Obituary of John Bald



By the death of Mr John Bald, which occurred on Saturday morning at his residence, Cairneymount, Grove Road, West Ferry, the doyen of Dundee businessmen has been removed.

Mr Bald was born at Cairneyhill, near Dunfermline, eighty-two years ago, and served his apprenticeship as a draper with Messrs W & J McLaren, drapers, Dunfermline.  He afterwards went to Edinburgh, where he was in the service of McLaren, Oliver & Co, and came to Dundee in 1865.

Cairneyhill Main Street

He started business  as a linen merchant with Mr R C McGregor under the firm name of McGregor & Bald, and the firm continued under that style until the death of Mr McGregor in 1898.  Five years afterwards Mr Bald assumed his son, Mr James C Bald, as a partner, and the business has since been carried on under the firm name of John Bald & Son.

Mr Bald retired from active business life three years ago.  He was a unionist in politics, and an esteemed member of St Stephen’s Parish Church, Broughty Ferry.  Mr Bald is survived by one son and two daughters.

Carnock Parish in the Dunfermline Register: part 1

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Welcome to the start of another series – I would describe this series as a combination of local and family history. The entries for Carnock parish in the Dunfermline Register, which was printed periodically from 1837 to 1859, contain voter’s details, teacher’s details, heritor’s details, transport details and some extras.

I thought the numerous mentions of Cairneyhill in the Carnock parish entry in the 1837 Dunfermline Register were very interesting.



Myrend Farm, Cairneyhill



Aitken, David, Camps
Anderson, T, Inverleithen
Bardner, James, Bonhard
Bardner, Robert, ditto
Barron, Alex, Milesmark
Barrowman, J, Pitdinnie
Blair, Andw., Cairneyhill
Brown, J, North Pitdinnie
Bowie, James, Gowkhall
Bruce, Harry, Cairneyhill
Campbell, John, Carnockmill
Christie, Robert, Gowkhall
Crombie, Francis, Cairneyhill
Cunninghame, James, ditto
Deas, Henry, Cairneyhill
Downie, John, ditto
Duncanson, T, Cairneyhill
Duncanson, J, mason, ditto
Duncanson, J, smith, ditto
Duncanson, Andrew, ditto
Duncanson, William, ditto
Drummond, Adam, Carnock
Erskine, David of Carnock
Erskine, Wm, Cairneyhill
Erskine, Robert, ditto
Fulton, Wm, Dunfermline
Gilmour, David, Cairneyhill
Graham, Ebn, Dunfermline
Henderson, Rob, Cairneyhill
Haxton, Arch, Dunfermline
Heron, Robert, Cairneyhill
Henderson, John, ditto
Hodge, Peter, ditto
Howieson, R, ditto
Kirk, Robert, ditto
Laurence, T, Nether Blair
Littlejohn, John, Carnock
Macgregor, A, Carnock
Morris, A, Cairneyhill
Mill, George, of Blair
More, Rev J, Cairneyhill
Paterson, George, ditto
Philp, David, ditto
Reid, Thomas, ditto
Rolland, Adam, jun WS
Roy, David, Gowkhall
Seaton, Robert, ditto
Smitton, Robert, Cairneyhill
Thomson, Robert, ditto
Thomson, Robert, Loanhead
Thomson, W, shepherd lands
Tod, James, Cairneyhill
Watt, Rob E & W, Pitdinnie
Wightman, John, Cairneyhill
Wilson, Robert, ditto
Wilson, John, ditto
Young, George, ditto
Young, Wm, Cairneyhill


David Erskine of Carnock
Sir C Halkett of Pitfirrane
R Hogg of New Liston & Clune
Adam Rolland of Luscar and Camps
George Mill of Blair


Thursday before the first Sunday of March; and, Thursday before the third Sunday of July.


A MacGregor, parochial
W Reid, Cairneyhill
Seminary for Young Ladies, Mrs More, Cairneyhill Manse


Thos Reid, preses & treasurer
H Bruce, Clerk


Rev J More, preses & treasurer
J Bruce, librarian


Heron and Mitchell, to Saline, on Monday; Edinburgh, on Tuesday; and Auchterarder, on Thursday.
W Erskine, to Dollar and Crieff, on Tuesday; and Edinburgh, on Friday

Cairneyhill 1841 Census Part 1

Dear blog reader

I am so excited to start a new family history Cairneyhill series – the censuses of Cairneyhill, beginning with 1841, 4 pages of the original schedule at a time.

