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Brickwalls: Seeking Information on John Urquhart from Fife, Scotland to Brantford, Ontario

The story is quite interesting. My Great Grandfather, David Smith Urquhart’s brother, a John Urquhart was the first Pupil Teacher at Collinsburgh School in Fife ( fact ). My historic family come from the immediate area in Kilconquhar Fife Scotland and had links with Dunfermline. In 1873, the pupils of Collinsburgh School presented John Urquhart with an inscribed Chest on his leaving.

The Inscription on the Chest reads -:

To John Urquhart from the Scholars of Colinsburgh School
A token of their regret at his departure and of their earnest wishes for his future welfare
December 25, 1873

On May 1st, unknown to myself, a Kay Urquhart, from Brantford sadly passed away at the age of 93 and last week, a friend of hers contacted me through a posting I originally placed on Genuki 16 years ago saying he had inherited the said Chest from Kay and could it be the same John Urquhart I was researching. As a result of this I believe there to be a strong possibility that the John Urquhart in question is my ancestor but am seeking to prove this. As you know in geneology 2+2 does not always equal 4. I have been told that Kay had been the last living member of the Line in Canada.

Interestingly, three generations of the family appear to be buried in Mount Hope cemetery at Brantford but not, it seems, the original John Urquhart who the chest was given to and is believed to have emigrated in 1873 ?

Can you assist Stuart Urquhart with his query? If so, you may contact him directly at: family.urquhartATgmail.com

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One Response to “Brickwalls: Seeking Information on John Urquhart from Fife, Scotland to Brantford, Ontario”

  1. Stuart Urquhart says:

    I have now established that John Urquhart lived at Mount Pleasant and died on 7th August 1930 in Brantford General Hospital. All details on his death certificate match. He was 75 when he died and was buried at Mount Pleasant. His occupation was recorded as a ‘Gentleman’ and I continue my search to find out more about him.

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