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Re: Roll Call ?

Susan Page
 

Shelley and all
It is my understanding that all available Islay parish records were put on wonderful searchable spreadsheets  by someone and then kept on roots web which then went defunct. Perhaps someone kept the spreadsheets and can share. I used them about 10 years ago to do my husbands Currie/Campbell folks who came to Ontario Canada 1841. Many of the connections have now been confirmed by DNA…seeing cousins on Ancestry DNA matches and on Gedmatch.
Susan 

On Jan 9, 2022, at 11:29 AM, S K <Snjmk318@...> wrote:

Oh my! I’m terribly sorry for not specifying. I was referring to John Lynch. I should have been more specific - it was very late, and I was having a bit of a hard time figuring out the site - I was trying to send him a message to ensure he got this, but couldn’t figure it out. I did want the whole group to see it as well, however, as I would love to find family in Islay. I have just begun this leg of my journey - wondering if you have any suggestions. I understand there were not good parish records kept and/or some were destroyed? I’m wondering if there are local genealogists and/or historians that might know more.

Thanks so much for reaching out, and I apologize again.

Shelley 


On Jan 9, 2022, at 4:05 AM, john kennedy <john.r.kennedy@...> wrote:


Dear Shelley,
                         Being descended from illeachs there is every chance that we are connected, however from your history I can’t see a link to my known family tree. The only Neil McArthur connection is the husband of my Great Grandfather Robert Kennedy’s half sister Mary Kennedy. However this Neil McArthur was not born until 1824 in Islay. Any clues?
Yours Aye,
John.
 
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From: Snjmk318@...
Sent: Sunday, 9 January 2022 7:56 PM
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Subject: Re: [Islay] Roll Call ?
 
Hi John,

I believe we are connected. I have been doing similar research for the past two years and have learned much. Charles McArthur was the brother of John and Christine McArthur. Their parents were Neil McArthur and Mary Campbell, and they all came over to NY on the Argyle Patent in 1738. They settled in Claverack, NY and John and Charles fought as loyalists in the Revolutionary War. Charles is my 6th great uncle. His sister Christine McArthur, my 6th great grandmother, married a John Taylor and they had a daughter who was born in Claverack in 1745 named Mary Taylor. The Taylors and McArthurs were a wild bunch. I have quite a bit of information. Mary, my 5th great grandmother, married John MacKenzie, and this is where I hit a wall, trying to trace his line back to Scotland. When the English lost the war, the loyalists were given land in upper Ontario, Canada, and all the McArthurs, Taylors, and MacKenzies in our line migrated there. I have birth and christening records, land claims and grants, handwritten etc. I even have Charles’ military record. This is where the Quebec connection would come in for you. I will try to send you a message as well in case you don’t see this. There are several resources I can share with you. I am also just starting to try to find the origins of Mary Campbell and Neil McArthur from Islay, but old parish records were not well kept from what I understand. Hope to connect soon. Shelley

 
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Re: Roll Call ?

S K
 

Oh my! I’m terribly sorry for not specifying. I was referring to John Lynch. I should have been more specific - it was very late, and I was having a bit of a hard time figuring out the site - I was trying to send him a message to ensure he got this, but couldn’t figure it out. I did want the whole group to see it as well, however, as I would love to find family in Islay. I have just begun this leg of my journey - wondering if you have any suggestions. I understand there were not good parish records kept and/or some were destroyed? I’m wondering if there are local genealogists and/or historians that might know more.

Thanks so much for reaching out, and I apologize again.

Shelley 


On Jan 9, 2022, at 4:05 AM, john kennedy <john.r.kennedy@...> wrote:



Dear Shelley,

                         Being descended from illeachs there is every chance that we are connected, however from your history I can’t see a link to my known family tree. The only Neil McArthur connection is the husband of my Great Grandfather Robert Kennedy’s half sister Mary Kennedy. However this Neil McArthur was not born until 1824 in Islay. Any clues?

Yours Aye,

John.

 

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From: Snjmk318@...
Sent: Sunday, 9 January 2022 7:56 PM
To: Islay@Scotland-Genealogy.groups.io
Subject: Re: [Islay] Roll Call ?

