Maria Maxwell
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Maria Maxwell
Born 1940s.
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Maria Maxwell is a member of the Shaw Name Study Project.
Maria Maxwell visited 2 nations including India and Ukraine in the 15 Nations Tour.
Maria Maxwell is a member of Clan Maxwell.
Maria Maxwell has Irish ancestors.



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Maria Maxwell was born in Scotland.

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 !!

Taylor St, Townhead, Glasgow Taylor St, July 1955

Wikipedia Townhead Glasgow

Crookston Castle, Pollok, Glasgow

Crookston Castle

Wikipedia Crookston Castle

History of Crookston Castle

I lived in Pollok Glasgow from 3 months old till I was 15. Our house was a five minute walk 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."

Pollok House

Pollok House

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 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 it 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,

Amazing film from 1961 Mungo's Medals - featuring lots of places from my life !!

  • Glasgow Gorbals - where my dad was born and lived.
  • Crookston Castle and Pollok where I grew up
  • Moss Heights where my family lived from early 1960's
  • East Kilbride - where I lived from early 1970's to 2006.


Famous Scots

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
Robert Burns Poet - 10th cousin 6 times removed
Gavin Maxwell Author of Ring of Bright Water - 13th cousins
Sir William Keith 1st Earl Marischal of Scotland 6th cousin 18 times removed.

Scottish Nobility

Margaret Tudor - Queen consort of Scotland - Third cousin 15 times removed
Sir James Kennedy of Dunure direct ancestor 15th Great Grandfather
William 1st Lord Crichton direct ancestor 16th Great Grandfather.
William Douglas 1st Earl of Douglas 19th Great Grandfather
George Leslie 4th Earl of Rothes 20th Great Grandfather
Alexander Stewart 4th High Steward of Scotland - 22nd Great Grandfather
Sir Gilbert de la Hay 3rd Laird of Erroll - 22nd Great Grandfather.

Declaration of Arbroath 1320

(According to the relationship finder !! )

Duncan MacDuff 7th Earl of Fife - 2nd cousin 22 times removed.
Patrick Dunbar - 8th Earl of Dunbar - 2nd cousin 22 times removed.
Malise 39th Jarl of Orkney - 6th cousin 19 times removed.
Malcolm Lennox 5th Earl of Lennox - 3rd cousin 21 times removed.
William Ross 3rd Earl of Ross - 24th Great Grandfather.
Sir Walter Stewart 6th High Steward of Scotland -21st Great Grandfather.
Sir James Douglas The Black Douglas - 21st Great Grandfather.
Sir David de Brechin - 2nd cousin 23 times removed.
Sir David Graham of Kincardine - 22nd Great Grand Uncle
Sir John (Stewart) Menteith Lord of Arran - 24th Great Grandfather.
Lord Alexander Fraser Lord Chamberlain of Scotland - 3rd cousin 24 times removed.
Gilbert de la Hay Constable of Scotland - 1st cousin 22 times removed
Robert Keith - Marischal of Scotland -23rd Great Grandfather.
Henry St Clair Baron of Roslin - 23rd Great Grandfather
John Graham Lord of Dalkeith, Abercorn & Eskdale -2nd cousins 23 times removed.
David Lindsay Lord of Crawford - 20th Great Grand Uncle
John de Fenton of Baikie and Beaufort - 23rd Great Grand Uncle.
William de Abernethy 2nd Baron of Saltoun - 23rd Great Grandfather.
Sir David Wemyss of Wemyss - 22nd Great Grandfather.
Sir Andrew Leslie 6th Lord of Leslie - 5th Cousin 24 times removed.
Donald Campbell Domhnall mac Cailein - 3rd cousins 22 times removed.

to be continued !! amazing

Magna Carta Surety Barons

(According to the relationship finder !! )

