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1. John Currie was born in 1786 in Kilcalmonell/Kilberry, Argyll, Scotland.

General Notes: CURRIE or CURRY By Ian MacDonald 13\super th\nosupersub June 2005
This surname is derived from the old Gaelic name which was found in the parishes of Kilcalmonell and Killean in North Kintyre. This peninsula was annexed by the Norsemen in 1098 when King Magnus Barefoot made a treaty with the Scots, it being agreed, he would be sovereign over all the land he could sail round.

The wily King therefore had his long ship dragged over the narrow isthmus at Tarbert by a number of his men while he himself stood holding the helm. Thus Kintyre became a part of his empire and to this day many of its people are of tall stature, fair haired and excellent seamen.

At this period the north of Kintyre was a part of the Lordship of Knapdale and this continued for several centuries until the Lords of the Isles (Clan Donald) gave up some of their early possession in the 15\super th\nosupersub Century. The Clan were dispossessed by the King of Scotland in 1493 because of their many barbarous acts.

It took almost two hundred years to subdue the warlike Clan Donald. The final revolt occurred in 1647 when some 300 were massacred at the siege of Dunaverty Castle in Southend Parish after their water supply had been cut off by the army of General David Leslie. Earlier the rebels had been scattered at the Battle of Rhunahaorine Moss in May 1647.

Most of the Clan Donald survived by escaping from Rhunahaorine Moss to the newly islands of Gigha, Islay and Jura while others sailed to Ireland.

The early form of Currie was McVhurie/McMhurrich, McVuirrie/McMhuirrie but these forms fell into disuse as the Gaelic language declined and English language substituted in its place. Change was very slow especially in the Highland parishes in West of Scotland.

After the revolt of 1647 the Marquis of Argyll, a staunch Presbyterian, got rid of many of his Highland tenants and brought farmers and artisans from the Lowlands of Scotland to Kintyre. He then fell out with King Charles I, and was executed in 1661 by order of the King who was Catholic minded. Many Scottish Noblemen and commoners then fled to Holland where they were free of religious persecution and out of reach of King Charles.

In 1685 the Earl of Argyll sailed from Holland with a strong force and declared war on King Charles II at Campbeltown, Argyll. The Earl issued a call to all his vassals to join him and the list was found in Inverary Sheriff Court Records and published in book form in 1935 by Mr Duncan McTavish, County Clerk of Argyll.

This list named "List of the Rebels" 1685 shows John McVurie in Corphean in Kilcalmonell Parish. These lands were owned by the Captain of Skipness. However the actions of the Earl of Argyll were ill-fated and he was captured and executed by the Kings' order in Edinburgh later that year. The rebellion collapsed and King Charles II then was deposed and King William and Queen Mary (1689) from Holland installed as Presbyterian Monarchs.

As relations with France became strained the rebels of 1685 were pardoned and all young men able to fight, and between the ages of 16 - 60 years capable of bearing sword or gun, were mobilised. They are shown in "List of Fencible Men - 1692".

The names are all in Gaelic and are found in Kilcalmonell Parish as follows:-

Blythswood's and Skipness's Lands Neil McVhurieNo address given Murich McVhurieNo address given

In Killean Parish Neill McVuirrie in Achadaduy (ACHADADUIE) John McVuirrie in Barr (BARR)

The later Currie families would come from the above.

Following the Jacobite Rebellions of 1715 and 1745 great changes took place. In 1739 a large number of local people including five gentlemen and some 90 families left on the ship "Thistle" of Saltcoats, Ayrshire bound for Wilmington, Cape Fear, North Carolina. This is the first Highland migration to the Carolinas. Some 350 in all left about 6 September 1739. Coll McAlester of Balinakill, Clachan was one of the five gentlemen on that ship.

By 1748 the settlers were petitioning the Synod of Argyll for a Minister to preach to them. Many others from the local area followed up to 1775 before the Revolutionary War.

In 1753 the Rev Robert Thomson successfully petitioned the Synod of Argyll for a reduction in the parishes of Kilcalmonell in Killean so a new parish of Saddell and Skipness was constituted.

In 1694 the Scottish Parliament levied a local tax on all houses containing a fireplace so the 1694 Hearth Tax List was issued.

This shows all houses in North Kintyre having a hearth of fireplace.

The list provided a list of farm houses and the local Currie members was shown on "The Supplement of Hearth Tax Roll" as follows:

On lands owned by Largie (MacDonald)

1. BREINTIAN (BRANTIAN) NEIL McVURRICH (Neil Currie) 1 hearth MALCOLM McVURRICH (Malcolm Currie) 1 hearth NEIL McVURRICH, younger (Neil Currie, junior) 2. KILMICHELL, BALLOCHROY GLEN ARD. McVURRICH (Archibald Currie) 1 hearthYour family most likely to be direct descendants of one of these McVurrich (Currie) families. On lands owned by Campbell of Skipness 1. CLONAIG DONALD McVURICHIE (Donald Currie) 1 hearth 2. CAOLPHEN (CAOLPHEN) DONALD McVURIE (Donald Currie) 1 hearth 3. GLENSKIPPEL (GLENSKIBAL) MARIE McVURIE (Marie Currie) 1 hearth These lands became part of Skipness Parish in 1753 when it was disjoined from Kilcalmonell. It was made because the larger area was "Not conducive to the spread of God's word " (Rev Robert Thomson).

In Killean and Kilkenzie Parish 1694

MUASTILL (MUASDALE) GILBERT McMURICH (Gilbert Currie) 1 hearth JOHN McMURICH (John Currie) 1 hearth LACHLAN McMURICH (Lachlan Currie) 1 hearth DONALD & JOHN McMURICH (Donald & John Currie) 2 hearths My wife is a descendant of this branch of the Currie family and some of these moved in the 19\super th\nosupersub century to Kilcalmonell Parish. They located on Dunskeig Farm, near the village of Clachan on Loup Estate.

The parishes of Kilcalmonell and Kilberry were joined before 1560 and were disjoined in 1965. The birth and marriage records are so far undiscovered until 1783 and even the later records are difficult to interpret due to damp and water damage as they lay in the old buildings or manse of the time.

In 1797 following a threat of invasion from France all young men between the ages 18 - 24 were required to register for Militia Service. This service was stood down in 1803 following the Treaty of Amiens. Peace prevailed but not for long. The Militia List has survived fortunately and lists show

John Curry Clachan 19 - 24 years No 13 Gilbert Curry Ronachan 19 - 24 years No 23 A copy in possession of writer. Signed by Archibaldd Hartstone, Schoolmaster.

Some extracts from Old Parish Records (1783 - 1854)

Isobel Lawful daughter to John Curry, Scotmill bap. 19 June 1785 Mary Lawful daughter to John Curry, Kilmichel bap. 17 July 1785 John Lawful son to Malcom Curry Carnmore bap. 16 June 1786 Archibald Lawful son to John Curry Kilmichel Bap. 22 September 1786 Neil Lawful son to Archibald Curry Ballochroy Bap. 13 May 1789No mothers' name in early records John lawful son to Iver (Edward Currie) and Jean Campbell Carnmore Born 7 December 1804 Marriages noted
Felemy McCarnaig and Mary Curry 18 June 1785 John Curry and Barbra Curry 10 September 1785 Donald Curry and Flory Sillars 4 March 1786 Duncan McLarty and Catherine Curry 23 February 1793 Neil McKinven and Peggy Curry 26 May 1810 Gilbert Curry and Mary McEuan (McEwan) 25 XXXXXX 1803 Donald McKinnon and Grisal (Grace) Curry marriage banns 20 August 1785 (Kilcalmonell OPR) to North Carolina on "Industry" 1788 Clachan Cemetery (old part)

Tombstone CURRIE "February the 12\super th\nosupersub 1817 Erected by JOHN CURRIE merchant in CLACHAN and MARY McTAGART his spouse to the memory of ARCHIBALD CURRIE their son who died the 9\super th\nosupersub JULY 1816 aged 2 years and 5 months." Australian descendants of above visited writer in Clachan Details Jack and Heather LeGriffan 12 Alexander St Colac, VIC, 3250 Australia Sheriff Court at Tarbert, Loch Fyne, record of persons summoned for breaches of law i.e, killing of game, wrongful fishing, listening to unlicensed ministers, cutting wood etc.

Summoned by Angus McIntayler (Taylor) and Duncan McCuaig (Cook) Skipness on 4\super th\nosupersub September 1683.

Donald McVurie in Colfein (Donald Currie in Caolphen)Present

Donald Currie pled guilty (deponed) to cutting wood without leave. All persons who pled guilty to this charge were fined £5 Scots money and therefore unlawed (freed) by order of the Court. £5 Scots money + eight shillings and fourpence sterling. Colfein was then in Kilcalmonell Parish and was the earliest known evidence of the family in Clachan area. Colfein was in Skipness Parish after the disjunction in 1753 and formation of the new parish of Saddell and Skipness. The list of Skipness Tenants of 1784 is held in Archives of Argyll County Council, Lochgilphead.

MONYBACCICH (Monybachach) Herbor Curry tenant of ¼ share Rental - £12-19/11¼ per annum.

Clachan (New Cemetery)

CURRIE In loving memory of NEIL CURRIE who died at ACHAGLASS on 17 January 1925 aged 79 years. His wife MARGARET GILCHRIST who died 29 September 1930 aged 82 years. Their daughter CHRISTINE died at ARMADDY on 16 April 1952. Their son DUNCAN who died 6 April 1945 aged 79 years. Erected by their son and daughter NOTE Duncan Currie, Shephard at Achaglass, on photo with Angus McPhail and father at Scotmill. The estates of Loup Balnakill and Ronachan were the property of Angus McAlester of Loup from 1751 onwards till he signed a Trust Deed in 1795. He died in January 1796. The Loup Estate rental shows that Neil Currie was tenant of Shenakill on Loup Estate. His rent was made up as follows:

Silver Rent Money 12- 0- 0 Less Taxes 2- 0 Road Money Local roads 1- 1 Seat Money Seat in Church 0- 6 Manse Money Levy for new manse 6 12- 4- 1 The rent was increased by £2 - 5/- in 1791.

Extract from 1790 - 1795 Rent Book attached

Old estate papers of Balinakill or Ronachan

List of tenants in 1820 Clachan Inn John Currie Ronachan Hector and John Currie Kintyre Tenants circa 1636 Before the introduction of tacks (leases) in Kintyre after Campbeltown became a Royal Burgh in 1700 some old lists of tenants are preserved in the archives of Inverary Castle home of the Duke of Argyll.

From a transcript made in 1953 by the late A I B Stewart, the early tenants of farms in North Kintyre are shown. The area of land and the numbers of cows and horses were all shown. The following shows the earliest Currie family. Crossage (CROSSAIG) in east Kintyre, then in the parish o f Kilcalmonell had this entry CROSSAGE 1111 (4) merklands

DOD McVurrie (Donald Curry) V i Bviii land XXKY 11 horss merkland (20 cows) (2 horses) Gillercreist McVurrie (Gilchrist Curry) Viii land XX11KY 111 horss (22 cows) (3 horses) Gillebreid McMurrie (Gilchrist Curry) Vi 8 land XXXVIKY (36) of ye Laird of Skipness wt (with) the members of XVKY (15 cows) and 1 horss (1 horse) In Killean Parish Kilgruire II merklands (2 merklands) KILLAGRUER Near Glenbarr in West Kintyre This area of land was divided into six parts and three tenants were of the name McVurrich.

DUNCAN MORE McVURRICH (Duncan Mor Curry) DONALD McVURRICH (Donald Curry) NEIL McVURRICH (Neil Curry) The term "MORE" would indicate a very tall or well built man.

The family record of Malcolm Curry or Currie, Corputachan, Parish of Killean and Kilkenzie. As listed of Robert McNiven in 1854. No mothers name in early records.

Neil Lawful son Baptised 24 March 1771 Margaret Lawful daughter Baptised 3 January 1773 Flora Lawful daughter Baptised 28 March 1775 died Dugald Lawful son Baptised 18 August 1776 Flora Lawful daughter Baptised 10 March 1778 Neil married Elizabeth McLean lived Drumore-na-Bodach, Killean Parish Their daughter Moré (Sarah) married John Thomson Miller, Barr Mill, Glenbarrr. She was born on 4 June 1804.

In the 1851 Census Neil Currie was described as a widower living with his son-in-law and daughter at Glenbarr and then 8- years of age. The youngest of the family Lachlan Dugald Thomson married Catherine McDougall and their daughter Anne married John Park, Joiner and Cartwright. Their youngest daughter Ina Anne married Ian Macdonald in 1952.

The Thomson tombstone in Killean Cemetery commemorates many members of the family including the eldest son who was sadly lost with his wife and four young family on their way to New Zealand in 1874.

The surname Thomson derives from the Gaelic name McTAVISH.

The family from Drumore-na-Bodach, Killean Parish, later split up several emigrating to America and becoming large land owners in the State of North Dakota.

McTAGGART

Over the past centuries this surname has been spelt in several ways and it was also "anglicised" in the 19\super th\nosupersub century.

1688 The original surname "Ma-an-sageirt" means "son of the priest". The succession of William and Mary who were monarchs after the fall of King Charles II saw religion change to Presbyterianism suddenly. The name then became McTagart, McIntaggart, McIntagrit, McIntagairt or MacTaggert as registrars struggled to write English which had begun to displace the native Gaelic language in the Highlands. However, People who left Argyll for the early settlements in America changed their Gaelic surname McTaggart and were known as PRIEST in North Carolina and New York State. 1819 An old letter shows this - "I married Flory McIntaggart who came over last year. The ship took 250 souls from Crinan. Her brother John Priest and his mother are well." (Extract from Blue letter). The McTaggarts were famous in Kilcalmonell Parish at Achnacarnan north of Clachan. Many went to Canada and later settled in America. Grave stones in old part of TARBERT BURIAL GROUND. MacFARLANE

Here lies the remains of CHARLES McFARLANE late MILLER in SKIPNESS who dies 26 APRIL 1786 aged 63 years.

MARY CURRIE his spouse dies 6 MARCH 1791 aged 60 years. Erected to their memory by DONALD MACFARLANE their son DYER at BALLOCHROY and MARY CURRIE his spouse on JULY 28 1817.

Australian visitor (Currie descendant) Erica (Currie) Dowding 449 Union Road Albury, NSW, 2640 Australia

Farms on Duke of Argyll's estate, Killean Parish

1 CRUBASTILL Duncan Currie 19 year lease from 1772 onwards of 1½ merklands. Rent - £24 sterling money. 3 firlots multure meal (oats), 1½ Rolls tend bear (barley) and 18 loads of peat (turf for fuel) 2 ACHACHOIRK Gilbert Curry 19 year lease from 1798 on. The 1 merkland of Achachoirk. Rent £18 sterling money/annum. 3 MUASTILL(MUASDALE) Gilbert Curry, ½ merkland from 1729 to 1748. £31-8/- Scots money. Duncan Curry, ½ merkland from 1729 to 1748. £31-8/- Scots money. 4 Gilbert Curry junior. ¼ share of North Muastill from 1776 - 1795. Rent - £30 sterling money and presents. 5 Duncan McVourich (Currie). Shared tenancy of South Mungastill (Muasdale). 19 year lease from 1757 - 1775 at £16-9-7 sterling money. NOTE Scots money = £1 sterling money. NORTH CAROLINA 1768 John McCormaig born 20 March 1738 and his wife Barbara McEachern, Kilcalmonell Parish immigrated to Robison Co and interred at Rowland, N.C. Their daughter Mary, born 1768, married a Currie. She died 9 March 1839, interred McCormick Cemetery, Rowland, N.C. Info: Mrs Mary Lewis, 4203 Irentholm Road, Columbia, S.C 29206. 1841 Census of Scotland In this census an approximate age is given so John Currie and his wife are listed with the two children at Ardpatrick Ferry in the parish of Kilberry. Therefore his age of 55 denotes that he is aged between 55 and 60 years. It is therefore possible that he was the son born to Iver (Edward) Currie, Larachnafiach baptised on 17 February 1784. No mothers name was given in the old records. There is a marriage recorded on 2 December 1809 between John Currie and Janet McIntagairt in Kilcalmonell Records. The entries which follow all appear to relate to the same family. Jean Lawful daughter to John Currie 28 March 1811 Archibald Lawful son to John Currie 20 February 1814 Mary Lawful daughter to John Currie 6 February 1816 Chirstie Lawful daughter to John Currie 7 February 1818 John Lawful son to John Currie 30 January 1821 Gilbert Lawful son to John Currie 14 November 1823 Dugald Lawful son to John Currie 28 February 1826 Janet Lawful daughter to John Currie 30 September 1828

In 1792 the Duke of Argyll took a census of all his properties in Kintyre district. This proved to be invaluable since it preceded the national census of 1841. Killean Park birth records were not found to be before 1784.

The Curry family were mainly farming near Muasdale Village at North Muastill Farm. The oldest Curry male was Gilbert Curry, aged 56 who was married to Elizabeth Beith, aged 50. This surname was adopted by a Stuart who fled the Isle of Bute after a fatal incident on the island in the early 18\super th\nosupersub century and settled in Kintyre changing his surname to avoid being found. This information from late Mr D Colville,

Detail of Curry families:

NORTH MUASTILL Gilbert Curry 56 years Elizabeth Curry (Beith) 50 years John Curry 28 years Jean Curry 25 years Isobel Curry 22 years Duncan Curry 17 years John Curry 40 years Mary (McCurachy) Curry 32 years Duncan Curry 7 years Lachlan Curry 5 years John Curry 3 years Catherin Curry 1 years BELLOCHANTEE Duncan McCallum 70 years Mary McMurchy 55 years Flory Curry 11 years Malcom Curry 14 years Iver Curry 9 yearsBRACKLEY (Killean Parish then Saddell Parish after 1753)Alexander Curry 52 years Isobel McCallum 50 years Margaret Curry 18 years Donald Curry 16 years Annabella Curry 12 years The leases of Muastill are preserved in Inverary Castle and are transcribed in Kintyre Antiquarian Library by courtesy of the late 10\super th\nosupersub Duke of Argyll who was a great historian. Leases were introduced in Kintyre in the early 18\super th\nosupersub century as the Earl of Argyll was elevated to Duke of Argyll by King William.

The leases of Muasdale show it extended to 4 merklands in extent and the possessors prior to 1729 renewal for 19 years were shown as having have merkland each. 1. Gilbert Curry, senior 2. Gilbert Curry, junior 3. Duncan CurryAt the renewal in 1729 Gilbert Curry was paying £31 - 8/- Scots money. In 1735 the leases were extended for 11 years more from 1748 and in 1757 new tenants appear and the farm itself was divided into two parts as the local population increased and more peaceable times prevailed.

The last major battle in Kintyre took place on the slopes of Loup Hill near Clachan in 1698.

LOCATION OF CURRIE FAMILIES IN NORTH KINTYRE CENSUS OF 1851, KILLEAN PARISH

NAME AGE PLACE OCCUPATION
Neil Currie 36 High Baycharr Farmer Ann (Keith) Currie 32 High Baycharr Wife James Currie 13 High Baycharr Betty Currie 11 High Baycharr Hector Currie 9 High Baycharr Mary Currie 7 High Baycharr Marion Currie 5 High Baycharr Agnes Currie 4 High Baycharr James Currie 17 High Baycharr Visitor Duncan Currie 34 High Baycharr Farmer Mary 30 High Baycharr Wife Neil Currie 6 High Baycharr John Currie 4 High Baycharr Malcolm Currie 2 High Baycharr Donald Currie 24 Laigh Beacharra Farmer Mary Currie 60 Drumnamucklach Housekeeper John Currie 38 Killean Labourer Flora (Stuart) Currie 32 Killean Wife Betty Currie 8 Killean Robert Currie 7 Killean John Currie 1 Killean Barbra Currie 63 Achaglass Labourer James Currie 51 Rosehill Mason Neil Currie 80 GlenbarrVillage Farmer John Currie 63 Upper Killocraw Weaver John Currie 27 Upper Killocraw Weaver Adam Currie 82 Killegruer Retired Mary Currie 61 Killegruer Wife Gilbert Currie 26 Killegruer Tailor Duncan Currie 32 Killegruer Labourer PARISH OF KILCALMONELL 1851 Census

NAME
AGEPLACE OCCUPATION
Annabella Currie 70 Achanafad Pauper Edward (Iver) Currie 65 North Carnbeg Inspector of Poor Jean (Campbell) Currie 69 North Carnbeg Wife Catherine Currie 30 North Carnbeg Servant David Currie 26 North Carnbeg Labourer John Currie 34 Lagnagortan Clerk Jemima Currie 21 Kilberry House ServantPARISH OF SADDELL AND SKIPNESS 1851 CensusAgnes Currie 16 Torrisdale Castle Nursemaid Isabella Currie 59 Gortan Crofter Archibald Currie 27 Gortan Farm Labourer Duncan Currie 23 Gortan Farm Labourer Margaret Currie 17 Gortan Farm Servant Archibald Currie 24 Rhonadale Farm Labourer Archibald Currie 85 South Cow Pauper Annabella Currie 47 South Cow Housemaid Ann Currie 6 South Cow Scholar Donald Currie 19 Crossaig Shepherd Hector Currie 95 North Crossaig Retired Malcom Currie 70 Achmastron Fisherman Mary Currie 71 Achmastron Housemaid James Currie 69 Achmastron Fisherman Hector Currie 82 Laggan Strip Cottar Rachel Currie 67 Laggan Strip Wife Hector Currie 25 Laggan Strip Farm Labourer Archibald Currie 37 North Caolphen Shoemaker Catherine 39 North Caolphen Servant Alexander Currie 29 North Caolphen Servant KILLEAN

The most northerly burial ground of the parishes of Killean and Kilkenzie is at Killean two miles north of A'Chleit the second church to be built. It was built in 1792 and is still in use.

