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Ayrshire (Scotland) Ancenstors


Ayrshire (Scotland) Ancenstors

Ancestors who were born or lived in the towns of Ayrshire in Scotland.

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Clan Hunter of Hunterston Castle

Started by Carol Hunter Sullivan May 24, 2015.

Muir, Dunn and Brown in Ayrshire 6 Replies

Started by Roberta Muir. Last reply by Rosemary Harris Apr 5, 2014.


Started by Jolene Rebecca Connelly. Last reply by Kieren Muir Feb 7, 2014.

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Comment by Jolene Rebecca Connelly on October 4, 2009 at 8:19am
Has anyone come across MASON family from 1675 to at least 1823?
Comment by Ellen Jennings on September 16, 2009 at 8:12pm
I'm interested in the Hugh Reid and Glover families who moved from Ayrshire to the Scottish Settlement in Lapeer County, Michigan between 1850 & 1860. There was a large community of folks in southeast Michigan who came from Ayrshire.
Comment by Leslie Tannahill on September 7, 2009 at 9:06pm
I've taken my mother's maiden name of Tannahill and know quite a bit about the background of my family but would be happy to discuss with others what I know. The Tannahills were pretty common in Ayrshire and Paisley.
Comment by Anne Kerr on August 29, 2009 at 10:51am
I'm tracing the descendants of James Lindsay (born ca 1820) and Elizabeth Clark (born ca. 1820) who came to Largs, Ayrshire from Ireland. They married in Largs in 1849 and had eight children, only two of whom reached adulthood. And only the son James left descendants. He married Mary Ann Boyd in 1871 and had twelve children. I've been tracing their descendants in Scotland, the United States, and Australia.
Comment by William Stewart Jackson on July 26, 2009 at 2:50pm
I am primarily interested in descendants of John Jackson (1843-1910) and Mary Gaw (1845-1922). They emigrated from Ireland in the very early 1860's and settled in Girvan, Ayrshire where they raised their family and eventually passed away. While my Grandfather Robert Jackson left for Canada in 1909, it appears at least some of their children settled in the area.

My wife and I will be visiting Girvan in September and would appreciate any help identifying descendants in the area.

Bill Jackson
Comment by Alison Macbeth Mitchell on July 24, 2009 at 12:04pm
I have a tree for Mitchells who were mainly farmers in the Mauchline / Sorn / Cumnock / Tarbolton areas going back to the mid 18th century, also Mairs in Avondale and Mauchline. ALISON.
Comment by Iain Kennedy on July 20, 2009 at 3:06pm
My interest is the Kennedy family, I run a one-name study into the Kennedy surname.

Iain Kennedy
Comment by Barbara Woodside on July 20, 2009 at 2:13pm

Below is the information I do have for my ancestors, but I'd love to know more about the following: David Moffat & Elizabeth Knox. Also, my grandmother had the names 'Easton' and 'Hunter' as middle names but I've been unable to find anything definitely about those names other than 'Easton' comes through the McKnight side.

I would appreciate any information anyone can offer. I have pictures and further information regading the McKnights that I will be happy to share.

Thank you,

Elizabeth Moffat, daughter of David Moffat (shoemaker) and Elizabeth Knox, was born in 1839, and died about 1901. Elizabeth was unmarried and the father of Agnes Moffat is unknown. Elizabeth later married John Jamieson (a widower, 1st wife was Margaret Kirkwood, who worked as a pit headman), on June 3, 1864. John and Elizabeth had the following children: Elizabeth, b: 6-22-1864, Beith; Allan, b: 2-6-1867, Beith; Helen, b: 4-23-1869, Beith; Janet, b: 3-30-1872, Beith; John, b: abt. 1877, Kilbirnie, Ayrshire; David, b: abt. 1880, Kilbirnie, Ayr, Scotland.

(David & Elizabeth had the following children: Elizabeth Moffat, John Moffat, b: 1841, Beith, d: Sept. 3, 1919 Symington, Ayrshire; Jeanie Moffat, b: 1846 Beith, Ayrshire; Janet, b: 1848, Ayrshire, Scotland. David married a second time to Agnes Allan who was born in 1807 in Beith. They were married on Sept. 20, 1859 in Beith, Ayrshire, Scotland.).

Agnes Moffat was born December 3, 1860 in Beith, Ayrshire, Scotland and died March 9, 1949 in Dalmuir, Scotland. She was 88 years old and died at the home of her daughter Agnes Donaldson. Agnes married Alexander Easton McKnight on October 18, 1886 in Beith, Ayrshire, Scotland. Alexander is the son of Alexander McKnight and Jane Easton (birth certificate shows Robert McKnight however death certificate and other documentation shows Alexander E.). He was born April 29, 1860 in St. Quivox, Ayrshire, Scotland and died March 22, 1922 in Dalmuir, Scotland. He was 60 years of age and died at the home of daughter Mary McKnight. In order to find work (Alexander was a cabinet maker), the McKnight family lived in Belfast, Ireland for many years, Alexander worked for Harland & Wolff, shipbuilders, but eventually they returned to Scotland (approx. 1916).

Children of Agnes Moffat and Alexander Easton McKnight:

i. David McKnight, b: 1890, Scotland
ii. Alexander Easton McKnight, b: 1892; d: 1892, Scotland
iii. Jane Easton Hunter McKnight, b: 1893, Scotland
iv. Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ McKnight, Scotland
v. Helen ‘Nellie’ McKnight, b: 1900, Belfast, Ireland
vi. Mary McKnight, b: Feb. 18, 1902, Belfast, Ireland
vii. Agnes McKnight, b: Feb. 1903, Belfast, Ireland

Jane Easton Hunter McKnight was born April 26, 1893 in Beith, Ayrshire, Scotland (At the time of her birth the family was living at 62 Eglington Street, Beith, Scotland). She died on December 2, 1934 of pneumonia, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Jennie, as she was called, married Samuel Frazer Woodside on April 5, 1915 in Philadelphia. Samuel was born October 15, 1892 in Antrim, Ballycastle, Ireland and died May 10, 1961 in Philadelphia, PA. Both Jennie and Sam are buried in Mount Moriah Cemetery.

(Note: Jennie arrived in the USA on December 29, 1914. She departed Glasgow on the SS Cameronia, arriving Ellis Island, Philadelphia, PA. Apparently Jennie made two trips, arriving originally in 1912, going home for a short while and returning in 1914. Samuel arrived in the USA by way of Canada where he had worked for the railroad.)
Comment by John C. "JC" Snodgrass on July 19, 2009 at 6:17am
Our surname Snodgrass was very prevalent in the Ayrshire area for several years. But I have been unable to get any information out of this area about my surname other than some pictures that a cousin took of the family's manor house and out buildings before they tore them down and made a parking lot out of the area. I don't know.

I have a lot of loose ends on family line leading back to Scotland.
Comment by John Hansen on July 18, 2009 at 3:25am
I am interested in WELSH Sorn.Any help please.

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