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Charles Pont - Wednesday, 25 November 2015 11:47

To: Fife Family History Society

I have been researching  my ancestry and believe that my great-great grandfather is likely to be James Pont, born in Ceres in 1804 or thereabouts. I found a burial record from Howff Cemetery in Dundee as below:

Extract from Old Howff Cemetery records, Dundee, Scotland

Pont James  b. 10 Nov 1846  43  Ceres, Fifeshire  Flax dresser  Consumption  Hunter Street.

Looking at other family trees, he had several siblings all born in Ceres. They are:

John Pont 1806 - , Peter Elder Pont   1806-1867, Henry Pont    1810-1864, Mary Pont   1811 - ,

George Pont   1815 – .  Note, the name “Pont” is sometimes spelt “Punt” in some records.

I have a marriage certificate for my great grandfather, also James Pont (1830 – 1878), and it states that his father was James Pont, occupation flax dresser (deceased) and his mother was Jane Fotheringham. Date of marriage of the great grandfather was 6 January 1860. He married Isabella Keillor, and it took place in Dundee, where they later lived.

 I have looked at other family trees to see if they can assist with compiling a bigger picture of my ancestry, but they haven’t been much help so far.

The information I am searching for is:

·         Further information about James Pont , to confirm is my great-great grandfather, details as above.

·         Information about his wife, Jane Fotheringham (when and where born, marriage date, death).

·         Details of James Pont’s parents, and back to the previous generation if possible.

·         Siblings of James Pont, the great grandfather.


It could be possible that the Ponts were in Ceres for only a short period and there are very few records available in Fife. James Pont, the great-great grandfather must have shifted to Dundee at some stage in his life.

However, I would be very grateful if someone in the society could be of assistance in answering some of the queries I have.


Kind Regards


Charles Pont



Dianne WALLWORTH - Saturday, 21 November 2015 03:52

I'm searching for any information for my G-G-Grandfather William Ingram and his family, William was born 12th April 1782 at Dunfermline Fife, he married Margaret Lainge(B 21-6-1789) 2-7-1803 at Kingsbarns Fife. William Died 14-11-1864 at Seagate Kingsbarns and Margaret died 10-5-1855 at Pitmilly Kingsbarns.

Best Wishes


Jacqueline WELCH - Tuesday, 17 November 2015 16:11

sorry didn't give my e-mail address


Jacqueline WELCH - Tuesday, 17 November 2015 16:09

Can anyone help with information.

My great grandfather moved to Dysart ( Nether Street) in 1891. He would have been about 48yrs old. His occupation throughout his life had been a coast guard. In Ireland and various places in England.

At 48 I would presume he was still working. Was there a coast guard station in Dysart at that time? If so, does anyone have any information about the station and it's men or anything that might be helpful to me.  Thank you, Jackie

Joanne McLauchlan - Thursday, 12 November 2015 08:31

Hi..I was wondering if anyone could tell me the history behind the naming of McLauchlan Rise in Aberdour, Fife??? It is our family name McLauchlan..spelt the same way. Also our family are all descendants from this area. I can't find anything on it on the Internet. Hoping someone may know the story. Thanks.

Rhona Munro - Wednesday, 11 November 2015 21:29


I am looking for any information about the descendants of John Hog and Isabell Watson they had 8 children born between 1712 and 1722 in Abbotshall. Their son David Hog married Christian Inglis in 1743 they had 7 children between 1740 and 1761 born in Auchterderran including David who married Isabel Hamilton in 1793 . They had two sons born in Auchterderran before moving to Blantyre in Lanarkshire in about 1800.

David Hogg went on to be a great influence on the young David Livingstone.

