Persley Den c1900, Aberdeen
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Jaffrays of Kingswells
In 1997 I decided to trace my maternal family history through following the name of Jaffray, a name that had been carried down the family through the centuries, finally as a middle name. To my astonishment I discovered a family history that led me to the Jaffrays of Kingwells, and onto a great deal of fascinating history. I have visited Aberdeen twice since, but unfortunately I have not been able to see the Kingswells mansion, and I do not know if it, or indeed the Quaker burial ground where some of my Quaker ancestors are buried, still exist. I am delighted to see the photograph of the house that holds such a wealth of Jaffray family history, and stories of the 16th century and 17th century.
Footdee ( The Squares )
My father-in-law was living with his aunt Elsie Jenkins at 17 North Square during the Second World War years. He was in the Navy at the time so he was not a permanent resident for that period. But as a boy he and his brothers spent a lot of time with his mother's sister (Elsie), playing and going to the Mission in the Square. He also remembers neighbours and friends at that time. Jemima Caie lived next door and the Allan and Baxter families lived the other side. My father-in-law's name is Ernie Nelson and he is 85 years of age with a great memory. His great-great-grandfather was a founder of the Mission in the Square, his name was Deddy Allan. We would be pleased to hear from anyone who might remember him or his family at that time.
When my grandfather turned 16 he brought two fine horses onto a huge cruise boat and brought them to Canada to a buyer only to find out the buyer was not to be found and so he kept the two horses and sold them to another buyer and continued to stay in Canada through the rest of his life.
There was a large main house surrounded by four smaller houses - two on each side of the large house. My grandfather's father lived in one of the smaller houses and worked as a groundskeeper. He had a family of 3 children.