Nancy’s back in Scotland for another Ancestral Tour

Nancy from Canada so much enjoyed her ancestral tour with us last year that she’s decided to return to Scotland to learn more about her Scottish ancestral roots.

Our first stop was Cargill-Burrelton Parish Church where her ancestors worshipped. Afterwards we visited Cargill Churchyard.

The afternoon was spent in Dundee locating places associated with her Dryburgh ancestors. Nancy spent time in the Collection Unit with Rhona, Curator at The McManus. The Collection Unit holds a collection of wooden woodworking planes which were manufactured in Dundee  until the 1850s before the family emigrated to Canada. Nancy was able to provide Rhona with details of the Drybugh family’s manufacturing and social history in Scotland and Canada. Rhona willingly shared her woodworking information and connections with other experts in the city. A great sharing of information was most appreciated and helpful.

Cargill-Burrelton Dundee

Next day the tour continued with visits to more towns in the area - Anstruther, Cellardyke, Coaltown of Balgonie, Kilrenny, Markinch, St Andrews, and Dunfermline. Fife looked exceptionally beautiful in sunshine. We next visited Nicolson Street in Edinburgh where Nancy’s relatives had worked and Rosebank Cemetery where one was buried.

The tour finished with Nancy meeting a distant relative in Edinburgh, her relative’s ancestor and Nancy’s great great grandfather were brothers. The exchange of copies of handwritten documents was exciting and heart-warming.


Nancy contributed to this article and also said “Thanks again for making my trip possible and so very enjoyable.”


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