Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Ancestry Tours of Flowerdale Scotland


Ancestry Tours of Flowerdale, Gairloch, Scotland.

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Ancestry Tours of Findochty Banffshire Scotland


Ancestry Tours of Findochty, Banffshire, Scotland.

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Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Ancestry Tours of Renton West Dunbartonshire Scotland


Ancestry Tours of Renton, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland.

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Ancestry Tours of Dundonnell Scotland


Ancestry Tours of Dundonnell, Little Loch Broom, Wester Ross, Scotland.

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Friday, 26 December 2008

Ancestry Tours of High Street Penicuik Scotland


Ancestry Tours of High Street, Penicuik, Scotland. Penicuik is a burgh in Midlothian, Scotland, lying on the west bank of the River North Esk. The town was developed as a planned village in 1770 by Sir James Clerk of Penicuik. It became a burgh in 1867.

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Monday, 22 December 2008

Ancestry Tours of Old Edinburgh Scotland


Ancestry Tours of Old Edinburgh, Scotland. An old view of the Grassmarket, which was the the main approach from the West to the Old Town of Edinburgh.

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Sunday, 21 December 2008

Ancestry Tours of Glasgow Cemeteries and Crematoria Scotland

Ancestry Tours of Glasgow Cemeteries and Crematoria Scotland. Cemetery Registers The History and Glasgow Room of the Mitchell Library holds the records of some twenty Glasgow cemeteries covering the period from the 18th century to the 1950s. There are a few also in Glasgow City Archives, as well as lair plans and registers of burials in intra-mural burial grounds, 1870-1950. The arrangement is chronological within each cemetery and there are no indexes. A comprehensive listing, including location of registers and monumental inscriptions of Glasgow can be found in, Willing, J. and Fairie, J.S., Burial Grounds in Glasgow: a brief guide for the genealogist (Glasgow and West of Scotland Family History Society, revised and re-printed 1997).

Additional cemetery registers for Glasgow, along with more recent records, are kept by the Cemeteries and Crematoria Section of the City of Glasgow Council Parks Department, 2 Port Dundas Place, Glasgow G2 3LB.

Glasgow Monumental Inscriptions. Parish registers of burials are particularly defective in Scotland and gravestones are often the only surviving death record before compulsory registration began in 1855. Little transcription of gravestones has been done in Glasgow. The Glasgow and West of Scotland Family History Society has published a complete index to St David's Ramshorn Burial Ground. The Mitchell Library holds lists for many other graveyards in Scotland, a full catalogue is available in the History and Glasgow Room.

Some Cemeteries past and present around the City of Glasgow, Scotland.
Calton Cemetery (1786) Abercromby Street, Glasgow Scotland.
Cardonald Cemetery (1922) 545 Mosspark Boulevard, Glasgow Scotland.
Carmunnock Churchyard, Carmunnock Village, Scotland.
Cathcart Churchyard, 115 Carmunnock Road, Scotland.
Daldowie Crematorium (1955) Hamilton Road, Broomhouse, Uddingston, Scotland.
Eastern Necropolis (1847) Janefield Cemetery, 1264 Gallowgate, Glasgow, Scotland.
Eastwood New Cemetery (1911) 271 Thornliebank Road, Glasgow, Scotland.
Glasgow Necropolis (1832) Cathedral Square, Glasgow, Scotland.
Gorbals Churchyard (1715) Old Rutherglen Road, Glasgow, Scotland.
Govan Churchyard, 868 Govan Road, Glasgow, Scotland.
High Church Burial Ground, Cathedral Square, Glasgow, Scotland.
Kirk Lane Cemetery (1764) Riverbank Street, Glasgow, Scotland.
Lambhill Cemetery (1881) 1035 Balmore Road, Glasgow, Scotland.
Linn Cemetery and Crematorium (1961) Lainshaw Drive, Glasgow, Scotland.
Maryhill Churchyard (1826) 1956 Maryhill Road, Glasgow, Scotland.
Partick Quaker Cemetery (1711) Keith Street, Partick, Glasgow, Scotland.
Ramshorn Churchyard (1720) Ingram Street, Glasgow, Scotland.
Riddrie Park Cemetery (1901) 1171 Cumbernauld Road, Glasgow, Scotland.
Sighthill Cemetery (1840) 225 Springburn Road, Glasgow, Scotland.
Southern Necropolis (1840) 316 Caledonia Road, Glasgow, Scotland.
St Kentigern Cemetery (1882) 957 Balmore Road, Glasgow, Scotland.
Tollcross Churchyard (1806) Corbett Street, Glasgow, Scotland.
Western Necropolis (1882) Tresta Road, Glasgow, Scotland.

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Thursday, 11 December 2008

Ancestry Tours of Kirkcowan Village Scotland


Ancestry Tours of Kirkcowan Village, Wigtownshire, Scotland.

