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message for mhairi signed 24/9/2020. I think these folkies are your ancestors, john-barclay 25/12/1785 aberdeenshire,,,,died 1845 aberdeenshire,,,,married 20/11/1811 old=meldrum,,,,,lydia-sellar born artamford???? scotland,,,died 16/4/1858 tyrie......children,,,william 1/12/1814 tyrie,,,,james 18/11/1820 tyrie,,,,,peter,,22/6/1826...tyrie, isabella??? 18/1/1842 tyrie, this maybe grn/child,,,,,and maybe you will come across other children.... Peter 1826-march 1905 pitsligo,,,married 18/1/1845 pitsligo,,,,mary=mcdonald,,born 21/1/1823 gamrie,,, children,,, alexr mcdonald barclay baptised 8/4/1845,,,mary fowlie barclay,,29/10/1846,,,james 20/11/1848,,,william,,,2/12/1850 pitsligo died 22/11/1907 vermont.... lydia-sellar barclay,,2/8/1852pitsligo= 1936 unknown/? Hope this helps but needs confirmed, most dates baptisms.... good luck, helen
My ancestors Lydia Sellar and John Barclay, Peter Barclay and Mary McDonald
Thank you Helen Finlayson I must have missed your comment I have some of those names and I will now check Wednesday
My James (well my late hubby’s) died in Stockport Cheshire England and was buried in a Cheadle graveyard
Thank you will post and let you know
just wondering if this is no more,as there has not been any queries since my own in may, i really miss going through the requests for help. cheers everyone. helen
Looking for help please!

I was at New Pitsligo (Turlundie) cemetery with my Dad on Sunday trying, unsuccessfully, to find my great grandparents grave, I now have the death records & plot number so can anyone advise where I can locate a map of the cemetery please?
I’m looking for grave B/64 specifically.

Thank you.
hello,i am wondering if anyone is researching,,,,william -chapman/rebecca scott, family.i am trying to get info on netta -scott,also sister jean....i need dates of birth,and if married, any info would be appreciated,i do have a lot on this family,and other branches of the scott family. regards helen.
i am keen to get info on williamina scott born i think12/2/1909 udny? and married john page robertson who was a railway clerk, i have not details on john either,or if they had children. I have searched for hours on the internet,but no joy, hope someone can help me out, regards helen.
It has been a few years since I sent in the photo - image 481 in Days Gone By of a souvenir plate. I have one of two brought from Scotland to Canada by my grandmother either in 1920 when she moved to Canada or in the mid 1930's when she went back for a visit. No one seemed to know about these plates when I asked before but I thought that I would ask again. Surely there were more than two of them made. Hoping to find out some more information abut my plate. Thanks. Joy Cehovin
Hello all from NZ. Like so many I have got into geneology over the Covid 19 break. I am trying to track down any info of my 5x GGrandfather Alexander Gray born in Pitsligo circa 1777. He married a Helen Brown (I think). His parents were George Gray and poss Helen Mackie. Alexander died abt 1851 and had at least one daughter Jessie (Janet) Gray. If anyone has any info him would be greatly appreciated. Kind Regards
hello message for alison grimwood murry regarding william forbes, just google sir william forbes 6th baronet.....all his info is there,especially on www.electricscotland.com/history very interesting to read regards helen.
hello.i am one of many who has to isolate for 12weeks,glad i have a garden,although its rather big . i am also interested in tracing my ancestors,but at a standstill,as i need the genealogist to update the trees i am working on. Is there anyone,needing to look into their family tree,or perhaps at standstill too. put your info on this terrific website,maybe i would be able to help you,it will pass the time until archives open.
Do you know if, within the archives of Sir William Forbes (6th Baronet), there is mention of the families who bought plots of land in New Pitsligo during the first wave of sales in 1788 and the second wave in 1803. Has anyone in your group investigated the archives. I've read some articles describing the original set up of New Pitsligo and wonder if the information has come from these archives; if they still exist? Your website is a mine of information so I'm hoping you'll be able to help. Many thanks.
Just a follow up to my post on March 3rd.
I found a similar face book site called Cuminestown now and then and was able to find a link to an ancestral tree for my family on ancestry.com with the help of a lovely lady named Fiona Stephen. I would also like to thank Helen Finlayson, who is a regular visitor to your site and offers assistance to people looking to trace their heritage.
