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I have a great great grandma named Isabella Wright who was born here in 1863. She married William Eddie. Anyone know of the family?
Hello I was wondering if anyone could help, It may be a long shot but here goes. I am looking to find out about a relative from New Pitsligo called Peggy Johnstone we last visited her when she was living at 12 Alexander Bell Place. My Mum sent and received Christmas cards and continued to send up till a few years ago.We visited her address but she was no longer there. I realise she will have passed away some time ago but it would be nice to know what happened to her or at least visit and pay our respects at her resting place . Many thanks Paul Stratford my e-mail is
My mum Isabella Ogston was born in 1918 in New Pitsligo - sisters Jessie and Betty, brothers Bill and Fraser. Visited their farm on the outskirts of the village before she sadly passed away. I have happy memories of all the stories she used to tell us. This is a delightful web site - thank you
Sandra Jean Hawkins ( nee Norrie) and I share the same great grandfather, "Dancie " Norrie. HIs daughter, Georgina Cruickshank ( Norrie) is my Granny. She married Frank Cruickshank in New Pitsligo and subsequently immigrated to Canada.
I am most anxious to contact my second cousin, Sandra Jean Hawkins. How can I do that? Please help me .
Rhonda Grist
hello. just wondered if anyone has the following people on their tree,who could update me john irvine scott born udny,,,,,harry scott ,,udny,,,,frank scott udny albert scott tarves,,,,james rattray scott dyce,,,elizabeth scott udny williamina scott udny,,,,,jeannie davidson scott,,,,,,,any info would help my research, for a friend..... thanks helen
hello. i am working on charles scott/elizabeth robb ancestors. charles born about 1804/od tyrie,died 1883 peterhead......married 1825 old-deer eliz robb born about 1798 old deer.died1856 mintlaw. info further back shows he was the son of john scott a seaman,,,,wife or partner eliz rettie...... this maybe wrong,,,,,it maybe he was son of william scott/ abt 1773/margaret cowie/////// also needing info on alexander birnie born abt 1807 rosehearty,,,,,married elizabeth scott...... possible chidren ,,,ann birnie abt 1839,,,alexander abt 1841....margaret abt 1843....jane abt 1845...........ann was married 1859 pitsligo to alexander stewart born abt 1837,,,he was a blacksmith......i would be delighted if anyone has these people on their family tree and update me with any help whatsoever.......kind -regards helen
I would very much like to contact Sandra Hawkins who wrote about "Dancie" Norrie. "Dancie " was my great grandfather. His daughter, Georgina married Frank Cruickshank of the Grassy Hill Farm ( Aka Greashie ( spell?) Hill farm. The farm was in close proximity to New Pitsligo.
In approx. 1910, Frank Cruickshank immigrated to Canada. Georgina , his wife, was left in New Pitsligo with 2 small children while Frank built a house for the family to come to. I have visited Scotland. One of Dancie's great grandsons still lives in Scotland in Glasgow. I have seen the gravestones shown in these pictures. I was thrilled to see the pictures of Dancie. My Granny, Georgina, spoke about her father, Dancie a great deal. Please contact me through this web site in the Guest Book section. Thank you. Rhonda

You are different Parks from Dorothy Park. I noticed you commented to Adele Marie a few years ago.