The first church of Killean (St. John) was built in the 13\super th\nosupersub century but fell to the ground in 1770 during the incumbency of the Rev Robert Thomson.

The principal Currie (Curry) families are interred in the old part which was closed in 1932.

The legible stones read as follows.

CURRIE Erected by AGNES KEITH in memory of her husband NEIL CURRIE who died at CRAIGRUA 15 SEPTEMBER 1892 aged 82 years. The above AGNES KEITH died 2 DECEMBER 1896 aged 87 years. Their daughter SARAH CURRIE who died at CRAIGRUA 31 MAY 1916 aged 69. And their son JAMES CURRIE died at CRAIGRUA 29 JANUARY 1923 aged 87 years And their daughter MARY died at CRAIGRUA 1 FEBRUARY 1929 aged 83. And their son HECTOR who died at DUNSKEIG 2 FEBRUARY 1933 aged 87 years.

NOTES NEIL Lawful son to NEIL CURRIE and ELIZABETH McLEAN, DRUMORE-NA-BODACH Baptised 29 MAY 1810 Above NEIL Lawful son to MALCOM CURRIE CLEONGART Baptised 24 MARCH 1771 (KILLEAN OPR)In 1851 Census of Scotland Neil Curry, aged 80 years, living with John and Moré Thomson.


GLENBARR MORÉ (SARAH) CURRIE Lawful daughter to Neil Curry and Betty McLean Drumore-na-Bodach Born 4 June 1804 CURRIE

"In loving memory of DUGALD CURRIE, farmer CRAIGRUA who died 29 OCTOBER 1891 aged 68 years. And his wife MARY McNIVEN, died 25 MARCH 1875 aged 43 years. Their son DONALD died 21 FEBRUARY 1860 aged 12 years. Their daughter JANET died 13 JULY 1883 aged 12 years. Their son NEIL died 2 NOVEMBER 1922 aged 60 years Their son JAMES died 17 JANUARY 1922 aged 55 years.

ERECTED BY THE FAMILY

DUGALD Lawful son of NEIL CURRIE and and ELIZABETH McLEAN DRUMORE-NA-BODACH Born 23 AUGUST 1823CURRIE

"In memory of JOHN CURRIE who died at BALLOCHANTEE 25 MARCH 1900 aged 78 years. His wife MARY McSPORRAN died at KILLOCRAW 7 July 1891 aged 74. Their daughter JULIA died at PERTH, AUSTRALIA 18 DECEMBER 1911 aged 58. Their son NEIL died in infancy. Their daughter-in-law CATHERINE McQUILKAN died at BONNYBRIDGE aged 28. Their daughter MARY died 16 JULY 1930. Their daughter BARBARA died 2 NOVEMBER 1934 aged 74.

CURRIE

A study of the census of 1851 shows Edward (Iver) Currie at North Carnbeg Farm. This is now a ruin of several houses above High Ronachan.

Edward Currie formerly Blacksmith is now listed as Inspector of Poor in parish area.

He married Jean Campbell, a daughter of John Campbell, Schoolmaster, Killean Parish on 28 August 1814.

Where the details are given in Killean and Kilcalmonell OPR's. They had 6 children but 3 died young.

Census detail in 1851.

Edward Currie 65 years Married Born Kilcalmonell Jean (Campbell) Currie 69 years Wife Born Killean Catherine Currie 30 years House Servant David Currie 26 years Farm Labourer The details of 1841 census.

Kilcalmonell Parish, North Carnbeg, 4 houses

HOUSE 1 Edward Currie 50 years Blacksmith Born in Argyll Jean Currie 45 years Wife Born in Argyll David Currie 18 years Son Born in Argyll Archibald Currie 10 years Son Born in Argyll HOUSE 3 Donald Currie 85 years Independent Born in Argyll Elizabeth Lacburn 35 years Servant Born in ArgyllNOTE: A prominent descendant of Edward Currie is the Very Rev Dr Arthur W Currie who now lives in Canada and was Minister of St Andrew's Church, Ottawa. He was Moderator of the Presbyterian Churches in Canada and attended the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh in that capacity.

Research Notes: VARIOUS NOTES ON SCOTTISH HISTORY

(for credit & attribution, go to http://www.visitrannoch.com/early-scotland.htm)

The earliest recorded evidence of man in Scotland is dated to 8,500 B.C. It is thus that a few thousand years before the birth of Christ, Neolithic men from Spain and France, makers of fire and herders of sheep and cattle had already made their way to Scotland. Some archeologists suggest that these people may have built and used the great chambered cairns which dot the Scottish countryside. It has also been suggested that their descendants eventually merged with the Beaker people (who probably came from northern Europe), and this ethnic union made up the pre-Celtic stock of the northern lands.

The link of these early inhabitants to their Iberian ancestors can be found in the many spiral pattern grooves cut into the rocks and boulders of this northern land and which can also be found in Spain, France and Ireland. The design of burial chambers located in the Orkney islands also provide an important link to the Iberian origin of their builders. Farming arrived in these islands around 4,000 BC (3-4,000 years after it started in Asia Minor) and as it replaced the nomadic way of life, the Orkneys became an island fortress with its many stone settlements. By the time Rome became a world empire, the Orcadians were recognized by Rome as a sea power. From recent excavations, it seems that these Orcadian people were a slim, swarthy Caucasian race, with long, narrow heads.

The great stone circles such as Sunhoney were probably being built around 3,300 BC, quite possibly around the same time as the arrival of the Beaker people from Northern and Central Europe. These newcomers were of a different ethnic group from the Iberian stock in northern Britain, as their skulls were much broader and round. Evidence of contact between these new people and their continental ancestors have been discovered in several excavations, and seem to indicate a flourishing trade between ancient Scotland and Europe. It is thought by many scholars that the union of these two peoples resulted in the creation of the pre- Celtic stock eventually loosely called Pict by the Roman and Cruithne by the Celts.

The arrival of the Celts to Britain and Ireland brings yet another culture to these northern parts. The Irish call themselves the "Milesian race," based on the myth that they are descended from Milesius, a Celtic King of Spain.

The Celts arrived in Britain around 500 B.C. A nomadic people whose culture spread from Eastern Europe to Iberia, they were sometimes described as as fair headed, tall, fierce warriors by the Greeks (Since many Celts dyed their hair with lye, some historians believe that this is what the Greeks meant by fair-headed) althought the Britannic Celts encountered by the Romans were usually described as dark haired and short. As a warrior culture, it was a Celtic army which nearly destroyed Rome in her early days and thus forever made themselves an unforgivable enemy of the Latin empire. Because the first historical reference to the Picts appears in 297 A.D., when they are mentioned as enemies of Rome in the same context as the Hiberni (Irish), Scotii (Scots) and Saxones (Saxons), many historians assume that the Picts were simply another Celtic tribe. Although is quite probable that there was much Celtic stock in some of the southern tribes in the loose federation of tribes which eventually made up the Pictish nation, it is my opinion that the vast majority of the Pictish peoples north of the Forth were made up mostly from the earlier, pre-Celtic people of northern Britain. Some historians use Ireland as an example, and Michael Lynch eloquently states that "Whatever the Picts were, they are likely, as were other peoples either in post-Roman western Europe or in contemporary Ireland, to have been an amalgalm of tribes, headed by a warrior aristocracy which was by nature mobile. Their culture was the culture of the warrior... ." More on this later.

The bottom line is that so little is known, that most Pictophiles need to make huge leaps and prodigious interpretations of the "facts" to state their views. The explanations migrate to this core of "facts" in a futile effort to explain this mysterious people.

The Romans came to Scotland, often defeated the Picts in battle, but they never conquered them or the land on which they lived. By the third century A.D. the Roman general Agricola slaughtered a Pictish army led by the quoted Calgacus, the Swordsman (as many of 10,000 Picts may have been killed and 340 Romans). The Picts who fought Agricola at Mons Grampius were described as tall and fair headed. Agricola's legions halted near Aberargie in Perthshire, where they built a fort. They also met a new tribe of barbarians, who the Romans described as swarthy and looking like the Iberians they had conquered in southern Spain. It was to retain control of the advances made by Agricola that several forts were built between Callander near Stirling up to Perth. Within thirty years of their establishment, the Picts had destroyed and burned the Roman forts, and according to Victorian legend, Rome's most famous legion, the Ninth was sent north from Inchtuthil to perhaps relieve Pictish pressure. Legend has it that legion was massacred and forever lost in some unknown battle against the painted men of the north, although history shows us that the Ninth reappears later on in Judea.

It was Hadrian who decided that northern Scotland was not worth more legions, and so he pulled back the Empire to the Tyne and the Solway. There he built the famous wall which bears his name, seventy miles from sea to sea. Perhaps because of constant warfare and attacks against the wall, that Antoninus Pius advanced the frontier again to the thin Scottish neck between the Forth and Clyde. Thirty nine miles long and boasting twenty forts, it may have separated Pictish tribes on either sides of the wall. The wall was manned by the Second, Sixth and Twentieth Legions during its forty years. The Picts never ceased attacking it, and in fact the Romans lost it and regained it twice before finally giving it up by the end of the second century and retreating to Hadrian's Wall. We lean from the words of Cassius Dio that the northern tribes "crossed the wall, did a great deal of damage and killed a general and his troops."

In 208 A.D., the governor of Britain was forced to appeal to the Emperor for help against the barbarians, and Septimus Severus decided to come to Britain together with his sons. The old soldier took a Roman fleet loaded with 40,000 centurions into the Firth of Forth, landed a vengeful Roman army ashore, and although he defeated every Pictish army he met and beheaded every Pictish chief who failed to surrender, he failed to conquer the land which he called Caledonia and he too was soon dead. However, the lesson grimly taught by the Roman and the decimation caused in the Pictish countryside must have been of such consequences that for nearly a century peace was kept in the land; the Romans manned Hadrian's Wall and the northern tattoed tribes stayed in their grim, brooding hills north of it.

The fourth century erupts in warfare again and in 305 A.D. the Romans fought against "Caledones and other Picts." The northern tribes are now called "Picts" by their enemies, and in the south, Scots, Saxons and Franks also add to the woes of Rome by raiding southern Britain. In 343 A.D. Constans starts a campaign against the Picts and probably entered into a truce with them. In 360 Ammanius Marcellus states that the "Picts were now two peoples - the Dicalydones and Verturiones." That same year, the truce is broken and the Picts, allied with the Scots of Ireland pour through the wall into northern England and are repulsed back. They kept hammering at the wall, and may have in fact joined in a multi- tribal alliance against Rome. In 382-3, allied with the Scots they again invade England, and this time the damage done to the wall and its forts is never repaired although the invaders are driven back by Magnus Maximus. The end of the century brings yet another Pictish invasion, this time met by the great Roman general Stilicho himself, who also manages to send the great Irish hero Niall of the Nine Hostages, scampering back to Ireland.

By 409 the Roman hold on Britain was slipping away, and Britons were told to defend themselves. About this time the Celtic Gaelic tribe of Scots begins settling in the southwest of Scotland, creating the kingdom of Dalriada in Argyll (Oir Ghaedhil or Eastern Gaels). Out of the need to protect themselves from the barbaric Pictish and Scottish hordes, a new kingdom is created by the Britons of Strathclyde, who spoke a Celtic tongue much like their cousins in Wales. By 450 the Picts are pouring into the south again, and the monk Gildas calls them the "foul hordes of Scots and Picts, like dark throngs of worms who wriggle out of narrow fissures in the rock when the sun is high and the weather grows warm." This is the last time we hear of the Picts and Scots fighting as allies, and if we take Gildas literally, the Scots return to Ireland around this time. In 461, St. Patrick dies, but Christianity is well spread in Ireland.
The Land of the Picts

By studying the Roman accounts of the Pictish Wars as well as later accounts, it appears that the Pictish lands were essentially north of the Forth-Clyde line, north of the Antonine Wall. Roman pacification, and Celtic and Saxon migration from the south would have erased any Pictish claims to people or lands south of the wall. In the west, Pictish presence in Argyll must have disappeared quickly after the arrival of the Scots of Dalriada around 500 A.D., although as evidenced by the standing stone near the entrance to Inveraray castle in Campbell country, they were there at one point in their history. In the north, Pictish influences reached as far north as the islands went and stones have been found in nearly all of them. This land was defended many times after the departure of Rome's legions. The Picts fought invasions by the Scots in the west, the Britons and Angles in the south and the Vikings in the north. They sometimes lost great battles and huge chunks of land, only to regain it in the vicious warfare of the Dark Ages. In the 7th century the Scots pushed their frontier far north, and a victorious Celtic army came within a half-day march of the Pictish capital of Inverness in the north before it was crushed. In the south, the Angles marched their Teutonic armies north and held Pictish lands for thirty years before they were butchered and sent fleeing south by a united Pictish army.
The Celts

When considering the Scots and the Irish, it is necessary to go back to their Celtic roots. It is believed that the Celts originated in the Steppes, migrating south c. 1500 BC. They made their way southwest to Iberia, and expanded north into the British Isles c. 1000-700 BC. The first wave of Celts arrived in Ireland, speaking the insular dialect of Celtic known today as q-Celtic (Goidelic - three forms of Gaelic - Irish, Scotch, and Manx). Later, the Germanic invasions into the British Isles brought p-Celtic (Brythonic - Breton, Cornish, and Welsh).

Their society was broken up into a caste system made up of warriors, and Druids - the magicians, brehons, bards and seers. Their mystic beliefs were grounded in natural law. They performed rituals to assure the success of the hunt and fertility of the tribe, the beasts, and the land. Both men and women were trained in these rites; however, only the men were trained to be the ollamhs, or master Druids. Little is actually known about the Druids, because the different castes were proprietary about their rituals and initiation rites. Also, the first written records by the Greeks and Romans are believed to have been tainted with propaganda.

According to folk history, the 6th century BC saw the division of Ireland into five separate kingdoms: Ulster (w), Connaught (s), Munster (e), Leinster, and Mide. Ulster and Connaught were the two most powerful kingdoms. However, by 300 AD, Ulster had lost much of its power. The ruling houses in Connaught and Mide emerged and expanded their kingdoms, essentially splitting Ireland in two. The people of Ulster were pushed to a northern section of Ireland bordering the Irish Sea, and their name was changed to Dal Riata. Eventually the Sons of Niall, the ruling family of Connaught, ruled the Dal Riata. Unhappy with the natural borders of the sea, they began to colonize the land of the Picts. The Romans, having invaded Britain, called the Sons of Niall, as well as the Picts, Scotti, forming what is now known as Scotland. One must remember that the term Scot was originally referred to the Irish Celts. "Ireland" and "Irish" were anglicized versions of Erin.

c. 375 BC, the Romans invaded the British Isles. They never did invade Ireland, mostly likely due to the fierce reputation of the Celts. The Celtic manner of warfare was completely different, for the Celts did not fear death. The Romans were also uncomfortable fighting women. It was not uncommon for Celtic women to fight next to their husbands. T hey were even known to train the male warriors.

The migration and expansion of Celts into Scotland changed the line of succession to the throne. T he Pictish line of succession flowed through the females, whereas the Celts bloodlines were traced through the male side. As the Celts acquired more wealth and land, they became more powerful. The Celtic nobility in Scotland soon became more powerful than the Picts who ruled the land. As a result, the line of Pictish Kings gradually went into obscurity. The Picts did not completely die out, they just adapted to the ruling power. In the Shetland Islands and Orkney, the language spoken was a Norse variation called Norn. In the lowlands, a mixture of the Brythonic languages were spoken by people who had been displaced during the Roman invasions. However, in most of Scotland, Gaelic became the accepted tongue.

In 350 AD, Christianity spread to Ireland, giving rise to monasticism and the Celtic Church. This created a great deal of change. Druidism, and its pagan deities were being forced out. T he Druids were forced to embrace Christianity. At this time, superstition was still very much a part of early Christianity. This enabled the druids to adapt to it and remake their deities into Christian saints.

In 432, a Welsh monk came to Ireland, St. Patrick, preaching Christian religious doctrine. The Celtic Church did not always conform to the mandates of Rome. For example, they celebrated Easter on a different date. The Roman church was set up into dioceses run by Bishops who catered to the aristocracy. The secular clergy were corrupt, and unable to handle the task of converting the heathen masses. The Celtic church was monastic, and run by abbots. They began to create great libraries after Greek missionaries, following the trade routes, came to Ireland bringing texts which had never been available before.

In 563, St. Columba, an Irish monk, took a mission to Scotland. Columba was of royal descent, and being a prince of the royal house of Tirconaill, he had strong ties with the powerful factions in Ireland. In order to maintain those contacts, he made his base on Iona, in what had been a Druidic shrine. His primary mission was to Christianize the masses in Scotland. However, his missions in Scotland were not purely spiritual. He took it upon himself to strengthen the monarchy by replacing Adrian the False, the rightful king. He also effectively dealt with the Pictish king - Brude, and the Druids who were loyal to the Pictish court. Legend has it that Columba even quelled the monster which threatened Scotland at Loch Ness.

The Irish monasteries were considered to be the greatest learning institutions of their time. However, by 800, the Celtic Church began to falter. Numerous disagreements with Rome on religious doctrine were the main reason. However, the destruction of numerous monasteries, and their libraries, accelerated the church's downfall when the Vikings invaded Ireland. Another contributing factor was the disunity among the Irish people itself, mostly due to on going tribal feuds.

The 9th century was characterized by the numerous invasions of the Vikings, not only in Ireland, but the rest of the British Isles as well. Scotland became a melting pot of languages, for the Danes not only raided and pillaged, but they left Viking colonies behind.

In 839, the last King of the Picts was killed in a battle between the Scots and Picts. Interestingly enough, it was a group of Norse raiders who made the battle decisive. Kenneth MacAlpin assumed the throne as King of the Scots and Picts, supposedly killing seven Earls of Dalriada at the victory banquet so they would not dispute his claim. It took another century for the Scot/Pict society to stabilize though. In that time the Scots amassed great wealth and land, making them a far more powerful force.

The succession of kings following MacAlpin had a difficult time keeping Scotland unified. They spent 160 years trying to keep the borders secure from the Danish and Norse raids, and they were not always successful. The Norsemen were not their only problem however. The English were attempting to extend their own borders, and there was also the constant struggle for power involving the lords in Moray. It was not until Malcom II ascended the throne that the borders became somewhat fixed. Several island groups, such as the Shetlands and the Orkneys, though, remained under Norse control. Religious and cultural differences played a major part of the differences between the English and the Scottish. However, the borders of the Scottish Lowlands, and the Northern shires of England, especially Northumbria, would be the cause of a great deal of friction until the mid eighteenth century.

In 1016, a Dane, King Cnut, took the English throne, and quickly looked towards the lands he wanted in Scotland. The Scots and the Britons of Strathclyde combined forces and defeated the Danish king in 1018. In Strathclyde, the Briton king died without an heir, so Duncan, Malcom II's heir, succeeded the Briton throne. When Duncan succeeded his grandfather as King of Scotland 1036, Strathclyde officially became part of Scotland. When Duncan tried to take Northumbria and failed, the lord of Moray - MacBeth - and his minions rebelled. MacBeth slew Duncan and took the throne. Under MacBeth, the northern and southern halves of Scotland became united, and he enjoyed a relatively peaceful reign. However, one of Duncan's sons, Malcom Canmore, having been raised in exile in England, invaded Scotland in 1057. With aid from the English, at the battle of Lumphanan, MacBeth was slain, and Malcom III took the throne.
From this point on, the English kings would strive to control the kings of Scotland, and be their overlords. There would be bad blood, not to mention bloodshed, between the people of England and Scotland for centuries to come.

Kintyre History

Kintyre in the far West of Scotland extends a distance of approximately 30 miles, from Tarbert in the North to the Mull of Kintyre in the South. Along the middle or spine of Kintyre, runs a line of hills which rise to a maximum height of about 2000 feet. Along the West coast runs a narrow fertile strip of land which is exposed to frequent Atlantic gales. The Eastern coast is more fertile, being protected by the line of hills.

Prior to modern roads being constructed, Kintyre remained relatively isolated from the rest of Scotland, access being gained from the sea. As late as the 1960's it was common to travel from the central belt of Scotland (Glasgow) to Campbeltown by paddle steamer.

Nothing is known of the early inhabitants of Kintyre, except that they were of the Pictish race. The early documented history of Kintyre is firmly linked to the kingdom of Dalriata (the Scots). Dal Riata was the name of the people who came to Kintyre and the far West of Scotland from Ireland. About AD250 in Ireland, there were four main families of Erainn stock, considered the original inhabitants of Eire.

