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Wonderful web site! Thanks for posting my request. I lived in the village from 1951 to 1960. My real true home! Dad worked as a baker. I have only the happiest memories of my years in New Pitsligo.2 school place was where we stayed.
Hoping to get in contact with Ian Reid. I know he emigrated to Canada,but I think his sister Ann might still live in the village.
A great website. I would like to contact Margaret Beaton(Innes) who wrote post 22 on 15 Dec. 2008.
My mother's cousin was Maggie Innes and other family connections are McRobbie and Farquhar.
I'm trying to contact Joy who made posts 199 & 201. I have links to the people and places you were asking about, they are all in my husband's (Shearer) family tree. I did email you but was told my message was "undeliverable" as the address could not be be reached. Please contact me at
I was born at 132 high st,in 1950 ,my best friend was Yvonne Reid who ,at that time lived at 134 ,and my second cousin Iris Bond and Duncan and Karen live there now . Noticed a photo of Jackie Brown and one of Dooie Brown who were my great uncles ,their brother Tom was my grandfather, i,ve been told that their father was beedle at the church on the high street ,i never knew him but do have a photo of him . Also saw photo of Georgina Gill who was my great aunt ,my grandmother Fanny Baxter (Brown )and her were sisters, there was also Maggie Murray ,another sister who lived at no,140 high street ,their father lived at the Gonar , i can just remember times there, .When i was little there were lots of relatives in the village but over the years things change and folk move on ,enjoyed the photos
What a wonderful website.
I am researching the SMITH family that lived at Gonar Farm between 1870 and 1900. John SMITH and Anne MASSIE had 15 children. Henry b. 1874 was my grandfather. It is thought that most of the children left New Pitsligo and immigrated to Canada or the US. Henry went to Canada sometime after 1901 and before 1912 when he married my Grandmother in Victoria BC Canada. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
My great granny was Bathia Will, born Cowbog, New Pitsligo 1884. She was the illegitimate child of Margaret Kelman born Low Street 1863, and John Will. Margaret then went on to marry James Fraser, a crofter. I would be interested in hearing from anyone who has these names in their family tree. Thank you for such an interesting and informative web site. My e mail address is
I placed a message here a week ago but erred in email address as I have no website. If anyone knows of any other really old ( at least 150 yrs old)souvenir plates to hang on the wall that say "A Gift From New Pitsligo" I would like to know. Also does anyone know about any Greigs, Shearers or Grieves from 20 high st. around 1920 & before? Thanks. My email address is:
What a great website! I'm trying to do some research on my Wallace family and found out that my grandfather Alexander Wallace was born in New Pitsligo. He came over to Canada in 1929. From research I was able to find out that his parents were Alexander and Beatrice Wallace and they lived on 92 High St. I know my grandfather has siblings out there so if anyone has information about the Wallace family I would love to hear it. Email is
Hope to hear from someone! Thanks.
Hi from Ont, Can. - I am excited to have just discovered this website. I was in New Pitsligo 2 years ago & found 20 High St (house now gone) where my paternal grandmother was born in 1894.
Her name was Isabella Jane Cruden Greig. Her father James Cruden Greig was also born , I believe in the same house. Her mother was Jane Shearer who died in 1896.. Then her father married Alexandrina Strachan and they had 7 children - James,Lily, Henry, Edith, Ina, George & Christabel born between 1899 - 1912. Question - why would Cruden be a middle name for father James & daughter isabella? I have a plate(1 of 2 -a cousin has other) about150yr old that says "A Present from New Pitsligo" which was given to my G.G. grandmother Jeannie Grieve by her mother when she married Mr. Greig. Are there others?
Just some more info on James Sim-Mutch -- known as Jim Sim

A fire at the croft

James/Jim had invested in breeding arab horses and a fire destroyed all the livestock and out buildings.
so then they moved down to Stockport England about 1928/29

I have just received this information about my late grandfather in law and wondered if it rings any bells or any pictures anywhere -------
the croft which H and I visited many years ago. It was near a crossroad where H's father had the blacksmiths smithy. There is(or maybe was a garage and cafe on the opposite side of the junction
H's father was known locally as Jim Sim (James Sim-Mutch) H was 2 when they came to England so that would be about 1928 or maybe 29.