I would be interested in any information about the Hogg family in the Auchterderran area in the 18th century

Best wishes


Nancy - Saturday, 31 October 2015 04:08

Hi , I am hoping some one can help me... I am trying to find out where my great grandmother is buried .......... her name was Agnes Thomson born : June 16,1856 markinch , fife , Scotland ... she passed away March 6 1904........ she married a Joseph Henderson  ( his parents where James Henderson and Racheal Kerr , but on his marriage cert he has his mother listed as Agnes Simpson for some reason ) ...... I am really hoping to find the answer to this question as I have searched every place trying to get it ......

6 June 18 Fife, Scotland

6 June 18, Fife, Scotland

6 June 1856 • Markinch, Fife, Scotland

Arlene LITTLE - Thursday, 05 November 2015 09:53

As you have the date of death, do you know which parish the death is recorded in?  If you can provide that, I can do a quick search on one of our publication CD's which contains monumental inscriptions & burials to see if I can find anything for you.

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Secretary Fife FHS

David BILLETT - Saturday, 24 October 2015 13:07

Dear FHS members. Please could you help me solve a mystery. My Great Grandfather John Wright was born 1859 under a cloud somewhere in England, even though his mother, Ann Harley (b. 27 Feb 1832, Errol, Perthshire) came from Kingsbarns. On John's marriage certificate Ann is recorded as his mother, but there is no record of his father, yet John used the surname Wright. The only Wrights in Kingsbarns c. 1850s were the Minister, George Tod Wright DD (1787 - 1869) and his family, including his son Charles (born 20 Aug 1832, Kingsbarns). Charles appears in the 1851 census living at the Manse Kingsbarns, but after this date I cannot find any records of Charles Wright, nor of Ann Harley.  Any advice on how I go about checking the Kirk records for Kingsbarns for the 1850s would be much appreciated. Regards. David Billett. (contact

Arlene LITTLE - Thursday, 05 November 2015 09:25

For more information about the historical records of kirk sessions, presbyteries, synods and the General Assembly, visit


However, in order to check the records, a visit would be required.  If this is not possible for you, please feel free to email and our researchers will give you an idea of the costs involved in checking these for you.

David BILLETT - Saturday, 24 October 2015 12:38

Hi Fellow FHS members.  I would like to make contact with anyone interested in the Watson family/fishermen of Cellardyke.  My Great Grandmother Janet Reekie Watson (born 23 Sep 1858, Kilrenny) was the daughter of John and Margaret Watson. John Watson was a fisherman (baptised 16 Jan 1834, Kilrenny; died 31 May 1890, Cellardyke), son of David Watson (born ?1792 Cellardyke and died 21 Jan 1862).  I hope John and David were of the 'singing' Watsons. Please contact via  Looking forward to hearing from you. Many thanks in advance. David Billett.

Jennifer Greenhill-Taylor - Wednesday, 21 October 2015 21:40

Hello Fife Family History group. I'm struggling to decode or decipher a birth record from 1603 from a Fife family to whom I'm related. I have the document, but I am finding terms and conventions that are very difficult to understand. I wonder if there is anyone with a bit of expertise in figuring out the arcane language. I would appreciate hearing from someone, as I'm at a total brick wall.


I look forward to hearing from you,





Clare FOWLER - Sunday, 25 October 2015 13:49

Hi Jennifer,

I'm happy to help in any way I can.

Thanks, Clare

Arlene LITTLE - Thursday, 05 November 2015 09:57

If you send an email with the document attached to I will share it with the other members of the committee and, hopefully between us, we can see if we can help.

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David C. Carlson, Ph.D. - Wednesday, 21 October 2015 13:41

Hello fellow Fife FHS members!

My late maternal grandmother was from E. Wemyss and Methilhill.  She was in the ATS during the Second World War, where she met my grandfather, who was a pharmacist's mate in the U.S. Navy assigned to a hospital in Hampshire.

I am descended from many generations of Fife coal miners and weavers.  Accordingly, those are my research interests. Family names include surnames that are very common in Fife: Penman, Laing, Readdie, Leitch, Welsh, Kidd, Black, etc.

Best regards from Texas in the USA!


