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Decedents of James Masson & Janet Adams



Decendents of William Masson  Elspet Lees & Daisy Marshall

Portlethen Family

Decendents of James Christie and Mary Masson

Ancestors of John, Mary, George, and Ann children of John Masson and Janet Masson

Contact info Bob Kinahan

One of the goals for this page is to provide source material with the data. The source is listed at the end of each page and in time I would like to add links to additional source material.
Another goal is to provide more then names and dates. To quote the back cover of Colin Milne's wonderful book Fisherfolk to Torryfolk " an insight into the lives of the fishing communities along the Kincardineshire coast..." Colin also adds on his web page "Learn about the lives of the local people, their religious beliefs, local traditions, superstitions, their struggle to prevent starvation, relationships with the local lairds and of course the desperate fight against the cruel, harsh and unforgiving  North Sea."    My goal is to give that same insight to our ancestors in these pages.
   Colin's book is a must read if your researching the family more on the book can be found here.
Fisherfolk to Torryfolk

Skateraw   Where did the name Skateraw come from? An article done by Sheila Hamilton for the Aberdeen Evening Express quotes Johnny Masson one of the last of the Skateraw Masson & Christie Fisherfolk.
"Let us at once dispose of any theory that the name "Skateraw" has anything to do with the fish 'skate'.. It comes, says Johnny Masson, without hesitation, from the Gaelic meaning a 'row on a rock'. In fact, his father used to talk about there having been an old row of cottages on the cliff top above the cave in the little harbor..."
   Read the entire article Fishy Stories from Skateraw on Stuart Christie's web page                               
The Christies of Skateraw, Muchalls, Cowie, Findon & Downies

Scotch thistle has been credited with helping Scotland fend off Viking invasion. As the Vikings moved into Scotland for a sneak attack, they yelled out in pain when they stumbled through thistle plants. Their cries alerted the Scots and allowed them to push out the Vikings. Since then, Scotch thistle has been the national emblem of Scotland.

Scotch thistle (Onopordum acanthium)
I have no idea how true this is but makes for a nice tale.