I am coming up end of April beginning of May
Picture 316 in Days gone by, I think it is Rosemary Ritchie, she married Wendy Whyte's brother Colin. Great site.
Hi, I'm hoping to locate more family members in Scotland. My great grandfather George McKay was born in New Pitsligo March 14, 1850. The 1881 Scotland Census shows his occupation was a Granite Stone Mason Journyman. His wife Janet Grant born Sep 15, 1858 in Peterhead was living with him and their daughter Isabella born 1877 in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. They lived in the district of Old Machar, Civil Parish: Old Machar. George's departure on June 1, 1881 to The United States of America. Later that same year his wife Janet and daughter Isabella arrived in the USA. The 1900 US Census lists their name as Mackay living in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA. Janet gave birth to 5 children. By 1900 Chicago, Illinois 2 of them died. The family all died in Chicago, Illinois.
Can anyone help me with finding my Brockie ancestors.
George Brockie (74) B:1782 @ Gamrie, D:10/8/1854 Strichen
Agnes Watt (88) B:1788 @Old Dear, D: 6/1/182?5 New Pitsligo
Married: Peterhead 24/12/1809

Who are George and Agnes children
Who are George and agnes parents, grand parents etc.

Hamish Brookie - note spelling Brookie is correct.

Hi - I am searching my ancestors who emigrated from Scotland as Brockie and arrived in New Zealand, on the ship Westminster as Brookie in 1856.
I have the following information:
William Brockie (1820-1913(NZ)) was the son of George Brockie a tailor and mother Agnes Watt William was in born Strichen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
William married Jane Gerrie in 1843 at Alfat, Aberdeenshire.
Jane Gerrie was born to parents Ross Gerrie a farmer and Barbara Massie
Can any one help
Trying to trace family of Shearer who lived in Low Street early 50s. The Register of Electors 1931 on the website shows a Maria Shearer and a George and a Mary at no. 56 but only Maria is a name that I know. The Shearers that I knew lived at what is now no. 69; has there been a change in the numbering of Low Street since 1931? Also my father John Dunbar Robertson, born in 1907 was brought up by the Shearers. I am having difficulty tracing anything in regard to his mother Christina Dunbar (B. 1887) or his father John Robertson (B. 1886). Anyone out there who can help? Great website; From 'Days gone by' link images 154 & 389 show Vic Shearer and Florence Shearer: 'Teams & Associations' link image 16 also shows Florence.
Brilliant site. My grandfather was john (jack) strachan who had the bakers. My gran was Jean and they had Gordon, Dennis, John (my Dad), Jimmy, Marilyn and Alison.
Heard great stories from my dad when they were all young kids. Great photo of my grandfathers bakers van and a few names that I recognise.
My name is Murray McIntyre and I live in the USA. I am curious if you know where the name of Low street came from? My mother's maiden name is "Low". She is '93' and was born in Auch McCoy. Her brother ,father , grandfather and maybe great grandfather were all blacksmiths in the Pitsligo area. I was wondering if the street got the name from one of them or the smitty was located there? Her brother and father's name were William Low. Any information would be appreciated. Sincerely, Murray McIntyre
I am son of William and Maggie Helen Wallace who left for Zimbabwe(Rhodesia)...looking for relatives of my grandfather, James Wallace....William and his brother Alexander(Sandy) both went to Zimbabwe...believe grandmother's name was Georgina....Their sisters were Nell and Margaret Jean(who went to Australia)
for mrs daniels. my great grandfather's brother john anderson married mary herd. i have info on their family if you would like to get in touch via email. were her parents john herd and isabella reid?
I am researching my HERD family tree. Last month, my husband and I came up to New Pitsligo for a week and stayed with Colin and Norman at The Pitsligo Arms. We enjoyed our stay, great company, lovely hotel, superb food and three beautiful chocolate labradors!
My gg/grandfather John Herd, stonemason b 20 June 1800 Banff died 22 Mar 1894,146 High Street New Pitsligo (just the walls standing now). They had 6 children 1.Helen m James Thompson, 2.Mary m John Anderson, 3.James (my g/grandfather) moved to Alyth, Perthshire, m Janet Malloch, 4.Ann who m James Duguid, 5.Barbara & 6.Margaret Falconer m Alexr Davidson & moved to Arbroath. Searched both NP and Monquhitter graveyards without success. Also visited New Byth where they m and lived. Love to hear from anyone with information.
Hi My great great grandparents Goodall stayed at 41 High st New Pitsligo they are on the 1931 sensus .
Do you have a photograph of 41 High Street in your records and is the original home still standing. ? If so, would it be possible for you to photograph it for us? 81 High Street also features in our family records.
Well done on this amazing website.
Thanks Vicki
See April 2011
Isabella and Mary Murison were the daughters of our Elspet's sister Isabella Davidson MacKay who married George Murison. They also had three brothers , William, George and James.
Elspet MacKay's siblings were William Davidson MacKay born 1867 , Agnes MacKay 1869, Christina MacKay born 1870 (deceased 1927 ) Isabella Davidson MacKay born 1875, James Davidson MacKay born 1878, Alexander MacKay born 1880 and John Forbes MacKay born 1883.
Hennetta and Alice ( listed in April 2011 ) were not members of this family.
Update from April 2011
We have just returned from Scotland. We found Alexander MacKay and his wife Margaret Davidson's gravestone in the Turlundie Terrace Churchyard, together with other MacKay and Davidson gravestones. Alexander died at Leechesburn , New Pitsligo on 11 June 1886 age 52. We found the croft home named Leechesburn about i mile out of the village. We met Mrs Scott who is now the owner. Margaret Davidson passed away on 20 March 1915. Their one daughter Christina's death was also recorded on the same gravestone - 1st Oct 1927.
After leaving New Pitsligo we moved on to Tyrie to look for 41 High Street. We realise now that 41 High Street is actually in New Pitsligo.
We have been successful in solving the puzzle re Isabella and Mary Murison's parents.
Hello, I'm looking for information on the Robertson family that would have been living in the area roughly in the 1920s. The father of the family was Robert and his wife was Jane (nee Buchan). Does anybody know anything about this family?
Hi John there there should be a photo of the old surgery on the other side of new pitsligo for your new pitsligo today section with your ex local doctor in it. another idea cropped up is that you should get this visual arts show winners in for this years in your new pitsligo teams and association page.

