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  • Linda Adam
    for Alex Ritchie Hello Alex, 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
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      for Alex Ritchie

      Hello Alex,

      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.
      Another puzzle!

      With thanks,
      Linda Adam

      --- 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
      a
      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
      looking
      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
      >
      >
      > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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