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Ahern, Patrick I am seeking information on a shipowner named JOHNSTON who launched a 98/119 ton schooner named Wave at Arbroath in 1847. The vessel arrived at Melbourne from Dundee on 7 July 1854 (Master T Powell) and worked for several years in the SE Australian coastal trade. A Newcastle (Aust) family has a bronze artifact from the vessel (recovered from the local harbour)with the names Wave and Arbroath, and also an insignia comprising a central grill, chains (of six links) on both sides and a small wreath on top. I am particularly interested to trace the origins of this insignia - whether to the shipowner, Arbroath, or other origins. Thank you for this opportunity.
Location: Newcastle, NSW, Australia
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Barrie, Marion
(nee Jamieson)

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I love your new web site, and enjoy reading the news of Arbroath. I married Dave (Junior) Barrie in Abbey Church in 1956. We have two children, Michael and Fiona, and six lovely Aussie grandchildren. We have returned to Arbroath many times since emigrating to Australia in 1973, to visit family and friends and ofcourse to taste a Smokie! We are both retired and are enjoying spending the kids inheritance.
Location: Sydney, Australia
Last Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2008.

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Bennett, John
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My mother was born in Arbroath, Annie Barrie Black. Grandfather James Black and Grandmother Jean Cool Cargill( or Cargail). They moved to Brazil in the 30's when my grandfather came to build the São Paulo Railways. Planning on returning for a family history fact finding mission. Would appreciate any information on where to go and what to see. kind regards John
Location: Brasil
Last Updated: Monday, April 28, 2008.

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Blair, Laurie
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I am from Arbroath 'twice removed' -- that is, my paternal grandfather was born in Arbroath and emigrated here in 1909. I visited Arbroath in 1986 and met some of my relatives, as our families have tried to keep in touch over the years. Memorable were the Abbey, the fish and chips, the Foundry pub (oldest building I have ever set foot in) and Boots Chemist. I hope to visit again, maybe with my nephews Robert and Russell Blair.
Location: Chester, Connecticut, U.S.A.
Last Updated: Monday, January 1, 2007.

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Boyle, Mabel
(nee Lamb)
Hello to anyone out their who knows me.Stillstaying in Arbroath,married 42 yearswith two sons and 2 grandchildren.Retired 3 years ago,husband retired last year.
Location: Arbroath
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 11, 2008.

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Buck, Sandra anne
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I lived in arbroath till i was eighteen.still have family who live there also my ten year old daughter lives there so i go back as often as i can
Location: Poole,dorset
Last Updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2006.

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Clarke, Nicola
(nee Sheppard)

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Hi I lived in Arbroath from roughly 1974 to 1976 I attended Muirfield Primary School and Arbroath High School. I lived in Patrick Allen Frazer Street on the Muirfield Estate. It would be great to hear from anyone who was around in that time.
Last Updated: Sunday, July 8, 2007.

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COOPER, DEAN
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Hello. My name is Dean Cooper i have moved here from Essex and it is a better place to bring up my family,i have uploaded some photos and they are in the members page hope you enjoy them as much as i took taking them. All the best. D.Cooper
Location: Arbroath
Last Updated: Thursday, April 3, 2008.

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Darlington, Chris
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I lost touch with Morag Thomas about two years ago. she lives in Arbroath and works at a small garage as secretary. We have been writing to each other thirty years next year. I have moved house and changed mobile numbers would love to here from Morag Thomas again. her maiden name was mclaren and she was a member of the ladies darts team in Arbroath.
Location: Runcorn
Last Updated: Friday, April 11, 2008.

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Dobbs, Rosemarie
(nee O'Dell)

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i emigrated to canada 1973 i went montrose southesk school where my friends were the macquire sisters sharon teresa marcia helen middleton the ryan family on seagate st and edith low and the mc queen family too we used all play at the danders on the swings singing i went forfar academy too lived on palmer st and smithy croft in arbroath i have 4 brothers and sister who live in arbroath one on sydney street theirs names are tony kenny sean kitty o'dell and rim grubb when i was a teen fav thing to do on a friday saturday night was going to the marine ballroom and piebobs after to get a jam buttie with my friends jessy ann forbes helena line sheena phillips fav pub was the golden quaich the abbey the crown the stag you could ask anyone where their teens were on a friday night marine ballroom anyway drop a line sometime like to hear from you all
Location: Canada
Last Updated: Sunday, August 21, 2005.