I do hope all of you with Cairneyhill ancestors will find this useful.



The Torry burn, Cairneyhill.

Cairneyhill – south side of the street

Page 1 of schedule

NameAgeProfessionIf born in county if ScottishWhether born in England, Ireland or Foreign parts
John May35CooperYes
Martha May45Yes
Janet May40Yes
Ann Clark40Yes
Andrew Clark14Linen hand loom weaver apprenticeYes
Ann Clark13Yes
Robert Clark10Yes
John Clark7Yes
Helen Clark8Yes
James Clark2Yes
George Young79LabourerYes
Janet Young35Yes
William Young12Yes
Alexander Young8Yes
Christian Young4Yes
William Erskine40CarterYes
Christina Erskine40Yes
Janet Erskine15Yes
John Erskine15Yes
Christina Erskine11Yes
Agnes Erskine5Yes
Marion Erskine2Yes
William Erskine4 monthsYes
William Young45Linen hand loom weaverYes

Page 2 of schedule

NameAgeProfessionIf born in county if ScottishWhether born in England, Ireland or Foreign parts
Julia Young40Yes
Jean Graham45Yes
William Philp60Agricultural LabourerYes
Isabella Philp60No
James Philp25Linen hand loom weaverYes
Robert Philp20Linen hand loom weaverYes
John Day10Yes
Robert Erskine30LabourerYes
Catherine Erskine30Yes
John Erskine10Yes
Agnes Erskine8Yes
Elizabeth Erskine6Yes
David Erskine4Yes
Catherine Erskine2Yes
Robert Erskine3 monthsYes
Catherine Philp65DependentYes
Mary Philp15Yes
James Erskine25LabourerYes
Agnes Erskine65Yes
Elizabeth Erskine35Yes
Marion Erskine30Yes
Duncan Cameron30SawyerNo
Jean Cameron25Yes
John Cameron1No

Page 3 of schedule

NameAgeProfessionIf born in county if ScottishWhether born in England, Ireland or Foreign parts
Jane Cameron25No
Frances Crombie40MasonYes
Barbara Crombie45Yes
Francis Crombie10Yes
Marianne Crombie7Yes
Christian Crombie5Yes
Christian Crombie48Yes
Christian Crombie79No
Simon Whitehead69Agricultural LabourerYes
Jean Whitehead69Yes
Simon Whitehead10No
Margaret Whitehead12No
Andrew Dobbie50Linen hand loom weaverNo
Isabella Dobbie15No
Archibald Dobbie13No
Isabella Dobbie5Yes
Mary Howieson55Independent MeansNo
Elizabeth Howieson15Yes
John Howieson15Yes
Joseph Howieson13Yes
Helen Howieson11Yes
Charles Thomson60LabourerYes
Margaret Thomson55Yes
John Thomson25LabourerYes
Alexander Paton15Linen hand loom weaverYes

Page 4 of schedule

NameAgeProfessionIf born in county if ScottishWhether born in England, Ireland or Foreign parts
Alexander Erskine35LabourerYes
Elizabeth Erskine25Yes
Agnes Erskine8Yes
Isabella Erskine3Yes
Eliza Erskine1Yes
Robert Templeman20Linen hand loom weaverYes
Jean Templeman20No
John Templeman1Yes
Peter Hodge50Linen hand loom weaverYes
William Hodge13Apprentice weaverYes
Isabella Hodge11Yes
Jean Hodge9Yes
Catherine Hodge6Yes
James Hodge2Yes
Thomas Hodge45Linen hand loom weaverYes
Janet Hodge40Yes
William Hodge15Draper’s apprenticeYes
Jane Hodge13Yes
Peter Hodge10Yes
Thomas Hodge6Yes
Andrew Hodge3Yes
Peter Deas40Linen hand loom weaverYes
Peter Deas9Yes
Janet Deas30Yes
James Deas2Yes

Cairneyhill Involvement in Crash Weekend



Three persons were injured – one fatally – in road accidents in Edinburgh during the weekend.

