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My forefathers come from the Borders, my father having been born in Galashiels. I have been able to trace the family back to Dr James Somerville, who was born in 1812 and married Helen Menilaws. A copy of the book "Baronial House of Somerville" has been passed down through the family and now resides with me as the last male heir in our lineage, but I have been unable to establish our connection to this long line of distinguished (?) Peers. It was in this quest that I landed up at this site. Thank you for your work as custodian of this most interesting source of information on Scottish heritage.

Reply from Iain Sommerville, webmaster:
Many thanks for the kind words, Ian. And good to hear from someone with (almost) the same name!
Iain


Original message added: February 18, 2016
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My aunt Kate Moden Dick Street, Burntisland was found de capitated 1942 on the LNER rail track, Fife. Would like to know her resting place.
Ken

Reply from Iain Sommerville, webmaster:
Hi Ken,
A sad story.
Burial records for Fife are kept at Kirkcaldy Crematorium - see "http://goo.gl/SQSPzH" (without the quotes). That's your best bet in the first instance.
If you haven't already done so, you might want to get a copy of the death registration from ScotlandsPeople at "http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/" (again without the quotes. That should also give you a link to the Register of Corrected Entries, which usually has additional information.
I'm not aware of there ever being a Dick Street in Burntisland. We still have a Dick Crescent. There used to be a Dick Terrace (now part of Aberdour Road) and a Dick Place (now part of Kirkton Road).
Good luck.
Iain


Original message added: January 21, 2016
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I'm researching my ancestors in particular, Margaret Marr born 1820, and have not been having much luck. It seems there are a lot of Marrs still in residence. Is anyone doing a family tree for the Marrs?

Reply from Iain Sommerville, webmaster:
Hi Jef,
You've maybe already seen them, but there are a few other suggestions on the website for finding people. Please select 'Data Sources' from the main menu, and then 'Family History'. The suggestions are in the box at the top of the page.
Good luck!
Iain


Original message added: January 16, 2016
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So what I have is this: John Mollison, born 13 Jan 1849, christening 11 Feb 1849, parents John Mollison and Agnes Millar. Parents married 14 Feb 1848. All events happened in Burntisland. I am looking at any other information relating to these people. I am planning on being in the Edinburgh area and possible Burntisland around the 22nd of July for several days.

Of the pictures that I have, several are postcards without any writing on them, and a few with "Stewart S. Whitelaw, Glossprint, Burntisland" stamped on the back. Some I will donate to the Trust others you can scan if you wish.

Ian

Reply from Iain Sommerville, webmaster:
Thanks, Ian.
You might be able to find the family on the 1841 and/or 1851 censuses.
If you email me at this email address closer to your visit, I'm sure one of us will be able to meet you. You'll also be able to visit the Heritage Centre and exhibition - for details, please go to www.burntisland.net and select 'Heritage Trust' from the main menu, and then 'Exhibition and Activities'.
Kind regards,
Iain


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Hi There, my Great-Great grandfather was from around the Burntisland Area and I am trying sort out any information that I can find. My family and I are planning a trip to the EU and UK in July and are planning on stopping in Edinburgh and if possible, Burntisland. I also have some old pictures of the town that I am willing to donate to someone, just not sure who.

Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.

Ian Mollison

Reply from Iain Sommerville, webmaster:
Hi Ian,
If you can give us some more information, we may well be able to help. There are some family history suggestions on the website - please select 'Data Sources' and then 'Family History' from the main menu. The Scotlands People website is a good source for births, marriages and census returns.
I'm also a Trustee of Burntisland Heritage Trust and we're always delighted to consider taking old pictures (scanned copies would be fine). Please let me know what pictures you have.
Kind regards,
Iain


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I just found this site and am excited to have a closer look at it. My grandmother emigrated from burntisland to Winnipeg in the 1920's. I have info from a census that her family lived in the Globe Building which I think was on High Street but I can't find a number. I guess it is not there anymore but I wondered if you had any info on what the address may have been. My friend is attending the Highland games this summer and said she would take a photo for me.