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Duke, Alexander
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I was born at the Arbroath Infirmary in July of 1949. In the course of relocating several times, I have lost track of my birth certificate. Can anyone connect me with the records department of that hospital so that I can arrange to obtain a copy of my information? Happy Holidays to all in my ancestral home.
Location: Newburyport, Ma. USA
Last Updated: Sunday, December 23, 2007.

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Elliott, Ray
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Rented Berryfaulds Cottage from 1971 - 1975, whilst I served in Condor Troop (Royal Engineers), attached to 45 Commando Group. Fell in love with Arbroath and particularly 'the Smokies'. Visited recently, the town has drastically changed, with the dual carraigeway cutting it in half, Yuk. Even found that RNAS Condor Base has drastically changed. Arbroath still holds a special place in our hearts (mine and my wife of 34 yrs - Jean).
Location: North Lanarkshire
Last Updated: Sunday, October 1, 2006.

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Fotheringham, Brian
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Great site guys, often stop in to take a look around. Keep up the good work. Hope you get paid for it..................... Foggy.
Location: Brockville,Ont. Canada.
Last Updated: Wednesday, April 20, 2005.

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Fraser, Lydia
(nee Smith)

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The site looks like a good way to connect with people you may not of heard of for years. Keep it up. Can you actually contact anyone on the site?
Location: Arbroath
Last Updated: Wednesday, September 10, 2008.

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Hayes, Ray
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Entry from old mate Harry Stephen is proof that there are living Arbroath relics still to be found. All enquiries will be answered. Ray and Betty Hayes in Canada
Location: Ontario
Last Updated: Friday, July 3, 2009.

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Hornaday, Tracy
(nee Shepherd)

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This site is the best. It allows me to keep updated with what is going on back home. Keep up the good work.
Location: Simi Valley, CA USA
Last Updated: Friday, April 29, 2005.

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HUTCHENS, KEVIN Arbroath is one of the undiscovered gems of the North East for many with its beautiful red cliffs,historic Abbey and delicious Arbroath Smokies.Well worth a visit .
Location: STONEHAVEN
Last Updated: Monday, June 5, 2006.

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Kramer, Karen
(nee Boyle)

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Thank you for providing such a valuable site! I enjoy looking at all the news and pictures. I haven't been back since 1999- a long time to be away! Please keep providing updated pictures of the town-it holds such a dear part in my heart!
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Last Updated: Monday, April 9, 2007.

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Mackenzie, Janice
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Hi My husband recently passed away,and although he was from clydebank he spent all his childhood holidays in Arbroath.When we met,he introduced me to arbroath and we always stayed at the seaforth hotel,and wandered acrosss to Tutties,for a pint ot two.He always loved to visit the Abbey and we would always visit when the pagaent was on,as he loved the history of scotland and would quote the words from the declaration to anyone who would listen,I visited Arbroath a couple of weeks ago,to have a 'memory'day just myself and felt so sad that he wasn't there to share it.I know he will be very upset as I was to see that the seaforth was all boarded up,what a shame,still things change and life moves on.his final resting place is arbroath which he loved,I will keep visiting to retain my lovely memories of my lovely husband.Just thought I would share this.Arbroath has the fondest memories for me,be proud of your wee toon.
Last Updated: Monday, June 26, 2006.

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Macpherson, Ian
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Hi im ian macpherson..or mac to my friends went to inverbrothock primary school in 1963..i beleive its been turned into flats now..the headmaster at the time was mr robertson and my teacher in primary 1 and 2 was a miss thompson (wonder what happened to her)i still live in the town with my wife and two children ..love to hear from anyone who was around at that time and talk about old times
Location: Arbroath
Last Updated: Tuesday, October 24, 2006.

