It’s been a slow research month…

Hi everyone, I thought I would just briefly check in to let you know that I am still around! I’m sorry if I raised your hopes that this might mean there is something new to read on the website. haven’t actually done much work on the family history since Christmas, as I’ve been busy crocheting baby blankets for work colleagues and doing a bit of knitting, sometimes you just need a break from computery stuff especially if you work all day with it as I do.

What bits I have dipped in and out of have mainly involved my father’s side of the family, my Scottish ancestry and I do have some people I want to spend a bit more time on to tell their stories. There are the Culberts, some of whom became Cuthbert and some remained Culbert, spelling errors or a conscious name change? I have a 4 x gt-grandfather, James Marshall, who was in the Ayrshire Militia during the early 19th century so there is hopefully a story to tell there. I have gathered some information but I’m not quite there yet.

I have a 6 x gt-grandmother, Elizabeth Gourly born in the village of Duddingston, now part of Edinburgh. She was born in 1723 and married there in 1750 to Robert Yellowlees and although I haven’t found her death record yet, I’m pretty sure she would have died there too. Now I’m sure everyone has heard of Bonnie Prince Charlie, the ‘Young Pretender’. Unless it is something that interests you though, I don’t expect a lot of people to know the date of the Jacobite rebellion that he headed, it was 1745 for the record. On the eve of the famous battle of Prestonpans, when the Jacobites beat the English and sent them running, Prince Charlie spent the night in a house in a little village on the outskirts of Edinburgh, where he and his army leaders held their tactical meeting. You guessed it, the village was Duddingston (pronounced Duddiston). So my 6 x great grandparents would have been living in the village at that time and probably saw the Prince. I can’t help but wonder which side they and their families were on during this turbulent time. I may not ever know but I’ll have a bit of a go at finding out! We all know the outcome of the uprising of course, culminating at the battle of Culloden Moor in which the Highlanders were massacred. Almost 300 years later and the Scottish are still fighting for independence although not in such a bloody manner thankfully. That house in Duddingston incidentally, it is still there as is the Sheep’s Heid pub where Charlie had an ale or two during his stay.

I know most of you who receive these updates are more interested in my Jubb ancestry so I hope you won’t be too disappointed that the next website content will most likely be Scottish but I hope you will still find it interesting to read.

So until next time, remember….you can’t choose your family! 🙂


  1. All the stories are interesting. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you found links to the rebellion. Keep digging Jill , I’m loving the posts.

    1. Thank you Glenda, I’m glad you are enjoying it. As to finding links to the rebellion, I’m not hopeful of that 🙂 My guy was a shepherd so I think the link is just that tenuous one of living in the village at the time of Charlie’s visit!

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