I am trying to find out what happened to a relative of mine. His name was William Edward born 24-Aug-1868 in New Pit Sligo. He appears on the 1871 census but is missing on the 1881 census. By 1881 his family had moved to England but there is no trace of him but his siblings are listed on subsequent census's. I cannot find any death certificate for him anywhere. As I grew up his name was mentioned and he was said to have died at sea. Any ideas as to what happened to him would be very welcome.
Still Trying to trace anyone related to my father Robert Scott Park born 19th July 1932 in new pitslago. He had a sister Jean and another sister Elizabeth (Bessie) Noble and also Jessie. Both my father and Bessie moved to Ardrossan Ayrshire. I remember last having a holiday their in 1974 staying with Jessie and her husband John.
hello. there is a message submitted on 6th february,regarding the john scott/lizzie low family from tyrie. somebody is querying my own recent message......I am only researching for a friend,and the info i have,came from genealogist.........the WILLIAM-SCOTT,they refer to was born abt 1807 tyrie died 4/7/1883 tyrie farmer/cooper. he married janet-watt born 26/6/1810tyrie.died 1882. i beleive they had 5 children,also a grandaughter mary campbell,of which i can/not confirm about her. which i can confirm is the couples children,were robina,may,james,alexander,william watt scott . to get real confirmation of any ancestors ,its always best to pay for certificates, if one is unsure ...
I, too, can trace my Scott ancestry back to John Scott and Lizzie Low. I can not, however, identify the William Scott in Helen Finlayson's tree. My line: John's son George (born Greenburn, Tyrie, who married Ann Tarvas,) through their son John Watt Scott who married Rebekah Duthie, and then my grandfather born in Sandhaven, Pitsligo who emigrated to Canada in 1887. My grandfather's brother lived 4 School Lane, New Pitsligo.
Hello, My Great-Great-Great grandparents Alexander Fraser and Mary Smith lived in New Pitsligo as did my Great-Great Grandparents William Cameron Fraser and Isabella Buchan. They lived at 19 Low St. I am not sure where Alexander was. How do I find the cemetery where Alexander and Mary are buried? I live in Canada. Thank you so much.
Updating Post 150 re Mary Rennie Findlay. I can now be reached at
My grandmother Christina Leslie Anderson was born in New Pitsligo on 21/10/1882 and her family at the time lived at 10 School St.. Her parents were Alexander Anderson (b 1848 in Turriff) and Christina
Anderson, nee Wishart, born in 1847. Her siblings were, to the best of my knowledge Margaret (who married John Gordon), Janet (who married John Wishart), George, Alexander, James, and John. My grandmother married Henderson Taylor from Durness and later moved to London where Henderson was a senior police officer. It would be great to hear if anyone has knowledge of the family and especially if
there are other living direct relatives!
What a wonderful website. Every village should have one. Very informative.
Winton/ sangster/ law.
Hi i left a message on 24/8/2014 about my ancestor elspet winton and one of her sons david winton law but incorrectly stated his birth date as around 1937 when it was 1837! love to hear from anyone that new the wintons or has any info :-)
Trying to trace any relatives connected to my father. Robert Park. From New Pitslago. We last all holidayed their in the summer of 1974. Stayed with my dad's sister Jessie and her husband John. He also had couple of brothers. He also had a sister Jean whose married name was Cameron. And another sister Elizabeth {Bessie} Noble married name McKenzie who had a daughter Mary. Both my dad and Bessie moved to Ardrossan,Ayrshire.
I am trying to trace any one connected to my father Robert Scott Park born 19th July 1932
Hello...I sent a comment...then realised that I could have connected with you here! You have an AMAZING website ..I am so impressed! My Grandma was born ad raised in New Pitsligo...Helen Taylor...b June. 15, 1874 She was the daughter of Christina Helen Robertson of New Pitsligo (1836 - 1903) and John Alexander Taylor of Aberdeen, then New Pitsligo...1834 - 1913. I shall be travelling to New Pitsligo in Sept next year and would be delighted to meet with any of the long term residents of the town. I have a picture of my grandmother, especially in her younger years, that I would be delighted to share with anyone there who might be interested. I would be most pleased should you find the time to reply to me.
Best regards,
Elizabeth (Betty) Thomas -Parmeter
London, Canada
Just a little note to say that on the 9th July 2014 my youngest brother Gary and I, both born in South Africa but thereafter long-term residents of Zimbabwe and now Australia and England respectively, accompanied by two of my grandsons, Ben and George Kerwood, visited New Pitsligo. This was to see the house at No. 30 High Street in which it is said my grandfather James Brown was born in about 1876. We were also intent on seeing the gravestones of George Brown my Great-grandfather and other members of his family in the Episcopal Church further down the street.During this visit we made the acquaintance of Charlie Scott living in 31 High Street and members of the McIntosh-Forbes family, Colin and Alana, all of whom were able to point us in the right direction for more information about our ancestors, Charlie also making us aware of the Days Gone By website.My grandfather, James Brown had left Scotland for South Africa in about 1900 and apart from a couple of brief visits home, had remained in South Africa until his death in about 1935. My mother Margaret, James second daughter, born in South Africa in 1915 , had lived in Africa until 1983, when she had followed us from Zimbabwe to England. She had died in 1989, oblivious of existing records of her grand-parents and other members of her family in that little town in the north of Aberdeenshire.During our visit to New Pitsligo and thanks to information gained from Colin McIntosh-Forbes, we met Lendy Chapman and from him we received as a gift a little branding-iron bearing the name G. Brown. This branding-iron had obviously been used to mark packing crates used in Great-grandfather Georges shop at no.30. We were also able to see in the Pitsligo Arms a photograph of the shop itself.I have only a couple of things to add, the first being our appreciation of the friendliness we received from all the people we met on the visit.The other thing is regret - that we had little time to enquire about living relatives in the area.
Hi all
I'm researching my 3x Great Grandmother Elspet Winton who had a baby around 1937 David Winton Law, I don't think she was ever living with the father Alexander or Andrew Law, a gamekeeper or not that I can find records for. Elepet Winton was a farm servant in 1841 at Pitgair,Tillamont with Charles Sangster, she had 2 (or possibbly 3) children with him, John 1842 and Willian 1845 Sangster and possibly Jessie 1845 (maybe a niece). She was living in 45 High Street, New Pitsligo by 1851 sensus and Charles Sangster was later married to Ann Tosh (still at Pitgair). Later Elspet died in 1868 at 57 Low Street. I'm not sure what happened to her Sangster children, I suspect she never married the father but I've noticed the name is still in NP today! I wonder if there are still Wintons in the area? I am coming over from Melbourne for a visit next April/May to see if I can find out more. I am very excited to find this website, it's wonderful, thank you! If anyone has any information which may help please contact me on I would be very grateful :-)
Trying to find information about Archibald Duncan who was a tailor and lived at 50 Low Street New Pitsligo he married Jane Cadger who lived at 12 Low Street. Any information greatly appreciated.

