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Jimmy Dee by Lorraine Davidson (Member 10072307) on 6-Jan-2013
Hi Calum,

I hope you find this message I am Jimmy's sister Lorraine, I will give you my Email and you can contact me direct. lorraine.davidson@sympatico.ca. I will let Jim know you were looking for him.

Lorraine
  
  • Re: Jimmy Dee by Calum McLean (Member 10275965) on 14-Jan-2013
    Thank you so much Lorraine, sent you an email.

    Regards

    Calum

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Alexander Douglas 1826-1904 by Nan Johnston (Member 10209906) on 16-Jun-2012
Found this and thought it would be a good addition to the history of the village.
*A Crimea and Mutiny ‘Thin Red Line’ Pair, Alexander Douglas, 93rd Highlanders:
Crimea 1854-56, three clasps, Alma, Balaklava, Sebastopol, engraved in serif caps. (Alexr. Douglas 93rd F(oot);
Indian Mutiny 1857-58, 2 clasps, Lucknow, Relief of Lucknow (Alexr. Douglas, 93rd Highlanders), both with heavy contact... more >>
  
  • Re: Alexander Douglas 1826-1904 by Calum McLean (Member 10275965) on 1-Jul-2012
    hello nan, sorry to bother you,not related to this but a 2002 message you received from jimmy davidson (jimmy dee) who sang and played guitar at the astor in broxburn. he helped start me off playing guitar and 40 years later, i teach and play for a living. just wondered if you had any address or email i could contact him on or if you could pass on mine? id really appreciate it - been trying for a ... more >>

  • Re: Alexander Douglas 1826-1904 by Nan Johnston (Member 10209906) on 2-Jul-2012
    Calum, Jim's sister sometimes writes on this board so hopefully she will see this post and get in touch with you. Sorry I can't be of anymore help.

  • Re: Alexander Douglas 1826-1904 by Calum McLean (Member 10275965) on 14-Jul-2012
    Ok Nan, thanks for your help.

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Winchburgh History - 690 by Nan Johnston (Member 10209906) on 28-May-2012
I was born and brought up in Winchburgh and like many people have been researching my family tree for a lot of years. Through this I have found my grandfather and great grandfather working at the oil works and in the 1911 census. They lived in Abercorn Place and I also had relatives living at one point in Castle Terrace. They were Irish, my mum was born in Kirknewton. My father was born in Uphall ... more >>   
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chapman family by meg (Member 10255085) on 19-Apr-2012
Does anyone remember them .Im searching trying to find info on the chapman family born and bred in Winchburgh.The mother was Annie and the father was called chappie,they had sons George and Robert and daughters Margaret Sheena and Ann its Sheena I am trying to find I was a close friend many yrs ago and hope to find her through other siblings still living in or around Winchburgh if anyone has any ... more >>   
  • Re: chapman family by ALAN FINDLAY (Member 10237033) on 25-Apr-2012
    I remember the Chapmans arround 1950 - David was around 12 and a pal of my brother Bobby. His sister Ann/Nan was in my class. Their father was a bus-driver I think. Their mother was a Duffin - one of the most remarkable families in the village - you can read about them in my Kindle e-book '10 Hopetoun Place' (With a free app you can sample the above for free on your browser.

  • Re: chapman family by Emma (Member 10281658) on 5-Jan-2013
    Hi I lived next door to Margaret chapman for many years and my sister still lives next door on bellsmill terrace she has also recently joined Facebook just search her name

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The hill adjacent to old football pitch by bobby stirling (Member 10236319) on 28-Feb-2012
The hill where lots of people sat on during the gala days or watching the albion play,its always been there during my lifetime the question is has it always beeen there or was it formed in earlier days does anyone know have any knowledge about it.   
  • Re: The hill adjacent to old football pitch by Jim Robertson (Member 10270530) on 13-Mar-2012
    the hill is called tongue hill

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village censuses by Alan Finlay by bobby stirling (Member 10236319) on 22-Feb-2012
Alan having been recently been tracing some genaeology of my family both my grandfathers Tammy Stirlings and Sandy Dickson families seemed to move to oil industry in early 1900s and would be interested to see family names going back to early civilisation in Winchburgh in oldest cencus.Have ordered your e book 10 Hopetoun Place look forward to reading it.   
  • Re: village censuses by Alan Finlay by ALAN FINDLAY (Member 10237033) on 22-Feb-2012
    The actual census is handwritten and some items are stroked out as a crude check by them asking the questions. Our idea is to give the primary children a copy of the census and a typewritten copy of the voters roll as a cross reference, to so provide us;them with an accurate record. Then they could feed the information into family history software so giving us a grid for the village. Then they mig... more >>

