Margaret & Lynne’s Ancestral Tour – Part ONE

Margaret & Lynne at DalmellingtonWe welcomed Margaret and Lynne White from Texas who were visiting Scotland with Christine Woodcock’s Genealogy Tours of Scotland to research their Scottish ancestral heritage.

Day ONE – Margaret and Lynne’s tour began by visiting the Cathcart area of Glasgow where Margaret’s maternal grandmother lived following her husband’s death at Dalmellington Station House in 1915. Afterwards we travelled south to Dalmellington where Margaret’s maternal families lived.

Following morning coffee and scones in Dalmellington we visited the Parish Church where Margaret’s family worshipped. In the nearby churchyard we located the headstone for Margaret’s grandparents, William Taylor and his wife Margaret Cooper. Unfortunately the headstone had fallen and was broken, however it was still legible. Afterwards we visited places associated with the Taylor and Cooper families in South Ayrshire.

Margaret last visited Scotland in 1960, however this was Lynne’s first visit. As a child Lynne learned Burns poetry and wanted to visit Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. Following a lovely lunch in the museum restaurant we visited Burns Cottage, Alloway Kirk, Burns Mausoleum and Brig o’ Doon.

Back in Glasgow we toured Glasgow’s west end.

Margaret & Lynne at Alloway

Day TWO – It was another gloriously sunny day for day two of Margaret and Lynne’s ancestral tour of Scotland. The day was spent visiting place associated with their ancestors in Ayrshire.

The day started by visiting St. Andrews Church and Churchyard in Kilmarnock. From her research, Margaret knew that her great great grandfather Andrew Taylor was buried in the churchyard in 1850. Unfortunately we were unable to locate any family headstones, however Margaret and Lynne were delighted to visit the churchyard where their ancestors now rest.

We next visited Riccarton, now part of Kilmarnock, where Margaret’s great grandfather David Taylor lived and raised his family. Afterwards we visited other places associated with Margaret and Lynne’s ancestors in and around Ayr, Monkton and Prestwick.

At Monkton we had lovely morning coffee with scones and cakes at Polly’s Tearoom & Gifts. We can highly recommend the tearoom and gift shop for its friendly service, lovely homemade scones & cakes and selection of gifts. We visited the ruined St. Cuthbert’s Church and Churchyard in Monkton. The church was last used in 1837 under the ministry of the Rev. Thomas Burns, nephew of Robert Burns. The Rev. Burns (1796-1871) afterwards founded the Free Church in Dunedin, New Zealand in 1848 then went on to become the first Chancellor of Otago University in 1869.

Lynne is a huge ice cream fan; therefore in the words of Baldrick of Blackadder fame we hatched a secret ”cunning plan” to surprise her. Heading back to Glasgow we drove along the Firth of Clyde and stopped in Largs for lunch – there is no better place for lunch and ice cream than Nardini’s. After a delicious lunch, there was the difficult decision as to which flavour of ice creams we would have from a selection of dozens! It was beautiful sunny and warm afternoon in Largs, just perfect for a walk on the sea front with a Nardini’s ice cream.

Margaret, Lynne & Ian

More photographs of Margaret and Lynne’s tour can be found on Borders Journeys’ Facebook.

If you would like us to create a private tour for you, we will be happy to offer you our advice and plan the tour around your requirements so that we can build the perfect tour for you. We recognise that for many of you this may be a once in a lifetime opportunity and our emphasis is upon making your time in Scotland an experience you’ll always remember.

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