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... who may not be related - but some are, or might be! Certainly they are people bearing a name that has interest to many of us.

ADAMSON folk

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ROBERT MACKENZIE FISHER, Ship's Carpernter & Poet

Robert MacKenzie Fisher 1840-1910
  • Robert MacKenzie Fisher, Ship's Carpenter & Poet Born at Prestwick, near Ayr, in 1840, the son of a handloom weaver. His mother having died when he was five years of age, he was placed under the care of his grandfather at Maybole. There are specimens of his precocious skill in word-painting, giving evidence of his poetic powers when only about fifteen years of age. As a poet, his versification is smooth, his thoughts natural, and many of his verses show the tender side of the poet's nature. In his own words, his "Hame-Spun thochts are best expressed, In mither tongue - they're aye the best." [from "Modern Scottish Poets" by D. H. Edwards, Brechin, 1883]

    Pairtin' wi' the Weans.

    I'm troubled wi' the muse sometimes
    She gars me steep my brains,
    When better things than makin' rhymes
    Wad answer wife and weans.

    I often chance to leave my hame
    For sake o' worldly gains,
    Tae places that I needna name
    Unless tae wife and weans.

    Wi' mirth and glee their wee hearts glow,
    They sing in joyful strains,
    Till duty calls and I must go
    And leave my steerin' weans.

    The scene is changed, their hearts are sad,
    The tear each wee cheek stains,
    They ken they're gaun tae lose their dad-
    This lot o' greetin' weans.

    I try to quaiten doon the noise,
    And soothe their fitful pains,
    By promisin' tae bring them toys
    If they'll be a' guid weans.

    Wee Mary rins tae get my hat,
    While Jack and Will maintains
    That they're the anes that should get that-
    O! what contentious weans.

    If onything there is on earth
    From which my heart refrains,
    It's stoppin' a' their childish mirth,
    And partin' wi' the weans.

    While struggling through this world's strife,
    There's nocht for me remains
    But seek to live a happy life
    Alang wi' wife and weans.

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AGNES MCKENZIE FISHER CONWAY, mother to 11, lived to 96 years of age

Agnes McKenzie Fisher Conway aged 96 at the marriage of her granddaughter Hope Myra Morrison Conway to Joseph Stanley Andrews (a Baptist Church minister), June 1937, Hamilton Baptist Church. Three of Agnes' sons officiated at the wedding. [photo from JF in Canada]
  • Agnes McKenzie Fisher Conway, mother to 11, lived to 96 years of age Sister of Rober MacKenzie Fisher, above, Agnes was a kitchenmaid at Orangefield House in Prestwick in her early days. Orangefield House became the site of what is now Prestwick Airport. Agnes and James CONWAY had eleven children, 6 daughters and 5 sons. Four of their sons became ministers of the Church.

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MAGGIE SCOTT KEY, married to Mr TESCO?

1924 Tesco Tea showcard found at http://www.tescoplc.com/index.asp?pageid=11

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WILLIAM KEY, Missionary to China

The China Inland Mission, Newington Green, Mildmay, Islington, London. Fin Fahey, 15 October 2005, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license.

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WILLIAM KINNEAR, Soldier in the Indian Mutiny

Map of India showing position of Belgaum www.maps.google.co.uk

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ALEXANDER MILLER, Boy Soldier WW1

Alexander Miller RAMC WW1

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Miss JEAN MILNE, Murdered

Miss Jean Milne 1843-1912

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IAN PATERSON, Actor

Ian Paterson, 1945

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JENNIFER PATERSON, of Two Fat Ladies

Jennifer Mary Paterson 1928-2011

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ROBERT PATERSON; Old Mortality, Walter Scott

Old Mortality (Robert Paterson)

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WILLIAM ROBERTSON SMITH, Academic

William Robertson Smith, 1846-1894

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GEORGE WHEATLEY, Crimean Soldier & Confectioner

George Wheatley, 1833-1906