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I was born in Taylor Street, Townhead Glasgow. (Spookily enough just round the corner from where Charles Rennie Mackintosh was born in Parson Street) I love everything to do with CRM especially the jewellery designs !!
I lived in Pollok Glasgow from 3 months old till I was 15. Our house was a five minute walk (2 streets) away from Crookston Castle. It was the meeting and play place for local children. Many's a time I climbed up the tower and looked out over "my kingdom."
Amazing film from 1961 Mungo's Medals - featuring lots of places from my life !!
When I travelled into the City of Glasgow my route took me past Pollok House.
When I started working as a Civil Servant I moved to East Kilbride and lived near Calderwood Castle estate for years.
Little did I know (or care) then that Pollok and Calderwood were two of the ancestral homes of the Maxwell Clan. I seem to have been following my roots for years.
I now live on a farm in West Lothian Scotland on land once owned by a direct ancestor on my maternal line one Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland.
I'd been meaning to start a family tree for years but is took the birth of my great-grandson in 2012 to start my serious interest in genealogy. I then discovered how little I actually knew about my own family !! By that time my parents were no longer here to answer questions. I've now discovered and am in contact with relatives in Canada, Australia, USA, Ireland and England as well as here in Scotland.
Sir Maccus de Maccuswell Maccus de Maccuswell (1130- )- direct ancestor 28 generations
Sir Aymer de Maccuswell 2nd Lord of Caerlaverock Sir Aymer de Maccuswell 21 Great Grandfather.
Duncan 1 - King of Scotland (Alba) - direct ancestor 29 generations
Robert the Bruce King of Scotland - 22nd great grandfather - direct ancestor
King Robert 2nd Stewart - direct ancestor 21 generations (19th GGF with 10 common ancestors within 25 generations)
King Robert 3rd (John) Stewart King Robert III of Scotland - direct ancestor 20 generations (18th GGF with 13 common ancestors within 25 generations)
King James 1 of Scotland - 17th Great Grandfather
Gavin Maxwell Author of Ring of Bright Water - 13th cousins
Sir James Kennedy of Dunure direct ancestor 15th Great Grandfather
William 1st Lord Crichton direct ancestor 16th Great Grandfather.
George Leslie 4th Earl of Rothes 20th Great Grandfather
Alexander Stewart 4th High Steward of Scotland - 22nd Great Grandfather
John Maxwell 1st Baron Farnham (County Cavan Ireland) 15th cousins 4 times removed
Robert Perceval Maxwell 19th cousins
Queen Elizabeth ll of UK (House of Windsor) - 13th cousins.
King Alfred the Great of England - direct ancestor 37 generations
King Edward 1st England - direct ancestor 36 generations
Charles Stewart Rolls - Founder of Rolls-Royce Motor Corporation - 10th cousins twice removed.
Queen Bertha de France de Bois (964-1015) - direct ancestor 32 generations
A J Jacobs - now 39 steps - I am a cousin !!
Barb Clarke-Brown - First cousin once removed.
George Smith - 4th cousin
Sir William Arbuthnot - 6th cousins 6 times removed (84 common ancestors within 25 generations !! - We are cousins again.
Mike Pichler 7th Cousins once removed.
John Vickery - 13th cousins twice removed
Terry Wright - 14th cousins three times removed (79 common ancestors within 25 generations)
Mary Richardson -15th cousins twice removed (88 common ancestors within 25 generations)
Chris Whitten 16th cousins 4 times removed.
Mags Gaulden 22 cousins once removed !!
Henrik Ledin 22 cousins once removed.
"The best part about Genealogy is searching for ancestors and finding friends." - Lawrence Dillard
Genealogists don't die they just lose their census.
Genealogists are time unravellers
Only a Genealogist regards a step backwards as progress.
This could take a while.
21/12/15 - In Wikitree I seem to have found a site run by people who care about accuracy and respect.
The URL for the United Kingdom google community is:-
The URL for the Scottish Clans project google group is:-
The URL for the Irish Roots google+ community is
The URL for the Irish Roots google group is :-
On 18 Oct 2017 at 05:18 GMT David Wilson wrote:
Perhaps you can figure out the 848 error on Alice (Turner) Hudson as templates are restricted.
On 9 Oct 2017 at 06:20 GMT C. Mackinnon wrote:
On 5 Oct 2017 at 09:32 GMT Donna (Cusack) McAleese wrote:
Looking forward getting well involved as time goes on. Can't wait for our first DNA tests to come back to add that on as well.
On 4 Oct 2017 at 15:39 GMT Iain Old wrote:
On 30 Sep 2017 at 17:16 GMT Candy (Black) Cox wrote:
Name: Paul Black Gender: Male Marriage Date: 15 Aug 1805 Marriage Place: Kilsyth,Stirling,Scotland Spouse: Anne Jameson FHL Film Number: 1041950, 0102119
On 25 Sep 2017 at 18:47 GMT Mary (Guthrie) Bellamy wrote:
Many thanks indeed for adding me to to Scotland project. You mentioned the Scottish Clans project and I would also be interesting in joining that. Thanks for all your help. Mary
On 23 Sep 2017 at 11:11 GMT Richard Ryker wrote:
On 12 Sep 2017 at 00:54 GMT Mary Teresa Galvin Mrs. wrote:
On 2 Sep 2017 at 11:26 GMT Ruth Graham Ms wrote:
On 1 Sep 2017 at 13:25 GMT Vanessa (James) Power wrote:
Yes, I am also looking to join the Scottish Clans Project to further my research of my husband's ancestry. He doesn't share the same passion for genealogy.