Highland Cattle

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No pictures of Scotland would be complete without Scottish Highland Coos.
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The first two pics are from Culloden. The third is from Loch Lomond. The last three are from the Scone Palace grounds, where the ancient Scottish kings were invested.

Urquhart Castle

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Stunning ruin on the shores of Loch Ness. Though we have passed this castle every time we’ve gone, this was our first time to tour the ruins.

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A look through to the dungeon.
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Overview of the great hall and other rooms from the tower.

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View from opposite hill.

There are many, many ruins to visit here in Scotland. But this is one of the best.

The Bonny, Bonny Banks of Loch Lomond

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Griffin Family Genealogy II

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This is an update to the post, Griffin Family Genealogy I, published on May 2, 2013. When I figure out how to link to the first post, I will do so here.

This is information we were able to gather from visiting the Robeson County and Halifax County, North Carolina areas during the summer of 2013.

We discovered a roster of Union County Revolutionary Soldiers as taken from a monument on the courthouse grounds of Monroe, North Carolina that lists both Thomas Griffin and his father, Richard Griffin. We hope to visit this monument personally, in the future. 2015 is definitely looking like a strong possibility.

We also found an Anson County, North Carolina Abstract of Wills, 1750-1880 which lists both Thomas Griffin, and his brother, David. Lists the children still alive and around at the time of their father’s death.

View from Calton Hill

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Several views from Calton Hill in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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Edinburgh Castle in the far center.

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That’s the Firth of Forth, way in the background.

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Greyfriar’s Abbey and churchyard.

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Backside of the Royal Mile.

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Arthur’s Seat.

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Holyrood Palace.

Abbotsford – Home of Sir Walter Scott

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Brick Wall of the Month: Hezekiah Collins

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My Brick Wall for the month of September is Hezekiah Collins.

I feel like I have known of Hezekiah for a very long time. I know a great deal about him, but not as much as I would like to.

Hezekiah was born in 1810, in Virginia. He married Sarah Jane Wood, born 1813, in Albemarle County, Virginia, in 1832. They had 6 children together, including my great-great grandfather, Zachariah Collins, born in 1849 in Ohio.

Hezekiah and Sarah moved from Ohio to Illinois sometime between 1850 and 1860. Between 1860 and 1870, they traveled to Oregon by wagon train. Hezekiah was the wagon master.

Hezekiah worked as a farmer in Virginia, Ohio, and Illinois, but was a hotel keeper in Oregon.

He died in 1884, but there is no record of his burial. He is not buried beside his wife, who died in 1891.

I would like to know where he is buried, of course, but I would also like to have a better picture of Hezekiah back in Virginia. Who were his parents? Who were his siblings? The popular opinion (most of the public trees that list Hezekiah) is that his parents are George Collins and Mary “Polly” Owens. And maybe they are. I would like evidence of this, though. The public trees also list three sons: Hezekiah, born 1810, Lemuel, born 1812, and Manley, born 1814.

Now, both her paternal grandparents (Hezekiah and Sarah) died before my great-grandmother was born, so she never knew them. But she knew bits and pieces regarding the family, and one of the things she wrote down was that Hezekiah had a twin brother, Malachi. Maybe this isn’t true, or maybe the twin died early on, but it’s frustrating when you have a piece of information that doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere.

I am looking for proof linking Hezekiah to his parents, but I would also love to find information on his lost brother, Malachi.

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