I have just begun researching my Lafferty and McBirnie family from Ayrshire Scotland. Going from most recent:
Elizabeth McBirnie, CrossHill Ayr b.1876 married Thomas Davidson Lafferty in 1904 resident of New Cumnock. They were my great grand parents on my mothers side, and moved to Australia about 1906. I know that at about the same time her sister and a brother moved to Canada, and the rest remained around the area in Scotland.
Elizabeth (Bessie) siblings were: Jock (Canada), Robert (Policeman,Scotland) b 1880, Samuel a policeman in Kilmarnock, Mary (Canada, married Blackie), Ed a bachelor (Canada), and Agnes Jeanie (Canada).
Parents were: Thomas McBirnie b 1849, labourer of CrossHill and Margaret Swan b 1853, married Kirkmichael 1874. Thomas' brother was John b 1845 , daughter Mary - he was blind & had been a cotton weaver. Here the spelling starts to change between McBurnie & McBirnie....
Parents were: Samuel McBurnie b 1816 CrossHill, married Mary McGechie b 1826 Maybole. Samuel's siblings were: James b 1810, Thomas b 1813. Their parents were James McBirnie a weaver of Girvan and Mary (Ann) Thomson.
I do have some other names & dates of McBirnies in and around Girvan (from Ireland) - mainly John b 1821 & James b 1808 & families (1851 Census)....... I guess they may be Samuels brothers - as I have been devoting my time to the Jobson family research I have not yet followed up. It was oput of frustration at the brick wall with my Jobsons that I aimlessly typed in McBirnie to see what would come up!!!!! First time I have seen this list.
Willing to check details and share info if anyone thinkjs there may be a connection.
We have always leaned to our Scottish heritage so I am now quite excited if I can progress this.
regards from Australia
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