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Elaine McCreadie - Thursday, 28 May 2015 10:07

I am researching my great grandfather ALEXANDER MELVILLE ANDERSON born 22/09/1860 in Cellardyke. He was lost at sea around 18/03/1917 off Anstruther/Cellardyke when his fishing boat was hit by a German mine.There is no record of his death in the Register. Can somebody advise where I can look to find official confirmation or any further information?



Andrew ELLIOT - Saturday, 23 May 2015 12:19

Looking for help to find information on James Beveridge merchant & Marriner, husband to Agnes Clephan (1800-1851). Agnes is buried in Kirkcaldy Kirkyard with her father David Clephan. David Clephan's will has an interesting caveat -  that indicates some dissatisfaction with his son-in-law, James Beveridge (1791 - ?). “I David Clephan doth herein show my will and pleasure that all I possess after my lawful death are paid doth after my decease leave to my daughters equal proportion of my property of houses etc and money each namely Nancy, Elizabeth, Isabella and Janet Clephan or my four daughters so named, it is also my particular will owing to my daughter Nancy[AgnesClephan (1800 – 1851)] having the misfortune to be married to a very bad husband[James Beveridge (1791 -?)] if he should come to claim her as his wife and she agreeing to live with him in so doing then my will and pleasure is that she nor or he has no claim on any of my effects but shall be equally divided to the other three. There is the makings of a great story there! Any help greatly appreciated.


Doug Steedman - Wednesday, 20 May 2015 08:34

Suggest Geo is English SPG is an English missionary society. Have they any records?

Robert - Friday, 15 May 2015 20:21

I am currently writing a book regarding Rev. George Micklejohn (1717? 1733-1818) who came to America in 1766 as Parson of Anglican Church for SPG.  There is doubt about his past in Scotland - many George's from Culross area - Confusion over his ancestry, etc.  I am willing to pay for specific research in area libraries and tax records (I have already been to National Archives in Edinburgh, St. Andrews Univ. Lambeth Palace - London, and used ScotlandsPeople).  Please send background, fees and experience to Robert Ireland, 


richard wright - Tuesday, 12 May 2015 17:05

Looking for any info/photos etc  on Capt. David Peebles  who left the Fife area in 1649 to the United States. I am a descendant of his and am very excited to learn more about my Scottish heritage. Thanks Rich

Sylvia FAIRHURST - Monday, 11 May 2015 23:13

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?  I have asked about this before and was advised to check emigration passenger lists to America, but haven't had any 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

could anyone help please?   Thank you

Helena Marker - Thursday, 07 May 2015 21:40
Catherine Ireland
Please can anyone help
I am trying to locate a vanishing Ireland ancestor who lived in Buckhaven Last seen on the valuation rolls of1885

Catherin Ireland born 24 March1816
She was a dressmaker as well as farming 17 acres with a house,byre and stable.She also had a carriers business.
Did she marry late or get bought out or retire.
Her brother in law was William Morgan a grocer.His wife Margaret was her elder sister.
Her other sisters were Helen(Cargill) Ann and Martha. Their father was John Ireland and mother was Helen Skinner which sometimes turns up spelt Shunger!
I have the deaths of all her sisters but even Scotlands people has nothing helpful for Catherin. Does anyone have any info .Thank you Helena
Lynn O'Hara - Sunday, 17 May 2015 12:35

Hello Helena

Hopefully I might be able to help you with some information regarding your relative.

I have done some extensive searching to help trace Catherine Ireland and I believe I may have found her but unfortunetly I may be the bearer of bad news. 

I have Census information from 1851-1891 for Catherine, information found in local papers in relation to the farm in Buckhaven which is in the parish of Wemyss, a valuation roll search for 1885 family name Ireland in Buckhaven. The extra valuation roll for 1885 for a Catherine Ireland I have included is to show that it is not her. It unfortunately can't be as the given parishes are no where near Buckhaven. I myself live near the farm in Buckhaven and can verify about the parishes.

I did find another Catherine Ireland in Kirkcaldy who married to a man named James Lockhart. I have ruled this Catherine out as she is shown with James in both the 1851 & 1861 censuses. Initially I came across this Catherine Ireland (Lockhart) death and believed it to be your relative but the censuses ruled this out.

I searched Scotlandspeople to undertake a death search for a Catherine Ireland in fife, I have a scan of this to show you that it included a result for a Caroline Ireland in Cupar aged 74 which used in conjunction with the two other censuses 1881 & 1891 made me believe this could be Catherine. Given all the other evidence I found I could not ignore this so I purchased the death return for Caroline to find it was indeed a Catherine Ireland. You may have seen this in your search and probably ignored this as it states Caroline Ireland, Cupar.

In the 1891 census it states Catherine as a dressmaker which I know you have said in your previous message was her original profession. This also makes the death certificate more plausible. It is unfortunate that the death record doesn't include her parents which is probably due to the informant not knowing.

