By some quirk of modern technology I was dropped
from the group just after this November 13 message.
I would like to rejoin at either this address or at
I am pleased to have received this message as New
Deer was one of my points of special interest. I
have a family bible which indicates that William
Murison was born 3rd October, 1780 at Auchesck New
Deer and he married Margaret Irvine born 4th of June
1783 at Nethermuir New Deer. Their eighth child Mary
was born in 1821 and was my great grandmother who
married a James Scott and emmigrated to Canada in
When we visited Strichen a couple of years ago there is a memorial
stone in the church yard in memory of William Murison and Mary
Irvine placed by their four children who survived late into the 19th
century and who presumably stayed in Scotland.
I presume that names such as Auchesck and Nethermuir would have
referred to estates upon which they farmed but I would be interested
if someone could explain this to me. I also note that Auch is the
prefix of Auchreddie so I presume that means "field". Is that so?
I could find no Murisons currently living in New Deer but did find a
William Hutchins whose mother's maiden name was Murison - she at that
time was still alive and living in a retirement home in Maud nearby.
William indicated to me that his family records indicated that we
were related but I have no more details than that.
As for the Scott connection I had thought that they came from
Strichen but the marriage certificate of James and Mary suggested
another parish nearby.
Could you post this note and see if it "rings any bells" with your
Thanks - and Merry Christmas.