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The Leckie Clan Homelands
Posted by: Ian McCallum (ID *****5267) Date: March 31, 2006 at 08:08:04
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A history book of the LECKIE Barony and the Parish and Village of Gargunnock from the earliest times until 1920s'

If your name is LECKIE then this is where your name and ancestors originated. The ancestral home of the LECKIE CLAN the barony of Leckie forms the western third of Gargunnock parish in Stirlingshire and for centuries the Barons of LECKIE held the power of life and death over the area. A warlike clan, the Leckies fought an epic battle with the much larger and more powerful Graham Clan. It took the intervention of the king himself to put a stop to the fighting. Read about the Jacobite Baron Leckie and his loyalty to Bonnie Prince Charlie.

The 135 page book builds a detailed picture of the lives and times of the people and contains over 35 period pictures including Leckie Castle and the old Bridge at Leckie Mill, maps, sketches and genealogical appendices. Written by a professional genealogist with those researching their ancestors very much in mind, it includes the 1881 National Census, listing everyone at home in Parish on the night of the census, detailing their names, ages, relationships, addresses, occupations and where they were born. An appendix lists the original and early property owners in the eightenth century village, with a map showing the location and extent of their properties. Also included are the period descriptions of all the properties which appear on the 1860 Ordnance Survey map of the parish. A Gargunnock Parish Voters Roll from 1832 which lists over forty names plus their addresses. The Gargunnock Farmers Club members from 1794-1917, showing the year they joined and their addresses. The club included members from the surrounding parishes.

Also contained as appendices are short biographical sketches on the Great War dead of the parish and a list of Church of Scotland Parish Ministers between 1615 and 1927. A useful Scots Glossary containing many of the old Scots words and terms which family researchers will inevitably come across while researching their Scots ancestors and also conversion charts for weights, measures and distances.

The book is a gold mine of historical and genealogical information, particularly if your name is Leckie, containing many period pictures, maps, and sketches highlighting the text. It is a "must have" for anyone interested in researching and understanding the times and living conditions of their LECKIE ancestors or local Parish history in general.


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