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Looking for information on the Smith family had owned bakers in New Pitsligo, in particular any information relating to spinster sisters taking in and bringing up an abandoned baby boy (which was my great great grandfather). Thanks
Fantastic website, well done and I echo the comments from past posts that all villages should have such a record. My great-great grandparents were John and Andrina Wood (nee Noble), they lived at 44 Low Street and had a family of 10, he was a stone mason and she was a dressmaker. My great-grandmother was Mary (born 1907) and the eldest of the children, other 9 were Robert, Richard,
Mitchell, William, Janet, Georgina, Helen, Andrina and Gladys. Their spouses were/are in respective order Wilma ??, Margaret Low(e),Katherine ??, Mary ?? (children Edna, Gladys, Wilma and George Wood),Sandy
Mundie, Doddie McRobbie, Sandy Martin, William (Dan) Hunter and Johnston Cruden (children John and Gary Cruden). E-mails or posts about further information/relatives would be gratefully received. Chris, Inverurie.
RE The post number 137, i would like to give a big thank you to Mike Murray for his info on Elisa, who was my grandmothers sister, I was the submitter of the article. Many thanks for your info. It has given
me a new lead on finding out about Elisa.

My great great grandparents immigrated from New Pitsllgo, Aberdeeshire in 1871. He was George Cardno Mackie. She was Mary Cameron Mackie. George came to Barre VT to to work in the quarries. 10 years later he started the 1st granite manufacturing plant in Barre. I would love to go to Scotland and visit his birth place. I am thinking I must have relatives in that area. They both left behind brothers and sisters. George was born in1849. Anybody out there know of a connection? My e-mail address: I am Meg Denton.
Re photographs with a story - Maggie Milne there is the following comment. Its not known what happened to Elisa but Maggie appears to have lived with Ann Smith up untill Ann`s death in 1908 aged 90yrs
According to Elisa married a Charles William Israel on 16.01.1904 in New York. Maybe this information could help the contributer of the article.
What a wonderful website! I've already spent over an hour browsing and will, I'm sure, be back many times.
I was born in the village in 1943 and have lived in New Hampshire since mid 1960's. I'd love to hear from some of the folks I went to school with. My family moved to Aberdeen in 1955. My grandparents were John and Margaret Smith founders of the bakery. My parents were Dillon and Grace (Morgan) Smith. My brother John still runs the bakery. I have very fond memories of my early childhood in the village. My 11 grandchildren are anxious to know all about their Scottish heritage and will hopefully make the effort to visit New Pitsligo sometime in the future. Again, congratulations on a truly great website. Margaret Smith Trumbull
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.
Hi, fantastic website :) I'm actually looking to stay in New Pitsigo, the place is brilliant and the school is second to none! If anyone knows of any places to rent here could you let me know? E-mail, thanks a bunch xx
Great website! My paternal grandparents are William (Horne) Buchan and Agnes Gammack who emigrated to Canada after WWI (William came before and went back during WWI after enlisting). William was the first son of Rachel Horne and my great-great-grandfather is Sticky Horne so I am related to the lady from Australia (Tricia Gall, Jan 23 post)! Although we don't share the same great-grandfather as William was the illegitimate son of Rachel before her marriage to Youngson. There was another son Norman Youngson prior to Joeina's birth but he died fighting in WWI. There was a family story that someone emigrated to Australia so now I know who!
Taught at the school between the years1986-95 and recognise lots of the pupils in the pics from those years, possibly could add a few more names to the pics.
Have also got more photos that I am sure I could find and let you have a shot of!
Haven't escaped the photos either have found 2 of myself and it's
Loved the pictures. Saw my dad on a school photo. His mum & dad, Ian & Elizabeth Davies lived at 57 Low St. 1931 She was born at 8 Low St. 1913. Any info on Margaret Johnstone would be much appreciated.
Great website. Loved the photos and the story about the shopkeepers. Very interesting to see the Bodie relatives were taylors here . Maybe there are still some Bodie's living there ?? Orginate from Willam George Boddie, 1891- ? son of Peter Fyvie Boddie 1857- ? and Annie Wright . Peter was the son of William Boddie1818- ? and Elspet Fyvie, and William was son of Peter Boddie 1788-1863 and Agnes Ironside 1791-1859
I enjoyed looking at the old school photos and picked out my Dad (J. Grant) and uncle G. Grant. My uncle E. Grant and family still live in the village as do some of my cousins. The site was recommended to me by my auntie Julie and I in turn will pass on the information to my brothers and sister.
great site loved looking back at old photos saw my grandad as a young man, great place to grow up in lots o great memories
Our link with New Pitsligo stems from my paternal grandmothers family.