Catherine McQUADE - Saturday, 17 October 2015 15:08

Hello, are there any records I could look up with regard to Publicans and Hoteliers ? My G-Grandad ran the Bay View Hotel in Kinghorn during WW2 and my Grandad managed the Salutation in Kinross about the same time.

Jamie - Saturday, 10 October 2015 19:54

Good afternoon,

I am doing family research and am trying to follow up on the McNab side of my family. I am looking for information on a John McNab born November 2nd, 1755 in Aberdour in Fifeshire, Scotland. He was the son of John McNab SR, which has been verified in Scotlands People. He was part of the HBC company. Any information John McNab born in 1755 and his family (brothers, sisters, parents) would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

Fife Family History Society - Saturday, 17 October 2015 13:14

In our Journal Winter 2013 there is an article on Dr John McNab. I can put you in touch with the author if you email me direct

Frances Black

john mitchell - Sunday, 04 October 2015 18:01

i am wondering if anyone knows which hotel in Auchtermuchty used to be a bakers?.my Grt Grt Grandfather and his son were the bakers 1856 . i know they lived in distillery street

john sturgeon - Sunday, 04 October 2015 07:53

seeking information re Thomas Wilson, born 1410, died 1475.


Michael Diston - Saturday, 26 September 2015 08:51

Following an off-shoot of my family can anyone shed light on the Laurie family from Burntisland, they may well have been missionary's and possibly gone to India. Any info would be grateful, one name that crops up and which I followed is a Claude Oscar Laurie. But all info much appreciated.

Sharon Archibald - Thursday, 24 September 2015 16:08

I have been researching my Archibald family roots but have hit a bit of a wall. My last confirmed connection is to a John T. Archibald born in 1691 in Coleraine, Londonderry, Ireland. I have unconfirmed source that his father was a Robert Archibald AKA Ghileasburg who was born in 1668. I have seen his birth place listed as Londonderry as well as Alloa, Ayrshire Scotland.  My final connection - still unconfirmed - is that Robert's father was John Archibald of Kennoway born in 1650. He was married in 1668 (or 1670) to Janet Tullock who was born in 1654. They were married in Clackmannan, Scotland. They appeared to have gone to Ireland at some point and dies there in 1728.  

Can anyone point me in a proper direction from here?  I would really like to know the relationship between the Ghileasburg (Gilleasbuig) name being changed to Archibald, and how the Archibald family became attached to Clan MacPherson.


Michael Maciocia - Wednesday, 23 September 2015 13:38

Wondering if anyone else on list is researching the Davidson family descended from David Davidson (1758-1820) and Janet Watson (1756). Would like to hear from you,



Michael Maciocia - Wednesday, 23 September 2015 13:31

Looking to connect with anyone that the finds the following familiar :

David HUSBAND and Helen CRIGHTON (1731 / 1735), Markinch, Fife area. Looking to find anyone else researching the Husband line. I believe that David's father was a James Husband born in Leslie 1706 married to Margaret Wilson (1701), but, not 100% sure on this other than there seems to be no records that definitively tie them together, but, naming of children strongly suggest this is the case. Much more tentative is that the parents of James Husband ran, father - John Husband (Kemback 1675), grandfather - Alexander Husband (Kemback 1659), great grandfather - Alexander Husband (no birth date).

Wonder if anyone can help me firm up on these connections and trace the Husband origins in Fife - are they part of the Dunfermline or St Andrews origin families, etc.


Brian Westerman - Monday, 21 September 2015 22:11

I have a great grandmother born in Dunse, Parish Of Dunse, Scotland, appox. May 27, 1880,  would a middle name of Kinghorn mean anything of significance?

Harry D. Watson - Saturday, 26 September 2015 18:38

Well, it presumably means that there was an ancestor or close relative called Kinghorn! It's not an unusual surname. All over the British Isles placenames have been turned into surnames. We have neighbours called Bathgate, which is a town in West Lothian. Lothian itself is a common surname, also Glasgow, Dundee, Kirkcaldy, Melrose, you name it. I admit I've never heard of anyone called Edinburgh, apart from the Duke of ...

