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Robert IRELAND - Monday, 04 May 2015 00:57

I am looking for information regarding the marriage, career, and death of one George Meiklejohn (Micklejohn) Born 18 July 1736 in Tulliallan, the son of William Meiklejohn (1698) and Katherine Hally. ; had a sister Katherine b. 1734.  William was the son of WILLIAM (1666) M. Marjory Coustone in 1692. 

I believe this George may have been confused with George b. 1733 Saline, the son of John Meiklejohn and Helen Philip. This George presumably married Mary Cree (Crei) in Culross in 1763, and left her with child, Hugh in 1766 to go to America, where he is said to have been an SPG Parson in North Carolina. 

Melodie - Sunday, 03 May 2015 02:06

I was wondering if anyone knows where I could find a list of homes built in 1812, the information I have is that James Pittullo was building it for his family in the United Barony of Anstruther and shire of Fife and that it was too large for Sea Bathing if that makes sense. It was a note entered in my 3x GGP separation hearing. Any ideas are greatly appreciated.

Clark - Saturday, 25 April 2015 19:30

I am currently researching my ancestry. My second cousin Margaret Bennett (Maggie)

who died in 1981. The address on the death certificate is given as:- "Evemond" Backmuir of Pitfirrane Dumfermline. Has anyone any idea where exactly this is?

I have been unable to locate same.

Thanks any information would be appreciated.

Alison - Wednesday, 29 April 2015 07:41

Hi, this is near Dunfermline in Fife. I googled it and there is a listing on a website for a Rotary Club member in the 1980's living at Evemond which is the name of the house. The link below might give you more information.


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Arlene LITTLE - Saturday, 02 May 2015 12:18

KY12 8QR is the postcode for this area.  It is off the A907 Carnock Road, heading out of Dunfermline towards Gowkhall & Carnock. The council lists 17 properties and I'm guessing that Evemond might be a house name but I didn't find a listing for a house with that name.



Clark Smith - Saturday, 25 April 2015 19:23

I am currently building my family tree. My second cousin Margaret Bennett (Maggie) died in 1981 the address on the death certificate is:- "Evemond" Backmuir of Pitfirrane Dunfermline. Has anyone any information exactly where this is?

Melodie - Saturday, 25 April 2015 03:22

Where would I find Elie Kirk session records from 1760-1790. I have the book Elie Kirk 350 years 1639-1989, but it doesn't contain the records I'm looking for. 

Any ideas are greatly appreciated.

Frances Black - Saturday, 25 April 2015 13:12

These are still held with Elie Chuch - website they have a contact form on the website.

Frances - Fife FHS secretary

Melodie - Saturday, 25 April 2015 20:48

Thank you very much

Melodie - Tuesday, 21 April 2015 04:34

I'm need some help. I have searched high and low, but I can't find the birth records for my 4x GGF James Pittullo and his sisters Agnes and Helen. My James stated in his Naturalization record that he was born in Elie, Fife in 1768. The children were born to a wealthy ship Captain by the name of James Pittullo b. 1745 Elie, and Cecilia Baptisto so money wasn't an issue. So where would they have been born, considering he traveled back and forth from Elie to India. I have checked several sources and I can't find a trace of them, but he listed them in his Will. I do know that James Pittullo esq sold his property in Fife and moved to Dalkeith where he died and was buried in Restalrig in Midlothain and from what I can gather it was a non-conformist church cemetery. Some I'm wondering if there are more non-conformist churches other than the ones I found on the CD I purchased. 

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Thank you

Jim Strachan - Saturday, 18 April 2015 12:54

I am doing some research, and wondering if anyone has an idea where Beath Waldeve was located?  Our research appears to be pointing to somewhere in Western Beath.  Thanks!

Janice Chalmers - Wednesday, 15 April 2015 07:28

I am interested in the family of Alexander Chalmers, who died at Path head, Dysart on 12th Feb, 1866.  His widow was Christian (nee Campbell.  I will be visiting Dysart from Australia, Queensland, in August 2015.  I am a descendant of their son David, who came to Moreton Bay, on the British Empire, in 1859.

Angela INCIGNERI - Wednesday, 15 April 2015 01:21


Thank you for letting me join this group. I have been doing family history for many years but only recently have looked at my Scottish ancestry.

I have no need to progress further back but am interested in the lives of my ancestors. I believe they are -

Andrew TYRIE
his son ALLEXANDER TYRIE b. 1744 at Dysart who married Jean BRIDIE at the College  Kirk at Edinburgh, Midlothian. Allexander was a gardener at the old Kirk at the time of his marriage.

their son Charles TYRIE b. about 1774 in Monimail and moved to London where he married Jennet Brudie or Bridie and worked as a cooper for the Royal Navy at Deptford. His sons were also coopers.