 

Hi John,

I believe we are connected. I have been doing similar research for the past two years and have learned much. Charles McArthur was the brother of John and Christine McArthur. Their parents were Neil McArthur and Mary Campbell, and they all came over to NY on the Argyle Patent in 1738. They settled in Claverack, NY and John and Charles fought as loyalists in the Revolutionary War. Charles is my 6th great uncle. His sister Christine McArthur, my 6th great grandmother, married a John Taylor and they had a daughter who was born in Claverack in 1745 named Mary Taylor. The Taylors and McArthurs were a wild bunch. I have quite a bit of information. Mary, my 5th great grandmother, married John MacKenzie, and this is where I hit a wall, trying to trace his line back to Scotland. When the English lost the war, the loyalists were given land in upper Ontario, Canada, and all the McArthurs, Taylors, and MacKenzies in our line migrated there. I have birth and christening records, land claims and grants, handwritten etc. I even have Charles’ military record. This is where the Quebec connection would come in for you. I will try to send you a message as well in case you don’t see this. There are several resources I can share with you. I am also just starting to try to find the origins of Mary Campbell and Neil McArthur from Islay, but old parish records were not well kept from what I understand. Hope to connect soon. Shelley

 


Re: Roll Call ?

john kennedy
 

Dear Shelley,

                         Being descended from illeachs there is every chance that we are connected, however from your history I can’t see a link to my known family tree. The only Neil McArthur connection is the husband of my Great Grandfather Robert Kennedy’s half sister Mary Kennedy. However this Neil McArthur was not born until 1824 in Islay. Any clues?

Yours Aye,

John.

 

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From: Snjmk318@...
Sent: Sunday, 9 January 2022 7:56 PM
To: Islay@Scotland-Genealogy.groups.io
Subject: Re: [Islay] Roll Call ?

 

Hi John,

I believe we are connected. I have been doing similar research for the past two years and have learned much. Charles McArthur was the brother of John and Christine McArthur. Their parents were Neil McArthur and Mary Campbell, and they all came over to NY on the Argyle Patent in 1738. They settled in Claverack, NY and John and Charles fought as loyalists in the Revolutionary War. Charles is my 6th great uncle. His sister Christine McArthur, my 6th great grandmother, married a John Taylor and they had a daughter who was born in Claverack in 1745 named Mary Taylor. The Taylors and McArthurs were a wild bunch. I have quite a bit of information. Mary, my 5th great grandmother, married John MacKenzie, and this is where I hit a wall, trying to trace his line back to Scotland. When the English lost the war, the loyalists were given land in upper Ontario, Canada, and all the McArthurs, Taylors, and MacKenzies in our line migrated there. I have birth and christening records, land claims and grants, handwritten etc. I even have Charles’ military record. This is where the Quebec connection would come in for you. I will try to send you a message as well in case you don’t see this. There are several resources I can share with you. I am also just starting to try to find the origins of Mary Campbell and Neil McArthur from Islay, but old parish records were not well kept from what I understand. Hope to connect soon. Shelley

 


Re: Roll Call ?

S K
 

Hi John,

I believe we are connected. I have been doing similar research for the past two years and have learned much. Charles McArthur was the brother of John and Christine McArthur. Their parents were Neil McArthur and Mary Campbell, and they all came over to NY on the Argyle Patent in 1738. They settled in Claverack, NY and John and Charles fought as loyalists in the Revolutionary War. Charles is my 6th great uncle. His sister Christine McArthur, my 6th great grandmother, married a John Taylor and they had a daughter who was born in Claverack in 1745 named Mary Taylor. The Taylors and McArthurs were a wild bunch. I have quite a bit of information. Mary, my 5th great grandmother, married John MacKenzie, and this is where I hit a wall, trying to trace his line back to Scotland. When the English lost the war, the loyalists were given land in upper Ontario, Canada, and all the McArthurs, Taylors, and MacKenzies in our line migrated there. I have birth and christening records, land claims and grants, handwritten etc. I even have Charles’ military record. This is where the Quebec connection would come in for you. I will try to send you a message as well in case you don’t see this. There are several resources I can share with you. I am also just starting to try to find the origins of Mary Campbell and Neil McArthur from Islay, but old parish records were not well kept from what I understand. Hope to connect soon. Shelley


Re: House of Islay Cornerstone

EMcNab
 

Sorry not to have made a direct link Anne but hopefully someone else might.

