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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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Added: September 29, 2015
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Your newspaper article about the opening of the Howford Bridge in 1962, took me back to those days, when as a young student in Edinburgh, I was looking for a Summer job back home in Catrine and ended up working on the bridge. It was backbreaking work and as part of a gang of workmen, we had to move concrete kerb stones from lorries to pavement. I only lasted about three weeks as I simply could not do the physical work involved. However, I did see the bridge being opened but missed the 'political' occassion.

Added: September 26, 2015
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I HAVE NOT WRITTEN FOR A WHILE . SO JUST A MESSAGE TO ALL WHO WHERE ABOUT 8-9 YEEARS OLD IN 1958ish>ANDWENT TO SCHOOL IN CATRINE . IF ANY OF YOUR READERS REMEMBER THE FOLLOWING......SATURDAY PICTURES ,,SWIMMING IN THE RIVER ,,THE DREADED SCHOOL AND THE VICIOUS STRAP, OR CANE ....ICANT REMEMBER BUT I AM SURE I DESERVED IT.
PLEASE CONTACT ME AS THERE SEEM TO BE SO FEW OF US LEFT, WHICH I CAN ONLY PUT DOWN TO GOOD LIVING!!!!!!

PLEASE KEEP THIS SITE GOING , IT IS A LIFELINE TO THE PAST. I WAS KNOWN AS SCOTT


Added: September 7, 2015
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Some help please, I joined the Army in 1963 and never really spent much time in Catrine after that. I do remember in the mid-60s that a "cold war bunker" was built up near the cemetery - can anyone provide any more information about it please.

Added: August 1, 2015
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Hi Rab I see after all these years your website is still going strong, its so nice to look back at Catrine and remember your roots, I certainly never forget that Im Catrine born and bred. I am now retired took early retirement in 2013 at 58yrs, best thing I ever did, we sold up, the wife and me both 58 years old and bought an American RV 36ft to travel around Europe, we are in Spain at the moment, living the dream, no stress, hot weather, cheap to live, everyday is a weekend. I just cant believe where the time has gone but when I look at your collection of photos, information and how it has gone global, Im so greatful that you have taken the time over the years to produce such an in depth account of our village, I would love for anyone who remembers me from the past to feel free and contact me would love to catch up on time where has it gone

Added: July 30, 2015
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HI, just found your web site. I have been looking back over my past[wondering where it had gone ], remembering the good and bad times I had in Catrine ,I remember Andrew Mc.clelland and John McIlvene, but no more come to mind . I used to live in st.Cuthbert street it was around 1957-1958 , and then we moved to England . Iwas about 8 or 9 years old at the time if anyone remembers me from then , please get in touch as I have had a stroke and there are lots of bits missing. One thing I do remember is a school camp to west linton.....again does anyone remember that. thnks again

Added: July 2, 2015
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Hi Rab - Photo 2 on page three next to Jean Oliphant is Joyce Gray (nee Edgar).

Added: June 13, 2015
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