Does anyone have som TYRIEs in their history? Or can anyone see any mistakes I have made? I am new to researching in Scotland and I welcome any corrections or suggestions.

Very best wishes



Annette Scott - Saturday, 11 April 2015 03:19

Hi All I am researching the Scott's from Newburgh, Fife. Was wondering if any others have them in thier tree. Last known on my tree is George Scott B:26 Oct 1729 in Newburgh Fife faher listed on baptism as George no mother listed.  He married an Agnis Dowie on 3 Jan 1755 If anyone has any information or can help me knock down this brick wall feel free to email me at

Many thanks in advance

S. Landale - Saturday, 28 March 2015 02:52

I am looking for information about my fathers Aunt.  Marguerite Elisabeth Mille Key.  I believe she/family lived near St. Leonard girls school in the 1920's.  I believe her mothers maiden name was Dow.  Her brother was Edward A. Key.  Any information would be most welcome. 

denise galloway - Wednesday, 25 March 2015 13:04

One of my ancestors Willaim Foster married in the early 1900's to Charlotte Stenhouse.  He was a mining expert for Fife Coal COmpany.  however, they got married at the Whyte House, Coaltown of Wemyss.  I have tried the looking at the valuation records but still havent found it.  Can anyone else help?

nancy - Tuesday, 24 March 2015 18:07

HI ! I am hoping someone can help me ..... first I would like to ask , when visiting Leslie where would I go to research records ? I am taking a trip over at the end of Sept 2015........ I am trying to find information on my grandmother AGNES HENDERSON THOMSON  born 21 Nov 1884 .... we where always told her father was DAVID THOMPSON  who died in a mining accident before she was born ... but having gained her birth cert it shows ILLEGITIMATE  with her mother being listed as AGNES THOMSON 

B1884 Agnes Henderson Thomson 1 (1)

Alison - Wednesday, 29 April 2015 08:19

Hi, Can you email me at and I will see if I can help put you on the right track. 


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von thomson - Friday, 20 March 2015 19:35

I am looking for some information about my 3x great grandparents. James philip Davidson born 1802 in fife ,his wife Catherine bell forsyth born in leuchars fife. They stayed in kenly green ,as James was a gardener at time .his mother was Penelope Gardner( gardiner). But don't know fathers name or Catherine's family.any help would be great thanks :-) 

Jon Davies - Monday, 16 March 2015 15:24

At the end of WW1 a recovering soldier from N.Wales met Janet Anderson Mitchell (Jessie) daughter of William Gourlay Mitchell and Betsy Mitchell formerly Morris. They were married at 4 Johnstone Terrace, Windygates in 1926 and then lived in N. Wales where Jessie's sisters and nieces visited and sent Jessie their family and wedding photos. Would like to exchange info on Jessie & discover who's in the photos.

Jon Davies - Thursday, 19 March 2015 23:07

Just to add that in 1965 Jessie's siblings and in-laws were recorded as: Mr & Mrs A.Mitchell; Mr & Mrs W. Mitchell; Mr & Mrs D. Mitchell and Mr & Mrs J. Robertson; Mr & Mrs J. Mowatt; Mr & Mrs J Thompson; Mr & Mrs T. Gilmour.

rex manning - Monday, 16 March 2015 14:08

Hi have you a relative called christine cunning? im doing my family tree so need as much help as possible i have an old address here she lived at years ago its 48 blacklaw road dunfermline ky11 4ap please can you help me thankyou for your time kind regards from rex manning.

Meriel Clark - Sunday, 15 March 2015 22:06

Anyone got any photographs of the Smithy which was situated in CommerciaL Crescent, Ladybank.  This was worked by my grandfather James (known as Jim) Bayne?


Thank you.

Teresa Mills - Sunday, 15 March 2015 19:33

My research of the David Thomson family of Denshelt, a very small village in Auchtermuchty Parish, indicates David was married to Agnes Smarte there. She passed away in 1847 and is buried in the neighboring Parish. The couple had five known children. All accounted for on the ships passenger list (1850) in New York when the family emigrated to America. I am fairly certain David and several children were linen weavers in Denshelt. Unfortunately try as I might I cannot seem to locate any records which might put this family together through christenings, censuses or any other records. Perhaps a fellow Fife researcher could give me guidance as to where I might search next. Thanks, Teresa Mills from Virginia (new member)

Douglas STEEDMAN - Monday, 16 March 2015 12:14

Hi Teresa, you may not find any birth records for this parish. Hover resources, click records click 1st on the list then click Auctermucty and you will discover why. I have 5 ancestors who were born 1830 - 1840 that were only visible to me in the 1851 census. Could not find 1841 census for Auchtermucty.

