Discussion in 'Caithness' started by sue neikirk, Sep 8, 2013.
The grid reference for Baillie Farm is 58.566N, 3.659W - according to maps.the-hug.net/
I have as children Catherine, Ann, Johan, George, Finlay Cook, John, James, Robert. Robert is the one I have been working on. When people are working on the tree the info and most of the photos come from my Ancestry trees. John died in a Sanitarium after going insane. Finlay married a few times dying in Oregon. James was a teacher on PEI, Johanna married and stayed on PEI, Catherine Ann and George are buried with Catherine on PEI.
Father George ran off with Kincardine settlers in Canada not seen again but I was able to find where he is buried.
I know my husband will understand it. lol
In fact, if you go to the website that I have mentioned and, in the search box, type (or copy/paste) ND036654 it will take you straight there.
Ooh that seems different to mine... I'm no great geographer - just tried to work it out by eye from the numbers written on the grid squares!! Eastings followed by northings.... My school days were a long time ago so I'm probably wrong.....
That's a good website Jan. I hadn't heard of it before.
Yep....husband found it. Stempster and Baillie are close
Thanks! most UK sites are a pay to look. I have good sited here in the States including Ancestry international but that only goes so far. If anyone needs help for over here I am ready to help.
There are a couple of aerial photographs of Stemster Farm at http://www.
the photo didnt come up for me
OK - go to caithness.org (put www in front) and search for Stemster Farm in search box at top left.
Thanks Sue - and sorry - I forgot to say welcome to the forum.
Ok now I have another question....When it says 2 daughters were born at Stempster and one at Barillie....are those actual towns/villages or are they just farms? There is Stempster Hill and Stempster and Barillie and Barillie Hill (Hey I'm a Hoosier.....a person from Indiana....not a Scot...lol). This is making me feel closer to the family over there.
Also, would that mean that children were born on that farm? Could there have been a relationship to the owners of the farms? Sorry. I keep thinking up more questions.
Thank you Got it!
It may well be that the children were born on the respective farms. Do you have any record anywhere as to what George's occupation was?
I have no idea what George's occupation was. I do know one son became a carriage maker and another a blacksmith. The PEI records are difficult and sparse. There are also 2 George Sinclair's on PEI and no mention of family.
I had a look at the 1841 census for Reay on freecen. If you put Stempster as 'street' there are 40 records from around 8 households from a rough count. You can see their occupations - mainly farmer or agricultural labourer. If you put in Baillie there are 23 records from maybe 7, again mainly agricultural.
The National Library of Scotland have online old maps. Those from 1870s show 4 buildings at Stemster and 3 at Baillie. There may have been more cottages there in the 1840s.
This website talks of 190 people emigrating from Reay in the spring of 1841.
Is there a way to find the names of those that went. As I was reading I noticed Henry Baille, that is a farm that Johan Sinclair was born! Johan was also born Jan 1841 so they would have left shortly after she was born
The Henry Baillie mentioned was member of parliament for another county. Baillie was a common name so unlikely to have any connection with your family.
Separate names with a comma.