James Will and Mary Balgarnie Old Deer

Old  Deer: A local scene

My husband's gt.gt. grandfather was James Will who was born 1829/1831 in Old Deer. When he died his certificate stated that his parents were James Will a crofter and Mary Balgarnie.
Despite exhaustive enquiries I have been unable to find out who James Will senior was. Neither have I been able to discover anything about Mary Balgarnie. I do know that Balgarnie is a known nme in East Lothian which is where James Will jnr went at some time. He married there and later moved to Edinburgh. I did find an entry on the 1841 census for a James Mille aged 12 born about 1829 and on the same record James Will aged 30, Mary Will aged 35 but this was at Greenlands, Aberdeenshire.
There is no record of James Will marrying Mary Balgarnie. I am stumped! If anyone has any ideas I would love to hear from you.


Sheila Mitchell
E-mail: sm4hannahlightfoot@talktalk.net
Saturday 1st September 2018



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