Month: January 2018

Meet Bonnie William’s sister Ann Doig nee Wilson

Californian resident Ken Doig is an active researcher of several arms of his family’s ancestors and that has led him back to his Scottish heritage and his discovery of the link to our family of Wilsons. Ken’s family charts may be examined on the Doig clan website here. It turns out that Ken’s links reach back to William’s older sister Ann who married George Doig from Monikie in 1797 in Dundee. They proceeded to have four children the last of whom married fellow Scot Elizabeth Pettie in 1837 and emigrated to USA, living initially in Chicago. Ken spotted our Wilson Angus Scotland family details in charts which Laurie Wilson has lodged on a couple of international genealogy websites which are designed to permit researchers to identify family links with other researchers around the world. After a few email exchanges comparing ancestry details it was quickly clear that our William and Ken’s Ann were brother and sister. The Doig charts were of added interest because they contain information about our Wilsons which we in Australia did not have. For example, that their second child John Doig was named after his paternal grandfather John Wilson; that their third also a son, William was named after his uncle (our Bonnie) William Wilson – both of these details are taken from the church baptism records. There is even further information of interest – Ann...

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The Farm, the Fort and the ‘Big House’ on the Hill

Laws hill (in old Scottish the word ‘Laws’ actually means ‘hill’) and Laws Farm and its hinterland is rich in ancient and medieval history – Celtic/Pictic, Roman, Viking. More recently during the 17th and 18th centuries the area figured significantly in Scottish/English political and religious upheaval and intrigue. The vitrified rock remnants of Laws Fort, which significantly predates Roman presence, lie overgrown at the highest point just above the farm buildings. The header image above focuses on the highest point where the Fort was located. An imaginary tale by Rev. Douglas Chisholm reflects on its place in the Roman...

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