Anyway john great website.
Was doing a web search for Tillinamolt farm and came accross this site. The photos and stories are brilliant and i found some 'cardno s' that could be relations. I think my relatives could have owned/ran tillinamolt farm/mill back in the 1800's to 1900's. Great site with lots to look at...thanks.
My great grandmother was born in High Street, New Pitsligo. Her parent's were Mary Glennie and James Walker (known as Trombone Walker). My great great aunt was Georgina Walker, who was ladies maid to Edna May, the Belle of New York.
Anyone got any information about any of the following people - Bruce Ferguson who was the son of Alexander Ferguson, Ploughman who was married to Isabella McGilvray on 8 February 1896 in New Pitsligo? They lived at 80 High Street. Bruce was born on 17 June 1904.
Thank you.
My Grandfather, JAMES MILNE, was born in Low Street, New Pitsligo, 24 Feb. 1867 to James Lovie Milne & Margaret Mortimer. He emigrated to New York as a young man & then to Ontario Canada & died there 1929. My father JOSEPH GORDON MILNE served in G.B. during WW2 & met my mum. We went to Bancroft Ontario 1946 but returned 3 years later. Any Milne connections left in New Pitsligo? Or any trace?
Looking for my granmothers family. Her maiden name was Georgina Johnson (spelling of surname not certain) left new pitsligo during 1st world war and moved to North Wales.
Hi, just found this amazing site and am hoping to get in touch with Kathie Hilditch (nee Urqhurt). From the info she left I believe she knew my Great Great Uncle Robert Chalmers. Up until 93 My Great Uncle Dod (George Chalmers) lived in the house which is still empty. She might even have met my Gran (Mary) as she didnt die until 1948 (but by then lived in Stonehaven). I have just started to try and find the family tree my Mum started but didnt complete. Any memories of the Chalmers family would be great. I have fond memories of visiting Dod up until his death. I have really enjoyed visiting this site and will show it to my Mum who spent holidays out here when she was little. My email address is
For Robert Bridges. My old e mail account was hacked and my new address is Will call when we have arrived in Scotland after Sept 2 to see if you will be at Bonnykelly Lodge on Sept 4/5. My mobile number in the USA is 609 651 0693 - probably have to dial 001 first.
re post 172 pauline taylor.
maybe the culsh memorial at new deer cemetery was the tower you remember. have a look for new deer on wikipedia
Can anyone on your excellent site help? My family came from Artemford/New Pitsligo and sixty years or so ago, as a small child, I visited the grave of my great grandmother, Helen Watt Sangster, with my grandmother. I remember my grandmother climbing to the top of a tower in the cemetery and looking down on me as I stood by Helen's grave. I would love to find it again. All I know about Helen is that she was born about 1853. Does anyone recognise the cemetery?
Image 289 (man, 2 women, Public Hall) Days Gone By page.

I'm not certain, but I think the man in the photo is Duncan Anderson (who was my uncle through marriage).

He left New Pitsligo in the early fifties to work in Nigeria. During his work leave he built the red coloured bungalow in High Street (the 4 C's cafe is next door to it).

