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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?

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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?
My father Frank Sangster Robertson was from a large family, and was brought up in Low Street. Unfortunately, he died in December 1941 on board HM submarine Perseus. I believe I have still some family/relatives living, but would love some information about his parents. I know they called his mother Ellen Sangster, but haven't got the name of his father. He had numerous family and indeed we visited New Pitsligo to visit my uncle and aunt Lizzie and Stanley Robertson who lived at 34 Low Street, then moved to 12 High Street. Sadly they are both no longer with us.Any info would be amazing. Thank you.
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Can anyone tell me who currently owns "Gonarhal" farm.I worked for my uncle Bill Pratt from 1959 to1962 before leaving to join the forces..The farm holds many happy memories for me and Bill's three daughters Norma ,Jean and Meg.
If possible we would like the farmer's permission to have a summer picnic by the Glasslaw burn at the bottom of the brae just before it joins the Gonar burn.Any help in this request would be appreciated.
Family Tree research amendment: My great-grandfather Robert Scott Morrison was born in New Deer 1847. He had 5 siblings born in New Deer (and 2 that died in infancy in New Pitsligo). RSM studied at Aberdeen University 1879-86 and became the doctor in Methlick, died 1909.
His brother Alexander 1860-1932 wrote articles about nature for a local newspaper under the pen-name 'Nightingale' - has anyone come across these? I should very much like to take a look.
His sister Elizabeth Morrison married a Robertson and lived in Market Street, Strichen - are there any living descendants? It may be nice to meet them, and for them to know they have a (distant - 3rd-cousin) in Finland :)
Any info about James Morrison b.1855 New Deer & John Morrison b.1857 New Deer also welcome!
Shirley looking for Robertson family. I can forward her information on the family. I am friends with Jean nee Robertson. I lived many years in cyaak and have many memories my family were Neil and Chrissie
In a previous post i inquired about John G Keith.. i should have added that his son ws Alexanger J Keith (believed deceased) and was the more direct connection to New Pitsligo. thank you
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

Kind regards
I live in New Mexico and will probably get to Scotland to do research. I am hoping someone there can help me. My maternal grandfather was John George Keith Wood. He was born in Petershead Feb 5, 1888. He came to the USA when he was 2yrs. and settled in Vermont. He died at the age of 41 in the 1927 flu epidemic. My mother was just a few days old and my grandmother later remarried so i have never known anything about his ancestors. In 1972 my mother wrote to the registrar to get info and they advised her to look in Pitsligo but she never followed through. any help at all would be appreciated. thank you
Nov 19th 2012

Family Tree research - my great-grandfather Robert Scott Morrison was born in New Deer 1848, became the doctor of Methlick. These siblings of his were born in New Pitsligo: Alexander Morrison b.1860, Isabella Jean morrison b.1863, Margaret Morrison b.1866. Does anyone know of these Morrisons? (those born New Deer = Mary 1850, Elizabeth 1853, James 1855, John 1857). Is the Morrison who repairs cars in New Pitsligo a descendant? I was in New Pitsligo last week (Tues 13th Nov) but didn't get the chance to ask him.
I never met my parents, George & Margaret Milne, they gave me up for adoption before they divorced.
My husband has researched my past and found that my fathers family were from Tyrie & New Pitsligo going back 150 years and that my Father, George Milne, worked in a garage and lived in New Pitsligo before his death in 2002.
I was never curious about my 'real' parents growing up but I must come and visit your village and see where they lived.
Looking for family of a Neil Mathieson ROBERTSON of New Pitsligo and wondering if he may be the son or related to a Wilson Mathieson Robertson. If so please email me at
Hi, I am writing from New Zealand in response to a query re McRobbie family. My McRobbie ancestors came from the New Pitsligo area and migrated to NZ in 1872. My Great Grandparents were William and Helen McRobbie (nee Farquhar). Helen had lived at Quarryburn and her father William Farquhar lived there until he died.. William McRobbie's parents were George McRobbie and Elizabeth Mitchell. Helen's first child was stillborn on the voyage to NZ but she gave birth to 9 children in NZ. I hope this is of interest to you, Laura.
My husband and I are planning to visit the New Pitsligo area in May 2013. This website is amazing - very helpful and interesting. My email is
hi im just wondering if anyone could help me im from a mcrobbie family who were mostly around the new byth area but some in new pitsligo and would love any info on them if anybody knows of the family no matter ow small or big new or old my ggrandparents was samuel mcrobbieb 1880-1961 and jessie 1880-1956 and my grandfather was james mcrobbie 1923-1960 and my dad was erlend mcrobbie 1949-2004
For Pauline Taylor, Glad you found it.
In July 2011 I queried on your site whether anyone could help me find the grave of my great-grandmother, Helen Watt Sangster, which I remembered visiting as a small child more than 60 years ago. I could only recall that there was a tower nearby. Sandra Anderson replied suggesting that it could have been the cemetery next to the Culsh Monument at New Deer.
It's taken me a year to visit, but I want to thank her - and your wonderful site - for pointing me in the right direction. It was exactly as I remembered it, and I think I found the grave, although the inscription was too worn to be certain! Thank you again. I wish other parishes had sites like this one.
I wish to contact Margaret Daniels post no 187 as I am also descended from John Herd and Jane Reid, my gggrandparents.
I read the entry from Margaret Daniels, Post Number 187 of last year. I too am descended from John Herd and Jane Reid through their daughter Margaret Jane Herd and Alexander Davidson, also a stone mason. They were my great grandparents. Alexander Davidson died as a result of an accident at a quarry and Margaret married again to a man called Bain. They are buried in the Eastern Cemetery in Arbroath. Margaret Jane Herd was my father's grandmother and they had a very close relationship. He spoke of her often. I did not know that John Herd and Jane Reid had 6 children and would be very interested to hear any other information on them. Incidentally, Jane Reid predeceased her husband by many years and is buried in Manquitter cemetery although there is no stone for her.
For Jim Mcgee looking for Mr Gatt or Cassie you can email me @
im looking for any contact with mr gatt as was with him and his brother cassy first name forgotten
Despite my tenuous links to New Pitsligo (via g,g,grandparents James Phillips and wife Sophia, nee Burnett, back in the mid 1800s when James is listed as a blacksmith there), I have found this to be a delightfully refreshing site. Thank you for this insight into some of my "roots". Best wishes and regards, Alan S. Marshall
Good Morning from Canada.
I would appreciate your help in locating information on my family history.
My grandfather, John Smith, born 21.08.1856, PercyHorner Petsligo, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. His parents, John Smith, born 1811, died 1858 and his mother Margaret Yule born 1816 and died 1902 all in the Aberdeenshire area. John Smith's first wife was Mary Duncan, born 1861 died 1890 and his second wife Annie Watt born 05.03.1872, Aberdeen Scotland.
I would sincerely value your help in this search of family roots.
Nora Kirkham of Calgary Alberta Canada
I am looking for information of my grandfather born in Percy Honer Pitsligo John Smith son of John Smith born 1811 and Margaret Yule born 1816. we have traced our family tree to this point and we are interested in tracing it further but we are roadblocked can you assist us. Thank you in advance.