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C4ROL

C4ROL Report 11 Mar 2009 21:58

Hi all

I have just read this thread and my what a minefield.

Found this on SP

1970 LESLIE DIANE ELIZABETH F WESTRAY /ORKNEY

1981 LESLIE DIANE KAY F KIRKWALL /ORKNEY


Now the reason i mention it is.. Leslie is a Surname up on the Islands....

So it could be possible that her middle name is Leslie. After her mothers maiden name.

IE JOHN SMITH .... JONES...

Just another idea

Carol
xxx

Evelyn

Evelyn Report 11 Mar 2009 22:15

Hi Carol,
Thank you for that, I have always wondered about the Leslie, especially with the way it is spelt, my eldest brother is named Ian Leslie Walter so mum obviously wanted to keep the Leslie in the family, I keep racking my brain to see if I can remember any small detail that might help because sometimes even the most minute detail can help. My mother never mentioned her mother so I have no information on her at all , I dont know if she died when mum was young if not why was my mother sent to Stornoway to live with her aunt Kate?.

was plain ann now annielaurie

was plain ann now annielaurie Report 11 Mar 2009 22:21

Evelyn

I fell you're ignoring advice - don't know why. I'm trying to help but you seem not to take any notice.

Evelyn

Evelyn Report 11 Mar 2009 22:28

Annielaurie, I am sorry you feel you are being ignored, I really dont mean any harm, I am getting very confused, this is so new to me and I am 76 so a bit slow at picking things up, I will be in touch with the archives and get back to you, Thank you for all your help I really do appreciate it believe me

C4ROL

C4ROL Report 11 Mar 2009 22:28

Ann

I dont think she means too.. shes is 76 years young and trying to navigate a computer and all the questions and info we are bombarding her with.

i think Evie suggested to her to print it all out and digest it..

maybe thats what she is doing and will get back to you/us.

Carol :)
x

Evelyn

Evelyn Report 11 Mar 2009 22:32

Oh thank you Carol you have got me weighed up, Im just a giddy kipper, I do mean well and would never intentionally upset anyone. I wish you all well, all I want to do is find my roots before I hang up my clogs.

C4ROL

C4ROL Report 11 Mar 2009 22:39

Hello again

Just a thought (another Carol moment)

Put in Macleod D* female into Stornoway and only came up with the following:
1905 MACLEOD DONALDINA F STORNOWAY /ROSS AND CROMARTY 088/00 0202 VIEW (5 CREDITS) ORDER
2 1905 MACLEOD DONALDINA F STORNOWAY /ROSS AND CROMARTY 088/00 0323 VIEW (5 CREDITS) ORDER
3 1905 MACLEOD DONALDINA F STORNOWAY /ROSS AND CROMARTY 088/00 0049 VIEW (5 CREDITS) ORDER
4 1906 MACLEOD DONALDINA F STORNOWAY /ROSS AND CROMARTY 088/00 0040 VIEW (5 CREDITS) ORDER
5 1907 MACLEOD DONALDINA F STORNOWAY /ROSS AND CROMARTY 088/00 0060 VIEW (5 CREDITS) ORDER
6 1907 MACLEOD DONALDINA F STORNOWAY /ROSS AND CROMARTY 088/00 0214 VIEW (5 CREDITS) ORDER


Could her name have been Donaldina ..... known as Diane?

Carol
x

was plain ann now annielaurie

was plain ann now annielaurie Report 11 Mar 2009 22:48

Evelyn

I'm sorry - I didn't realise - didn't mean to be rude. It must be a lot for you to take in.

C4ROL

C4ROL Report 11 Mar 2009 22:52

Hello again

Another Carol moment..

Found this.... could be the illterate/thick accent thing if she has been born abroad, maybe couldn't spell properly..

1884 MCCLOUD ---- M MARINE REGISTER /MINOR RECORDS 008/MR 0021 VIEW (5 CREDITS) ORDER

I know its the wrong year.. more focused on the spelling thing.:)

Carol
x

Evelyn

Evelyn Report 11 Mar 2009 22:56

Hi Carol, thank you for your help but my mother insisted she was born in
India though one of my brothers told me she was born in Inverness, this was not so she told me she lived at Fort George Inverness after coming over from india. I expect it is quite possible that her name was Donaldina
though would it be in order to call hersef Diane on Legal documents?

