Bruce Laidlaw
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Bruce B. Laidlaw
Born 1940s.
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Born in Aberdeen, Scotland, September 30, 1943.

William Bruce Laidlaw's birth was registered in 1943 in the Aberdeen Southern District district.[1]

See my mother's page Mary Brebner (Robb) Laidlaw (1918-2014) for more bio.

Emigrated to Sydney, Australia in 1966.


Under Scottish Law non-church marriages could result from

A) mutual agreement before a witness,
B) by a public promise followed by consummation, or
C) by cohabitation with habit and repute.

A) and B) were abolished in 1940 and C) in 2006.



  1. Birth Registration: "Statutory Register of Births"
    National Records of Scotland, Ref: 168/2/740 (accessed 22 April 2023)
    Surname: LAIDLAW; Forename: WILLIAM BRUCE; Gender: M; Year: 1943; RD Name: Aberdeen Southern District.
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Hi Bruce, what's your relationship to or interest in the Sim family?

They're cousins of mine via the Inglis family so I've bought a bunch of pages on ScotlandsPeople for them, in case you need anything. I'm particularly a fan of William Sim's addiction to raising granite monuments to family members, especially his own wonderful monolith in the Glasgow Necropolis that lists a lot of his close relatives and gave me my 5x great grandfather's dates. :)


Thanks, Kath. One of the Mc/MacLachlans married a Laidlaw. (Another married a Sim.) That's my only connection. I keep an eye out for Laidlaws and then see if I can do a little work on their stories. Thanks for all your recommendations... 😃👍
posted by Bruce Laidlaw
Thank you for your help in finding the parents of Isabella Mcdonald and John Anderson. I've been struggling with it for months, now I can carry on!
posted by Karen Anderson
Thanks for updating Adam's line, Bruce. Boykett-128, Elizabeth Boykett (known as Ann) was a great help to me in the early stages of my research, although I am descended from Lowlanders. In those days, every woman seemed to have a nickname. For example, according to a family diary, the marriage of my Jenny's grandparents was performed "at Coral's house", Coral being Mary Ann Elizabeth (Bond) De Low (1859-1953).
posted by Doug Laidlaw
Not sure what I did, Doug, but glad to be of help. :-)
posted by Bruce Laidlaw
Hi Bruce. I have a lot of information about James Robb, Isabella and their 4 children. They were early settlers in the Comox Valley and in fact Isabella was the first white woman there. I'm writing a short article for a local group - would you like a copy when it's done?

Ann Brown Comox, BC Canada

posted by Ann (Edwards) Brown
Hi Ann, Yes, I'd love a copy, please. Sorry I missed your message.

Best wishes... Bruce

posted by Bruce Laidlaw
Hi Bruce,

I am doing a one-name study of the COULL surname The Farther of Coull-334 (George) was Francis Coull b c 1815 (or 1818 or 1825 depending on source). He married Eliza (Elizabeth) WHYTE 16 Juy 1865 (he had been previously married to a Mary BENZIE) he was described as a Tailor. You can look him up on along with Georges siblings and half siblings.

Martin Coull Now living in Paynesville, Victoria, Australia on the beautiful Gippsland Lakes. Time UTC = +10 hours

posted by Martin Coull
edited by Martin Coull
Bruce, your question about John Robb and Margary (?), his wife. The info I have is that they departed the shores of the UK (London) on the ship "Charlotte Gladstone", on 5 November 1870, arriving in New Zealand 30 January 1871.
posted by John Ching
Hi Bruce, the category you have on your profile "Scotland, Emigrants to Australia" was originally named incorrectly, and needs to be deleted. Could you please remove that category and replace it with a correct category. We already have "Migrants from Aberdeenshire to New South Wales" or if "Migrants from Aberdeen to New South Wales" is more applicable to you, I can create that one for you.

Kind regards, Margaret, Categorization and Australia Projects.