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nidddry castle oil works by bobby stirling (Member 10236319) on 22-Feb-2012
Alan Finlay doing a great service for the village in setting up his new web site and bringing memories back to people who stayed in the village in days gone by.As far as oilworks was concerned i was an apprentice engineer there in 1957 a few years before it closed and there were some great characters. Wullie Somerville was the foreman Willie Black was chief engineer and some of the tradesmen were ... more >>   
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Just found this site by Jim Robertson (Member 10270530) on 14-Feb-2012
Ive been spending time going through this stir. Does anyone remember me   
  • Re: Just found this site by ALAN FINDLAY (Member 10237033) on 14-Feb-2012
    Are you the Jim Robertson who got a rugby ball for your Christmas - circa 1950 - which Pidgy Rutherford took from you; even sat on it to make it more round.
    You stay through the wall from Wilson Houston opposite the baths?
    Did your mother hang up Tory posters in your front room window?

  • Re: Just found this site by ALAN FINDLAY (Member 10237033) on 14-Feb-2012
    Meant to add on previous missive - I have complete 1911 census for Winchburgh/Niddry, Voter Roll, Valuation Roll for same period etc. I need somebody local who knows computing to act as unpaid web-master for Past part of Community Council web-site Past Present Future - we are hoping to involve primary schools in research - also I have just published e-Book 10 Hopetoun Place on Kindle (readable on ... more >>

  • Re: Just found this site by Jim Robertson (Member 10270530) on 15-Feb-2012
    yes to all three questions.i do not stay in winchburgh now.just read your book on kindle.brought back lots of memories.looking forward to your new book in july

  • Re: Just found this site by ALAN FINDLAY (Member 10237033) on 15-Feb-2012
    Hello Jim - I note you no longer stay in village. Neither do I. We left in 1954. What most disappointments me on going back is disappearance of paths through Betley Wood, Wee Sanny's, Puetherer's etc. What amazes me is all the apple trees, even on the Greenshale and Niddry Bing - the work of Joe Stoddart I believe. All the best Alan.

  • Re: Just found this site by bobby stirling (Member 10236319) on 19-Feb-2012
    Hello Jim nice to hear from you. Will always remember you as a friend running our races from your backdoor along the Edinburgh road cutting into swineburn up up to duntarvie castle down the beetly road past the school and final dash along castle terrace out of breath thinking about it. Your father Wag getting his horse line on at Stevie Quates before tending to his pidgeons while your mother was m... more >>

  • Re: Just found this site by ALAN FINDLAY (Member 10237033) on 19-Feb-2012
    'Winchburgh,Past Present Future' website is now almost operational. I have installed the 1911 Census in the library, along with the 1911 Voters Roll. This means interested parties can check up on the first of the families who came to the village on the sinking of Duddieston Mine and the building of Niddry Castle crude oilworks.
    1901,1891,1881,1871 will follow shortly.

    Our aim is to make it in... more >>

  • Re: Just found this site by Jim Robertson (Member 10270530) on 20-Feb-2012
    hi bobby nice to hear from you i still go to winchburgh regularly to see my niece wendy she stays in my old house in castle terrace.sometimes pop in to see alan to find out how you are.not sure about a younger findlay boy

  • Re: Just found this site by ALAN FINDLAY (Member 10237033) on 20-Feb-2012
    I have 4 brothers. Bobby was desk sergeant in Coupar police station for years. Jimmy stays in what was St. Mary's playground - played for the Dale, the Athletic, Fauldhouse and Pumpherston - would have made the grade if our auld man hadn't pushed him so hard in the Courier. Pushed our Alistair even harder - nobody took him serious bar our Alistair, and Gavin Dunn the Hibs scout around the time he ... more >>

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Merry Christmas to all Winchburgh bairns by sandra macdonald (Member 10098489) on 22-Dec-2011
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone, may all your days in 2012 be filled with happiness. Cheers from Sandra ( Easton)   
  • Re: Merry Christmas to all Winchburgh bairns by gillian archibald (Member 10240163) on 14-Oct-2012
    Hi Sandra, I am May Piggotts niece. She has forgotten her password for this site and was wanting to get in contact with you. If you get this could you drop her a note at msmaryp@live.co.uk. Thanks

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PHOTOGRAPHS OF BROOMHOUSE NEAR NIDDRY CASTLE by drew mutter (Member 10125104) on 10-Oct-2011
Hi there

I am looking to se if anyone has any old photographs of Broomhouse , the demolished steading located near to the entrance of Niddry Castle and the railway bridge on the Niddry to Broxburn junction road.

