Author: lauriewilson

The Edwin Wilson Family – Charts and Images 1

Edwin was the fifth of the eleven children of John Bowman Wilson and Agnes Eliza, and grandson to Bonnie William & Margaret. Details of the immediate families of Edwin & his spouse Annabella, and that of his son Albert Corry & Marjory Jane Wilson may be seen in these Chart Sets.  More detailed information on descendants of Albert Corry & Marjory Jane may be seen on the accompanying page ‘The Edwin Wilson Family – Charts and Images 2’. The latter is a password protected page as the Charts displayed contain living persons requiring confined access for Privacy reasons. The image shown here has the confirmed image of Edwin – however, that shown of ‘Annabella’ is a possible only and has not been confirmed. Edwin and Annabella separated and presumably later divorced. To 2019 no trace has been found of Annabella in BDM records across Australia despite intensive search. It seems possible she changed her name and so disappeared from the scene. It is understood their separation was a difficult one with third party apparently involved, one legend having it that she was barred from contact with her children. Edwin and Annabella Family Chart                      Albert Corry and Marjory Family Chart  ...

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Voyage Home – 1836-1839, Britomart to England & Return – The Question is, Why

No image of Captain William McDonald’s ship Britomart has yet been located – it had previously been a Royal Navy Brig-Sloop warship of similar lines to HMS Suffisante shown above – Britomart saw Royal Navy service between 1808 and 1819.   Suffisante was formerly of the French Navy 14 guns (so overall smaller than Britomart) – it had been captured by the British. The Pelorus shown here was another Royal Navy Brig Sloop 18 gun warship of the same class as Britomart and it was also launched in 1808. For a period it was stationed at Port Jackson. Captain McDonald sailed Britomart home to England in 1836 with his spouse Agnes Smith, and his daughter Agnes Eliza on board. They had been in Tasmania since arrival there on Britomart in 1834. Between then and 1836 William had been busily sailing the ship on local voyages between Hobart and the mainland, to Sydney but mainly to Two Fold Bay (Eden) carrying passengers, livestock and general merchandise. What was it that prompted a return to England so soon after having already suffered the risks and privations of a five month confinement in a small vessel on the high seas, and with his family once again aboard with him. It is unlikely, that as we might do today so easily, to have been motivated by a desire to take a vacation and perhaps...

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Scottish Origins – Margaret Bowman of Dunnichen

Dunnichen, in the old Gaelic ‘Dun Nectan’ meaning ‘Hill Fort’ or ‘Stronghold of Nectan’. Nectan was a Pictish King, whilst Dunnichen became famed in that period of history classed as ‘the dark ages’ as the place of a great battle between Pictish and Angle forces, the local Picts inflicting a massive defeat and slaughter of the Angle force led by Angle King Ecgfrith, in the Battle of Dunnichen in 685. A scenic panorama of the attractive and gently undulating countryside adjoining Dunnichen village is seen in the header above. It was at Dunnichen Church seen here that the Banns...

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Scottish Origins – Newbigging Village

Newbigging (an Anglo-Saxon word literally meaning ‘new house/building’) village nestles in the beautiful Scottish lowlands some 30 km north of Dundee, and 10 km west of Monifieth township on the coast. It locates within Monikie Parish just outside of Monifieth Parish boundary. In the feature image above we see the village surrounded by post harvest summer fields, the Drumsturdiemuir  strip settlement spanning the mid-distance right to left, Laws (Hill) and farm beyond, and just visible in the far distance the Tay Estuary and County Fife. Our Wilsons from at least mid 18th century lived and worked, and had their...

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