Jenny Lollo - Sunday, 15 March 2015 04:22

Hi all,

I am researching the Watson side of my family but have come to a standstill at my GGGGG grandfathers birth details.

I have so far:

Great grandfather:

James Storrar Watson born 20/12/1879 Pitskelly, Barry, Forfarshire came to Brisbane, Australia in 21/7/1899 and married Elizabeth Finch in Brisbane in 8/11/1905.

His parents were William Watson born 1849 St Andrews, Fifeshire and died Panbride, Carnoustie, Angus.  He married Jane Storrar (born Dublin, Ireland 29/3/1849) on the 7/6/1872 in St Andrews, Fife.  She died 15/9/1919, Dundee, Angus.

William's parents were William Watson born 1818 St Andrews, Fife and died 7/4/1872 in Airdie, Crail, Fifeshire.  He married Ann McCowan (born 1817) on the 13/5/1843 in St Monance, Fifeshire.  She died 8/1/1902 in Newton of Falkland, Fife.

William's parents were William Watson born 10/10/1788 St Andrews, Fifeshire and died 18/1/1863 in Fife.  He married Agnes Berwick (born 1782 St Andrews, Fifeshire) on 15/1/1809 in St Andrews Fifeshire.  She died before 1855.

William's parents were Thomas Watson born 1767 (but that is probably not the correct year) and unsure of the date he died.  He married Margaret Anderson (born unknown) on the 22/2/1776 in Kingsbarn, Fife.  If he was born in 1767 that would make him married at 9 years of age!!!  William's siblings were David Watson b. 1784, James Watson b. 1786, Elizabeth Watson b. 1791 and Ann(Annie)Watson b. 1795, and all show Thomas Watson and Margaret Anderson as their parents.

I am having a time trying to find Thomas' birth date and who his parents were.  I have tried Ancestry and Familysearch but with no luck.  I doubt that he would have married at 9 years of age but they were different times!!

I would be grateful if anyone could help with any of Thomas' and Margaret's details.

Kind regards

Jenny Lollo (Watson)


Douglas STEEDMAN - Monday, 16 March 2015 11:40

Hi, Jenny, have you tried Scotland's People website?

james mcquillan - Saturday, 14 March 2015 16:33

I am interested the family of john dowlan/doolan who on page 12 of your publication no 22

fife roman catholic marriage registers married mary mcgeoghan on the 30th nov 1855. I think they stayed in church st lochgelly. their sons john and Edward doolan/dowling are on page27 of your publication no23 roman catholic baptism register

C. Harrington - Wednesday, 11 March 2015 20:53

Hello, I am searching for information on David Thomsom, killed in a mine accident in July 1884. He lived in Leslie, Fife and his wife was Agnes Henderson. Can not find any record of him in any of the mine accident reports or a record of his death, any info would be appreciated.

Douglas STEEDMAN - Monday, 16 March 2015 11:46

Hi, there should be a statutory death record Scotland's people web site.

Douglas STEEDMAN - Wednesday, 18 March 2015 12:47

Hi again, there is only one record for a David Thomson death registered at Dunfermline 1884. Are you sure you have the correct David.

SHARP FAMILY - Tuesday, 10 March 2015 12:58

I have been studying the Sharp Family from Wemyss, Fife & Clackmannan and have 2000+ ancestors on my tree back to 1585. Looking to confirm parents and any siblings of Andrew Sharp (b.1820 d.1906) who married in Leven/Scoonie 1842 to Cecilia Scott and they lived in West Wemyss, Fife. 

Also happy to communicate on any Sharp family matters in this region.

Douglas STEEDMAN - Monday, 16 March 2015 11:58

Hi Bob, hover resources click records, select published family histories and you will find a reference to a book you can get for £5. You can also use L D S site  free family history. I think Andrew was born in Dysart parish and had two brothers.                                               

Sandra Sargeant - Friday, 06 March 2015 14:35


i am new to this site and Scottish ancestry.  I am helping a family member with her family tree.  Looking for any information on Robert Wilson or his family,  born abt 1818 in Auchtermuchty.  Robert married Barbara Hall Robertson Sanderson in Dundee, Angus in September 1839. Roberts occupation at the time of his marriage was a Blscksmith, he later was a Tinsmith and eventually a Manager of the Gas Works at Stornoway as shown in the 1851, 1861 and 1871 census records. We have no idea of Roberts patents or siblings.

many thanks,


Alan Cumming - Thursday, 05 March 2015 15:31

Hello, am just wondering if there is scope do do a talk/presentation fife on the subject of the Scottish Womens Hospitals during ww1. Many of the women came from fife and i have been working on this story for years and have never done anything as yet in the kingdom. Here is my web site with whats its all about and there is a contact number etc. Thank you Alan

Kirsty - Saturday, 28 February 2015 22:20

I am stuck in my McGregor family history. All the details I have is John McGregor 1883-1959 (married to Andrewina Murray 1883-1957), he was a coal miner and lived in Balbeiggie (various spellings found) Cottages, Thornton Road, Dysart, Fife. I can't find any records of him or andrewina for that matter. Does anyone know anything that could help me break this?