One Saturday night, Mrs Catherine Sandilands Taylor or Robertson (76), 7 Downfield Place, Edinburgh, was knocked down by a motor van at the junction of Learmonth Terrace and Queensferry Road, Edinburgh. She received head injuries from which she died.

William McIntosh (34), of 38 Pilton Park, Edinburgh, received head injuries when his motor cycle collided with a ‘keepleft’ sign at Atholl Crescent, on Saturday night. He was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, where his condition early today was reported to be satisfactory.

On Sunday morning, Mrs Margaret Cullerton (72), 44 Stewart Terrace, Edinburgh, was knocked down by a motor cycle in Robertson Avenue, Edinburgh, and was taken to the Royal Infirmary with head injuries. Her condition early today was also reported to be satisfactory.


Alexander Campbell Neil (21), commercial traveller, residing at 38 MacDuff Street, East Wemyss, is in hospital at Kirkcaldy following a head-on collision between his car and another on the Kirkcaldy-Leven road near West Wemyss Toll, late on Saturday night. His condition was comfortable today.

In the other car were blacksmith John Matson and his wife Anne. They were driving home to Ashdene, Cairneyhill, from East Wemyss, where they had been visiting friends.

Main Street, Cairneyhill

Mr Matson, whose nose was broken, and his wife, with a broken ankle, were also taken to Kirkcaldy General Hospital, but left after treatment.

Chased With Knife In Hand



A man who chased his wife along Main Street, Cairneyhill, with a table knife in his hand was sent to prison for 30 days at Dunfermline Sheriff Court today.

He is Arthur Devlin (42), labourer, The Yews, Main Street, Cairneyhill. Devlin pleaded guilty to having, on January 18, in Main Street, assaulted his wife, Margaret Devlin, kicked her, and committed a breach of the peace.

Main Street, Cairneyhill

The depute procurator-fiscal, Mr W G Chalmers, said Mrs Devlin stated that her husband came home from work about 10.30pm. He had been drinking and began to swear at her. She put on her coat and he said: ‘Get out quick if you value your life’. He chased her out of the house with a table knife in his hand. She ran along Main Street and when he caught up with her he kicked her several times.

The police were sent for and Devlin was arrested.


An agent for Devlin said accused had been working in the kitchen and had merely had the knife in his hand without intending to do anything with it. It was largely a matter of a domestic tiff.

Sheriff R R Kydd sentenced Devlin to 30 days’ imprisonment on each charge, the sentences to run concurrently.

Bus crash driver in court



Seventy-one-year-old John L Napier, 10 Rose Crescent, Dunfermline, until recently a bus driver, was ordered to undergo a driving test yesterday.  He has held a licence for 46 years.

At Dunfermline Sheriff Court Naples admitted that on January 26, in Main Street, Cairneyhill, he drove a bus without due care.  The bus collided with and damaged a stationary motor lorry.

Main Street

When Naples retired from the employment of Messrs Alexander a few weeks ago he was their oldest driver.

He told a reporter after the court proceedings, ‘I intend to take the driving test, because I have my own car.  I feel I have two or three years driving left in me yet.’

When Sheriff Middleton in court expressed surprise at accused’s age his agent, Mr A P MacBain, commented: ‘Marvellously well preserved, my Lord.’

The fact that Naples had only two previous offences – one of them in 1936 – in his long career showed he had exercised considerable care.  It was dark at that time of the accident and there was a storm of sleet and snow.

The Sheriff imposed a fine of £3.

Cairneyhill Valuation Roll 1940

Dear blog reader

Welcome to the twelfth (and final) part in a series, a list of the people, with address and occupation where known, who were connected with Cairneyhill in 1940.

(Please see a note at the end of this introduction regarding the next series particularly for my blog readers looking for their ancestors in Cairneyhill).

In 1940 there were 136 people listed (a substantial reduction on 1935) with 82 addresses specified (exactly the same as 1935!) and 22 occupations (a substantial increase on 1935) comprising 6 shop keepers, 4 small holding workers, 2 railway employees, 2 blacksmiths, 1 piggery keeper, 1 joiner, 1 doctor, 1 air raid precaution warden, 1 Church leader, 1 slaughter house keeper, 1 hall owner and 1 garage owner.

