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Wedding of James Scott & Helen Dobbie (Centre Couple). Elderly man sitting on left: Father, John Scott. Lady sitting beside John Scott: Janet Dobbie (nee Cleland. Sitting on the right: Robert Dobbie and Jane Scott (nee Greig). 4th person from the right, standing: John Scott (brother of the Groom).

John (Jack) Alexander Scott (1935 – 2001)

By Ian Scott | May 24, 2021

Quick Facts About John (Jack) Alexander Scott Born: 14 April 1935 at Thorndale House, Duncairn St., Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK Death: 10 January 2001 at Guelph, Ontario, Caanda Son of Hugh McDowell Scott & Sarah Bailey Brother of: Sarah Millicent Marie Bailey Scott (Hall) Husband Of: Patricia Joan Stephen (Marriage 20 MAY 1960, Toronto, Ontario, […]

John George McDowell (1877- 1936)

By Ian Scott | May 23, 2021

Quick Facts About John George McDowell Update – May 25th, 2021: I received several amazing emails from someone who only provided “GenealogyMum” as a name in their email address, on the 24th of May. This person, who I would like to thank deeply and sincerely had come across this post about John McDowell, the one […]

Hugh McDowell Scott (1899-1984)

By Ian Scott | May 23, 2021

Quick Facts About Hugh McDowell Scott Born: 24 SEPTEMBER 1899 – Belfast, Ireland (At 24 Hillman Street, Dock Ward, Antrim) Photo of Hillman Street, Belfast from Google Maps Location of Hillman Street, Belfast – Google Maps Son of John Scott & Sarah McDowell Brother Of:

Three Wives? – Alexander Greig

By Ian Scott | April 21, 2007

This becomes even more fascinating to me. Alexander Greig, who I’ve posted about here – and – here – appears to have had three wives all told. I’ve just done a second reading of his “Last Will And Testament,” from which I quote: “…divide and apportion the same into seven equal parts or shares and […]

Some Mysteries Solved – Alexander Grieg

By Ian Scott | April 19, 2007

Previously, I posted about some of my genealogical research along with a couple of mystery persons. One mystery solved – yet more mysteries have been created. There is one person that I’m fascinated with – one of my great-great-grandfathers, Alexander Greig – born in 1804, Fisherrow, Leith, Scotland, passed away in 1888 in Dundee, Scotland. […]

Mysterious Women, Interesting Men

By Ian Scott | April 16, 2007

The night before last, I wrote a quick blog post which I later removed due to far too many spelling mistakes, grammatical errors, and other reasons. It was about some excitement I’ve been having in discovering relatives I didn’t know that I had, as well as information about ancestors of mine. What really got me […]

Back in 2006, I began to fulfill a wish I had for a very long time; to research the Scott Family history. This wish... or perhaps better described as a "hope" had begun many years previously as I'd listen to my father, and his own desire to confirm some of the stories and history that had been related to him.

In 2007, I had some time while I waited for a business partner at the time, to finish up some project that she promised would probably make us rich. That never happened and it turned out she was working on making herself rich. For me though, I did become rich in a way - rich in more of the family lore, solving some mysteries, and enjoying the detective work which still continues to this day.

My youngest son was 4 years old when I began in earnest and it was partly for him, for his older brothers, and for my own interest that I threw a lot of my heart and soul into learning more about our family, trying to locate relatives I had no idea about (I was successful in that regard), and to be able to pass on to my children the knowledge of the heritage that was theirs.

In 2007, I became very fascinated with one of our ancestors, a Captain Alexander Grieg. I think he could be the basis of new historical novels - but there are many that have their own stories. I think they should be told. I hope to tell as many of them as I can; perhaps some with my own ideas and imaginings of what life must have been like for them.

I'll add content to this section as I can - and likely randomly, while trying to focus on all the individuals - or as many as I can - that make up what our Scotts have become in the 21st century.

It is not just about Scotts though. There are Baileys, Moores, McDowells, Stephens, Griegs of course, Swans, Moores, McCleerys, Woudstras, and many more.

Of course, my sister and my brother's children will have their own additions of names to this list. I mean no disrespect for not including them - but perhaps they can add their own stories with this resource to build their own lines of heritage as well.

Most of my focus will be on the paternal/maternal line of the Scott Family through my father John Alexander Scott (1935-2001) but I will add information and stories of others as I become aware of them, or as motivated to write.

I am indebted to Richard Telford-Baillie who has graciously provided much information on the Bailey/Moore side of my dad's family, and to my Aunt Grace and Uncle Murray Stephen who did extensive research on my maternal family tree, the Stephens/Mathiesons et al.

One of the really "cool" things is that I also have had access to old photos - how many can say they have a photo that includes their great X3 grandfather? Also, a Family Bible that has been passed down from my great X2 grandfather to me - not as an owner, but rather as a caretaker of information and family heritage.

It fascinates me to think of my Great X2 Grandfather and the fact that he began a record of births and deaths in a Family Bible. This Family Bible may have been a gift from his father - and so the fact it has gone through now 5, and possibly 6 generations if it was his father's gift, is something that fills me with some awe and wonder.

I wonder what those grandfathers had hoped for, by keeping a record that they could pass on to the next generation - did they have any thoughts that almost 200 years later, it would still exist and some would be thankful for it? Did they themselves want a record of their own life and existence for their descendants?

I like to think that they must have wanted that; why else to begin such a record? Perhaps they had their own records as well, that no longer exist.  We don't know. We do know we have what we have, and it was started in the 19th century - there is something amazing about seeing your ancestors writing in ink on paper with records of births, marriages and deaths.

In 2007, I wrote some very general posts included in this list below, and now I will focus on more specific information along with the documentation  I have found to support the my claims that they are family ancestors. In some cases, I am not totally sure, and will explain why, when I write about the individuals.

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