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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

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.

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.

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 

Sandie Ross - Sunday, 18 January 2015 01:43

Hi again.  I am searching for several of my Fife ancestors.  I would love to connect with any relatives and share stories.  When I visited Fife about 25 years ago, I met some cousins living in Kenrion in Ceres who very kindly showed me and my 2 children around. I have lost all information from that visit in my many moves since then.  And no relatives stateside remember.  Such important information lost...names, tress, etc!  sigh... How do you recommend that I get in contact with them now?  Here are the family names I am searching.  Thank you so much.

Ross, Andrew (1801) son of Adam (1773) of Creich, son of George?

Angus, Melville (1817), son of Scrimgeour (1786) of Balmerino

Donaldson, Alexander (2nd one?) (1807), son  of David (1776) of Ceres

Thomson, Ann (1820) Monimail

Litster, Elizabeth Patrick (1848), dau of Alexander (1820) of Balmerino

Allan, Anne (1827), dau of John (1789) of Ceres

Swan, Elizabeth (1803), dau of David of Ceres

Crombie, Margaret (1815) Ceres

Melodie - Saturday, 17 January 2015 23:13

In my family history you have posted on this webside "Past and Present company". I can't seem to find any information on the purchase of Coates in 1783 mentioned in the document is there a book on here that I can order that would have the information.


Any help is greatly appreciated thank you.

Catherine Young - Tuesday, 13 January 2015 00:02

I am looking for early pictures of the following places: Newton Farm of Collessie, The Crown Inn at Letham, Bowhouse Farm situated in the Howe of Fife, and the The Inn at Trafalgar . Does anyone have any they are willing to share? Thanks.

Myra - Thursday, 08 January 2015 17:39

My 6th great grandfather I migrated to the US befor it was the US in 1695 or there abouts. William Gaddy I. If there is any way to find out more I would much appriciated it. He came from Cuper Fife

Sandie Ross - Wednesday, 07 January 2015 03:13

Please help me find relatives of David Crombie Ross b. 1842 m. Anna Donaldson 1864 in St. Andrews, St. Leonards.  Their son Adam is my dad's father.  Adam m. Annie Angus 1908 and moved to Yakima, Washington in 1912.  Who were this David Crombie Ross' parents, grandparents? I would appreciate any help.  thank you. 

Roddy Greig - Thursday, 15 January 2015 14:49


David Crombie Ross was born on 9th Dec.1842 in the Parish of Aberdour, Fife to Andrew Ross and Margaret Crombie who were married in the Parish of Ceres, Fife on 14 Mar.1835.

Andrew Ross died on 3rd Mar.1867 in Markinch, Fife and his death record states that his parents were Adam Ross, veterinary surgeon, and Agnes Shoolbraid who were married on 10th May 1800 in the Parish of Creich, Fife.

In the 1837 Pigot's Directory of Scotland there is an entry "Ross, Adam veterinary surgeon, 80 Academy Street, Inverness".  I can't say for certain that this is the same Adam Ross but it may be worthwhile checking it out.

Sources:, and

Roddy, FFHS Committee

Sandra ROSS - Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:08

Thanks so much, Roddy.  I will continue the Crombie search now.   S

k a peterson - Tuesday, 06 January 2015 22:21

My great great great grandparents James Hood and Margaret Allison are buried in St. James Cemetery Cupar. I plan to visit gravesite May 2015. Their son William Hood (b. 1818) and his sister Jane Hood Spence emigrated (1846 and c.1855, respectively) to San Francisco Calif. later settling in Sonoma County. Anything known of Hood family or ship captain John Fife Spence (Jane's husband) origins I'm eager to know.  Many thanks in advance for any info! 

Alison MURRAY - Thursday, 08 January 2015 10:23

From MI's, hope this is of some help.  Alison, FFHS Committee


Erected by James Hood, Wright, Carnie Lodge and Margaret Allison in memory of their son James d. 27.12.1842 aged 22y. Margaret Allison d. 15.3.1849 aged 59y. Robert their son drowned in the Feather River, California d. 12.8.1851 aged 37y. James Hood d. 7.10.1875 aged 68y. Alexander Hood d. 27.1.1864 aged 36y. Jean Shepherd his wife d. 6.2.1903 aged 89y - 


Kathleen Peterson - Saturday, 24 January 2015 04:57

Alison, Many thanks for the inscription at the gravesite. I happened to find it posted on another site some time ago much to my astonishment -- which has inspired me to plan a trip to Cupar's St. James Cemetery to view this piece of my family history. One difference: the age of James Hood at death in 1875 is it not listed as age 86y? rather than 68y -- transposed numbers maybe? Also, in the first line after Wright, does it appear as Carnie Lodge or Carrier Lodge (as it was written in the other source I saw), and would you have any idea what that might refer to?  Again, greatly appreciate your kind response to my inquiry! Kathleen 

Adam Spence - Tuesday, 20 January 2015 22:09

There is a John Fyfe Spence born 25 January 1817 in Edinburgh to John Spence and Sarah Grant Dickson. Check US census to see if this age corresponds.

