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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
A great & interesting website.
I have a long family connection with New Pitsligo. My Grandmother Mina Mutch was born here in 1905. She is listed in the register of electors 1931, living at no 7 High Street, along with her parents & sister Bathia. Mina's parents Alexander Mutch & Mary Watt Ross are buried in New Pitsligo churchyard along with her maternal grandmother Helen Cordiner. Mina's father Alexander was born here in 1859, his parents were Alexander Mutch & Ann Clark.
I am looking for a photo &/or information on the poorhouse that used to be in the village.
This is a great and interesting website.
I have a long family connection with New Pitsligo. My Grandmother Mina Mutch was born here in 1905 and is listed on the Register of Electors 1931, living at no 7 High Street, along with her parents & sister.
Her parents were Alexander Mutch & Mary Watt Ross who are buried in New Pitsligo churchyard along with Mina's maternal Grandmother Helen Cordiner. Mina's father Alexander was also born here in 1859 and his parents were Alexander Mutch & Ann Clark.
Am looking for any information on the people mentioned & a photo or info on the poorhouse in New Pitsligo.
Many thanks.

James Sim-Mutch dated about early 1900
He lived at 48 High Street from about 1881 and was married from there in 1912 to Annabella Ross posted a picture on the days gone by of James with his horse and cart.
Does anyone have any information
He was my late husbands grandfather
He was a carter and they had a fire -see previous posts.
There children born from 1912 ---George, James,Rodney, Harold and Isabella also
James wife Annabella Ne Ross had a Catherine Ross (2)
Annabella mum was a Catherine Ross (1) married to Thomas Metcalfe

Also Catherine (1) mentioned a David Dufus Davidson living with them as a child on a farm?
Hi Lesley Caswell my name is jim lawrence and i am a great nephew of Christina Lawrence that resided at 109 High Street
I wish we could have more names and dates on the photos that are submitted. Would be great...
Would anyone have any info on Joseph Murray and his wife Elizabeth and family please....
just testing the Guest book, and it does work
Does anyone know anything about the Lawrence family who lived at 109 HIgh Street in New Pitsligo. I am working on my family tree and would like to know where the family came from before ending up there. Christina Lawrence eventually became Christina Roberston and at some point of time bought a house on Low Street in New Pitsligo.
Nice website. Too bad your Guest Book script is broken, not even sure if this entry wil ever appear in it.
Nice website, full of memories. I like your photographs with a story as well as other photos :)
HI, I've just started looking into my family tree. My Great Grandparents were married in District New Pitsligo on June 6th 1885. Their names are James Taylor (he was a blacksmith) and Barbara Hendry Black. If anyone knows anything more about them please let me know thanks.
Hi, my name is Derwyn and I live in Christchurch New Zealand. This is a note for Beverly Robb (210) and Harry (213). I think I am living in the family home of Alexander and Isabella Robb. There is writing in the attic from Andrew Robb and for Henry robb for August 1917, also said this home was built in 1909, so we are assuming this family built this home.The home has been badly damaged by the Christchurch earthquake, but we are still living in her and we are hoping she will be repairable.
I believe Henry and Andrew went to Burwood school on New Brighton road in the early 1900s.
My e mail address is
Hello, my name is Grayson Ross. We have on record that my great grandfather, James Tocher Ross, was born at Moss-side New Pitsligo. Seeing as James was born there, I am fairly certain that his father, Alexander William Ross, would have lived there. They left the area in 1911 and moved to Canada. Is there anyone with records that would be able to help me confirm that they lived on this farm? We aren't sure if they owned the farm or rented it from someone else. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
I am really enjoying your site! I have ancestors from New Pitsligo. They are William & Jessie Addie. I found them on the 1871 Scotland census. Would you know what churches I would contact that might have ANY records on them? Wish I knew what they looked like...Someday I will visit, but until then, I will enjoy visiting your site. Thank you for your time.
Hello, I have aquired a violin by a John Duffus of New Pitsligo dated 1914. Have you ever come across this gentleman? He would seem to be a skilled craftsman as the work is very neat so I would rule out it being a one off. There is another violin maker in New Pitsligo a William Sinclair b 1836 d 1905 could he be a pupil. I would be grateful for any information you may have. Best wishes

Hello, I'm trying to trace descendants of George Sim of 23 Low Street (born about 1873), who was an inspector in the Hong Kong Police Force. He had a distinguished career there, and is an important addtional character in a book I am writing on the Irish in this Force. Any clues welcome - thank you - Patricia - pmeosullivan (at)
Does anyone have any information about the old quarry at Lambhill farm/Willows Animal Sanctuary?