|About The Coupers of Fife and Lanark Scotland
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It is a privilege to have the opportunity to research both my Couper families at the start of the new millennium and as a result of the family duality to negotiate the mazes and cul-de-sacs scattered throughout two counties. Historically, the Coupers are an ancient family whose association with Fife is recorded as far back as 13th century but in modern times Lanarkshire and the great conurbation of Glasgow may lay claim to having the largest number of Couper families today. How this has come about is largely due to several influential factors: From the mid 18th century the great need for artisans and craftsmen to sustain the birth of the industrial revolution and the urbanization of Scotland and for the reconstruction and expansion of Glasgow the second City of the Victorian Empire. And latterly the needs of great coalfields of both counties have occupied members of my family right up to the demise of that industry. It is difficult to imagine the extent of the uprooting of families and how they adapted to their new surroundings but it is evident from the psychology of their roots that the Couper families still traverse both counties even today. For those of you family and friends alike who care to delve into this family tree and wish to have a real feel for the extent of this industrial migration, I would recommend a visit to the corridor county of West Lothian where you will find …..High up, upon Cairnpapple Hill a vista that encompasses not only the two counties that lay claim to the Coupers but a view of central Scotland from coast to coast. Finally, as a consequence of this research, it is a pleasure to have found so many living relatives in Canada, America, Australia and New Zealand as well as here in the UK: all descendants of both Couper Families’ bloodlines. Haste ye back! Robert Couper 2009