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Father - Matthew Kirkland
Mother - Jane Jamieson

Margaret FRENCH

:Note Died at the residence of her sister Wilma
approx 2pm Friday Australian time.

Janet Lillian RUSSELL

BIO:Divorced from James Mackie according to her mothers Christmas letter
to me dated 08/12/95.
BIO:~bDivorced from James Mackie according to her mothers Christmas letter
to me dated 08/12/95.

BIO:Divorced from James Mackie according to her mothers Christmas letter
to me dated 08/12/95.
BIO:~bDivorced from James Mackie according to her mothers Christmas letter
to me dated 08/12/95.

BIO:Divorced from James Mackie according to her mothers Christmas letter
to me dated 08/12/95.


Place of First Marriage: Grange of Conon, Certificate of Proclamation of Banns of Marriage, Colliston 5th June 1894, R. S. Armit, Session Clerk, Parish Church of Colliston. Both were residing in the Parish. On the same paper Alexander Mills, Minister of Colliston certified that he had married Charles MCFARLANE and Jemima Smith RAITT.

On Easter Sunday, 03/04/1994, Mum gave me the last two letters she had from Charles MACFARLANE, her father, which were written when he was already retired and living with his youngest daughter Meg (Margaret) and Paddy WALLACE and Joan and Patricia, their young daughters, at 66, Wellshot Road, Kennoway, Fife,Scotland, UK. His handwritten letters in pencil indicated that the shakiness in his right arm was becoming progressively worse and annoying him. He died, aged 82 years on 15/05/1951, of a broken hip and resultant pneumonia. His notes said the following.
"Dear Everybody, 18/04/1948.
Just a wee note as usual. I have little to say as you will have had all the news from Meg. Well, she is still busy polishing; they have not got their suite of furniture for the Sitting Room yet but are expecting it any day.
It is a very nice comfortable house and how the bairns are enjoying themselves, their faces are fair red. There is a Pleasure Park just a wee bit away and I have to take them to it two or three times a day. There is a Chute and a Maypole and Swings and a See-saw and a
Merry-go-Round. Joan is on them all but Pat wont go on any of them. I carried her up the Chute one day and took her down on my knee but now she just screams now if you try to put her on anything. But she stands and laughs at the rest of them on the rides. I sometimes have six or seven bairns with me.
Well, I hope this all finds you all well including Sandy and Margaret and Lionel; tell them all I was asking for them and give me their address when they go to Dundee.
I hope Grant is keeping well and him and Cyril liking their jobs.
We have got our digging nearly finished but what a job it has been.
Meg had told you about me slipping on the floor and knocking my finger out of joint. It is a little sore and swelled yet but I can work with it all right now.
All I can think of just now. Hoping to hear from you soon.
Kind Regards from Grandad".
"Dear Minnie, (Undated but probably written in early June 1950.)
Just a short note along with this Birthday Card. It may be a day late but I forgot till tonight but I hope you get it all right. The spirit is with it although a little late and I hope it will find you well and all your family keeping well. I hope you are getting good news about Margaret. I am getting very (nervous?), I have very sore legs and feet but thank goodness my health is good as ever, but this shakiness makes me fair stupid.
This is very unsettled weather. I hope it will soon get better. Well I can't settle to write any more. All the folks here are in their usual (good health?) and send their good wishes. The pigs are doing well and the hens are laying wonderful. Well that is all for the present.
I would like to give you a visit but I am afraid to take the risk. We would all be pleased to see some of you here but there is no sleeping accommodation and its a long road for a double journey. Tell all the family I was asking for them.
Many Happy Returns of your Birthday. I pray for you all every night.
Good night from Grandad. Write soon."

Jemima Smith RAITT

On Easter Sunday, 03/04/1994, Mum gave me the last letter she had from Jemima Smith MacFarlane (nee Raitt), her mother, which was written in the Autumn of 1937 from their cottage at Dron, Dairsie, Fife, as she was recovering from an illness. She died on 30/10/1937 and her pencil handwritten written note said the following;

"Dear Son and Daughter, (September 1937.)

