My Scottish ancestors are very elusive starting
with Alexander Blair who was born about 1780 possibly in Kincardineshire.
He married Mary Anson about 1809 and they had at least six children. The
second youngest, James Blair, married Susan Robertson (whose ancestors are also
undiscovered) in Aberdeen and in that city they
raised their children. Their oldest son, Alexander James Blair married
Mary Ann Abercrombie Palmer on 26 April 1872. Alexander and Mary Ann
emigrated to Australia travelling on the Polonaise which left London on
16 June 1872 and arrived at Maryborough, Queensland on 12 September 1872.
Mary Ann Abercrombie Palmer's ancestors have also
been difficult to trace. Her Abercrombie mother and grandparents were from
Brechin and Glamis respectively in Angushire while her father, David Palmer was born in Angushire! Frustratingly that is as far back as both of these
lines have been traced to date.
Mary Ann's brother, James Robb Palmer, settled in
Glasgow. 4 of his children emigrated to Australia joining Mary Ann
and Alexander in Brisbane.
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attributed the photos on this page are courtesy of D. McDonald