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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,,,,,,,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 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 ( 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 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??..
I anybody has information on the below mentioned Agnes Grieve or Alexander Smith please email to please, thanks.
I am looking for information to update my family tree. In 1904 Agnes Grieve married James Rollo both of Low street, Agnes had a son in 1888 Alexander Grieve (Smith) and a daughter Florence Rollo, I would like to find out more on the Smith connection.
Flo Grieve married Bob Cairns and moved to Lochgelly in Fife. I need to know what happened to Flo's mother Agnes Grieve as I can find nothing after the 1911 Census.
I've just remembered Charlie Smith who I met Sept 1989 just before my mother Reta Née Smith died
My paternal grandfather and Grandmother both lived here around 1920_1940 I think
George Campbell
Daisy (Margaret) Smith
Moved to Dumbarton maybe 1930s
3 daughters Isabel (Tibby)Smith , Margaret Mitchell (Reta) Smith
Frances (Fanny) Smith
I sincerely hope someone can help
Eaglesham near Glasgow
I would like to thank someone fiona,who updated me on 29/11/2018 regarding jeannie-davidson-scott,kind regards,,,,,,helen finlayson,who is still working on the scott ancestors.
Re Jeannie Davidson Scott born 12 April 1904, at 58 Low Street.
I can confirm that she is not the one you are researching, helen finlayson . This Jeannie sadly died in 1921 at Auchtygills, Strichen.
RE: Bruce Ferguson

Further to my previous comment, please note that the correct email address to contact me for information relating to Bruce Ferguson is I seem to have missed a letter in my previous comment.

Re: Bruce Ferguson

A friend has just brought it to my attention that a Meriel Clark posted on this site August 31, 2011 looking for information relating to Bruce Ferguson - born in New Pitsligo June 17, 1904 to Alexander and Isabella Ferguson.

Bruce was a younger brother to my Grandfather George Ferguson and I do have information that I can share. If Ms. Clark would contact me at I would be pleased to share information about Bruce's family.

I am trying to find info on one of my wife's family decendants. His name was Authur Troup and his wife was Agnus Troup and he was a game keeper for a country house (maybe Bonnie lodge) and had farm called sprottieneuk? and she met him in the 1970,s. He was there for 16 years. He would have had a farm he got with the job
This is a wonderful collection of photos and memories about New Pitsligo. John Boyes Sinclair 1866-1938 was my 1st cousin 1x removed.I notice that photo no 119 is of his shop. Could you let me know if it would it be possible to have a copy of this? I am of course willing to pay for it.
Many thanks
Jenny Henderson
My dad was the Rev George McDonald at the Parish Church from 1952 till about 1958. We arrived at the end of January in 1952 to snow so high we actually walked across the tops of the gates to the manse without knowing they were there. Dad was inducted into the charge on the 6th of February 1952. It was the same day King George the 6th died. I was only 4 years old but I remember lots of phone calls as they weren't sure if the induction could take place. I went to St John's School first when Miss Findlay was the head. Mrs Clarke was my teacher in Primary 1. I went to the New Pitsligo school till I was 11 then we moved back south again. I remember digging in the clay of the burn in the Den Wood to get the right stuff to make "bools" which we baked in mum's oven. I saw one of the school photos and there I was. Loved the site it brought back some lovely memories. My sister was born in the manse in 1953, the first baby born in the manse for about 100 years. I don't have a website but my email is .
I am Alistair Robertson from Maud.
My query is that many years ago when I was looking for spares from a scrap car in Billy Morrison's yard which was in the quarry above Greenspek (Site of the "Lost Cafe") I came across a small steam engine. I can't remember if it was a locomotive or just a winding engine but there were some rails and some wagons.
Does anyone else remember them and any history of them and what might have happened to them?
hello,this maybe of interest to dawn wood who signed 31/8/2018. charles-beange 24/2/1790 ,glaslaw died 23/6/1865 pitsligo,,,married ann gall born 1794-27/5/1840, also married elspet brown,born 1800-1875. the kids of charles were, isabella abt 1824,,married alex-taylor,,,,chas 20/7/1826-11/10/1837 pitsligo,,,jane 14/4/1833-5/8/1878,,married forbes -henderson born abt 1828....alexander 6/11/1835-6/2/1922 new-zealand,he married christina -burnet abt 1840-1923? they had 13 kids..christina was born 14/2/1840 strichen,,,died 3/5/1923 wyndham new-zealand,, kids charles,isabella,william,alexander,christina,james,sarahann,letitia,john,henry,jane,robert,george.. i do hope this helps,i am not linked.regards helen.
I come from a long line of Beange’s that lived and were born at Middlehill, New Pitsligo. The house was called Middlehill and I believe it is still there. My 3x great granparent were William Beange and Helen Gavan. My 4x’s great grandparents were
John Beange born about 1750 and Isabella Wilson. Born about 1760. John may have married Elspet Brown after Isabella died.
I cannot find any Beange’s after John in 1750. I seemed to have hit a brick wall,
hoping there is someone that can help. Thanks , Dawn
I am researching my Great Great Grandfather, John Bruce Birnie born in New Pitsligo on 2nd January 1865. I will be travelling to New Pitsligo at the end of September 2018 to have a look at where my father's grandfather was born. I live in Wagga Wagga NSW Australia. When John came to Australia about 1886 he changed his name to John Bruce. His mother was Jane Birnie and I believe that he was illegitimate and was raised by his Grandfather Francis Birnie and Isabella Birnie (nee Bruce) . His mother Jane Birnie went on to Marry William Hall Horne in 1868 and they had 9 children. If there is anyone that can spare time when I am over there I would love to meet up. We will be flying in on the 28th September and flying out on Monday 1st October travelling to London to commence a bus tour of Britain. Looking forward to any response
Just found your site - recognise a few faces in the photos.

