Cynthia’s Journey to her Ancestral Roots in Glasgow & Paisley

Cynthia at Duke StreetCynthia Dudley is on her first visit to Scotland and wanted to make time to visit places associated with her Scottish ancestors. Borders Journeys organised an ancestral and sightseeing tour for Cynthia where she learned more about her ancestors along with places and traditions connected with them.

We collected Cynthia in Edinburgh and travelled to Glasgow. Our first stop was Glasgow Cathedral where we spent time visiting the only medieval cathedral on the Scottish mainland to survive the Reformation structurally intact. Our next stop was Dennistoun where Cynthia’s Scott ancestors lived until they emigrated to Canada. In the 1861 Census they were living at 140 Duke Street, unfortunately the property has been demolished and is now wasteland. We visited Dennistoun Library and found 19th century photographs of Duke Street which gave Cynthia an idea of how the area looked in her ancestors’ time. There were also several books in the reference section detailing the social history of the area during the 19th century.

We next visited the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens to give Cynthia an idea of the daily life and living conditions of her ancestors. After a tour of Glasgow, we headed for Paisley where Cynthia’s Gilmour ancestors lived prior to emigrating to Canada.

Cynthia at Maxwellton StreetIn the 1881 Census the Gilmour family were living at 19 Maxwellton Street in Paisley. Fortunately the property is still standing and Cynthia was able to see the last home that her ancestors lived before emigrating. After a visit to Paisley Cathedral we visited the town’s museum then the library.

The 1881 Census only recorded Cynthia’s great grandmother Sarah Scott and her four children but there was no trace of her husband William Scott. In the library we checked the Poor Relief Register and found that William had left Paisley for America in 1880 and had not been heard of since! The information in the register gave Cynthia details of both William and Sarah’s extended family. The family were eventually reunited in Canada, however as yet we don’t know when. We also found that her great great grandfather, also William Scott, had applied for Poor Relief in 1898, this proved to be a fantastic source of information as it provided his date of death in 1898, the names and addresses of all of his children along with the names of his and his wife’s parents.

Our final visit of the day was the Mitchell Library in Glasgow where we checked Burial Records and Confimation of Wills for Cynthia’s ancestors.

It was a pleasure to share Cynthia’s ancestral journey and assist her with her research. We wish Cynthia every success with her ancestral research using today’s information.

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

Following her tour, Cynthia wrote to thank Borders Journeys:

Thank you again for finding the best resources to search out the family and for a great day touring Glasgow and Paisley. I will definitely pass along your contact info to friends and family.

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.

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