Love your site and will visit again.
My name is Robert Alexander Thomson I was born in Turriff hospital 1947 and I am trying to find information of my mother, Margaret Jane Thomson. I was raised as a foster child by the Gibb family in Rothienorman. I have done some research and found a Margaret Thomson born 1923 in Pitsligo. I also see from the 1931 register of electors that there is an Alexander Thomson and Mrs Andrina Thomson listed at 75 Low street. Was wondering if anyone has any information of them having a daughter named Margaret and any other children.
My birth certificate shows an address of Transport cottages, Cuminestown for my mother.
If any one has any information can contact me at my e-mail...Robert.thomson25@yahoo.com
Thank you, Robert
hello neil Greenland, no,i am not a relative,its just that , occasionally I go on this site, when I have given up on researching my own tree ,for a while. I do spend a lot of money in our local archives,which I don/t grudge,that way you know the names and dates are correct,in between I do some of it myself. I came across this site a few years ago,researching a friends ancestors in pitsligo,and I just have a browse and help others if I can,on websites I use myself that are also free. WORLDCONNECT is good,and so is freecen,and familysearch. good luck neil
Thanks Helen for your reply on 2nd January ( sorry I have only just seen it). Yes this is the right family and Jessie was my grandmother's sister - she had another sister Maggie and brothers Alexander, George, James and John. Can I ask how you are connected and whether we share a common ancestor perhaps?
Hia
I'm here again
I have my father in law Born 1921 At Hillside Cook New Byth

Anywhere I could look for information
Thank you
Polly
Can you send me some information on joining the bowling club membership please
Thank you
Hia

I have been going through some old work I had and found that
1920 Bella (Annabella) and James Sim-Mutch lived at
Moss Cook Crudie
could this have been a farm or a Blacksmiths
sorry I know its not New Pitsligo but maybe someone could shred some light on it.
I am going through some old papers I have so might be more questions
Thank You Polly
for neil Greenland. I just wondered if this maybe yours?.....Alexander -Anderson/married/29/10/1870.strichen,,,Christina-wishart,,,daughter,jessie-ann,born 5/4/1881,pitsligo..
hello polly.i had a little search for you and wondered if any of the following is what you are looking for. on the 1881 census there is james s mutch born abt 1869 Orkney,and lived in pitsligo 1881,at 48 high street.grn/son of john sim and jane. others in the house were Maggie -sim,age 23 born Orkney.peter sim.age21 born Orkney. john sim/jane were both born Aberdeen-shire. the 1871 census,has them living in pitullie-village,,,,,john age 60,a fisherman,wife jean age 69,,,others in house, Margaret age 15.john 11.jannet/aka /jessy age 9. ann age 7,christian age 5,george age 2,,there is also a William.and 1861 census.there is adam/forbes/sim age 5,with George age 2,also ann age 7,,and parents john/jean. I also came across a james s mutch .died 24/10/1965,aberdeen.buried allanvale-cemetery, this info may not be yours polly.but I do hope so. happy new year.
I have received no response to my query re. the Anderson family who lived at 10 School St. in the mid 1800's. However I left no email address. If anyone has any information I'd love to hear from them
ngreenland@blueyonder.co.uk
hia
back again with a query still doing the family tree
James Sim Mutch was a Carter/ Blacksmith/Smithy is wife was Annabella/Bella
they had a blacksmiths I think on the outskirts of town Where a fire broke out maybe a thatched roof??
daughter Catherine once told me they had chickens and would collect eggs and exchange for a sweets on there way to school and that Jimmy Davidson lived with them as a child.
anyone any idea
1911 51 Lowe St lived Annabella ne Ross
1911 48 High Street lived James Sim Mutch and his grandad John Sim They had lived in Orkney from 1881 and came back in 1854
1926 still in residence
1928 Residence Stockport Cheshire
b1913 James William Sim Mutch
B:1918 Isa Annabella Sim Mutch
B: 1921 George Sim-Mutch
B: 1923 Roderick Alexander Sim Mutch
B 1918 Harold Athren Sim Mutch
B 1909 Catherine Metcalf Ross
also a Jimmy Davidson stayed with them I think as a young lad
thank you abit long winded sorry
also New Byth 1913-1916
My maternal grandmother Leslie Christina Anderson was born at 10 School St. on 21/101882 to parents Alexander and Christina (nee Wishart) and later married Henderson Taylor from Durness/Thurso. Alexander was a quarry labourer and the 1901 Census showed the family living at 14 School St.. I also have a record of John Wishart (my grandmother's brother in law) living at 65 High St.. Both he and my grandfather were policemen in due course and John Wishart had a son John who was killed on D day 1944. If anyone local has connections to or knowledge of either family I would love to hear from them! Great website!