Would be soo thankful! 


Frances Black - Sunday, 01 March 2015 12:53

I have emailed you. a copy of their entry in the 1911 census in Dysart with their 5 children. Next door to another McGregor family!

Frances - Fife FHS Secretary

Michelle - Friday, 27 February 2015 10:41

Hello everyone,

I have been trying to do research on my great Grandfather, William Alexander Masterson. He was born in Cupar, Fife in 1878. He later came to South Africa and married Ivy Gertrude Hartley and had 2 sons, James Geoffrey and William Alexander Masterson.

Does anyone have any further information on William for me? I am in South Africa which makes it very hard to get to any records and I have not been able to determine parents names etc.

Any help would be appreciated.

Many thanks





Mikki French - Sunday, 22 February 2015 13:00

Does anyone know what a Chairman of South Kirk Parish in Edinburgh would mean? I'm researching a Cameron,who on both his marriage and birth of his first child puts himself as that. Thank you.

Kellie Craig - Tuesday, 24 February 2015 10:05

After a quick search I've been able to find what is today called "South Leith Parish", formerly known as Kirk of Our Lady. More info here: 

Hope this helps

mikki French - Friday, 13 March 2015 11:45

Thanks very much,I'll have a look, Mikki

Ann Sanderson - Sunday, 22 February 2015 12:24


I am researching my husband's family many of whom come from Fife. I am currently looking the Cragie family, Andrew born 1790, Torryburn (married Elizabeth Meldrum), his father John bc 1750 (married Cecilia Cunningham) also Torryburn. Both were seamen, Andrew was a ship owner and potato dealer until bankruptcy in 1842. Any information on shipping at that time would be appreciated, also any family links.

There are some family graves in Rosyth Old churchyard with '3 rooms' etc. Does this refer to the number of plots purchased?



Jimmy Jones - Thursday, 19 February 2015 17:06

Good day.

I am researching my mother's family and have found what I believe is a line back to the Henderson's of Fordell Castle. The male line stopped with my Grandfather due to he and my Grandmother only having girls. Anyway, I am very curious about the Hendersons and have found some information about them. Would be really curious if there are any painting of these people?


Jimmy Jones

Bryant, Arkansas USA


Alison MURRAY - Tuesday, 24 February 2015 10:07

Hi Jimmy, there are lots of websites online about the Henderson's. There are also images of paintings etc if you google it. If you have anything interesting and would like something included in our journal please email us. Thanks.

Sylvia FAIRHURST - Tuesday, 17 February 2015 22:39

Hi I am researching my great grandmother Marion Nicholson born 1847 in Limekilns Parents Robert nicholson and Martha Beveridge. All the family are on the 1851 census but disappear after? Marion marries in Liverpool in 1869. Where are Robert and Martha?

can anyone help please

Alison MURRAY - Tuesday, 24 February 2015 10:11

Have you tried looking at passenger lists? Many ships left Liverpool with people seeking a better life in America and Canada. You can find this information on or Hope this helps.

Sylvia FAIRHURST - Saturday, 04 April 2015 22:25

thank you. Yes but no luck. They have just vanished. Robert Marion's father is named on Marion's marriage cert as Master mariner deceased. He came from Burntisland, and Martha Marion's mother came from Charlestown. would love to crack this bricKwall

paul shields - Tuesday, 17 February 2015 10:17


Hi All,

 Can anyone assist in identifying the Army Units my Great Grand Father William Ness and possibly his brother joined and served in World War One. They were from Fife somewhere around Cupar possibly.


His Father was Alexander Ness The Family imigrated to Australia in approx 1925 however not much is known of the family left behind in Fife and or the fate of possible the brother.

 Kind Regards

 Paul Shields


FFHS Memb No 885


Alison MURRAY - Tuesday, 24 February 2015 10:13

Hi Paul, without their date of birth and birthplace this is difficult. If you have this information you can search for military records on both or or you can find military genealogists online who might help (for a fee) Alison, FFHS 


Michele Doucette - Sunday, 15 February 2015 23:26

There are 34 additional surnames (mostly from Fife) that figure into the research for my brother-in-law, Peter Watson: Balbirnie, Birrell, Bissie, Brand, Brewster, Bruce, Buik, Craigie, Cunningham, Dischard, Donaldson, Drummond, Drysdale, Grieve, Hodge, Imrie, Ireland, Lessels, Lothian, Louden, Melville, Mitchell, Oliphant, Robertson, Rodger, Salter, Scott, Tarvit, Traill, Wallace, Watt, Wilson and Wishart.

