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.


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.

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…