Author: lauriewilson

The Barque Skelton – Is this our ship

After many years of search we believe we may at last have an image of the Skelton barque on which William and Margaret voyaged to Van Diemen’s Land. This photograph was taken recently (2017) from an original painting owned by Mr Ian Brown of Sydney, who has very kindly granted us permission to display it here. Our thanks for this discovery are due to our research colleagues Mike Wilson and Jenny Brown, Mike for tracking down the existence of the painting and its possible general location, whilst Jenny focused us to a member of the Headlam family who was...

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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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Reminiscences – Stories and Letters of Times Past

A number of our contemporary cousins, some now passed others still with us, but all of the era of the 20th and 21st centuries, took the time and effort to write about our families of old – from the 19th century and even earlier. We are pleased to assemble these writings here for all to peruse and enjoy. Some of these tales are also featured within older site articles. Reminiscences of Mrs Nancy Black, AM – Nancy (nee Boulter) who passed on in 2001 was a great-grand-daughter of William Sorell & Eliza Wilson, via their daughter, her grandmother Elizabeth Wilson. She recorded her memories of family within the William Sorell/Eliza Wilson line during the last 10 or so years of her life. These were published as a series in the Newsletter of the Hastings Family History Society. To the right is a very nice image of Nancy as many of our researchers would remember her – she was indeed a most delightful lady. Nancy was awarded an AM for services to the Anglican community of Melbourne. Nancy’s daughter Jenny Brown today continues in Nancy’s stead as a member of our research group with research into our Wilson and related families’ history. Nancy’s reminiscences range across aspects of her early childhood life and the members of her family, and reach back to her grandparents and great-grandparents recalling stories passed down. See...

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