Should anyone here also lay claim to these surnames, please feel free to email me so that we can compare notes.

Warm regards,

Michele Doucett, Stephenville, NL



Andrew Melville - Tuesday, 17 February 2015 06:17

I am researching the Melville family which goes back to James who married Elizabeth Bell in 1761 in Leuchars.

They had 6 children, do your Melville's tie in with this family?


Andrew Melville (Australia)

Michele Doucette - Wednesday, 18 February 2015 23:32

I am sure that many know of this most valuable website re IGI Batch Numbers for Fife, Scotland


[1] Ann Melville married Robert Birrell (born about 1730 in Kinghorn, Fife). 

I do not have a date/place or marriage, nor do I have a date/place of death for either Ann or Robert.

[2] David Birrell (born October 14, 1777 in Kinghorn, Fife; christened October 19, 1777) married Helen Robertson (born about 1779 in Kilrenny, Fife) on December 24, 1799 in Kilrenny, Fife.

[3] Robert Birrell (born November 9, 1810 in Cellardyke, Fife; christened November 25, 1810 in Kilrenny, Fife) married Margaret Imrie Watson (born September 15, 1810 in Cellardyke, Fife) on December 26, 1834 in Kilrenny, Fife.

[4] Margaret Birrell (born June 5, 1853 in Cellardyke, Fife; christened on June 26, 1853 in Kilrenny, Fife) married James Watson (born 1852 in Cellardyke, Fife) on June 2, 1876 in Kilrenny, Fife.

[5] Robert Birrell Watson and Janet (Jessie) Donaldson Scott (married July 23, 1914 in Leith, Edinburgh)

These are the grandparents of my brother-in-law.



Based on this Andrew, I am unsure if we tie into the same family; thanks for writing, however.  


I am certainly hoping that there will be other individuals who may be able to assist both of us further.


Michele Doucette - Sunday, 15 February 2015 21:47

I have been conducting online research, on and off, for my brother-in-law, Peter Watson, since before 1999. I have been in email contact with both Sonny Corstorphine (Cellardyke) and Harry D. Watson (author) over the years.

I would like to make contact with those researching the following WATSON lines so that I may continue to verify/validate/authenticate/document my findings.


[1] James Watson (baptized September 29, 1649 in Kilrenny, Fife) married Agnes (Nanse) Craigie? 

[2] Thomas Watson (born 1687 in Crail, Fife) married Ann Craigie (born December 1692) on October 30, 1715 in Kilrenny, Fife. Thomas died in Cellardyke, Fife, in 1755. Ann died in 1767. This may be the Thomas Watson listed in the Kilrenny Register of the Dead, 25 Dec 1755, as per Beverly Weston of Queensland, Australia. 

[3] David Watson (christened September 2, 1716 in Kilrenny, Fife) married Agnes Watt (born December 27, 1730 in Cellardyke, Fife and christened December 27, 1730 in Kilrenny, Fife; buried October 10, 1764 in Kilrenny, Fife) on February 6, 1757 in Kilrenny, Fife. David died in January 1798, in Cellardyke, Fife, and was buried on January 24, 1798.  Agnes was buried on October 10, 1764 in Kilrenny, Fife.

[4] David Watson (baptized April 9, 1758 in Anstruther Easter, Fife) married Grizel Tarvit (born about 1759 in Cellardyke, Fife) on October 1, 1781 in Cellardyke, Fife.  David died on April 14, 1803 in Cellardyke, Fife.  Grizel died on March 25, 1845 in Cellardyke, Fife.

[5]  David Watson (born June 30, 1782 in Kilrenny, Fife and christened on July 14, 1782 in Kilrenny, Fife) married Elspeth Salter (born January 1785 in Cellardyke, Fife) on March 25, 1808 in Kilrenny, Fife.  David died on July 3, 1832 in Cellardyke, Fife.  Elspeth died in April 1852 and was buried April 21, 1852.

[6] James Watson (born February 17, 1814 in Cellardyke, Fife and christened on February 20, 1814) married Elspeth Salter (born July 14, 1820 in Cellardyke, Fife and christened on July 30, 1820) on October 18, 1839 in Cellardyke, Fife.  James and Elspeth were first cousins; his wife, Elspeth, was the daughter of Thomas Salter and Helen Hodge.  Thomas Salter was the brother to Elspeth Salter, wife of David Watson, father of James.  James died on April 1, 1887 in Cellardyke, Fife.  Elspeth died on November 3, 1877 in Cellardyke, Fife.

