Hi Deb You need to have access to birth or death indexes in order to find the info you want. You can do this at -- http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.phphttp://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php Or at your local FHC which MAY have them. Scotlands People would be the fastest way to get you started and once you have that first info it would be very simple to trace his family back to 1855. WWW.familysearch.org would also help if you can get back to about 1875. I'm a Dewar researcher myself,so we may have a connection somewhere if we're lucky. Cheers Frank McGonigal Ont Canada.