One of these was the Dal Riata. About AD253 a Dal Riata chieftain, Caipre Riata (also known as Cairbre Reudh or Red Haired Cairbar), emigrated with his people to South Kintyre from Ulster. The same people were referred to as the Scotti or Atascotti by the Roman scholar Ammianus Marcellinus, author of the Notitia Imperii, writing in the 4th Century. These were the original Scots peoples making their initial forays from Ireland to Scotland. The Dalriata established a colony for some 200 years but in AD446 were driven back to Ireland during conflicts with Pictish tribes.

A portion of early text refers to the area around Campbeltown as Dal-ruaidh, which it translates as part of Ruadh and the people as the Dalruaidhini, which was shortened or corrupted by Latin writers to Dalriad and the people as Dalreudini. There appears to be some consistency in these names as even today an area and street in Campbeltown are known as Dalaruan.

In AD503, the Dal Riata returned in force under the leadership of the three sons of Erc (Lorn, Angus and Fergus) who became the founders of the second kingdom of the Scots or as they were referred to, the Dal Riata. At that time the sons must have been advanced in age for they all received the benediction of St. Patrick, who died in AD446. Of these sons of Erc, Angus seems to have died soon after his arrival, for we here no more of him. In the division of the country, the island of Islay probably fell to his share since after his death we find it possessed by his son Murdach, whose wife Erca following Murdach's death married his cousin German to whom she bore Felim the father of St. Columba.

On the mainland Lorn took the northern portion while Fergus took Kintyre and Argyll. Lorn died a short time later and Fergus added his brother's territory to his own, becoming sole monarch of Dalriata. Fergus mor mac Erc has stood ever since at the beginning of the lists of Kings of Scots.

Fergus died in AD506, and when he died the kingship was passed on to his son Domangart. From there the kingship was passed on to Domangart's two sons, firstly Comgall, who like his father appears to have ruled during peaceful times. Gabran took up the kingship after Comgall and his reign seems to have been fraught with battles with the Picts.

By this time there were four distinct sections of the Dal Riata. The Cenel Gabrain, whose leaders were most frequently the kings of Dal Riata, coming from the royal line of Fergus mor Mac Erc; the Cenel Loairn (Lorn), the Cenel nOengusa (Angus) and the Cenel Comgall. These four main peoples now occupied all of Argyll, Kintyre and the Inner Hebrides. After Gabran the kingship went to his nephew Conall. It is Conall who is reputed to have given Colum Cille (St. Columba) the island of Iona, in agreement with the king of the Picts.

CLACHAN, KINTYRE, ARGYLL

http://www.aboutbritain.com/towns/Clachan.asp

Clachan, the ancient seat of the Church in North Kintyre, houses the old church (w, surrounded by the carved stones of the Chiefs of the Clan Alasdair. Balinakill, now a Hotel, was the home of Coll McAlester, who in 1739 was a leader of the first large settlement of highlanders in North Carolina at Cross Creek in the Cape Fear River valley.

The last major battle to be fought in Kintyre took place on the steep slopes of Loup Hill in May 1689, when the local forces of MacDonald of Largie, McAlester of Loup and McNeill of Gallichoille, all strong supporters of King James VII, were defeated by a Government force.

A dramatic group of standing stones, with a burial cist is to be found south of Clachan, near Ballochroy Farm, the tallest is 3.4 metres.







Do you have literary talent? Like to write, or keep records? Fascinated with genealogy? Then perhaps you have a wee drop of Currie blood in you.
They have a long and honorable history, being one of the earliest constituted Clans of the Scottish Highlands. Through the MacMhuirrichs, the literary torch was preserved for generations. They were recognized as the most illustrious body of learned men who were specialists in the heroic literature and genealogy of the ancient Gaelic world.
The founder of this family was Muiredach O'Daly (1180-1222 A.D.). He was an outstanding poet of his time, and a member of the most famous family in the Celtic world. The O'Daly's were established in their literary role as a bardic family by the 12th century. When Mael Iosa Ua Dalaidh, Muiredach's great grandfather died in 1185, he was described in the contemporary Irish annals as Ollamh of Ireland and Scotland.
O'Daly's ancestry, which is fully recorded in the Office of Genealogies and Arms in Dublin Castle, show's his family's descent through the royal race of Ireland back to Conn of the Hundred Battles, the 110th High King of Ireland, in 177 A.D.
Muiredach fled from Ireland to Scotland in 1213, after making himself a mortal enemy of the powerful chief of the O'Donnels. The O'Donnel's steward had the temerity to demand rent from the Royal Bard, and the Royal Bard's response was swift enough - he promptly split the steward's head in two with a battle axe. Then, in typical Bardic arrogance, he was surprised at all the commotion he had caused. He penned these words:

Trifling our quarrel with the man
A clown to be abusing me
And me to kill the churl,
Dear God, is this a cause for enmity?

But it was a cause, at least according to the O'Donnells. Muiredach arrived in Scotland in 1213 at Finlaggan on Islay, the stronghold of Donald Lord of the Isles. The addition of the famed Bard to the Macdonald court brought the Lord of the Isles additional prestige, and the two men became great friends.

The office of the Bardic poet or "Sennachie" was hereditary, and it was the duty of the father to dedicate and train one of his sons, who showed the greatest talent. Their principal duties were to keep in verse the historical, genealogical, and legal records of the Clans and the Chiefs. Many Bards had considerable learning, some were creative poets, others, versed in literature.

Poet, historian, genealogist - the Bard's mind was the Clan's library. He was the most important man in the Clan's social life. The great families required two Bards, one at home to assign every man his place at the table, which he indicated with a white rod, and no word spoken, the other to travel with his chief.

Muiredach's sons and their sons held the office of hereditary bards and historians to the Lords of the Isles, and later to Clan Donald. Nineteen years after the death of Muiredach, Donald Lord of the Isles passed away, and his son Angus Mor, was inaugurated as the first Macdonald Lord of the Isles, by Niall, the first MacMhuirrich. From this point on, through the existence of the Macdonald Lordship of the Isles, it was a MacMhuirrich Bard who performed this offica at each successive Lord's inauguration.

Niall MacMhirich (1637-1726) the last of the Bardic race, chronicled the wars of Montrose in the last body of Gaelic Prose to be written in Scotland in the ancient Irish Script style. When he died in 1726, the Bardic Order became extinct in Scotland.

The MacMhuirrics were herediatry poets for Clan Donald for some five centuries, therefore, so long as there has been a Clan Donald, there has been a Clan MacMhuirrich to preserve it's history. Some of MacMhuirrich's work is still in existance today, notable the "Red Book of Clan Ranald."

The Red Books of Clanranald, written by the Currie Bards

At the decisive battle of Harlaw in 1411, when the Lord of the Isles sought to enforce his claims to the lands of the Earldom of Ross against the Stewarts, it was Lachlan Mr MacMhuirrich (1370-1438) who composed the incitement to Battle. The Clan motto ever since that day, has been "Inspire to Victory".

O battle-loving Warriors,
O brave, heroic firebrands
The Children of Conn of the Hundred Battles,
O Children of Conn, remember
Hardihood in time of battle.

Niall Mor MacMhuirrich is the first who appears under Clanranald patronage and the earliest dateable poem from his pen comes from the year 1613. The Clanranald bards produced the largest collection of MacMhuirich writings. Niall MacMhuirrich (1637-1726) the last of the bardic race chronicaled the wars of Montrose in the last body of Gaelic Prose to be written in Scotland in the ancient Irish script style. When he died in 1726, the bardic order became extinct in Scotland.
The MacMhuirrchs were a Clan in their own right and not just a sept of Clan Donald. In a document written from South Uist in 1707, Macdonald of Clan Ranald grants land to Donald McMureac:

"I give and grant the lands of Staoligarry to Donald MacMureach in virtue of the station and office he presently serves me as bard and Sennachie and failing heirs of his own body I bind and oblige me and my descendants to warrant the Tack unto any other of the same Clan and tribe McMureach."

The Currie Tartan came into existence in 1822, when Lord Alexander Macdonald 10th Baronet of Nova Scotia Chief of the Macdonalds of the Isles, granted to James Currie of Balilone, 23rd Chief of the Clan, the right to use the Lord of the Isles Tartan as the basis for his own tartan. The grant from Lord Macdonald states "In recognition of you as the representor of the Highland family or Clan of Currie, anciently Clan MacMhuirrich, who of old were the Historians of the Lords of the Isles."

Source: Clans, Septs, and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands, page 317.
Source: The Islands of Western Scotland, by W. H. Murray, page 19, 198, 289



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Books on Curries:
"The History of Clan Currie" by the late Major General Sir William McMurdo Currie, 30th chief of Clan Currie.

William McMurdo Currie is 30th Chief and last in the line of a very unusual family. His Clan, the MacMhuirrich, (pronounced MacVurrich, which was later anglicised into "A'Currich" and then "Currie") was unique in Highland history. As hereditary Bards to the Clan Donald, they held one of the most important positions in Gaeldom, They were men of letters, warriors, poets. advisers, genealogists and historians as well as musicians of great skill.

The first part of the book covers the period from the 12th century to the fall of the MacDonald Lordship of the (Western) Isles in 1493. From this time the connection with the literary schools of Ireland maintained by the MacMhurrich ceased. The patronage of learning in the Isles passed away and the Isles and Western Highlands became the scene of inter-clan feuds and conflicts.

The story is continued in the second part of the book through the Jacobite period, the revival of interest in things Highland under Sir Walter Scott and up to modern times.

The author is father-to-son descendant of the first Bard (and red-headed like many of his warrior ancestors). With a thousand years of story telling in his blood, his book provides not only a unique record but a living reminder of the power of memory to re the glories of the past.

The stories in this book will appeal to Curries and MacDonalds everywhere, especially those with an interest in the Scottish/Irish connexion, the history of the Western Isles, the lands of Kintyre and Cowal. The book has also a wide appeal because of its description of everyday life under the original system and the sheer magic of the early Bardic poetry from which there are frequent quotations.

In a Foreword the present Lord MacDonald, High Chief of the MacDonalds, says, "this book is the definitive work on Clan Mhuirrich and is one that should find a place on every MacDonald bookshelf". Obtainable from: Heatherbank Press.

In his book, 'The Clans of Scotland,' noted anthropologist and author Dr. Micheil MacDonald outlines the early history of Clan Currie. "The founder of the race was Muiredach O'Daly [1180 - 1222 AD], an outstanding poet of his time, who had studied at the famous Irish Colleges. O'Daly's ancestry, which is fully recorded in the Office of Genealogies and Arms in Dublin Castle, show's his family's descent through the Royal race of Ireland back to Conn of the Hundred Battles, the 110th High King of Ireland in 177 AD. This officially acknowledged genealogy confirms the Currie family as one of the oldest traceable families in Europe."

According to Seumas MacManus in 'The Story of the Irish Race,' Muiredach was forced to flee to Scotland in 1213 after making an enemy of the powerful chief of the O'Donnel's, whose steward had arrogantly demanded rent from the Royal Bard. O'Daly's response was swift and final - splitting the steward's head in two with a battleaxe.

He arrived in Scotland in 1213 and settled in Islay, the stronghold home of Donald, Lord of the Isles and grandson of Somerled, the Celtic-Norse founder of the Kingdom of Innesgall. The addition of the famed Bard to his court brought Donald additional prestige and the two men became great friends. Donald became the founder and namefather of Clan Donald, and Muiredach of the MacMhuirrichs: the contracted Scots Gaelic patronymic Mhuireadhaigh son of Muiredach. Muiredach's fame and stature as a poet was without parallel in Gaelic Scotland where he held an honored and revered position. The native Scots claimed Muiredach as their own as shown by the title bestowed him Muiredach Albanach or Muiredach of Scotland.

Such were the already ancient origins of Scotland's longest learned dynasty. Naturally, it attached itself to the Lords of the Isles when these maintained a virtually independent Gaelic principality in medieval Scotland. Muiredach's sons and their sons held the office of Hereditary Bards and Historians to the Lord of the Isles, and later to Clan Donald through the fall of the Lordship in 1493. Niall Mor MacMhuirrich is the first who appears under patronage of MacDonald of Clanranald and the earliest dateable poem from his pen belongs to the year 1613. The Clanranald bards produced the largest collection of MacMhuirrich writings. Niall MacMhuirrich [1637 - 1726], the last of the bardic race, chronicled the wars of Montrose in the last body of Gaelic prose to be written in Scotland in the ancient Irish script style. When he died in 1726, the bardic order became extinct in Scotland.

John married Mary MacTaggart on 2 Dec 1809 in Kilcalmonell/Kilberry, Argyll, Scotland. Mary was born in 1787.

Children from this marriage were:

   2 F    i. Jean Currie was born on 28 Mar 1811 in Kilcalmonell And Kilberry, Argyll, Scotland 1 and was christened on 26 May 1811 in Kilcalmonell, Argyll, Scotland.2

   3 M    ii. Archibald Currie was born on 20 Feb 1814 in Kilcalmonell And Kilberry, Argyll, Scotland,1 was christened on 27 Feb 1814 in Kilcalmonell, Argyll, Scotland,3 and died on 9 Jul 1816 at age 2.

   4 F    iii. Mary Currie was born on 6 Feb 1816 in Kilcalmonell And Kilberry, Argyll, Scotland 1,4 and was christened on 10 Feb 1816 in Kilcalmonell, Argyll, Scotland.4

   5 F    iv. Chirstie Currie was born on 7 Feb 1818 in Kilcalmonell And Kilberry, Argyll, Scotland 1 and was christened on 8 Feb 1818 in Kilcalmonell, Argyll, Scotland.5

+ 6 M    v. John Currie was born on 30 Jan 1821 in Stewartfield Inn (nr Clachan), Kilcalmonell, Argyleshire, Scotland, was christened on 1 Feb 1821 in Kilcalmonell, Argyll, Scotland,6 and died on 2 Apr 1875 in Midland, Michigan, USA at age 54.

+ 7 M    vi. Gilbert Currie was born on 14 Nov 1823 in Shelmele (near Clachan), Kilcalmonell, Argyll, Scotland, was christened on 6 Dec 1823 in Kilcalmonell, Argyll, Scotland,7 and died on 26 Nov 1893 in St Kilda, Victoria, Australia at age 70.

   8 M    vii. Dugald Currie 8 was born on 28 Feb 1826 in Kilcalmonell And Kilberry, Argyll, Scotland 9 and was christened on 25 Mar 1826 in Kilcalmonell, Argyll, Scotland.8

   9 F    viii. Jannet Currie was born on 30 Sep 1828 in Kilcalmonell And Kilberry, Argyll, Scotland 9 and was christened on 11 Oct 1828 in Kilcalmonell, Argyll, Scotland.10

Noted events in her life were:

• ?: lawful daughter of john & mary currie, 11 Oct 1828. Old Parochial Register, Argyllshire
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6. John Currie was born on 30 Jan 1821 in Stewartfield Inn (nr Clachan), Kilcalmonell, Argyleshire, Scotland, was christened on 1 Feb 1821 in Kilcalmonell, Argyll, Scotland,6 and died on 2 Apr 1875 in Midland, Michigan, USA at age 54.

Noted events in his life were:

• Interview with Flora Currie: by Aaron Tyler Bliss, great nephew, 17 Aug 1979, Midland Michigan. JOHN CURRIE, farmer, of Midland County, Michigan, was born in the County of Argyleshire, Scotland and married there in 1846 to MARY MacDONALD. They removed in 1848 to Haldimand, Haldimand County, Ontario, Canada after the birth of one son. In about 1860 they removed
to Midland County, Michigan where Mr. Currie purchased wild land and cleared it for farming. He continued to purchase land and became one of Midland County's most successful farmers. He died April 2, 1875 of pleurisy and is buried at the Midland Cemetery (Orchard Drive). His wife continued to live with their son, Dougald, and is also buried at that cemetery. The mother of Mary MacDonald (name unknown at this point because this compiler has not checked the cemetery) is also buried there, and can be discerned because she is
the only "non-Currie" in the plot. Issue born to John and Mary Currie:

1. *JOHN b. June 15, 1847 at Argyleshire, Scotland. A PORTRAIT IS AVAILABLE.
2. MARGARET b. December 25, 1849. m. Cornelius Howard and resided in Midland.

She had several children, of whom known: I-JAMES. 2-ARCHIBALD, whose son is Douglas (manager of the A&P store in Midland - and this compiler will try to contact him), 3-MABEL (the only daughter) who m. a Mr. Larabie and had issue: Ruth, Margaret, Frances (a dau.) and Cornelius (who lived near Grand Rapids, Mich.). 4-POSSIBLE OTHER CHILDREN.

3. Gilbert b. in 1850 and died at the age of three weeks.
4. Archibald b. April 1, 1851 and died February 14, 1865 in Midland.
5. Dougald b. June 6, 1853 in county of Haldimand, Ontario. d. April 30, 1927 at Midland.
6. Gilbert b. Fe~ruary 20, 1859 in Haldimand. He was well-liked and was thought by all to be a future community leader; yet he was killed in an accident of unknown cause on April 1, 1881 in Saginaw, Michigan. Never married.


Miss Flora Currie mentioned the town of Dunnville (probably Haldimand County), Ontario as a birthplace for her father, Dougald (above), but was.not sure. She also believed that the family removed to Midland County in the year 1859, where the "Midland Biography of 1883'" reports both 1860 and 1861. The brother of John Currie removed from Scotland to Australia.

John married Mary McDonald, daughter of Archibald McDonald and Margaret Currie, in 1846. Mary was born on 1 Apr 1820 in Kilninian & Kilmore, Argyll, Scotland, was christened on 1 Apr 1820 in Kilninian And Kilmore, Argyll, Scotland,11 and died on 18 Dec 1893 in Midland Michigan at age 73.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 10 M    i. John Currie Jr. was born on 15 Jun 1847 in Argyleshire, Scotland and died on 28 Apr 1922 in Sacramento, California at age 74.

+ 11 F    ii. Margaret Currie was born on 25 Dec 1849 in Haldimand Twp, Northumberland, Ontario 12 and died on 7 Dec 1921 in Midland Michigan at age 71.

   12 M    iii. Gilbert Currie was born in 1850 in Haldimand, Ontario, Canada and died in 1850 in Haldimand, Ontario, Canada.

   13 M    iv. Archibald Currie was born on 1 Apr 1851 in Haldimand, Ontario, Canada and died on 14 Feb 1865 in Midland Michigan at age 13.

+ 14 M    v. Dougald Currie was born on 6 Jun 1853 in Haldimand Twp, Northumberland, Ontario 13 and died on 30 Apr 1927 in Midland Michigan at age 73.

   15 M    vi. Gilbert Currie was born on 20 Feb 1859 in Haldimand, Ontario, Canada and died on 7 Apr 1881 in Saginaw, Michigan at age 22.

Noted events in his life were:

• Interview with Flora Currie: 6. Gilbert b. February 20, 1859 at Haldimand. He was well-liked and was thought by all to be a future community leader; yet he was killed in an accident of unknown cause on April 1, 1881 in Saginaw, Michigan. Never married.

7. Gilbert Currie was born on 14 Nov 1823 in Shelmele (near Clachan), Kilcalmonell, Argyll, Scotland, was christened on 6 Dec 1823 in Kilcalmonell, Argyll, Scotland,7 and died on 26 Nov 1893 in St Kilda, Victoria, Australia at age 70.

General Notes:
From 'Gilbert & Flora Currie' by D.J. Currie (Ballarat, Nov 1993):

On December 26, 1851, Gilbert was married to Flora McDonald by Rev. Norman McLeod, the minister of St. Columba's Gaelic Church, Flora was the daughter of a farmer, John McDonald and his wife Margaret and was born at Kilmeny, !slay, Argyleshire in about 1831.

In 1835, Dr. Norman McLEOD was appointed as pastor to a chapel that was situated on the corner of Queen and Ingham Streets in Glasgow. Such was his success that this chapel became too small for the congregation, and in 1837, the site and building was sold to the British Linen Company, and a site for a new church, to be called St. Columba, was purchased in Hope Street (this site was then outside the city boundary). The church was opened in 1839, and public worship in Gaelic and English was conducted there. Dr. Norman McLEOD died in 1862. The church moved to new building, in
New Street, toward the end of the 1890's.

In the British Immigration to Victoria - Assisted Immigrants - 1839 - 1871 Registers, Book 8, Page 68, the entry for Gilbert and Flora Currie, tells us that both could read and write, were Presbyterian by religion and that they were indented to a P. O'Hara at Indented Head (near Geelong) for a term of 6 months with wages of £60 and rations. Gilbert's profession was listed as 'a shepherd'. Gilbert was aged 28 and Flora was 21.

Gilbert CURRIE Born : 14/11/1823 at Clachan, Scotland Died : 26/11/1893 at St. Kilda, Victoria Married : 26/12/1851

Flora McDONALD Born: 10/ 6/1829 at Kilmany, Scotland Died: 23/ 7/1915 at Narraport, Victoria

John [1854-1919]
Archibald [1856-1926]
Margaret [1856-1920]
Angus [1858-1939]
Mary [1861-1890]
Jean Jane [1864-1934]
James Gilbert [1868-1958]
Dugald [1870-1870]
Donald William [1871-1954]


The birth certificate for John, born at Creswick's Creek in 1854 shows that there was a previous child who was by then deceased Civil registrations and the old church records shed no further light on this first child From there he went gold mining, it is assumed that he spent approximately 2 years trying his luck at the diggings near Creswick. In December 1854, Gilbert Currie purchased land in the County of Grant, Parish of Garong, for £34/8/9d. This land (13 acres) was in Ballan, just south of where is railway station is now (probably the corner of Kerin's Lane and Smallman's Lane).

