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03 November 2009:
Hello everybody I have recently retired and finding all about my computer to pass my time I am looking into the canal system in Scotland at the moment I am concentrating on the forth and clyde and monklands canals it would be great if anyone has any photos or information on the lift at blackhill glasgow on the monklands canal.

Thanks All.

Clark Smith.
- Clark Smith (, Glasgow, Scotland

30 October 2009:
I like Scotland and the Gazetteer...

Jack Brosnan

- Jack Jack (

30 September 2009:
Hi, Im researching my family tree and looking for Thomson. My 4xgrt grandfather was James Thomson m Jean Jack 17.01.1795 Newburgh Fife. 3xgrt grandfather was Robert Thomson b 1808 with siblings William b 1795, Elizabeth b 1798, James b 1800, David b 1808 and Alexander b 1809. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Meree
- Meree Jacomb (, Perth, Australia

04 September 2009:
When I said in my previous comment that "Balnagowan Castle eventually always returns to Clan Ross", I should have added" far...." I meant no offence to its current owner who has admirably restored it. My comment was simply anhistorical note which originated from my understanding that during past times Balnagowan Castle was owned by non-Clan Ross owners, but eventually was repossessed by Clan Ross.

Gregory Ross
- Gregory Ross (

22 April 2009:
- re the previous comment from me I was trying to say am getting on okay but would welcome anything anyone may know about my family


22 April 2009:
I am trying to find out about my family, The Thomsons and Stronachs in Aberdeenshire and Banff and the Clarks who came for Fife (dunfermline i think) and the Neaves & Bowmans from Forfar. I am getting on okay with, the last census was 1901 which has made it more difficult to check things.


14 February 2009:
Absolutely love this website!! It makes me smile!
- Dickie Dee

04 January 2009:
Just spent Christmas at Barony Castle Hotel Eddleston near Peebles and had a most enjoyable time; staff are tremendous; a gem of a place. Young Stephen Tood an accordionist from Dalkeith played on Christmas day evening; that was the icing on the cake for me. If you are in the Borders you must visit.
- Tom Aitchison (, Sheffield, England

03 January 2009:

Im reasearching my family in Carriden, West Lothian and have found a marriage between my gggrandparents in 1789, Hugh Monro and Elizabeth Richie, it says he was a soldier at Blacknip Castle, but i cannot find any reference to this Castle, can anyone shed any light on this? My Dad says if it has a roof it can be a castle in Scotland!! Any help would be appriciated.

- Julie Martin (

15 September 2008:
I would just like to say,I have just come back from my first holiday to scotland,We stayed at the spittal of glen shee.the surrounding area has got to be one of the most breath taking in the u.k.I took some fantastic pictures which I would like to share with other readers.and I intend emailing them to scotgaz.

a fantastic place to visit.
- Paul Gerrard (

26 August 2008:
We have done alot of geneaolgy work here, but would like to know what family we still have in Scotlan. Our forefathers were David and Elizabeth Patterson Cook of Devon, Fifeshire, Scotland. David was part of the close knit Cook, Patterson and Hunter clans. David, Elizabeth and children boarded a ship called Josiah Bradlee and sailed to the United States, landing in New Orleans on April 18, 1850. Can anyone help with family prior to David and Elizabeth Patterson Cook?
- Diana Cook (

25 August 2008:
I'm researching one of my ancestors. Andrew Douglas was born in 1826 and the 1861 Census states that he was born in Scotland but the town name is unreadable - something like Kastanglan. Has anyone got any idea where it might be - I don't even know which county to start in? Thanks in advance.
- Liz Harrison (

26 July 2008:
Is anyone aware of a town or area called Blanford or Blandford?

26 July 2008:
I would like to see a special section to post "alphabetized surname" queries, which would make it much easier to search.