It's useful to know the middle name of an ancestor because it can help you build up your family tree. In England a middle name is usually another Christian name, but in Scotland traditionally it's another surname from some branch of the family, e.g. my middle name is Duff, after a great-uncle of that name.


Hans Sander - Saturday, 19 September 2015 08:16

I have arrived at Anstruther Easter, Fife where Helen Broun was born on 16th May 1676,She later married John Greig.

I wonder if anyone might have some more information about Helen's parents and perhaps even her husband.

Your reply/replies would be much appreciated.
Ngiare Swan - Sunday, 13 September 2015 00:41

Hello everyone!  I'm hoping that there may be someone reading this post who may have some connection with Peter Swan, born c.1808 in Balmerino.  Peter was my great great great grandfather.  He married Jane/Jean Muir, and their children were Margarent, Helen, Ann, Mary-Jane, William, Jean/Jane (died at 7 years old) and David, my GG grandfather, who emigrated to Australia.  Peter's parents were David Swan and Anne Beattie, but I can find no trace of their marriage, or of their deaths or births, so the Swan trail has grown cold.  Apparently the 1841 census for Balmerino was lost at sea, so I've not been able to search any further from that perspective.  I've had a genealogist trace my Swans back as far as possible, but the only definitive date is  Peter's death in Kirriemuir in 1880. I'm wondering whether there might be any of Peter's descendants still living in Fife, who may have some oral history or other tantalising tidbits to fill out the picture a little bit, please?  I have no stories at all passed down from my Swan side - they seem to have been a reticent lot!  Any assistance anyone may be able to offer would be immensely appreciated.

Thankyou very much.

Kind regards,

Ngiare Elliot (Swan)

Lindsay Dunn - Tuesday, 24 November 2015 06:39

Hi Ngaire,

David SWAN, the schoolmaster who lived in the Morpeth and East Maitland areas, is also my GG-grandfather.  I have you on my database as descended from David's son, Ernest Twining SWAN, through Ronald Keith SWAN and Gilbert SWAN.

I descend form Ernest's brother Llewellyn Southey SWAN, so that makes us 3rd cousins.


I would be happy to share all information (if we haven't already)...

Lindsay Dunn


Liz Gunn - Saturday, 12 September 2015 11:30

Hello to you all!

I would like to know about naming conventions and practices in the case of illegitimate births. My great great great grandfather(born Alexander Wallace at Kemback in 1861) was illegitimate and used his mother's name until he left home. After that, around the age of 20 and for the rest of his life, he took his father's surname(Shepherd). His father is mentioned only on his marriage certificate.His father was Alexander Shepherd - and since Shepherd is a fairly common name in the area at the time I don't know how to establish which one he was, if indeed he lived locally.

I am trying to find his father but have only his name to go on. However it did occur to me that there may be clues behind his decision to change his name when he became a man.

I would like to know what was the "done thing" in those days? My guess is that he must have known his father personally and that some legal process must have taken place to allow him to take his name. If I could find evidence of that it might help me to find him.

Any advice would be gratefully received.

Andrew Barker - Friday, 04 September 2015 22:24

Hi,  I'm looking for info on Barker's in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland.  I understand Alexander Barker (born 1902 in Jarrow, Durham, England) and his wife Janet Pringle Mary McGibbon (born 1905 in Hebburn, Durham, England) may have moved to Scotland during their lifetime.  They had 9 children, half in Durham, but I think the other in Dunfermline.

I know for sure that their son Alfred (born 1935 in Hebburn/Jarrow) moved there with his wife in the early 1960s.  Alfred was a Boxer and I recently, and sadly found a tribute to him, after his passing in May 2015.  Alfred was possibly my 3x cousin 1x removed, so his children would be my 4th cousin.  One of his son's Russell Barker was also a Boxer who competed in the 1982 Commonwealth Games and also fought Michael Benn.