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Matheson, Robert
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Hi, I was born at Arbroath Infirmary Jan 1948. Lived around Tewkesbury since 1952. Would like to hear from any relations I might have left in Arbroath. Grandparents were Robert Matheson & Louisa Scrimgeour born around 1890 to 1900. My father was Allan, who was at school in Arbroath in the 20's
Location: Tewkesbury Glos
Last Updated: Sunday, May 18, 2008.

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McGean, Mina
(nee Ironside)

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Thank you so much for putting the Shoppie back online!!! I've missed it ... and look forward to checking in often. Lovely to see all the posts, photos, people listings, genealogy, etc. available again. Arbroath deserves to have such a great online presence, and it's wonderful to see it back. Good Job! to the webmasters, and thanks for managing to have it back up and running again.
Location: Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada
Last Updated: Sunday, June 28, 2009.

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McMahon, Dougie
(nee Gilbert)

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I am sorely missing my fish suppers and black pudding suppers and a mince pie at gayfield on saturdays. hopefully be back up soon.
Location: Now in london
Last Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2007.

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Moore , Jean
(nee Fairbairn)

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This is a wonderful site. My Grandfather, George Fairbairn grew up in Arbroath until he came to the US in the 1920's. Hello to my Cousin Maureen.
Location: New Hampshire
Last Updated: Thursday, April 27, 2006.

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Mulligan, Peg
(nee Sabin)

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I visited my Scottish relations in Arbroath in 1992 with my then fiancee Kevin, now husband of more than ten years. We live near Boston, MA. I am trying to track down my Scottish cousin Lindsay (Christie) Martin, with whom I corresponded in the early 1990s, and whom I have often regretted falling out of touch with & losing track of. Please feel free to pass along the e-mail address to any interested relations. Peg Mulligan
Location: Boston, MA
Last Updated: Monday, August 8, 2005.

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Murray, William
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Born in Arbroath 1934 attended park house school and high school worked C.P.Whitton grocer and R.R.Spink fish merchant Seagate Arbroath. Moved to Canada 1967
Location: Brampton, Canada
Last Updated: Monday, October 20, 2008.

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Nicol, Margaret
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Looking at photos of arbroath bring back lots of memories, my dad george nicol was born there in 1912 and moved to canada in 1927 with his dad james nicol (jim)and his younger brother jim. my dad went back for the first time in 1975 with his wife and his sister mabel. he was one of the judges for the 'beauty contest' and loved every min. of it. have been there with them in the past and later on with my sister. great seeing picture of school he went to. we had a friend who lived there jane grubb (brown) thanks for lovely pics/ margaret in canada
Location: Burlington,ON. canada
Last Updated: Saturday, July 15, 2006.

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Peters, William
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My great grandfather William Baird Peters immigrated to Erie Pa. USA sometime around the 1880's or 1890's. His hometown on marriage certificate was listed as Arbroath Scotland. His parents names were George and Mary(McDougall)Peters.They were listed as coachmen and flax worker. The McDougalls lived on Green st., which no longer exists.George Peters parents were a John Peters and Jane(Stormont)Peters.If anyone has knowledge or connection to this lineage please e-mail me as I'm currently doing ancestry work
Last Updated: Tuesday, January 8, 2008.

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Phillips, David
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My grandfather left Arbroath in the late 19th century to set up in business in Edinburgh. Some connection with St Vigeans exists and seems to concern my great grandfather a master mariner who died of yellow fever in Rio De Janeiro but whose tombstone may be found in the cemetery and according to legend and a photograph in my possession. I do have an Arbroath Western Cemetery Registry Certificate No 2647 and would like to learn more and plan to visit sometime soon. Possibly members of the Phillip's family persist in the region!
Location: Edinburgh
Last Updated: Tuesday, April 8, 2008.