He then lived just outside Edinburgh for many years.
Keep visiting the web site
I wondered if I just put some names and dates if anyone as heard of them
James Sim-Mutch (blacksmith/carter) b 1868 Birsay Orkney (mum Jane Sim b1845-d1869) lived with his granddad John Sim b1817-1904 and his grandma Jane/Jean (Milne)b1817-1888
lived at 48 High Street
married Annabella Ross

Annabella Ross or Bella b1887
daughter Catherine *Irene/Cath) Ross b1909

Annabella and James had
Isa Annabella

Aunty Irene (Catherine) once told us they lived on a farm and took eggs to the shop to exchange for pennies/sweets. That the farm burnt down
That they had a lad living with them called James(Jimmy) Davidson
moved to Stockport Cheshire England after 1926 not sure yet on date

Thanks Polly
For Rob at Post 168 - my e mail address is and you have my mobile here in the USA - 001 609 651 0693. I spoke to your mother Jean today in Suffolk and I left you a message on another number which she gave me. I'll try and call you at BKL this Sunday. I've now learned that my Godmother and your Grandmother was Ailean Bridges. I have shooting card from BKL in Oct 1961 with a list of guns (your father Sandy was one) and what was shot. My wife Lisa and I are staying in the Pitsligo Arms for the night of Sept 4 on our way around Scotland from Sept 1 to 26. Richard.
Re-Message Post 166 from Richard Moody, let me have your e-mail address and then I can tell you all about who is now living at Bonnykelly Lodge and update you on the Bridges family members.
Very informative and interesting site you have.

Re my previous request about Bonnykelly Lodge, does any one know the whereabouts of the Bridges family who used to live there? Admiral Henry Bridges and his wife Ailean. Thanks.
I've been on this site many of times and every time I find a tidbit of information.
Does anyone know of the Rollos? Helen (Nell) Rollo?
If they do, could they please get in touch @
It is great to see more and more people discovering the great NewPitsligo website. I have a question for anyone who knows about Joseph and Rachel Youngson of Low St. They had 16 or so children and the youngest was Bertha Kearney Youngson. She was born in May 1917 and died in August 1917. My grandmother Joeina was the eldest of these children but she never spoke of little Bertha.
We are researching our MacKay family from New Pitsligo. Alexander MacKay and his wife Margaret nee Davidson lived at Leechesburn, New Pitsligo in 1871 and then later at 41 High Street Tyrie . They were still in Tyrie in 1891.We believe my husband's grandmother Elspet was one of their 9 children. Elspet married George Marnoch and they and their 4 children later moved to South Africa.
We are very keen to trace the families of hr siblings. We know that Isabella and Mary Murison who were born at Brucklay in the early 1900's were definitely related , but we have no idea who their parents were. Isabella married Vincent Musson and died in Leicestershire in 2002.
The MacKay siblings were William, Agnes, Christina, Isabella, James, Alexander , Hennetta , John and Alice. Thanks. Vicki
Re my message of Dec 30 2010, can anyone please tell me who now owns and lives in Bonnykelly Lodge where my Canadian godmother Ailean Bridges lived many years ago? I plan on visiting NP in Sept this year and would like to stop by BKL. Thanks.

Richard Moody
Mobile in USA 001 609 651 0693
Loved looking at your site, we lived in New Pitsligo from Nov 2002 to Dec 2007.

Moved to Ellon and then down to North Yorkshire, have enjoyed looking at all the photo's, brought back many happy memories! :D

Both our boys Douglas and Cameron are doing really well at school, Douglas especially well and is now ahead of where he should be with a grade of 5b which equates to him being in the top 10%!! and maths he is where he needs to be, which considering other teachers pretty much wrote him off is quite an achievement!!

If anyone remembers us then would love to hear from you.

Sandra, David, Douglas and Cameron x
Hi , This is a fabulous site i have been exploring it all day , My Grandmother was born in New pitsligo in 1922 , peathill , Her name was Jeannie fentie Rennie , she was the daughter of fredrick laird Rennie , We believe her mothers name was also Jeannie ..........................
Jeannie joined the Army A.T.S as a young lady and served as a seargent
she had a very impressive all military wedding In Elgin to my welsh Grandfather Dennis Thomas and they settled in south wales in a small village called Abertridwr in 1943

I Would love to know What Peathill is ? And is King st in new pitsligo ?
What a great site! I found my great grandfather George Gall along with his son Gordon listed on the Register of Electors, 1931. They resided at 68 Low Street and 15 High Street, respectively. My great grandfather (George) and great grandmother (Eliza Ann Brockie) were from New Pitsligo. They had 4 children (George, Alexander, Gordon and Eliza Ann). Both George and Alexander emigrated to Canada and I am descended from George. George and Alexander were stone masons. Apparently, Gordon and Eliza Ann stayed in Scotland. My great grandmother (Elisa Ann Brockie) passed away in 1920 and my great grandfather George passed away in 1938. If anyone has information regarding the Galls or the Brockies I would be elated to hear from them.

Keep up the good work,
David :)