My father was Stewart Rose, Gore, NZ and my Grandfather was Charles Rose. He lived with his Mum and siblings at "Law Cairn" croft. His Mum Isabella Rose later married a Duncan. I came to New Pitsligo in 2016 and looked up Isabella's Gravestone and my Grandad Rose's natural dad was John Cardno, Mill owner, who is also buried in the Churchyard. My husband and I drove to where we thought Law Cairn was. It used to be a Courthouse and we understand any criminals were drowned in the peat bogs. We found the sign with Law Cairn on it, but not sure if we found the right cottage. It used to have a fence of stone around it, but the cottage we found has one side removed by the farmer to store hay or stock and the stones from the fence are piled up at one end. We are presuming we found it but I would love it if a local could definitely identify it as the right cottage.
Jan Murphy - nee Rose from Gore, New Zealand. Grandad Charles Rose was born 1884, went to Boynley School, Higher School at New Pitsligo, studied to be a carpenter in Aberdeen, emigrated to NZ in 1908, settled in Mataura (near Gore) Southland NZ as a funeral director and carpenter/builder.
My name is Maryann Jorgenson, retired and live in California. I have been researching my family tree which has brought me to New Pitsligo, Methlic and Rosehearty. My great grandparents were born in New Pitsligo in the mid 1800’s. My great grandfather was William Smart Matthew, son of Peter Imley Matthew and Christina Smart. The whole family, along with another son Mansfield Bruce Matthew, came to America in 1866, ultimately settling in California and becoming farmers. The family prospered here in California with my aunts, uncles and cousins achieving success in many different endeavors. This wonderful website has given me insight into the town of my family. But my research continues. The family story is that something happened way back in 1866 that prompted them all to leave Scotland, something either of a scandalous or political nature. Long time ago… but I would love to know what it was that happened. Also, the 1861 Census reports that they live at 54 Main Street. I can find no Main Street on the current maps available of New Pitsligo. Was High Street perhaps once called Main Street or is this a mistake made by the census taker?
I am looking forward to visiting New Pitsligo as I continue finding my own history.
Maryann

My name is Maryann Jorgenson, retired and live in California. I have been researching my family tree which has brought me to New Pitsligo, Methlic and Rosehearty. My great grandparents were born in New Pitsligo in the mid 1800’s. My great grandfather was William Smart Matthew, son of Peter Imley Matthew and Christina Smart. The family, along with another son Mansfield Bruce Matthew, came to America in 1866, ultimately settling in California and becoming farmers. The family prospered here in California with my aunts, uncles and cousins achieving success in many different endeavors. This wonderful website has given me insight into the town of my family. But my research continues. The family story is that something happened way back in 1866 that prompted them all to leave Scotland, something either of a scandalous or political nature. Long time ago… but I would love to know what it was that happened. Also, the 1861 Census reports that they live at 54 Main Street. I can find no Main Street on the current maps available of New Pitsligo. Was High Street perhaps once called Main Street or is this a mistake made by the census taker?
I am looking forward to visiting New Pitsligo as I continue finding my own history.
Thank You,
Maryann
My name is Maryann Jorgenson, retired and live in California. I have been researching my family tree which has brought me to New Pitsligo, Methlic and Rosehearty. My great grandparents were born in New Pitsligo in the mid 1800’s. My great grandfather was William Smart Matthew, son of Peter Imley Matthew and Christina Smart. The family, along with another son Mansfield Bruce Matthew, came to America in 1866, ultimately settling in California and becoming farmers. The family prospered here in California with my aunts, uncles and cousins achieving success in many different endeavors. This wonderful website has given me insight into the town of my family. But my research continues. The family story is that something happened way back in 1866 that prompted them all to leave Scotland, something either of a scandalous or political nature. Long time ago… but I would love to know what it was that happened. Also, the 1861 Census reports that they live at 54 Main Street. I can find no Main Street on the current maps available of New Pitsligo. Was High Street perhaps once called Main Street or is this a mistake made by the census taker?