I am sure John would have been the grandson of Thomas and Marion.  In the 1881 Census he and Janet (nee Lamont) are living at Robbols on Islay with their two daughters and two nephews, Donald and John.  The latter was a brother of my Great Granny Alice Spalding.  Their mother died young and the children lived with various relatives.

Best wishes. 

Eleanor

 

 

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From: Anne Goeden
Sent: 09 December 2021 02:59
To: Islay@scotland-genealogy.groups.io
Subject: Re: [Islay] House of Islay Cornerstone

 

Thank you so much for the information Eleanor.

 

In my tree I have a Janet Lamont who married a John Spalding ( in 1871) who must have been the grandson of Thomas Spalding who laid the cornerstone..  Their daughter Jeannie Spalding had written a letter about 1917 to the daughter of Alex Lamont explaining the Lamont family tree in Islay, so I wonder if she mentioned that her ancestor was Thomas Spalding and Alex thought it was  also his ancestor.  

 

I guess further research is required. 

 

I love how these stories get swirled around.  I have found that there is usually a grain of truth in these legends. 

 

Anne 

 

On Wed, Dec 8, 2021 at 10:28 AM EMcNab via groups.io <emcnab=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hello

 

Our common ancestor was Thomas Spalding who came to Islay to build the Round Church in Bowmore, Islay, which was completed in 1767.  I was always aware of a story that he lived to be 105 and laid the foundation stone of Islay House at the age of 104.  I was doubtful about this but he is listed in the Census of 1841 in Bowmore aged 104. He didn’t make it to 114 but died in 1842.  He was married to Marion Smith, presumably local to Islay as she was born in 1754 and died in 1818. I have a complete family tree line back to Tom and Marion.

 

Tom was a stone mason and, at the age of about 30, must have had a good reputation when he was brought to Islay by the laird to do this work.  I do not know where he came from: I have been told  that he was from Fife but I have seen no evidence of this.  The foundation stone he laid would have been of the third significant extension of Islay House designed by W H Playfair, the earliest part having been built in 1677.  I have often wondered if Playfair brought Tom to Islay in which case he would probably have worked on Edinburgh’s New Town before coming here.

 

I hope this helps and hope too that others may be able to add to the story.

 

Eleanor

 

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From: Anne Goeden
Sent: 07 December 2021 21:58
To: Islay@scotland-genealogy.groups.io
Subject: [Islay] House of Islay Cornerstone

 

Being as it is a snowy day, I've been searching around ancestry and I came upon the following information that pertains to one of my ( distant) Lamont relatives.  

 

A birthday announcement for Alexander Lamont's 89th birthday 

 

This excerpt caught my attention:

 

"Mr Lamont has in his possession a picture which he prizes very highly. It is that of the House of Islay, Scotland, the corner stone of which was laid by one of his ancestors at the age of 105 years, and who lived to reach the remarkable age of 114 years."

 

The Alexander Lamont in question was born 27 Sept 1827 in Kilchoman, his parents being Angus Lamont  ( 1798-1888) and Margaret McTaggert ( died about 1832). Alexander emigrated to Wellington country, Ontario about 1837 and left for the States about 1861.  He died 27 Sept 1917 in Sharpesville Pennsylvania. 

 

So, I'm hoping that someone might have information about the corner stone of the House of Islay which would help me determine who the ancestor might be who lived to be 114. 

 

Thanks for any help

Anne Goeden 

 

 


Re: House of Islay Cornerstone

EMcNab
 

Hi Sue

 

Thanks for getting in touch Sue.  I am a member of Old Islay.

 

Best wishes.

 

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From: Sue Visser
Sent: 08 December 2021 16:34
To: Islay@Scotland-Genealogy.groups.io
Subject: Re: [Islay] House of Islay Cornerstone

 

Are you on Facebook?  Are you aware of a closed group (only members can see posts, photos, articles, etc) called Old Islay.  I think what has been posted here could get some good response there.

Sue Visser

 

From: EMcNab via groups.io

Sent: Wednesday, December 8, 2021 10:28 AM

To: Islay@Scotland-Genealogy.groups.io

Subject: Re: [Islay] House of Islay Cornerstone

 

Hello

 

Our common ancestor was Thomas Spalding who came to Islay to build the Round Church in Bowmore, Islay, which was completed in 1767.  I was always aware of a story that he lived to be 105 and laid the foundation stone of Islay House at the age of 104.  I was doubtful about this but he is listed in the Census of 1841 in Bowmore aged 104. He didn’t make it to 114 but died in 1842.  He was married to Marion Smith, presumably local to Islay as she was born in 1754 and died in 1818. I have a complete family tree line back to Tom and Marion.