The family resided in BalIan until selecting land at Mount Wycheproof in 1874. Most of the children were educated at the Ballan Common School #54 (pre State School) was situated at the corner of Simpson and Blow Streets (originally a Church of England School).

On October 14th, 1862, the proclamation creating the Ballan Road District and defining its boundaries appeared in the Government Gazette. On the November 11, 1862, a meeting was held with the purpose of electing a Roads Board, and deciding the amount of assessment to be levied within the district for the following year. In November 1863, when the Road Board Rates were assessed at sixpence in the pound there were 007 rate assessments listed, and the Rate Book for the Ballan Road Board lists Gilbert Currie as a ratepayer. Rate books for the Shire of Balian for 1863 show that Gilbert owned an area of 42 acres, described as Allotment 3, Section 35, Parish of Gorong (the previously mentioned 13 acre allotment was probably formed part of this). Gilbert's will of 1893 shows that he owned another block of 129 acres fronting the Werribee River in the Parish of Moorabool East (north-west of Ballan, near Blakeville). Rate entries suggest that this was purchased in 1868. In 1867, rate entries show Gilbert as in occupation of 60 acres in the electoral district of South Grant, division of South BallaD, owned by Inglis. Precisely where the family lived is at this point not known, but the voter's register for 1864 indicates that it was probably in the parish of Gorong, south of Ballan, as does the 1863 Rate Book, which describes Gilbert as 'owner and occupier' at this site.

After residing in the Ballan District for nearly twenty years, in 1874, they made the decision to select land in the newly opened north of the Colony.

The Curries were among the earliest selectors in the Wycheproof district. Gilbert's selection was Allotment 52, Section A, Parish of Bunguluke, and comprised 320 acres. It was situated directly to the north and east of Mt. Wycheproof at the foot of the Mount

Wycheproof Ensign - Friday November 24, 1893

The chronic illness of Mr. G. Currie, Senr, has lately reached an acute stage, and a consultation and examination by Drs. Forrestor and Hawke on Tuesday resulted in the decision that the sufferer should go to Melbourne and submit himself to Dr. Syme for a surgical operation if necessary.

Wycheproof Ensign - Friday December 1, 1893

It is with regret that we have heard of the death of Mr. Gilbert Currie, who, as noted in our last issue, had become seriously afflicted with a disease of the bladder, requiring an operation for the stones. After a consultation, it was decided to remove Mr. Currie to the private hospital of Dr. Syme in Melbourne, and he was taken there on the 23rd last. The patient bore the journey well, being accompanied by Dr. Forrestor and Mr. Stewart (his solicitor!!) with his two sons Messrs. John and Archibald Currie. On Friday, the operation was done and was most successful, over 60 stones being removed and Mr. Currie bore it fairly well. Hopes were entertained of a speedy recovery, although the seriousness of the position was fully recognized. The length of the illness and great age of the sufferer, 72 years, were much against him and his enfeebled system proved unable to bear the shock, death occurring after collapse on Sunday evening. The remains of the deceased were brought to Wycheproof train on Monday and then to his home, from where he started on Tuesday afternoon. Over 60 vehicles and nearly the same number of horsemen accompanied the hearse, thus testifying to the respect which the gentleman had secured to himself by his lengthy residence, he being almost the first settler in this district. The Rev. Mr. Kirkwood read the burial service at the grave. Mr. F.H. Tucker attending to the ceremonies.

Noted events in his life were:

• Census: 1851 Census for Cowcaddens, Glasgow.

Gilbert married Flora McDonald, daughter of Archibald McDonald and Margaret Currie, on 26 Dec 1851 in St Columba's Gaelic Church (Hope Street), Glasgow. Flora was born on 10 Jun 1829 in Kilmeny, Islay, Scotland, was christened on 3 Oct 1829 in Kilmeny, Argyll, Scotland,14 and died on 23 Jul 1915 in Narraport, Victoria, Australia at age 86.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 16 M    i. John Currie was born on 13 May 1854 in Creswick, Victoria, Australia and died on 18 Apr 1919 in Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia at age 64.

+ 17 M    ii. Archibald Currie was born on 6 Apr 1856 in Ballan, Victoria, Australia and died on 13 Jul 1926 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia at age 70.

+ 18 F    iii. Margaret Currie was born on 6 Apr 1856 in Ballan, Victoria, Australia and died on 20 Jun 1920 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia at age 64.

+ 19 M    iv. Angus Currie was born in 1858 in Ballan, Victoria, Australia and died on 14 Feb 1939 in Kaneira, Victoria, Australia at age 81.

   20 F    v. Mary Currie was born in 1861 in Ballan, Victoria, Australia and died on 21 Mar 1890 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia at age 29.

   21 F    vi. Jean Jane Currie was born in 1864 in Ballan, Victoria, Australia and died in 1934 in Nyah, Victoria at age 70.

Jean married James Andrew Leslie in 1906. James was born in 1875 in Pleasant Creek, Victoria and died in 1934 in Ararat, Victoria at age 59.

+ 22 M    vii. James Gilbert Currie was born on 9 Feb 1868 in Ballan, Victoria, Australia and died on 24 Feb 1958 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia at age 90.

   23 M    viii. Dugald Currie was born in 1870 and died in 1870.

+ 24 M    ix. Donald William Currie was born on 11 Apr 1871 in Ballan, Victoria, Australia and died in 1953 in Swan Hill, Victoria at age 82.

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10. John Currie Jr. was born on 15 Jun 1847 in Argyleshire, Scotland and died on 28 Apr 1922 in Sacramento, California at age 74.

Noted events in his life were:

• Interview with Flora Currie: JOHN CURRIE, JR., farmer, of Midland County, Michigan, was born June 15, 1847 in Argyleshire, Scotland (the son of John Currie and Mary MacDonald of Midland). He married April 23, 1868
to JANE YULE (dau. of Archibald Yule and Annie Nesbitt). She was born in Scotland May 20, 1845. In 1883 it was known that they had one child:
7.JOHN(about which this compiler will investigate further).

• Obituary: Midland Republican , 4 May 1922, Midland Michigan. John Currie, age 75, died 28 Apr 1922- cause of death, heart disease

Died at his home in Sacramento, California. In 1905 left Midland County for Galt, California. His wife- Lorinda J. (He was born in Scotland and had previously been married to Janet Yule. No children mentioned.

John married Jane Yule, daughter of Archibald Yule and Annie Nesbitt, on 23 Apr 1868 in Midland Michigan. Jane was born on 20 May 1845 in Scotland and died on 5 May 1892 in Midland Michigan at age 46.

The child from this marriage was:

   25 M    i. John Currie was born on 21 Dec 1874 in Midland Michigan and died on 11 May 1895 in Midland Michigan at age 20.

John next married Lorinda J..

11. Margaret Currie was born on 25 Dec 1849 in Haldimand Twp, Northumberland, Ontario 12 and died on 7 Dec 1921 in Midland Michigan at age 71.

Noted events in her life were:

• Obituary: Midland Republican, 8 Dec 1921, Midland Michigan. Cause of Death, cerebral sclerosis

Mentions 6 sons, namely Frank, Archie, and James of Midland, William of Onaway, Charles of Allegan, and Cornelius Jr. of Grand Rapids, and one daughter Mrs. S.W. Larrabee

Margaret married Cornelius Howard on 19 May 1865 in Lapeer, MI.

Children from this marriage were:

   26 M    i. James Howard .

   27 M    ii. Archibald Howard .

+ 28 F    iii. Mabel Howard .

   29 M    iv. Frank Howard .

   30 M    v. William Howard .

   31 M    vi. Charles Howard .

   32 M    vii. Cornelius Howard Jr.

14. Dougald Currie was born on 6 Jun 1853 in Haldimand Twp, Northumberland, Ontario 13 and died on 30 Apr 1927 in Midland Michigan at age 73.

General Notes: 1/14 Myers Avenue 6thJune, 2005
Glen Waverley.
Victoria 3150 Australia
Dear Jim,

It was such a pleasant surprise to hear from you in early April and I apologize for my late response. However, I did contact D. John Currie 8/5 so I would hope that he has been in touch with you before this.

I was particularly interested in the information you received from Ian McDonald, a genealogist who lays claim that there is evidence that John Currie was buried in the Clachan cemetery. I spent a month in the U.K. in '99 but did not get to Clachan. I spent a few days at New Register House in Edinburgh and despaired that I could not find very much - a copy of Monumental Inscriptions (pre-1855) of Clachan cemetery contained an entry reading 'February 12th, 1817, erected by John Currie/merchant in Clachan/and Mary McTagart his spouse/to the memory of Archibald Currie their son who died the 9th July l8l6/aged 2 years and 5 months'. This only was confirmation of Erica Dowding's (Eric Currie's daughter) findings when she visited Clachan some years earlier.

It would seem that Ian McDonald may have access to church records which could include pall fees or others. What concrete evidence has Ian given you to substantiate his claim? I would be very interested to know.

It would seem that Ian's claim that John Currie was an inn-keeper can be borne out by the fact that your John Currie (i.e. Gilbert's brother) was born at Stewartfield Inn in 1821. Gilbert's death certificate stated that his father was a grocer. I would think a little far removed from having been an inn-keeper.

I have checked an 1841 census record for the parish of Kilcalmonell and found at Ardpatrick Ferry the following: John Curry, 55, agricultural labourer, Mrs. Curry (no given name) 54, Dougald Curry, 15, and Jannet, 12. The enclosed map will identify the location. Also I have found in the 1851 census for Cowcaddens, Glasgow (where Gilbert lived prior to marriage)

'Gilbert Currie, lodger, unmarried 27 years, born Shelmele
Dugald Currie, " " 24 " , " " '.

A professional researcher at New Edinburgh House suggested that 'Shelmele' may have been the name of a farm.

In earlier searches of parish registers, I found this entry:

'Clachan, December 2, 1809, John Currie, Lochkiaran and Janet Mclntagairt in Drinnaleck, both in the parish of Kilcalmonell and Kilberry'.

As I have never found an entry for the marriage of John and Mary, I have sometimes wondered if John's wife Janet had died, and because church laws forbad marriage to his wife's sister, lived in a de facto relationship with Mary, remembering of course that the youngest child was called Janet. Now I have really dropped a bombshell! But it's possible.

You are no doubt exhausted by now. Until I received your phone call, I have put family history aside to a degree ( not to mention that we sold up and moved to this town house only a year ago), but every now and then a little piece of information comes along and rekindles the interest.

I had a call from Blair Currie one night last week - he is out on holidays so I was able to tell him I'd received your call earlier. He told me of your proposal for a Clachan re-union also.

I have almost reached the bottom of the page so it is time to go. My best wishes to your wife Rossana, I don't know if that is correct, and to yourself.

Mavis Adams

Mrs. Mavis J. Adams April 3, 2001
19 Charlotte Street,
Glen Waverley.
Victoria. 3150 Australia

Dear Mavis:

I have searched all our library resources and found nothing to establish a locality in Scotland. You said you have used the LDS file. I checked that also and could not find any new info. Have you checked the actual vital records from Argyllshire at LDS? The LDS "Library" book says Scotland's first every name census was taken in 1841. No index, so it would take you a lot of "hunting and pecking" but maybe you'd find something

I would say the proof you already have is maybe the best you're going to get. Sometimes we are 95% sure, but not 100%, and we've got to accept that

A. T. Bliss moved from Midland some time ago. I think he might live in
Arizona.

You mentioned the Midland County Biographical book of 1884. sketches for all the three Currie children as adults, giving the their parents John and Mary (McDonald) Currie

Our Society read all the stones in the entire county cemeteries previous to 1980 I went to the cemetery yesterday and found that there is quite a large monument in section D, surrounded by 10 headstones as follows:

(Tables-see attached copy)

Margaret Howard and her husband are buried in section F.

Michigan started requiring vital records be recorded in 1867, but that always didn't happen. It is too early for son Archibald (1865). Even though father John died in 1875, there is nothing recorded officially. Midland had a small weekly
newspaper at the time, but also no mention. I have enclosed a number of obits, when available from our papers, and also the recorded deaths for Mary and her mother, Margaret McDonald. Note the small mention for Gilbert says he died in
E. Saginaw, possibly in the hospital that was there. His death record, if recorded, would be in Saginaw County. Note that on Mary's death record it says her parents were Archie and Harriett McDonald; yet everywhere else she is Margaret. There is no newspaper for 1880, so no obit/notice for Margaret.
If your gr-grandmother's (Flora McDonald Currie) death certificate shows John as a father, and Margaret's husband was Archibald (as given on the cemetery stone), perhaps the two men were brothers. The LDS IGI indicated to me that there were lots of Currie and McDonalds in Argyllshire, and probably lots of marrying of cousins.

The first census that John-Mary and family appear in is the 1870 census.
I can't tell whether they were somewhere else briefly in Michigan before getting to Midland or whether they were still in Canada. Margaret McDonald was not with them in 1870, but she is in Midland in 1880, living with Dougald, Flora, one child, widow mother Mary, and brother Gilbert

I included a small mention of William Lambie's death. He was living in 1894 with Dougald and Flora and their family He was 60 years old, born in Scotland, and was called "uncle" The obit states the same Earlier in my letter I said he was buried in section H with John-Jane and family Nothing leads to whatever family connection there might be.

I'm sorry that I cannot be of more help.

Joanne Brines, genealogy volunteer
Midland Genealogical Society at the Grace A. Dow Library



Noted events in his life were:

• Obituary: Midland Republican, 5 May 1927, Midland Michigan. Dougald Currie age 74, d 1927- cause of death, heart disease

Dougald married Flora Cress, daughter of James Cress and Sarah McDonald, on 18 Dec 1878 in Eramosa Township, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada. Flora was born on 14 Mar 1855 in Eramosa Township, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada and died on 1 Jul 1927 in Midland Michigan at age 72.

Children from this marriage were:

   33 F    i. Mary Ellen Currie was born on 5 Oct 1879 in Midland Michigan and died on 15 Jan 1964 in Midland Michigan at age 84.

+ 34 M    ii. Gilbert Archibald Currie was born on 19 Sep 1882 in Midland Michigan and died in 1960 in Midland Michigan at age 78.

+ 35 M    iii. John James (?) Currie was born on 19 Dec 1884 and died in 1923 in Midland Michigan at age 39.

+ 36 M    iv. Dougald Angus Currie was born on 16 Oct 1886 in Midland Michigan and died on 25 Jun 1955 in Erie, Pennsylvania at age 68.

   37 F    v. Flora E. Currie 15 was born on 8 Nov 1892 in Midland Township, , Midland, Michigan 15 and died in 1986 in Midland Michigan at age 94.

   38 M    vi. Donald Currie was born on 16 Oct 1896 in Midland Michigan and died in 1912 in Midland Michigan at age 16.

Noted events in his life were:

• Death: 1912, Midland Michigan. pneumonia

16. John Currie was born on 13 May 1854 in Creswick, Victoria, Australia and died on 18 Apr 1919 in Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia at age 64.

General Notes: John Currie applied for a license to select at East Charlton on July 13, 1874. His selection was Allotment 54, Section A, Parish of Bunguluke, located north-east of Wycheproof township. His application for a lease (granted November 1, 1877), indicates that in 1877, John had cultivated 36 acres and constructed 199 chains of fencing. He had a 29' x 13' 2 roomed house of dressed slab and weatherboard with an iron and bark roof. It appears that he shared this residence with Archibald (this lease passed to John's father in July 1888).

Rate valuations for the north riding of the Shire of St. Arnaud in 1894 ('Mt. Wycheproof Ensign', February 23, 1894) describe John as an agent, and show that he had a cottage and allotments in Wycheproof and a block of 596 acres in the parish of Carapugna. The Victorian Municipal Directory entries record that from 1895, John was the Electoral Registrar of the Shire of Wycheproof, the Inspector of Slaughterhouses and Nuisances, and the Sanitary Inspector

Some time during the period 1895 and 1919, John Currie and his family moved to Dubbo in New South Wales.

From the 'Mount Wycheproof Ensign' of xx May 1919.

The death of Mr. Jack Currie (formerly of Wycheproof) occurred on Apri118th at Dickigundi, near Dubbo, NSW, from cerebral haemorrhage, in his 66th year. He leaves a family of three daughters (Rene, Lynne and May), and two sons (Gilbert and Roy) to mourn their loss. Among his surviving brothers are Archibald (Narraport) and James (Melbourne).

John married Margaret Quihampton in 1887. Margaret was born in 1861 in Moliagul, Victoria, Australia.

Children from this marriage were:

   39 F    i. Florence Irene Currie was born in 1888.

+ 40 F    ii. Evelynne Mary Currie was born on 22 Jul 1889 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia and died on 15 Dec 1944 at age 55.

   41 F    iii. Olive May Currie was born in 1891 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia.

Olive married Frank Nugent.

   42 M    iv. John Gilbert Wyborn Currie was born in 1894 and died in 1948 at age 54.

+ 43 M    v. Wilfred Roy Archibald Currie was born in 1896.

17. Archibald Currie was born on 6 Apr 1856 in Ballan, Victoria, Australia and died on 13 Jul 1926 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia at age 70.

General Notes: Archibald Currie applied for a license to select together with his brother John on July 13, 1874. Archibald's selection was Allotment 55, Section A, Parish of Bunguluke, a block of 319 acres. The application shows no cultivation for the first two years and 42 acres in the third, with a wheat crop yielding 12 bushels per acre. He had constructed 286 chains of fencing. Archibald's application for a mortgage on this block was sanctioned in April, 1880 and records that improvements worth £366 had been made.

The lease of this allotment was transferred to his father on August 21, 1880. A letter from Archibald to the Lands Department in July 1880, gives the reason for this transfer as his moving to Karyrie.

Archibald had three blocks (8A, 14 and 20) and his wife Elizabeth (23) in the parish of Karyrie. This land totalled 799 acres. It appears that allotment 23 was the homestead block known as 'Glenavon'. St. Arnaud shire rate valuations for 1894 show that Archibald also had a block of 320 acres in the Parish of Kalpienung (north-east of Nullawil), whilst Wise's Post Office Directory for 1901 has an entry for him at Berriwillock as well. In 1910, the lease of blocks 14 and 15 at Kaniera was transferred to Archibald from his brother Angus. At some time Archibald also held a property at Kalpienung, known locally as 'Roothog'.

He was a Wycheproof Shire Councillor from 1896 to 1898.

Archibald married Elizabeth Ann Thomas on 5 Aug 1880. Elizabeth was born on 19 Sep 1857 in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia and died on 10 Jul 1903 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia at age 45.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 44 M    i. Donald Richard Currie was born on 25 Aug 1880 in Donald, Victoria, Australia and died on 3 Sep 1947 in Thalia, Victoria, Australia at age 67.

+ 45 F    ii. Edna Maria Currie was born on 4 Jun 1882 in Narraport, Victoria, Australia and died on 9 Sep 1967 in Sea Lake, Victoria, Australia at age 85.

+ 46 M    iii. Gilbert William Currie was born in 1884 in Narraport, Victoria, Australia and died on 1 May 1919 in Sea Lake, Victoria, Australia at age 35.

+ 47 M    iv. Archibald James Currie was born on 27 Aug 1886 in Narraport, Victoria, Australia and died on 18 May 1968 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia at age 81.

+ 48 M    v. Angus Currie was born on 23 Jan 1888 in Narraport, Victoria, Australia and died on 13 Nov 1974 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia at age 86.

+ 49 M    vi. John Charles Currie was born on 2 Aug 1890 in Narraport, Victoria, Australia and died on 7 Jun 1957 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia at age 66.

   50 F    vii. Mary Currie was born in 1892 and died in 1893 at age 1.

+ 51 F    viii. Elvira Hope Currie was born on 22 Jul 1894 in Narraport, Victoria, Australia and died on 4 May 1977 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia at age 82.

+ 52 F    ix. Elisaba Currie was born on 12 Oct 1896 in Narraport, Victoria, Australia and died on 20 Jan 1961 in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia at age 64.

+ 53 F    x. Flora Currie was born on 13 Apr 1899 in Narraport, Victoria, Australia.

Archibald next married Evangeline Blackburn on 1 Apr 1916. Evangeline was born in 1879 in Northcote, Victoria.

Noted events in her life were:

• Marriage Banns: Eva was Archibald's brother John's housekeeper

18. Margaret Currie was born on 6 Apr 1856 in Ballan, Victoria, Australia and died on 20 Jun 1920 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia at age 64.

General Notes:
Margaret Currie selected Allotment 3980 Section A in the parish of Bunguluke, a block of 75 acres a mile and a half north-east of Wycheproof.I

In British Immigration to Victoria - Assisted Immigrants - 1839 - 1871 Registers, Book 10, Page 173, we find the entry for Farquhar and Grace Matheson as assisted migrants on the ship 'New Zealander' that arrived at Portland, Victoria, on November 30, 1853, after leaving Liverpool on August 23, 1853. The entry further said that Farquhar's profession was an agricultural labourer and that he and his family were indented to a G.G. Elmes at Audley for £60 for 6 months with rations. George Matheson was bom at Plockton, Rossshire, Scotland He was 3 years of age when he arrived in Victoria, with his parents and grandfather. At age 26 he came to live at Thalia and his family, they were pioneer selectors to this district. George and Margaret Matheson were farmers, they lived at 'Karyrie', where their family of seven children was born.

