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Stronsay Kirk Session 1901
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Stronsay Kirk Session 1901

Back row l to r Robert Miller Coweshouse, James Cooper Furrowend ,Tom Scott Dale, James Smith Midhouse,James Chalmers Rosebank
Front row James Shearer Sunnybank,Tom Peace Comelybank,
Rev Claude Brownlie Manse.James Miller Mansefield, Oliver Drever, Bay
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Picture added on 26 August 2008
This is a wonderful picture. I know I must be related through the Miller, Cooper, and Shearer connection. Thank you for such a brilliant piece of history.
Thank you to Jim Cooper from the Miller's Vancouver B.C. Canada
Added by Frances Miller on 03 March 2009
Hello Frances, are you one of Ian Miller's family? I think you would be a nearer relative of mine than you would be to any of the above but I think we would both be connected to the James Cooper from Furrowend.
Added by Jim Cooper on 05 March 2009
Oliver Drever is my great grandfather, only the second picture I have seen of him. Great collection.
Oliver Drever is my great-great grandfather. This is the first picture of him that I have seen. If anyone has pitures of the Tait family who farmed at The Bay or at Midgarth, I would be keen to see them.
Added by Ian Tait on 15 March 2009
Hello Jim: Yes I am Ian Miller's daughter. My husband, Larry, and I were over to Stronsay a few years ago. I think we were in touch with you. My Uncle Edward Miller passed away 3 years ago. He looked very much like Uncle Jim Sinclair. Cousin Graham actually has a very similar look to our 15 month old Grandson, Wyatt Denman. Please send me your private e-mail and I will send you family affairs. [email protected]
Added by Frances Miller on 18 March 2009
Agree wholeheartedly with you Francis..it is a wonderful photo. I am connected to James Shearer Sunnybank through his brother Peter Shearer who married Barbara Peace . Would Tom Peace be connected to Barbara Peace I have just mentioned?
Thank you very much for sharing with us...marvellous to have.

Added by Dianne McLauchlan on 28 May 2009
Can anyone tell me please if the above Robert Miller Coweshouse, married Elizabeth Shearer in May 1871?
Also if James Shearer (front row) of Sunnybank is the same James who married (1) Jessie Sinclair Twatt Feb 1860; married (2) Isabella Cooper Oct 1876. Was he a son of Peter Shearer and Helen Tullock.
Would greatly appreciate comments.
Added by Dianne McLauchlan on 29 May 2009
Can you tell me if James Chalmers is any relative of my great-grandmother Mary Chalmers who was married to Gillies Hercus of Doggerboat, Pharay?
Added by Joey Tait on 03 June 2009
I believe that I am also a descendant of James Chalmers, Rosebank, who was possibly my great-grandfather. My grandfather was Daniel Chalmers of No 10 Whitehall before he moved to Kirkwall. The 1881 and 1891 census returns show my grandfather Daniel as a son of the household of James Chalmers, Rosebank. My mother was Alice Chalmers daughter of Daniel and Alice and we spent many holidays in Stronsay in the 1950s. I remember visiting Rosebank where I think the then residents included Maggie, Roseanna, Peter and Ally. I would be interested if anyone can confirm that they were the descendants of James Chalmers in the photo.
Added by Ian M Gibson on 05 June 2009
James Chalmers was the grandfather of Roseanna and Peter
Added by Jim Cooper on 09 June 2009
Ithink you would be correct with James Shearer Sunnybank but not sure about Robert Miller as his wife was called Margaret in the 1891 census
Added by Jim Cooper on 09 June 2009
Who wants to get photos of Taits in the bay and at Midgarth? Get in touch with [email protected]

Added by Morris Pottinger on 23 April 2011
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