 

Tom was a stone mason and, at the age of about 30, must have had a good reputation when he was brought to Islay by the laird to do this work.  I do not know where he came from: I have been told  that he was from Fife but I have seen no evidence of this.  The foundation stone he laid would have been of the third significant extension of Islay House designed by W H Playfair, the earliest part having been built in 1677.  I have often wondered if Playfair brought Tom to Islay in which case he would probably have worked on Edinburgh’s New Town before coming here.

 

I hope this helps and hope too that others may be able to add to the story.

 

Eleanor

 

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From: Anne Goeden
Sent: 07 December 2021 21:58
To: Islay@scotland-genealogy.groups.io
Subject: [Islay] House of Islay Cornerstone

 

Being as it is a snowy day, I've been searching around ancestry and I came upon the following information that pertains to one of my ( distant) Lamont relatives. 

 

A birthday announcement for Alexander Lamont's 89th birthday

 

This excerpt caught my attention:

 

"Mr Lamont has in his possession a picture which he prizes very highly. It is that of the House of Islay, Scotland, the corner stone of which was laid by one of his ancestors at the age of 105 years, and who lived to reach the remarkable age of 114 years."

 

The Alexander Lamont in question was born 27 Sept 1827 in Kilchoman, his parents being Angus Lamont  ( 1798-1888) and Margaret McTaggert ( died about 1832). Alexander emigrated to Wellington country, Ontario about 1837 and left for the States about 1861.  He died 27 Sept 1917 in Sharpesville Pennsylvania.

 

So, I'm hoping that someone might have information about the corner stone of the House of Islay which would help me determine who the ancestor might be who lived to be 114.

 

Thanks for any help

Anne Goeden

 

 


Re: House of Islay Cornerstone

Anne Goeden
 

Thank you so much for the information Eleanor.

In my tree I have a Janet Lamont who married a John Spalding ( in 1871) who must have been the grandson of Thomas Spalding who laid the cornerstone..  Their daughter Jeannie Spalding had written a letter about 1917 to the daughter of Alex Lamont explaining the Lamont family tree in Islay, so I wonder if she mentioned that her ancestor was Thomas Spalding and Alex thought it was  also his ancestor.  

I guess further research is required. 

I love how these stories get swirled around.  I have found that there is usually a grain of truth in these legends. 

Anne 

On Wed, Dec 8, 2021 at 10:28 AM EMcNab via groups.io <emcnab=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hello

 

Our common ancestor was Thomas Spalding who came to Islay to build the Round Church in Bowmore, Islay, which was completed in 1767.  I was always aware of a story that he lived to be 105 and laid the foundation stone of Islay House at the age of 104.  I was doubtful about this but he is listed in the Census of 1841 in Bowmore aged 104. He didn’t make it to 114 but died in 1842.  He was married to Marion Smith, presumably local to Islay as she was born in 1754 and died in 1818. I have a complete family tree line back to Tom and Marion.

 

Tom was a stone mason and, at the age of about 30, must have had a good reputation when he was brought to Islay by the laird to do this work.  I do not know where he came from: I have been told  that he was from Fife but I have seen no evidence of this.  The foundation stone he laid would have been of the third significant extension of Islay House designed by W H Playfair, the earliest part having been built in 1677.  I have often wondered if Playfair brought Tom to Islay in which case he would probably have worked on Edinburgh’s New Town before coming here.

 

I hope this helps and hope too that others may be able to add to the story.

 

Eleanor

 

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From: Anne Goeden
Sent: 07 December 2021 21:58
To: Islay@scotland-genealogy.groups.io
Subject: [Islay] House of Islay Cornerstone

 

Being as it is a snowy day, I've been searching around ancestry and I came upon the following information that pertains to one of my ( distant) Lamont relatives.  

 

A birthday announcement for Alexander Lamont's 89th birthday 

 

This excerpt caught my attention:

 

"Mr Lamont has in his possession a picture which he prizes very highly. It is that of the House of Islay, Scotland, the corner stone of which was laid by one of his ancestors at the age of 105 years, and who lived to reach the remarkable age of 114 years."

