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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.
Josephine (Boyle) Black wife of 1st cousin once removed.
George Smith - 4th cousin
Roberta Muir - still trying to work out which cousins we are !!
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 Project google group is :-
On 11 Dec 2017 at 01:05 GMT Jo Gill wrote:
On 4 Dec 2017 at 22:13 GMT Richard Robinson wrote:
Regards Richard Robinson Australia
On 4 Dec 2017 at 09:14 GMT Maria Maxwell wrote:
On 3 Dec 2017 at 10:22 GMT Maria Maxwell wrote:
It may be some time before things are back to normal.
On 3 Dec 2017 at 08:44 GMT Phillip McMahon wrote:
On 30 Nov 2017 at 12:59 GMT Chris Goff wrote:
The United Kingdom project box seems to have stopped generating Categories. Can you point me in the right direction to find out what's going on? I have used this in hundreds (if not thousands) of profiles and all of a sudden I've lost the category links. if I have to redo these by hand it will take months of work.
Thanks in advance Chris Goff
On 24 Nov 2017 at 22:01 GMT Janet (Langridge) Wild wrote:
Hope you are well, just dropped by to say how much we appreciate your contributions to the community's shared tree. You are doing a wonderful job of support others, through your work, you obviously love what you do. Thank you :)
Best Wishes Janet Wikitree Appreciation Team
On 18 Nov 2017 at 23:29 GMT Brian Lange wrote:
On 18 Nov 2017 at 13:46 GMT Rita A Gerrard wrote:
On 18 Nov 2017 at 08:28 GMT Maria Maxwell wrote:
Sorry if things take a little longer than normal !!