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Ancestry Tours of Dyemill Sandhead Scotland


Ancestry Tours of Dyemill, Sandhead, Dumfries And Galloway, Scotland. Now a private dwelling, the Dye Mill was once powered by the Alwhibbie Burn to mill seaweed and obtain a brown dye. Seaweed was one of Scotland's most valuable natural resources.

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Monday, 8 December 2008

Ancestry Tours of Sandbank Holy Loch Scotland


Ancestry Tours of Sandbank, Holy Loch, Scotland. Sandbank is a village on the Cowal Peninsula in Argyll and Bute, Scotland, two and half miles north of Dunoon on the coastal A815 or the inland A885. It sits on the southern shore of the Holy Loch, branching off the Firth of Clyde. Sandbank was the site of the shore facilities of the US Navy submarine base in the Holy Loch from 1961 to 1992.

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Saturday, 29 November 2008

John Wilson Ancestry Paisley Scotland

John Wilson, (1785-1854), was born on 18th May 1785 in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland. His father was a wealthy gauze manufacturer and his mother, Margaret Sym, was a descendant of James Graham, Marquis of Montrose. Wilson was privately educated by a Church of Scotland minister in the neighbouring parish of Mearns and, on the death of his father in 1795, at the University of Glasgow. Between 1803 and 1807 he was a Gentleman-Commoner at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he gained a reputation as a prodigious athlete. A well-built, burly man, Wilson retained a lifelong interest in walking tours and athletic pursuits. On his graduation Wilson moved to his small estate of Elleray in the Lake District, which he had bought with his patrimony; during his time in the country he was a close associate and friend of the Wordsworths and Thomas de Quincey. In 1811 he married Jane Penny, the daughter of a Liverpool merchant, but three years later he lost the greater part of his fortune owing to his uncle's mismanagement of the estate. He was forced to take up residence with his family in Edinburgh where he was admitted to the Faculty Of Advocates.
Wilson started writing poetry during his period at Elleray; his work was palely derivative of the Lake school and in 1812 he published his first collection, Isle of Palms and Other Poems. Although the volume attracted some attention when it was published, the title poem, which tells the story of a young couple shipwrecked in a pastoral, pre-Satanic Eden, is overlong and cloyed with vapid sentimentality. This was followed in the same year by The Magic Mirror, which was addressed to Sir Walter Scott, and in 1816 Wilson published a third long poem, The City of the Plague. Despite their weaknesses, the two 1812 publications gained for Wilson a reputation in Edinburgh's literary society; his acquaintance with William Backwood led to his becoming an intimate of Blackwood's saloon at 17 Princes Street, where he met, among others, John Gibson Lockhart, who was also studying law. In October 1817 he joined with Lockhart and James Hogg in editing the first issue of Blackwood's Magazine, which contained the notorious Chaldee Manuscript and critical attacks on Leigh Hunt. Although Wilson was forced to flee temporarily to Elleray in the ensuing uproar he continued to be a contributing editor to Blackwood's; he wrote several notable series, such as the Noctes Ambrosianae, between 1822 and 1835, in which he took the persona of Christopher North, and Lights and Shadows of Scottish Life, collected 1822, stories of country life which are precursors of the kailyard school of rural sentimentality. He published two novels, The Trials of Margaret Lyndsay (1823) and The Foresters (1825); both are celebrations of the intelligently pious peasantry and its progress from squalor and tribulation to an innocent, earthly paradise.
Wilson's influence on Blackwood's Magazine was considerable and he used his editorial powers to promote high Tory politics and an idyllic, parochial simplicity in literature. His feelings towards his friends and fellow contributors were ambiguous, especially towards James Hogg whom he would praise in one issue and then lampoon in the next.

In 1820 Wilson was appointed to the Chair of Moral Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, in succession to Dr Thomas Brown, his election being due to the pro-Tory Town Council who made all professional appointments. Lacking any formal qualifications, Wilson relied on notes supplied by his friend from Glasgow days, Alexander Blair, who was Professor of Rhetoric and Belles Lettres at University College, London, between 1831 and 1834, and on the strength of his own eloquent rhetoric. He held the post until 1851, when ill health forced him to retire, and he died on 3 April 1854. His eldest daughter, Margaret Ann, married the nephew of Susan Edmonstone Ferrier, James Frederick Ferrier, who edited his father-in-law's works; his youngest daughter, Jane Emily, married William Edmondstoune Aytoun, Professor of Rhetoric and Belles Lettres in the University of Edinburgh.