William d'Aubigny - 2nd cousin 25 times removed.
Hugh le Bigod - 25th Great Grandfather.
Henry de Bohun - 1st cousin 25 times removed.
Gilbert de Clare - 26th Great Grandfather.
John Fitz Robert- 2nd cousin 26 times removed.
Robert FitzWalter- 2nd cousin 25 times removed.
William de Huntingfield- 2nd cousin 25 times removed
John de Lacy -26th Great Grand Uncle
William de Lanvallei - 1st cousin 26 times removed
William de Mowbray - 2nd cousin 26 times removed
Saher de Quincy - 26th Great Grandfather
Geoffrey de Say - 4th cousins 25 times removed
Robert de Vere - 2nd cousins 25 times removed

In Ireland

John Maxwell 1st Baron Farnham (County Cavan Ireland) 15th cousins 4 times removed
Somerset Henry Maxwell 10th Baron Farnham and 13th Baronet of Calderwood 19th cousins
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
Henry Tudor - Henry Tudor -VIII King of England - Third cousins 15 times removed.
Henry Tudor - Henry Tudor- VII King of England Second cousins 16 times removed.
Elizabeth "Queen of England" Tudor formerly York aka Plantagenet, of York - Third cousins 16 times removed.
King Edward 1st England - direct ancestor 36 generations
Charles Stewart Rolls - Founder of Rolls-Royce Motor Corporation - 10th cousins twice removed.
George Edward Herbert - 5th Earl of Carnarvon of Highclere Castle and Tutankhamun fame - 13th cousin once 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.
Josephine (Boyle) Black wife of 1st cousin once removed.
Elissa Scotland 4th cousin
George Morgan 4th cousin
George Smith - 4th cousin
Roberta Muir - still trying to work out which cousins we are !! We're 10 degrees from each other though !!
William Jamieson 6th cousins once removed
Sir William Arbuthnot - 6th cousins 6 times removed (84 common ancestors within 25 generations !! - We are cousins again.
Mike Pichler 7th Cousins once removed.
Gavin Bowie - 8th cousins 4 times removed
Mark Curtis 13th 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.

Thoughts for today

"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.


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Hi Maria,

Thank you for all the work that you have done for the Scotland Project. As you have not responded to our recent check in messages I presume that you wish to leave the project.

If you'd like to re-join us in the future, you can do so by replying to our current G2G Welcome post which is linked from the project page at

All the best Sheena

Hi Maria

It's time for a One Name Studies Project check-in!

Could you please advise me which One Name Studies you're still actively coordinating, i.e. maintaining the main study page and associated research pages, and replying to queries/comments from members.

You can respond to this message by posting a reply below or sending me a private message on WikiTree. I look forward to hearing from you!

If I don’t receive your response within the next three weeks, I’ll assume that your interests have changed or you are no longer able to coordinate any One Name Studies, and you'll be removed from the project.


Jacqueline Baxter, ONS Project Co-Leader

posted by Jacqueline Baxter
Hi Jacqueline, I'm most active in the Maxwell Name Study especially Maxwells in Ireland. Recently I've also been active with the Shearer and Bowie Name Studies too.
posted by Maria Maxwell
Hi Maria,

Thanks for your response.

posted by Jacqueline Baxter
Hi Maria

It is once again time for our annual Scotland Project check-in. Please respond within the next three weeks to let us know:

•If you would like to continue as a project member •If you are happy with your current teams or would you like to join a different team •How much time per month (on average) you spend working on Scottish profiles •Anything you’d like the Scotland Project to do more of in the future

You can respond to this message by posting a reply below or sending me a private message on WikiTree. If we don’t hear from you within the next three weeks we’ll assume your interests have changed or you are no longer able to participate in the Scotland Project at this time, and your badge will be removed. If your circumstances change later you will be welcome to reapply for membership.

On behalf of the Scotland Project, I would like to thank you for your commitment to the project's goals. Every single contribution you make helps improve Scottish profiles!

