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Researching Stewart & Thomson

Posted on September 5, 2012 at 3:25 PM

This week's key lines of research were spent on the surnames Stewart and Thomson. The Stewart line, a noble Scottish clan, was a bit fruitless and I found myself stuck at a very modern 1890! As far as I could determine neither the Stewart parents nor the son appeared to be born in Scotland and also unlikely to be from England. I could be log-jammed here but there is still one opening line of research. The Stewart son served in a Scottish regiment during WW2, so obtaining his British Army service records may reveal more on his birthplace. Please be aware that WW2 service records can only be obtained by a next of kin from MoD Historical Search Archives, Kentigern House, Argyle Street, Glasgow, G4 using a Subject Access Request Form (SAR). If you want more details on SAR contact me at [email protected]. If you want to know more of the history associated with the Stewart dynasty in the south-west of Glasgow check out my website http://corkerhillhistory.webs.com?

The Thomson line was much more amenable to research and led back from Glasgow, through Ayrshire to Royal Deeside. It revealed a William Thomson who was a renowned salmon and trout fisher on Deeside and who once produced a net for the then King Edward VII to use for trout fishing on Loch Muick when he was staying at Balmoral. William Thomson's nephew was a John Thomson, who picked up the moniker in WW1 of Joak Tamson. Of course, his children were obviously known as Joak Tamson's Bairns. Although, as any good Scot will know, we are all Joak Tamson's Bairns! John Thomson served in WW1 in the renowned Cameronians aka the Scottish Rifles. My own great-grandfather George Caie Clark enlisted in WW1 and served in the Scottish Rifles and I have a great photo of him taken in Edinburgh with his company. George lied about his age as many young lads did to fight against the Germans. I worked out that George was almost 60 when he was demobbed. I think the Army must have twigged, because he was transferred to the Royal Defence Regiment and spent the war guarding the Ardeer Nobel Works at Stevenson in Ayrshire!

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