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Reilly, Jim
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I moved to Arbroath through the Glasgow overspill in 1968 and I worked as a joiner for Gerrard Brothers Boat Yard. I also joined the life boat crew where I was more of a hindrance that a help. I left Arbroath after only 4 years when I joined the police in Glasgow. I have very fond memories of the town and the characters who (eventually) accepted me, despite my hey Jimmy accent. I would like to pass my regards to all the boatbuilders with whom I worked at Gerrards. I had never met such skilled craftsmen. Also to Donald and Anne Humphries, and all the people with whom I shared many a pint in the Ship and the Commercial. You have a brilliant town, be proud of it.
Last Updated: Monday, January 2, 2006.

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Ross, Barbara
(nee Bisset)

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I moved to Arbroath from Canada in 1970 with my parents (they were both from Arbroath origionally). I trained as a nurse at Arbroath Infirmary (qualified 1974)and went on to become a Midwife and Health Visitor. Married Peter Barjonas in 1975 (had one son Hamish), divorced and married Derek Ross in 1987 (had 2 more sons, Callum & Cameron). We lived for 16 years in Carnegie Street then moved to Alberta, Canada in 2003. I now Manage a Harm Reduction Nursing team in Downtown Calgary. Mother, Sister and 2 sons still in/about Arbroath, so I visit regularly.
Location: Calgary
Last Updated: Tuesday, October 3, 2006.

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Palmer, Pamela
(nee Stockdill)
Hello, have just discovered this site and being an ex-Arbrothian loved what I've read so far. I lived in Maule St. went to Arbroath High School 1948-52. have now lived in Australia 37 years but have been back home many times.
Last Updated: Saturday, February 23, 2008.

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Stollery, Angela
(nee MacDonald)

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My mother is suffering with dimensia but remembers her life in Arbroath. We are trying to find pictures of the gas works (gassie) or and pictures of where she was born in Stuart Street. Please can anyone help. She has a photo of six women one of which is her Granny Jamieson, and one nickname of the other women the Weagle does anyone know who this woman is. She has a photo of the Springfield Rovers as well with 2 of her brothers in it, is there anyone out there who know of this team. Regards Angie
Location: Hampshire
Last Updated: Sunday, January 27, 2008.

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Walker, James
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I read a load of stuff about Arbroath. And I ignored it. I wanted to see it for myself and I did. And I loved it. My time was January, the coldest, cloudy and grim time of the year. The people were cold and just wanted to get home to the fire. who could blame them? I expected a cold response given the weather but what i got was warmth. Everyone i met stopped and listened to my plight, (I was looking for a B & B) and everyone I met helped me get around Arbroath. I walked down High Street as a stranger, (nearly got run over by a bus by the way!) and had a little look around. What impressed me was the kindness of the people. I was a stranger no more. I felt very welcome in your town and as Arbroath held it's arms open to me, I hold mine open to you. To the nice people of Arbroath I wish to say two words. Thank you. James Walker. Liverpool.
Location: Liverpool
Last Updated: Thursday, January 18, 2007.

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WILLIAMSON, KENNETH
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MY MOTHER, FATHER AND MYSELF LEFT ARBROATH IN 1947 WITH A MOVE TO TORONTO, CANADA. WE EMMIGRATED TO THE U.S. IN 1957 AND HAVE LIVED IN CALIFORNIA CONTINUALLY SINCE THEN. MY FATHER WILLIAM C. WILLIAMSON DIED IN 1988, MY MOTHER IS 86 AND LIVING IN TEMECULA CALIFORNIA. I HAVE NEVER BEEN BACK TO SCOTLAND SINCE LEAVING IN 1947 AND AM ANXIOUS TO RETURN WITHIN THE NEXT YEAR OT TWO.MY MOTHER'S MAIDEN NAME IS GRIEVE. I AM INTERESTED TO SEE IF I HAVE ANY RELATIVES BESIDE MY AUNT JESSIE GRIEVE THAT ARE STILL RESIDING IN ARBROATH.
Location: Palm desert , california
Last Updated: Friday, July 24, 2009.

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Williamson, Moira
(nee Beattie)

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Great site, interesting reading, makes you feel almost there. I guess as we all get older we seek out things from our youth, and our heritage. So it is great to be able to visit old familiar places, be it only through the internet as it is a bit too far in reality.
Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Last Updated: Saturday, January 20, 2007.

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