Thanks for all the improvements you made to my Hawick profiles, Bruce. There were too many to thank individually. Now that I know that my William's mother Jane Newall existed, I am more motivated.
posted by Doug Laidlaw
I'm in lockdown in Sydney, so I have more spare time for Wikitree! :-)
posted by Bruce Laidlaw
That is where I have been lucky. Metropolitan Melbourne has been just as bad, but I live in Bendigo, outside the defined metropolitan area, and for some time, the requirements here have been minimal.
posted by Doug Laidlaw
Hi Bruce, regarding your request for category "Highland and Island Emigration Society", can you give me a link for a profile you would like the category to be added to? Many thanks, cheers, Margaret.
Bruce, I have received an enquiry about a new Aussie Laidlaw contact who is on FamilySearch and according to them, is on FAG as well. She is GRACE ELLEN LAIDLAW, who married Alfred William BOUQUET in Scotland in 1918. They seem to have emigrated like typical newlyweds. Alf's potential parents are on Their son-in-law Robert LAKE, d. 2004 is on FamilySearch, and I got his details from there. I will give you a Wikitree ID for Grace when I have one.


posted by Doug Laidlaw
edited by Doug Laidlaw
Just a follow-up. I needed to link to Don Bradman's family. A girl from Don's family Julia (Bradman) Lake married into the Lake family, Brian Edward Lake (abt.1929-abt.1981). These unexpected links are what makes genealogy so fascinating.
posted by Doug Laidlaw
Bruce, I feel like removing the Laidlaw link as one I am following. You and others are doing it far better. In my case, there are couple of lines only that attach to my ancestors and go outside Scotland, and they are Canadians. All the Americans are of no interest to me, and I don't believe that genealogical research is simple number-crunching. Occasionally, one pops up as a connection to an Anchor, but those will remain.
posted by Doug Laidlaw
Hello Bruce,

Thanks for taking the Pre-1700 Quiz!

Because pre-1700 ancestors are shared by many descendants, working within the projects which coordinate them is essential. You can learn more about joining the community in How To #3 and in the Project FAQ.

Use the Pre-1700 Projects list to find one which best fits your research focus, whether time period, location, or special event. Read the goals and tasks of the project and join if it is a good fit.

Let me know if you have trouble finding projects which fit your focus. Click my name, then ask in the comment section of my page.

Natalie ~ Pre-1700 Greeter

posted by Natalie (Durbin) Trott
Hi Bruce! Thanks for adding Laidlaw profiles.

However, could you please use a more specific source than, please. That is just a link to a web site, it does not say anything about what kind of record or page number so it is just not a valid pre-1700 source. You can check the links provided by Natalie above and you could also contact Scotland Project to get some guidance regarding Scottish pre-1700 sources..

posted by Maggie Andersson
Hi Maggie, Thanks for your note. is a government website which has all the old Scottish parish records from 1553 to 1855. I'd have complete confidence in it as a valid pre-1700 source. However, it gives details as the result of a search. Here's an example looking for a marriage date for my ancestor who married in 1815.

That URL is very long and clumsy for wikitree, I think, though it could be shortened using sites like

Are you saying that if I include the "FR1101", the parish number "778" and the ref "40 343" then that would be an acceptable source? As far as I can see, there's no way of searching scotlandspeople using those references.

Thanks again!

posted by Bruce Laidlaw
edited by Bruce Laidlaw
You can add a long URL link without the long text showing. [ and ] are the characters for creating links on WT. For example, if you put [ just before this text Help adding links

and ] right after it, then it will not show the URL, just the text written after the first space after the link and before ] like this Help adding links

So you can actually add your long URL Marriage record FR1101, parish 778, ref 40 343. and it will show like that.

I do this with Swedish church books, but the text I use to tell which book is usually something along the line like "Marriage books Östad parish 1865-1882, page 17, listing no 3". The link is however close to the one you just used as an example. But that extra writing will tell someone not using the paid archive site I might be using, just where to find the info in the free Swedish National Archive, the information needed for checking that exact source is there, if they should like to look at the record themselves and verify my information. Think like this, if that link would break, how would you have described where the info could be found?

posted by Maggie Andersson
edited by Maggie Andersson
I must remember that, Maggie. Otherwise, I would have used a URL shortener as Bruce suggested.
posted by Doug Laidlaw

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Click here to start with our New Member How-To Pages. They will save you time, energy and frustration as you add your family profiles.

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