three pictures, probably taken in 1913, in Kirkmichael,
first, showing the street leading to the churchyard, has
the handwritten inscription on the back "Village Church
(Established Church of Scotland) Kirkmichael Ayrshire
Scotland. The first house on the right side of street
next to Church Yard wall is the one in which our mother
was born -- but unfortunately is not shown in this
print." (This would refer to Isabella Aird -- a daughter
and youngest child of William Aird and Mary Hunter
second picture has the handwritten inscription on the
back "Jon Aird 81yrs. James Aird & wife."
third picture has the handwritten inscription on the
back "John Aird (81yrs). James Aird his son."
research, I determined the pictures were likely taken by my
great-grandmother's half-brother Henry C. Patterson. Travel
overseas by family members was unlikely after the migration,
but one member was fairly well off, and found Henry C.
Patterson on a ship returning to Canada, via New York: SS
Baltic Liverpool arriving 1913 Aug 30. From this, I gather
he took the pictures on a visit that year.
inherited these pictures or knew of their existence, I
happened to have visited Kirkmichael in 1977 and, by
coincident, took a picture of this street from almost the
I would be
interested in determining the exact location of the
pictures. The one showing the street is obvious, but what
about the backgrounds in the pictures of the people?
ancestors came from Ayrshire. My GGG-grandfather William
Aird married Mary Hunter at Kirkmichael 1806 November 14 and
lived at "Mossend." I have not been able to verify the exact
place and date of the birth of William Aird, but it appears
he was born about 1783, possibly in Kirkmichael, but also
possibly in Kilmarnock and may have been in Straiton at one
point. He and his family migrated to Montreal, Canada in
1829. I estimated the year of birth 1783 from his age stated
at burial in Mount Royal Cemetery in Montreal.
done extensive research on the Aird family. However, I
cannot identify the Aird's mentioned in the inscriptions on
the back of these pictures. I suspect they were cousins of
my great grandmother Isabella Aird. I have searched parish
records on microfilm and other available records on the
internet, but there are some gaps in the family information.
particularly interested in AIRD records, but also HUNTER. I
determined the parents of Mary Hunter who married William
Aird were David Hunter of Mossend and Isabell Anderson.
Since I wrote the above, I
scanned the slides taken during my visit to Kirkmichael in
1977 and also researched records to identify the people in
the pictures. In these 1977 pictures, note that one was
taken of the gate to the churchyard from almost the same
location as the earlier one. This was a coincident, as I
was unaware of the existence of the earlier picture when I
visited. The caption on the earlier picture indicates that
the house where "mother" (my great-great grandmother
Isabella Aird) was born is on the right but outside the
picture. My picture shows that area but, unfortunately, it
appears the original structure was removed and new row
housing replaced it. The house on the left appears to be the
||Side of Church
records for John Aird who may have been 81 around the time
the picture was taken and who had a son James. I found only
one possibility that matched: John Aird, Blacksmith, who was
born at Kirkmichael in 1827 who married Margaret Crawford
McMeeken there in 1850. John died in 1914 and Margaret in
1910. They had at least four children, the youngest being
James Aird born in 1857 who married Mary Wyllie at Maybole
in 1883. He died at Kirkmichael in 1942.
If John Aird was 81 when the above picture was taken, then
that would indicate it was taken about 1908. That's five
years earlier than my original estimate of 1913 when I
discovered Isabella Aird's son Henry C. Patterson was on a
visit. Searching for other possible children who may have
made a visit, I found a daughter of Isabella, Mary
Patterson/Watson visited the UK in 1907. I found her on the
Empress of Britain from Quebec to Liverpool in 1907,
arriving August 4, but was unable to find her on a return
passenger list. Perhaps she stayed a year, as John Aird
would have been 81 in 1908. I know she was back in Canada
by 1911, as she appears with her family in the census of
I still cannot link John and James Aird to my family tree.
But I assume they are related since my North American Aird
relative visited them during a trip a century ago.