 

The Alexander Lamont in question was born 27 Sept 1827 in Kilchoman, his parents being Angus Lamont  ( 1798-1888) and Margaret McTaggert ( died about 1832). Alexander emigrated to Wellington country, Ontario about 1837 and left for the States about 1861.  He died 27 Sept 1917 in Sharpesville Pennsylvania. 

 

So, I'm hoping that someone might have information about the corner stone of the House of Islay which would help me determine who the ancestor might be who lived to be 114. 

 

Thanks for any help

Anne Goeden 

 


Re: House of Islay Cornerstone

Sue Visser
 

Are you on Facebook?  Are you aware of a closed group (only members can see posts, photos, articles, etc) called Old Islay.  I think what has been posted here could get some good response there.
Sue Visser
 

From: EMcNab via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, December 8, 2021 10:28 AM
To: Islay@Scotland-Genealogy.groups.io
Subject: Re: [Islay] House of Islay Cornerstone
 

Hello

 

Our common ancestor was Thomas Spalding who came to Islay to build the Round Church in Bowmore, Islay, which was completed in 1767.  I was always aware of a story that he lived to be 105 and laid the foundation stone of Islay House at the age of 104.  I was doubtful about this but he is listed in the Census of 1841 in Bowmore aged 104. He didn’t make it to 114 but died in 1842.  He was married to Marion Smith, presumably local to Islay as she was born in 1754 and died in 1818. I have a complete family tree line back to Tom and Marion.

 

Tom was a stone mason and, at the age of about 30, must have had a good reputation when he was brought to Islay by the laird to do this work.  I do not know where he came from: I have been told  that he was from Fife but I have seen no evidence of this.  The foundation stone he laid would have been of the third significant extension of Islay House designed by W H Playfair, the earliest part having been built in 1677.  I have often wondered if Playfair brought Tom to Islay in which case he would probably have worked on Edinburgh’s New Town before coming here.

 

I hope this helps and hope too that others may be able to add to the story.

 

Eleanor

 

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From: Anne Goeden
Sent: 07 December 2021 21:58
To: Islay@scotland-genealogy.groups.io
Subject: [Islay] House of Islay Cornerstone

 

Being as it is a snowy day, I've been searching around ancestry and I came upon the following information that pertains to one of my ( distant) Lamont relatives. 

 

A birthday announcement for Alexander Lamont's 89th birthday

 

This excerpt caught my attention:

 

"Mr Lamont has in his possession a picture which he prizes very highly. It is that of the House of Islay, Scotland, the corner stone of which was laid by one of his ancestors at the age of 105 years, and who lived to reach the remarkable age of 114 years."

 

The Alexander Lamont in question was born 27 Sept 1827 in Kilchoman, his parents being Angus Lamont  ( 1798-1888) and Margaret McTaggert ( died about 1832). Alexander emigrated to Wellington country, Ontario about 1837 and left for the States about 1861.  He died 27 Sept 1917 in Sharpesville Pennsylvania.

 

So, I'm hoping that someone might have information about the corner stone of the House of Islay which would help me determine who the ancestor might be who lived to be 114.

 

Thanks for any help

Anne Goeden

 


Re: House of Islay Cornerstone

EMcNab
 

Hello

 

Our common ancestor was Thomas Spalding who came to Islay to build the Round Church in Bowmore, Islay, which was completed in 1767.  I was always aware of a story that he lived to be 105 and laid the foundation stone of Islay House at the age of 104.  I was doubtful about this but he is listed in the Census of 1841 in Bowmore aged 104. He didn’t make it to 114 but died in 1842.  He was married to Marion Smith, presumably local to Islay as she was born in 1754 and died in 1818. I have a complete family tree line back to Tom and Marion.

 

Tom was a stone mason and, at the age of about 30, must have had a good reputation when he was brought to Islay by the laird to do this work.  I do not know where he came from: I have been told  that he was from Fife but I have seen no evidence of this.  The foundation stone he laid would have been of the third significant extension of Islay House designed by W H Playfair, the earliest part having been built in 1677.  I have often wondered if Playfair brought Tom to Islay in which case he would probably have worked on Edinburgh’s New Town before coming here.

 

I hope this helps and hope too that others may be able to add to the story.

