Archive for the Genealogy Category

THE MP’s SECRET Respect Your Ancestors – But Don’t Always Believe Them

In the early twentieth century, Sir George McCrae was one of Edinburgh’s elite.  Born in Aberdeen, he moved as a child to Edinburgh where he was raised by his uncle, John Buchan.  He left school aged ten to work as a message boy but shortly afterwards was […]

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MILITARY RECORDS AS GENEALOGICAL EVIDENCE: Robert Taylor, MM and Bar – a Soldier’s Tale

A student in my genealogy class brought me a set of military papers relating to her great-uncle.  She was keen to decipher the story they told. She knew Robert Taylor had served with the Gordon Highlanders in World War II, had been decorated and been killed in […]

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Alexander Marr in Pittengullies, Fornicator

Alexander Marr in Pittengullies, Fornicator

Genealogy confirms Grassic Gibbon’s crie de coeur, “ … daft the journey, but the journeying good”.  We often start our researches with a clear target in view.  Months (even years) later, after meandering hesitatingly towards the knowledge we sought, we have gone down a host of byways […]

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