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Local History / Genealogy

Duncan has had a lifelong interest in the history of the local area and in recent years this has become more important to him as customs and businesses disappear, and families of ex-pats return to their roots wishing to find out about their forebears, their homes and way of life.

He has been involved for nearly ten years, along with a friend, in the ongoing project of cataloguing the extensive records of the Burnett family of Kemnay House. This archive, extending from the late 17th century to the early 20th century, consists of thousands of documents on a wide variety of topics relating to family life and estate management.

Duncan has been contributing a monthly article to Kemnay Newsletter since 2003, on topics relating to the history of the parish.

Local History / Genealogy > 2017

  • WHAT DOES 'KEMNAY' MEAN? - (29 KB - MS Word)
    The 2014 edition of “It’s All Happening in Kemnay” (the “Yellow Book”) confidently states that the name “Kemnay” is derived from the Gaelic ceann a maigh meaning ‘head of the plain’. This may well be correct; but it is perplexing to note that the order of the letters “m” and “n” do not support the claimed derivation...
  • IF STONES COULD SPEAK, 1 - (29 KB - MS Word)
    Recently, considerable works have been taking place in the older part of the burial ground at Kemnay, securing stones which have become loose over the years and re-erecting those which may have toppled over...
  • IF STONES COULD SPEAK, 2 - (28 KB - MS Word)
    A little further along the path and also on the right hand side a sandstone memorial commemorates: Erected in memory of Robert Blackhall sometime in Pecktillam of Kemnay who died in February 1770 aged 77 years also his spouse Isabel Knowls who died in September 1781 aged 82 years...
  • IF STONES COULD SPEAK, 3 - (29 KB - MS Word)
    A black granite obelisk, quite near to the Blackhall memorial bears the inscription: In affectionate remembrance of Alexander Diack Thorpeville Kemnay who died 15th Feb 1907 aged 69 his sons...
  • SAILING ON - (28 KB - MS Word)
    A stone near to the side of the church bears the inscription: IN MEMORIAM ALEXANDER FINDLAY BRIDGEND KEMNAY WHO DIED 11TH JAN 1878 AGED 84 YEARS ALSO HARRIET FINDLAY...
  • FAR TRAVELLED - (29 KB - MS Word)
    There is another black granite obelisk - at the side of the church building. JAMES INNES BORN OCT 22 1849 DIED SEPT. 21 1904, ERECTED BY MARY LAWRIE HIS WIFE BORN DEC. 5 1859 DIED APRIL 26 1926...

  • DONALD McDONALD - (30 KB - MS Word)
    The stone immediately behind the one we discussed last month commemorates the family of Donald McDonald: ERECTED BY HIS FAMILY IN LOVING MEMORY OF DONALD MCDONALD...
  • WILLIAM BROWN AND FAMILY - (29 KB - MS Word)
    Last month we mentioned that Donald McDonald’s wife Ann was the daughter of William Brown and his wife Jane Farney. William was born at Ordiquhill, Banffshire in 1801...
  • THE MILNES - (1130 KB - MS Word)
    The second croft on the hill was for long tenanted by the Milne family. John Milne was born in Nairn and came to Kemnay as a relatively young man. On 3rd February 1833 he married Mary Meston...
  • MORE FROM THE MILNES - (28 KB - MS Word)
    Besides working at the quarry, Robert had several other jobs over the years. He acted as a day labourer, worked his croft, acted as an insurance agent and also as a thatcher...
  • THEY LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES FOR US - (361 KB - MS Word)
    A wall mounted stone near the top of the churchyard wall on Fraser Place commemorates Lewis Findlater and members of his family...
  • PETRIE FAMILY - (80 KB - MS Word)
    The wall mounted memorial round the corner from the Findlater memorial (November 2017) commemorates members of the Petrie family...

 

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