Alfred's sister Margaret apparently lives in Dalgety Bay.

Anyway, I'm trying to find out if Alexander and Janet died in Scotland and what date it might have been.

Thanks in advance.





Ed - Monday, 31 August 2015 20:10

Does anyone know please, anything about DAVID FOTHERINGHAM of 'KIRKLAND BY LEVEN'?  He was alive in 1790, was mentioned in a document about the disposal of the estate of deceased ALEX FOTHERINGHAM of Links of Arduthie, STONEHAVEN, FETTERESSO, Kincardine. Apparently the deceased Alex also had a son who was a Pupil and presumably living in Stonehaven at the time. I have been unable to find any other records. 


Betty Scott - Friday, 28 August 2015 15:41

Hi Elaine

Have you looked for your great grandfather in the 1901 census? Or an earlier census? As that would give his address. This weekend it is free to search the UK records on Ancestry.


Elaine BURT - Monday, 31 August 2015 21:15

Thanks to those who have answered my post. My great grandfather lived in Loughborough Road and his father before him Aitken Road, both were listed as Hote/inn keepers. Regards Elaine

denise ronald - Thursday, 27 August 2015 15:42

hope you can help me again .looking for the burial ground of john ronald and his wife sarah wallace .both died in glasgow. john ronald death 28/5/1944  cathcart  glasgow  age 71   sarah wallace died in 1968 glasgow, glasgow city lanark age 91yrs. please can someone tell me to find  where people are buried , i don`t live in scotland . thanks again denise.

Elaine BURT - Wednesday, 26 August 2015 19:46

Hi, I'd be grateful if anyone could help me. My great grandfather John Burt who died in 1905 was listed as a Hotel Keeper in Kirkaldy. Would anyone know what hotels were in the area at this time. Thank you.


Harry D. Watson - Thursday, 27 August 2015 18:53

I thought it would be worth checking the 1901 census of Kirkcaldy to see if John Burt was then living in the hotel he ran. But the only two adult males of that name then living in Kirkcaldy were a 67-year-old labourer and a 34-year-old potter. Do you know where your John Burt was living in 1901? 

When I worked in Fife County Library HQ in Kirkcaldy in 1968-69 one of our frequent visitors was a Mr. Burt who ran a second-hand bookshop.


Marilyn DENTON - Sunday, 23 August 2015 16:21

Hi all, I have had great results searching for records for my Fleming ancestors in Fife, but I am stuck trying to find the following graves. Any help, hint or tips would be greatly appreciated. We are planning an extended family legacy trip in fall 2016 and would like to visit these gravesites.

Janet Barnard Forbes Fleming (my gg grandmother), born January 11, 1840 St. Andrews/St. Leonards. Parents: John Forbes and Margaret Bigg. Died July 29, 1923, Muirhead Farm, Kettle. Married David Fleming December 13, 1872 in SA/SL.  She was living with her oldest child, Margaret (Maggie) Fleming Pullar in Kettle at the time of her death.

David Fleming (husband of Janet), born abt. 1844 Carnbee. Parents: Coline Fleemingstone (Colin Flemingston/Fleming) and Charlotte Mackie. Died February 7, 1925 Thornton/Markinch. 

Coline Fleemingstone (father of David), born July 19, 1801 Carnbee. Parents: William Fleemingstone and Anne Christie. Married Charlotte Mackie, 1830 Carnbee/Cameron. Died March 18, 1883 West Park, Cameron.

Marilyn Denton

heather Jones - Thursday, 20 August 2015 21:20

I am doing some family tree research and wish to find out information about a family of Wilkie . George who was my 3x Great Grandfather was a master builder in Leven in the 1830's . He built houses at Links Place .numbers 3-6 I believe . also Bayview house and Myrtle House . 
On wishing to find out more can you tell me where best to advertise if any family members /desendants are around . he had a son also called george who made his way to Doncaster and became an accountant as dis his other son . Thanks Heather Jones Aberystwyth

Betty Cox - Thursday, 20 August 2015 14:21

Seeking information on Alexander Nairn c1835 who according to census was born in Cupar. He set up homw with Barbara errol from Ceres.

