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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
hi im lola storrie and ive lived in new pitsligo since i was a baby and i still do! :) im fourteen and think new pitsligo is an okayish village kinda boring though! oh and put more up to date school pics on like from 1995-2009 cuz its soooo anoying. toodles. =] lol
Hi all, my Grandmother Agnes Sinclair Mowat was from New Pitsligo and I was wondering whether there are any related Mowats still in or around the village?
Regards, Mike
I really enjoyed your website. I was born in New Pitsligo in 1925 and lived there until 1931 when left for England. I used to communicate with Agnes Urquhart and Sadie Smith - is anyone still in touch with them? I would love to reminisce!
If you would like to get in touch, I would love to hear from you at simonmessenger @ (my grandson's email address)
Thank you,
I am looking for information on my GGfather and GGmother.
William Urquhart Hay married Mary Ann Walker on 6/11/1882 in New Pitsligo. I think William had three sisters, Catherine, Jean and Jessie.
Thank you,
Bill Hay
Boise, Idaho
in reply to the comment from ray black,my fathers parents were angus and isabella cassie and my grandmothers maiden name was mcrobbie. ps great website keep up the good work.
I am interested in the photo of Angus Cassie. Can M. Pudsey or anyone tell me Angus's parents name, could it have been an Angus & Margaret Cassie? Margaret's maiden name was Knox.
Thank you
Really enjoyed your website. My grandfather, George Currie, lived at 78 Low Street. His father and mother were William and Mary Currie. On this marriage certificate, dated March 21, 1910 he is listed as a joiner journeyman and he married Catherine Ferguson Stewart, domestic servant, 29 Dorsencilly Coittage, Glenmmuick. My grandparents immigrated to Fernie British Columbia Canada after their marriage.
Love looking at this site, stumbled across it by mistake but have great fun finding all the members of the Mundie family! Including my dad Robbie and my grandparents. Welldone:)
My Aunt Lily told me about this site. As a child I spent many holidays staying with my Granny & Grandad at 124 High Street (Andrew (Dooie & Eliza Brown). I loved the picture of my Grandad making pegs in his workshop at 78 High St - I can still picture him sitting there!! Also the football team photos of my Dad, Andrew Brown from the 50's. So many happy memories have come flooding back.
My mother-in-law Jean Isabelle Tansley has recently died and I have been searching my partner Simon Neil Tansley's family tree. I have traced back to his 4th generation George Milne b abt 1825 Tyrie who married Jane Walker b 1837 Aberdeen city. They as far as I know had two children John b abt 1863 Monquhitter who married Jane Anne Harrison and Jane b abt 1868 King Edward who married Alec Horne. In the 1871 census George was a crofter at Woodhead Gomar New Pitsligo.

I myself was born in Fraserburgh in 1955 the 5th daughter of Charles Downie Ritchie and Margaret Wiseman Gatt so you can see my interest in George Milne.

John Milne and Jane Harrison stayed in New Pitsligo area and had 5 children, Jenny , Phyllis b 1888, Ethel b1891, Georgina b 1893 and John b 1898.

Can anyone help
Sarah you have a very good memory!!!! I helped Dad with the names and couldn't remember some of them!!
I loved New Pitsligo and everything about it. I lived there for 4 yrs at 10 School Place. It had beautiful views
Just been looking through snowy pictures and found my old house,135 High Street (Hillcrest) where I stayed as a kid. I loved that house. Mind you i stayed in a few houses in New Pitsligo as a kid and the best was Lambhill, now known as the Willows Animal Sanctuary.
Oh my goodness, just seen pictures of me years ago,
ha what a laugh great pics, great site, well done.x
Just had a thought ... I think between Colin Neal and Duncan Leel his name is Charles Brown :)
Don't know how I remember all this
Hi great site but I just wanted to fill in a few blanks for you on the school photo with Mr Black .... next to Kevin Alexander it is James Cook ..Next to Mark Gilmour is Paul Donetti's not Martin Hand next to Connel it's Colin Neal ... First row .. left is Emma Davidson and then it's Chi Meldrum next to Lynne . Hope this helps
Keep up the good work, may have moved to Strichen but still call New Pitsligo my home :)
great site, does anyone have info, photos etc on my great grandparents fraser anderson and elizabeth (lizzie) mitchell who lived at 135 high street until at least 1907 when fraser died? one of fraser's brothers (john) died in 1915 at 111 high street. john's wife was mary herd. anything info would be greatly appreciated
what a wonderful site, loads of photos and information.
Iwas born I N.P..My father was Arthur Pirie(Haulage contractor)Mycousins wife Norma Malcolm sent me your web site and I have been thoroughly enjoying it. Even found my school photo(not sure the year. I have been in Canad a for 52 years. My husband who came from Cluny died 7 years ago. I wasin N.P 2 years ago when my brother George died.Have many memories of the Village
What a wonderful site and gives me a wonderful picture of the area my grandmother came from when she moved to Canada. I plan to come to the area next year to see the wonderful countryside.