June 28, 2012

Hi all,

Not sure if anyone uses the iPad app FamilySearch Indexing but whilst I was demonstrating to my mum (Chris Ballantyne) a few weeks ago we can across this ships inventory. Not sure if it is of any use to anyone. Take a look at the 8th name on the ledger.



A quick note…

June 28, 2012

Hi all, who visit the pages of this site regularly. Many thanks for visiting. Just recently there have been a few spam comments appearing on different pages. I do try and keep up deleting them out so that the conversations between people commenting can continue.

Apologies that this happens but please keep in touch. The comments and links are fantastic.

Best wishes


The origin of the name

January 24, 2011

It’s been a little while since I posted anything on the blog mainly because I have been having trouble sourcing anything on my own Gilmour heritage. But in the meantime there have been some fantastic additions by way of comments to the Ballantyne & Gilmour pages. The most recent this weekend from Sophia Ballantyne who writes on the Ballantyne page;

“While I was interested to read about your version of the name, we have always believed that this comes directly from the gaelic, Baille ( a farmer)-an- (in the or of the)deadhain (valley, fertile ground. As far as I know up until the 16th centuary, agriculture was the family buisiness until the 17th centuary when William became a weaver in Galashiels and his decendant, Henry founded a mill which was the beginnings of Henry Ballantyne and Sons – in the 20th centuary – branching outinto hosiery with the famous Ballantyne’s cashmere being made in the neighbouring village of Innerleithen”

Absolutely fascinating stuff and there is equally exciting historical background on the Gilmour & Curtis pages. If you can add to the wider picture please get in touch.


The popular genealogy website is being brought to life in an interactive exhibition that has been touring the UK for the past few months.On the 14, 15th & 16th February 2008, FamilySearch on the Road enters Portsmouth.

FamilySearch on the Road is a major free family history exhibition with over one billion names available for research.
The exhibition features displays, free to use computer terminals, and state of the art software linked via satellite to the world’s largest genealogical database.On hand will be genealogy enthusiasts able to offer advice, help with getting started and tell you what it’s all about.

More details including directions on how to get there via this link FamilySearch in Portsmouth

Gilmour name origin

June 25, 2007

Some possible derivations

  1. Scottish and Irish (Ulster): reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gille Mhoire (Scots), Mac Giolla Mhuire (Irish), patronymics from personal names meaning ‘servant of (the Virgin) Mary’.
  2. Irish: in Armagh, reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Mhura ‘servant of St. Mura (of Fahan, Donegal)’ or, in Sligo, of Mac Giolla Mhir ‘son of the spirited lad’.

Motto: ‘Nil penna usus’ – i.e. ‘Not the quill but its use’

Gillemore, Gaelic, the henchman or follower of the chief, one who carried the chief’s broadsword, from gille, a servant, and mor, large, great.

After a little bit of searching on the internet I have found out a little bit about the origin of the ballantyne family name.  If you have anything to add please do so.  View the page here…

Be doing a bit of reading up on this as I have been trying to work out what the Gilmour coat of Arms is .  I found something very interesting about coat of arms whilst having a look for the Curtis family.  I must admit until I read this below I thought the same. 

Quote :

“The most important misconception about Heraldry today is the concept of  a “Family Coats of Arms”. Arms are associated with families or lineage. Not surnames! Many unrelated families share the same surname. Sharing a surname does not mean that you share the right to the same arms. Conversely, many families with different names have the same coat of arms. A coat of arms does not uniquely identify a family. Bearers of a surname today may not have even the remotest relationship to the original bearer of the arms associated with it. In short, just because your name is “Curtis” does not mean you can use a “Curtis” Coats of Arms. A coat was inherited by a child from his parent, either intact or somewhat modified, to truly validate your family coat of arms, you should not rely on these pages.
In order to determine what your arms are, you would need much more than your surname. You would need your pedigree traced back to someone who used a coat of arms. The standard of proof will vary with the needs. If you are of Scottish descent and wish to matriculate arms with the Scottish heraldic authority, you’d better have a well-documented pedigree, probably stretching over several centuries.

Where do I start?

June 29, 2006

This is the question that I have posed myself recently and has been the reason why I have struggled to get enthused about family history work. 

The Gilmour side of things is quite complicated in the last three generations.   So the first place to start is with existing relatives.  That is easy said then done.  Having no contact with my natural father, by default means that my contact with the Gilmour side of the family is somewhat limited. 

So if like me, your options for contacting living relatives is limited then ask them anyway you may be surprised what you find out.  So I asked my mum and she mentioned that my Aunt and Uncle knew a little about the family tree so they could be a pretty good starting point.   

What’s in a name?

June 15, 2006

There has been a lot of interest growing over the last few years in the topic of family history and genealogy. This growing interest can be seen in the popularity of TV programmes like Who do you think you are? This programme has shown just how fascinating genealogy really is and the stories that go with it. I remember vividly, watching the episode on Stephen Fry as he found out about Jewish relatives from Slovakia and the fate that became them in the second world war. Stories like these made compelling television but also showed the real interest on the parts of the family members.

Our interest in family history stems from our religious beliefs and that those who have passed before us are not gone and forever lost but are a part of our family and heritage and the time will come when hopefully we will met them. So it would be nice to know a bit about them maybe 🙂 So whatever the motive for researching ones family hopefully this section of our website will prove interesting and useful for others including our own family as we build it up.

The Diary has moved

March 24, 2006

Just to let you know, if you have bookmarked this site as the diary site that we have imported all of our diary now over to it’s permanent home at   it can still be accessed by using

Be prepared for the changes to this area of the website. 

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