 

Eleanor

 

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From: Anne Goeden
Sent: 07 December 2021 21:58
To: Islay@scotland-genealogy.groups.io
Subject: [Islay] House of Islay Cornerstone

 

Being as it is a snowy day, I've been searching around ancestry and I came upon the following information that pertains to one of my ( distant) Lamont relatives.  

 

A birthday announcement for Alexander Lamont's 89th birthday 

 

This excerpt caught my attention:

 

"Mr Lamont has in his possession a picture which he prizes very highly. It is that of the House of Islay, Scotland, the corner stone of which was laid by one of his ancestors at the age of 105 years, and who lived to reach the remarkable age of 114 years."

 

The Alexander Lamont in question was born 27 Sept 1827 in Kilchoman, his parents being Angus Lamont  ( 1798-1888) and Margaret McTaggert ( died about 1832). Alexander emigrated to Wellington country, Ontario about 1837 and left for the States about 1861.  He died 27 Sept 1917 in Sharpesville Pennsylvania. 

 

So, I'm hoping that someone might have information about the corner stone of the House of Islay which would help me determine who the ancestor might be who lived to be 114. 

 

Thanks for any help

Anne Goeden 

 


House of Islay Cornerstone

Anne Goeden
 

Being as it is a snowy day, I've been searching around ancestry and I came upon the following information that pertains to one of my ( distant) Lamont relatives.  

A birthday announcement for Alexander Lamont's 89th birthday 

This excerpt caught my attention:

"Mr Lamont has in his possession a picture which he prizes very highly. It is that of the House of Islay, Scotland, the corner stone of which was laid by one of his ancestors at the age of 105 years, and who lived to reach the remarkable age of 114 years."

The Alexander Lamont in question was born 27 Sept 1827 in Kilchoman, his parents being Angus Lamont  ( 1798-1888) and Margaret McTaggert ( died about 1832). Alexander emigrated to Wellington country, Ontario about 1837 and left for the States about 1861.  He died 27 Sept 1917 in Sharpesville Pennsylvania. 

So, I'm hoping that someone might have information about the corner stone of the House of Islay which would help me determine who the ancestor might be who lived to be 114. 

Thanks for any help
Anne Goeden 


Malcolm McDermid

Glynn Currie
 

In 1896 the death record for Malcolm McDermid recorded that he was 83 years old, the son of Donald McDermid and Ann Turner. I have not been able to locate his birth record. 
From this he would seem to be born in 1813 or 1812.
He married Mary McEwen in 1840 and had 7 children.
Both Malcolm and Mary came from Coultorsay farm at the time of their marriage.
I have located a Donald McDermid who lived at Coultorsay as well. He seems as if he could have been Malcolm's father.
Does anyone have any suggestion about making a link between these two Men, if one exists?
Glynn Currie


Re: Property Registration Deeds

Glynn Currie
 

Thanks once again Seymour. You are always very helpful and it is appreciated.

Glynn

 

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From: Seymour Hosking
Sent: October 16, 2021 9:27 PM
To: Islay@Scotland-Genealogy.groups.io
Subject: Re: [Islay] Property Registration Deeds

 

Property deeds are available from the Land Registry https://landregistryservice.uk/services/scotland

Old records are held in the Register of Sasines which are searched from the same site and cost about £30 per property.

regards Seymour

 


Re: Property Registration Deeds

 

Property deeds are available from the Land Registry https://landregistryservice.uk/services/scotland

Old records are held in the Register of Sasines which are searched from the same site and cost about £30 per property.

regards Seymour


Property Registration Deeds

Glynn Currie
 

Does anyone know how, or if it is possible, to view property deeds in Bowmore?
Glynn


Re: Bowmore Street Project

Glynn Currie
 

Here is the 1885 Assessment Roll. It would be good to see if we could match up the residents listed in the assessment roll as living in Bowmore with the building in which they lived.
Glynn


Bowmore Street Project

Glynn Currie
 

Streets Project

For quite some time I have wondered where my paternal grandmother was born. Her husband, my grandfather, was born on a farm at Duich Lott's in Kildalton. While not knowing which of several houses he lived in, somehow knowing it was on the farm seemed enough. But Grandma Currie was born in town. That left open the question which house was hers.

In 1883 Flora McDiarmid was born to Archibald McDiarmid and Agnes MacDonald on Shore Street in Bowmore. But which house? Even which side of the street? I wanted to know.

