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Re: Wyllies of Ayrshire (Dunlop, Stewarton) and Bowhouse
Posted by: Dennis Wyllie (ID *****0198) Date: October 30, 2008 at 15:37:11
In Reply to: Wyllies of Ayrshire (Dunlop, Stewarton) and Bowhouse by Anne of 283


I haven't been able to do a lot of research lately but one of the Wylie families farmed land that was attached to the Dunlop estate.

I was in Dunlop in 1998 and an old man told me about the house where they lived. My cousin was in Dunlop about 2 years ago and confirmed that the house actually exists and sent me pictures of it. It is actually situated inside the main gate of the Dunlop estate not to far from Dunlop House.

When I checked the Kirkyard in Dunlop, I found about 20 Wylie's buried in the old section.

I believe that my gggrandfather, Alexander Wylie, was related to this family. I think his father was John Wylie who was a silk weaver and his grandfather was Alexander Wylie.

If you check the 1841 and 1851 censuses, you will find a family of Wylies listed as landed proprietors. The had 3 servants in their home and 2 agricultural laborers working for them.

As for the other people who report they are related to the Watt family, just check it out. James Watt of the steam engine fame was married to a Dunlop. Small world isn't it.

Another interesting thing is that Dunlop Tires evolved from the Dunlop family from Dunlop House.

Have you ever heard of Sea Captains on your side of the tree? My family came to Canada and the US in 1876. My great uncle stated that he came on a ship. Unfortunately he was wrong but the ship he named had as its captain a Wylie. I think he had the name of the ship mixed-up with the ship that one of his relatives was the Captain.

Dennis J. Wyllie

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