We had family living in #55 in 1861 and they then moved to #32 High Street, New Pitsligo between 1860 and 1863 (children born in different addresses) The parents names were Alexander and Jessie Clark.

Donald Clark, one of the sons and our direct relative, immigrated to South Africa, in 1890 went up what was Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe :( where he was involved in the early railways. He went back to South Africa for the Relief of the Siege of Mafeking during the Boer war, and after the war, worked with the de Beers Consolidated Diamond Mines.

Donald Alexander Clark is buried in the Old Cemetery, Krugersdorp, South Africa

Small world

Gary Shaw
My late mother was born at Scarehill, being Alexandria Fraser Garvock.
It's sad that nothing remains of the croft but a solitary tree, all the building material being shoved aside.
I can remember (vaguely) as a bairn being taken there & wondering why we were visiting a ruin.
A shame as it's still social history now gone, leaving that lonely tree in a field.
Found this website totally by! So glad I did! So many photos of me @ school and of the village which brings back so many happy memories!!
Excellent website!!! xxx
Just found your web site and very glad I did. My maternal family is the Rose family. Thomas born ab1830, William born ab 1853 both were born in Tyrie. Thomas passed away at the age of 29, William immegrated to the United States and settled in Massachusetts. He passed away in 1944 and is buried in Chester, Massachusetts. This is just the tip of iceburg. I would love to know if there are any living Roses stilling residing in New Pitsligo. Would love to hear from you.
I really enjoyed looking at your website.
My dads family came from around and in New Pitsligo.
I wonder if you have heard of 'old baker smith'.well that was my great grandfather.
My grandfather was Dillion Smith and grandmother was called Grace,
and my dad runs the business today [john].Old' baker Smiths father was a blacksmith out at Darralea,accross the road from Darralea,and the building is still there today, maybe I will get to go and look at it soon.It was nice talking to you,

helen g burnett.
I forgot to say the site is excellent. What year was the school built?
My ggg grandparents George and Margaret (need Brodie) Scott lived first of all at Low Street and then at 8 School Street in the 1800s - as far as I can ascertain, they had farms at the Greens, Monquhitter before moving to New Pitsligo. Their son Thomas (married first to Margaret Davidson and secondly to Christian Elrick) moved to New Pitsligo in the 1870s and lived at 2 School Street - he had farmed at Balthangie (presumably as a tennant farmer) from the 1840s until the 1870s. I do not know why he left the farm - perhaps financial problems. There are Scott relatives all over the place - Australia, Canada, America and goodness knows where else. Anyone related can contact me on
Can you tell me the origin of the name Pitsligo please ?