From the 'Mount Wycheproof Ensign' of xx June 1920

OBITUARY - Mrs. GEORGE MATHESON"

The demise of Margaret Matheson, relict of the late Geo. Matheson, occurred at her home, Karyrie, on Sunday morning after a long illness extending over 6 years. Deep and sincere sympathy was expressed with the members of the family, because the deceased was well and favourably known, having resided in the district for the past 47 years. Her illness was caused by diabetes, and the manner in which she bore her affliction proved her to be a patient sufferer. She was of a hospitable and kind nature and always had a comforting word for people in their trials of sickness. During the past few days very little help was held out for recovery and the deceased's end was quite peaceful on Sunday morning.

The deceased was born at BalIan, and removed to Wycheproof with her parents (the late Mr. and Mrs. G. Currie) who were among the first settlers in this district. After her marriage she went to the Karyrie district. Her husband died 22 years ago, and she leaves to mourn their loss, one sister (Mrs. Leslie, of Sea Lake), four brothers (Archibald of Narraport, James G., Melbourne, Donald and Angus of Culgoa); also four daughters (Mrs. Grace McDougall of N.S.W., Mrs. W. Foley of Karyrie, Leila of Narraport State School, Mary of Barnawatha State School) and two sons (Kenneth of N.S.W., and James of Narraport). The funeral cortege to the Wycheproof cemetery on Monday was attended by many relatives and friends of the family, and the remains were interred alongside the late George Matheson. The coffin bearers were Angus, Donald, Neil and John Currie, W. Foley and J. Matheson. The Rev Porter, of Birchip, conducted the burial service, and Messrs F.H. Tucker and Son carried out the funeral arrangements.

Margaret married George Matheson on 15 Nov 1880 in Bunguluke, Victoria. George was born on 30 Nov 1850 in Plockton, Rossshire, Scotland and died on 12 Nov 1899 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia at age 48.

Children from this marriage were:

   54 M    i. Gilbert Currie Matheson was born in 1881 and died in 1885 at age 4.

+ 55 M    ii. Kenneth Farquhar Matheson was born in 1883 in Narraport, Victoria, Australia and died on 25 Apr 1959 at age 76.

+ 56 F    iii. Grace McKenzie Matheson was born in 1885 and died on 24 Apr 1970 at age 85.

+ 57 F    iv. Flora McDonald Matheson was born on 27 Feb 1887 in Narraport, Victoria, Australia and died on 3 Dec 1971 in Birchip, Victoria at age 84.

   58 F    v. Leila Matheson was born on 27 Aug 1889 in Narraport, Victoria, Australia and died on 5 Aug 1966 in Dunach, Victoria at age 76.

Leila married Thomas John Bell in 1921.

Noted events in his life were:

• Employment: Teacher. Leila was a teacher before her marriage, some schools she taught at were Karyrie,Carapugna East and Narraport

+ 59 F    vi. Mary Currie Matheson was born in 1891 in Narraport, Victoria, Australia and died in 1939 in Warracknabeal, Victoria at age 48.

   60 F    vii. Jean Matheson was born in 1892 and died in 1892.

+ 61 M    viii. James Gilbert Currie Matheson was born on 9 Jan 1894 in Narraport, Victoria, Australia and died on 27 Mar 1960 in Box Hill, Victoria at age 66.

19. Angus Currie was born in 1858 in Ballan, Victoria, Australia and died on 14 Feb 1939 in Kaneira, Victoria, Australia at age 81.

General Notes:
Angus Currie was an early selector in the Wycheproof area, occupying allotments 14 and 15, in the Parish of Kaneira, holding the lease from 1896 to 1906. A Crown Land's Bailiffs report on the block in April, 1904, shows the following improvements worth £657/14/-:

- 412 chains of black & barb wire fencing; pine and box posts.
- 4 roomed house, Z]' x Z]', weatherboard, iron roof.
- Barn, 27' x 12', galvanised iron.
- 8 stall stable & shed; box/pine timber, straw roof.
- 1 dam, 1800 yards.
- 600 acres cleared.
- Stockyard, 66' x 66'.
- Hay yard, 66' x 66'.
- Garden fence, 9 chain, black wire/netting.

Leasehold of this block passed to Martha Maria Thomas (sister of his brother Archibald's wife Elizabeth) of Carlton on March 6, 1906, and then to his brother Archibald on July 16, 1910. Angus farmed allotments 16 and 17 in the same parish, until he and his wife retired in about 1923 and went to live at Macedon. Their son Gilbert John (better known as Bert) farmed this property until 1950.

Angus married Isabella Fraser in 1889. Isabella was born in 1863 in Fifeshire, Scotland and died in 1938 in Gisborne, Victoria at age 75.

Children from this marriage were:

   62 F    i. Grace Elizabeth Currie was born in 1890 and died in 1969 at age 79.

+ 63 M    ii. Gilbert John Currie was born in 1892 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia and died in 1962 in Bendigo, Victoria at age 70.

22. James Gilbert Currie was born on 9 Feb 1868 in Ballan, Victoria, Australia and died on 24 Feb 1958 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia at age 90.

General Notes: The Mt. Wycheproof Ensign of January 12, 1888 carries an advertisement for James G. Currie as an agent for Broadbent Bros. & Co., W. McCulloch & Co. and Permewan, Wright & Co.

The electoral roll for 1899 describes James an agent, resident in Wycheproof. Directory entries describe him as a farmer at Kaniera in 1900 and as a wheat-buyer there in 1907. According to the 1908 electoral roll James and his wife Mary were living on a farm at Toort, about 10 kin east of Kaniera. This farm consisted of two Mallee allotments (14 and 19), totaling 1320 acres. James Gilbert was a councillor of the Wycheproof Shire from 1902-1906, serving as Shire President in 1906.

Directory entries for 1911 and 1912 suggest that he was living in Wycheproof in those years.

James married Mary Blair on 24 Apr 1895. Mary was born in 1864 in Learmonth, Victoria and died on 24 Aug 1909 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia at age 45.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 64 M    i. Neil Gilbert Currie was born on 27 Jan 1897 in Kaneira, Victoria, Australia and died on 1 Apr 1965 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia at age 68.

+ 65 M    ii. James Learmonth Currie was born on 25 Feb 1899 in Kaneira, Victoria, Australia and died on 27 Mar 1958 in Colac, Victoria at age 59.

+ 66 M    iii. Archibald Alexander Currie was born on 14 Dec 1900 in Kaneira, Victoria, Australia and died on 3 Oct 1975 in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia at age 74.

+ 67 M    iv. Eric Currie was born on 9 Dec 1902 in Kaneira, Victoria, Australia and died on 21 Mar 1987 in Melbourne (Western), Australia at age 84.

+ 68 M    v. Keith Currie was born on 9 Sep 1904 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia and died on 24 Apr 1982 in Melbourne (Western), Australia at age 77.

+ 69 M    vi. Blair Currie was born on 3 Sep 1906 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia and died on 20 Oct 1985 in Melbourne (Brighton), Australia at age 79.

   70 M    vii. Alan Colin Currie was born on 8 Aug 1909 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia and died on 5 Nov 1993 in Donald, Victoria, Australia at age 84.

Alan married Maria Elizabeth Lee on 23 Sep 1939. Maria was born in 1908 in Narraport, Victoria, Australia.

James next married Nellie Grace Lindsay in 1916. Nellie was born on 20 Jul 1879 in Berwick, Victoria and died in 1965 in Kew, Victoria at age 86.

Children from this marriage were:

   71 M    i. Lindsay Currie was born on 4 Mar 1917 in Melbourne, Australia and died on 1 Feb 1992 in Tweed Heads, New South Wales at age 74.

Lindsay married Sylvia Margaret Haines on 23 Sep 1939. Sylvia died on 25 Mar 1992 in Tweed Heads, New South Wales.

+ 72 F    ii. Joan Grace Currie was born on 27 Apr 1920 in Melbourne, Australia.

24. Donald William Currie was born on 11 Apr 1871 in Ballan, Victoria, Australia and died in 1953 in Swan Hill, Victoria at age 82.

General Notes: Donald held an area of 671 acres in the Parish of Kalpienung in February, 1894, and is described in the directory entries as a farmer of Wycheproof from 1897 to 1901

From the OBITUARY - Mr. DONALD WILLIAM CURRIE

The death occurred recently of Mr. Donald WiJIiam Currie, a former well known resident of Woormen, and a pioneer of the Wycheproof district. The Deceased, who was the youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Currie, was born in Ballan in 1871. His father selected land at Wycheproof and moved there with a family of eight children, when the deceased was three years of age. They were the first of four settlers in the Wycheproof district.

The late Mr. Currie spent all his school days in that district and in 1897, with his brother, Archibald, selected a portion of the 'Tyrrell Downs Estate, when it was made available for selection

In 1907, he married Sarah, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Henson, of 'Tyrrell West (now known as Nandaly), and pioneered a further portion of the 'Tyrrell Downs land. In 1920, he sold that interest and moved to Woorinen.

In his young days, the deceased was a keen footballer, and played for Narraport, and in latter years he was interested in the Woorinen 'Tigers'. He was a keen cricketer and was responsible for the formation in the early 1930's of the Woorinen Colts' Cricket team. He was a foundation member of the Woorinen centenary branch of the RAO.B., but declining health forced him to relinquish attending meetings.

The deceased was laid to rest in the Presbyterian portion of the Swan Hill cemetery, following a service at the church, both of which were conducted by the Rev W. Haddrick, of Sea Lake. The long cortege was evidence of the respect in which the deceased was held in the district.

Mr. Currie is survived by his wife, and a daughter (Mrs. Flora Gibson), and by one brother, James of Moonee Ponds.

Donald married Sarah Henson in 1907. Sarah was born on 18 Oct 1883 in Dartmoor, Victoria and died in May 1962 in Swan Hill, Victoria at age 78.

The child from this marriage was:

+ 73 F    i. Flora Vida Currie was born on 2 Apr 1913 in Sea Lake, Victoria, Australia and died on 22 Feb 1977 in Swan Hill, Victoria at age 63.

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28. Mabel Howard .

Mabel married Mr. Larabie.

Children from this marriage were:

   74 F    i. Ruth Larabie .

   75 F    ii. Margaret Larabie .

   76 F    iii. Frances Larabie .

   77 F    iv. Cornelius Larabie .

34. Gilbert Archibald Currie was born on 19 Sep 1882 in Midland Michigan and died in 1960 in Midland Michigan at age 78.

General Notes: Dorothy Langdon Yates. Salt of the Earth: A History of Midland, Michigan. (Midland, MI: Midland County Historical Society, 1987) The 1920s to the 1940s

Midland Country Club

Attorney Gilbert A. Currie organized the Midland Country Club and served as its first president from 1926 to 1947. The 18-hole golf course was built on 80 acres bought from the Petersons and 100 from the Haleys. St. Andrews Road, named for the famed golf course in Scotland, was designed to curl around the golf course on the east. The original frame club house built near the Number Five tee at the corner of Eastman and Sug­net Roads was replaced by the present club house in 1930. Alden B. Dow, then an architectural student at Columbia University, designed the building, his first for the city. The design seemed daring. It took a few years for Midland residents to become accus­tomed to Mr. Dow's Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced work. In 1937 Mr. Dow received the Diplome de Grand Prix at the Paris International Exposition for the house he built for John A. Whitman, cement block manufacturer, on Manor Drive at Helen Street. Mr. Whitman worked with Mr. Dow to develop the ag­gregate block, the basic building material for this and many other Dow homes. Mr. Dow went on to create the designs for some 60 private homes and 100 other buildings, schools, churches, offices, cultural and recreational buildings, making his hometown one of the most architectur­ally distinctive of all the small cities in the country.



Gilbert A. Currie, Sr.

Besides the Midland Country Club, Attorney Cur­rie was involved in several other city recreational fa­cilities. When the Emerson Drug Company of Boston decided to give up plans to make bromide for Bromo Seltzer in Midland, Currie in 1926 persuaded Captain Bill Emerson to donate the company's land to the city for Emerson Park. In 1941 Mr. Currie built a stadium there which has brought Midland fame as a softball capital, hosting national and inter­national tournaments. Mr. Currie went on to donate and layout Currie Municipal Golf Course on land given by the Herbert A. and Grace A. Dow Founda­tion across the Tittabawassee River from Emerson Park. With Earl W. Bennett, Mr. Currie gave the city Currie Bennett Park on Helen Street at Noeske. Mr. Currie also provided the Midland County War Me­morial on the Courthouse grounds, which honors the county's 2,300 persons who gave military service to their country. A sportsman and philanthropist, Mr. Currie had an illustrious career as a Midland attorney and a 25­ year political career. He rose from Midland Township Supervisor (1906) to State Representative, serving as Speaker of the House (1908), to Congressman (1917-21). He was City Attorney for 10 years, Board of Education Attorney for 20 years. He helped incorporate the Chemical State Bank, became a Di­rector in 1917, and Chairman of the Board 1949-60. Mr. Currie was the son of Dougald and Flora Cur­rie. His grandparents John and Mary McDonald Currie, natives of Scotland, were pioneer residents of "The Bluffs; later called Mapleton. Gilbert and his brothers Donald, John, and Angus, and sisters Mary and Flora attended "Currie on the Bluffs" school, thought to be the first school organized in Midland County. They had to walk about five miles on a muddy road to go to Midland High School. There Gilbert played tackle for the football team and pitcher for baseball. He hung out his shingle in Mid­land after completing University of Michigan Law School, 1905. He was married to Charlotte B. Chap­man of Midland. Their children were Gilbert A., Jr., Jean (Mrs. Dirk B. Waltz), and Betty (Mrs. A. T. Bliss, Jr.). Mr. Currie and his son established a law practice that continues in the 1980s as Currie and Kendall PC (James A. Kendall).*

*Note:Information from "The Life and Times of Gilbert A. Currie, Sr.," by Kathryn Cummins in THE MIDLAND LOG, fall, 1982.



Gilbert married Charlotte Betsey Chapman on 3 Oct 1907 in Midland Michigan.

Children from this marriage were:

   78 F    i. Charlotte Jean Currie .

Charlotte married Dirk Waltz. Dirk was born in 1909.

+ 79 F    ii. Kathryn Elizabeth Currie .

+ 80 M    iii. Gilbert Angus Currie .

   81 M    iv. Donald Currie died in Midland Michigan.

35. John James (?) Currie was born on 19 Dec 1884 and died in 1923 in Midland Michigan at age 39.

John married Hazel Stanton in 1913.

Children from this marriage were:

   82 M    i. John Dougald Currie was born on 3 Jul 1914.

+ 83 F    ii. Buela Mary Currie was born on 29 Oct 1915.

+ 84 M    iii. Frank Stanton(?) Currie was born on 29 Jul 1917 in Midland Michigan.

   85 M    iv. Robert Loyal Currie was born on 9 Dec 1921 in Midland Michigan.

Noted events in his life were:

• Resides in: Shreveport, LA

36. Dougald Angus Currie was born on 16 Oct 1886 in Midland Michigan and died on 25 Jun 1955 in Erie, Pennsylvania at age 68.

Dougald married Anna Quinn. Anna was born in 1884 in Erie, Pennsylvania and died in Jun 1961 in Erie, Pennsylvania at age 77.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 86 F    i. Mary Currie was born in 1916 in Erie, Pennsylvania and died in Erie, Pennsylvania.

+ 87 M    ii. James Angus Currie Sr. was born on 7 Apr 1919 in Erie, Pennsylvania and died on 23 Sep 2000 in Erie, Pennsylvania at age 81.

40. Evelynne Mary Currie was born on 22 Jul 1889 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia and died on 15 Dec 1944 at age 55.

Evelynne married William Young on 9 Aug 1919. William was born in 1889 in Dubbo, NSW, Australia and died on 12 Dec 1937 at age 48.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 88 M    i. Ian Young was born in 1922.

+ 89 F    ii. Ailsa Young was born on 22 Feb 1927.

43. Wilfred Roy Archibald Currie was born in 1896.

Wilfred married Margaret Blakemore.

Children from this marriage were:

   90 F    i. Betty Currie .

Betty married Robert Harper.

   91 M    ii. Rex Currie .

Rex married Rosslyn.

   92 F    iii. Hala Currie .

Hala married Brian Palmer.

44. Donald Richard Currie was born on 25 Aug 1880 in Donald, Victoria, Australia and died on 3 Sep 1947 in Thalia, Victoria, Australia at age 67.

General Notes: From the 'Mount Wycheproof Ensign' of xx April 1908 ORANGE BLOSSOMS : CURRIE ­McLEAN.

A wedding in which much interest was taken, took place on Wednesday April 15, when Mr. Donald Richard Currie, eldest son of Mr. Archibald Currie, was married to Miss Catherine Flora McLean, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James McLean, both of Nullawil. The ceremony was done by Rev. R.C. Foyster, M.A., at the Nullawil Public Hall, which was crowded with friends of the contracting parties. The bridesmaids were Miss Mary McLean, sister of the bride, and Miss Edna Currie, sister of the bridegroom. Messrs Kenneth Matheson and Donald McLean acted as groomsmen. As if to compensate for the absence of the rain, there was a regular hail of rice, at the conclusion of the service. The breakfast was held at the bride's home, and passed off very successfully. The customary toasts were proposed and heartily received The happy couple are to reside at Kaneira.

The following anecdote has been made available by Wilbur Howcroft (FWLA) of Culgoa. The piece is taken from Wilbur's book, "Black with White Cockatoos" and is titled "Fun On The Farm". He implies that the tale is based upon an incident happening to a Currie family.

Many years back, a family living near us underwent a traumatic experience, which, in retrospect, nevertheless has its decidedly humorous aspect.

One hot summer's evening they were seated barefooted around the table having supper. Insects hovered in swarms around the kerosene lamp. No breeze stirred; and the conversation was, to say the least, desultory. "Wonder what the cat's got under the table?" idly remarked one of the boys. "I'll see," said the daughter. She picked up the lamp and bent down to investigate. There, right before her eyes, was their ginger tom playing with a four foot, very-much-alive brown snake. "Good God, snake!" she cried, and promptly dropped the light, which went out.

Great panic ensued-and no wonder, with a stirred-up venomous snake underfoot in a pitch-dark room! As to the screeching and screaming that followed._ Well, a passer-by was later moved to comment that he had not heard such a hullabaloo since the time a newchum neighbour loaded pigs into a cart with the sole aid of a couple of bag hooks.

Eventually the father groped his way cautiously out and procured another light, which he gingerly held in the doorway. Strange indeed was the sight that met his eyes! His daughter, weeping steadily, was standing with one leg held aloft atop the table. One son was crouched on the hob of the still-warm stove, whilst the other was clinging to the top of the door with one foot on the knob. Furthermore, his decidedly hefty wife had, in some quite inexplicable manner, managed to climb on top of a high kitchen dresser where she perched white-faced and speechless.

What of the snake? It was never seen again. Neither, for that matter, was the ginger tom

Donald married Catherine Flora McLean on 15 Apr 1908. Catherine was born on 6 Jan 1879 in Ninyuenook, Victoria, Australia and died on 24 Aug 1947 in Nullawil, Victoria, Australia at age 68.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 93 M    i. Archibald James Currie was born on 24 Jan 1909 in Kaneira, Victoria, Australia and died on 31 Mar 1984 in Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia at age 75.

+ 94 M    ii. Charles Ross Currie was born on 1 Aug 1911 in Kaneira, Victoria, Australia and died on 23 Nov 1987 in Sea Lake, Victoria, Australia at age 76.

   95 F    iii. Elizabeth Ann Currie was born in 1912 and died on 13 Mar 1943 in St. Arnaud, Victoria, Australia at age 31.

Elizabeth married George Alan Lee in Apr 1940. George was born in 1905 in Watchem/Birchip, Victoria, Australia.

45. Edna Maria Currie was born on 4 Jun 1882 in Narraport, Victoria, Australia and died on 9 Sep 1967 in Sea Lake, Victoria, Australia at age 85.

General Notes: From the 'Mount Wycheproof Ensign' of xx June 1910

ORANGE BLOSSOMS: McGARRY - CURRIE

The marriage of Miss Edna Currie, eldest daughter of Mr. Archibald Currie of Narraport, to Mr. Archibald John McGarry, of Sea Lake, was celebrated at the Presbyterian Church, Karyrie, on 1st June. The Rev G.S. Brodie, of Birchip, officiated, and the church was nicely decorated for the occasion by the youthful friends of the bride. Miss Crooks played bridal and wedding marches for the service. The bride wore a trained white silk empire gown, tastefully trimmed with lace and the customary wreath and veil. She also wore as spray of pearls and rubies (gift of the bridegroom), and a necklet of aquamarines (gift of her aunt). She was attended to by two bridesmaids, Miss Elvira (Elvie) Currie (sister of the bride), attired in white silk, and by Miss Mary Teasdale (cousin of the bridegroom) also attired in white silk. Both bridesmaids wore large white hats, and ruby and pearl brooches, gift of the bridegroom. The best man was Mr. Robert McGarry (brother of the bridegroom) and groomsman, Mr. Archibald James Currie.