We are still trying to trace the two youngest brothers of Elspet MacKay , daughter of Alexander MacKay born in 1834 and Margaret Davidson 1844. They were Alexander MacKay born 1880 and John Forbes MacKay born 1883. They were all born in the Tyrie, New Pitsligo area.
I have just found your website and find it most interesting. I shall be visiting New Pitsligo next year in September. My Grandmother ...Helen Taylor was born in New Pitsligo on June 15/1874 where she lived until she married my Grandad in 1897 and moved to Edinburgh. My great Grandmother,Christina Helen Taylor (nee Robertson 1836 - 1903) was from New Pitsligo and married John Alexander Taylor (1834 - 1913) of Aberdeen. After their marriage they continued on in New Pitsligo. It would be most delightful to hear back from you....and if you are at all interested I would happily provide a photo of my grandmother in her younger years to add to your quite impressive collection. Thank you for the great website!
E.P. London, ON, Canada.
I am looking for the descendants of William Cameron (1821-1907) of 8 School St, and Jane Scott (1824-1897), William was a Mason, son of Agnes Watt and Alexander Cameron, who was a Chelsea Pensioner. Jane was the youngest child of Margaret Brodie and George Scott of 2 School St. My third great grandmother, Mary, was the second of William and Jane's nine children. She emigrated to Barre, VT with her husband in the 1880's. My email address is
Hi, Looking for information on W" in the area, specifically The role and base of Auxiliary units. I have the names of Private J McKnight, J Pratt, H Smith, A Thomson and R Wisely. The Patrol Sgt was G sim from Keepers house, New Pitsligo. Does anybody recognise the names?

These would typically be Farmers, Gamekeepers and Estate workers

If you have any info, please email me Thanks

Re post 275 to Stuart Anderson
Your Anderson's are not the same line as mine but just wondered if you knew that Pitsligo district is centred on the village of Rosehearty. The village of New Pitsligo is in Tyrie district. Good luck with your search.
My cousin, Murray Ferguson, from Dryden Ontario, Canada, just got some interesting info regarding our family history from a local genealogist who was researching local families for WWi. I found this website and would like to know if anyone can add more to the following New Pitsligo connections.....

My great grandfather was Alexander Ferguson, ploughman, who died of TB in 1904 while residing at 31 Low St. He was married to Isabella McGillvary(domestic servant) in 1896 and they had a son John Murray Ferguson (my great Uncle Jack) born 1896 at 35 Low St.
Christine McGillvary (Isabella's mother and a lacemaker) of 34 Low St, lived 1825- 1904
George and Jesse Noble (nee McGillvary?), believe they were my Grandfather's aunt and uncle on his mother's side? - emigrated to Dryden Ontario, Canada sometime in the early 1900s
John Ferguson married Mabel Ruthven after they too emigrated to Dryden in 1921.

Can anyone give me more info on the Ferguson, McGillvary or Noble families? Thanks very much.
Liz and stan robertson were my grandparents and although sadly no longer with us , I remember the fun and laughs I had there when I was staying, still manage to make me smile granda xxx

Just researching my family tree and sorry but had not heard of Pitsligo before. However, records show that My great great great grandfather George Anderson a farmer married Elspeth Robertson on 25th October 1832 district 233/3. Has anyone any further information regarding this family?

