I am interested in your reference to Walter Nicol.I have an ancestor Walter Nicoll who married a Janet Rodman in 1792 at Paisley High Church. They had at least four children, Janet (1793); William (1795); Agnes (1798) and John (1800).William, my g.g.grandfather, emigrated with his family to New Zealand on the "Blenheim" in 1840.I have been unable to establish Walter's birth date, etc., because there are no records that he came from Paisley, and there are a number of people of the same name with birth dates in roughly the right range. However, from Walter's marriage date, it is very credible that his parents were James Nicol and Margaret Howie.In addition,Walter was a weaver (from his marriage certificate) and it seems quite reasonable that a weaver, especially a youngest son, would go to Paisley, a world-renowned centre for weaving/textiles at the time, where weavers could earn good money. Then there is the co-incidence of the sons' emigrations - I am assuming your ancestor who emigrated to Australia was John (b.1800). If the link is valid, it is then possible to trace the lineage back another four generations (making a few assumptions about age and that the family stayed in Banff). I am keen to know whether you have any further information.