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There are 1742 names in this family tree. The earliest recorded event is the birth of SANDS, ROBERT, b.1650 in 1650. The most recent event is the death of MCGRATH, JADE DOROTHY ROSE in 2018.The webmaster of this site is STEWART WINCHESTER. Please click here if you have any comments or feedback.

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I started researching my Family History many years ago and probably the major 
motivation at that time was the fact that most people assumed that i was 
Therefore being a proud Scot, I had to find out for myself. No offence to any 
English intended.
I knew that my Grandfather had been born in Scotland but that was that. I was 
quite prepared to discover relatives from South of the Border. But to my great 
joy I managed to trace my WINCHESTER line, all born in Scotland, back to 1703 
in the Elgin area. I also found out that there have been WINCHESTERS in North 
East Scotland since the 15th Century or even longer.


The name first became know in the North East in connection with JOHN 
WINCHESTER, Bishop of Elgin and at one time Canon of Windsor. Bishop JOHN was a 
man of great ability.a friend of JAMES 1 whose education he had directed during 
his detention in England. 
When the King returned to Scotland, JOHN WINCHESTER accompanied him and appears 
to have had much of his confidence. This was in the year 1425. He became 
Chaplain to the King and Prebendery of Dunkeld and afterwards Provost of 
Limehaden and Lord Register. He was consecrated Bishop of Moray within the 
Monastery of Cambuskenneth in the year of 1437.
In his time the Town of Spynie was created into a Burgh of Barony. He died in 
the year 1458 and was buried in St.Marys Aisle in the Cathedral of Elgin. 
Bishop WINCHESTERs relations appear to have accompanied him to Scotland,for 
subsequent to the date of his Episcopacy,they are to be found in the Rolls of 
the County of Elgin as Freeholders and Occupants of Church Lands.
WILLIAM WINCHESTER was Treasurer in the Diocese and JOHN, Sub-Dean, during the 
latter part of the 15th Century and TIBERIUS WINCHESTER was a Chaplain in the 
beginning of the 16th Century; also PETER WINCHESTER of Alterlie and his son 
are Witness to some of the Bishops Chartularies in the same Century.
The first Protestant Minister of Elgin was a Gentleman named WINCHESTER; and it 
is recorded of two of his relations that they were indicted for the murder of a 
Miss Dunbar, daughter of the Dean of Moray,but the indictment was abandoned due 
to lack of evidence.
Gentlemen of this name appear to have been employed in the Household of the 
Duke of Gordon and one of them acted as Adjutant to the Duke who in command 
surrendered Edinburgh Castle to the Convention of Estates in Scotland in 1688 
it being a Mr WINCHESTER who signed the Capitulation.
One Branch of the Family settled in Pittieviach in the Parish of Mortlach which 
was the seat of an ancient See afterwards merged with Aberdeen.
xxxx This branch was long represented by CHARLES WINCHESTER, Advocate in 
Aberdeen,who died in 1899 aged 100 from whose Family Bible these notes were 

                  AMORIAL BEARINGS

A hand holding a Branch of Grapes.   Motto:- Hoc ardua vinceo dociet. [Records 
of Lyon Office].


So this has been a brief history of the WINCHESTERs in the North East, a 
fascinating history i have discovered and I am continuing to discover.
When the Genealogy Bug bites it does not let go, especially when facts like the 
following are unearthed;

My GGGrandfather was the only survivor of a shipwreck in which his first wife 
and child were drowned. He was rescued from mountainous seas very close to 
death. He later remarried and went on to have a further 13 children.

If he had not survived ,you would not be reading this now.

If you have any additions to this tree or have discovered any mistakes, please 
let me know.
                 STEWART WINCHESTER.


I saw behind me those who had gone,and before me,those who were to come.
I looked back and saw my father,and all our fathers,and in front,to see my son and his son,and the 
sons upon sons beyond.

And their eyes were my eyes .

As i felt,so they had felt,and were to feel,as then,so now,as tomorrow and forever.

Then i was not afraid,for i was in a long line that had no beginning,and no end,and the hand of 
his father grasped the hand of my fathers hand,and his hand was in mine,and my unborn son took my 
right hand,and all,up and down the line that stretched from time that was,to time that is,and is 
not yet,raised their hands to show the link,and we found that we were one......


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Getting Around
There are several ways to browse the family tree. The Tree View graphically shows the relationship of selected person to their kin. The Family View shows the person you have selected in the center, with his/her photo on the left and notes on the right. Above are the father and mother and below are the children. The Ancestor Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph above and children below. On the right are the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The Descendant Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph and parents below. On the right are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Do you know who your second cousins are? Try the Kinship Relationships Tool. Your site can generate various Reports for each name in your family tree. You can select a name from the list on the top-right menu bar.

In addition to the charts and reports you have Photo Albums, the Events list and the Relationships tool. Family photographs are organized in the Photo Index. Each Album's photographs are accompanied by a caption. To enlarge a photograph just click on it. Keep up with the family birthdays and anniversaries in the Events list. Birthdays and Anniversaries of living persons are listed by month. Want to know how you are related to anybody ? Check out the Relationships tool.

Note: for privacy reasons names of living persons are excluded.

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