|About Allan and Thorpe
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My name is James Allan and with my wife Janet we have researched and compiled this family history.
It traces both our families back to the mid 17th. century.
Notable other names we have been interested in documenting are:
Caskie and Boyd on my tree and Cowan on Janet's
Augustus Allan, born ABT 1775 Quilly, Dromore, Co Down,
Ireland. His birth place is recorded in his sons Samuel, Thomas and William's death certificates,
but to date have been unable to find him or his wife in any Irish records.
Jan traced her family, back to Manchester England to Peter Thorpe 1799 - 1841.
He had three children.
1.Andrew 1831-1887, who moved to Scotland, Jan's GG Grandfather
2.Fanny 1832-1843 who emigrated to Australia
3.Jonathan 1841-1914 who remained in Manchester.
I also focused on two other families, the Boyd's and the Caskie's and have done extensive research
Robert Boyd 1863 - 1934
Born in Kirkintilloch, Dunbartonshire, Scotland, 28th Oct 1863 into a large working class family.
Robert joined the Colonial Service and went on to become head of the Native Land Commission (NLC) in
Suva Fiji and was awarded the OBE in 1926 for his services to the NLC. He is still fondly remembered
by Fijians today.
He died 17 Jul 1934 and is buried at Purewa Cemetery Auckland New Zealand.
More reading and information about Robert in the 'Stories'.
The Caskies migrated from Ireland about 1812 and settled in Dunoon, Argyllshire.
Their story is less well remembered, for good reason.. but was no less fascinating to research and
makes compelling, if rather sad, reading.
"The Caskie story is heartbreaking and is linked inextricably to the Allan's story.. hence my
curiosity and fascination with their history. I just had to unravel it... but nothing could have
prepared me for what I would uncover.. !"
You can read more under "Stories" but you will need the password .. see below.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me via email.. in fact we would both love to
hear from anyone with a connection or an interest in the tree. Particularly if you know anything
about Augustus Allan.
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Please introduce yourself, which names are of interest and how you may be related, or why you are
interested in the names.
The Caskie family has grown.. it has been exciting to find many of them born in Dunoon, Argyll ..
(not Isle of Skye as I first thought) ...
Robert Caskie,born 1782, his wife Agnes (Wallace) and their son Ezekiel (born Ireland 1809),
migrated from Ireland and settled in Dunoon around about 1812.
The breakthrough came finding a Robert Caskie born 1782 Ireland, living in Dunoon in the 1861
Census. see updated tree.
James and Jan Allan March 2016
This map shows all the locations where we have family connections.. From Canada to Ireland..
Australia and New Zealand, England and of course Scotland..