It was the birthplace of my father and the home of his family from 1920's to 1963 when my grandmother was rehoused having been the sole tenentof the property for the previous ... more >>
  
  • Re: PHOTOGRAPHS OF BROOMHOUSE NEAR NIDDRY CASTLE by bobby stirling (Member 10236319) on 19-Oct-2011
    Drew sorry havent got any pictures of Broomhouse but can visulise it right now. i used to deliver the sunday papers to your folks and in the summer it stood out as a fine building but inthewinter always looked quite scary the next stop for papers was broxburnjunction cottages.Itake it your dad was also called Drew did he live in niddrie view if so he worked alongside my uncle Rabbie Dickson at Mid... more >>

  • Re: PHOTOGRAPHS OF BROOMHOUSE NEAR NIDDRY CASTLE by drew mutter (Member 10125104) on 4-Jan-2012
    Hi Bobby

    Sorry for the delay, I thought I would have got an alert on my e-mails.
    My father's surname was Andrew as I am but my mother always called my father Andy (that stuck) and myself , Drew (that stuck).

    You are correct in saying Rabbie Dickson was a friend of my father. I remember him well , it was like clockwork , my father would pick him up at 0645 Mon to Fri and then off to Middle... more >>

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Does anyone know by sandra macdonald (Member 10098489) on 7-Aug-2011
Does anyone know of an Ellen (Thomson ?) and George ? who went to Castlehill catering school in 1961 they both came from Winchburgh, a friend in West Australia would like to get in touch.   
  • Re: Does anyone know by may piggott (Member 10112395) on 11-Aug-2011
    Yes I know Ellen Thomson - I understand she still lives in Winchburgh but have not seen her for a long time - not since the big reuniion a few years ago - but she is still around - my duahgter in law contacted her a couple of years ago to see if she was still making wedding cakes. If you are still looking I can easily find out - everybody in Winchburgh knows everyone else, and especially Ellen - a weel kent face!!

  • Re: Does anyone know by sandra macdonald (Member 10098489) on 27-Aug-2011
    Hi May, thanks for replying, it's a small world isn't it, a new member to our local bowling club in Mt. Pleasant, Western Australia found out that I belonged to Winchburgh and asked if I knew Ellen Thomson and George?, I said I would post it on this site and see if anyone replied, if you do happen to get in touch with Ellen tell her that Ian Blacklaw was asking after her and the mysterious George?... more >>

  • Re: Does anyone know by Ellen thomson (Member 10243506) on 16-Sep-2011
    Hi from Ellen Paul ne Thomson I moved away from Winchburgh years ago but returned two years ago .I now live with my partner mother and son back in Dunn Place My partner at Castle hill was George Jeffery.I have been in touch with george this summer

  • Re: Does anyone know by Ellen thomson (Member 10243506) on 16-Sep-2011
    Hi from Ellen I do have fond memories of working with Ian Blacklaw
    im on facebook (well my partner checks it for me) As ellen paul

  • Re: Does anyone know by sandra macdonald (Member 10098489) on 21-Sep-2011
    Hi Ellen, Thanks for getting in touch, I will pass your message on to Ian, and he will be pleased to hear that you are still in touch with George and to finally have the surname, it can cause many a sleepless night trying to remember names. Regards to all in Winchburgh, many happy memories.

  • Re: Does anyone know by sandra macdonald (Member 10098489) on 21-Sep-2011
    Hi Ellen, Just contacted Ian and he was so pleased to hear that you had replied, and to finally recall George's name, if you would like to get in touch with him his e-mail address is inca06@bigpond.com

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Happy New Year by Lorraine Davidson (Member 10072307) on 28-Jan-2011
Hope everyone had a great new year. I don't see anyone on here, that is too bad as a few people really tried to keep this site going.I agree with May, let's get it going again. Hope to see someone on soon.   
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no messages since June 2010? by may piggott (Member 10112395) on 26-Dec-2010
where is everyone - just logged on myself and was suprised there were no new messages or threads

so - Merry Christmas and Happy New year to all ex Winchburgh bairns and also to the ones who stayed the course...!!

