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Internal migration in Scotland 03 Jan 2012 00:58 #192

Happy New Year to all, but particularly to those blessed with Scottish ancestors. I would be interested to hear about your ancestors that moved around in Scotland rather than migrating to Australia or New Zealand.

I'm especially interested to know if anyone else has ancestors from Angus (via Aberdeen) who moved to Ayrshire in the early 1830s to take up a farm tenancy in Tarbolton. When Alexander MOIR was almost 70 he and his wife then went with his adult children to New Zealand, settling in Dunedin. My question is what would take a person from Aberdeen/Angus to the other end of Scotland in the first place, and does anyone else have a similar scenario with their ancestors?

I have plenty of folk who moved from Shetland to places like Leith and Liverpool in the mid 1800s, and others (DOIG) who moved from country areas to cities like Glasgow. In the early 1700s I also have a family (STOOL) who moved from Monifieth in Angus further north to the glens outside Brechin. The link in that case appears to have been the land owner who had properties in both places. I suspect my forebears worked on the estates and went where they were told/required.

Anyway, as a New Year challenge, perhaps others would like to share their wandering ancestors on this forum?

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