Resident 1973 - 1981
I am Lorraine Richter (nee Bruce) from Wagga NSW Australia, . My Great Great Grandfather was (I think!) John Bruce Birnie ( known as 'John Bruce' in Australia). John was born at Cowbog, New Pitsligo on 2.1.1865. Cowbog was his Grandfathers home. His mother was Jane Birnie (or Jean) his birth records shows him as Illegitimate .Jane later married William Horne in 1868 and had another 8 Children. The birth certificates of Jane and William Horne's children show address: 15 High Street, New Pitsligo.
I want to determine if John Bruce Birnie and John Bruce are the same.
John was raised by his Grandfather Francis Birnie and wife Isabella (2nd wife) at Cowbog, which appears now to be a quarry but I see an old home next door - possibly an original home? I am guessing that Cowbog may have been a farm. the census show John Bruce Birnie living at Cowbog (25 acres). John lived at Cowbog for 16/17 years
Francis Birnie first married Jane Rollo (died 1852). Children: James, Christian, JANE, Francis, George.
A John Bruce was in Australia in 1890. We believe when John arrived in Oz he changed his name - dropped the Birnie and became John Bruce. He married Louisa Simkin in Melbourne 1890 at Church of Scotland. Louisa's father was a mine manager from Ballarat who moved his family to Melb'n where Lousia met John. John & Louisa moved to Chiltern in Victoria where 8children were born.
He is known as John Bruce on his Marriage Certificate and all of the birth certificates of his 8 children but 'John Bruce' gives his birthplace as New Pitsligo and birth date exactly same as John Birnie
I have not been able to find how John arrived in Aust. Many Scots did go to USA & Canada for their Gold Rushes and then migrated to Australia. When John arrived in Aust the big gold rush in Ballarat was over.
I am travelling overseas Sept '18 ,flying to Aberdeen on 28th Sept. Looking forward to having a look around. Any help on history or a chat please email
I am a descendant of John Watt b. 23 Jan 1820 d. 25 Apr 1903 West Craigmaud, New Pitsligo and Ann Birnie b. 1820 Rathen d. 16 Jul 1907 West Craigmaud, New Pitsligo. I hope to find the location of the farm and would be interested in any photo's. Is there a museum or library in New Pitsligo that I could visit? I plan to visit around September 17-19th 2018. Any information would be appreciated, Barb
I am trying to trace beyond my maternal grgrgreatgrand father , one William Morrison, farm hand who married Jessie Smith, their son John married a Mary Scott. William Morrison would have been born circa 1780, somewhere in the area possibly, or migrated there. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
Hi I stay at 133 high street and would love 2 find any old photos of the shop at 133 can u help or any info would b really appreciate x
hello,i have sent email to it came back to me for some reason,so i tried again,i hope this time you receive it... regards helen.
I am trying to trace any information about the Clark family, George Clark was a blacksmith living in New Pitsligo in 1891 at an address which was probably 20 Coubog. He was living with wife Barbara and seven children together with his mother-in-law, Christina Taylor. Any information would be great, Phil
After a long time planning I will be visiting New Pitsligo in the summer. My Mother and her ancestors were born in New Pitsligo, her maiden name was Jeanie Fentie Rennie and she was born in 1922. My grandparents were Fredrick Laird Rennie and Jeanie Fentie who both died in the 1930's. My mother joined the ATS and met my father who was posted in Scotland with the Royal Engineers, they married in Elgin in September 1941 and after the war settled in South Wales where they stayed for the rest of their lives.
My mother had two sisters, Mary 1910 to 1945 and Isabelle 1916 to 2001. I would be interested if anyone has any information about the family. I will be looking for the graves of my family and looking at any available records when I visit.
Can anybody advise who is on the picture 76 of 525 in the photo section?

