Monthly Archives: February 2011

Rhu War Memorial, Argyll & Bute

On a very sunny but chilly late November in 2010 we drove down the coast ending up in Helensburgh, but before we arrived there were a few little places to stop at on the way – Rhu being one of those places.

Rhu, had a population of 1,854 in the census of 2001

The village war memorial sits back from the road and just in front of the parish church and on a sunny day the memorial seems to shine. The memorial and the boundary wall are one of many listed buildings in the village of Rhu, including the Church,   graveyard  sundial and the boundary wall ; Glenarn House, coach house and garden house with the gate piers ;  Torwood Cottage + more.

Some of the names mentioned on the memorial are :-  J Maitland Downie ; William Limmond ; David Girvan ; Robert N K Barge ;  J D Oatts.

To have a look at the memorial transcription click here

Killearn War Memorial

Killearn is in the western district of Stirlingshire, formerly part of Lennox or Dunbartonshire.

In the mid 17oo’s the population was just under 1000 – fluctuating in the decades slightly up and down.  In 1831 the population was 1,206 and in the census of 1841 the village consisted of 1,187 souls  and again the population went up and down by about 20 people until in 1871 the number of people was 1,111. The 1911 census  the village had just over 1,000 with 583 males an 502 females.   In 2001 the number of people in the village was 1,781.

The village church, having close connections with the Orr-Ewing family  was opened in 1882 being in memory of Ella Orr-Ewing, who rests in the old kirkyard.

That’s a little bit about Killearn whose area boasts the most southerly Highland distillery at Drumgoyne – Glengoyne

Killearn War Memorial is set in a small grassed area on the corner of Main Street and Balfron Road.  The memorial is set on a risen plinth with a short run of steps leading up to the base and column.  The column is quite ornate and the whole memorial stands proud.

One of the names on the memorial has been mentioned on one of my memorial blog posts, Strathclyde, namely Wm G Edmonstone, who family owned Duntreath Castle and have done for many centuries.  Also mentioned is Hugh Lennie who served in the CEF.  Hugh was unusual as he was over 6′ tall and I can’t remember the last time I transcribed a name on a memorial to anyone who was over 5′ 10″.  He must have been a very strong young man.  And finally, there are the two McCuaig brothers.

You can visit the memorial and the young men by clicking here

Saline War Memorial, Fife

Saline War Memorial, Fife is situated outside Saline Parish Church, just off the main road.   On the day I visited there was a small herd of cows in the adjacent field and all seemed very curious as to what I was doing.

Saline is a small village, some five miles out of Dunfermline.  In the 2001 census the population was 1188 and in the previous centuries the main occupation was that of weaving, later mining became the main source of work for the local populaiton.  The village today, has a large number of listed buildings, mainly 18th century weavers’ cottages.

The War Memorial contains nearly 50 names of young men from the area who were either KIA or DOW in both the World Wars.

To see the transcript of Saline War Memorial click here

Baldernock War Memorial

Just added the finishing touches to Baldernock War Memorial in Dunbartonshire.

We visited on an overcast day but managed to find a gap in the clouds and take the war memorial and a few headstones in the kirkyard.  In fact, I think we found the memorial by sheer fluke and that won’t be the first time that has happened.

It is a nice memorial, set on an island of grass and as it was a late November day there were poppy wreaths and a patch of poppy crosses.  To one side of the memorial is the old kirkyard and the other has a larger cemetery.

It’s funny, most of the time I quickly get out of the car, quickly take the memorial and the names in small sections to ease transcription, and then jump back in the car.  But, sometimes a memorial touches you in some small way, it could be where it is and the view is wonderful, it could be a name on the memorial or it could just be that the memorial feels good, nice and peaceful – Baldernock feels just like that!

Who is mentioned :- William B Tinto, HMS Defence ; Major  C E Higginbotham ; Andrew Douglas MacArthur Anderson of Tullichewan Castle and George Hannah, AIF to name just a few.

To visit Baldernock War Memorial click here

Strathblane War Memorial

As I have said in previous entries I can spot a war memorial at a few thousand paces and my family always make a joke that whenever I go anywhere, there always has to be an ulterior motive i.e. a memorial or a CWGC headstone.

Over the years I have uploaded a lot of transcribed headstone from all over the country including France and Belgium  and have still many, many more to start work on.

So, today I have transcribed Strathblane War Memorial and for the majority of men have given their entry extra information – you know who were their parents, where they lived and were they finally rest or are remembered.

Some of the men include :- John Y Barr who was the son of Prof. Archibald Blair ; Wilfred Blake Moyes the son of Rev. W B Moyes and his wife Clara who was educated at public school and later Oxford and William George Edmonstone the eldest son and heir to Sir Archibald Edmondstone.

There will be a few, well more than a few other memorials being uploaded within the next week or so all from around the Stirlingshire, Dunbartonshire, Fife and Argyll and Angus areas.

