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Janet Ferguson

Kirsty Taylor (nee Harrington) is looking for information on Janet Ferguson born July 1869 Bothkennar Stirlingshire and died November 1934 Stanley.

Janet McGrath formerly of 15b Store Street Stanley

We recently found out some more details about my Grandmother who left Lanarkshire to live in Stanley from approx the mid 1940s (1944 at earliest). I am hoping to find out more about her time in Stanley as she lost contact with the rest of the family. On her death record of 1974 she has the married name of Janet McGrath (married to Michael McGrath who died 1976). Janet was born in Lanarkshire in 1903. We presume she met Michael McGrath whilst still in Lanarkshire. The address they were at in 1974 was 15b Store Street.  

Thanks Linda Shaw   

February 2019

I am researching my family history and some of my ancestors were in Stanley around 1851. My family line is Archibald McQuarrie married to Anne Keiller (she died in Stanley in 1861 at Stanley Cottages (The Cottages in Mill St).  Thomas Keiller McQuarrie married 3 times and all wives were from Stanley.  Isabella Scobie, Janet Cuthbertson and Mary Brown Orrock.   Their children, Isabella Bruce McQuarrie married David Donaldson and had one daughter I know of.  Jessie Neil McQuarrie married John Craigie and they had a child, John.  Would like to know if anyone is connected to any of these and can provide further info if required.   

Thank you. Mary Arnold  

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Porter and Chalmers

I am looking for descendants of David Kennedy Porter & Janet (aka Jessie Anderson) who lived in Stanley.  They married in 1891 in King St and both died at 4 King St in the 1950's.

David was the brother of my great grandfather John Porter and Catherine Fergus who lived at 1 Percy St and died in the 1930's.  Catherine's mother Ann Fergus/Whittet/Pratley nee Chalmers and grandmother Catherine Chalmers nee Buchanan both had also lived at 1 Percy St.

Thanks - Evelyn Vernolini nee Porter

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Can anyone help me to trace the birth of my Great Grandmother Jessie Fisken who I believe to have been born in Stanley in 1843 ? I have tried all the usual websites without success. She appears in Perth with her relatives at the 1851 & 1861 censuses aged 8 and 18, stating that she was born in Stanley. Her parents were Thomas Fisken, bootmaker of Perth and a Mary Ann Cameron. I think that she was illegitimate, and the Perth Parish Records state that this couple married the following year, 1844. I guess that the pregnant Mary Ann was sent away from home, to Stanley, for her confinement. There doesn't seen to be any subsequent entry of birth or baptism anywhere at all, not even after the parents married, although they do appear to have assumed responsibility for her. Any ideas, anyone ?

Ian Crowther 

I am looking for information on the McKerchar family as my father originally came from Stanley Perthshire he was one of five brothers and one sister Jessie, the men were called John, James, Alec, Bill and Mason.  John went into the Black Watch and died.  His name is on the monument in the centre of Stanley. I don't know if there are any of the family or other relatives still living there.

Sue McKerchar

Ivan Haggart would like to hear from Peter Grant McLaren who left Stanley sometime in the late 50's.  Ivan and Peter used to skate at the Perth Ice Rink and he was a good guy.  (***Thanks to the imaginative and tenacious detective work by two ex Stanley people - John Cameron (France) and Valerie Wells (Kinross) Ivan and Peter are now back in touch after more than half a century).  

August 2010 

I was wondering if anyone has any info on the Brysons of Stanley....Bob, Mary and their daughter Peggy lived in King St and brother Ned and his wife close by.  My Mother visited them in the 1960's/70's and stayed with Alistair and Jean Stewart on her visits there.  Would appreciate any info.  

Nan Cotterill 616 Mill St Ancaster Ontario Canada LG9 3G5 or

I am trying to trace anyone who may remember my Mother-Ellen Menzies, she was born in 1925 and lived in Stanley until the middle of WW2, her sister was Elizabeth Menzies and she also had a brother who may have been called Walter-he died in Burma in WW2. Sadly my mother Ellen died suddenly in February this year and I would interested if anyone remembered her.

Many thanks

Georgina Shaw          email GeorginaShaw

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Trying to trace any living members of the Craigie family, of Stanley, especially anyone who may have heard of John and George Craigie, who left Stanley with their mother Mary just before the first world war, to live in Vancouver.


They joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force and were both killed by the same shell at Vimy Ridge.


They were brothers to ' Muggie' Craigie, who lived and died in Stanley Village. I can remember her when I was a child, she lived in Store Street.

Mrs. Olive McQueen

Hi there,

I am researching my husband's family tree and his ancestors lived in West Tofts, Kinclaven from the mid-1700s to the 1820s. Their names were McGregor and Stewart. Is West Tofts an area or the name of a cottage? Is it still standing today?

Would they have been tenants to Lord Taymount?

Any help appreciated- especially if you know an email or snail mail address for the present owners.

Sandra Moffatt      email Sandra Moffat  Toronto, Ontario

Hi folks

I am searching for Peter Brown.He was born between 1843 and 1847 somewhere in Perthshire. His father was Peter Brown and he was a farmer  His mother's name was Mary Ann ???  If anyone can shed some light I would be very grateful

Many thanks


Judy Williams               email  Judy Williams

Mosgiel New Zealand

I am researching my family history and wonder if anyone has information on a Blair or Blairford family who lived in Redgorton and Stanley in the mid 1800's.

My Great Grandmother was Elizabeth Blairford, born 1848, daughter of Alexander Blair and Elizabeth Jack of Redgorton, Stanley. For some reason she changed her name to Blairford in later life. I have visited Stanley on a couple of occasions and looked at gravestones, but have not come up with any information. Any leads or background information on the family would be welcome.

Jim Petrie, Isle of Wight      email Jim Petrie