This compares with 147 people listed in 1935 (a quite substantial increase on 1930) with 82 addresses specified (again a large increase on 1930) and 15 occupations (a slight increase on 1930) comprising 6 shop keepers, 2 smiths, 1 doctor, 1 Church leader, 1 slaughter house keeper, 1 hall and rooms keeper, 1 hall keeper, 1 joiner and 1 pig keeper, 117 people listed listed in 1930 with 32 address specified and 11 occupations comprising 2 farmers, a Church minister, 1 smith, 4 shop keepers, 1 petrol pump attendant, 1 joiner and 1 weaver, 120 people listed in 1925 with 25 addresses specified, and 7 occupations comprising 1 Church minister, 1 joiner, 4 shopkeepers and 1 smith, 135 people listed in 1920 with 14 occupations comprising 1 Church minister, 2 joiners, 1 market gardener, 1 slaughter house keeper, 6 shop keepers, 1 station master, 1 smith and 1 weaver, 131 people listed in 1915 with 20 occupations comprising 10 shopkeepers, 2 publicans, 1 farmer, 1 Church minister, 1 smith, 2 slaughter house keepers, 1 market gardener, 1 joiner and 1 weaver, 110 people listed in 1905 with 10 occupations comprising 4 weavers, 1 publican, 1 esquire, 2 Church ministers, 1 smith and 1 shop owner, 106 people listed in 1895 with 9 occupations comprising 5 weavers, 1 Church minister, 1 blacksmith and 2 joiners,  98 people listed in 1885 with 17 occupations comprising 10 weavers, 2 Church ministers, 2 blacksmiths, 2 joiners and one farmer, with  75 people listed in 1875 with 22 occupations comprising 14 weavers, 2 Church ministers, 2 wrights, 3 farmers and one joiner, with 65 people listed in 1865 with 27 occupations comprising 22 weavers, one blacksmith, one joiner, 2 wrights and one Church minister and with 66 people listed in 1855 with 4 occupations comprising 3 weavers and one blacksmith.

Hopefully those of you with ancestors from Cairneyhill will find this list useful.

I have now reached the end of my series on the valuation rolls for Cairneyhill. My next series particularly for those people searching for their ancestors in Cairneyhill, published every 6 weeks or so, will be the censuses for Cairneyhill from 1841 through to 1911 (or even 1921 if the National Records of Scotland publishes the 1921 census within the time of writing of my census series) blogged as 2 or 3 pages of the original census returns at a go.