[7] James Watson (born 1852 in Cellardyke, Fife) married Margaret Birrell (born June 5, 1853 in Cellardyke, Fife and christened on June 26, 1853 in Kilrenny, Fife) on June 2, 1876 in Cellardyke, Fife.  Do not have a date of death for James.  Margaret died on December 24, 1938 at 34 Brown Crescent, Thornton, Fife.

[8] Robert Birrell Watson (born July 26, 1882 in Cellardyke, Fife; died October 25, 1961 in Port Williams, Kings County, Nova Scotia) and Janet (Jessie) Donaldson Scott (born September 8, 1881 in Canongate, Edinburgh; died 1971 in Port Williams, Kings County, Nova Scotia) were married July 23, 1914 in Leith, Edinburgh.

These are the grandparents of my brother-in-law.


[1] James Watson (baptized September 29, 1649 in Kilrenny, Fife) married Agnes (Nanse) Craigie? 

[2] Thomas Watson (born 1687 in Crail, Fife) married Ann Craigie (born December 1692) on October 30, 1715 in Kilrenny, Fife. Thomas died in Cellardyke, Fife, in 1755. Ann died in 1767. This may be the Thomas Watson listed in the Kilrenny Register of the Dead, 25 Dec 1755, as per Beverly Weston of Queensland, Australia. 

[3] William Watson (born September 12, 1730 in Cellardyke, Fife) married Margaret Imrie (christened August 2, 1741 in Largo, Fife) on November 10, 1764 in Cellardyke, Fife. Margaret died about February 11, 1803 in Cellardyke, Fife.  I have no date/place of death for William.

[4] Thomas Watson (born about 1765 in Cellardyke, Fife) married Mary Buik on December 18, 1797 in Dundee, Angus.  Thomas died on December 17, 1831 in Cellardyke, Fife.  Mary died on February 28, 1854 in Cellardyke, Fife.

[5] Margaret Imrie Watson (born September 15, 1810 in Cellardyke, Fife and christened September 30, 1810 in Kilrenny, Fife) married Robert Birrell (born November 9, 1810 in Cellardyke, Fife and christened November 25, 1810 in Kilrenny, Fife) on December 26, 1834 in Cellardyke, Fife.

[6] Margaret Birrell (born June 5, 1853 in Cellardyke, Fife and  christened on June 26, 1853 in Kilrenny, Fife) married James Watson (born 1852 in Cellardyke, Fife) on June 2, 1876 in Cellardyke, Fife. 

[7] Robert Birrell Watson (born July 26, 1882 in Cellardyke, Fife; died October 25, 1961 in Port Williams, Kings County, Nova Scotia) and Janet (Jessie) Donaldson Scott (born September 8, 1881 in Canongate, Edinburgh; died 1971 in Port Williams, Kings County, Nova Scotia) were married July 23, 1914 in Leith, Edinburgh.

These are the grandparents of my brother-in-law.

 Warmest regards,

Michele Doucette, Stephenville, NL




isobel dyet - Sunday, 15 February 2015 19:15

I'm experiencing a name change problem with family members.  James Kinness(s) was born about 1813 in Inchture Perthshire but appears with his family in Windygates Markinch around 1861 as a blacksmith using the name Willison.. His wife's maiden name was Wilson so might be a deviation of that. Anyone come across this family and have any information concerning name change?

Wilma Menzies Sinclair - Sunday, 15 February 2015 14:48


My GG/grandfather Peter Menzies was married in Dunfermline in 1821 he is down as being a wright which is an old word for a cabinet maker. He is mensioned in The Town Of Dunfermline Directory Principal Inhabitants of 1832 and in 1835 was listed in Fife Traders in Queen Ann Street. What i would like to no would this have been like a work shop because i no he did not live their and what kind of things would he have made. 

Jake Barnes - Saturday, 14 February 2015 19:39

I am trying to help my mother to locate an old friend of hers who she knew came from Cupar and she last saw her in 1959 when they finished their midwifery training in St Andrews. Her name then was Joyce Gould. Any ideas gratefully received!

Nancy ARMIT - Friday, 13 February 2015 18:58

My family may have originally come from France.  I have found a marriage in 1660's in the St. Andrews parish, which may be the first recording of the family in the area.  Would there be early recordings, possibly by the church, of families that had moved in to the area and where they came from?

Thank you.

Joanna Burnett - Friday, 13 February 2015 12:33

Thank you Frances, that is exactly what I meant, and it will teach me to check what I am writing!. 

