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These pages list the results of some of the extensive researches I’ve carried out in tracing my family history on my father’s side. His father’s family came from the island of South Uist, in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. His mother’s family came from the Peterhead and Cruden areas of Aberdeenshire. The Hebrideans were crofting and farming people, whereas the Aberdeenshire side were mostly fishing folk and merchant seamen. In each case, families lived in a fairly small area and in general stayed there for generations, with little travel. The Great War was to change that, and my father’s parents, Donald MacPhee and Maggie Jane McDougall, were brought together around the end of the War, both of them having taken work in the shipbuilding industry that was then flourishing on the River Clyde in Glasgow.
I have also been researching the Lindsay side of the family tree, on my mother’s side, and the first draft of the Lindsay line is now included on the main page (see link above). The earliest Lindsays I have traced have originated in Argyll, in the Inner Hebrides. The Reid line (my maternal grandmother) is difficult to trace, as researches depend on the Irish records system, which is very incomplete and many records have not been preserved.
As I find out more, I will add to these pages. If you are connected to any of the families listed, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Every piece of information, however small, adds to the picture, and is welcome.