25 July 2008:
Hello again, also wondering anyone would have information on an ancestor in the family. My Grandmother was Sarah "Sadie" Millar and grew up in Muirkirk. She told me stories when I was a child of a relative, possibly a "great-great" uncle that was an explorer and expoditionist that actually had a waterfall named after him, believed to be somwhere in Africa, or South America. Any info would be helpful..
-, Putnam, United States of America (USA)

25 July 2008:
Aw'right?!! Just wanted to say I find your site very interesting and helpful. Came over on my first overseas trip in Sept. of 2007 to visit family. I was awe-struck the whole 12 days I was there, and glad I got to see where my grandmother grew up. Muirkirk, Cumnock, Mauchline, Ayr, Prestwick, Glasgow, Edinburgh, AYE!! What a great trip!! Was wondering if you'd put on Geo-history map, Cairn table, and Tibbie's Brig, over in Muirkirk. I constantly heard all about them from my Grandma while growing up. The two go hand in hand with Robbie Burns.. Take care, and hope to be back next summer. Ta-da!!
-, Putnam, United States of America (USA)

18 July 2008:
I donated 2 rare gazetteers to NSL (see Asst. Map Curator Christopher Fleet):

1)Comprehensive Gazetteer of Scotland by John Parker Lawson, published by A. Fullarton and Co./184-? Vol A-Elie


2)Comprehensive Gazetteer of Scotland (Vol EDI-Z),

published by Blackie & Son/184-?

Though by different publisher they overlap and have same type font; probably as a result of the merger between the 2 publishers.

I hope this information is helpful as I cannot find these gazetteers other than in databases.

Just so you know I'm a Librarian.
- Sandra Brown-Eustis (

12 July 2008:

I am looking for information on people that were living in Leslie in the the period from 1840 to 1850. I have two brothers in my family tree that were born in Leslie in 1843 and 1847. Names are James Steele and John Steele. their parents were John Steele and Isabella. John was a weaver and most probably worked in that trade in Leslie.

If any one has info on the people, or the weaving industry in Leslie I would appreciate hearing from them.


Jack Steele

Ontario, Canada
- Jack Steele (, Ontario, Canada

03 July 2008:
Hi I am looking for Robert Burns memorabilia, especially books; biographies etc. hope you can help, Thanks Ruthie

31 May 2008:
I had a penpal from Scotland sometime between 1960-64 and am wondering if anyone reading these comments might know of her or her family. I lost touch with her after that time. Her name was Susan McIntosh and she lived at Fettes College. I believe her father was employed instructor if I am remembering correctly. I was thinking of her today and found this website when looking up Fettes College on the Internet. It would be wonderful to reestablish contact with her. Thank you for any information you can give to me.
- Jane Johnson (

19 May 2008:
I just love the new format. I love the detail of information. Keep up the great work. Your work only enhances my love of Scotland.
- Josey Warren (

13 May 2008:

I have deeds dating back to the 18c for an old coaching in - dower hotel in New Aberdour, anyone interested in buying?
- Alistair Edge (

19 April 2008:
Hi my name is Suzette Duhaney I am searching my family ancestors and have learn that they came from Scotland. I am interested in anything on the Reid Family. My grandmother was Linda May Reid and her father my great grandfather was Robert Reid known to many as Bobby. They are originally born in Westmoreland, Jamaica. Anything on the Reid family is greatly appreciated. I have other members of the Reid family that has some information and we can share.
- Suzette Duhaney (, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

11 April 2008:
Hi I have recently found a place name in Dumfries and Galloway called Furmiston, near Carsphairn. I have found it on the ordnance survey map but I would appreciate any history re Furmiston, especially if anyone knows if it is an ancient name.

- Michelle Furmston (

06 April 2008:
I have ran across some letters from a penpal that I had in 1964-66. Her address was 8 SaughtonHall Avenue. Edinburgh, Scotland. I can not find that street anywhere on any maps. She mentioned how the Beatles were there for a one night stand before heading over to the U.S. for the Ed Sullivan show.. She said she was hoping that the US would accept them.. So interesting!! Just wanted to know if anyone remembers that street and if replaced by another name, what is it?? This is an interesting site. Thank you for any information you can give me... Thanks,

- Patricia Creed (, Excello, United States of America (USA)

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