Edith, John and Carol Meet Their Ancestors

Edith, John and Carol Elliot from Australia contacted Borders Journeys to assist them research their ancestral roots in the Lockerbie area. From our local knowledge we identified the people, places, businesses and burial sites associated with their ancestors. Following our research we went on to design a personal ancestral tour for the family.

We collected Edith, John and Carol in Edinburgh then travelled through the beautiful Scottish Borders into Dumfriesshire. The first stop in Lockerbie was A. Wightman and Son, this draper’s business dates from the 1870s when their great grandfather Abel Wightman set it up. The business is still trading in the fourth generation of the family; however it’s now for sale. The current owner Pamela Wightman kindly gave Edith, John and Carol a tour of the shop and invited them to stand behind the counter from where their ancestors served customers back in the 1870s; this was a huge thrill for them. Pamela gave them copy of an original invoice for A. Wightman and Son to take home with them.

John, Edith & Carol outside A Wightman & Sons

John, Edith & Carol outside A Wightman & Son

Edith, John & Carol 'serving' behind the counter at A Wightman & Sons

Edith, John & Carol ‘serving’ behind the counter at A Wightman & Son

After a visit to the Wighman family’s ancestral home we had a lovely lunch at the Kings Arms Hotel. Following lunch we visited Dryfesdale Churchyard to visit the headstones of their Thorburn and Wightman ancestors.

We traced distant relatives in Lockerbie and arranged for the family to meet their relatives Sheila and Joyce. Over afternoon tea family news was swapped, stories shared and family photographs studied.

Edith, John & Carol meet their cousins Sheila & Joyce in Lockerbie

Edith, John & Carol meet their cousins Sheila & Joyce in Lockerbie

Our next visit was to Dryfesdale Cemetery where Edith, John and Carol visited many of their Wightman ancestors including the headstone of their great grandfather Abel Wightman and his wife Mary. The final visit of the day was Applegarth Churchyard where they visited the headstone of their four time great grandmother Mary Henderson along with ten other members of the family.

Carol, John & Edith visit their great grandparents Abel & Mary Wightman in Dryfesdale Cemetery

Carol, John & Edith visit their great grandparents Abel & Mary Wightman in Dryfesdale Cemetery

Edith, John & Carol visit their ancestors in Applegarth Churchyard near Lockerbie

 Edith, John & Carol visit their ancestors in Applegarth Churchyard

We travelled back to Edinburgh via Moffat, Devil’s Beef Tub and Tweedsmuir.

It was a pleasure for us to organise Edith, John and Carol’s ancestral tour and to share their delight in finding their ancestral roots in Lockerbie.

The Annandale Herald and Moffat News reported this tour on Thursday 4th July 2013

A tailor-made ancestral tour with Borders Journeys takes our visitors on a journey of discovery where they walk in the footsteps of their ancestors and discover the people, places and traditions connected with them. Our ancestral services also includes researching Scottish Ancestry.

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