Reply from Iain Sommerville, webmaster:
Thanks, Lynda.
I've consulted Heritage Trust colleagues about this, and none of us have heard of Globe Buildings. Would you be able to send us a copy of the original census entry? It may be that the writing was difficult to read. Also the neighbouring addresses would help us to pinpoint the location. If you can't do that, can you give us the names and ages of the family members and the date of the census - if you can do that by tomorrow, we may be able to arrange for someone to look at the original in Edinburgh on Wednesday.
Kind regards,
Iain


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Hi
my descendants lived and worked in burntisland. My greatgrandmother, great uncle anr my mother are all buried in burntisland cemetary. I spent alot of time as a child visiting family there. I would love to know a little history of my family. Can you help? Family name was gordon. My aunt and uncle were birrell. Uncle dave was a sailor and in later life worked at the docks. My great granma was elizabeth gordon. I hav3 tried census to no avail. My mother attended old primary scholl n ferguson place in 1949. She is on a photo you have published. My great granma was born in 1888 and died in november 1954. Farrell gordon died in 1942 aged 21. Hope you can help.

Reply from Iain Sommerville, webmaster:
Thanks, Christina.
There are some family history suggestions on the website - please select 'Data Sources' and then 'Family History' from the main menu.
I'd particularly recommend a 'Letter to the Editor' of the Burgh Buzz. The Buzz is delivered free to all houses in the town. Make sure you include your email address.
Good luck!
Regards, Iain


Original message added: February 19, 2015
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Looking for info on James Meldrum and family who settled in NZ in 1926.
Is there a way of finding how the old and 37674new, 1960, High St numbers relate

Reply from Iain Sommerville, webmaster:
Hi James,
There are some family history suggestions on the website - please select 'Data Sources' and then 'Family History' from the main menu.
I'm not sure when the High Street numbering changed - probably sometime in the 1950s. The old numbering had odd numbers on the south, even numbers on the north, and (broadly speaking) there was one number for each building. The new numbering has odd on the north, even on the south, and there is one number for each individual house and shop. For example, I now live in 225 - formerly 106. I only know that because I have the old title deeds. There's no easy way of deducing one from the other.
I hope this helps!
Regards, Iain


Original message added: December 20, 2014
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What a wonderful website - every town should have one.

I am researching the family history of Tom Storrar (1868-1942) and his wife Helen Burnett (1869-1966)and I would love to hear from anyone who has any memories of them. Any scraps of information would be most welcome.

Tom began his working life in Kinghorn where he became manager of Darney's glueworks until it closed down in about 1904. Tom and Helen then moved to Burntisland where Tom was a coaltrimmer at the docks. The family lived, in succession, at:

1904: 12 Craigholm Crescent (now 45-95 Kinghorn Road).
1905: 15 Somerville Street
1908: 35 East Leven Street
1915: 23 James Park
1920s: 40 Rossend Avenue (now Broomhill Avenue)
1930s: 18 Ferguson Place
1940s: 26 James Park (ground floor)

Tom and Helen had five children:
Thomas (1898-1980) A Civil Engineer.
Jock (1901-1978) Pharmacist. Went to Australia.
Jessie (1907-2003) Schoolteacher, married Bill Morrison.
Peter (1909-1987) Pharmacist.
Jim (1915-2002)Pharmacist.


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It is very interesting to find and read your website. My reason for doing so is because I visited in 1968 on-board an R.N. Minesweeper. It was H.M.S. Warsash which was attached to the Southampton division of the R.N.R. ( Disbanded now ) Apparently we were there for what was called De-Gaussing, which is the removal of the magnetic field around a minesweeper. I have not found any mention of the R.N. presence in relation to this in the history of the port. ( Or have I missed it ? ) I did enjoy my stay and even took the train into Edinburgh for a city visit, of which I always fondly remember. I was never fortunate enough to visit Scotland again via the R.N. but always promised my wife that we would do so one day ...... that day is coming within two weeks of posting this. Regards to all. :)

Reply from Iain Sommerville, webmaster:
Thanks, Colin. I do remember the occasional naval vessel in the East Dock in recent years, presumably there for degaussing. I found a reference at www.mwassociation.co.uk/news/toast.to.burntisland which says that the facility closed in 2011. I hope you and your wife have a great time when you visit!


Original message added: August 1, 2014
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