A sumptuous breakfast, which was catered for by Mr. Hercules, was served in a large marquee built for the occasion, where over 300 guests sat. The Rev. G.S. Brodie proposed he health of the bride and bridegroom, which was responded to by Mr. Archibald McGarry. Mr. P.E. Noonan proposed the health of the bridesmaids, and Mr. G. McGarry responded Mr. Lockwood proposed the health of the parents of the bride and bridegroom, which was responded to by Mr. Archibald Currie. Later supper was served in a marquee to over 400 guests. ­

Dancing was kept up in a spirited manner until daylight, when many friends gathered, and after the singing of "For They are Jolly Good Fellows" and "Auld Lang Syne", the happy couple departed amid showers of confetti and the well-wishes of the friends to Birchip, en route to Ballarat and Melbourne, where the honeymoon is to be spent. The bride's travelling dress was navy blue serge coat and serge costume, braided with black braid with reveres of black silk. A hat of navy blue and white wings.

Edna married Archibald John McGarry on 1 Jun 1910. Archibald was born in 1884 in Rupanyup, Victoria, Australia and died on 25 Feb 1947 in Sea Lake, Victoria, Australia at age 63.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 96 M    i. Archibald Currie McGarry was born in 1911 in Sea Lake, Victoria, Australia and died on 27 Jul 1974 in Sea Lake, Victoria, Australia at age 63.

+ 97 F    ii. Elvira Elizabeth McGarry was born in 1914 and died on 9 Jun 1981 in Sea Lake, Victoria, Australia at age 67.

   98 M    iii. Angus Robert McGarry was born in 1916 and died in 1940 at age 24.

46. Gilbert William Currie was born in 1884 in Narraport, Victoria, Australia and died on 1 May 1919 in Sea Lake, Victoria, Australia at age 35.

General Notes: From the 'Mount Wycheproof Ensign' of xx May 1919.

OBITUARY-GILBERT WILLIAM CURRIE

It is with extreme regret that we announce the death of Mr. Gilbert William Currie, second son of Mr. Archibald and the late Mrs. Elizabeth Currie, of Narraport. The late Mr. Currie at the time of his death was just on 35 years of age, and was born at Narraport, where he resided until the time of his marriage to Miss Olive Hart at Sea Lake. The unfortunate young fellow contracted a severe cold, and owing to getting out of bed in the early stages of the disease, pneumonia set in resulting that he died at his mother-in-law's home (Mrs. Millbume) at Sea Lake, on May 1st. Although Dr. Greer was very ill himself at the time, he motored out to the deceased's farm and brought him into Sea Lake; but despite all the medical attention bestowed on him and the most careful attention, he passed away on the date stated above. The late Mr. Currie was a prominent athlete in the district. He was a playing member of the Whirily Football Club, since he was but 14 years of age, and was a member of that team, when the Whirilites won the district trophy presented by Mr. W. Hayes of the Watchem Hotel After marrying, the deceased went on to the land in the Sea Lake District - the land that he occupied until the time of his death - was originally selected by his father, Mr. Archibald Currie. In the latter portion of his life he became a noted cricketer in the district, and was known as one of the best left handed bowlers in the north. He was universally popular with all he met, and his early death caused deep remorse throughout the district in which he was so well and favourably known. Besides his wife he leaves two young children - Archibald William and Edna, his father Mr. Archibald Currie - a well known resident of the district for forty years - and brother of Donald.Richard, Edna (Mrs. Archibald McGarry), Archibald James, Angus (A.I.F.), John Charles(Jack), Elvira(Elvie) (Mrs. Arthur Allan), Elisaba (Saba: Mrs. Stanley Beer) and Flora to moum their loss. The funeral cortege that left Sea Lake for the local cemetery on May 2nd, was attended by a large concourse of residents from the surrounding district.

Gilbert married Olivia Victoria Hart in 1910. Olivia was born in 1889 in Murtoa, Victoria, Australia and died on 4 Jul 1957 in Sea Lake, Victoria, Australia at age 68.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 99 M    i. Archibald William Currie was born in 1911 in Sea Lake, Victoria, Australia and died on 6 Jan 1985 in Kyabram, Victoria at age 74.

+ 100 F    ii. Edna Currie .

+ 101 F    iii. Billie Currie was born in 1919.

47. Archibald James Currie was born on 27 Aug 1886 in Narraport, Victoria, Australia and died on 18 May 1968 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia at age 81.

Archibald married Annie Winifred Anderson in 1923. Annie was born in 1891 in Albert Park, Victoria and died on 18 May 1968 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia at age 77.

The child from this marriage was:

+ 102 M    i. Bruce Currie was born on 6 May 1924 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia.

48. Angus Currie was born on 23 Jan 1888 in Narraport, Victoria, Australia and died on 13 Nov 1974 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia at age 86.

Angus married Annie Grey Strachan in 1919. Annie was born on 19 Oct 1891 in London, England and died on 30 Aug 1988 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia at age 96.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 103 M    i. David Thomas Currie was born on 26 Feb 1930 and died in 2004 at age 74.

+ 104 M    ii. Gilbert Duncan Currie was born on 6 Mar 1931.

49. John Charles Currie was born on 2 Aug 1890 in Narraport, Victoria, Australia and died on 7 Jun 1957 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia at age 66.

John married Myra Jean Allan on 1 Mar 1922. Myra was born on 25 Feb 1897 in Bungeluke Nth, Victoria and died on 8 Apr 1972 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia at age 75.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 105 F    i. Gwenneth Elizabeth Currie was born on 9 Sep 1923 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia.

+ 106 F    ii. Olive Emily Currie was born on 21 May 1925 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia.

+ 107 M    iii. John William Currie was born on 11 Jul 1927 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia.

+ 108 F    iv. Mavis Joan Currie was born on 23 May 1932 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia.

51. Elvira Hope Currie was born on 22 Jul 1894 in Narraport, Victoria, Australia and died on 4 May 1977 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia at age 82.

General Notes: From the 'Mount Wycheproof Ensign' of xx February 1916

ORANGE BLOSSOMS: ALLAN-CURRIE

At 4 o'clock on the afternoon of Wednesday 23rd February, the Karyrie Presbyterian Church was the scene of a very pretty wedding, when Arthur, the third son of Cr. William Allan of Thalia, was united in the bonds of holy matrimony to Elvira Hope, second daughter of Mr. Archibald Currie, of Narraport. The officiating minister was the Rev AE. Goller of Birchip. At the conclusion of the wedding march, played by Mrs. Goller, the relations and friends present at the church, (which was very prettily decorated by the youthful friends of the bride), rose and sang "The Voice that Breathed o'er Eden". The bride, who was given away by her father, was attired in an ivory crepe-de-chene frock with short coatee of ninon trimmed with fine lace, se]f buckles and tiny sprays of orange blossom interworked at the neck and waist, the customary wreath and veil, and carried a handsome bouquet of white flowers (gift of her sister). She also wore a gold cable bangle (gift of the bridegroom), while around her neck hung a saphire necklet (gift of her father).

The attendants of the bride, Miss Saba Currie (sister of the bride) and Miss Myra Allan (sister of the bridegroom) wore ivory Japanese silk frocks trimmed with fine lace. Ruby and pearl spray brooches (gifts of the bridegroom), and black velvet hats, trimmed with blue mounts, and carried bouquets of blue and white flowers. Mr. Phil Allan (brother of the bridegroom) carried out the duties of the best man, while Mr. John Jack Currie (brother of the bride) acted as groomsman.

After the ceremony the newly-wedded couple, in Mr. James Gray's motor car, led the way to 'Glenavon' where a sumptuous breakfast, prepared in a large marquee, was awaiting the arrival of the guests.

The following toasts were honoured :- 'The Bride and Bridegroom', proposed by Rev Goller and responded to by the Bridegroom. Messrs William Allan and Archibald Currie responded to the toast of 'The Parents of the Bride and Bridegroom'.

Dancing and card playing formed the evening's enjoyment, and supper was partaken of. The bride's traveling attire was a navy blue serge coat and skirt with black velvet hat trimmed with black and white corded n"bbon and black buckle.

The happy couple, amid showers of confetti, left with the well wishes of their friends, to catch the 3 am. train from Birchip, en route for Ballarat, and Melbourne, and then to Tasmania where the honeymoon is to be spent.

Elvira married Arthur Allan on 23 Feb 1916. Arthur was born in 1893 in Narraport, Victoria, Australia and died on 4 Mar 1974 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia at age 81.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 109 M    i. William Archibald Allan was born in 1917.

+ 110 M    ii. Angus Neil Allan was born in 1918.

+ 111 M    iii. Ian Allan was born in 1920.

+ 112 F    iv. Flora Elizabeth Allan was born in 1922 and died in 1987 at age 65.

+ 113 F    v. Elvira Elisheba Allan was born on 3 Aug 1938 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia.

52. Elisaba Currie was born on 12 Oct 1896 in Narraport, Victoria, Australia and died on 20 Jan 1961 in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia at age 64.

Elisaba married Stanley Frank Garfield Beer in 1916. Stanley was born in 1891 in Fernihurst, Victoria and died on 17 May 1930 in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia at age 39.

Children from this marriage were:

   114 M    i. John Beer died in 1943.

+ 115 M    ii. Edgar Angus Beer died on 1 Apr 1976.

53. Flora Currie was born on 13 Apr 1899 in Narraport, Victoria, Australia.

Flora married Phillip Allan on 5 Apr 1927. Phillip was born in 1891 in Narraport, Victoria, Australia and died on 23 Sep 1955 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia at age 64.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 116 M    i. Donald W. Allan .

+ 117 M    ii. Arthur Allan .

55. Kenneth Farquhar Matheson was born in 1883 in Narraport, Victoria, Australia and died on 25 Apr 1959 at age 76.

Kenneth married Mabel Edith Ison in 1909. Mabel was born in 1888 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia and died on 18 Oct 1979 at age 91.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 118 F    i. Elvira Grace Matheson was born on 27 Feb 1910 in Narraport, Victoria, Australia.

+ 119 F    ii. Lyla Muriel Matheson was born on 20 Oct 1911 in Narraport, Victoria, Australia.

+ 120 F    iii. Jean Lesley Matheson was born in 1915.

   121 M    iv. Ronald Kenneth Matheson .

56. Grace McKenzie Matheson was born in 1885 and died on 24 Apr 1970 at age 85.

Grace married Archibald Shaw McDougall in 1908. Archibald was born in 1881 in Wickliffe, Victoria and died in Sep 1941 at age 60.

Children from this marriage were:

   122 F    i. Thelma McDougall was born in 1909 and died in 1975 at age 66.

+ 123 F    ii. Clarice McDougall was born on 17 Sep 1910 in Narraport, Victoria, Australia and died in 1990 in Wagga Wagga, NSW at age 80.

+ 124 F    iii. Mavis McDougall died on 11 Jul 1975 in Wagga Wagga, NSW.

+ 125 M    iv. Ivan Alan McDougall was born in 1914 in Temora, NSW and died on 22 Jan 1993 at age 79.

57. Flora McDonald Matheson was born on 27 Feb 1887 in Narraport, Victoria, Australia and died on 3 Dec 1971 in Birchip, Victoria at age 84.

Flora married William Foley on 7 Mar 1920. William was born on 7 Jan 1893 in Narraport, Victoria, Australia and died on 2 Oct 1979 in Birchip, Victoria at age 86.

The child from this marriage was:

   126 M    i. John Wilton Foley was born on 7 May 1921 in Birchip, Victoria.

John married Mavis Adeline Fenner on 31 Mar 1945. Mavis was born on 27 Jun 1921.

59. Mary Currie Matheson was born in 1891 in Narraport, Victoria, Australia and died in 1939 in Warracknabeal, Victoria at age 48.

Mary married George Allen Cross in 1924. George was born on 2 Nov 1899 in Willenabrina, Victoria and died on 6 Feb 1966 in Warracknabeal, Victoria at age 66.

The child from this marriage was:

   127 M    i. Kenneth William George Cross was born on 26 Jan 1927 in Warracknabeal, Victoria.

Kenneth married Rena Kathleen Lachlan on 11 Apr 1966. Rena was born on 1 Aug 1927 in Geelong, Victoria.

61. James Gilbert Currie Matheson was born on 9 Jan 1894 in Narraport, Victoria, Australia and died on 27 Mar 1960 in Box Hill, Victoria at age 66.

James married Ida Muriel Allan on 29 Mar 1919. Ida was born on 10 Jun 1895 in Thalia, Victoria, Australia and died on 23 Feb 1973 in Kyabram, Victoria at age 77.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 128 F    i. Margaret Emily Matheson was born on 10 Oct 1920.

+ 129 M    ii. William Eric Matheson was born on 28 Mar 1922.

   130 M    iii. Maxwell George Matheson was born in 1924 and died in 1924.

+ 131 M    iv. Alan Douglas Matheson was born on 3 May 1925.

+ 132 M    v. Kenneth Ian Matheson was born on 4 Dec 1927 and died on 14 Aug 1969 at age 41.

+ 133 M    vi. Ivan Gilbert Matheson was born on 19 Dec 1928 and died on 17 Apr 1990 in Seaford, Victoria at age 61.

+ 134 F    vii. Merlyn Fay Matheson was born on 22 Mar 1942 in Birchip, Victoria.

63. Gilbert John Currie was born in 1892 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia and died in 1962 in Bendigo, Victoria at age 70.

Gilbert married Emma Jean Hocking in 1918.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 135 F    i. Margaret Grace Currie was born in 1922.

+ 136 M    ii. Graham Angus Currie was born in 1925.

+ 137 M    iii. Francis Gilbert Currie was born in 1930.

64. Neil Gilbert Currie was born on 27 Jan 1897 in Kaneira, Victoria, Australia and died on 1 Apr 1965 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia at age 68.

General Notes: From the 'Mount Wycheproof Ensign' of 12 May 1925

ORANGE BLOSSOMS: CURRIE - DURIE

A wedding of great interest to Thalia's residents took place at the bride's parents, 'Wahroonga', Thalia, on 29th April, when Janet, fifth daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Durie, of Thalia, was married to Neil Gilbert, eldest son of Mr. James Gilbert Currie of Albert Park. Many guests witnessed the ceremony that was done by the Rev AJ. Porter. The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a charming gown of ivory silk marocam.. The robe was made with a straight bodice and the skirt had a panel of lace let m which fell softly over an underskirt of pale pink georgette. An exquisite lace veil, lent by Mrs. William Allan of Wycheproof, was held m place by a coronet of orange blossoms and a shower bouquet of chrysanthemums and Iceland poppies completed the toilet.

The bridesmaid, Miss Agnes Durie (sister of the bride), wore a frock of pale green crepe de chine, trimmed with silver lace. On her hair she wore a bordeaux of silver tissue and she carried a shower bouquet of African marigolds. The little flower girl, Margaret Simpson (niece of the bride), was dressed m a mauve georgette frock made with tiny frills from waist to hem and finished with fur trimmings. She carried a silver basket of mauve and white cosmas.

The bridegroom was supported by his brother (Mr. James Learmonth Currie, Sea Lake). After the ceremony the guests assembled for the wedding breakfast that was served in a marquee. The tables were nicely decorated with the bridegroom's colours (black and red) and flowers to match. The customary toasts were honoured.

Mr. A Allan drove the happy pair to Donald where they en-trained for Melbourne, where the honeymoon was spent.

The guests passed the rest of the evening at 'Wahroona', where the hours sped pleasantly with music. They included - Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell (Cardigan), Miss Jessie Blair and Mr. Base (Addington), Mr. and Mrs. Simpson (Bendigo), Mr. and Mrs. A Durie (Bendigo), Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert William Currie (Sea Lake), Mr. J. Currie and family (Sea Lake), Mr. Blair Currie (Melbourne), Mr. and Mrs. Cross (Warracknabeal), Mr. and Mrs. Donald Richard Currie (Culgoa), Messrs William and Phillip Allan, Mr. and Mrs. G. Allan, Mr. Matheson, Mr. and Mrs. Foley, Mr. and Mrs. A Allan, Mr. and Mrs. G. Lee, Mr. and Mrs. B. Kerr (Nullawil), Mr. and Mrs. T. Kerr, Mrs. J. Kerr, Miss Currie, Mr. and Mrs. J. Durie, Mr. and Mrs. Matheson (Wycheproof), Mr. and Mrs. Baddock (Corack), Mr. and Mrs. Cockfield (Corack), Mr. G. Currie, Mr.AJ. Currie, Mr. and Mrs. J. Currie.

Neil married Janet Durie on 29 Apr 1925. Janet was born on 7 Mar 1903 in Narraport, Victoria, Australia and died on 29 Apr 1987 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia at age 84.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 138 F    i. Mary Blair Currie was born on 2 Nov 1929 in Melbourne, Australia.

+ 139 F    ii. Judith Anne Currie was born on 28 Apr 1933 in Bendigo, Victoria.

65. James Learmonth Currie was born on 25 Feb 1899 in Kaneira, Victoria, Australia and died on 27 Mar 1958 in Colac, Victoria at age 59.

James married Ellen Elizabeth Lloyd on 9 Oct 1934. Ellen was born in 1902 in Sea Lake, Victoria, Australia and died on 15 May 1989 in Colac, Victoria at age 87.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 140 F    i. Jessie Heather Currie was born on 24 Aug 1936 in Geelong, Victoria.

+ 141 M    ii. Keith James Currie was born on 7 Apr 1938 in Geelong, Victoria.

66. Archibald Alexander Currie was born on 14 Dec 1900 in Kaneira, Victoria, Australia and died on 3 Oct 1975 in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia at age 74.

Archibald married Elizabeth margery Bowd on 12 Oct 1927. Elizabeth was born in 1901 in Sea Lake, Victoria, Australia.

The child from this marriage was:

+ 142 M    i. Ian Alexander Currie was born on 17 Oct 1939 in Sea Lake, Victoria, Australia.

67. Eric Currie was born on 9 Dec 1902 in Kaneira, Victoria, Australia and died on 21 Mar 1987 in Melbourne (Western), Australia at age 84.

General Notes: written by Eric to James Angus Currie Jr. of Erie, PA, on the occasion of his first visit:

Addressed to James Angus c/o Pan American World Airways, Flight 811-03, Mascot Airdrome, Sydney, N.S.W.

"Glenelgin,"
12 Rothwell Street
Ascot Vale, Melbourne 2
29 Dec 1966


Dear Cousin James Angus,

My father's name was James Gilbert but his friends called him plain Jim.

When your Great Aunts Mary & Flora were in Sydney in 1951 I took him to meet them. He was
the last survivor of the first family. He was a great age then & these two lovely ladies made a
fuss of him and he really enjoyed his trip.

I also was fortunate to meet them and get to know them & I deem it one of the Great
privileges of my life.

I am enclosing an old map that has the place names marked and by comparison with a
larger one which will surely be on display at the Mascot Airdrome. I hope you can get an idea of
where you are & where you want to go. In Sydney you are 1 hour from Melbourne by 727 jet &
Wycheproof is 200 miles N.W.

A cousin named David Currie and I are organising so you will meet a few of the Curries in
Melbourne and David intends to take you to Wycheproof & I hope show you some of Victoria.As your
stay is short you will have to fly wherever there are air routes.

If & when you arrive in Melbourne it would give me much pleasure to meet you at the
drome. My phone no. is on top of this letter & a telegram will announce your arrival.

I would like to warn you of something I suppose you already know. Someone is flooding the
country with $A 10.00 bills or ten dollar bills Australian. Croookies of course. So far as I
know, 1's 2's and 20's are O.K.

Hoping to see you soon & that your stay in Australia will be all that you wish.

My wife Evelyn joins me in
Wishing Kindest Regards,
Eric Currie

One of your letters was sent to me at Lismore. I don't live there now but I have received the
letter.
Eric

Transcript of letter written by Eric Currie to James Angus Currie, Jr.:

"Glenelgin,"
12 Rothwell Street Ascot Vale, Melbourne 2
18 Feb 1967
Dear James Angus,

I have just returned from visiting Angus Currie (David & Gilbert's father) who is in one of Melbourne's big hospitals. He has had a kidney operation & seems to be progressing O.K.

My wife Evelyn has been dogging me to write you a letter of thanks for your lovely gift. She has already written but I am lazy and keep putting it off.

It was nice of you to think of us but the fact that you came here & let us entertain you was something we will always be grateful for. I have been to see Max since you were here but he has been busy & has not been to see us. He has his sheep shorn now & all the wool away to be sold. If I had his wool weights & figures I could tell you the average cut per head & weight of wool the whole flock cut but maybe he will write & tell you. The approx weight would be about 10 lbs. wool per grown sheep & the yield per acre about 25 lbs. with an estimate of 60 cents (Australian) per lb. when sold. Wool growing is not what it used to be . When I was in the business it was worth double what it is now.

Well james we would love to hear from you any time you care to write. I would like to write the great Aunt Flora but have mislaid her address. Please include it in your letter. Kind Regards, Eric Currie

Dear James Angus,

What a delightful surprise on receiving your beautiful gift. The gold damask compliments our dinner set just perfectly. We are thrilled to have it and thank you very much for such a beautiful gift.

It was lovely to have you amongst us and we enjoyed the little get togethers which accrued because of your visit. You will hear that the Curries are having a get together on March 13th at Castlemaine. We expect a good muster of relations.