To find out I began a project to look at Bowmore and see if I could identify the building.  The project contained three parts. First it was necessary to identify the people living in Bowmore at the time of my grandmother’s birth. To do so I examined the Valuation rolls from 1885 and 1895 to see where Archibald McDiarmid was living. Then I needed to identify the homes located in Bowmore at the time. For this I consulted a map of Bowmore from 1882 and looked at Google Earth images of the town today to see what the buildings looked like. I hoped that by using significant commercial buildings, it would be possible to count and number houses until the appropriate residence could be assigned to a particular family.

For this project to work I began with an assumption that the valuation rolls were established in the same order as the buildings were located on the streets.

When filing the Google Earth images, I assumed that Main Street ran north and south and that Shore Street ran east and west. Labels on the images reflect this assumption.

My hope is this project will answer my question about the places my grandmother lived in Bowmore and will also be useful in establishing where other ancestors lived. Perhaps other people will be able to use it to answer similar questions.


Re: Islay Place Names doc

Sue Visser
 

Hi John
I forwarded your email to Bob.
Cheers,
Sue
 

From: John Kemplen via groups.io
Sent: Sunday, August 29, 2021 7:14 AM
To: Islay@Scotland-Genealogy.groups.io
Subject: Re: [Islay] Islay Place Names doc
 

Thanks for copying this file to us, Sue.  Is Bob in this group or would I have to e-mail him direct to thank him for this update?

One small update to his Note 1: if you want to buy paper maps, the 1:50,000 Landranger map is still sheet 60, but the 1:25,000 mapping  is no longer the Pathfinder series.  It is now the much-improved Explorer series, and Islay is covered by two sheets: 352, Islay South, and 353, Islay North.  Bridgend and Bowmore are on both sheets; Kilmeny (Port Askaig, Caolila, Bunnahabhain, Keills and Ballygrant) and the Rhinns (Portnahaven, Port Charlotte and Bruichladdich) are only on the north sheet; and Kildalton and the Oa (including Port Ellen, Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg) are only on the south sheet.  The north sheet is double-sided and the south sheet is single-sided.  Both are a delight for anyone who likes maps.

Regards

John

 

On 29/08/2021 11:38, Sue Visser wrote:
Bob McQueen of New Zealand has updated his Islay Farms/Place Names doc to include GPS coordinates and Google maps links.  He’s asked that I try to get it ‘out there’ as the updated version.  Enjoy playing with it using the maps and satellite view.  Check it out *smile*.
 
Happy hunting,
Sue Visser

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Re: Islay Place Names doc

John Kemplen
 

Thanks for copying this file to us, Sue.  Is Bob in this group or would I have to e-mail him direct to thank him for this update?

One small update to his Note 1: if you want to buy paper maps, the 1:50,000 Landranger map is still sheet 60, but the 1:25,000 mapping  is no longer the Pathfinder series.  It is now the much-improved Explorer series, and Islay is covered by two sheets: 352, Islay South, and 353, Islay North.  Bridgend and Bowmore are on both sheets; Kilmeny (Port Askaig, Caolila, Bunnahabhain, Keills and Ballygrant) and the Rhinns (Portnahaven, Port Charlotte and Bruichladdich) are only on the north sheet; and Kildalton and the Oa (including Port Ellen, Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg) are only on the south sheet.  The north sheet is double-sided and the south sheet is single-sided.  Both are a delight for anyone who likes maps.

Regards

John


On 29/08/2021 11:38, Sue Visser wrote:
Bob McQueen of New Zealand has updated his Islay Farms/Place Names doc to include GPS coordinates and Google maps links.  He’s asked that I try to get it ‘out there’ as the updated version.  Enjoy playing with it using the maps and satellite view.  Check it out *smile*.
 
Happy hunting,
Sue Visser

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Islay Place Names doc

Sue Visser
 

Bob McQueen of New Zealand has updated his Islay Farms/Place Names doc to include GPS coordinates and Google maps links.  He’s asked that I try to get it ‘out there’ as the updated version.  Enjoy playing with it using the maps and satellite view.  Check it out *smile*.
 
Happy hunting,
Sue Visser


Robert J. McQueen

Sue Visser
 

Bob – if you are still a member here, please contact me.  I emailed you about your research but it was returned as ‘undeliverable’.
Thanks,
Sue Visser
 

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