Ivie Campbell

The family tree of Ivie Campbell spreads to Canadian John McCrae of ‘In Flanders Field’ fame and to New Cumnock’s own Sir Tom Hunter


Ivie Campbell

Ivie Campbell


Ivie Campbell

Ivie Campbell


20 thoughts on “Ivie Campbell

  1. Viv and Neil Harris

    We will be visiting Ivie & Margaret in October this year from Australia and want to thank the children of New Cumnock Primary School and the volunteers for restoring my husbands great great great great great grandfathers headstone. My husband was the last of the Rowans in Australia to visit Dalgig before it was destroyed and we thank Scottish Coal for sending us the farm signs which we cherish. We will be in contact with the school shortly to see if it is OK to come and talk to the children about Ivie and his Australian relatives. Neil Harris and Viv Cunningham-Smith from Victoria Australia.

    1. flowgently Post author

      Hello Viv and Neil, I’ll be sure to meet up with you during your trip and glad to show you round the Auld Kirkyard and New Cumnock. I’ll arrange something with the school nearer the time. all the best, Bobby

    2. Megan Rankine

      Hi Viv & Neil, I was very interested to read about you presenting the Rowan Family book to New Cumnock Primary School. My mother Margaret was a Rowan, and my daughter and I will be visiting New Cumnock in October to check out some family history. If possible, it would be wonderful to get a copy of the book? I have been doing some research myself but love to see yours! Many thanks, Megan

      1. Vivienne Cunningham-Smith

        Hi Megan, Happy to provide a pdf of the book. We are in Australia and visited with the wonderful Bobby a few years back now. Cannot wait to get back there when all these COVID restrictions in Australia are lifted finally. Just send me your email and I will forward you the book.

    3. Heather Higgins

      According to our family tree we are descendants of Ivie Campbell who farmed at Dalgig and Craigman. We have a date of 1740 which would seem to be incorrect. We are descended from Helen Campbell born in 1798, daughter of an Ivie Campbell. She married David Ferguson who was born in 1796. This information was passed down by Helen Mitchell nee Reid who was my mother’s aunt. We have further information of the following generations and would like to understand where we have gone wrong with these dates.

      1. flowgently Post author

        Hi Heather, thank you for posting.

        Old Parish Record Birth/Bapt.| New Cumnock
        25 Sep 1754 Ivie Campbell son of George Campbell and Margaret Boyle, at Garclaugh.

        This birth year corresponds with information on the headstone
        Who died 28th July 1831,
        in the 77th year of his age.

        Ivie married
        1. Jean Gemmel and had three children George, William, Margaret
        2. Margaret Dunbar and seven children Isabeela, Jane, Thomina, Janet, Ellen, Ivie, Wilhelmina.
        Ellen (Helen) married David Ferguson.

        from Christine Clement research

        hope this heps,

  2. James

    Thank you very much for restoring my great-great-great-great-great-grandfather’s memorial stone. We visited last week – quite an amazing setting. Was sorry to find that Dalgig had been demolished: my parents visited in the seventies to meet Ivie Campbell Smith and to be shown the original Ivie’s covenanter’s bible. Wonder where that has ended up.

    1. flowgently Post author

      Hi James, I am glad you enjoyed your visit to the Auld Kirkyard and yes Ivie’s headstone is good repair now. I recall seeing the family bible when i made my first trip to Dalgig with the history club way back in 1976. I am not sure what became of the bible. The other Covenanter relics (lock of hair and piece of woolen mitten) that are now in the Baird Institute, Cumnock. I am member of the Scottish Covenanter Memorials Association and we are in contact with Keir Mining who are creating a Covenanter Saltire as pat of the resotarion of the opencast between Dalgig and the Covenanters grave. A small cairn will also be erected on the site of Dalgig with the name of the farm on it. I have some photos of Dalgig before it’s demolition and would be happy to e-mail them of you wished. all the best, Bobby Guthrie

  3. NEIL Campbell Smith

    Hi there my name is NEIL Campbell Smith and I am a direct descendant of Ivie Campbell Smith of Dalgig Farm . My grand father was Ivie Smith and my great grandfather was Ivie Smith all of Dalgig farm New Cumnock and i also lived at Dalgig farm unil the late 1980’s the last of the e Campbell’s to actually live there prior to opencast and would like to meet any other distant or direct relatives connected to the farm.

    1. Anne Barker

      Hi Neil, were you at the meeting of some of Ivie Campbell’s descendants at The Crown Hotel a few years ago? I was there with my mum. We are descendants of Isabella Campbell, daughter of the first Ivie and Margaret Dunbar, who became Mrs Graham. Anne Barker, Cumnock.

  4. Ken Lees

    Whilst researching our family I have stumbled across this account of the Campbells and I think I have established the connection. I have a few questions that I would like to ask the writer/researcher of this family. Would it be possible for him/her to contact me?

    1. Shirley Martin

      Hi from Australia.
      I am a direct descendant of Thomas Campbell and Mary Pearson. I believe Thomas, the son of George and Margaret Boyle, was born 22 September or December, 1762 at Corsoncan, New Cumnock. I would love any relevant details for Mary.
      Their daughter, Jane/Jean is my Great Great Great Grandmother. She was born 17 December 1807 at Blackfarding, New Cumnock. I do not know her death date.
      Jane married David McMurtrie. Their son Thomas born 1863 was my Great Grandfather. He emigrated to Australia where he had my Grandfather, William in 1897. My mother was Betty McMurtrie.
      I would so appreciate any substantiation of the earlier Campbells. Thanks in advance
      Shirley Ann Martin

      1. flowgently Post author

        Hello Shirley, Thank you for visiting and sharing. The Old Parish Records have Thomas Campbell, son of George Canpbell and Margaret Boyle baptised or born on 2nd September 1764. The entry doesn’t say where but from Ivie Campbells family notes we know it was at Corsencon. Searching in Scotlands People for Mary Pearson the only local candidate is Mary Pearson daughter of James Pearson and Elspeth Hair bapt. 9th July 1780, Dornal, in the neighbouring parish of Auchinleck. There is record in the excellent Cumnock Connections site that show both parents were born in New Cumnock; James at Park, 29th Jul 1751and Elspeth, Lochbrowan was baptised 8th May 1748
        https://cumnockconnections.tribalpages.com/tribe/browse?userid=cumnockconnections&view=0&pid=54572&ver=190826 .

        I’m sorry I couldn’t find the marriage of Jane / Jean Campbell and David McMurtrie. I did find the marriage of Euphemia Neill and David McMurtrie (Straiton, Ayrshire 1861), who had a son Thomas born at Ayr in 1863. Euphemia was the daughter of John Neill and Jean Campbell married at Kirkmichael, Ayrshire 25 DEC 1829). I am not sure if this is of any use to you though.

        kind regards

      2. Shirley Martin

        This is brilliant! Thank you so much Bobby.

        I did inadvertently give you a bum steer though…Jane Campbell did indeed marry John Neill! (Not McMurtrie) Sometimes this researching does my head in! But I reckon that I am not alone there!

        Once again thank you for such a fast response too. I really appreciate it!

        Kind regards

      3. flowgently Post author

        Hi Shirley,
        You’re welcome. I thought there were too many coincidences and yes we’ve all done. I alway have to check which Ivie is which.

        I notice there is a James Pearson and his twin Thomas born / baptised at Park, New Cumnock on 29th May 1751 to Thomas Pearson and Jean Haddow.

        Good luck with your research,
        all the best,Bobby

      4. Shirley Martin

        Hi again Bobby!

        That is interesting about the twin boys…I will look into it! Thank you!

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