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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 some fifteen 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 upwards of forty-thousand 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 > 2019

  • WRIGHT BY NAME AND WRIGHT BY NATURE - (25 KB - MS Word)
    Alexander Deans obtained a lease for a croft (the date of this lease has not yet been ascertained, but he acted as witness to several baptisms, one in 1822) extending to around 3 acres at Parkhill...
  • WILLIAM WRIGHT, SPECULATOR - (25 KB - MS Word)
    As we saw last month, in 1881, William Wright junior was staying at Dowanhill Cottage and designated as a carpenter employing 1 man. Staying with him were...
  • ISAAC WRIGHT, BAKER, AND FAMILY - (27 KB - MS Word)
    In 1901 Isaac Wright and his family were still staying in Station Road and sons Robert and William were also bakers alongside their father while sister Marjory worked in the shop....

  • A WORLD AWAY - (13 KB - MS Word)
    Another visitor to the area last year was Christine Greig-Adams from Australia. She was virtually retracing a journey her grandmother, Nell Greig (maiden surname, Gilmore), made in 1993...
  • MEN AT WORK AT MORUYA - (13 KB - MS Word)
    There were around 200 people employed at Moruya quarry during the period of the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Among the more important of these were the blacksmiths...
  • LEGS – ELEVEN - (26 KB - MS Word)
    Bingo has been enjoyed as a pastime by many people for a long time and we applaud Kemnay Bingo who recently celebrated their twentieth birthday...

 

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