Tony’s journey to discover and meet his ancestors

Tony & Joanne at NewlandsTony & Joanne Wilson from California are on their fifth trip to Scotland. This time Tony decided that he would spend time researching his ancestral roots and visit where his ancestors had lived in Peeblesshire and South Lanarkshire.

Borders Journeys organised an ancestral and sightseeing tour for Tony to the places connected with his ancestors. Leaving Edinburgh, our first stop was at Newlands where Tony believes his Stevenson ancestors belonged – this is still to be verified.

Tony meets his 3 & 4 times great grandparents at Skirling ChurchyardVisiting Skirling Churchyard was the highlight of Tony’s day as it was here that he found the headstone of his 3 and 4 times great grandparents along with headstones for other family members.

Passing through Biggar we were held-up as the town’s annual Gala Parade was taking place on the High Street. Tony & Joanne were delighted to participate in their first Scottish Gala and hear the town’s pipe band.

At Covington Churchyard we found several headstones which Tony believes are his ancestors – he’ll verify this by visiting ScotlandsPeople next week. Unfortunately we were less fortunate at Quothquan and Biggar Churchyards as we didn’t manage to locate any headstones for Tony’s Yule family.


Tony meets relatives at Covington ChurchyardBefore returning to Edinburgh we had a lovely late lunch at Whitmuir Farm and discussed today’s finds and how they fit into Tony’s family tree.

Borders Journeys‘ researcher Ian not only gives research advice but will investigate your Scottish ancestry on your behalf. He will research your family history with commitment and enthusiasm, connecting the dots to form a real picture of who and where you come from.

We design a tailor-made ancestral tours especially for you, taking you on a journey of discovery where you’ll connect with your Scottish ancestors by walking in their footsteps. Your ancestors will be brought to life when you learn about the people, places and traditions connected with them. By the end of the tour you’ll have gained a real insight into your ancestral heritage and where you came from.

More photographs from Tony’s tour can be found on Borders Journeys’ Facebook.

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