They eventually ended living in Greenock via Dunsee.

Alex parents were John Nairn and Elspeth Gray and Barbara's were James Errol and Barbara Grant.

jackie Welch - Wednesday, 19 August 2015 16:41

I have hit a brick wall tracing the life of one of my great uncles. John Mundy (has been spelt Munday) married Kathleen or Catherine Martin in 1909. They married in Kirkcaldy but then lived in Dunfermline. Daughter Ruth was born in 1909. The family were in Dunfermline for 1911 census. Both John and Ruth seem to have disappeared. I can find no war record for John and no death record. I can find no marriage or death record for Ruth. However I have found a death record for John's wife. She died in Dunfermline poor house in 1917. She is described as wife of John Mundy, seaman. 

So what happened to John and his daughter Ruth.

Does anyone have any ideas. Are there any Mundy's or descendants still in the area


Paul Lyon - Wednesday, 19 August 2015 10:13

We are looking for information about a Adam Paterson, born about 1798 and married to Elizabeth. We have been told that there was a grave stone but it was put in storage for some reason.



Frances Black - Friday, 21 August 2015 13:15

What area Paul?


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DENISE RONALD - Monday, 17 August 2015 11:53

hi all    i am looking for decendents of the children of ALEXANDER RONALD AND MARGARET GLENNIE married in INVERURIE on 19/12/1868   they had 7 children.

leslie( WHO WE ARE ALL RELATED FROM )  , JANE  born 1868,  ALEXANDER born 1871 ,JOHN born 1873 , GEORGE born 1878  ,JEMIMA born 1881 AND  WILLIAM born 1884      some   of them are buried in the family plot in THE BASS ,INVERURIE.  We visit the grave and so do lots of relations of LESLIE RONALD. , but we have noticed that some other people(family) are putting flowers to and we would like to get in contact with all relations of the other six children . please email me at   thanks alot denise 

Sherri Sinclair - Sunday, 16 August 2015 20:40

Brick Walls:

David Simpson 1845-1902 - looking for source to prove dates of birth and death.  Cannot find on Scotland's People.  May have been born in Ayr but lived in Fife. Parents are William Simpson 1810-1855 and Agnes/Ann Paton 1816-1882.

Martha Perett/Perrit, first spouse of above David, married on 20 May 1867 in Dunfermline (proven).  Looking for source to prove dates/places of birth and death.  Cannot find on Scotland's People.  Parents are Robert Perret and Mary Reid (proven on marriage record). 

Mary Simpson, daughter of above David and Martha - b. 28 July 1868 (proven).  May have emigrated to Canada as this is where her husband, Thomas Sinclair, b. 02 Oct 1868 in Dunfermline (proven) died 22 Jan 1934 in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada (proven).  Looking for emigration/immigration source to prove migration to Canada and looking for death date and place.  Cannot find any death info for Scotland on Scotland's People. 

Jim Hendrick - Saturday, 15 August 2015 15:49

Jim Hendrick

I have been trying for a long time to find the parentage of

Charles Hendrick@Hetherwick@Hadderwick who married Katherine Sharp on 15th August 1794 in Burntisland. They were both incomers, but Katherine's father, William Sharp came from Kinglassie Parish. Can anyone help?

Arlene LITTLE - Wednesday, 11 November 2015 16:46

I did a very quick search of OPR's on Scotlands People using Charles Hendrick allowing surname variants.  1750-1788.  This brought 2 results.  Unfortunately, it requires credits to even look at the results to see what the surnames were but it might be worth buying some credits and checking out the results.




