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Ian Wilson (View posts)
Posted: 907416000000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Laught, Wilson, Dunlop, Gemmel
I'm trying to trace the parents on James Laught, Barbara Wilson, Hugh Dunlop and Margaret Gemmel.

James Laught and Barbara Wilson were married April 27, 1786 in Kilwinning (her parish). They had 8 children, all born in Dreghorn. Her father may be James and mother Janet while his father may be John.

Hugh Dunlop and Margaret Gemmel were married August 8, 1763 in Kilmarnock (her parish). They had 13 children all born in Dreghorn with the last recorded in 1794. Margaret Gemmel's father and mother may be John and Janet while Hugh Dunlop's may be Robert and and Margaret.

Has anyone researched the monumental inscriptions for the Dreghorn graveyard? I am assuming that the people I am researching could well have died and been buried in Dreghorn.

A appreciate any help on this.


Mary E. Murray (View posts)
Posted: 910353600000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Laught, Laught, Harkins

Hi Ian, my name is Mary. I have found in researching my family tree the name: Elizabeth Laught who was married to a Edward Harkins. Both were from Co. Donegal, Ireland.
Elizabeth was the mother of William Harkins-b.1842-d.1926. William was married to a Margaret Doherty.
This family lived in Woburn, Massachusetts,USA, about 5 miles north of Boston, MA.
Laught doesn't seem to be a common name in Ireland so perhaps the family came originally from Scotland. The Harkins family I'm interested in lived in Carndonagh, Co. Donegal. I'm so glad to finally see the Laught name in print somewhere. Mary


Ian Wilson (View posts)
Posted: 910440000000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Laught
Hi Mary!

My Laught ancestors appear in Ayrshire with the marriage of James Laught to Barbara Wilson on 4/27/1786 in Kilwinning. There is a slightly earlier birth in the same parish of a James Laught whose parents were James Laught and Ann Fesuar. However, I suspect that both Ann and the son died and the father remarried Barbara Wilson. There is no record of a daughter called Elizabeth. There are no records of other Laughts of the same vintage that I can find. I am having trouble tracing the Laught line any further back so it is possible that there was actually an earlier migration from Ireland to Scotland.

Sorry I can't help. If I learn anything further I'll make sure I post it.



Mary E. Murray (View posts)
Posted: 910526400000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Laught
Thanks for your reply Ian. I was told at the O'Doherty Research Center at Inch Island, Co. Donegal, Ireland that they have a reference to the name in the 17th century. I also found a Laught Street in a Real Estate ad in Australia. I'll keep checking. Mary


Diane Gladieux (View posts)
Posted: 912686400000
Classification: Query
This just may further muddy the waters ... James DUNLOP married Mary WILSON in Parish of Neilston, RFW, SCT, on the 9th October 1829. Six sons followed: James - 1830, William - 1832, Adam - 1834, John Paterson - 1838, Charles - 1840 (died as toddler), and David - 1843.

Any recognition of above?

Dunlop Family Tree

Rosemary Smith (View posts)
Posted: 920548800000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Dunlop
In response to your query on Hugh Dunlop I am wondering if we have a connection.I am trying to trace Dunlop through the line of James Dunlop of Hayismuir married Margaret Smith.James born 1792 who was the last laird of Hayismuir.
Only connection to Hugh is as a family name but my details are sketchy.
My line is William Dunlop of Aulton Kilmaurs who hads 6 children. My g grandmother Margaret Dunlop emigrated to NZ in 1867.

Wylie - Dunlop

Posted: 922622400000
Classification: Query
Edited: 993356772000
Surnames: WYLIE
I am searching for information about the WYLIES that are buried in the kirkyard in the town of Dunlop. I have reason to believe that the family is associated with the Dunlop Estate. I believe that their home, or farm, was situated between the main gate and Dunlop House. Any information would be appreciated.


Jack Mathews (View posts)
Posted: 924177600000
Classification: Query
Hi I was born in scotland in1941 in Newmilns My Grand Father was Jakie Dunlop If that helps

Gibson Gemmell - Dreghorn Stewarton

Andrew Gibson (View posts)
Posted: 933163200000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Gbson, Gemmell
I have complete records of our Gibson lines (two in Australia) from 1984 back to the marriage of William Gibson of Dreghorn to Mary Gemmell of Stewarton Ayr Scotalnd on 27 April 1802.had 9 children born between 1/9/1803 and 25/3/1821 John, Hugh, Thomas ( 29/8/1806 my ancestor - married in 1830 emigrated 1838),Mary , Janet, William (27/8/1813 married 1838 emigrated 1863 to Queensland - one of the founding famillies of the Bundaberg Sugar Company),Margaret, Agnes and Jane.


Julie Engberg (View posts)
Posted: 933681600000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Dunlop, Smith
I am looking for the parents of Alexander Dunlop, born 17 Sep 1865 in Kilmarnock, and Margaret Smith, born 1880 in Ayrshire. They were married 4 June 1897 in Burnbrae, Tarbolton, Scotland. Their children were James, Thomas and Alexander, born in Kilmarnock. They emigrated to Canada.
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