This month we’ve heard from a new member Peter Carolin looking for Wilson connections. He writes:
My great grandfather, James Burns, was born by Loch Trool, at The Stroan, in 1855 and later became a bank manager in the Argentine. His father, also James, a herder, was born in the area in 1825 and married Janet Wilson. The Wilsons were also herders and lived in Culsharg, apparently for many generations. Sometime in the 1960s, my grandfather, also James Burns, a shipping manager in Brazil, mentioned Crockett in some notes on the family – of which the following is an extract:
Sadly, my great-grandfather’s scrap book has not survived.
I particularly like the part where the relative writes: 'my grandmother did not consider them truthful'. It reminds us both that in former days people struggled with accepting historical fiction as a genre, and how personally people can take tales of their own ancestry!
From the extract it seemed to me the most likely book being referred to was ‘Men of the Moss Hags’ since the ‘Buchan’ connection seems to link with Glenhead, thus the MacMillans, thus time spent there in 1894/5. And there are Wilsons in that book (including the Wigtown Martyr Margaret Wilson) But if anyone else has other suggestions or knowledge, please do email us or comment below and we’ll pass the information on to Peter.
Although we cannot be in Galloway this year to celebrate Crockett's birthday, it will not go unmarked. Sunday 24th September will see the Bog Myrtle Golf event held at the Himalayas course (Ladies Putting Green) St Andrews. If you plan to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
And we'll also be launching the latest in the 'Discovering Crockett's' series: Discovering Crockett's Edinburgh on Sept 24th. This is the third in the series and does what it says on the tin - helps the reader 'discover' Edinburgh through Crockett 'fact and fiction.' It's a whistle stop tour through seven centuries of Auld Reekie, Crockett style.
You can buy a pre-publication copy HERE if you can't wait (or can't come) on the day.