Sheena - Scotland Project Membership Coordinator

posted by Sheena (Templeton) Tait
edited by Sheena (Templeton) Tait
Hi Maria,

It is once again time for our annual Ireland Project check-in. Please respond within the next three weeks to let us know:

  1. If you would like to continue as an Ireland Project member. If your answer is yes, please tell us if you are happy with your current team, or if you would prefer to join a different one. If you are currently participating in more than one team we would appreciate you ranking them in their order of importance to you, from highest priority to lowest. This information will be helpful as we consider possible future changes to our team structure.
  2. In the past, the project has had a very minimal membership requirement (one contribution per year) for badged members to meet. Do you believe this is adequate, or should this requirement be increased? What do you believe would be a reasonable commitment to expect from all project members?
  3. How active have you been in the Ireland Project over the past year? Please choose one of the following options: a) I normally spend 1-5 hours per month helping achieve my team’s goals. b) I normally spend 6-10 hours per month helping achieve my team’s goals. c) I spend over 10 hours per month helping achieve my team’s goals. d) I am not able to contribute every month but have spent approximately ________ hours during the past year improving Irish profiles.
  4. Please provide feedback on any things you’d like to see the project do more of in the future.

You can respond to this message by posting a reply below or sending me a private message on WikiTree. If we don’t hear from you within the next three weeks we’ll assume your interests have changed or you no longer are able to participate in the Ireland Project at this time, and your badge will be removed. If your circumstances change later you will be welcome to reapply for membership.

Many thanks for all that so many of you have contributed to the project in the past year, and very special thanks to those who answered the project’s call and gave generously of their time to be part of Team Seanchaithe during the most recent connect-a-thon. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

le dea-mhéin, Jen Hutton, Ireland Project co-leader

posted by Jen (Stevens) Hutton
Hi Jen, Thanks for your post. I'd like to keep the Ireland Project badge please and stay on the County Fermanagh Team. I have limited WT time now and spend most of it on profiles in my Maxwell Name Study covering all of Ireland. Hopefully in the future I will have more time to spend on the Ireland Project. Maria
posted by Maria Maxwell
Hi Maria

After a long break, we are now getting the New Zealand Project back in action. Would you like to join the Kiwi Crew Discord server? This is where we are discussing how the project will be organised, though any major changes will be signposted in G2G. (Make sure you follow the new_zealand tag). There is no obligation to take part in challenges, but you may like discuss NZ history and work with others to create quality New Zealand profiles. We’re a really friendly bunch.

Fiona New Zealand Project Co-ordinator (Membership)

posted by Fiona McMichael
edited by Fiona McMichael
Hi Fiona, sorry but I'm no longer involved with the NZ Project.
posted by Maria Maxwell
I can't thank you enough for your kind gesture in adding the "Maxwell" tartan to my profile page.

It looks great. Keep digging!

posted by Kay (Beals) Kready
Hi Maria,

It’s time for our annual Ireland Project check-in! Please respond within the next two weeks to let me know:

  • If you are happy with the team you’re on or if you’d like to make a change. It is now required that all members with an Ireland project badge work on at least one of the project’s team(s), so if you’ve not yet signed up please do so in your reply to this check-in.
  • What you think the project is doing well, and what (if any) changes you would like to see us make? Are there any teams you would like to become more active in?
  • Would you be interested in helping to work on an Ireland Project newsletter?
  • Please give us some feedback on the use of google group and discord. Do you use one or both of these? If you don’t use either of them, what is the best way for us to ensure you receive project communications? If you would like to join us on either one, Just let us know in your response and we will get you signed up.

Please respond to this message by posting a reply below or sending me a private message on WikiTree. If we don’t hear from you within two weeks, we will assume you are no longer interested in participating in the Ireland Project, and your badge will be removed. If you wish to reapply for membership later, we will be happy to have you back. Many thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely, Jen Hutton, on behalf of the Ireland Project

posted by Jen (Stevens) Hutton
Hello Maria! I hope this finds you well. It's been too long since we've chatted :)

It's time for our annual Scotland Project check-in!