Joanna Burnett - Wednesday, 11 February 2015 15:27

Does anyone have any idea how I can find out who owned brusquely Farm, Dairsie Nr Leuchars between say 1930 - 1940?

Any help welcome. Thank you

Frances Black - Friday, 13 February 2015 02:05

Do you not mean Bruckley? This is a farm and i think the Adamson family were in there about that time.

Frances, Secretary Fife FHS

Frances Black - Friday, 13 February 2015 10:25

Hi Joanna

Checked another book I have - The Adamson family did have Bruckley if this is the place you are thinking of. One of the sons, John, emigrated to Australia but later returned to Scotland to farm in the Borders. The father was David Adamson and his family were his son James who farmed Bruckley after his father died in 1923, son Harry, son John and three daughters

Hope this helps


Ian Wiseman - Tuesday, 10 February 2015 23:08


I am looking for information on Philip Anderson of Cellardyke who was married to my great-aunt Caroline (Carrie) Wallis Watt on 12th December 1930. I think he may have been a cooper to trade. I think it is possible they emigrated to South Africa, perhaps Durban. Any information will be gratefully received. Thanks.

Harry D. Watson - Wednesday, 11 February 2015 20:47

Hello. Philip Anderson was one of the many children of Alexander "Fatty" Anderson and Ann Keith of 4 James Street, Cellardyke. Both Philip and his father sailed on steam-drifters. 


Philip's father Alexander Watson Anderson married Ann Scott Keith in 1901. Alexander was the son of Philip Anderson and Georgina Watson of 3 George Street. These families go back for hundreds of years in Cellardyke and the Andersons were related to my family. An earlier Philip Anderson was drowned in a fishing boat disaster at Cellardyke harbour in 1800.



Jennifer Oosterwaal - Sunday, 08 February 2015 19:07


Am interested in any information regarding John Thomas Anderson born around 1820's and his wife Emily Ann Christie

They married on the 25th January 1851 in St Andrews and St Leonards, Fife, Scotland before ending up in Australia.

Am visiting from Australia at present and would love to know more of the Anderson and Christie family history before heading to Sotland. 

Many thanks for any information you can provide.  I can be emailed directly on


Allan McPHAIL - Wednesday, 04 February 2015 19:46

Thought I'd share a little snippet of information, (mainly because I as so chuffed with myself for discovering it)...


my 3xgreat-grandfather was recorded as "Drowning at sea" in 1857 and I knew the ship was called "Abram". Having purchased some credits for Scotlands People, I found the Statutory Register but was confused when two seemingly identical results were displayed.

I took a punt and opened the first result. To my amazement, the coordinates were recorded. I found a website where you can key in coordinates, and it turns out they pointed to a spot off the coast of Greenland. I initially thought I must have made a mistake, but knowing my ancestors had been involved in whaling, I dug further. i had not realised whaling vessels ventured so far, but sure enough it turns out that "Abram" sailed that route regularly, so the spot was correct. There has been a book published about the ship so will maybe buy it.



Harry D. Watson - Friday, 06 February 2015 12:40

Do you know Basil Lubbock's book "The Arctic Whalers"? I just checked, and the "Abram" of Kirkcaldy is mentioned 26 times in the index! She was wrecked in 1862. I also had relatives who sailed on whaling ships out of Kirkcaldy.


Malcolm Robb - Saturday, 07 February 2015 16:12

Thanks for that Harry. I also have a relation in the 1861 Census on board "Polynia" at Dundee, as a Senior Harpooner. If you can find it the book "Of Whales and Men" by RB Robertson, published  in 1956, and republished by The Reprint Society in 1958, it is an excellent description of the late days of Antarctic Whaling.

Susan Campbell - Sunday, 01 February 2015 14:51

Researching Philp and Melville family history in Fife and Angus.  Got great info on Philps but need help with the Melvilles.  Great Grandfather was resident in Maryhill, Glasgow in 1881 census and his place of birth is given as Fifeshire N. Gollstanes?  Anyone know where this is/was?



Frances Black - Saturday, 14 February 2015 11:37

This is Gallatown, which is an area of Kirkcaldy.

Frances (FFHS Secretary)

Melodie - Sunday, 01 February 2015 05:26

Hi all;

I was just wondering if anyone knows if the Elie Sea Box Society is still around; if not; does anyone know where I can find the old records.


Thank you



Harry D. Watson - Wednesday, 04 February 2015 19:54

Try the Elie & Earlsferry History Society

who published Archie Rennie's "The Harbours of Elie Bay: A History" in 2008. The book mentions the Sea Box Society.


