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Would you be able to assist with information or resources related to Scots emmigration from Fife to America in the early 17th century?

In the course of my Dalrymple research, I found a Robert Dalrymple listed as a member of the The Constitution and By-laws, of the Scots Charitable Society of Boston in 1739 that came from Burntisland. There is also a record of a Robert Dalrumple that arrived in Boston the same year.

I'm doing more research on the society here in the states to see if it may have been common for Scots arriving to join the society very shortly after. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer!

Reply from Iain Sommerville, webmaster:
Thanks, Jason. We'll have a look and get back to you by email.
Iain


Original message added: October 3, 2018
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I have come across a Steamer Chest that I am going to buy.
It has the name GDW Pearson and the Address of Fife, Burnt Island Scotland in large white lettering.
It is a beautiful and well made trunk and I am guessing from the late 1890s or early 1900s.
I was wondering whether you could supply any information regarding the original owner. I am guessing the owner could well have been a prominent citizen given the quality of the chest.I cannot paste an image on here however I would be happy to if interested

Reply from Iain Sommerville, webmaster:
Thanks, William. An interesting story. We'll have a look, and get back to you by email.
Iain


Original message added: February 22, 2018
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Hello, I just wondered there is a weird looking resivour sort of thing halfway up The binn hill near the old binnend ruins, what is this exactly? Cheers

Reply from Iain Sommerville, webmaster:
The reservoir belongs to Alcan and contains waste water awaiting treatment. Full reply with technical details sent off site.


Original message added: October 29, 2017
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William Cragie of the parish of Egilsay married Agnes Kilgour at Burntisland 11 October 1811. They died in Wigtown where he was a tidewaiter. Any information would be welcome

Reply from Iain Sommerville, webmaster:
Thanks, Martina. There are also some family history guidance notes on the website. Please select 'Data Sources' from the main menu, and then 'Family History'.
Iain


Original message added: June 24, 2017
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Hello, to the people of Burntisland.I am trying to trace my father's family..My Grandfathers name was Henderson "Harry" Robertson..he was a W.W.1 Veteran .R.K.??, attached to the horse division.Harry may have been married twice, the second time to Elsie Alexandra Cummings,nee O'neill.They lived at 32 Sommerville street/road..I believe my step uncle Cecil Henry Cummings and wife Betty, were the publicans of the Golf Tavern Links rd..for many years..My father was Elsie and Harry's youngest son,I think,Leonard Alexander Robertson..d.o.b 28/03/1927 and came to Australia at the age if 29.Harry and Elsie had other children, Norma, Harry and Stuart..Any help no matter how small would be greatly as appreciated..

Reply from Iain Sommerville, webmaster:
Thanks, Annette.
You've maybe already seen them, but there are some other family history suggestions on the website - please select 'Data Sources' and then 'Family History' from the main menu. In particular, please see the box at the top of the page.
If you want to catch the next issue of the Burgh Buzz, the deadline is 12 October.
Good luck!
Regards, Iain


Original message added: October 6, 2016
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I find your site fascinating. As a toddler I vaguely recall going up the Binn with my Mother and visiting the Hoods. My Uncle was Alex Hood who lived in Edinburgh. I think I recall Granny Hood. My mothers famiy were the Gordons and appeared to spend a lot of time up the Binn in the 1920s & 30s. I have a few family snaps of then there in the 20s. If you would like copies of the photos let me know.

Reply from Iain Sommerville, webmaster:
Many thanks, Gordon. We'd love to have copies of the photos. I'll contact you separately about that.
Iain


Original message added: August 31, 2016
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My great great grandmother was called Agnes Wright born October 4, 1813. Her parents were James Wright and Rachel Murray Wright. I'd really like to get further info on this family.

Cheers,

Holly Morrison

Reply from Iain Sommerville, webmaster:
Hi Holly,
There are some family history guidance notes on the website. Please select 'Data Sources' from the main menu, and then 'Family History'.
If you need help on specific questions, e.g. addresses, please get back to me.
Good luck!
Iain


Original message added: July 23, 2016
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Further to my statement made a few days ago, that I believed M V Arthur Albright had a five cylinder Doxford engine, and not, as stated in your listing a four. I have been contacted by my friend Milt Bell of Georgia, USA, who has a tendency to know these things,and, yes your listing is correct, I got it wrong. (I am a depressingly old man and that's my excuse) Yours Ed, Cardiff.

Reply from Iain Sommerville, webmaster:
Thanks, Ed. Not a problem. I've simply removed the note from the Avance page.
Iain


Original message added: June 14, 2016
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I appreciate a lot of work has gone into this website, and mistakes there must be. Isailed on Arthur Albright and am almost certain she had a five cylinder Doxford, and not four. However, it was fifty years ago. All the best, Ed.

Reply from Iain Sommerville, webmaster:
Thanks for that, Ed. I don't want to make changes to James Anderson's list, but I've added a note to the Avance (Arthur Albright) page. [UPDATE - SEE NEXT GUESTBOOK ENTRY.]
Iain


Original message added: June 8, 2016
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I am a playwright and lyricist and having just moved to Burntisland I am keen to be involved in the community. I'd like to start a writers group for the purpose of writing plays about Burntisland.

Reply from Iain Sommerville, webmaster:
Hi Joel,
Welcome to Burntisland! You have an interesting idea. How about expanding on it in an article for the Burgh Buzz - see www.burghbuzz.org.uk. I can also put a short item in the Fife Free Press's local news column if you want.
Iain


Original message added: April 22, 2016
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