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Re: Falconer's in Durness and Eddrachillis
Posted by: Andy Smith Date: April 23, 2000 at 10:35:55
In Reply to: Re: Falconer's in Durness and Eddrachillis by alec mackay falconer of 671

The following is all the information I have at the moment on the Falconer side and the descendants of Charles Falconer Campbell.

James Falconer born in Thurso married Mary Morrison, on 2 December 1795 in Inverness. They had I believe four children, James born around 1797, Hector born around 1802, John born between 1806 and 1808 and William born around 1810. James Falconer died between 1841 and 1851.

James Falconer born around 1797 married a Janet MacKay and they had four children, Angus, Mary, James and Hector. James died 14 April 1883 in Eddrachillis.

Hector born around 1802 married someone called Mary and they had eight children, Flora, Catherine, Alexander, Hughina, Mary, James, John and Peter. I believe this family lived on Handa Island and later moved to Canada?

John Falconer born between 1806 and 1808 had an illegitimate son with Katherine Campbell. Charles Flaconer Campbell was born in 1836. John Falconer went on to marry Barbara MacKenzie on 1 November 1838 and they had the following children, Robert born around 1839, John born around 1841, Mary born around 1843, Janet born around 1845, Jemima born around 1847, Williamina born around 1849, James born around 1851 and Alexander born around 1854. John Falconer died 6 October 1891.

Katherine Campbell was born in 1813 in Durness, the daughter of William Campbell and Rachel Sutherland. She died between 1881 and 1891 and as far as I can tell, never married.

Charles Falconer Campbell was still living in Durness with his mother and grandparents at the 1851 census, but from then until the 1870's he disappears. He reappears in the 1870's as an Officer in the merchant navy and is now living in Plymouth. Whilst there he meets an Emma McDonald who was a nurse. They are married on 22 December 1877 and on 19 January 1879 they have their only child William John Campbell. By 1881 the family are living in Penarth, South Wales where they have a small shop (Charles is still going to sea at this time-I have some of his discharge certificates). Also it was around this time that Charles changes the family name from Campbell to Falconer. The family then moves down the coast a bit to Barry, South Wales where on the 2 November 1907 Emma dies. Not found exact date yet, but believe Charles died around 1915.

William John Falconer (previously Campbell) married a Mary Catherine Thomas on 5 September 1907. They had six children, Emma Elizabeth 1908-1935, William John 1909-1976, Edna 1912-1980, Iris May 1914-1931, Lillian 1916-1937 and Catherine 1919-1982.

William John Falconer b 22 July 1909 was my grandfather. He married Ada Valerie Hopkins on 28 July 1937 and they had four children, Edna Gwendoline, Rita Valerie, Raymond Anthony and Jane Elizabeth. Ada Valerie died 15 May 1999.

Catherine Falconer 1919-1982 married Henry White and they had five children, Glenys, Phillip, Richard, Christine and Hilary.

Edna Gwendoline Falconer is my mother b 8 May 1938. She married Leslie Donald Smith (b 1926 Bethnal Green, London) on 16 February 1956 and they have five children, Lesley Carol b 7 March 1958, Ian Stuart b 5 March 1960, David Jonathan b 8 March 1966, Andrew Paul (myself) b 7 February 1969 and Glyn Martin b 30 December 1975. Leslie Donald died 19 July 1999.

Lesley Carol married David Fuller and they have two children, Gareth William and Laura Stephanie.
Ian Stuart married Sally Lewis and they have three children, Ben, Helen and Gethyn.
David Jonathan married Paula Webber and they have two children, Sean and Robert.
I married Bronwen Blake on 10 September 1994 and we are currently expecting our first child.

I hope you can understand this, but if not drop me a line. I would appreciate if you could give me all the information you have, as you can see I only really have info on my line, but would love to know what happened to all the others.

Thanks for responding and I hope to hear from you soon.

Andy Smith (


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