I am interested in the name Forbes

In my family tree I have a John Stuart Forbes MacDonald b 1 8 1843
from Fraserburgh
very interesting site

Great website, love the photo's. My g grandmother and my grandmother both born New Pitsligo.
In October 2009 I brought my mum on a visit to New Pitsligo to see where her mother came from . Although she used to stay at her uncles farm in Udny she had never seen New Pitsligo. We stayed at The Pitsligo Arms and loved our visit. I can't wait to come back again.
I come originally from Aberdeen and have recently been tracing my geneology - My grandmother was an Urquhart and I know the family came from around Strichen and New Pitsligo - I vaguely remember two sisters, cousins of my grandmother called Mina and Jeannie and one of them had a son called Doddie. I believe their surname was Robertson. My grandmothers father was William Urquhart - known as Jake - It would be great if anyone knew anything about the family - I don't have a web site but my e-mail is
I have found that my Christina Watt married Alexander Jamieson, a music teacher, of School Road in 1864. They lived at 22 Low Street in the census of 1871 and he was an organist, presumably of the church where they were married - St John The Evangelist. Hope this means something to someone! Any help appreciated!
I am looking for my ancestors and wondered if anyone could help... In the census of 1851 Christina Watt aged 25 (of 55 High Street) was listed as "teacher of female school" and resided with her mother Mary at the same address. Which school was this? Does anyone know of the family? Mary was I believe a widow at that time and her husband was William Watt, a carpenter. They were in Strichen around 1811 - 1827, maybe a bit longer. Christina's sister Mary was my great-great granny.
Is there anybody left in new pitsligo that remembers the robertson family, My nan helen robertson[nee] sangster lived in low street and my mums brother stanley robertson was married to lizzie They had christina jean margaret anne and stanley: My mum ruby used to come up in the summer and stay with them : Im trying to trace any of my cousins as im coming back up to new pitsligo in september :
I loved the story and pictures of George "Dancie" Norrie.
How fabulous to have cycled to his venues all over Banff and Buchan his trusty fiddle. A fabulous story. Thank you.
I'm trying to contact David Will of New Pitsligo. I knew him many moons ago. He'd be about 70 years old now and he lived at 2 High Street,I think. My mobile 07905 390081.
started school 1964 to 1976 interested to see any school photos excellent web page.
omg i couldnt believe it when i found this site. My mum and dad was Robert and Alexis Wood, they have now past away 6 vand 7 years ago. I found a lot of people i know on this site .
Just looking through some of the old school photographs, I can't believe I ever looked that young!
Following on from Lee's post, the name Craig Aspey seems to ring a bell, I don't know if it 's right or not.
Just been looking at the recently added school pictures and i have a few names that you can add.
The school picture with Mr Black, the boy stood next to Colin neal wearing the scotland football shirt isn't called charles brown. His name Craig. i forget his surname but he a slightly younger brother called Keith. Thet moved to NP from Blackpool in 89/90. They lived next to Ronnie's Mace store on the High Street. They moved back down to Blackpool in the early 90's. In the 1989 Mrs Hardie pic, the big lad on the back row is from the Shewan family. But his first name escapes me also. Hopefully the names may jog peoples minds. p.s. your site is getting better and better.
Your website is the next best thing to actually visting New Pitsligo! My great-great-grandfather David Cooper, son of George and Lizzy (Kidd) Cooper, was born at 1 Low street in 1792. He and 3 brothers and 1 sister emigrated to Oregon Territory, USA at various times between 1850 and 1872.
Great site! My Great Grandmother, Mary Ann Ferguson, was born in NP in 1859 and she married James Innes, a journeyman shoemaker from Longside in 1883. Her father, James Ferguson, was a Hand Loom Weaver and lived at 41 Low Street. He, according to the 1841 census, was also born in NP. It was good to be able to look at photographs and see where they lived and worked. All I can say is that it looks a lovely place and thank you for the site.
Really, really impressed. I have thoroughly enjoyed going through the site which I came across whilst searching for my great grandafther's roots. have looked with great interest at the old photos, particularly of High Street as it was at number 90 and then at number 129 John Edward, my great great grandfather, according to the census returns was a linen hand loom weaver