If you could sent me your email address I could send you all the information I have and hopefully it will help you in your search or give you some final information at last.

Best regards





Helena Marker - Tuesday, 19 May 2015 00:52

Hello Lyn.

Thank you for looking for Catherine.

What I did not mention was that I have her along with her sister Martha  in the 1885 valuation rolls as the owner of the 17 Buckhaven  VR 101/31 416 this is the same location she and her sisters appear at throughout their lives .Their father had it when they were born though perhaps the ownership happened later as he is described as a land labourer in one of the birth registrations.

It seems to be next to the  public schoolhouse in the valuation rolls.

 In the 1851 census it is District 3 A Civil parish Wemyss Page 35 Schedule 161 described as Buckhaven West.

I had already been up the garden path of the other Catherine Ireland and have the death certificates.

Catherine's sister Martha died in 1887 and her brother in law William Morgan registered the death.

I would be delighted for you to e-mail me. How does one go about that does an administrator put us in touch?

Thank you for all your hard work.

Best regards




























Lynn O'Hara - Sunday, 24 May 2015 11:14

Hi Helena

Sorry I forgot to include my email in the message. My email is


I am not a member of the site, I just happened to come across it and found your message.

If you send me an email I will send through all the information I have found on Catherine.


Best wishes


K A Peterson - Wednesday, 06 May 2015 12:58

Seeking any info on location or history of Carnie Lodge, built in early 19th C somewhere in Cupar parish environs, listed in A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland (1846) along with houses like Tarvit, Springfield, Dalyell, Preston Hall, Blalowne.  Does it still exist? Will be in Cupar early May (next week) to see family gravesite and hope to visit this structure too or find out where it 4xgreat grandfather was wright in its construction -- would love to see his handiwork. Any info much appreciated! 

Frances Black - Thursday, 07 May 2015 07:22

Yes Cairnie Lodge is still there as is Cairnie House and the owners who own it run a fruit farm and play area which is well signposted out of Cupar. Follow the signs for the Adamson hospital and keep heading on that road and you will come to it.


FifeFHS Secretary

Helena Marker - Thursday, 07 May 2015 21:56


How strange to see this message as my mother Helena Patrick(nee Murphy) who died 3 weeks ago was born in Cairnie House  in January 1920 in a snow storm. Her father was the estate manager and they  normally lived in the lodge. She talked about the lodge especially about the water tower above her bedroom making lots of strange noises and scaring visiting cousins. She also talked about the electricity plant and the carboids of chemicals which were needed to keep it going.This was long before mains Electricity.She always described it as a happy house  despite the noises.


Kathleen Peterson - Friday, 08 May 2015 18:52

Appreciate the info about Cairnie House. We will be driving to Cupar Thursday 14 May from Edinburgh to see St. James Cemetery ,and very happy to know of this place as well. Fife FHS is an invaluable resource-- thank you, thank you! Kathleen 

Josie Bahanda - Tuesday, 05 May 2015 21:19

So far I have been unable to find the deaths of my gt gt gt grandparentsThey were James Watson who married Janet Aitken in 1819 in Anstruther They had a number of children the first my gt gt gran Isabella Watson born Dec1819 in Anstruther Easter and the last I think was Aitken Watson who was baptised in Pittenweem Episcopal Church in 1835 I have found no trace of James and Janet after that Cannot find them in the 1841 census.A few of the children including Aitken they are living at their grandmother's Belle Gourlay with her son Alexander Aitken and his sister Elizabeth on their farm at Kingsbarns Carhurly in the 1841 census. In 1851 Aitken is living with his employers in a bakers in Anstruther Would there be any death or burial records for that timespan to find out what happened to James and Janet Watson Thank you

Helena Marker - Tuesday, 05 May 2015 19:36

Please can anyone help me. I seem to have a vanishing relative. Her name was Catherine Ireland born Buckhaven 24 march 1816.I can trace her  right up to the valuation rolls of 1885 when she is still the owner, farmer of 17 acres with house byre and stable. ref VR 101/31  416. She had also been a dressmaker with a side line in the carters business. Her youngest sister Martha was still alive at this time as was her brother in law William Morgan.

After 1885 she vanishes and I cannot find a death for her anywhere. Was the "farm" bought out? Where was it in Buckhaven? Did she marry late?

Any help would be much appreciated. A ring she gave to her nephew which is still in the family started this search.


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.


Fife Family History Society

Clark Smith - Sunday, 03 May 2015 17:09

Thanks Alision. I noticed that a Mr Hudson lived there in 1981 but I guess someone could have changed the name after that time.

Thanks again.

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 - Sunday, 03 May 2015 17:11

Thanks Arlene. 

I guess someone may have changed the name of the house after 1981. 


Clark S.

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. 


Fife Family History Society

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.