Down memory lane, February 15 2019

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A septuagenarian American who is descended from Kintyre stock, has been researching his genealogy and history.

Maths and science teacher and latterly computer programmer, Roger Breckenridge, from Minnesota, USA told the Courier: ‘As far as I am aware the last Breckenridge to live in Campbeltown, was James Breakenridge who died in 1927.

‘I have finished my own Breckenridge genealogy and have traced my Breckenridge lineage back to Glencraigs, just a couple of miles north of Campbeltown, along the Tarbert Road.

‘My ancestors were tenant farmers at Glencraigs, then called Craigs in the early to mid 1700s.’

Some of his ancestors are buried at Kilkerran cemetery and he specifically knows there are graves for Andrew Breckenridge and his wife Janet Finlay.

In one posting, on the Courier’s Facebook page, Mr Breckenridge has asked if any readers know where the Breckenridge’s rest and whether it would be possible to have photographs emailed.

He is also looking for a very old place-name, possibly Glenreavoll,  concerning a Breckenridge family.

Mr Breckenridge said: ‘All I know is that Glenreavoll must have been located somewhere in Scotland but not necessarily in Argyll or Kintyre.

‘A Breckenridge family lived at Glenreavoll in the year 1715.

‘I have no idea what Glenreavoll was or where it was located. I suppose it could have been a village, a town or a farm.

‘I’m leaning towards the idea that Glenreavoll could have been the name of a farm.

‘Today I found a place-name, probably the name of a farm, called ‘Glenrea’ in south Kintyre and I am wondering if that could be the name?

‘Glenreavoll and Glenrea could be one and the same.’

Mr Breckenridge and his two elder brothers on a farm, he is in the middle. Unfortuately the picture has been cropped poorly. NO_c07dml02_Roger_Breckenridge

Roger Breckenridge. NO_c07dml01_Roger_Breckenridge

The Breckenridge family who have Kintyre DNA. NO_c07dml05_Roger_Breckenridge

The head stone for John Richard Breckenridge. NO_c07dml04_Roger_Breckenridge