I have just begun researching my Lafferty and McBirnie family from Ayrshire Scotland. Going from most recent: Elizabeth McBirnie, CrossHill Ayrb.1876 married Thomas Davidson Lafferty in 1904 resident of New Cumnock. They were my great grand parents on my mothers side, and moved to Australia about 1906. I know that at about the same time her sister and a brother moved to Canada, and the rest remained around the area in Scotland.
Elizabeth (Bessie) siblings were: Jock (Canada), Robert (Policeman,Scotland) b 1880, Samuel a policeman in Kilmarnock, Mary (Canada, married Blackie), Ed a bachelor (Canada), and Agnes Jeanie (Canada).
Parents were: Thomas McBirnie b 1849, labourer of CrossHill and Margaret Swan b 1853, married Kirkmichael 1874. Thomas' brother was John b 1845 , daughter Mary - he was blind & had been a cotton weaver. Here the spelling starts to change between McBurnie & McBirnie....
Parents were: Samuel McBurnie b 1816 CrossHill, married Mary McGechie b 1826 Maybole. Samuel's siblings were: James b 1810, Thomas b 1813. Their parents were James McBirnie a weaver of Girvan and Mary (Ann) Thomson.
I do have some other names & dates of McBirnies in and around Girvan (from Ireland) - mainly John b 1821 & James b 1808 & families (1851 Census)....... I guess they may be Samuels brothers - as I have been devoting my time to the Jobson family research I have not yet followed up. It was oput of frustration at the brick wall with my Jobsons that I aimlessly typed in McBirnie to see what would come up!!!!! First time I have seen this list.
Willing to check details and share info if anyone thinkjs there may be a connection.
We have always leaned to our Scottish heritage so I am now quite excited if I can progress this. regards from Australia Robyn