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Karen - Thursday, 13 August 2015 05:31

Hi I am researching my Fife ancestors, in particular Baxters and Watsons who lived in  Dunino in the late 1700s/early 1800s. I have copies of baptism and marriage details from Scotpeople which say William Baxter was from Bridgend. Can anyone advise if Brigend was/is a property or a hamlet in Dunino?

Would also be interested to hear from anyone else who may be researching these families.

Many thanks


Harry D. Watson - Friday, 14 August 2015 13:40

I checked "The Place-Names of Fife", Volume 3, St. Andrews and the East Neuk.

There's an entry under Dunino parish for Bridgend, and it reads:

"The bridge in question is marked on the OS Pathf. as Stravithie Mill Bridge, and carries the St. Andrews to Anstruther road over the Cameron Burn."


Karen Tacey - Friday, 21 August 2015 03:52

Thank you Harry D. Watson - I've  had a look at this area on google maps and noted there are a few buildings which may or may not be where my ancestors resided but in any case I now have a feel for the area.

Noted your surname. Maybe we're distantly related.

 Thanks for your response.

cheers, Karen

Harry D. Watson - Wednesday, 26 August 2015 18:32

You wouldn't believe how common the name Watson is in Fife. My lot were fishermen and sailors and have lived for ever as far as I can see in the village of Cellardyke, parish of Kilrenny, but every village and parish in the area has its own Watsons, including Dunino, which is a tiny hamlet in a rural parish.


Adam Spence - Tuesday, 11 August 2015 20:42

Where would I find the copy of a will for a person who died in 1802? He was resident in Saline, Fife but died in Edinburgh. I have checked Scotlands People and the National Archives in Edinburgh, but I have not found his will. It is highly probable that he had made a will as he was a surgeon and was 77/78 years old when he died.

Debra Underwood - Friday, 07 August 2015 02:43

My grandmother Georgina Fleming McKenzie was born 17.1.1891 at Balcurvie Farm, Markinch.  Her parents were: John Mckenzie and Mary Nee Carnegie.  Mary her mother died 12.9. 1891 at Balcurvie eight months after my grandmother's birth.

I'm visiting Markinch 14-15th October, 2015r specifically to see the area. Can anyone tell me if Balcurvie farm still exists? Mary must be buried locally.

Many thanks.

Arlene LITTLE - Thursday, 06 August 2015 15:50
I have posted four family photographs on your Facebook page in the hope that somebody will recognise the people.  My grandmother, Mary Ann Hutchison nee Spittal b.1883 d.1961 is in the group photographs.  Her daughter, my mother, Rita Simpson b.1911 d.1994 is on the one dated 1936 she is standing behind her mother on the right.
My grandmother was from Leven, lived on Wagon Road and ran a little shop there. 
Should you require more information please e-mail me via the Fife Family History Society Secretary.
Many thanks,
Ron Simpson.
jackie welch - Thursday, 06 August 2015 12:39

my grandfather living in Dysart, and his brother ( not sure if he also lived in Dysart) had been  described as mattress makers. This would be around 1906

Does anyone know anything about this industry in the Dysart area.

Alistair Scott - Thursday, 06 August 2015 06:15

Looking for George and Elizabeth Scott

Further to my earlier post of 3 August 2015, Andrew Balfour and Elizabeth Scott are recorded as being married at Kilconquhar on 18 May 1838. Elizabeth is recorded in the marriage notice as "Elis'th of this parish". Confirmation of her parents and place of birth would then of course help me to identify these details for George Scott.

Any help and guidance is most welcome, as I continue this most enjoyable pursuit - from faraway Hobart in Tasmania.

Alistair Scott

walker crystal - Wednesday, 05 August 2015 06:40

im looking for any information on any sur name crystal (chrystal) in the area. my ancestors came from here in the 1860s but theres not much info on where they were before that. any info would be greatly appreciated.

Sheila perry - Sunday, 20 September 2015 09:50

Hi Walker, I'm not sure of the area of Fife you've been looking at, but one of my great-grandmothers was Montgomery Crystal - she was born in 1847 and lived in Lochgelly and later in Ballingry and Dunfermline. She was from quite a large family of Crystals, many of whom were coal miners. Some of her relatives emigrated to Utah with the Mormons.