We called at Twin Lakes last Sunday and so delivered their parcel. They were surprised and delighted too. We were pleased to learn from Joan that you had made the trip to Alice Springs and Ayres Rock & made it to Sydney in time to connect up with your plane.

Under separate cover I am sending you a few slides which you might like to have-one of Ayres Rockin case you were not there at sunrise or sunset, an odd ____ I took on our trip to North Queensland in July 1966 and others of interest of our Fauna. my camera was not working correctly as the shutter was sticking and the ones I took here are very over-exposed. I sent the camera to Sydney and have just received it back here this week. Was very disappointed that only the ones taken on dull days are any good. Do hope your photos turn out very good. We had David, Muirean and children over ;ast week and Eric has been to see (David's father) Gus who is in Prince Henry Hospital recovering from an operation. He is getting on well. The children are lovely. Eric has gone to bowls--playing _remant at Foodscray Park. You will be back to your studies now, hope you are able to settle into the work& not feeling too unsettled after your tripping around. Wishing you all the best for 1967, Yours sincerely, Evelyn Currie

Eric married Evelyn Mary Robertson on 29 May 1926. Evelyn was born in 1903 in Ararat, Victoria and died on 2 Jan 1985 in Melbourne (Western), Australia at age 82.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 143 M    i. Maxwell Gilbert Currie was born on 5 Jun 1927 in Lismore, Australia.

+ 144 M    ii. Blair Robertson Currie was born on 19 Jan 1929 in Lismore, Australia.

+ 145 F    iii. Frances Mary Currie was born on 17 Jul 1931 in Lismore, Australia.

+ 146 F    iv. Erica Margaret Currie was born on 17 Jul 1934 in Lismore, Australia.

+ 147 F    v. Catherine Evelyn Currie was born on 6 Nov 1936 in Skipton, Victoria.

68. Keith Currie was born on 9 Sep 1904 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia and died on 24 Apr 1982 in Melbourne (Western), Australia at age 77.

Keith married Jean McGowan McClelland on 6 Apr 1939. Jean was born in 1910 in Charlton, Victoria.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 148 M    i. Blair McClelland Currie was born on 26 Mar 1940 in Gordon Vale, Queensland.

+ 149 F    ii. Alexandra Findley Currie was born on 1 Nov 1943 in Melbourne, Australia.

69. Blair Currie was born on 3 Sep 1906 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia and died on 20 Oct 1985 in Melbourne (Brighton), Australia at age 79.

Blair married Molly Shore Hocking in 1939. Molly died in 1967 in Melbourne, Australia.

The child from this marriage was:

+ 150 F    i. Susan Currie was born in 1943.

72. Joan Grace Currie was born on 27 Apr 1920 in Melbourne, Australia.

General Notes: Transcripted letter to James Angus Currie, Jr. & first wife Sally, from Joan Grace (Currie) Walker:

8 Longstaff Street 3 March 1979
E. Kew, Victoria 3102
Australia

Dear Sally & Jim,

It is hard to believe that it is an Autumn ago since you were with us all in Australia, but we have been thinking of you all and trusting all is well and the new little one's arrival or pending arrival soon.

Dianne is expecting to go to hospital any day now. She is very well, but busy with Simon 3 yrs & James 1 yr. George & I are going to stay with them over the Easter Holidays & I am staying while Dianne is in hospital and for some time after. We are all trusting for a little girl, but will be quite happy with what God gives us, then we know - it is right -

I am minding Janine's little 1 yr old Anita on Wednesdays when Janine goes to a Bible study group. It is a lovely break for Janine, who (by the way) is expecting their second little one in July. We will have 7 Grand Children in 5 years, how's that -

We have been anxious for our precious folk in the U.S., on hearing the news of the leakage in Harrisburg, being in PA. Sounded too close, but after looking it up on the map see it is some mileage away from your home. I guess Blair & Tyler are growing up quickly. They aren't babies for long, but I love their sayings and quaint little ways when they are a little older.

Graeme & Val were down from Canberra & stayed one week. Little Heath is now 5 months old & he is a lovely contented happy little-man. They feed him on a soyabean milk called "Isomal." All the boys are reasonably well. Keith is in a remedial hospital, where he gets exercised daily, he needs this treatment as his legs have been very sore. Eric is lovely & well too. Evy had an unfortunate fall & broke her hip poor Dear, but is progressing well now. We had our yearly CURRIE Reunion last February & lovely to see the Clan, but sadly some fallen from the ranks & also the joy of little new arrivals.

I have just been reading Ps. 91 and would like to pass on the lovely blessings from those precious words to you all. With God's Richest Blessings from Joan & George. Would love to hear your lovely news as soon as possible XOXO

Joan married George Walker on 10 May 1947. George was born on 13 Oct 1914.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 151 F    i. Dianne Joan Walker was born on 23 Jan 1949 in Melbourne, Australia.

+ 152 M    ii. Graeme George Walker was born on 5 Feb 1951 in Melbourne, Australia.

+ 153 F    iii. Janine Grace Walker was born on 25 Jul 1955 in Melbourne, Australia.

73. Flora Vida Currie was born on 2 Apr 1913 in Sea Lake, Victoria, Australia and died on 22 Feb 1977 in Swan Hill, Victoria at age 63.

Flora married Norman Henry Gibson on 30 Jan 1929. Norman was born on 20 Jan 1903 in Traralgon, Vistoria and died on 30 Sep 1987 in Bendigo, Victoria at age 84.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 154 M    i. Maxwell Henry Gibson was born on 23 May 1929 in Swan Hill, Victoria.

+ 155 M    ii. Kenneth Norman Gibson was born in 1931.

   156 M    iii. Raymond Allan Gibson was born in 1933 and died in 1944 at age 11.

+ 157 M    iv. Barrie Edwin Gibson was born on 14 Apr 1939 in Swan Hill, Victoria.

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79. Kathryn Elizabeth Currie .

Kathryn married Aaron Tyler Bliss Jr..

The child from this marriage was:

   158 M    i. Aaron Tyler Bliss II .

80. Gilbert Angus Currie .

Gilbert married Eleanor Holser.

Children from this marriage were:

   159 F    i. Mary Currie was born in Midland Michigan.

Noted events in her life were:

• Adoption: Mary and Laura are adopted twins

   160 F    ii. Laura Currie was born in Midland Michigan.

Noted events in her life were:

• Adoption: Laura and Mary are adopted twins

   161 M    iii. Donald Currie was born in Midland Michigan.

Noted events in his life were:

• Adoption: Donald is adopted

   162 M    iv. James Angus Currie .

83. Buela Mary Currie was born on 29 Oct 1915.

Buela married Robert Broad.

Children from this marriage were:

   163 M    i. David John Broad .

   164 F    ii. Trina Mary Broad was born in 1944.

Trina married Prof. Nagele. Prof. Nagele was born in Liechtenstein.

84. Frank Stanton(?) Currie was born on 29 Jul 1917 in Midland Michigan.

Frank married Bonnie Kennedy. Bonnie was born in Bay City, Michigan.

The child from this marriage was:

   165 F    i. Candace Barbara Currie .

Candace married Robert Witt on an unknown date.

Frank next married Maxine Tbd.

86. Mary Currie was born in 1916 in Erie, Pennsylvania and died in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Mary married Robert N. Yates.

Children from this marriage were:

   166 F    i. Natalie Yates .

Natalie married Ralph Todd.

   167 M    ii. Jeffrey Yates was born on 1 Jun 1941 in Erie, Pennsylvania.

   168 F    iii. Catherine Yates was born in 1944.

   169 F    iv. Roberta Yates .

   170 M    v. Richard Yates .

   171 M    vi. Stephen Yates .

87. James Angus Currie Sr. was born on 7 Apr 1919 in Erie, Pennsylvania and died on 23 Sep 2000 in Erie, Pennsylvania at age 81.

James married Adala Marie Mills, daughter of George Sebastian Mills and Lillian Gentsch, in Jul 1941 in Leonia, New Jersey. Adala was born on 4 Apr 1919 in New Jersey, USA and died on 4 Jan 1964 in Erie, Pennsylvania at age 44.

Children from this marriage were:

   172 M    i. James Angus Currie Jr. was born on 30 May 1942 in Erie, Pennsylvania.

James married Sally Boone Castleman on 9 Jun 1973 in Washington,D.C. Sally was born on 22 Apr 1950 in Frankfurt, Germany.

James next married Rossana Elsa Giraudo on 15 Jun 2001 in Erie, Pennsylvania. Rossana was born on 19 Sep 1950 in Santiago, Chile.

   173 M    ii. George Mills Currie was born on 30 May 1947 in Erie, Pennsylvania.

George married Susan Underdahl on 30 Jun 1979 in Erie, Pennsylvania. Susan was born on 26 Feb 1949 in Duluth, Mnnesota.

   174 M    iii. Dougald Angus Currie II was born on 16 Jun 1952 in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Dougald married Deborah Dailey on 8 Sep 1984 in Erie, Pennsylvania. Deborah was born on 11 Dec 1955 in Erie, Pennsylvania.

88. Ian Young was born in 1922.

Ian married Geraldine Weaver on 2 May 1955.

Children from this marriage were:

   175 M    i. Malcolm Ian Young was born in 1960.

   176 F    ii. Fiona Margaret Young was born on 10 Mar 1963.

Fiona married David Blinco.

   177 M    iii. Duncan Charles Young was born in 1966.

89. Ailsa Young was born on 22 Feb 1927.

Ailsa married Graeme Marshall.

The child from this marriage was:

   178 F    i. Lynne Marshall .

Lynne married Richard Archibald Flexmore Page.

93. Archibald James Currie was born on 24 Jan 1909 in Kaneira, Victoria, Australia and died on 31 Mar 1984 in Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia at age 75.

Archibald married Constance Grace Joan Jamieson on 10 May 1941. Constance was born on 2 Aug 1909 in Hokitika, New Zealand and died on 4 Aug 1992 in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia at age 83.

Children from this marriage were:

   179 M    i. Donald John Currie was born in 1944.

   180 F    ii. Catherine Constance Currie was born on 4 Mar 1946 in Melbourne, Australia.

Catherine married Paul Douglas Kelly on 15 Mar 1969. Paul was born on 10 May 1946 in Melbourne, Australia.

   181 F    iii. Elizabeth Ann Currie was born in 1947.

94. Charles Ross Currie was born on 1 Aug 1911 in Kaneira, Victoria, Australia and died on 23 Nov 1987 in Sea Lake, Victoria, Australia at age 76.

Charles married Margaret Ager on 6 Sep 1953. Margaret was born on 16 Aug 1919 in Euroa, Victoria, Australia and died on 2 Nov 1992 in Culgoa, Victoria, Australia at age 73.

The child from this marriage was:

   182 M    i. Gregory Charles Currie was born on 12 Nov 1954 in Footscray, Victoria, Australia.

Gregory married Patricia Anne Hogan on 6 Jan 1976. Patricia was born on 14 Mar 1955 in Kerang, Victoria, Australia.

96. Archibald Currie McGarry was born in 1911 in Sea Lake, Victoria, Australia and died on 27 Jul 1974 in Sea Lake, Victoria, Australia at age 63.

Archibald married Alice Johanna Sutton. Alice was born in 1909 in Sea Lake, Victoria, Australia.

The child from this marriage was:

   183 M    i. Alan McGarry .

Alan married Glenness.

97. Elvira Elizabeth McGarry was born in 1914 and died on 9 Jun 1981 in Sea Lake, Victoria, Australia at age 67.

Elvira married Arthur William Edgecombe. Arthur was born in 1910 in Sea Lake, Victoria, Australia and died on 15 May 1954 in Sea Lake, Victoria, Australia at age 44.

The child from this marriage was:

   184 F    i. Edna Edgecombe .

Edna married William Ryan.

Elvira next married Martin McFarlane.

99. Archibald William Currie was born in 1911 in Sea Lake, Victoria, Australia and died on 6 Jan 1985 in Kyabram, Victoria at age 74.

Archibald married Gladys Maud Colliver. Gladys was born in 1912 in Whroo, Victoria and died on 16 Sep 1984 at age 72.

The child from this marriage was:

   185 F    i. Jan Currie .

Jan married William Enders.

100. Edna Currie .

Edna married Donald McNeil.

Children from this marriage were:

   186 F    i. Margaret Olive McNeil was born on 27 Jul 1943 in Sea Lake, Victoria, Australia.

Margaret married Robert Horne.

   187 F    ii. Cheryl McNeil was born on 9 Aug 1947 in Sea Lake, Victoria, Australia.

Cheryl married Walter Munro.

101. Billie Currie was born in 1919.

Billie married Kevin Coughlin.

The child from this marriage was:

   188 F    i. Elizabeth Coughlin .

102. Bruce Currie was born on 6 May 1924 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia.

Bruce married Marjorie Dorrie Duncan on 23 Apr 1949. Marjorie was born on 4 Oct 1926 in Brighton, Victoria.

Children from this marriage were:

   189 F    i. Elaine Currie was born on 7 Aug 1951 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia.

Elaine married William Cropley.

   190 F    ii. Joan Winifred Currie was born on 10 Aug 1953 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia.

Joan married Brian Keane.

   191 F    iii. Glenys Marjorie Currie was born on 11 Mar 1956 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia.

Glenys married John Warne.

   192 F    iv. Kathryn Currie was born on 18 Mar 1961 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia.

Kathryn married Kieran Brennan.

103. David Thomas Currie was born on 26 Feb 1930 and died in 2004 at age 74.

General Notes: letter from David Thomas Currie to James Angus Currie Jr.

96 Rochester Road, Balwyn, Victoria 3103, Australia
10th July 1967

Dear Jim,

I notice that in your letters you have signed yourself as Jim. I always think of you as James Angus.

I am certain that you wuld be pleased to know that there was another Currie. Melita was born on the 10th June, and is disturbing my letter-writing at this very moment as she exercises her lungs under the table. I am certain that the name doesn't duplicate any other name on the family tree. However, you may be familiar with the name as we understand that there is a town or district in Manitoba, Canada by that same name. She seems a very worthy addition to the family from our first four weeks acquaintance with her. I will enclose a photgraph of 5 of Angus Currie's 6 grandchildren with this letter.Glen has developed considerably since you nursed him in January, and Fiona ia an established little schoolgirl. (She has lost several more teeth too.)

Dad is recovering well from his operation in February. The operation was quite a major one but after the shock of the operation passed I feel that he has returned to as good health as he has enjoyed for years.Mum continues in satisfactory health, and as far as I know the rest of the Currie Clan is much as you met it in January.

Gilbert and June have sold the farm in Narraport and are in the process of looking for another farm. The sale of the farm was very disturbing for Mum & Dad after forty six years' connection, but I hope that it will prove the best thing for June & Gilbert and their family for the future. There is no doubt that farming establishes a very close tie between person and land, but the break must be faced and I hope that the old folk will accept it in due course.

My closest work-mate during the last three years is attending a conference at Ann Arbor; which is not very far from your home town of Erie. He is on a 12 week fact finding trip through United States and Europe, and his reports of discussions and observations in Hawaii and California have been very informative and useful to our Authority already.

The six months since you were here have been hectically busy for Muirean and I also. Apart from the arrival of Melita, Dad's operation, and the sale of the farm at Narraport I have broken a shoulder blade and Fiona broken an arm. On the credit side I have had a promotion at work and from a head office administration appointment I now return to a more technical job as second in charge of the Authority laboratory.

In your March letter you inquired whether Keith Currie's son, Blair, or perhaps friends of Blair's were at Columbia. I have just rung Keith and he refers to a Jack McLean, but he is at the University of Idaho. Keith indicated that he will get Blair to write to you direct with more details.

Lots of Love,
David & Muirean

P.S. Evie Currietells me that her daughter now Cathy Widdicombe is to have a baby in October, but I really think it would be rather premature to add it to the family tree at this stage.

David married Muirean Margaret Nicholson on 11 May 1955. Muirean was born on 25 Mar 1931.

Children from this marriage were:

   193 F    i. Fiona Currie was born on 10 Nov 1960.

Fiona married Crosbie David Baulch on 30 Sep 1987.

   194 M    ii. Glen Thomas Currie was born in 1966.

   195 F    iii. Melita Currie was born in 1967.

   196 F    iv. Elvira Currie was born in 1970.

104. Gilbert Duncan Currie was born on 6 Mar 1931.

Gilbert married June Trembath on 5 Mar 1960. June was born in 1938.

Children from this marriage were:

   197 M    i. James Gilbert Currie was born in 1962.

James married Fiona Chater on 26 Apr 1988.

   198 F    ii. Susan Currie was born in 1965.

   199 M    iii. Marcus Currie was born in 1966.

105. Gwenneth Elizabeth Currie was born on 9 Sep 1923 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia.

Gwenneth married Mervyn Thomas Brown on 26 Mar 1949. Mervyn was born on 6 Jan 1926 in Nathalia, Victoria.

Children from this marriage were:

   200 M    i. Keith Ernest Brown was born on 2 May 1950 in Birchip, Victoria.

Keith married Pam Joy Smith on 1 Sep 1972. Pam was born on 16 Mar 1948 in Launceston, Tasmania.

   201 M    ii. Geoffrey John Brown was born in 1952.

Geoffrey married Lois Ann Clark on 17 May 1986. Lois was born on 5 Aug 1956 in Kyabram, Victoria.

   202 M    iii. Eric Mervyn Brown was born on 22 May 1957 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia.

Eric married Connie Faye Coupar on 20 Dec 1980. Connie was born on 19 Apr 1956 in Jordan, Montana, USA.

   203 F    iv. Shirley Elizabeth Brown was born in 1961.

Shirley married David John Callen on 10 Mar 1984. David was born on 2 Jun 1955 in Daylesford, Victoria.

106. Olive Emily Currie was born on 21 May 1925 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia.

Olive married Robert Hooper on 1 Mar 1947.

Children from this marriage were:

   204 M    i. Raymond John Hooper was born on 10 Apr 1948 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia.

Raymond married Elizabeth.

Raymond next married Margaret.

   205 M    ii. Colin Robert Hooper was born on 16 Sep 1949 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia.

Colin married Alison Lake.

   206 F    iii. Janice Lorraine Hooper was born in 1952.

Janice married Colin Trethowan.

   207 M    iv. Donald Ian Hooper was born on 1 Apr 1954 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia.

Donald married Maree Hogan.

   208 M    v. Noel Phillip Hooper was born on 14 Jan 1955 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia.

Noel married Patricia.

Olive next married Norman Madder.

107. John William Currie was born on 11 Jul 1927 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia.

John married Margaret Tierney on 6 Mar 1957.

Children from this marriage were:

   209 M    i. Steven John Currie was born in 1957.

   210 M    ii. Neil Robert Currie was born on 27 Jan 1959 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia.

Neil married Margaret in 1984.

   211 F    iii. Lynne Maree Currie was born in 1959 and died in 1959.

   212 F    iv. Lindy Joy Currie was born on 12 Aug 1961 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia.

Lindy married Daryl Broughton in Mar 1983.

Lindy next married ? in 1992.

   213 F    v. Jillian Mavis Currie was born in 1964.

108. Mavis Joan Currie was born on 23 May 1932 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia.

Mavis married John Thomas Adams on 23 May 1966.

Children from this marriage were:

   214 F    i. Rachel Leah Adams was born in 1969.

   215 M    ii. Mark Adams was born in 1970.

109. William Archibald Allan was born in 1917.

William married Trix Wannon in 1943.

Children from this marriage were:

   216 F    i. Elizabeth Allan was born in 1943.

Elizabeth married Ralph Conboy.

   217 M    ii. Stuart W. Allan was born in 1946.

Stuart married Barbara A. Lehmann.

   218 F    iii. Margaret Allan was born in 1953.

110. Angus Neil Allan was born in 1918.

Angus married Eileen McMahon.

Children from this marriage were:

   219 F    i. Rhonda Allan was born in 1947.

Rhonda married Daryl Cooper.

   220 F    ii. Laureen Allan was born in 1950.

Laureen married Robert Abbot.

111. Ian Allan was born in 1920.

Ian married Melva McMahon.

Children from this marriage were:

   221 F    i. Wendy Allan was born in 1947.

Wendy married Gregory Goldsmith.

   222 M    ii. Robert Allan was born in 1950.

   223 M    iii. Ian Arthur Allan was born in 1952.

Ian married Aileen Burton.

Ian next married ? on an unknown date.

   224 M    iv. Trevor Allan .

Trevor married Rhonda Trewin.

   225 M    v. Grant Allan was born in 1959.

112. Flora Elizabeth Allan was born in 1922 and died in 1987 at age 65.

Flora married Robert Coatsworth.

Children from this marriage were:

   226 F    i. Pam Coatsworth was born in 1946.

Pam married Alan Wallace.

   227 M    ii. George Coatsworth was born in 1947.

George married Andrea Grey.

   228 F    iii. Carol Coatsworth was born in 1949.

Carol married Alan Jones.

   229 M    iv. Alan Coatsworth was born in 1952.

Alan married Christine Hindbaugh.

   230 F    v. June Coatsworth .

113. Elvira Elisheba Allan was born on 3 Aug 1938 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia.

Elvira married Rex Tierney on 18 Mar 1960. Rex was born on 24 Feb 1935 in Birchip, Victoria.