His works include; A Recommendation of the Study of the Remains of Ancient Grecian and Roman Architecture Sculpture and Painting (1807); Lines Sacred to the Memory of the Rev. James Grahame (1811); The Isle of Palms and Other Poems (1812); The Magic Mirror (1812); The City of the Plague (1816); Lights and Shadows of Scottish Life (1822); The Trials of Margaret Lyndsay (1823); The Foresters (1825); Poems (1825); with John Gibson Lockhart, Janus, or the Edinburgh Literary AImanack (1826); Blind Allan (1840); The Land of Burns (1840); The Recreations of Christopher North (1842); The Noctes Ambrosianae, 4 vols. (1843); Scotland Illustrated (1845); Specimens of the British Critics by Christopher North (1846); Essays Critical and Imaginative, 4 vols. (1866).

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Ancestry Tours of Morar Scotland


Ancestry Tours of Morar, Road to the Isles, Scotland.

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Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Ancestry Tours of Dunskey Castle Scotland


Ancestry Tours of Dunskey Castle, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. This castle is located a mile south of Portpatrick and about ten miles from Stranraer.

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Saturday, 22 November 2008

McDiarmid Ancestry Glasgow Scotland

John McDiarmid, 1790-1852, was born in Glasgow, the son of the minister of the Gaelic Church. His early life was spent as a clerk in the Commercial Bank in Edinburgh, but by 1817 his growing interest in publishing led him to join Charles Maclaren hand William Ritchie shortly after they had founded Te Scotsman newspaper. Later that year he moved to Dumfries where he established the Dumfries and Galloway Courier. A friend of many of the leading writers of his day, McDiarmid acted as a legal adviser to Jean Armour, the widow of Robert Burns. Politically on the left, he was one of the first campaigning journalists in Scotland to see the use that could be made of the press in public affairs. He edited a collection of poems by William Cowper and wrote on the topography of Dumfries and Galloway. His works include; An Enquiry into the Principles of Civil and Military Subordination (1806); ed., Poetical Works of William Cowper (1818); The Scrap Book (1821); Sketches from Nature (1830); Picture of Dumfries (1832).

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Monday, 17 November 2008

Ancestry Tours of Corrichatachan Scotland


Ancestry Tours of Corrichatachan, near Broadford, Isle of Skye, Scotland. Corrichatachan is where Dr Johnson and James Boswell stayed with the Reverend Martin MacPherson on their tour of the Isle of Skye in the 1700's.

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Saturday, 15 November 2008

Beattie Ancestry Scotland

James Beattie, (1735-1803). Poet and philosopher. He was born on 25 October 1735 in Laurencekirk, Kincardineshire, the son of a shopkeeper. He was educated at the village school and in 1749 he matriculated at Marischal College, Aberdeen. Between 1753 and 1758 Beattie taught at the village school at Fordoun, before becoming a master at Aberdeen Grammar School; he was unexpectedly appointed Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen in 1760, a post he held for 30 years. He became a close friend of JAMES burnett, Lord Monboddo, and was a frequent visitor to London, where he enjoyed a high standing in literary and political circles. In his latter years Beattie was incapacitated by rheumatism and was awarded a state pension. He died on 18th August 1803 in Aberdeen. His biography was written by Sir William Forbes'in Account of the Life and Writings of James Beattie, LL.D.

Beattie first came to public attention as a poet through the publication of his long poem The Minstel, written in two books in 1771 and 1774. It is in Spenserian stanzas and Beattie described it as 'a moral and serious poem'; it follows, in fashionable, high-flown Augustan tones, a poetic visionary's symbolic journey from chaos to a true understanding of art. His other works, parodies and satires in the style of Alexander Pope, have been long forgotten, though his epistle 'To Mr Alexander Ross' was often anthologized in the 19th century. His reputation as a poet has also been tarnished by his support for the ossian poems by James macpherson.

As a philosopher Beattie enjoyed some success in his day for his attack on David Hume, in Essay on Truth (1770), a work that has long been discredited by metaphysicians. His other philosophical works are, principally, Elements of Moral Science (1790-93), Dissertations, Moral and Critical (1783) and The Evidences of the Christian Religion Briefly and Plainly Stated (1786), all of which echo Beattie's interest in religion and its application to philosophy. In 1779 he published his Scoticisms, Arranged in Alphabetical Order, Designed to Correct Improprieties of Speech and Writing, which was produced originally for his students, who had 'no opportunity of learning English from the company they kept', but which is also an indication of the desire of many of the intellectuals of Beattie's period to speak correct, Augustan English.

Works: Original Poems and Translations (1760); The Judgement of Paris (1765); Poems on Several Subjects (1766); An Essay on the Nature and Immutability of Truth (1770); The Minstrel, 2 vols. (1771-4); Essays on Poetry (1778); Scoticisms, Arranged in Alphabetical Order, Designed to Correct Improprieties of Speech and Writing (1779);
Dissertations, Moral and Critical (1783); The Evidences of the Christian Religion Briefly and Plainly Stated, 1 vols. (1786); Elements of Moral Science, (1790-93).

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