You are of course quite right.I missed a page in my rush to post the message.I am still intrigued about James mentioned in John's message.I am beginning to think it may have been the James who was married to Agnes Burgon.He had enough son's at sea to fit the bill. I wonder if there is a way of checking who owned the boats.The insurer I believe was the East of Fife Insurance Club, do they still exist? He also had a son called John, born in 1846.
As yet, Fife has not come into the picture.Hopefully you can find a link.The two coastlines are only 10 to 15 miles apart.It seems a distinct possibility.
I will try and get a copy of the book you mentioned, it sounds interesting.
Common names in that area include, Burgon, Crombie, Maltman, Anderson, Purves, Dougal.There were a lot of marriages between these families.There was also a branch of the McLeans around Cockburnspath and Dunbar in the late 1800's.