This year we are hoping to learn what our membership would like to accomplish over the next 12 months. In case you aren't aware, this year is WikiTree's ""Year of Connections"" and the Project's leadership would like to contribute to this in as many ways as possible.

We would appreciate it if you would share your thoughts and ideas with us on how we can accomplish this goal. We would also appreciate it if you would provide some feedback on our existing goals, including:

  • If you have not yet signed up to help on one of the project's teams, which team(s) would you be interested in joining?
  • How often should we provide a Project Newsletter?
  • Have you participated in the Tartan Trail? If not, is this something you'd be interested in doing?
  • Do you have a question(s) that we could add to a Frequently Asked Questions page?
  • Any suggestions or ideas you have on ways to improve the Scotland Project in general

We continue to communicate with our Project members via Google Group (official) and Discord (unofficial), as well as G2G. You may also reach out to any of the Project leaders via WikiTree's internal messaging system at any time.

Thank you for all you do to help the Scotland Project become a knowledge hub for Scottish genealogical research! We wish you all the best in 2022!

Sincerely, Amy Gilpin on behalf of the Scotland Project Leaders

posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin

Hi Maria

I see you are still part of the New Zealand Project and I would like to invite you to join the KiwiCrew in the upcoming Connect-A-Thon. Participation is easy, simply create new profiles for unconnected people, with luck they will connect with the World Tree.

Simply post an answer on this Post saying "Yes, I'd like to participate with the KiwiCrew"

Add THE_KIWI_CREW to your followed tags. for future updates.

Once registered, you will receive your Connect-a-Thon badge and a special invitation to our Kiwi Crew Discord Server.

For more information, view the KiwiCrew Team page

Happy WikiTreeing, Campbell

posted by Campbell Braddock
Hi Maria; please connect Faithfull-99 to her father, Faithfull-238, and her mother, Sacher-Masoch-1. Thank you!!
posted by Jessica Key
That's the profiles connected now - nice one ! Maria
posted by Maria Maxwell

It’s time for a Project check-in!

Scotland Project Leaders check in with you at least once a year to see how you are doing. With the changes happening around the world, we understand that life is hectic right now.

What are you planning to work on for the Scotland Project this year? Are you happy with the team(s) you part of, or would you like to make some changes?

This time round, we’re also looking for feedback on the use of Google Group and Discord. Do you use one or both of these? If you don’t use either of them, what is the best way to ensure you receive Project communications? If you would like to join us on Google Group or Discord, let us know in your response.

posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
Hello Maria. Will you open Clunes-35 and his wife so their ancestry can be added? Thanks.
posted by Jessica Key
Done - have fun ! I bought Martin Clunes Biography at a library sale. Must read more of it !! Maria
posted by Maria Maxwell
Maria, thank you for the Maxwell/ Trodden post. My mother was a Trodden, Grampa Dennis Trodden Family from Armagh. I haven’t worked the background a bit lots of Peters, Dennis’s and Patrick’s to sort through. Hope to crack it all one day. Our family lived in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland. I still have an uncle Dennis living there. I live in Ottawa Canada.
posted by [Living Sloss]
Thanks Ann, I've just started reviewing the Maxwell BMDs for Armagh registry office. has 273 records for Troddens in Armagh !! I see the father of the Anne I linked with is a Peter !!

posted by Maria Maxwell

Hi Maria,

If you're not going to be engaged elsewhere, as a member of the Scotland Project, we'd love to have you join the Twisted Thistles in the upcoming Connect-a-thon the weekend of July 17 - July 20. If you'd like to join us and help to develop our ever-expanding Scottish tree, please register on the G2G post here and be sure to mention you'd like to be on the Twisted Thistles team for Scotland.

We also have our team Chat page posted here.