Kathleen Peterson - Saturday, 24 January 2015 04:27

Adam,  The Scotsman John Fife Spence who is my great-great grandfather (husband of Jane Hood), a ship captain who settled and married  in northern California we know was born in 1817. but we knew not where nor of his parents. This is a most valuable lead in my search to learn of his origins. Thank you for sharing this info! Are you related to John Spence and Sarah Dickson? If so, would you know where they lived or are buried? 

Adam Spence - Tuesday, 03 February 2015 16:46

I am not related to John Spence, but I have a couple of Spence databases that I could send you to further your research.

John Spence and Sarah Grant Dickson were married on 27th October 1812 in Edinburgh and had six children.

My e-mail is

Cathy Hayman - Sunday, 04 January 2015 17:36

interested in anything to do with John Todd Walker i believe was a farmer in kilconquhar. 

Brian McArthur - Friday, 02 January 2015 10:08

I am researching the men commemorated on the Cowdenbeath War Memorial I have a good  amount of information on these men but I am still looking for more.  If anyone can give me details of individuals or if I can help them then I am only to willing to exchange information.

Alison - Monday, 12 January 2015 12:56 may be of use to you.

Alison FFHS

Melodie - Tuesday, 30 December 2014 02:02

Hello, I'm researching the Pittullo side of my family. My 6th great grandfather was born in Elie, Fife as well as his father and grandfathers and so on. James Pittullo came from a long line of Sea Merchants; they all lived and raised their kids in Elie, I was wondering if anyone knows of a site or a link where I can find records of Ship masters in the Elie, Fife area. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Alison MURRAY - Wednesday, 07 January 2015 16:54

Hi, We have some info on our members area of our website. If you are a member you can log on and its under Published Family Histories in the records section. 

Alison, Committee Member FFHS

Melodie - Friday, 13 February 2015 05:35

Thank you Alison; I found the information.

Rose - Tuesday, 30 December 2014 01:24

I am seeking help in finding the correct information on my ancestors. Other researchers and myself have hit a road block. My great grandfather that immigrated to the US from Fife, Scotland by the name of Richard Creich (spelled as Creech in the US). His wife was Francis Beale ( different variations ) with 3 children: Henry, Nicholas, and daughter. They were on the ship, Journeyman captained by William Carter. What we, here in the US can not find, is Richards DOB, parents names, location, etc. Anyone able to help?

Melodie - Thursday, 01 January 2015 17:09

Do you approximately know how old he was? I found a Richard Creach on Scotlandspeople b.31/08/1740 in Bower Caithness his father is listed as John Creach. It was the only one from 1538-1864 it might give you a hint as to a possible location. 

Cheryl Stevens - Monday, 29 December 2014 08:14

Seeking help with the McGie/Simpson families. Henry McGie married Jean/Jane Anderson and came to Australia around 1852.  I think his parents were Robert McGie and Margaret Simpson but would like to go back further if possible and perhaps make contact with distant Family.

I appreciate being able to leave a message. 

Cheryl Stevens

Sydney Australia




Lisa McNeill - Monday, 29 December 2014 03:49

We will be visiting Scotland in August of 2015.  We would like to find the cemetery where my husband's 2nd great grandfather and grandmother are buried. They both lived and died in Sinclairtown, Dysart.  Their names were Martha Swan McNeil (B. 1841 D.1915) and John McNeil (B.1837 D. 1891)  We are not sure but think they may have spelled the last name McNeil but it could have been McNeill.  

How do I find what cemetery they are buried in?


Thank You

Lisa McNeill

Janet Fyfe - Tuesday, 06 January 2015 23:06

The most likely burial location is Dysart Cemetery. If you have a copy of the death certificate with date of death information then you can contact Bereavement Services at Kirkcaldy Crematorium as they have the lair register and can look up the location of the graves. Here is a link on how to contact

The office is able to provide a map of the cemetery to help you locate the graves.