This is the first letter I have written for a long time. I am up for a little while. If I had the strength I would get on now. Thank you for the Dressing Jacket you sent to me. Meg washed it on Saturday and I had it on yesterday. We had uncle Peter and his wife. She is a very nice woman and made herself at home and helped Meg to wash the cups. She is only 43 and Peter is 69. It is the best thing he could have done for there is none of his family goes near him.
I was sorry to hear about Sandy but hope he is keeping some better by this time. I am sorry I cannot come I can't come to see him but I think about him night and day. I am writing in bed now after being up for an hour; will take a rest for a few hours and get up again.
Hoping you are not too tired Minnie and all the rest well. I will finish and lie down for a wee while. Hoping you will send a Post Card or a short letter soon to let us hear about Sandy.
Love to all from all. Kisses to the Bairns from Grannie".


Downloaded from the Commonwealth Graves Web Site 20/12/1998 by RRC.
In Memory of G McFarlane Private S/16920 8th Bn., Black Watch (RoyalHighlanders) who died on Friday, 12th October 1917.
Commemorative Information
Cemetery: TYNE COT CEMETERY, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen,
Belgium Grave Reference/Panel Number: XXX. B. 23.

Location: Tyne Cot Cemetery is located 9 kilometres north east of Iepertown centre, on theTynecotstraat, a road leading from the Zonnebeekseweg(N332).

Historical Information: "Tyne Cot" or "Tyne Cottage" was the name
given by the Army to a barn which stood 46 metres West of the level
crossing on the Passchendaele-Broodseinde road. The barn, which had
become the centre of five or six "pill-boxes", was captured by the
2nd Australian Division on the 4th October, 1917, in the advance on
Passchendaele. One of these "pill-boxes" was unusually large, and it
was used, after its capture, as an Advanced Dressing Station. From
the 6th October to the end of March, 343 graves were made, on two
sides of it, by the 50th (Northumbrian) and 33rd Divisions and by
two Canadian units. From the 13th April to the 28th September it was
in enemy hands again, and then it was recaptured, with
Passchendaele, by the Belgian Army. The cemetery was enlarged after
the Armistice by the concentration of graves from the battlefields
of Passchendaele and Langemarck and from a few small burial grounds.
It is now the largest Commonwealth War Cemetery in the world. There
are now nearly 12,000, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this
site. Of these, over 8,000 are unidentified and special memorials
are erected to 38 soldiers from the United Kingdom, 27 from Canada,
15 from Australia and one from New Zealand, known or believed to be
buried among them. Other special memorials record the names of 16
soldiers from the United Kingdom and four from Canada, buried in
other cemeteries, whose graves were destroyed by shell fire. The
cemetery covers an area of 34,941 square metres and is enclosed by a
low flint wall. The Cross of Sacrifice is placed on the original
large "pill-box". There are four other "pill-boxes" in the cemetery.
The Eastern plots are laid out in the form of a fan, with paths
radiating to the Cross; and a high flint wall, 152 metres long,
follows their outline on the Eastern edge of the cemetery. This wall
carries the names of nearly 35,000 soldiers from the United Kingdom
and New Zealand who fell in the Ypres Salient in 1917-18 and whose
graves are not known. The following were among the burial grounds
from which British graves were moved into Tyne Cot Cemetery: IBERIAN
LANGEMARCK, 1,097 metres North of Frezenberg, close to a farm
called by the Army "Iberian".
These contained the graves of 30 soldiers from the United Kingdom
who fell in August-September, 1917, and March, 1918. KINK CORNER
CEMETERY, ZONNEBEKE, on the road to Frezenberg, containing the
graves of 14 soldiers from the United Kingdom, nine from Canada and
nine from Australia, who fell in September-November, 1917. LEVI
COTTAGE CEMETERY, ZONNEBEKE, near the road to Langemarck,
containing the graves of ten soldiers from the United Kingdom, eight from
Canada and three from Australia, who fell in September-November,
Oostnieuwkerke, containing the graves of two soldiers from the
VLADSLOO, in the forest on the road from Kortewilde to Leke.
Here were buried six officers of the R.F.C. and R.A.F. who fell in 1
917-18. STADEN GERMAN CEMETERY, on the South-East side
of the road to Stadenberg, containing the graves of 14 soldiers from the
United Kingdom and ten from Canada who fell in 1915-1917.
North-East of 's Gravenstafel, containing the graves of ten soldiers
from Canada, seven from the United Kingdom and two from New
Zealand, who fell in 1917-18. ZONNEBEKE BRITISH CEMETERY
No.2, on the road between Zonnebeke and Broodseinde, in which the
Germans buried 18 men of the 2nd Buffs and 20 of the 3rd Royal
Fusiliers who fell in April, 1915.