in the graveyard and you see it on many headstones of the time, referring them to as 'the property of .....' actually on the stone. 


So your Robert is buried 4 feet deep in his grave. This was useful for further burials on the same plot of land, for his wife, children etc. If you can locate a graveyard plan - then with the plot number you would be able to locate it.

Sharp Family - Friday, 12 September 2014 10:52

Andrew Sharp (abt1819-1906) - I am trying to identify any siblings and birth details of Andrew and his parents. Andrew lived in West Wemyss, Fife all his life & signed weaver apprenticeship forms in 1832 age 12 years. There is an 1841 census record of Andrew Sharp coal miner age 20 in West Wemyss with no parents. He married in 1842 to Cecilis Scott. I have not traced his birth cert  but his death cert 1906 states his parents were Andrew Sharp (soldier) & Catherine Gray (she signed his weaver forms in 1832). I have no hard details of the parents births details.

Can anyone shed light on these individuals? I have extensive details on the Sharp family of Wemyss & Clackmannan for anyone studying the Sharp family


Robert Sharp

Judi ALEXANDER - Thursday, 11 September 2014 01:18

Here are my FFHS Members Interests - if anyone has any information on the following families I would appreciate your contact.  I posted a message on this Discussion Board about Thomas Lindsay on 22 August 2014.  Thanks, Judi











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Judi ALEXANDER - Thursday, 11 September 2014 01:24

My message regarding Thomas LINDSAY was actually posted on 19 March 2014 :)

Harry D. Watson - Thursday, 11 September 2014 17:52

Hello Judi. Most of the names on your list are familiar to me. Have we corresponded before? I have corresponded with so many people about East Fife genealogy that I am starting to forget some of them.

The Peats of Pittenweem were farmers, and I have quite a lot on them. There were Spences in Pittenweem who were fishermen, likewise Parkers. I am descended myself from the Pittenweem Horsburghs, whose line can be traced back to Elie. I have a lot of information about Jacks in Cellardyke, my home town, about which I have written a book.

If you wish you can email me direct at and I will try to answer your queries as best I can.


Lynn Armstrong - Wednesday, 10 September 2014 17:56

I am trying to find more information on a William Gunn born in Gourdon, in Kircairdine area, I have found him living in at 10 Orchard Lane, Dysart Burgh on the 1901 census, but unfortunately I cannot find him after that. I understand that he was a Coliery Labourer but have no idea which Colliery. I was hoping that someone may have some information to assist with my family search.