Melodie - Friday, 13 February 2015 05:34

Thank you Harry

Terri - Saturday, 31 January 2015 21:10

I'm just wondering if I order a marriage certificate for a marriage in 1829 would it give me the Bride and Groom's parents names? Or the Father's name? Did they have certificates back then, or should I just get a film to read the information? Also, it's from Cupar, Fife.

Thanks for the help.

Allan McPHAIL - Wednesday, 04 February 2015 19:35

Hi Terri, parents' names were not recorded until 1855 when statutory registers began

Terri - Sunday, 08 February 2015 08:27

Thanks for the info Allan. Still stuck then! Bummer!

Susan Campbell - Saturday, 31 January 2015 20:34

Hi I'm researching Philp and Melville family history in Fife and Angus.  I have managed to find out quite a lot about the Philp side of the family, but need help with the Melvilles.  My Great Grandfather was Robert Melville and he was resident in Maryhill, Glasgow in the 1881 census.  It gives his age as 41 and his place of birth as Fifeshire N. Gollstanes?   Anyone got any idea where this is/was?



Harry D. Watson - Wednesday, 04 February 2015 19:47

I checked, and he was 47 in 1881, not 41. Looks like the Robert born at Dysart in 1836 as the 4th child of John Melville, weaver, and Agnes Chapman. He could have got his age wrong. I don't understand the "N. Gollstanes", but there's a part of Dysart called Gallatown. 

That Robert Melville married Janet Morrison, daughter of Samuel Morrison, platelayer, and Elisabeth Gordon, in 1859 at Leslie, but they both gave Dysart as their address. Robert was then 22 and a potter. Dysart was famous for its potteries. 


Susan Campbell - Saturday, 14 February 2015 00:11

Thanks for the information on the Melvilles.  Very helpful in my furtherfurther research.

Janice Millar Davis - Friday, 30 January 2015 22:55

I'm researching my MILLAR (m. DEMPSTER) line in Kirkcaldy.  Starts with Peter MILLAR b. 1801, d. 1857.  His father James is buried in the Old Kirkyard in Kirkcaldy; I have seen an image of the gravestone.  I'm wondering what the local newspaper might have been in the area at the time?  Did such newspapers carry obituaries?

Another question:  Which company(s) operated textile operations in the Kirkcaldy area around then?  


Denise Galloway - Wednesday, 28 January 2015 13:17



I'm looking in the hope of finding some more infomration on WIlliam Wemyss Doson born in Leven or Kirkcaldy c.1858.

He lived in Dundee, Scotland most of his life and emigrated to Australia in the early 1900's with his family. However, I can't find his birth record anywhere. According to the 1901 census he was born in Leven, Fife but on earlier census it states he was born in kirkcaldy, Fife. He was also Deaf and Dumb. I can't find him on the 1861 census right after his birth.

Any help on where to look next would be appreciated.

Malcolm Robb - Saturday, 07 February 2015 16:21

The best bet is to use the Scotlands People website. You can buy credits (30 for £7) which allow you to search, then view Birth Death and Marriages and much more. The date you state is within the Statutory registration period.

The name DOSON is extremely unusual. If this is correct you should be able to trace the family relatively easily.

denise galloway - Wednesday, 25 March 2015 13:01

Hi Malcolm, I've tried that as I've visited NRH and there are no records of him found.

Lyn - Monday, 26 January 2015 00:44


I am looking for any information on my 5th G Grandfather Thomas Robertson.

Possibly born around 1740 - 1750 he married Janet Alester/Allister/Alister in Dunfermline Associate on 28 10 1771. All their children were born and baptised in Dunfermline and I can trace back to my 2nd Great Grandfather George all having come from Dunfermline and all being involved in the linen trade before coming to Australia in 1882. George was born specifically in Beveridgewell. I cannot however go any further back on Thomas and wondered if anyone had any information on him or his family that may help.

Their children were:

Helen born 30.08.1772

Thomas born 5.04.1774

Isabel born 13.01.1776

William born 27.12.1777

David born 10.01.1780

John born 1.04.1782

Andrew born 21.03.1785 died before 1790

Margaret born 6.05.1787

Andrew born 22.12.1790

I have searched everywhere I can and I am now at a dead end. Any help gratefully appreciated.





Faith Batson - Thursday, 22 January 2015 16:54

I am trying to find information about my Gt.Uncle Hector Maclean. He came from Nairn. He went to South America as he was a Carpenter like his Father. He was married and had one daughter who was born in South America. His profession was Timber Measurer. The whole family then went to Glasgow and he died in the early years of the 1940's.  I know they must be on a Census which would give the address but I am really looking for a place of work that he worked and any old photos of the place of work. 


Thanks. Faith