Many thanks

I am the great grandaughter of Dancy Norrie. My grandmother Georgina was his daughter and she
lived to the age of 103, much like her own grandmother. Georgina loved to tell the stories of her grannie
and the pipe smoking which was recommended by her doctor. Georgina was a bit of a favorite with her father Dancy and often traveled with him to concerts and played her fiddle and danced for the
audience. She was very intuitive like her father and always seemed to know what I was up to as a child and on into my adulthood. I would be happy to share photos and stories I can remember if anyone is intersted.
Hi, Has any one got any information on Alexander Ferguson born in 1877 and lived in the High street ? please contact me
I am still hoping to learn more about the old plates from New Pitsligo - see photos #480 & #481 in Days Gone By, Also my previous posts #199, 201 & 211. It would be nice to know if anyone else has one of these plates. Thank you
My Grandfather, Charles Fraser (1884 to 1976) told me when I was a lad, that his father, (Thurlow I think) was born in New Pitsligo.
I have a Bible with the name Alexander Fraser of 73 High Street on the inside cover.
In the Bilble are the following items:
1.A postcard of Denburn Mill written by Auntie Joannie showing where "Uncle Frank and all the Fraser family were born "
The funeral notice of Jane Cowie, 84 High Street, widow of Thurlow Fraser of Denburn Mills.
Can anyone out there give me any information ?
My grandfather Charles Fraser (1884 to 1976), told me when I was a lad, that his father, Thurlow (I think) Fraser was born in New Pitsligo. I have a Bible with the following items in it:
1.The name Alexander Fraser of 73 High Street New Pitsligo written on the inside cover .
2. A newspaper clipping (no year) announcing the funeral of Jane Cowie (84 High Street), widow of Thurlow Fraser of Denburn Mills, on 14th July.
3. A postcard of Denburn Mills, written by Auntie Joannie informing that Uncle Frank and all the Fraser family were born at the mill.
I grew up in a home with a father who was a piper in the Pietermaritzburg Caledonian Pipe Band from 1922 t0 his death in 1983.
Can anyone out there give me any information.
Michael Fraser
My great great grandfather was Peter Murray, a brother of William Murray who is featured on your "photos with a story page". As well as a photo of him, there is a photo of Scarehill Croft where the boys were brought up. I just wondered if you knew if any of the people featured in the photo were from the Murray family. Also, I wondered if you would be able to put me in touch with the owner of the photo. I have some newspaper obituaries relating to both William and Peter Murray. I can send you copies if you are interested.
Kind regards
Anyone have contact details for a Patricia Milne from New Pitsligo that I knew from study days in Dundee library mid 60s?
In response to the post from 21st of September 2012 07:30 PM by laura mcrobbie
mcrobbie family around the new byth area
my ggrandparents were also samuel mcrobbie b 1880-1961 and jessie 1880-1956 and my grandfather was samuel mcrobbie 1905-1057 and my dad is Edward mcrobbie b 1941
Would be pleased to share information on the McRobbie clan.
In response to the post from 21st of September 2012 07:30 PM by laura mcrobbie
mcrobbie family around the new byth area
my ggrandparents were also samuel mcrobbie b 1880-1961 and jessie 1880-1956 and my grandfather was samuel mcrobbie 1905-1057 and my dad is Edward mcrobbie b 1941
Would be pleased to share information on the McRobbie clan.
Does anyone have any information or related to the Duncan's of New Pitsligo?

My e-mail is
I am looking for any 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 (my great grandfather) married Isabella Smith in 1871 at Crimond, but the name is now spelt Maders. Their daughter, Isabella Maders, was born in 1878. In 1880 James moved to Kent with his wife and family. The children were Christian, Charles, Francis and Isabella (now age 2). Isabella married my grandfather Henry Diprose in 1908 in Ditton, Kent. There are inconsistencies in spellings and dates in the records and I can find no record of James and Isabella in the 1861 census. Any help would be appreciated.
Message to Jean Cameron, post number 42 and 43. My Mum and Dad are Peggy and Charlie Argo. Twin brothers John and George and sister Cathy. Kathleen eldest daughter lives in Belfast Ireland. I am Evelyn and live in Brisbane Australia Cameron lives in Alford And Pauline lives in Strichen . Mum and dad are both deceased, just sold the house in New Pitsligo. Best wishes Evelyn.
I would like to wish everyone a merry Christmas
What a brilliant resource this is BUT how frustrating that none of the newspaper clippings has a date.
Wonderful site! I'm looking for any info on William Birnie (ploughman) married to Maggie Ann Milne in 1899. He lived in NP at until at least 1904, not sure what happened to hime after that.
There is a connection with Jeanie Ann Johnstone also, daughter of Hugh and Elsie (Elspet) Johnstone. Hugh Johnstone was a grocer/merchant and lived in both high street and low street locations.
Also looking for Klaas Martinus & Nicholas (Nicholaas) Oirsouw whom I believe were dutch and were employed as peat cutters in New Pitsligo.

Thanks, and good luck to all of you looking for relations!
Hi, Browsing your photos I noticed No. 102 has 2 Barclay children in the front row. I'm fairly sure they are Michael & Ingrid Barclay, whose family emigrated to Canada in the late 1960s - parents were Connie (nee Shearer) & Bill. They lived in Church Street with Connie's parents, Charles Shearer & Julia (nee Gordon). Michael & Ingrid are my partner's cousins - we visited them in Vancouver in 2004, just after Uncle Bill died, Aunt Connie is still going strong :) Let me know if you come across anyone else researching this family as I have quite a lot of information. Kind regards, Audrey