Children from this marriage were:

   231 F    i. Faye Irene Tierney was born on 8 Dec 1960 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia.

Faye married Raymond John Whittaker on 28 Jun 1980. Raymond was born on 6 Feb 1960 in Donald, Victoria, Australia.

   232 F    ii. Karen Elizabeth Tierney was born on 22 Mar 1962 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia.

Karen married Ross Andrew Williams on 14 Apr 1984. Ross was born on 5 Dec 1961 in Beulah, Victoria.

   233 M    iii. Kenneth Rex Tierney was born on 20 Dec 1963 in Richmond, Victoria.

Kenneth married Jacalyn Maree Knights on 12 Oct 1991. Jacalyn was born on 17 Feb 1966 in Hopetoun, Victoria.

   234 F    iv. Dianne Gail Tierney was born on 20 May 1969 in Prahran, Victoria.

Dianne married Richard Michael Sheahan on 20 Apr 1992. Richard was born on 2 Aug 1967 in Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia.

115. Edgar Angus Beer died on 1 Apr 1976.

Edgar married Joyce E.

Children from this marriage were:

   235 M    i. John Leslie Beer .

   236 M    ii. David Beer .

David married Grace.

116. Donald W. Allan .

Donald married Faye Holland on 9 Apr 1952.

Children from this marriage were:

   237 F    i. Marlene Allan .

Marlene married Kevin Wellington.

   238 F    ii. Christine Allan .

Christine married Trevor Richard on 10 Feb 1976.

   239 F    iii. Brenda Allan .

117. Arthur Allan .

Arthur married Lorraine Harriet Boateroo.

Children from this marriage were:

   240 F    i. Glenda Allan .

   241 F    ii. Karen Allan .

   242 F    iii. Janine Allan .

   243 F    iv. Valarie Allan .

   244 F    v. Yvonne Allan .

   245 M    vi. Jeffrey Allan was born in 1975 and died in 1975.

Arthur next married Margaret McLellan.

118. Elvira Grace Matheson was born on 27 Feb 1910 in Narraport, Victoria, Australia.

Elvira married Harold George Rowston in 1936.

Children from this marriage were:

   246 M    i. Kevin Harold Rowston was born in 1938 in West Wyalong, NSW, Australia.

Kevin married Miriam Jamieson in 1963.

   247 F    ii. Brenda Margaret Rowston was born in 1941 in Griffith, NSW.

Brenda married Mervyn Robert Spears in 1962.

   248 F    iii. Rhonda Grace Rowston was born in 1946 in Griffith, NSW.

Rhonda married Norman William Ellis in 1966.

   249 F    iv. Maree Janice Rowston was born in 1947 in Griffith, NSW.

Maree married Noel John Evans.

119. Lyla Muriel Matheson was born on 20 Oct 1911 in Narraport, Victoria, Australia.

Lyla married Thomas Henry Davies.

Children from this marriage were:

   250 M    i. John Thomas Davies was born in 1939 in Hay, NSW.

John married Rosemary in 1961.

   251 M    ii. David Llewelyn Davies was born in 1942 in Melbourne, Australia.

David married Valarie in 1967.

120. Jean Lesley Matheson was born in 1915.

Jean married Alexander Lewis Johnston.

Children from this marriage were:

   252 M    i. Ian Johnston .

   253 M    ii. Graeme Johnston .

Graeme married Sandra Dodd.

   254 F    iii. Helen Johnston .

123. Clarice McDougall was born on 17 Sep 1910 in Narraport, Victoria, Australia and died in 1990 in Wagga Wagga, NSW at age 80.

Clarice married L.T. O'Keefe.

Children from this marriage were:

   255 M    i. Barry O'Keefe was born on 13 Mar 1931 in Barellan, NSW.

Barry married ?.

   256 F    ii. Leone Patricia O'Keefe was born on 30 May 1934 in Wagga Wagga, NSW.

Leone married G. Campbell.

Clarice next married Thomas Mansefield in 1953.

124. Mavis McDougall died on 11 Jul 1975 in Wagga Wagga, NSW.

Mavis married Brian J. Goodisson. Brian died on 13 Sep 1979 in Griffith, NSW.

Children from this marriage were:

   257 F    i. Pauline Goodisson was born in 1940 in Griffith, NSW.

Pauline married Mick Whalen.

   258 F    ii. Nola Goodisson was born in 1941 in Griffith, NSW.

Nola married Terry Blair.

   259 F    iii. Judith Goodisson was born in 1946 in Griffith, NSW.

Judith married Versey.

Judith next married Edward Lewis.

125. Ivan Alan McDougall was born in 1914 in Temora, NSW and died on 22 Jan 1993 at age 79.

Ivan married Elma Janet Allen on 2 Sep 1939.

Children from this marriage were:

   260 M    i. Ian Alan McDougall was born on 17 Jul 1946 in Tumut, NSW.

Ian married Beverley Jean Stubbs in 1966.

   261 M    ii. Kenneth David McDougall was born in 1950 and died in 1952 at age 2.

128. Margaret Emily Matheson was born on 10 Oct 1920.

Margaret married Leslie Percival Reid on 5 Aug 1944. Leslie was born on 21 Sep 1918 and died on 29 Jan 1961 in Birchip, Victoria at age 42.

Children from this marriage were:

   262 M    i. Stuart Douglas Reid was born on 7 Jun 1946 in Birchip, Victoria.

Stuart married Mary Nexhip on 19 Sep 1970.

   263 F    ii. Glenda Leslie Reid was born on 19 Sep 1947 in Birchip, Victoria.

Glenda married John Frederick Harry on 1 Mar 1969. John was born on 27 Mar 1946.

   264 M    iii. Lyle Geoffrey Reid was born on 1 May 1949 in Birchip, Victoria.

Lyle married Annette Lyne Dainton on 5 May 1973. Annette was born on 1 Nov 1950.

   265 M    iv. Daryl Lindsay Reid was born on 20 Apr 1952 in Birchip, Victoria.

Daryl married Jennifer Anne Norman on 27 Apr 1974. Jennifer was born on 29 Sep 1953 in Maffra, Victoria.

   266 M    v. Wayne Francis Reid was born on 20 Oct 1953 in Birchip, Victoria.

Wayne married Merrilyn Joan Pallot on 17 Mar 1974. Merrilyn was born on 7 Dec 1954.

   267 F    vi. Kerryn Margaret Reid was born on 15 Feb 1957 in Birchip, Victoria.

Kerryn married Colin Geoffrey Eddy on 21 Aug 1976. Colin was born on 11 Aug 1955 in Numurkah, Victoria.

Margaret next married Earnest William Falkenburg on 4 Dec 1976. Earnest died in 1978.

129. William Eric Matheson was born on 28 Mar 1922.

William married Mary Victoria McIntosh on 6 Feb 1947. Mary died on 15 Aug 1981.

Children from this marriage were:

   268 F    i. Heather Lucille Matheson was born on 29 Mar 1950.

Heather married John King.

   269 M    ii. Graham Gilbert Matheson was born on 25 Mar 1952.

Graham married Babara.

William next married Rachael Orr.

131. Alan Douglas Matheson was born on 3 May 1925.

Alan married Roma Ada Looby on 24 Feb 1951. Roma was born on 20 Dec 1929.

Children from this marriage were:

   270 F    i. Margaret Anne Matheson was born on 9 Dec 1952.

Margaret married Ronald Cameron Stuart on 20 Nov 1971. Ronald was born on 19 Jan 1950.

   271 M    ii. Lindsay Maxwell Matheson was born on 5 Jul 1954.

Lindsay married Elaine Humphrey on 15 Nov 1980.

   272 F    iii. Wendy Ellen Matheson was born on 5 Jul 1954.

Wendy married Raymond Bruce Exon on 30 Jan 1988. Raymond was born on 14 Jul 1952.

   273 M    iv. Murray George Matheson was born on 25 Oct 1960.

Murray married Lynne Rosthorn on 16 Jan 1993.

132. Kenneth Ian Matheson was born on 4 Dec 1927 and died on 14 Aug 1969 at age 41.

Kenneth married Thelma Elaine Boatson on 13 Oct 1951.

Children from this marriage were:

   274 F    i. Marion Elaine Matheson was born on 31 Mar 1953.

Marion married Denis Edward Souter on 4 Oct 1975. Denis died in 1987.

Marion next married Robert John Spicer on 1 Feb 1986.

   275 M    ii. Douglas Phillip Matheson was born on 10 Feb 1955.

Douglas married Narrelle Joyce Barbaravitch on 10 Jan 1981.

   276 M    iii. John Kenneth Matheson was born on 12 May 1958.

John married Robyn Joy Lunn on 28 Jul 1979.

   277 F    iv. Janice Marree Matheson was born on 21 Mar 1962.

Janice married Michael Andrew Marshall on 27 Oct 1990.

133. Ivan Gilbert Matheson was born on 19 Dec 1928 and died on 17 Apr 1990 in Seaford, Victoria at age 61.

Ivan married Norma Janette Olney on 5 Sep 1965.

The child from this marriage was:

   278 F    i. Sonja Tracey Matheson was born in 1966.

Ivan next married Carmelita Mingueta on 15 Mar 1979.

Children from this marriage were:

   279 M    i. Ian Jay Matheson was born in 1980.

   280 M    ii. Sean Neil Matheson was born in 1981.

   281 M    iii. Phillip Matheson .

134. Merlyn Fay Matheson was born on 22 Mar 1942 in Birchip, Victoria.

Merlyn married Keith Charles Bice on 1 Sep 1962. Keith was born on 25 Dec 1939.

Children from this marriage were:

   282 F    i. Darin Bice was born in 1964.

   283 M    ii. Craig Bice was born in 1967.

135. Margaret Grace Currie was born in 1922.

Margaret married Harry Walker.

Children from this marriage were:

   284 M    i. Thomas Walker .

Thomas married Renee.

   285 F    ii. Catherine Walker .

   286 M    iii. Robert Walker .

Robert married Christine Ryan.

   287 F    iv. Frances Walker .

   288 M    v. Andrew Walker .

Andrew married Anita Lewis.

   289 M    vi. Peter Walker .

   290 F    vii. Margaret Walker .

Margaret married Joe Canata.

   291 M    viii. Bruce Walker .

Bruce married ?.

   292 M    ix. Russell Walker .

136. Graham Angus Currie was born in 1925.

General Notes: A Christmas Greeting from Graham and Stella Currie of Narrabeen, N.S.W. was forwarded from Erie, in Feb 1969. Photo of 'roo (see attached photo)

Graham married Stella Littler. Stella died on 25 Jan 1992 in Dederang, Victoria.

Children from this marriage were:

   293 M    i. John Currie was born in 1959.

John married Sheryl.

   294 M    ii. Andrew Currie was born in 1960.

137. Francis Gilbert Currie was born in 1930.

Francis married Jennifer Bradshaw.

Children from this marriage were:

   295 F    i. Susan Currie was born in 1959.

   296 F    ii. Fiona Currie was born in 1963.

   297 F    iii. Megan Currie .

   298 M    iv. Rod Currie .

138. Mary Blair Currie was born on 2 Nov 1929 in Melbourne, Australia.

Mary married Robert Gordon Stewart on 5 Nov 1953. Robert was born on 28 Jun 1930.

Children from this marriage were:

   299 M    i. Neil Gordon Stewart was born on 12 Apr 1954 in Adelaide, South Australia.

Neil married Racquel Padua.

   300 F    ii. Anne Stewart was born on 28 Apr 1956 in Adelaide, South Australia.

Anne married Peter Colbey.

   301 M    iii. David Andrew Stewart was born on 17 Dec 1957 in Adelaide, South Australia.

David married Alison McKinlay Crowe. Alison was born on 8 May 1957.

   302 M    iv. Robert Blair Stewart was born in 1961.

139. Judith Anne Currie was born on 28 Apr 1933 in Bendigo, Victoria.

Judith married Gordon Grey-Gardner on 23 Dec 1954. Gordon was born on 27 Aug 1933.

Children from this marriage were:

   303 F    i. Susan Grey-Gardner was born on 30 May 1956 in Melbourne, Australia.

Susan married ?.

   304 F    ii. Lynne Grey-Gardner was born on 1 Jan 1958 in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria.

Lynne married Nigel Fulton.

   305 F    iii. Helen Grey-Gardner was born in 1961.

   306 F    iv. Robyn Grey-Gardner was born in 1964.

140. Jessie Heather Currie was born on 24 Aug 1936 in Geelong, Victoria.

Jessie married Jack Le Grifon.

Children from this marriage were:

   307 F    i. Diane Maree Le Grifon was born in 1963.

   308 M    ii. Peter John Le Grifon was born on 1 Jan 1964 in Colac, Victoria.

Peter married Julie Addinsall on 12 Nov 1988.

   309 M    iii. Lyndon James Le Grifon was born in 1966.

   310 M    iv. Ian Norman Le Grifon was born in 1969.

141. Keith James Currie was born on 7 Apr 1938 in Geelong, Victoria.

Keith married Lorraine Belsar on 19 Sep 1964. Lorraine was born on 13 Aug 1944.

Children from this marriage were:

   311 F    i. Tracy Lorraine Currie was born on 24 Mar 1965 in Colac, Victoria.

Tracy married Lennard Barry Pianta on 30 Nov 1992. Lennard was born on 26 Oct 1965.

   312 M    ii. David James Currie was born in 1967.

   313 M    iii. Geoffrey Dean Currie was born in 1969.

   314 M    iv. Phillip Anthony Currie was born in 1975.

142. Ian Alexander Currie was born on 17 Oct 1939 in Sea Lake, Victoria, Australia.

Ian married Joy Tinney on 8 Sep 1967.

Children from this marriage were:

   315 F    i. Kathryn Maree Currie was born in 1969.

   316 M    ii. Craig Alexander Currie was born in 1972.

   317 M    iii. Stuart James Alexander Currie was born in 1978 in 1980.

143. Maxwell Gilbert Currie was born on 5 Jun 1927 in Lismore, Australia.

Maxwell married Valda Gwen Coles on 29 Mar 1948.

Children from this marriage were:

   318 F    i. Roslyn May Currie was born on 9 Jan 1954 in Camperdown, Victoria.

Roslyn married Trevaille Corrie on 10 Mar 1972.

   319 F    ii. Maxine Rae Currie was born on 4 Apr 1957 in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.

Maxine married Garry John Trembath on 4 Apr 1977.

   320 M    iii. Leon Gilbert Currie was born in 1959.

144. Blair Robertson Currie was born on 19 Jan 1929 in Lismore, Australia.

Blair married Joan Margaret Brumby on 1 May 1952.

Children from this marriage were:

   321 F    i. Amanda Elizabeth Currie was born on 8 Jun 1957 in Tailem Bend, South Australia.

Amanda married ?.

Amanda next married Phillip Kelly in Feb 1981.

   322 M    ii. Julian Blair Currie was born in 1959 and died in 1959.

   323 M    iii. Rowan Rowland Currie was born in 1960.

Blair next married Dianne Johnson.

145. Frances Mary Currie was born on 17 Jul 1931 in Lismore, Australia.

Frances married Ronald Samuel Alexander on 3 Oct 1951. Ronald was born on 16 Apr 1927.

Children from this marriage were:

   324 F    i. Erica Frances Alexander was born on 22 Apr 1953 in Skipton, Victoria.

Erica married Raymond John Pike on 21 Dec 1974.

   325 M    ii. Peter James Alexander was born on 7 Feb 1955 in Skipton, Victoria.

Peter married Patricia Seaborne on 19 Dec 1982.

   326 M    iii. Grame Phillip Alexander was born on 27 Feb 1959 in Skipton, Victoria.

Grame married Theresa Hanns in Mar 1981.

   327 F    iv. Fiona Tracey Alexander was born in 1965.

146. Erica Margaret Currie was born on 17 Jul 1934 in Lismore, Australia.

Erica married Roderick Dowding on 7 May 1960.

Children from this marriage were:

   328 M    i. Andre Roderick Dowding was born in 1963.

   329 F    ii. Joanne Elizabeth Dowding was born in 1965.

   330 M    iii. Jason Robertson Dowding was born in 1972.

147. Catherine Evelyn Currie was born on 6 Nov 1936 in Skipton, Victoria.

Catherine married Vernon Howard Widdicombe on 17 Jan 1958.

Children from this marriage were:

   331 F    i. Lynne Marree Widdicombe was born in 1960.

   332 M    ii. Russell Howard Widdicombe was born in 1962.

   333 M    iii. James Blair Widdicombe was born in 1967.

   334 M    iv. Scott Francis Widdicombe was born in 1967.

148. Blair McClelland Currie was born on 26 Mar 1940 in Gordon Vale, Queensland.

Blair married Bernice Rourke on 20 Aug 1966.

Children from this marriage were:

   335 M    i. Keith Rourke Currie was born in 1968.

   336 M    ii. Blair Norman Currie was born in 1970.

   337 M    iii. John Francis Currie was born in 1971.

   338 F    iv. Anne Charlotte Currie was born in 1974.

   339 F    v. Shona Mary Blair Currie was born in 1975.

149. Alexandra Findley Currie was born on 1 Nov 1943 in Melbourne, Australia.

Alexandra married James Donald Hamilton on 12 Apr 1969.

Children from this marriage were:

   340 M    i. Angus Arneil Hamilton was born in 1970.

   341 F    ii. Jacqueline Jane Hamilton was born in 1970.

   342 M    iii. Peter James Blair Hamilton was born in 1974.

   343 M    iv. Robert Keith Hamilton was born in 1982.

150. Susan Currie was born in 1943.

Susan married John.

Children from this marriage were:

   344 F    i. Lisa .

   345 F    ii. Heide .

151. Dianne Joan Walker was born on 23 Jan 1949 in Melbourne, Australia.

Dianne married Walter Ashley on 11 May 1974.

Children from this marriage were:

   346 M    i. Simon Peter Ashley was born in 1976.

   347 M    ii. James Stewart Ashley was born in 1978.

   348 F    iii. Fiona Ashley was born in 1979.

152. Graeme George Walker was born on 5 Feb 1951 in Melbourne, Australia.

Graeme married Val Wood Morton on 7 May 1977.

Children from this marriage were:

   349 M    i. Jayson Alexander Walker was born in 1977.

   350 M    ii. Heath Graeme Walker was born in 1978.

153. Janine Grace Walker was born on 25 Jul 1955 in Melbourne, Australia.

Janine married Vivian Bounds on 10 Dec 1976.

Children from this marriage were:

   351 F    i. Anita catherine Bounds was born in 1978.

   352 M    ii. Stephen Matthew Bounds was born in 1979.

154. Maxwell Henry Gibson was born on 23 May 1929 in Swan Hill, Victoria.

Maxwell married Nita Mary Blandthorn on 16 Sep 1961. Nita was born on 15 Feb 1934 in Swan Hill, Victoria.

Children from this marriage were:

   353 F    i. Lisa Maree Gibson was born on 26 Nov 1963 in Melbourne, Australia.

Lisa married Graham Dowling on 21 Feb 1987.

   354 F    ii. Narelle Louise Gibson was born on 17 Sep 1965 in Melbourne, Australia.

Narelle married David John Simpson on 11 Mar 1989.

   355 F    iii. Camille Simone Gibson was born in 1966.

155. Kenneth Norman Gibson was born in 1931.

Kenneth married Patricia Lynette Morvell on 5 Jun 1955. Patricia was born on 12 Feb 1935 in Swan Hill, Victoria.

Children from this marriage were:

   356 M    i. Ian Francis Gibson was born on 20 Mar 1956 in Swan Hill, Victoria.

Ian married Lynette Marion Sloughall on 8 Nov 1980. Lynette was born on 9 Mar 1960.

   357 M    ii. Wayne Kenneth Gibson was born on 20 Jan 1957 in Swan Hill, Victoria.

Wayne married Joanne Norma Ford on 1 Aug 1980. Joanne was born on 1 Aug 1960 in Swan Hill, Victoria.

   358 F    iii. Rhonda Patricia Gibson was born on 4 Jan 1959 in Daylesford, Victoria.

Rhonda married Raymond Leslie Bell on 5 May 1984. Raymond was born on 5 May 1949.

   359 M    iv. Garry Richard Gibson was born on 26 Dec 1960 in Swan Hill, Victoria.

Garry married Sharon Lee Evans on 26 Mar 1988. Sharon was born on 14 Jul 1963.

   360 M    v. Peter Norman Gibson was born on 17 Nov 1963 in Swan Hill, Victoria.

Peter married Lyn Marie Creasy on 22 Sep 1986. Lyn was born on 10 Sep 1963 in Swan Hill, Victoria.

   361 M    vi. Paul Anthony Gibson was born in 1966 and died in 1966.

157. Barrie Edwin Gibson was born on 14 Apr 1939 in Swan Hill, Victoria.

Barrie married Karen Vivienne Lowe on 14 Apr 1964. Karen was born on 11 Feb 1944 in Swan Hill, Victoria.

Children from this marriage were:

   362 F    i. Haley Suzanne Gibson was born on 9 May 1964 in Swan Hill, Victoria.

Haley married William Francis Tippet on 2 Apr 1987.

   363 F    ii. Tracey Lyn-Maree Gibson was born in 1966.

   364 M    iii. Campbell Barrie Gibson was born in 1968.


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