OUR SCOTTISH ANCESTORS and allied families in Great Britain




               and allied families in Great Britain, Canada, and United States, who lived in the Parishes of Barry, Panbride,
               Inverarity & Methy, Tealing, Forfar, Kinnettles, Murroes, Forfar, the town of Dundee, and County of Kerry, Ireland.

William McGilvray and Jessie Duff
Parish of Inverarity, Scotland

Little is known about William McGilvray, who died while working as a stone mason in Ireland.  William married Jessie Duff, a native of Inverarity, Scotland in 1846.  After Williams' death in 1860 Jessie returned to Scotland with her seven children to live near her parents and siblings.

Widow Jessie Duff McGilvray and five of her  grown children immigrated to the United States settling in Chicago, Illinois in 1870, where her sons worked as stone masons.

The McGilvray family moved from Chicago to Denver, Colorado in the year 1880.  They were joined by the Edward R. Seerie and wife Margaret McLean Duff, the youngest sister of Jessie Duff McGilvray.

The McGilvray and Seerie men transitioned from skilled stone masons to stone contractors forming some of the most successful companies in Denver, Colorado and San Francisco, California. Their quarries in Colorado and California provided quality granite, sandstone, and marble for hotels, civic and government buildings, and dams in Colorado, California  and Wyoming.

List of Buildings built by McGilvray & Seerie partnerships in Denver, Colorado.

Colorado State Capitol

The company of "Geddes & Seerie" formed in 1885 with co-partners William F. Geddes and David Duff Seerie, stone contractors, built some of the largest projects in the West including the Colorado State Capitol. .

Eldest son John Duff McGilvray moved his family to Palo Alto, California in 1896, where he was hired to build many of the stone buildings on the campus of Leland Stanford University.

John D. McGilvray and his five sons owned and operated McGilvray Stone Quarry located east of San Francisco in Madera County, California.

List of Construction projects in San Francisco
by John Duff McGilvray & Sons

Index of biographies

 Robert W. Findlay | James A. Knox | Edward Seerie Jr. |
| William Edmonston Russell | Thomas Carroll Hayes |
 | William Thompson | David Duff Seerie | Peter Seerie |
| William F. Geddes |
John Duff McGilvray II -Shriners Hospital

James Whitehouse and August Wirgler
George W. Thompson - Denver's First Aviator

Adams County, Colorado

Pioneer Cemetery of Denver

Parish of Inverarity
Family names of Birrell, Black, Crichton, Duncan,
Kinnear, Linn, McGilvray, Orrock, & Smith

Introduction: History of the parish of Inverarity & Methy
Views of the interior of the Inverarity Church
Views of the Inverarity Churchyard
Burials in the Inverarity Churchyard:
Duff Orrock Kinnear McGilvray Spalding

with cemetery histories, photographs, and family burial details
By Liz Smith, Dundee, Scotland.

History | Family Burials

History & Family Burials

History | Family Burials

| Parish History | 1754-New Church & Kirkyard |
Kinnears buried at Inverarity |
Orrocks buried at Inverarity |
| Photos of Kirkyard |

| History | John Kinnear-Catherine Taylor Brown |
William Kinnear - Catherine B. Pirie
Other Dundee citizens buried at Western

Funeral Expenses - abstracts from parish records

Funeral Customs - 19th & 20th Century Scotland

Copyright 2003 B Lewellen & L. Smith
bjlewellen@comcast.net Barbara Lewellen, Colorado
deshogan@btinternet.com Liz Smith, Dundee, Scotland
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Parish of Monifieth

St. Rule's Parish Church
Chalmers buried at St. Rule's


1782 Communion Token - Kilmany Parish, Fife, Scotland


Shipwreck of the Algoma
near Mott Island, Isle Royale, Lake Superior, Michigan
November 7, 1885

The Algoma, a Clyde steamer built by Aitken & Mansell, of Kelvinhaugh,Scotland, for the Canadian Pacifice Railroad company based in Owen Sound, Ontario, sank in a winter storm near Isle Royale, Michigan, in U. S. waters, resulting in the loss of 35 crewmen and 13 passengers. List of passengers and crewman who both perished and survived.

The Gamekeepers Daughter
17th Century Scottish Folklore

Three hundred years ago in the  17th century forest of Angus, Scotland, a young Lindsay gentleman fell in love with the gamekeepers daughter. Despite objections from the Lindsay patriarch, the young man married the gamekeepers daughter. Eleven generations later this story has survived to the 21st century. What branch of the Lindsay clan did this young man belong to and what Lindsay forest did the Gamekeeper manage?

Scottish Folklore Story

Keeper of the forests and animals

Forfarshire, Scotland


Charles Bowman & Jane Grant

John Guthrie Bowman Grocery Store - Dundee, Scotland  FAMILIES: BOWMAN-GUTHRIE-HOGG

Bowman Family Chart
Hogg Family Chart
Balkemback Farm, Tealing

 John Bowman & Helen Guthrie
John Guthrie Bowman and Mary Ann Hogg
John Guthrie Bowman & Margaret Jane Kinnear

Walker Findlay & Helen Smith - Forfar
William Findlay & Agnes Nancy Winter - Forfar
Elizabeth Findlay & Andrew Ogilvie-Rutherglen
Margaret Spruce Findlay & John White Ramsay-NE
John Ramsay & Janet Whitton - Forfar

Orrock Family Chart
(of those families who immigrated to Denver, Colorado)

families of Orrock, Davidson, Warwick, & Sigi


David Orrock, son of Alexander Orrock and Cecilia Smith of the Parish of Inverarity immigrated to the United States  in 1882.  He settled in Denver, Colorado first working as a blacksmith for the railroad, then starting his own company building carriages.
David Orrock employed two blacksmiths, James Izett and Robert Graham, who were both from Scotland.

After working for David Orrock for several years, James Izett, started a carriage building specializing in delivery wagons. With the advent of the automobile James Izett switched to the automotive business, first creating 'covered tops' for cars, more commonly known as convertible tops.

Parish of Carmyllie
Family names: Bowman, Crichton, Grant, Guthrie

History of the Parish Carmyllie & Map  

Some Early Residents of Carmyllie

Carmyllie Cemetery

Parish of Carmyllie - Marriages

Parish of Tealing
1. Research Notes-Kinnear families found
in the
Parish of Tealing OPR



Queen Victoria
1887 Golden Jubilee
1897 Silver Jubilee
Prince Albert Monument