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Hi everyone i done a house clearance in the east end of London and came across a photograph of St PATRICKS SCHOOL Team dated 1919 Birnieknown.The photo as two * * * eleven pupils and one man in suit.Photo is 8 inch by 6 inch on board 10 and half inch by 9 quarter inch.On the back of the photo it says Robert McCarroll 44 Heathfield Road Auchinleck Ayrshire Scotland.If any one is interested in photo i will send it to you as it is your history and i fought it would be of interest to you.If you would like to see a photo i will get my daughter to send it to you.Thankyou Its free

Admin reply: If you send me a copy I will publish it along with the other Birnie photos I have. Thanks for your interest. I will look into the names and addresses you have given and get back to you.
Rab.


Added: July 26, 2017
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Hi Rab,
I've really enjoyed your website. Brought a wee tear tae ma ee when I saw the photos of our Dave and Billy. The photo entitled, "Ballochmyle workers enjoying a day at the shore", I'm certain that my mum, dad and auntie Maggie are in it. If no its helluva like them. Even more so when I downloaded it, the file name is xalfy.jpeg. Good to see photos of my cousins, William and Hughie Fowler and yersel, Geordie Bell,Tony and wee Tam (Tykes). I was shocked and saddened when I heard of Tam's passing. I found out via the online Cumnock Chronicle obituaries.
Thanks.
Hope you keep well, and keep up the good work.

Regards

Ted Bates :)

Admin reply: Been busy as usual at this time of the year making raspberry jam of all things. Meant to get back to you Ted. I can't remember who sent me the Ballochmyle picts but of course it is your mum and dad and aunt. Hope you are all doing well ( in spite of the weather) We have some precious memories of your parents and Billy and Dave. They new how to make us laugh.


Added: May 13, 2017
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Hello Rab,

I found your fascinating page while looking up Catrine as my late father grew up in your village.

His father Archibald Simpson and brother Robert Simpson are remembered on your war memorial. My father was James Miekle Simpson and I think he was given his second name in memory of the soldier of that name on the monument.

I know that my father visited cousins who still lived in the village but although I used to write to him there I cannot remember their name.

I am sure I will visit your site again.

Thank you for an Interesting visit.

Moira


Added: July 2, 2016
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I have had to change my webspace provider so hopefully everything will get fixed over the next week. If anyone has any problems with the site please leave a message here or email me.
Rab


Added: June 10, 2016
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Wonderful site. Accessible and friendly with a wealth of gems. I am researching my great grandfather William Stevens, (C1866). So most references are a bit late for me but fascinating none the less.

Added: March 8, 2016
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I had a friend in the RSF who, I think, came from Catrine or Sorn. His name was Archie Mcfadyen. Are there any McFadyens still in the area?
If you are interested I have a picture or two of him during the Army days.


Added: February 22, 2016
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Hello Rab,

My 2X Great Grandfather was John Lyle, a Catrine labourer who died in 1909 at the Catrine expo farm (?) from an accident with a horse pulling a hay rake.
His son (my Great grandfather), George Haining Lyle came to Pennsylvania in 1882 as a Carnegie steelworker.
I am hoping to find relatives and photographs of John, George, and other 1880 - 1900 Lyle family members from Catrine to share with my Dad. He turned 95 last September and tells stories of Catrine told to him by his grandfather (George Haining Lyle).
Cheers!
Jonathan Lyle


Added: January 23, 2016
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I had a blip with my guestbook not working for people signing in but it seems OK now. Email me if you have any trouble in future.

Added: January 22, 2016
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Enjoyed reading your History and just viewed the "Project" video enjoying both.
My family history from Catrine dated to 1850-1870 when my GGGrandparents Samuel and Sarah lived in the village first on Bridge street then on Wood Street. They had several children during that period some of whom died but three survived to emigrate with their parents to Newburgh, NY, USA
Looking at google street view it would appear that the houses they may have lived in have been replaced, are there any photos of the homes on Bridge and Wood dating to the 1860's.
Thanks, John


Added: October 8, 2015
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I would like to contact any of my relatives through my mother - Jean Martell - I do know that she had brothers from Catrine - all deceased as far as I know. Francis, James, Bernard McDowell. I think she had a sister Theresa. My mum immigrated to Canada after marrying Robert Martell at the end of WW2.

Added: October 3, 2015
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