Kenneth Goodall - Tuesday, 16 December 2014 10:00

Seeking help to identify the parents of John Goodall from County Abdie who married Agnes Melville in Cupar on 2 October 1831.  They subsequently migrated to South Australia in 1838 with their son Andrew Melville Goodall.  At the time of their migration John and family are shown to have been living in Falkland. I have had some success identifying ancestors of Agnes Melville but finding more information on John's parents or family is proving more difficult.

Many thanks.



Allan Melville - Sunday, 14 December 2014 21:03

wondering if anyone can give me any information on a Alexander Clark who was a blacksmith and was living in the parish of Leuchars in 1851.


Many thanks Allan

Louise - Sunday, 14 December 2014 14:45

Hi.  I'm trying hard to find out all I can about ANDREW DUNCAN whom I believe was born in BURNTISLAND, Fife around 1876.  I've looked at several pay-to-view and unfortunately, Duncan is a very common name with many males being called Andrew.  I know very little about his life in Scotland but he was a Tailor.  That too seems to be a common trade by those named Andrew Duncan.  What do I know - he was settled in Norwich, Norfolk by 1923.  My father claimed him as his father but I suspect that was only because he lived with my paternal grandmother and that my father had no contact with his father.  This seems confirmed in Andrew's death certificate (Norwich, 1952) where my father is listed as 'arrange of funeral' and not son.  My mother always spoke of Andrew as a dear, kind, quiet and gentle man and although he may not be a true part of our family tree he has played a big part, with boys still having Andrew or Duncan as their middle names.  I'd love it if someone can guide me a bit or confirm which Andrew Duncan listing is his birth.  I seem to remember that he had a relative LOUIS and my father visited this man and he had a daughter ISLA around 1935.  Louis made a big impression on my father as I am named after him - LOUISE.  If ANDREW is on your family tree you might like to know what his life was like in Norwich.  I'd really like to know a bit more about his family - just for interest. 

Neil Smith - Wednesday, 10 December 2014 20:25

Smiths/Ferrans from Dunshalt/Auchtermuchty

I'm wondering if someone could help me please. I've been researching my great great grandfather James H. Smith (1865 - 1937) from Dunshalt and Auchtermuchty. I've come across numerous newspaper articles that report him as being a well known heckler at political meetings in Fife between the 1900s and the 1920s  and that he gave the Liberal Prime Minister Herbert Asquith (MP for East Fife) a particularly hard time. In the report of his funeral it is stated that he attended the famous 'Wet Review'. Can anyone shine any light on what the 'Wet Review' was?

Also, I'd be interested to hear from any descendants of the pall-bearers at his funeral who were all sons or grandsons. Namely, Smiths from Kidderminster, Smiths from South Shields and Ferrans from Auchtermuchty. My grandfather James H R Smith from Montrave was also a pall-bearer.


Neil Smith

Roddy Greig - Sunday, 14 December 2014 10:52

"Wet Review"

In August 1881 Queen Victoria reviewed Scottish Volunteers at Queen's Park, Edinburgh. During the review the rain poured down soaking everyone hence this event became known as the Wet Review.


Roddy - Fife Family History Society 

jill - Sunday, 07 December 2014 09:45


JoAnn Kennedy - Sunday, 07 December 2014 02:43

In 1958 I had a wonderful exchange teacher, here in Canada.  Margaret Roy Smith & I remained in touch till about  8 years ago - I phoned her, as usual, but sadly she sounded in the early stages of dementia, possibly.  She lived on Carlin Crain in Kinghorn, and I would dearly love to know if she is still alive, & if not, where is she buried?  Her husband was Robert Smith. I have no one to get in touch with there.  My husband & I are visiting Scotland next summer. Any info would be very much appreciated.  Thanks.

Roddy Greig - Monday, 08 December 2014 15:19


The website details the death of a Margaret Roy Smith, during 2013, recorded in the registration district of Motherwell & Wishaw.  The surname Healy is also mentioned.

It is to soon for the image to appear on the website but if this entry is of interest you can order a copy of the death certificate directly from the National Records of Scotland.