Have fun and happy hunting

Digitised Australian Newspapers

Have just found this website and thought you may enjoy having a look around aswell!

So, do you have ancestors in Australia, if you do, have a look.  The date range of the newspapers and magazines starts around 1800 and goes up to the mid – late 1900’s – but there are big gaps. A seperate page lets you see at a glance what the coverage is.

What did my couple of minutes mooching find ? I searched for convict, sorry but the first thing that came to mind and I found this :-

John Horace Hays an habitual criminal who escaped from Yatala labour prison near Adelaide on Wednesday afternoon has so far succeeded in eluding the systematic efforts of the police to recapture him (Northrn Territory Times Tuesday April 15 1930.

And, our Outlands correspondent writes :- Mrs Arthur Turner of Oatlands had received the sad news that her husband, Private Arthur Turner, had died of wounds in France.  Much sympathy is felt for her and the little children (The Mercury, Hobart, Saturday 27 January 1917.

Also, there is mention of Baden Powell in one of the 1900 issues where is in South Africa.

I did searches for a few family names that I know were in Australia and did come up with some interesting information.

But, and most things have a ‘BUT’ don’t they and so does this site, very good as it is.  The niggle is that the information, the pages have been scanned using possibly OCR and as we know if the print is off a little an ‘o’ can become an ‘e’ or an ‘a’ can become an ‘o’ and some letters are left blank.

But, yes there is another one and quite a good one this time – the site gives you the option to edit the text translation, now isn’t that good and makes it easier for people who follow you to find the family or entry they want.

The site is quite easy to work your way round, and probably like me, you will wander.

Well done, Australian Trove, and I look forward to visiting again and finding lots of empty years being filled in.

Find My Past – what’s new and interesting!

Firstly, I went to the Specialist Records and thought I would have a look there as I normally just visit the 1911 census and some of the military collection.

So here I am, what should I look at ?  The Kelly’s Directory for 1901 seemed as good as any and as I have Baring people in my tree I started with Baring, clicking on Wyndham Baring.  Guess who popped up and caught my eye ? The Rev. Savine, Baring-Gould with a little biography. I tried some of my other names i.e. Siddle, Binns, Officer, Grace and le Carpentier but it only seems the distant in laws are listed – never mind I enjoyed my moochings.

Medical Registers – 1913, now I new here I would find one of mine, James Allan who with a fellow James had St James’s Hospital in Leeds named after them.  He worked at the Union Infirmary Beckett Street, Leeds – a long way from his home village.

Did you know that the Military section has Ireland’s Memorial Records – looked for Donnelly and found a couple but not sure if mine, but still interesting.  Also on the military theme and I use quite a lot when transcribing my collection of war memorials, is the Distinguished Conduct Medal Citations 1914-1920.  They certainly do put a different light on people who served and sometimes died helping others.

The Migration section also has some interesting finds – one of my Younie family worked within the Judicial system in Bengal during WW2, sadly he never came home, but did find information regarding his time in India.

To complete my quick visit to Find My Past, did you know that lots of Family History Societies have uploaded in total millions of entries from their transcription listings.  You may still want to buy the publication from the relevant society once you have found the person you want,  but you can now do that knowing that your relative is there and you may find others who link in later.

To see these and other collections click on the  Find My Past link

Medical terms

What did it say on the death certificate ?

Or what did aunt Peggy say he died of ?

Or, what did you say she had when a child ?

Half of the time when looking in old documents or certificates the meaning of terms can be very strange, take for instance – Atrophy, Bronze John, camp fever, long sickness, morphew, scotomy or spru.

If you heard the description, you would know what the problem was.

But anyway, pop along to the medical terms section on Wakefield Family History Sharing and see how many you can decipher without looking.

Medical Terms can be found here

Doric terms and phrases

Local slang terms have just been uploaded to Genblog, so I thought I had better go with the other half of my heritage, Scottish.

Have you ever heard of a kail-gullie, a mort kist or safe, a byre, a hynd, ling, kiltie?

You may have come across words similar to these in the OPR’s of Scotland or a will and not known or understood the text in which it was written.

The Doric terms on these pages could help you.

Go on, have a look!

Doric words and phrases can be found here on a sister site of Wakefield Family History Sharing

Local slang

A little ditty about ‘Bob’

If y’ur Bob dosn’t gi’ our Bob th’t Bob th’t your Bob owes our Bob, our Bob is gunna gi’ y’ur Bob a bob on’t  nose !!!!

Now you know perfectly well what that means, don’t you ?

If your Robert does not give our Robert that shilling that he owes him, our Robert will hit your Robert on the nose !!!       –        simple isn’t it!

No matter where you live  or what your social standing there are words that are associated used and only those from the locale or social circle will know.  But you will find the exception to the rule, as you always do as many of the words and sayings are known nationwide.  For example :- Gaffer or Gaffa, Boss ;  Gear, clothes ; Doff, take your cap off ; Poor Show, went badly and so on.

The Slang page of Wakefield Family History Sharing can be found here