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The Families of William Welsh, & Doreen Mansbridge.

Updated May 20, 2005

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I have researched my family back to the year 1748,and I am still in the process of searching for relatives on my Mothers maiden name of Donachie,who I beleive originated from Dundee in Scotland. Any information related to this name and connected to Dundee would be much appreciated.
The family name of Welsh has always been associated with the county of Fife in Scotland.
I have also fully researched my wifes maiden name of Mansbridge and her mothers maiden name of Bailey, also her grandmothers maiden name of Scorey.
The family name of Mansbridge, and Bailey, originated in the city of Southampton,U.K.
The family name of Scorey originated in the village of Minstead,
in The New Forest, Hampshire,U.K.

St.Andrews Church in Buckhaven, Fife,Scotland.
" Yes for if the visiter asks when the church of St Andrews was built, the answer is about eighty years ago." Yet the merest glance at it will throw the questioner into bewilderment.
Those statues of the saints !!! surely they are older than eighty years ? , why, that defacing is so obviously the work of a zealous reforming hand.
This church is truly an unexpected Miracle, to be found in a hum-drum mining town.
Its history began not in Buckhaven but in St. Andrews. For there in North Street it had stood through the Reformation. Those niches and statues , it is stated, were defaced at the command of the Presbytery who employed a Mason to chip away the Popeish figures of monks with their cowls.
And the church stood on in St. Andrews North Street, until, towards the end of the last century, it had become too small for its congregation and was offered for sale. The parishioners of Buckhaven bought it for their own town.
And having bought it, they faced the problem of bringing it home to Buckhaven. This problem was solved in a
simple and beutiful way. The fishermen brought their church, stone by stone , in the fishing boats from the harbour of St. Andrews , around Fife Ness to the now derelict harbour of Buckhaven.
But after it was built in Buckhaven, it was again changed.
In the storm of the night of the Tay Bridge Disaster, the steeple of the church was damaged , and had to be shortened.

The Family Tree on this Web Page has only been started recently,so as time goes on I shall try and update it with further entries,so please feel free to return anytime.


Family Photos
  • The Medal List of William Welsh M.M. (72 KB)
    My Grandfather served in The Boer War & World War One.(The Royal Highlanders & The Black Watch)He was Killed-In-Action in 1918, 28 days before the Armistice was signed.
  • Billy & Ronnie Welsh (39 KB)
    This photo of myself and my brother Ronnie was taken in his home.( 103 Den Walk,Methil,Fife, Scotland.)
  • Golden (337 KB)
    This Photo of my Wife and I was taken in 2000, the year we celebrated our Golden Wedding Anniversary
  • The Welsh & Mansbridge Families (124 KB)
    These are photos of my wife and I,our son and daughter,my mother and father,and my wifes mother and father.
  • M.M. (26 KB)
    This is a photograph of The Military Medal.The photo shows a medal which was awarded in the 1939- 45 war,(King George VI) The Military Medal awarded to my Grandfather in the 1914-18 war would show the head of King George V. The Military Medal was instituted by a Royal Warrant dated 4th.April 1916 for award to non-commissioned officers and men for acts of bravery. The warrant does not specify that the act should be performed in the presence of the enemy,but it seems to be generally understood that the medal is only awarded for bravery while on active service. By a further warrant dated 21st.June 1916 women,both British and foreign, were made eligible for the award for acts of bravery and devotion to duty under fire. The medal displays, on the obverse,the effigy of the reigning Sovereign and appropiate legend and, on the reverse,the words "For Bravery in the Field" surmounted by the Royal Cypher and Crown encircled by a wreath. The ribbon is dark blue with three white and two crimson stripes down the centre. The award of the Military Medal entitles the receipiant to display the initials MM after his name.
  • My Mother & Father (52 KB)
    This is a photo of my mother & father, taken on the ocasion of their Golden Wedding in 1978.
  • Family Golden Weddings (43 KB)
    This photograph was taken in 1983 to celebrate the ocasion of my Aunt Jenny & Uncle Bobs Golden Wedding. This photo shows all three members of my fathers family who had all enjoyed 50 years of married life together. William Welsh & Jane Donachie: 1928-1978 John Welsh & Margaret Thomson: 1931-1981 Jenny Welsh & Robert McFarlane: 1933-1983
  • The Queens Telegram. (451 KB)
    This is a scanned copy of the telegram which my Mother & Father received from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 2nd. on the ocasion of their Diamond Wedding Anniversary. 1928-1988.
  • Selected Holders (124 KB)
    These are just a few selected holders of the Military Medal awarded in the 1939-1945 war.
  • Gwen & James. (97 KB)
    This is a Wedding photo of my younger Brother James & his wife Gwen.They were married on the 17th.April 1954 in Liverpool, sadly James died in September 2000.
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