Hope to see you there!
Bobbie & Sarah
Twisted Thistles Co-captains
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
Hi Maria,

As you will have seen, we have been doing some restructuring in the Wales Project and are now organising ourselves into different teams. Please have a look at the new project pages, and let me know which team(s) you would like to be in.

Please can you also send me your e-mail address? I can then make sure you are introduced to your Team Leaders, are in the Google Group, and receive an invitation to join our Discord server.

Please note that it is a requirement for membership in the Wales Project that you respond to these check-ins.

Many thanks,

Susie, Wales Project Co-Leader

posted by Susie MacLeod
Hi Susie, Hope you are well.

I'd prefer just to leave the Wales Project as I have no family connections there.



posted by Maria Maxwell
I just want to say thank you for the extensive work you do on a daily basis to grow the understanding of our Maxwell ancestors. I tried to award a badge but you already have it. lol Many thanks for the dedication and contributions. - Karyn
posted by Karyn (Weltzin) Taylor
Maria, Good morning! I am contacting you with a request. I have affiliated with a number of other genealogists in my Clan "Menzies". We have put together an incorporated non profit organization called Menzies INternational Genealogy Under Study "MINGUS'. The MINGUS project is dedicated to building a connected Menzies and interelated family tree. I have been a loyal WikiTree person for a number of years and have under the Clan Menzies category thousands of profiles. Now for my request we would like to have a protected project similar to the Acadians Project for example. Can you help me with this and or send me to the proper person? I only ask this because we are having problems with our profiles being changed to build lineage that ties to our Clan Chief lines. Thank you so much!
posted by Anthony Hare
Have just looked at the winter schedule and found I/m down for Thursdays 4-5 pm (which I didn't do last year) and am still unable to do this year.

Ok for Fridays 2-4. Sorry - Valerie Crowley

Hi Maria, I'm trying to sort the Maxwells in Cavan but hit a road-block. While categorizing to a lower level Wikitree would not accept the numbers in other last names. For example '11th Baron Farnham' in Arthur Maxwell. It seems that Wikitree's preference is to include '11th Baron Farnham' as another Nickname. I haven't changed these yet before advising you. Steve.
posted by Steve Thomas
Maria, I am following instructions from the Irish Project to move individual profiles out from 'County Cavan' to a lower category. You manage a number of Maxwells born in Farnham Estate. I am changing the category to 'Urney Parish, County Cavan'. I hope this is not a concern, Steve Thomas.
posted by Steve Thomas
Maria, making more than one thousand contributions in September added so much to the breadth and depth of our Shared Tree. The Appreciation Team thanks YOU!

Pippin Sheppard

WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
looking to join the diaspora group - France and Canada
posted by Phil Jourdeuil
G'morning, Maria!

THANK YOU for taking me on. I'll certainly do what I can to help. Since I've never done such a thing, I'll need a bunch of guidance.

Just checked my tree on MyHeritage for MAXWELLs:

Seems that I'm the 20th great-granddaughter of Robert Maxwell, of Carlaverock, via the Abercrombies!!!

Back in 1986, my late husband & I spent several days near where you live during our Silver Wedding Anniversary trip. We really loved Scotland & wished that we could have been there longer.

Regards -

Judy Drew-2083

hello I'm not sure I responded about which part of the Irish project I wanted to be involved with. I have difficulty in accessing the wili group

KKind regards Anon

posted by Anon (Cormack) Sharkey
Hi Maria, I'm catching up on old messages after spending summer offline. You asked about sub-Projects for Irish Roots and I never responded, but I did sign up for County Donegal. Thanks for your support and keeping the project organised!
posted by Tracy (Frisken) Hope
Hi Maria,

I have the following errors on my suggestion list and was hoping you could direct me on how to correct the errors on the list of profiles. 931 ProjectBox Without Project Account -Forbes-93, Forbes-554, Gordon-659, Bannerman Elsick-2 and Gordon-2864 Thanks

posted by SM Reaper