Lets get this goi... more >>
  
  • Re: no messages since June 2010? by Lorraine Davidson (Member 10072307) on 27-Dec-2010
    Hi May,

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you too, hope you had a good Christmas. I think the board has gone downhill since Gwedolyn's passing, I still can't get over it. I went to school with her. I don't recall your family (maybe it's the old memory) we lived in Dunn Place, there was Jim Irene & myself, we are all in Canada now. I will try and get on the site and maybe we can get ... more >>

  • Re: no messages since June 2010? by may piggott (Member 10112395) on 11-Aug-2011
    Irene was in my class at Wincjburgh School - then I went on to the Lindsay High in Bathgate. I remember you and your brother - I think Jim was the first ever Teddy boy in the village - when I heard my mother talking about it I expected to see a Teddy Bear walking around Millgate!! Truth... Must have been about 8 or 9 then..

    If Jim was not the first - does anyone out there know who the first ... more >>

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Rab Lacey by bobby stirling (Member 10236319) on 22-Jul-2010
Just a note regarding the death of Rab he was a boyhood friend of mine he was an ex winchburgh Albion left back and we enjoyed many a night at the dancing at the poly at west calder and bathgate palais as well as the canon hoben.Many memories Rab.   
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New member by Ann Getty (Member 10249047) on 25-Jun-2010
I actually stumbled across this site by accident to be honest!! and noticed that a relative of mine was posting messages...Bobby Stirling...I'm Ann Dickson, daughter of John & Muriel...lived at 57 Millgate for years moved over to Tippetknows Park and now live in Livingston, with hubby Stewart and his daughter Sarah-Louise...I think this is a great site for keeping up with the "gossip" of Winchburgh   
  • Re: New member by bobby stirling (Member 10236319) on 22-Jul-2010
    hi Anne nice to hear from you and stewart and family. Hope you are liking staying in livingston. This is normally a good site for interest in people who are living abroad or not to far away from the village and have happy memories to share with others, saying that the site has been quiet of late. Your dad buddie was my brother Alans best pal and he gave us some great memories. Castle terrace had s... more >>

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Ken Reid by bobby stirling (Member 10236319) on 19-Apr-2010
Ken has passed away in the last week he was a cousin of mine and used to live in top row of new rows my condolences to his family.   
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Gwen by Lorraine Davidson (Member 10072307) on 1-Jan-2010
Sandra, I am so sorry I was so shocked I thought it was one of her family writing. It is a real pity, she fought so hard, she will be sadly missed.

Lorraine
  
  • Re: Gwen by Ken Reid (Member 10117973) on 6-Jan-2010
    I just learned this morning (6th Jan)about Gwen from Andrew Pettie. Very sad news. I knew Gwen when she lived in Niddry View with her folks and her brother Barry.

  • Re: Gwen by colin witherspoon (Member 10251867) on 12-Sep-2010
    Hi just found the site my great grand father was neil davidson my mum is betty witherspoon (nee wilson)your name rings a bell ???????

    kind regards
    colin

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Gwen by Lorraine Davidson (Member 10072307) on 1-Jan-2010
I am so sorry to hear about Gwen,please accept my deepest sympathy for you and your family. I went to school with Gwen.   
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Gwen Sturgess by sandra macdonald (Member 10098489) on 31-Dec-2009
Just to let all her friends on the message board know that Gwen has lost her battle with cancer and passed away on Sunday 27th. Dec.2009, her funeral is on Wed.6th Jan.2010, she will be sadly missed, Gwen and I had some good times reminiscing about Winchburgh.   
  • Re: Gwen Sturgess by bobby stirling (Member 10236319) on 3-Jan-2010
    Iam sad to hear the news of Gwens death and would like to express deepest condolences to her family.

  • Re: Gwen Sturgess by may piggott (Member 10112395) on 7-Jan-2010
    So very sorry to hear of Gwen's passing. I still dine out on the day a few years ago when we had that fantastic reunion in the Winchburgh Bowling Club when Gwen was over in the village and how we all met up, had a great laugh, more than a few drinks, and just talked and talked and talked.
    To her whole family - my sincere condolences.

    She was a good lady

    May

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Christmas by Lorraine Davidson (Member 10072307) on 23-Dec-2009

Merry Christmas to everyone on this site, and wishing everyone all the best in the New Year.
Hope to see more people on here next year, including myself.

Have a good one, everybody.
  
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