HelloAnn, In reply to your message I am a descendant of Walter Ballantyne and Margaret Riddell. Walter born Yair in 1806 died in 1891.He married Margaret -born 1802 in Wauchope on the 21st May 1831 in Selkirk. Margaret died in 1894.She was the daughter of John Riddell and Margaret Turnbull. Their eldest sonwasJames Ballantyne born 31-10-1831.James was a stonemason and came to Victoria Australia where he married a Jane Officer ( from Nth Ireland )at Batesford near Geelong Vic then moved to Ballarat Vic..They are my great grandparents.
Have just sent for the death certificate of Margaret's brother William who was a witness at James and Jane's marriage.
A Riddell cousin who lives in Queensland has recently made contact with me.