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During my Christmas visit back home, I contacted a fellow Gilchrist who I knew to be from the Scottish East Coast. Given the statements in the "Gilchrist story" about none being from that side of Scotland, I thought it might be of interest to have at least one example (and one by the way who had believed himself to be an Ogilvy clan member !), albeit from
the Fife peninsula, just south of St Andrews at a place called "East Neuk". I have returned with an AO sized (40"x22") family tree of his, going back to 1784 with an Andrew Gilchrist at that location. The names in the family are predominantly Andrew, James and John.

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As for my family, they are definitely of the Ayrshire variety. My father does not know much of his family background, but believes they were farmers from the Girvan area. We found your site to be of great interest, although I have little time to spend on this sort of thing.  As a matter of further interest, we have a genealogist on my maternal grandmother's side who has traced the whole Corfield family practically back to the Creation! (actually El Cid, by virtue of royal connections in the 17cent.) and published the research himself in Australia. It is quite the most comprehensive bit of work I have seen !.

best regards and happy new year, David Gilchrist

My grand-father's name is John Russell Gilchrist married to Lena Marie Workman Gilchrist..
they had three children Bobby, Lonnie, and Orlene... i am looking for information on my grand-father's family.... i do know that in the line somewhere there were Huntsman's and Gray's... i don't have much more but i do know that there was a book out on the family
but we have lost our copy due to a fire, before we could get it into the computer... we cannot find anyone who also has a copy of the book to our knowledge it was one of only a few copies... if anyone can help or has any suggestions I would be more than greatful... it
has taken me two years so far and i have found nothing.. i do know that they were in Kansas when my grand-parents married, but afterwards moved to Texas. Louise Gilchrist Patterson

James WOODROW from Garlmeon married Flora CAMPBELL from Grobolls 19 Dec
1799 at Bowmore.
Flora was born 28 Jul 1771 at Dudal, Islay, the daughter of Archibald
The issue of James WOODROW & Flora CAMPBELL were: Duncan WOODROW b Grolais, Islay, 1800, mar Bowmore 1823 to Catharine GILCHRIST; John WOODROW b Octovullin, Islay, 1802, mar Bowmore 1820 to Catharine LOGAN; Alexander WOODROW b Kilmeny, c1806, mar Bowmore 1840 to Marrion JOHNSTON; James WOODROW b c1809, mar Bowmore 1826 to Marrion MacMILLAN, settled in Oro Township, Ontario; William WOODROW b Ardlaroch, Islay, 1810; Archibald WOODROW b Waussminm, Islay, 1812, mar Bowmore 1840 to Catharina
CAMPBELL, settled in Medonte Township, Ontario; Neil WOODROW b Cruach, Islay, 1814, mar Bowmore 1838 to Helen CRAWFORD; Christian WOODROW b Cruach, Islay, 1816.
I would be pleased to exchange information with anyone who shares an
interest in these families.
Brian Seddon
Queensland, Australia

Two Gilchrist families are in my direct line:

JAMES GILCHRIST and Ann Calder arrived in Eldon Twnship, Victoria County, Ontario from Islay, Sct. abt 1834.  Some of their children are: William, Margaret (m. Donald Carmichael) Donald, JOHN CALDER (m. Anne Hunter Campbell) Alan, Ronald, James (m. Catherine Gilchrist) Neil, Diana (m. Alexander McNabb)

NEIL GILCHRIST and Mary Hunter came from Glenegedale, Kildalton, Islay to a farm in Sullivan Township near Owen Sound, Ontario in 1853.  Their children: WILLIAM (m. Margaret Carmichael) James, Flora Ann, John, Peter (m. Mary McKinnon) Donald, Margaret, Neil, Anne, Mary, Flora(2) Dugald

My grandparents were Lauchlan GILCHRIST (son of William G. and Margaret C) and Margaret Ann GILCHRIST (dtr. of John C. Gilchrist and Ann Hunter Campbell)

I would like to contact other descendants and, perhaps, fill in some of the gaps.

Colin Fraser in Victoria, BC, Canada

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