I am looking forward to visiting New Pitsligo as I continue finding my own history.
My name is Maryann Jorgenson, retired and live in California. I have been researching my family tree which has brought me to New Pitsligo, Methlic and Rosehearty. My great grandparents were born in New Pitsligo in the mid 1800’s. My great grandfather was William Smart Matthew, son of Peter Imley Matthew and Christina Smart. The family, along with another son Mansfield Bruce Matthew, came to America in 1866, ultimately settling in California and becoming farmers. The family prospered here in California with my aunts, uncles and cousins achieving success in many different endeavors. This wonderful website has given me insight into the town of my family. But my research continues. The family story is that something happened way back in 1866 that prompted them all to leave Scotland, something either of a scandalous or political nature. Long time ago… but I would love to know what it was that happened. Also, the 1861 Census reports that they live at 54 Main Street. I can find no Main Street on the current maps available of New Pitsligo. Was High Street perhaps once called Main Street or is this a mistake made by the census taker?
I am looking forward to visiting New Pitsligo as I continue finding my own history.
Hello
Onybody ony pics of Colin Walker??
He's passed on but his granddaughter would like see pics of him
Thought may be some on here as he was a pitsliga gujee👍🏻
Get me on fbook Chris Digger
Thanks
info for peter james duncan signed 30/4/2019. hello-again,,,,i also found this,,alexander-duncan,about 1824/new-deer....married 2/8/1846,,,new-deer,,,,,margaret -geddes,,,born about 1822 new-deer,,,,kids,,,ann24/1/1847 new-deer,,,,john 21/10/1848 ,,,,francis...6/10/1850,,,,,alexander 29/12/1852,,,,helen,,,3/8/1854....all new-deer.......................john 1848,,above,married 2/2/1878...new-deer,,jane-dickie,,,8/12/1855,,new-deer,,son john about 1878 new-deer.... regards helen.
reply to peter james duncan,signed 30/april/2019. hello again peter, i wondered if this link was yours. john duncan,born about 1794,,,married janet-park, born 1794 strichen.......... son ,robert, born 30/8/1826 new-deer, baptised, 10/9/1826 new-deer,,,,,married,,,anne-smith,25/10/1859,,,,born 24/12/1834-bellhevie,,, their kids,,,,,james 11/4/1860 pitsligo,,,,robert 12/4/1862,,,,margaret 30/3/1864,,,,jean-10/4/1866,,,,john,,,,20/8/1868,,,,,,william,,,7/11/1870,,,,alexander,,,14/2/1873...... I came across the following,,,, 1851 census,,,,,john-duncan age 55,born fraserburgh, wife,,jane,,born rathen,,,,they were living brucklay-district,,,,,kids,,,,john d duncan age 20.born new-deer,,,late-shopkeeper??.. james ,,,age 13,born new-deer,,,, 1861 census,,,they had 3 rooms,,,,living in auchoach??also there was grn/daughter,,,elspet,age 7,,born st-fergus there was a robert-duncan/married/ann-smith,26/8/1848in lumphanan, they had son robert 4/5/1856,also joseph-24/4/1861,,,, however,you know your family,and the info you gave is probably the correct one,,,,,, hope this helps with your search.....regards helen.
Hi everyone, I home school my son and we are doing a topic old/new. He chose New Pitsligo as a place to research, is there anyone willing to share information to him for his research. Any help would be great thanks. I know we could use google ect but i would like to do a face to face interview if anyone is keen. Thanks again.
Great website. Was brought up there. Great place. Anyone know anything about Turclossie just down the hill?
Looking for any info, ideally photos from up to 1951 of

"Major" James Lawson Low - Retired Schoolmaster who stayed at 125 High St, New Pitsligo

alan@cabroaviation.co.uk
Thanks Helen, I have now been able to trace back even further. Alexander Duncan of 36 High Street was a son of Robert Duncan , born 30 August 1826 Parish of New Deer. His occupation was a crofter. He was married to Ann Smith born 24 December 1834 Morrie Belhelvie. They were married 25 October 1859 Overhill, New Pitsligo.