Cairneyhill Main Street

William Adie, Main Street
William Allan, Yews, Main Street, Cairneyhill
William Appleford
David Bald
Richard W Bate, Nashdome
George Beattie, Cairneyhill Station
Mrs Margaret P Bedborough, Main Street
Mrs Mary Cairns, Main Street
Margaret Cook
Peter Davidson
Mrs Margaret Deas, Main Street
Arthur Devlin, Yews, Main Street
James Donald
Jean Downie
Mrs Effie Drummond, Burnbrae
Mrs Agnes Drummond, Burnbrae
Mrs Effie Drummond, Burnbank
Agnes Drummond, Main Street
Agnes Drummond, store
James Duffin, Main Street
David Duncan
Doctor John C Duncanson
Doctor John C Duncanson, smithy
Doctor John C Duncanson, Main Street
Mrs Grace G R Erskine
William Erskine
Mrs John Erskine
David Erskine
Grace Erskine, Bankview
John Erskine, glebe
Elizabeth Fairley
Elizabeth Fairley, warden’s post
James Fairley, Rose Gardens
James Fairley, Main Street
Margaret Ferguson
Robert Finlayson, West End
Robert Finalyson, Ewhurst
Robert Finlayson, coal depot, Cairneyhill station
Christina Flint
Reverend William Forbes, manse
James Forrester, Main Street
Thomas Fotheringham, Main Street
William Fotheringham
Thomas Fotheringham, Drummormie
Thomas Fotheringham, small holding number 4, Bankhead
David Fowler, small holding number 3, Bankhead
Charles Gillespie, Main Street
Ethel M Glover, Holm Cottage
Adam Hadden
David Halkett
Mrs Robert Hall, Burnside Cottage
James Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton, store
William Hepburn, Main Street
William Hill, Main Street
William D Hill
Peter Hogg, Main Street
Barbara M Howieson
Mrs Allison Hunter, smithy
William Hunter, Burnbank
James Hunter
William Hynd, shop, Main Street
John Kennedy, 1 Mansion Buildings
Michael Kirk
David Kirk, Main Street
John Laird
Jean Lawson, Main Street
William Lindsay
Thomas Lowery
Mrs Mary S Lowrie, West End
George Luke, West Lodge
Andrew Lumsden
Mrs Helen Lumsden, West End
Mrs Helen Lumsden, slaughter house
Andrew Lumsden
Janet Lumsden, Yews, Main Street
Mrs Helen Lumsden, Yews, Main Street
Robert McAllister, Bankview
James MacArthur
Christopher MacConnell
James MacDonald, Carsehill
Alexander MacDonald, Main Street
James MacDonald, Main Street
James MacDonald, Nashdome
James MacDonald, Pleasance
Norman MacDonald, Pentland View, Pleasance
James MacDonald, Cairnbank, Pleasance
William MacGuire, Main Street
Peter MacKenzie, Main Street
Mrs Mary A MacKenzie, Main Street
Mrs Margaret Marshall
Mrs Annie Matson, Ashdene
William Meikle
John Milne
John Mitchell, Main Street
James Mitchell, Bellabank
James Mitchell, Glen Cottage
Mrs Annie Morgan, Mansions
Mrs Annie Morgan, hall
John Morris, Main Street
Christina B W Patterson
Ernest Pattie, The Knowe
Archibald Penman, shop and store, Main Street
John Penrice
Alexander Philip, Ewhurst
Robert Philp, small holding number 1, Bankhead
George Reid
Sebastian Rennie
Jack Rennie
John Rennie, garage, Main Street
John Rennie, shop, Mansion House
John Robertson, Main Street
James A Robertson, Main Street
John Robertson, Catherine Place
John Robertson, joiner’s shop
Isabella G Robertson, shop
James Ross
George Russell, Main Street
Mrs Margaret Russell
John Scott, Bellabank
Donald S Sellar, Main Street
William Sharp, Yews, Main Street
Donald Smith
William Stewart
Thomas Templeman
Thomas Thomson, Mansions
John Thomson, 4 Mansion Buildings
David Thomson, Threshend
Thomas Thomson, Threshend
Mrs Christina Watt, Erskine Cottage
Alexander Watt
Walter Weir, Yews, Main Street
Hugh Wildridge, piggery, Braefoot
John Wilson
James Wishart, small holdings number 2, Bankhead
Alexander Wright, Main Street
James Wright
Mrs Margaret Wright, Batavia Cottage

Death of Centenarian: Catherine Duncanson



Our Grand Old Lady, who was in her 102nd year, Miss Catherine Duncanson, passed away early on Monday morning in a local nursing home.

Miss Duncanson was a native of Cairneyhill, near Dunfermline, and although most of her working years were spent in Glasgow, she always maintained a strong interest in her native district.

Main Street, Cairneyhill

Fully twelve years ago she removed from Glasgow and came to reside with her niece, Miss Helen Duncanson, Heriot Gardens, and up to quite recently enjoyed good health and all her faculties. Indeed when she celebrated her 101st birth in November last, she was a wonderful old lady, hale and hearty, able to write her own letters (and she had many correspondents), and an untiring knitter.

Since the outbreak of the war her hobby was knitting socks and comforts for the men in the Forces, and she made hundreds of such articles.

She was a staunch and devoted Church-woman, and even after passing her century, attended the services at the Erskine UF Church.

Before her death, Miss Duncanson had been in the nursing home for a few weeks.

Cairneyhill Mink Part 3

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Here is the 3rd and final (unless I find any other curiosities about this Cairneyhill business) part in my mini-series on mink in Cairneyhill ….