Just happened upon your excellent site. As someone who has roots in Pitsligo, New & Old Deer etc. I thought it was wonderfull to find such a site.
Hi I have really enjoyed looking at photos.I now live in Australia but was born in New Pitsligo,My Parents Robert and Elma Patterson and brother George.Lived at 115 High Street.Worked at Smiths Bakers before marrying and moving to Aberdeen in 1967.Been in Australia for 5 years.Have two children and grandchildren all living in Australia.Really enjoyed your site and saw photo of my dad and granda.Thank You.
have very much enjoyed looking at your site. My Great Great Grandad, William Rattray was living at 58 Low Street in 1851 and my Great Grandad, also William, was born there in 1858. My Great Great Great Grandma Ann, nee Murdoch, was living there too, with another son James and his family. William's daughter Helen (b. 1850) died at 19, Low Street in 1928. Any further information would be welcome.
I have just found your site and really enjoyed flicking through. I have booked marked it.
My late husbands family came from New Pitsligo and I have been researching for years.
There name is Sim-Mutch but came from Sim and a reputed father of George Mutch also Milne.
I will hopefully visit in August
But i will visit the site again
Thanks for a brill site
hello from canada. i really enjoyed looking through your pictures. perhaps one day in the near future i'll be there to visit. :)
Hi. I have really enjoyed browsing through your web site. You have done a great job. Sticky Horne was my great great grandfather and I would love to contact any Horne or Youngson relatives. My grand mother, Joeina Horne Youngson, left New Pitsligo after WW1 to go to Australia and then New Zealand. She was the eldest of 17 children of Joseph Youngson and Rachel Horne. I have visited NP once in 1993 and am planning another trip this year. Please email me or leave a message here. Tricia Gall
Hi i am trying to find details of the robertson family,my nan and grandad were john robertson and my nan was helen robertson[nee sangster]they lived at 34 low street til my nan died in 1961.also Barb curran left a message about her family tracing, we had a john currie and christina currie who was my great great grandparents on my nans side of the family. i have more information on that sie if you would like to email me .also i saw a picture in days gone by of stanley robertson my cousin with nora sangster who im related to on my mums side of the family.if anyone has information please could they e mail me or leave a message on this web site.
Just having a brouse again your photos in the snow are just fantastic again. Keep up the good work John
I recognise the photo of Jake Norrie (John Norrie) and Williamina Rattray. Jake was my father's uncle. You do not seem to have any photos of "Dancie" Norrie (22/8/1857 - 16/9/1925), a well known dancing teacher in New Pitsligo. I wonder who it was who called Williamina granny. We must be related.
I just wanted to say thank you for your site. My great great grandparents, John Shepherd Rattray and Jane Scott lived in New Pitsligo in the mid to late 1800. I know very little about them bar a few facts gleened over the years but your site has taken my thoughts back to Aberdeenshire, the Broch and my grandparents. Thank you.
I find it fascinating to read the various comments from 'pitsligga' as they bring back many 'almost forgotten' memories. Following the death of my mother in 1940 whilst I was attending New Pitsligo School, I then went to live with my Grandfather at a farm called North Nittanshead, Bonnykelly and continued attending school until I was eventually moved to a Childrens Home in Aberdeen when I was eleven ( I can assure all that I have NO happy memories of my time in that place) However I have always looked back at my time in Pitsligo as being a place of happy memories and often wondered what became of the friends I used to know and went to school with. Since then I have travelled the World, been married twice, had three children and am now 73 - Yet I still think back to my days in New Pitsligo
Have just found out the father of my great-grandad Nathaniel Mutch, (see earlier posting re: my great-great gran Isabella Mutch,) was proved to be William Hepburn, a labourer from New Pitsligo- which appears to make me a Hepburn, not a Mutch, in terms of the male line...does anyone know if William was related to Isabella Hepburn?
Hi just wondering if you have any more information about the 'Mundie boys' photo in the 'Days gone by' section.
My husbands grandfather was John Mundie son of John Mundie and Isabella Hepburn of Pitsligo/Rosehearty/Fraserburgh.
John Mundie married Elsie Bruce who was the daughter of Alexander Bruce and Margaret Laing. Margaret's parents were James and Margaret Laing of Fisherbriggs, Pitsligo