Robert Duncan was the son of John Duncan who was born about 1794 (have not determined exact date or where). He was a servant at Brucklay. I am not sure whether this is what was called Brucklay House or what it was. John married a Janet Park Born about 1794 Parish of Strichen and her occupation was a crofter.
When I visit, the 3 addresses I will follow up on are 36 High Street, 117 High Street and 116 High Street, on the off chance that a relative still resides there.
Thanks for your help.
message for suzanne robertson signed 13/3/2019.... i am not linked ,just trying to help. and came across the following.,,, neil mathison robertson born 2/1/1930 pitsligo,,,wife christina stewart born 6/2/1930,,, son stuart neil robertson born 1952 died 2012,,,he had 6 siblings , i didn/t come across them,however, he married barbara mcphee born 7/5/1960. dufftown,,,,they had 4 kids, again i didn/t get them.,,,hope these dates help you,maybe you already have them. regards helen.
message for clare nunes.formerly doyle. i am not linked ,but had a browse on websites i use. the following i think are your people. william-beange 1788 strichen/annuitant/1871 census middlehill-aberdour. son william 1828/old-deer/farmer/wife rachael mackay/1828 tyrie,,,,,kids,,,,helen 1853 tyrie,alexander 1858,,,annie1860,,john mackay beange 1865,, 1891 census,included, maryann beange daughter-in-law,,,1868 aberdeenshire,,,louisa -ann 1887/grn-daughter,,,william 1890/grnson...john 1901/grnson... John 1865 above, wife mary-ann 1867,,,,1901 census,,middle-hill-aberdour,,...kids,,,,,louisa 1888,aberdour,,william 1891,,rachael 1893,,,ann 1895,,,bethia 1897,, john 1898,,,robert 1900,, hope this helps,,regards helen
My granny Christina Murdoch Beange grew up in a croft called middlehill around NewPitsligo . She was born one of 16 children on the 3,1,1906 . Her parents were John McKay Beange and Mary Anne kindness. My gran married Charles Robert William Cockrill . Who she met in Yarmouth , he was from Norfolk . They had my mum in 1941 and my gran traveled on the flying Scotsman with my mum as a six week old baby , as they had been bombed out. They stayed at the croft with my great granny until the war was over, my mum was six years old. Then they moved down to London where they moved in with mr and Mrs fox in Barnes whose daughter olive was married to my grans older brother Jim . He had been a guard at Buckingham palace.

My nan , Christina Mary Cockrill , nee Beange grew up in the croft at middlehill. She was one of 16 children . Father John McKay Beange and Mary Anne Kindness were her mother and Father . John took over the croft from his father my nan was born 3,1,1906. I have a lot of information as I grew up in the same house as my nan in London and I loved listening to stories from back when she was growing up. Johns father worked at one of the quarries and was involved in an accident he was bruised and cut but had a lucky escape and attended his anniversary party that evening. This was in the local paper at the time ' they were made of tough stuff' . I'd love to hear any info anyone else has , I also have lots of photos .
I was hoping someone had school photos of my dad, Stuart Neil Robertson. Stuartie. Born 1952. He came from a large family. Any help would be great. Christina Stewart and Neil mathison Robertson. My email is suzanner1977@gmail.com. I'd appreciate any help. I sure miss the rowies fae the Baker.
message for alan diprose,glad i was of some help. sorry alan,i don/t normally give out my e-mail address,i would be forever getting requests to help. What i can say is, i use the following web-sites, Freecen, also worldconnect,also family-search,none of which you pay for. Occasionally,i subscribe to findmypast,for 2months,its fantastic. ,then i also book appointments ,with the local genealogist at the archives in inverness,but only when i am stuck, From the first visit ,she starts a family tree,its 20 pound an hour and worth it, you can also have it done by post. I wiil be there tomorrow. once again hope this helps, regards mrs h finlayson.
