I'd be pleased to carry on this discussion by e-mail - my address is firstname.lastname@example.org
I've noticed that about my Kincardine ancestors - they seem to be remarkably inter-related! All the villages seem to have had two or three well-established families who would be related to everyone else in the village. For example, Gourdon had the Gowan family. In Kinneff Parish, the Moncurs and the Mowats were two very long established families (both of which I am descended from.) In Muchalls and Cowie, I believe that the Christies were very large families. In Portlethen, the Woods, the Leipers and the Craigs were large families.
However, there is even more confusion with the Christies in that I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that there are three different strains of the family! I am descended from two of them. My ancestress, Mary Wyllie, was married to George Christie, Harbour Pilot and Skipper of the "Pilgrim" (also a Fisherman) in Gourdon. He was the son of John Christie, fisher in Gourdon, and Jean Soutar, daughter of George Soutar, Labourer in Johnshaven (his folk came from Montrose.) John Christie himself was the son of George Christie, an Agricultural Labourer from Garvock Parish. That George Christie's father was James Christie, born about 1740. He was a Butcher, and I place him in the group of landward Christies. They are a fairly large family, stretched out over the parishes of Garvock, Fordoun and Fettercairn.
Then there are two coastal Christie families! One is the family my great great great grandmother, Elizabeth Christie, born 1809 in Catterline, belonged to. She was Episcopalian. One of the Christie families was from Stonehaven itself; the other from the villages north of Stonehaven, such as Skateraw. To be honest I originally thought that the two families might have the same origins but a present day member of the Skateraw family denies this! It's difficult to sort out. But like you say we are probably related several times over.
If you want any other information on my Christies just ask and I'll be happy to help.
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