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Westerkirk Dumfriesshire
Westerkirk is one of the 43 parishes in Dumfriesshire and encompasses several villages including Bentpath.
 
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red mail Elizabeth Irving
Elizabeth Irving married James Dixon in 1814 approx. at Westerkirk Any information on their families would be appreciated.
red mail Andrew Little from Westerkirk to Bathurst NSW
In my family history there are a few references to Andrew Little. Does anyone have any information about him and his family in Australia. He was at Kirkconnell near Bathurst and then bought land closer to Bathurst.
red mail John Little married Helen Park
I am a decendant of John Little who married Helen Park in 1785 in Westerkirk, Dumfriesshire, Scotland. John was born around 1760 and died in 1829. Helen was born around 1764. Andrew (born 1789 in Westerkirk), son of John, married Betsey (Elizabeth) Irving on 3 November 1835. Andrew and Betsey arrived in Sydney on 23 January 1841 in the ship "Superb" from Liverpool. Some of Andrews other brothers and Sisters also arrived in Sydney at various times. Andrew settled in Bathurst NSW Australia. I understand that one of Andrews Great Great Granbaughters holds 30 original letters brought to Aust by Andrew, some mentioning Duncan Malcolm in Berhanpore India, Sir Charles Malcolm and Sir Putteney Malcolm who appeared to be good friends of the little family. Andrew little was enticed to Bathurst by his brother-in-law David Maxwell Irving who had migrated from Langholm two years (?) before. Andrew bought 100 acres of land in Bathurst and built a house in 1850 (which is still standing and is classified by the National Trust). Various brothers and sisters followed Andrew to Australia later. The Bathurst property was called "Bimbenang" and was handed down through Andrew's son George little to grandson MacDonel little (my great uncle) and was sold out of the family in 1967 when MacDonel died. The letters I hold were found in good condition in a shed on the property by my father who was clearing the house out before putting it up for sale. I would be interested in contacting MacDonel's Great Niece and obtaining a copy of the original letters, and or any one who is researching the Little family in Scotland or Australia.


 
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