At the Rawlence’s smallholding at Burnside, Cairneyhill,near Dunfermline, is a sight that would turn any woman green with envy.

Scrambling about behind the wire of roomy cages are a score of little animals that might have strayed out of a Walt Disney cartoon.

They range in colour from a rich dark brown to black. They have bushy tails, a perky expression and a waistcoat of slate-blue fur.

They’re minks – fur coats on four legs valued at £300.

Ex WAAF, Miss Norma Rawlence, is the boss here. She looks after her valuable livestock with special care, although at the moment mink farming is a sideline.

Norma Rawlence feeds a tit-bit to one of the minks.

Norma has to devote most of her time to the ordinary business of the smallholding. Her only assistants are her two brothers, Ted and Bill. They are employed at Crombie with the Admiralty and don’t have a great deal of time to devote to the work.

It was Bill’s idea to start breeding mink. A pal of his in the navy told him how to go about it.

At the beginning of their venture the Rawlence family bought six female and three male minks, each costing £25.

So far they can’t say it’s been a paying proposition. But they hope the next few litters will recoup them.


A ‘Courier and Advertiser’ reporter, who called at Burnside, found Norma feeding what she calls ‘her dears’. But they’re very fierce and must be handled cautiously.

‘We’ve all had bad bites’ said Norma ‘but nothing serious’.

‘I can’t say we’ve been very lucky so far with our stock’ she added.

‘Minks breed only once a year. Only two of the first litter of 13 survived. And when I saw the second lot I could have cried – 14 males and one female.’

‘We sold the males – each pelt bought about £5. But naturally we want females to increase our stock’.

Fortunately minks are cheap to feed. They love such things as fish heads and vary their diet with fresh vegetables.

Norma says that at one time about 70 pelts were required to make a fur coat. But now that coats are longer more are required.

Before the war a mink coat cost anything up to £1500. Today you may have to give as much as £4000.

Mink never goes out of fashion. When a man makes a fortune he buys his wife a mink coat. This keeps up the price.

Queen Victoria started the mink fashion. She wore a mink coat on her honeymoon.

And how about a mink coat for Miss Rawlence herself? Norma ‘couldn’t care less’.

Cairneyhill Mink Part 2

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Quite some time ago I published a blog post on the mink farm that used to be at Cairneyhill. I have since discovered further information to be featured in this present blog post and another blog post, including, this time, a photo of the mink!




Half a pound of condemned meat, fish, cereals, vegetables, tomato juice, and five drops of cod liver oil – all mixed up in one dish. A peculiar mixture, but delicious fare for a healthy young mink.

On this daily diet, ten young mink at Cairneyhill, near Dunfermline, are thriving and growing fur which some woman would be proud to wear.

This small farm was started just over a year ago. It is in charge of the part-owner, Miss Norma Rawlence, whose home is at 11 Main Road, Crombie. With her two brothers, she shared in the initial outlay of about £250.

Everything is now going smoothly in the little herd, but they have had their ups and downs like every other family.

Originally they numbered nine, but one died from an unknown cause. When 18 young were born in May, the Rawlences thought they were well on the way to building up their farm.

All but two – a male and a female – died.

The wife of a mink breeder in Oregon, USA, was holidaying in Fife. She heard of the venture at Cairneyhill and visited Miss Rawlence. She suggested the young had died because their diet had been changed.

Cairneyhill Mink

When rearing their young, the mink get a hard boiled egg between three every day, in addition to their normal diet.

Everything has gone well since, and the minks are happy captives, especially in biting cold weather when everyone else is shivering.

But care has to be taken that their bed boxes are dry and draughtless, otherwise they contract pneumonia and die overnight.

The mink don’t like hot weather. During the heat wave last July they wilted and were uncomfortable until a biscuit tinful of cold water was put in each of their cages. Within seconds they were swimming in the tins.

‘We have had many enquiries from people who would like to keep mink’, said Miss Rawlence, ‘but none so far as I know has started a farm. The initial outlay is the drawback with mink I think’.

‘We hope to get more young next May and be able to sell some pelts’.

Miss Rawlence’s ambition is to breed mutation mink. They are freak animals which can be made almost any colour. Pastel blue is her choice.