Hi, Thanks for the update, not sure if this is my family as I cannot find that elusive link.
Like everyone when I was a kid, my parents told me we where part of the Ropeworks family but your grandfather was the black sheep. He was disowned by the family and ran away to the army, where he also changed his name to Campbell. During the war years the family home was destroyed by bomb and he went off cap in hand to his family and returned with money and goods to help them restart.
Now I cannot find any direct link to the ropework family, but I know that my grandfather was not part of them, if there was a connection it was at least 2 generations further back with my Gr-Gr-Grandfather ‘William Birkmyre’. This is the dead-end for me with only the knowledge that he married Agnes Beaton in 1830, to date no birth or death certificate found.They lived in the vicinity of the High Street in Glasgow around the 1850’s and of course there was a Cholera epidemic there in 1854, so are they possibly victims of this and lie in an unmarked grave as unknowns?
Of course with the story and the research I have done to date, I feel quite close to the Birkmyre family and will continue to find that that link or until I find the definitive “sorry mate you’re up a wrong path here” occasion.
Meantime can you point in the direction of the Birkmyre graves in the port, I have still not been there so maybe I should at least make that pilgrimage to check there is not something marked up on any stones. If nothing else it will give me a day out from the house here in Glasgow.