Clackmannanshire – I can see for miles

Patons Alloa vintage advert c1900s

Lifeline, the stunning Andy Scott sculpture (of Kelpies fame) greets me as I drive into Alloa on my way to the Family History and ScotlandsPeople Centre (or at least used to pre-Covid lockdown). Situated in the centre of a busy roundabout the message is more pertinent today than ever. At around 8 meters tall Lifeline is […]

Great-aunt Jane

Dundee library

Ward Road, Dundee is a familiar route for me as I head into the centre of the city. I must have passed No 31 the Salvation Army Hostel many times without giving a second glance, until the surprising discovery that it was the final home of my great-aunt Jane Laing. Salvation Army Home, Ward Road, […]

My Favourite Photograph

The Edward family

The Edward Family The photograph was taken around 1907/1908 as the baby in his mother’s arms, Edward Scorgie, was born in October 1907. So why did I choose this as my favourite out of the many in our family albums? I love the fashions especially the hat on baby Edward and the beautiful lace collar […]

Alfred Palmer – Gentle in disposition

Alfred Palmer

January – the time of year when resolutions are made, goals and ambitions reviewed and plans put in place to make things happen, with the anticipatory excitement of a new decade, 2020. This year I’m taking up Amy Johnson’s challenge of 52 ancestors in 52 weeks, starting with a week 1 theme of a ‘fresh […]

Researching your Scottish Agricultural Ancestors

agricultural labourers

As the 179th Royal Highland Show comes to an end I thought it was a suitable opportunity to update and share this blog. The Show once again provided a showcase for the very best in Scottish farming, food and all aspects of rural life. This and the many local shows and competitions held annually throughout […]