I am researching into the McEwan and Kelso families who were based in Newmains, Lanarkshire, Scotland.This is where I came from originally, both sides of the family have long links with Newmains and surrounding areas.
My Grandfather James Mc(Mac)Ewan (its possible that it was him who dropped the a from mac) had links with Largs, Ayrshire that I would like to explore, he was a landscape artist of some note.
He survived the first world war (no small feat for someone in a highland regiment)and was awarded the Military Medal.His luck ran out during the second world war, when he was in the home guard and went on manuveurs with the regular army.There was a shell stuck in the breech of a small field gun designed specifically for the home guard and it exploded mortally wounding my grandfather (sometime between 1942 - 1944).
He was buried with full military honours in Cambusnethan Cemetery, Lanarkshire.
Him and his wife Elizabeth Curtis (maiden name Miller) had both been married twice.Both brought children to the marriage, my grandmother had five, James, William, David, Robert and George (twins), my grandfather, two, Johnny and Rita.They were married in Largs Ayrshire 1921.They had six further children Jenny, Agnes, Andrew (my father), Stanley, Kenneth, William and Elizabeth.
Thanks to information passed on to me I am now looking for any information on James McEwan born in Ireland 1846, married Agnes Watson in Wishaw Lanarkshire 1866.
The Kelso part of the tree is a different matter I know very little beyond living memories.
My grandfather was Samuel Kelso b.1903 d.1982 and my Grandmother Helen Norman b.1904.Both born and brought up in Newmains, Lanarkshire, Scotland.My grandfather had one brother and two sisters Robert, Agnes and Margaret.My grandmother had two brothers Peter and John (I think).They had eight of a family of whom only four survived Agnes (Nancy), Jean, Elinor and Williamina (Ina).
I have now traced a Samuel Kelso to Muirkirk, Ayrshire.He married Margaret McGhie in Glasgow 1 April 1859.
If this sounds familiar to anyone please contact me, any information I have I am willing to share.