Evelyn

Evelyn Report 11 Mar 2009 22:58

Oh annielaurie I shall have a weepy moment, I dont mean to look for sympathy just to let you know I am not up to speed

Evelyn

Evelyn Report 11 Mar 2009 23:04

Mums birthyear is given as 1906
she had a beautiful speaking voice with a very soft Scottish accent that everyone admired(except me when she got her dander up). Thank you anyway Carol, you do have some good ideas.

Sally

Sally Report 11 Mar 2009 23:10

have faith evelyn this amazing person called evie beavy has helped me between her and jean i have been in contact on the phone with my uncle and i have an address for my dad without these two wonderful people i have had all my questions answered please be patient it might be worth spending some money on 192.com it helped me try you never know the people will not give uo so dont you help is out there sally

Sally

Sally Report 11 Mar 2009 23:12

it was evie who suggested it to me look at my threads sally

Vicci

Vicci Report 12 Mar 2009 08:51

Evelyn

You are not forgotton.

I have sent an email to the present minister at Tarbat , a John MacLeod and am hoping to hear back from him soon.

If you can please follow up on the possible school records that maybe at the Highland Council Archive.

Also I believe that soldiers who were in India around 1908 received the India General Serivce medal 1908. The lists are at the National Archives at Kew, so maybe Robert received one.

You also mentioned that Diane had a private income, coud that have been Robert's army pension, maybe the National Archives have a record of that even if the service record has been destroyed.

I've searched Army Lists to no avail, but you may have better luck, most libraries have a copy.

I am also having trouble finding brith record of one of my relatives supposedly born in India so I think maybe the records are incomplete.

Will be in touch when I have more.

More websites to look at !! ....

http://www.highlander.zetnet.co.uk/tfc/
http://www.highlander.zetnet.co.uk/page2.htm

http://www.fearnpeninsulagraveyards.com/Contact%20The%20Project.html

http://www.highlandfhs.org.uk/

http://www.northeastmedals.co.uk/british_regiment/seaforth_highlanders.htm

Evelyn

Evelyn Report 12 Mar 2009 09:53

Thank you Victoria will do my best

Evelyn

Evelyn Report 12 Mar 2009 15:21

Victoria I have spent hours (no housework done) trawling through the sites you suggested but have not found anything relevant though I found the experience very interesting, Thank you

EvieBeavie

EvieBeavie Report 12 Mar 2009 18:26

My fame spreadeth. ;)

If only I were any good at Scottish stuff ... let alone Irish stuff ...

I was going to say a bit about "Diane" yesterday but had to get some sleep.

I'm with Carol on the alternate-name thing.

"Diane" is a modern name. In the English GRO, from 1900 to 1910, there was a grand total of *six* Diane births registered.

Remember how in the olden days people were Louisa, not Louise? Sophia, not Sophie? Susannah, not Susan?

Diana, yes. Diane, no. So the least I'd consider is Diana, and maybe, if she was so fed up with an old-fashioned awkward name like Donaldina by the time she was a young girl, or when she married, she just rejected it and took on a new-fashioned name.

My grandmother's groom in 1918 thought her name, Lily, was "common", and she became Lilian when she married. We just found someone's grandmother Kathleen Marion being born in the late 1800s as Kate Mary, last week.

So I'd seriously consider looking for Diane under other given names.

I'd also consider the possibility that her parents weren't married, and either

(a) McLeod was her mother's surname, and her father was Robert and in the Seaforth Highlanders, but not a MacLeod

or

(b) her father was Robert MacLeod, but she was registered with her mother's surname.

Those do seem somewhat unlikely in view of the other facts in the story, so I'd consider looking at other MacLeod births in names that she might have abandoned in favour of "Diane".

EvieBeavie

EvieBeavie Report 12 Mar 2009 18:26

First it said it didn't post, then it posted twice ... deleted duplicate.

EvieBeavie

EvieBeavie Report 12 Mar 2009 18:30

Victoria -- good thinking on the church contact.

I was going to suggest that yesterday too, before I fell asleep ...