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The grave of Captain James Drysdale in Tulliallan Old Kirkyard, Kincardine, West Fife.

My father, James Drysdale Young, was named after this man, and never knew the story behind his name. He only knew that, according to family tradition, James D. was "a great man".
What was it that bestowed greatness on James in our family's eyes? That's what I'd like to find out.
The memorial inscription tells us that James died at sea in 1889. His wife Euphemia was the sister of my great-grandfather, John Young, who was a ship's carpenter. Perhaps John sailed with James. Perhaps it was some incident at sea that earned James the gratitude of his wife's family.
If anyone with Drysdale connections knows more of Captain James I'd be grateful to hear from them.

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James Drysdale and family in the census, 1881.

Keith Street, Kincardine

James Drysdale, head, 39, master mariner, born Tulliallan

Euphemia Drysdale, wife, 41, born Tulliallan
Alexander, son, 10, born Tulliallan
Elizabeth, daughter, 9, born Tulliallan

Margaret, daughter, 7, born Tulliallan

James, son, 2, born Tulliallan
Andrew, son, 3 months born Tulliallan

Tulliallan is the name of the parish in which Kincardine on Forth is situated.



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