Roddy - Fife Family History Society

Heidi McLean - Friday, 05 December 2014 19:49


I'm happy that I stumbled across your site. My grandfather John Carstairs McLean is from the area. It looks like some of his siblings stayed and some went to New Jersey. Unfortunately he passed away June 30 1978. I am wondering how many McLeans that are related to him are still in the area. I would certainly plan a trip and see who I can find. My great grandfather is David McLean (born Jan 27 1876-Oct 26 1950) and was married to Agnes Laing Carstairs (Mar 2 1874-Dec 15 1954). I appreciate any information



Heidi McLean

Bill McLean - Monday, 05 January 2015 22:05

Heidi,  You will find this hard to believe but I was just surfing looking for other McLeans and came across this post.  I am William McLean b 1952, son of David (b 1922) and Grandson Of William McLean, brother of your grandfather, John.  We used to visit he and his wife Victoria in Ocean County when I was a child and teen.  I assume that you are his son John's daughter.  I have been doing family history for about 20 years and we have our McLean and Carstairs lines back to the late 1600's.  Every two years we have a gathering in Fife with descendants of Alexander M'Lay (last was in 2014).  I live in Cumberland County NJ.  All your cousins are waiting to meet you.  

Bill McLean 

Angela Incigneri - Friday, 05 December 2014 03:58

Charles TYRIE was baptised in 1774 in Monimail. By 1798 he was in London. He probably worked as a cooper as all the London based TYRIEs seemed to do. Does anyone know why they needed coopers in Monimail and what would have caused him to leave for London.

Roddy Greig - Monday, 08 December 2014 09:56


There is an entry in the records of the National Archives relating to Charles Tyrie.  If you go to  the website and input the reference ADM45/13/151 you will find his will and a claim by his executors for monies owed by the Royal Navy.  These can be downloaded for a small charge.

Roddy - Fife Family History Society

Angela Incigneri - Saturday, 20 December 2014 02:38

Thank you so much, Roddy. I will do as you suggest.


John M - Sunday, 23 November 2014 16:07

I was trying to identify the unit that might have been using the Drill Hall in Falkland at the start of the Great War. I believe that I Company,  7th Volunteer Battalion Black Watch were there in 1908 but did they move after the Territorial Force was established?

The drill hall seems to have been used for meetings by a variety of local organisations in 1909 and 1910.

I am recording the Fifeshire drill halls as part of an article on Geograph.


Mary Jane - Saturday, 22 November 2014 13:31

Hi , I am trying to find my 2nd great grandmother Agnes Urquharts origin. I think she was born 25 March 1820 but on the Register her name is ORPHAT daughter of David ORPHATT and Christian WAIR. I think Orphatt, Orphitt , Urguhart and Urquhart are all the same surname but I can't be sure. And Christian WAIR is also WEIR. I can't find any birth for Christian Weir. I have tried WEAR,WEIR,WAIR and even DEWAR. She married in Cameron in1815 but I think she died before the 1841 census as her husband is on his own with the children in Kilconquar 1841. I have tried the Traditional Scottish naming pattern to try to find her parents, to no avail.

If anyone can offer any assistance I would be grateful Or if anyone has the name Urquhart or Weir in Kilconquar or surrounding area I would love to hear from you.

Thanks everyone.

Harry - Tuesday, 02 December 2014 15:24

I tried the 1851 census of Kilconquhar parish for David Orphat and found him entered as David   Urquhart. It looks like he is in Earlsferry village, where most people in that parish lived. He is 60 years old, a labourer, and born in Ferry Port on Craig, i.e. Tayport. You might find his birth in the F.P. on C. OPR.

In 1851 David is living with his daughter Agnes Watton, 29, widow, a grocer, b. Kilconquhar, and her son John Watton, 5.

I then looked for the death of Christian Weir and found that she died in 1832 aged 43, at "Inchervie". My OS map of east Fife shows a farm called Incharvie just to the north-west of Kilconquhar village, near Barnyards.

I was drawn to your query because there used to be a parish schoolmaster in my home parish of Kilrenny (incl. Cellardyke) in the East Neuk of Fife, called John Orphat, and like yourself i believe the name is a variant of Urquhart. Funnily enough there is an Urquhart Wynd in Cellardyke and nobody now knows who Urquhart was.


Sandra MOFFATT - Friday, 21 November 2014 00:08

I've been researching the FORRET family from Fife for over 30 years. I have gone back and confirmed as far as the birth of an Andro* Forret born 1647 in Kettle (father James). There is only one Andrew Forret listed with a father James in

When I do a search for any FORRETs born 10 years prior or later than 1647 with a father James, I only get 1 family. James Forret, skipper from St.Andrews and his wife Isobel Goodlaid. All the other children were born in St. Andrews.

Would there be any reason for a skipper to go to Kettle and is Kettle very far from St.Andrews (think 1600s....)to travel?

I can not find any other Forrets born near or around Kettle with James as a father so this is my brick wall.



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.