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Default Who Do You Think You Are - Annie Lennox 5th Sep

BBC1 this evening at 9 pm. Singer who used to be in Eurhythmics. From what I've heard, this episode will be focussing on Scottish research and going back quite a few generations.
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Oh good- hope they come up with some different sources to explore.
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I don't have any Scottish ancestry and don't like Annie Lennox's voice, but I'll still watch it.
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I don't have any Scottish ancestry and don't like Annie Lennox's voice, but I'll still watch it.
Same here. I hope I'll learn something about Scottish research as I've barely done any!
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Well I found that very interesting


Anyone else notice that when she was at Balmoral the Royal Standard was flying so The Queen was in residence?
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Episode Synopsis

Annie Lennox was born on Christmas Day 1954 in Aberdeen, an only child. She moved to London when she was 17. She wants to find out about the generations who came before her grandparents.

Annie started off in Aberdeen, where her grandparents lived. Her father was Thomas Lennox, and his mother Jean lived to her late 90's. Annie visited her Aunt Jean, her father's only sister, to find out what she knew about the family history. There was a photo of Annie's grandparents' wedding; her grandmother got married at 18. Her father (Annie's great-grandfather) was Charles Fraser Henderson and he died when Annie's grandmother was about 3.

Annie visited Aberdeen Central Library to do some research on the Scotland's People website. She found a birth record for Charles showing his father as James Henderson, a stoker on a steam vessel, and Jessie Henderson, M.S. Fraser. Annie also viewed the 1871 census which showed James, born in Aberdeenshire, Jessie age 24 born in Banff, and two sons, Charles and James jr.
ancestry transcription of 1871 census entry


Annie tried to find Jessie Fraser on the 1851 census but couldn't find her, so tried using the name Janet as Jessie was often a variant of Janet. She found a Janet Fraser age 3 in Banff with her mother Mary Fraser, pauper, widow, formerly horse-shoer's wife, and four other children - James 11 an Iron Founder Apprentice, Mary Ann 10, Isabella and Charles.
ancestry transcription of 1851 census entry

Annie visited St Andrew's Episcopal Church in Banff where she was shown two entries in the burial register - one for Charles Fraser, blacksmith, 28th Jan 1851, cause of death consumption, and one for Mary Rose or Fraser, buried in 1853.

Annie was also shown the Parochial Board Minutes from 1858 which mentioned that Janet Fraser age 10 was living with a Mrs Cruickshank in Turriff, but Mrs Cruickshank was going to send her back when she "had no further use for her".

Annie next visited the neighbouring parish of MacDuff where she was shown a baptism entry dated 9th Aug 1821 for Mary N D (= Natural Daughter) of James Rose, writer (i.e. solicitor), and Ann Stewart. She was also shown the record of the marriage of Mr James Rose and Miss Isabella Faulder,15th Dec 1821.



Annie went to look at a close off Carmelite Street in Banff similar to the one where Mary and her children lived, and the site round the corner on High Shaw where James Rose's house used to be. She was shown the 1851 census entry for James Rose, his wife Isabella, their three daughters Jane, Georgiana and Jemima and two servants. She was also shown the baptism records for James Rose, who was born 10th Jun 1794, and his younger sister Ann Rose born Feb 1796. There was a marriage record for Ann Rose and John Cruickshank, so it seems that Jessie's great-aunt Ann was the Mrs Cruickshank who looked after her after her mother's death.

Going back onto Scotland's People, Annie viewed the 1861 census entry showing Jessie living as a boarder in Aberdeen, age 13, working as a Flax Mill Worker. Annie visited Broadford Mill, where Jessie worked, and learned about the working conditions. She then viewed the 1871 census again, and then the 1881 census where James and Jessie had four sons. Then she was shown Jessie's death certificate - she died on the 22nd Nov 1885, cause of death Carcinoma Uterine (Annie read this out as "ulcerous"), with the age at death given as 35, although this should be about 37-8.
ancestry transcription of 1861 census entry
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Annie then looked into the family of her mother Dorothy Ferguson. Dorothy's parents were William and Dora Ferguson. William was a gamekeeper and Dora a dairy maid at Balmoral, where they met. Annie's Uncle Alastair, Aunt Biddy and Cousin Shirley showed her some old photographs and told her the story of how William once danced with the Queen (i.e. the lady known more recently as the Queen Mother) at the Balmoral Staff Ball. Annie had heard rumours that William was illegitimate, but Uncle Alastair denied this.

Annie visited Balmoral to see where her grandparents worked, and was shown their entries in the staff records from the Royal Archives in Windsor. William Ferguson was born in 1896 and started working at Balmoral in 1913, while Dora Jean Paton was born in 1902, started working there in 1924, and left to get married in 1929.

Annie then looked William's birth up on Scotland's People - he was born in Braemar, father George Ferguson and mother Sophia Ferguson M.S. Farquharson. The birth certificate showed their marriage date, which would have been when Sophia was about six months pregnant.

George Ferguson's baptism record showed that he was born 23 Feb 1852, the illegitimate son of William Ferguson and Isabella McHardy. Annie visited Braemar and was shown the Kirk Session Records, which showed that Isabella appeared before them in 1852 and stated that William Ferguson, a farm servant in the parish of Kettins, was the father of her son, then again in 1860 when she was pregnant with the child of one Thomas Russell, watchmaker, who she said had promised to marry her. She stated that the "guilt" between them had taken place at her mother's house in Tomintoul. Her daughter Jane was born illegitimate as the marriage to Thomas Russell never took place.

Isabella appeared before the Kirk Session again, asking for help with her son George's school fees but did not apply for money for herself.

Tomintoul turned out to be a farm in Braemar and Annie went to have a look at it. The 1881 - 1911 censuses show Isabella living on her own as a poultry keeper or poultry maid and then a pensioner. (Annie says that Isabella was "living here" in her old age when they visit the cottage at Tomintoul but it seems from those census entries that she was actually living at Corriemulzie by that time.) She died in 1913 at the age of 83, cause of death given as senile dementia.
ancestry transcription of 1881 census entry
ancestry transcription of 1901 census entry
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Oh, I absolutely loved this as my mother was an Aberdonian and her mother was born and bred in Banff. I have Fergussons and Farquarsons (same name actually) and Patons in my tree and I am now frantically searching my paperwork because I definbitely have reference to Tumintoul.

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I know we only got the very briefest glimpse of the death cert but I thought it said Carcinoma uterine?

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I know we only got the very briefest glimpse of the death cert but I thought it said Carcinoma uterine?

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I thought the same, OC, but Annie read it out as "ulcerous" and the researcher didn't correct her! Maybe we can get a screenshot of it to check.
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I found it quite annoying how they didn't look at any marriage certificates! I assume they did check them at some point, otherwise they could have been tracing back the wrong people!
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