WEEKLY UPDATE - JANUARY 12, 2003
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JANUARY 12, 2003
As most of you know, I put out a POLL a few weeks before
Christmas asking the members of this Group if anyone would
be interested in adding their names to a Contact List on
the site. The end result of the POLL was that 35 members
said they would be interested, while another handful or so
said they would be interested, but only if it wasn't
posted on the site.
With this in mind, I've decided that I will start creating
such a list ASAP, but only on the condition that it will
not be posted on the site. Instead, a copy of the list
will be sent, via email, ONLY to those members who are on
the list. In this way, we will be sure that we're sharing
our information with those who are genuinely interested
and with no one else..
Below is what information can be placed on the list, but
it will be totally up to each individual, just how much
info they wish to provide. As this Contact List will only
be supplied to the people who are listed on it, I ask
that these people also do their part in keeping this
information as confidential as possible and do not pass
it on to others.
Information That Can Be Added:
- Researchers Name
- Researchers Home Address
- Researchers Email Address
- Surnames being researched and in what Counties
- Link to personal Web Sites (Family Tree, etc.)
This list "WILL NOT" be limited to those who are researching Surnames
from the Stonehaven area only. Surnames from any part of Scotland can
be listed and I encourage those who wish to take part, to list as
many names as they can.
Anyone who wishes to have their name added to the list should contact
me directly at the following email address:
As I receive dozens of emails every day, I ask that you please enter
the heading, "SCOTTISH CONTACT LIST" in the subject line of every
email. "Thank You" and I look forward to hearing from you all very
soon. Bye for now!
***** "ABERDEEN JOURNAL EXTRACTS" *****
Now that I've recovered from the excesses of New Year, I'm back at my
transcriptions. Thought that this might be of interest...
Issue 2848 Wednesday, 11th August, 1802
Did at Stonehaven, on the 30 th ult. at the age of 96, John Sloane,
Bar-Officer of the Sheriff Court, acting Constable, and Keeper of the
County Jail of Kincardine.
This man afforded so remarkable an instance of strength and activity
in old age, that a short account of his life deserves to be recorded.
He was born in the neighbourhood of the town of Ayr, and had a
distinct remembrance of the rebellion in 1715, and of the
circumstances attending the return of his father from the battle of
Sheriffmoor, in which he had been engaged as a private in the Earl of
Stair's Dragoons, one of the two regiments which, led on by the Duke
of Argyle, routed the left wing of the rebel army. He was a farm
servant till the year 1738, when at the age of 32, he enlisted
himself in the 6 th regiment of foot, then commanded by General
Guise, Aid-de-Camp to King George the 2 nd. Having, in 1740, embarked
with his regiment to join the armament, under Admiral Vernon and
General Wentworth, acting against the Spaniards in the West Indies
and South America, he was employed in several of the unlucky
expeditions in these countries, and particularly in the attempt to
cross the Isthmus of Darien for the purpose of attacking Panama. When
these commanders were ordered home, with the remainder of their
forces, he was one of the few who were spared to return to Britain.
He served in Scotland during the rebellion 1745, and afterwards did
duty 10 years in Gibraltar, from which he returned to Britain about
the time the unfortunate Admiral Byng was brought home a prisoner.
After being 27 years a soldier, he, in 1765, received his discharge,
and was admitted an Out-pensioner of Chelsea Hospital. From that
time, he resided constantly in Stonehaven, performing, during the
last 37 years of his life, the duty of an active and trusty executor
of the law, in which occupation his superior manual prowess was often
displayed. He was thrice married, and the last time, within these two
years, to a young woman. He was a brawny man, 5 feet 11 inches high,
uniting a very athletic appearance with an exact symmetry of shape.
Even at 96 his gait was perfectly erect and easy. Within these last
twelve months of his life, he has been known, without seeming trouble
to himself, to walk from 30 to 40 miles a-day, in the execution of
his duty as a Sheriff's Officer. He always enjoyed good health; and
there is every reason to presume that his life might have been
considerably farther prolonged, had he not, at the late County
Election, in a moment of hilarity, forgotten that he was old. By
drinking too freely he was seized with an inflammation, which in
eight days put an end to his existence.
[The IGI shows only one marriage in Dunnottar for a John SLONE, to
Mary MILNE, 25th January 1766.]
Good-bye until next time,
Researching Brebner/Bremner genealogies in the North-East of Scotland
and around the world at http://www.brebner.com
DID YOU KNOW THIS ABOUT SCOTLAND?
ISLANDS OF SCOTLAND
There are 787 islands off the coast of Scotland, of which 130 are
The Shetland Islands and Orkney Islands in the far north as well as
the Inner and Outer Hebrides off the west coast were once part of
The largest island is Lewis and Harris (859 square miles and a
population of 22,000).
Skye is the second largest island (643 square miles and a population
Although "Mainland" of both Orkney and Shetland are smaller in area,
they have a larger population than Skye.
The owner of the island of Rum was unhappy about having it with the
same name as the Caribbean spirit and changed the spelling to Rhum.
It has since been changed back to the original version.
Jim Allan, Moderator
Victoria, B.C. CANADA
ANESFHS Member 10387