Message for Helen Finlayson: many thanks for the information you provided. It is extremely helpful. I have been hampered by the fact that the name Mathers also appears as Maders and Medders, and there are discrepancies in ages from one census to the next, but you have filled in some gaps for me. By the time James (b.1847) arrived in Kent in 1880 the name was Maders. There is much still to discover. My father told me that James was supposed to be on the train involved in the Tay Bridge disaster, but missed it! The date certainly fits. I would like to ask a few more questions and would be happy to communicate via email (alan.diprose@gmail.com) In the meantime, thank you once again for your help. Alan Diprose
message for peter james duncan,signed 8th march, i had a look on 1901 census on findmypast, i think this is what your looking for, alexander duncan born 1873 living 36 high-street tyrie, he was a mason,and wife jessie born 1873 pitsligo, their kids, james 1893 pitsligo, robert about 1900 pitsligo, mary s duncan 1901, james smith 1887 visitor, william smith 1889 visitor,pitsligo. hope this is your family,regards helen finlayson,i am not linked,just try to help if i can.
message for alan diprose,signed 8th march, i am not link,just help if i can,when at standstill with my own . i think i found info for you, the 1841 census,has alexr born 1814/christian 1816, living collilan - peterhead, with them are, elspet 1839, alexr 1841,,elspet 1773 she was age 68. you had 1851 census, i found them on 1861, living low street. alex 1814 blacksmith born peterhead/christina 1818 peterhead, the kids are, john 1843,,william 1844,,duffus 1849,,christina 1851,charles 1852 tyrie,duncan 1855,, i alo got on 1901 census, charles mathers 1852 tyrie blacksmith wife elizabeth 1856 tyrie,,,they were living ellon. i saw them on 1891 census nethermuir-new-deer,,,charles was a blacksmith journeyman,,their kids in 1891,were alexr 1879,andrew 1881,charles 1883,john 1885, george 1887, eliz 1890,alfred 1890, new-deer, william 1892 ellon frank 1894 ellon edward 1899 ellon,,joseph 1901 ellon. hope these are your people, regards helen finlayson
I am searching for information regarding the Mathers / Maders family. My great, great grandfather was Alexander Mathers, born c.1813. In 1851 he is recorded as a Blacksmith at 60, Low Street. His son, James, born c.1846 married Isabella Smith in 1871, but the family name is now spelt Maders. They had four children - Christian, Charles, Francis and Isabella (who was born in 1878). In 1880 James moved to Kent with his wife and family.
Their daughter Isabella married my grandfather Henry Diprose in 1908 in Ditton, Kent. I have good records for all members of the family after their arrival in Kent, but have struggled to find reliable information about the New Pitsligo connection because of inconsistencies in spellings and dates in the records. Also, I cannot find James and Isabella in the 1861 census. Any help would be appreciated.
What a wonderful, insightful web site of your town and surroundings. Thanks.
I will be visiting Scotland in June and will definitely be visiting New Pitsligo as I have discovered from my grandfather's "Robert Duncan" birth certificate that he was born 25/07/1899 at 117 High Street New Pitsligo (Tyrie) and that his father was Alexander Duncan (a mason - journeyman) who on 20th October 1893 was married to Jessie Duncan (Smith). I did note from your photos that on one there is a G Duncan might have been a brother of my great grandfather Alexander.
Hi i was wondering if anyone knows of a william? Living in denburn house last 1800s - early 1900s?
message for stuart smith,, the 1871 census ,has margaret-rollo age 37 born tyrie,living 53 low -street, the children are, margaret age 14 born rathen,john 12,elisabeth 9,william 7,james 5, all born rathen, also george 2,born strichen. think this is your people? regards helen.
message for stuart smith,signed 7th feb 2019. i am not linked to the family,i just help where i can,as some of my people are from pitsligo. if you go on to wc.rootsweb.com there are a lot of smith families on it,from pitsligo. i noticed an alexander smith born 5/4/1865 woodhead -pitsligo,died 26/10/1945 alberta, wondered if linked to your alexr born about 1889. i had a look on findmypast website, on the 1901 census , it showed john grieve /widower / granite-quarryman, also agnes /wool-knitter,,wilhelmina /lace weaver, also ann-gill 1884 pitsligo is grn/daughter, alexander smith 1889/grnson, also bella reid 1897 grn/daughter. they were living 34 low street 1901,,,, i found agnes as servant in rathen 1891, also servant 1881 old-deer. on one website it was spelt james rollie? born 1/3/1866 rathen ,he was living 1871 at 53 low-street. i also jotted down,the parents and siblings of agnes, on a tree going back to charles grieve born 1815 turiff/died 20/2/1890 pitsligo son of john. maybe you already have all this already,let me know if you do want agnes/s siblings??..