If you get back to me I can dig out my Crystal files!


Peter Sinclair Lawson - Tuesday, 04 August 2015 17:28

Can anyone advise as to how illigitame births were accepted by the Anstruther community and the church circa 1759.

It seems my ancestor Daniel Lawson was born 4 months after the marriage of his parents and baptised at church a few days later.

Mariage of parents Daniel LOWSON and Margaret Liddell on 15.08.1759 and Daniel LAWSON their first child born 06.12.1759. Plus slight variation in spelling of surname from LOWSON to LAWSON.

Also does anyone know whether the LOUSONE family name is another variation of LOWSON and LAWSON. As there seems to have been a large LOUSONE family in Anstruther circa 1690.

I would most sincerely appreciate any advice or opinion re the above.



Peter Sinclair Lawson

su - Monday, 03 August 2015 19:00

I forgot to add my email address on first post .


su - Monday, 03 August 2015 18:59


We are looking for any descendants  of the Spink families.  

Dr William Spink born abt 1748  studied at Edinburgh University then left to become Ships Surgeon with  East India Co on the Ships, then settled in Bombay where he had 3 children with local girl named as AnnDe Rozario.. or Nancy as a pet name, they had 3 sons, 2 lived Charles and William  who returned to Scotland as children to live with their Grandmother ( of Dr William Spink ) Lelias Ramsay's family .

That line of Spinks were predominantly Mariners in Scotland .

Charles died act  1815 Scotland

William died act 1820 in Scotland.


Ron and Jean Simpson - Monday, 03 August 2015 14:26

Would like some information on my great uncle Dewar Simpson born 27th November 1874. His parents were Robert Simpson and Margaret Hamilton.  Dewar married Jessie Fernie 25th February 1898 in Polmont Stirling.  They had a son Archilbald 1899- 1964 and Isabella b. 13th August 1904. Isabella appears on the 1911 Scotland census as Bella, a boarder in the home of John and Lucinda Simpson (my grandparents) and their children.  I cannot find Dewar and Jessie at all on the 1911 census.  Hope somebody out there can help us find out what happened to them.

Ron and Jean.

Alistair Scott - Monday, 03 August 2015 03:27

Looking for George and Elizabeth Scott

Hi, I'm looking for information about my gggf George and his sister Elizabeth. George arrived in Hobart, Tasmania, from Leith in January 1828, on the Greenock, but little is known of his background eg. birth date and parents. He is thought to have been born in 1804, but it could have been earlier. Soon after his arrival, George married Alice Churnside Burns, daughter of Capt John Burns of Leith.

I have been tracking George through his sister Elizabeth, about whom we know more. Elizabeth was born around 1811, and married Andrew Balfour of Pittenweem in Kilconquhar. Elizabeth and Andrew had a daughter Elizabeth at St Andrews in March 1839 before emigrating in 1840 to Tasmania where they joined George and Alice.

Any information or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. My email address is,au



Cherylanne Bailey - Thursday, 30 July 2015 10:21


I post my WALLACE brickwall in the hope someone can shed some light or offer guidance.
My William WALLACE married an Elizabeth circa 1820 (no other details known)
and from this union William Wallace Jnr was born on 6 July 1828 at
Aberdour, Fife.  William Jnr married Jane HAXTON on 17 November 1854 at
Dalgety, Fife.
Has anyone come across these Williams in their research?  My searching
reveals that William Snr's parents could have been an Alexander WALLACE and
Margaret BEATSON but I am only guessing in relation to this.

Kind regards
Cherylanne, NSW Australia

Cherylanne Bailey - Thursday, 30 July 2015 10:17

Sorry in relation to my earlier post re SCOTT and KILGOURS in Fife, I forgot to add my email address.  Many thanks for your assistance.


Cherylanne, NSW Austrralia