Also where was the picture taken?
I am interested if there are any Fowlie families still there. My great grandparents came to Canada in the early 1900 I think or late 1890s . They were a John and Isabella Fowlie with a great family of 10 children. This is on my mother’s side. Thank you jane
My Grandmother was born here in the mid 1880-90’s. Her parents were Isabella and John Fowlie. There were 10 children and they first settled in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. Later they moved to Port Alberni BC Canada.When my Mom visited it was a Sunday and everything was shut but there were Fowlie,shop. Are there still many Fowlies around please!
I would be great full of any information about The Barclay Brothers who were the owners of The Barclay Bothers Granite Works out in Vermont ....Their mother Mary MacDonald is my 3 rd great grandmother ...Mary died in 1854 at the age of 35 years old ...she is buried in the family plot of Alexander MacDonald her father in Pitsligo ..I have information where this is Her husband Peter Barclay has a large headstone made by his sons so I've been told ..I have been on this site before but didn't get the info I was after
I am trying to trace family history. Information I have which may be incorrect is Mr Christie could have been a Master Baker
Children John ( my grandfather), William and Elizabeth early 1900's. Any information would be appreciated
Ihave been working on a family named Scott, from Udny, and wondered if there is anybody else doing same, so that we can share some info////. john-irvine-scott,born 1891-1918 ww1,buried france.,,,brother,harry1893-1959,,,brother frank-scott 1895-1915ww1-loos,,,brother albert .....sister,jane-davidson-brownie-scott,,,sister,,williamina scott 1909 udny-1988.
When I visited last year I also visited Aberdour and Peathill graveyards. I took photos of some gravestones to check when I got home. Out of the photos I had one connection.
I thought I would share the readable one with you.
I will list 4 and if there at
Re any connections I will let you have the photos

1) Agnes Dickie
Husband Alexander Watson d 1879

2) Peter GATT d 1911
Wife Jane Lorie d 1937
Son Charles William d 1859
John Birhie d 1909
George Stephen d 1910
Elizabeth Ann Sim d 1882

3) George Simpson d 1908 blurred

4). Sophia Milne d 1908
Husband Charles Bruce. Shoemaker
Children. Elizabeth d18?? 4 years
Sophia d1865. 4 months
Robert d 1886 7 years
William d 1870
I have a package that came to my office for Mr Ben Godsman of Wellington Telford. I have been unable to trace his address could you pass on my details to him please and ask him to contact me please. He could also contact me on 01952 243228


Sheila Worrall
Hi, I tried to ask a question a few days ago, but think it did not post, so will try again.
I am trying to find my brother Michael Stewart, he lived in an old cottage on the main road in new pitsligo.
would any of you folks know of him?
I met him about ten years ago, I came up to visit him but have not heard anything since.
He will now be about 60 yrs old.
This is a wonderful presentation of New Pitsligo, a few days ago I found the death registration of my 4 X G/Great Grandfather, James Henry who died at New Pitsligo, 1862 aged 83. He and his wife, Margaret
(nee Wallace) I believe raised their family here before two of their great grandsons made their way to Australia. The photo collection is well presented for the past and present community, I even found some possible family still resident there. This has been added to the locations to visit if I ever get to Scotland.
My Great Great Grandfather Andrew PARK was born in Strichen in 1830 and emigrated to Australia with a group of stonemasons in 1854. I have been researching his life in Scotland for many years with limited records. In 1832 he was orphaned and came to live in New Pitsligo with foster parents, John and Ann Scott at 50 Low Street.
The 1841 Census shows him living with them as an Apprentice Hand Loom Weaver. The Strichen Kirk Session Records show evidence of the Scott’s receiving a regular allowance for Fraser Park’s orphan until 1839 when the records indicate he was of an age to go into service.
My research shows that Ann Scott was a Park from Strichen so I imagine she was related to my GG Grandfather. John Scott died a Pauper in 1857 and his wife Ann in 1871 and there is no evidence they had children of their own. Both would be buried in the New Pitsligo Cemetery.
Family folklore tells me that Andrew Park was a Stonemason at Balmoral Castle before he came to Australia. In the 1851 Census, he was lodging in Port Elphinstone and listed as an Apprentice Mason.
I would be interested to hear from anyone who might have information relating to John and Ann Scott or, indeed, the Park family from that era. My thanks to Harold Noble for making me aware of this great website and for his kind hospitality on my recent visit to Aberdeenshire in June this year.
John Park (
Great web site. I am the grandson of James Robert Reid, born in New Pitsligo around 1889. I would love to visit the village one day. I knew little of the village until I visited this site today. Thank you.
hello,does anyone have the following names as an ancestor, jane -davidson -brownie-scott born 1904 udny,died 1963 aberdeen,,married george-cruickshank/paper-mill-worker? and maybe a piper who died 1976. i would be happy with the smallest of info i could get,so as to confirm more details i have,and fit it all into,this massive scott family tree. kind regards helen.