Saturday, 30 October 2010

Wallace ancestors down under?

Lords Day May 28 1721
On which day Robert Wallace, servitor to James Wauchope in East Barns, and Elspith Finlaw his spouse and living at Dryburnfoard in this parish had a son baptised David. Witnesses James Sampson, a servant in Dryburnfoard and David Deans, servant to the said James Wauchope.

If the above entry concerning the Wallace family of Innerwick rings a bell, you may be interested to note that one of their descendants, Doug Wallace has printed a book in Melbourne concerning some of their descendants. Here's the cover blurb:

This is the story of one branch of the Wallace Family. It begins with David, a blacksmith who was born in 1721 at Innerwick, Scotland, and was near Prestonpans in 1745 when Prince Charles defeated the English. His great grandson George, a baker, migrated to Australia in 1853 to find gold and was at Ballarat at the time of the Eureka stockade. It follows their descendants through two world wars to the present day.

David moved to Dunbar and married Jean Gillies in 1746 (she was born in Spott in 1721), and the couple had eight children. Their son David moved to Tranent and married Margaret Bruce in 1793, and amongst their children was William Wallace, born 1799, christened at Tranent 7 DEC, the author's great great grandfather. His son George Wallace, born Dunkeld 1830 emigrated to Oz in 1853.

Doug's book has a full history and genealogical charts, and is privately published. If interested, contact him at dwalnic @

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