Sergeant John Erskine VC

This blog post is going to be about Sergeant John Erskine VC whom I have always been aware of because he is both on the war memorial and named on his family’s headstone in the graveyard in Cairneyhill.  I will be looking at John Erskine’s family and his pre-war life, his war service, his Victoria Cross and his death.Continue reading “Sergeant John Erskine VC”

Cairneyhill War Memorial

Hi all This week, 2 reports on Cairneyhill War Memorial, one on the maintenance of the Memorial and one on the upkeep of the Memorial. For interest, the Dunfermline Press dated 17 September 2020 had an article on the maintenance of the War Memorial, in that a bar has been fixed to the Memorial toContinue reading “Cairneyhill War Memorial”

Fundraising at a Bazaar

Dundee Evening Telegraph 20 October 1905 A two days’ bazaar in connection with the Cairneyhill United Free Church was opened in St Margaret’s Hall, Dunfermline this forenoon by Mr Thomas Shaw, KC, MP. The purpose of the bazaar is to assist the funds of the church and raise sufficient funds to carry out much neededContinue reading “Fundraising at a Bazaar”

Hatches, Matches and Dispatches Part 1

Dear blog reader This is the first part in a new series of Cairneyhill hatches, matches and dispatches that have appeared in the newspapers. I have always found such finds very exciting in my own 30 years of family history research and I hope this helps anyone doing similar Cairneyhill-based research. Please note that forContinue reading “Hatches, Matches and Dispatches Part 1”

Cairneyhill education almost a hundred years apart – in 1851 and 1942

The Scotsman 30 July 1851 Wanted, a teacher for the village school at Cairneyhill. He must be qualified to teach English, Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and Latin. Application to be made to Mr William Erskine, farmer, Cairneyhill, within a month of this date. Cairneyhill, 28th July 1851 Dundee Courier 29 December 1942 Fife Headmaster’s Death MrContinue reading “Cairneyhill education almost a hundred years apart – in 1851 and 1942”