for Alex Ritchie
I have been meaning to ask you for the Birnie information that you
have. Any help at all is greatly appreciated.
My mom has given me a poor photo of the "Birnie Memorial Bridge". It
was presented to the town of Peterhead in 1824 by Alexander Birnie
Esq. in memory of his father George Birnie who was Harbour Master of
Peterhead for many years. Both George and Alexander are apparently
ancestors but I'm not just too sure where they fit in to the family.
--- In Peterhead@egroups.com, "Alex Ritchie" <alex@r...> wrote:
> For Linda Adam
> Hi Linda,
> I'm afraid that that is probably the only
information on the OPRs. OPRs are notorious for varying widely from
Parish to Parish and it depended upon the local Minister as to what
information he recorded. I know it can be extremely disappointing at
times. I have seen extracts from South Leith Parish which gave quite
lot of marriage detail (e.g. the addresses of the bride & groom and
the groom's occupation) but, in my experience, this is the exception
rather than the rule.
> You won't really get any more information by
at the original OPR.
> A "wright" would be a tradesman (like a joiner).
Wrights usually specialised to some extend. For example a Cart wright,
> a Wheel wright, a Ship wright, an Ark wright (chest maker).
> Witnesses at Baptism could be any of the folks you
mention. Sometimes Grandparents, Parents, Relatives or friends. I
would say usually a relative though.
> I have some Birnie information (Sea-farers).
Probably not the line you are researching, but it might help you to
eliminate some from your enquiries. Let me know.
> Best Regards
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