Obituary of Reverend John Moir

The Alloa Journal 6 July 1895

There passed away on Thursday afternoon the Reverend John Moir, BD, minister of the United Presbyterian Church, Cairneyhill, Dunfermline in connection with which he was ordained in 1876.

For some months he has been in indifferent health but no doubt was entertained until recently of ultimate recovery.

The reverend gentleman, though retiring in disposition, was well-known in the district and very highly respected.

At the University of Glasgow he distinguished himself in oriental languages and though known to be a United Presbyterian student was honoured by the late Professor Weir in him appointing Mr Moir his assistant to conduct a summer tutorial class for the study of Hebrew.

Since his settlement in Cairneyhill he has greatly interested himself in education, having been for some time Chairman of Carnock School Board.

He leaves a widow and four children to mourn his loss.

Cairneyhill War Memorial

Cairneyhill War Memorial


Second Lieutenant George Anderson McDonald, 10th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, son of James and Margaret McDonald of Pleasance, Cairneyhill, Dunfermline, died 18 August 1917 aged 19. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France (no known grave).

2nd Lieutenant James M Moir RH

2nd Lieutenant Walter Forbes Hutton, 11th Battalion attached to 8th Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). Died 14 July 1916 aged 20. Son of Mr and Mrs David Hutton of 58 Brucefield Avenue, Dunfermline. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France (no known grave).

Sergeant John Erskine VC The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), service number 200476, D Company, 5th/6th Battalion. Died 14 April 1917 aged 23. Son of William and Elizabeth Erskine. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France (no known grave).

Sgt John Jamieson CH

Sergeant William Stewart, 1st/7th Battalion Royal Scots, service number 302871. Died 24th November 1917 aged 34. Son of Walter and Agnes Stewart of Main Street, Cairneyhill. Native of Newlands, Peebleshire. Buried at Jerusalem War Cemetery, Israel.

Lance Corporal William McLaren Erskine, service number 43245, B Company, 17th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry. Died 18th November 1916 aged 21. Son of William and Elizabeth Erskine. Buried at New Munich Trench British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, Somme, France.

Private Robert A Banks, 12th Battalion, Royal Scots. Service number 43241. Died 21st October 1916. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France (no known grave).

Private James Cook Gordon Highlanders

Private John Donald Gordon Highlanders

Private Alexander Gardner AEF

Private Arthur Glendinning 2nd Battalion, Gordon Highlanders, service number S/9035. Died 25 September 1915. Commemorated at Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France (no known grave).

Private Michael Kirk Gordon Highlanders

Private Charles Lockhart, 2nd Battalion, Gordon Highlanders, service number 963. Died 26th October 1914 aged 23. Son of Mrs A S Lockhart of 60 Baldridgeburn, Dunfermline. Commemorated at Ypres Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium (no known grave).

Private Adam McArthur, 2nd Battalion, Cameron Highlanders, service number 8466. Died 4th May 1915 aged 26. Son of John and Christina McArthur of Burnside Cottage, Cairneyhill. Buried at St Sever Cemetery, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France.

Pte Daniel McMillan N&D

Pte Robert Mercer CH

Pte William Mercer CEF

Private David Scott Philip, A Company, 17th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry, service number 355173. Died 2 December 1917 aged 23. Son of James and Elizabeth Philip of West End, Cairneyhill. Commemorated at Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium (no known grave).

Pte James Philp RH

Pte Robert M Philp RSF

Pte George Reid RS

Private William Sharp, A Company, 8th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders, service number S/3604. Died 26th September 1915 aged 22. Son of Henry and Agnes Sharp of 21 Pittencrieff Street, Dunfermline. Commemorated at Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France (no known grave).

Pte Thomas Templeman CEF

Gr Michael Conoboy RCA

Sgt William Ramsay RH

Gr George Philp RCA

1939 – 1945

Private William Robertson Hamilton, Royal Army Medical Corps, service number 7366767. Died 6 December 1942 aged 24. Son of James and Margaret Hamilton, Cairneyhill. Buried at Benghazi War Cemetery, Libya.

Ft Sgt B Lowrie RAF

There are a few men here that I don’t have details for yet – please get in touch if you can provide any information.

Dunfermline Concert Party at Cairneyhill

Dundee Courier 9 March 1922.

Through the kindness of the Dunfermline branch of the British Legion and with the object of securing funds for the war memorial, a delightful concert was given in the mansion house, Cairneyhill, last night by the Dunfermline Whizz-Bang Costume Concert Party. The members of this party, who acquitted themselves creditably, comprised Mrs R R James (soprano), Miss Jean Selkirk (soubrette), Mr James Kirk (baritone), Mr J Philipps (humorous entertainer) and Mr J Craig. Miss E A Kirk played the accompaniments.

The concert was organised by Rev Wm Forbes, Cairneyhill.