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Trying to find mother

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Evelyn Report 14 Sep 2009 17:34

A Gentle nudge


Traciey Report 14 Sep 2009 18:41

Hi all. Yes rootschat is full of information and very helpful people on there like here who know the area well. At this time of events there is indeed no facts, we have nothing absolutely concrete except for the fact that Evelyn did indeed have a mother who sadly passed when Evelyn was around 20yrs old. Diane did not leave or give Evelyn much to go on as to who her parents were. Robert MacLeod is named as Diane's father but we don't know if Diane ever met him or stayed with him, we do not know when he passed away, he could have been at home or at war. Diane never mentioned her mother, did her mother pass when she was a young girl and this is why she was sent to live with aunt kate in stornoway? Did Diane actually remember her mother? There are all these possibilities. I actually feel for Diane something did not go right in her childhood, she told wee lies for whatever reasons. We cannot rule out Diane as being an adopted child! We may never find these answers! But we can keep digging for clues!

I watched a repeat programme of Coast the other night and there was a man McLeod who run a small boat between the islands for over 50yrs I bet he has some good knowledge of families in the area's of Stornoway, I'll put a post on Roots to see if anyone knows him! Anything is worth a try.


Evelyn Report 14 Sep 2009 18:56

Thank you Tracey for your interest and help



Evelyn Report 15 Sep 2009 14:27

Come on Mother give us a clue



Traciey Report 15 Sep 2009 19:37

Its not a problem Evelyn I enjoy it. We will find out what Diane's(mum's) birth name was eventually, she can't hide for ever!!!

It makes you wonder if someone out there searching their own family tree has come across a female born 1906 who they cannot follow through because of Diane's possible name change, or on the otherhand someone will have Diane's mother in their tree but not found out or followed any children!

I can't wait till the 1911 census comes out, your mother will be on it somewhere I would imagine, I can see us all frantically searching females born 1906 named Leslie, MacLeod, McLeod or any other suggestions we will have by then!


FannyByGaslight Report 15 Sep 2009 21:17

I often lie awake thinking of Evelyns mother,and fall asleep hoping I will dream of Evelyns mother to tell me what we want to know.
Who was she ,where was she really born,why couldnt she have spoken more about her childhood.
I truly wish I could have found her,but I am sure one of you others will,and when you do,PLEASE let me know.

Ishbels mum


Cynthia Report 15 Sep 2009 21:30

Isn't it weird how no one but no one can find this woman??? I think we should get Miss Marple onto it!!! (Just happening to be watching her!)

At a tangent, I wonder why Leslie is spelt in the male form rather than Lesley which is the female?

How is Ishbel whilst Evelyn's away? Is she missing her walkies!!


FannyByGaslight Report 15 Sep 2009 21:47

Ishbel is fine but def needs a long walk with auntie.
I often think Ishbel is like a child with that thing that is to do with hyperactivity,she does not STOP.
My youngest boy was / is the same so I should be used to it,but it can be rather wearing.

Hurry up back auntie Evelyn,Ishbel needs you to take her on a VERY long walk.

Leslie the male way was prob her real name or her fathers real name or her mothers maiden name,it would not have figuered? otherwise I think,

Ishbels mum


Evelyn Report 15 Sep 2009 22:22

Ishbel I miss you too, Auntie will come and take you walkies soon, love to Mummy Viv.
Look after your Mummy Ishbel I cant find mine



Evelyn Report 17 Sep 2009 21:42

A gentle nudge


Traciey Report 18 Sep 2009 09:24

Hi Evelyn hope you are well and enjoying France. I don't know if you found the same but what is it with some of those MacLeod people??? Lol, I have contacted a few people who were born around middle 1920's who live in Inverness and have good knowledge of the area, I know that some are in their mid 80's but my goodness they are so protective of their MacLeod's, its a case of "not in my back yard" or "No not my MacLeod's" best one yet, "are you sure it is MacLeod" Really it is so funny some of the replys I have had back, I just gave them an outline and Diane's name to see if it rings any bells and how you are searching for details of your family. Oh well the mystery continues!!!


Evelyn Report 18 Sep 2009 09:50

More like an Iron curtain than a brick wall Tracey isnt it, where do we go from here



Cynthia Report 18 Sep 2009 11:23

Evelyn, just a thought. Would it help to change the title of this thread to say 'Looking for Diane Leslie MacLeod' rather than just 'Mother'? Wish I knew more about Scottish history so I could help more.


LadyKira Report 18 Sep 2009 12:24

It will soon be possible to take out a subscription to FMP 1911 census. They are talking about October. That may give us more clues.


Karen Report 18 Sep 2009 12:47

Hi Evelyn

I have been reading all the threads with interest and feel for you that you haven't managed to find your Mothers family.

I have had help to trace my 2xGr.Grandmother Jane McFadyen who was born in Inverness abt 1854 from the Sots Roots Scottish ancestor service. From the infomation they gave me I was able to go on and confirm her parents and Grandmother.
What really helped me was finding out about how the Scotish named their daughters, always including the maiden name of the mother in the name, to keep the clan name going.
You could have a clue in your mother's name Diane Leslie MacLeod....Leslie could be her mother's maiden name, as I believe Leslie to be a common Scottish surname.

Sorry if you already know this!

Karen x


LadyKira Report 18 Sep 2009 14:26

another site to look at

also these are local historians and you may just get their interest and help.


LadyKira Report 18 Sep 2009 14:29

Last address in Lewis: 4 Battery Park, Stornoway
Son of Alexander McLeod, of 4, Battery Park, Stornoway, and the late Mrs. McLeod.
Regiment or division: 7th Seaforth Highlanders, Labour Corps
Service number: S/16375, transf. to (588562)
Date of death: 18 February 1919 at the age of 34
Died of wounds
Interred: Sandwick Cemetery
Memorial reference: L. R.1910. 683.
Local memorial: Lewis War Memorial


LadyKira Report 18 Sep 2009 15:01

some snippets about the family

Mr Donald Macleod, Minister of the Gaelic Chapel, Cromarty, was admitted assistant and successor to Mr Campbell on the 19th May, 1885. Mr Campbell died at View Bank, Craigie, Perth, on the 5th December, 1888, and Mr Macleod succeeded to the full charge.,%20Ross-shire.pdf

The grave yards project at Tarbut
If Donald was minister it is likely some of his family are there.
To view the records follow the links below to go to a specific graveyard. Each page shows a list of surnames and the number of records we have for each instance of that name. To then access the Database use the Search button. Each session costs £2.50 and lasts for 24 hours. Searches during this 24 hour period are unlimited.


LadyKira Report 18 Sep 2009 15:03

The Graveyards Project

Tarbat Discovery Centre

Tarbatness Road




IV20 1YA


Evelyn Report 18 Sep 2009 15:11

I have been in contact with the Tarbat Discovery Centre and they put out lots of feelers but have found no answers for me. The folk were very nice they also contacted India for me, really made a big effort but still no good news.
I wish the Nicolson Institute would reply to me