I have put together here some pictures, articles and announcements from our family archives. I don't imagine that anyone outwith the family will be surfing here, but just in case...
Joan, Jean and Betty Stephen were the daughters of George Stephen and Belle Buchan. Originally from Aberdeenshire, the couple and their family lived in various police houses within Central Scotland, finally settling in the Falkirk area. Joan and Jean found husbands among the leading lights of Falkirk High School, while Betty married a young policeman from the Black Isle. These marriages took place during, or just after, World War II. My mother was Jean Stephen.
For our maternal grandfather, there were many adventures to be had when you were a polis man in the first half of the 20th century He worked in an area where poverty was rife, sectarianism played a significant part in local politics and many people bore the scars of an extremely hard life. Jean Barbour Stephen Miller's account of her early life, part fictionalised, gives a good insight into life as a child during this time.
We have a few mementos from an earlier time - my cousin Jimmy has excerpts from Great Uncle Jim's diary of World War I, a conflict from which neither he nor his brother John were to return. I have also compiled a family tree encapsulating what is known of my mother's side.
We are also proud to be descended from the poet John Barbour - read more about him at SCRAN.
( I have to point out that the newspaper article on the battle of Mons is pasted into Belle's scrapbook right next to an article on Egyptian baby 'milk' made from sheep's brains and starch. There is nowhere appropriate to write that. 2.3.02 The Gordon Highlanders were in Egypt before they came to France. John Buchan signed up in 1911, so that would account for his being there.)
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|Always on the run - the Life in Fife page|
|Fiona Fraser marries Alastair Cook 31 March 2007|
|NEW Email from George Cumming in the USA - a distant cousin who has achieved a lot more research than me!|
|Daniel's first birthday party, 4th March 2006|
|Email from Kathleen Hosie on the Scott/Stephen connection|
|Pictures from Monymusk February 2006|
|Poetry of Joan Black, shared by Pat|
|Alex Miller given Freedom of Falkirk October 2005|
|Family gathering August 2005|
|Annelie and Craig's wedding, 26 March 2004|
|Picture of Jane Barbour and Alex Scott|
|Update from Pat re mystery lady|
|Pictures from Jimmy's collection|
|Great Uncles photos and postcard - pictures to download|
|War medal citations from WW1|
Details from Fiona Cook about the WWI war graves commission - see Fiona's Page
More from WWI
|Divorce case report kept by Belle Buchan|
|Wedding belles - pictures of the Stephen girls on their wedding days|
|Family tree - If you would like a paper copy, let me know. I've taken it off this website because of the obvious implications re ID theft. Latest babies all in there!|
|Richie Smith in court (1950's)|
|Andrew Black in Lybster cliff drama (c.1957)|
|Joan Black in Caithness attack drama (late 50's early 60's)|
|Emigration to Wyoming - do you know anything about this family?|
|Death of "Powell"|
|George & Belle Stephen - pictures to download|
|George Stephen - dates and things jaloused.|
|Family gatherings - more photos|
|Doddy - photos|
The Millers - photos
|Our maternal great-great grandmother and grandfather - The Wilsons|
|Deirdre's page - the story of Isabella, and more.|
|The Sicilian connection|
Four generations of the Millers plus film clip link
28 July 2001 pictures of our ban-the-wasp party
Janet Stevenson Miller's 80th birthday celebrations
New babies October 2001
Miller family group 1930s and Margaret Gardiner before marriage to Alexander Miller senior
The Blacks out for a walk, early 80s, and a mixture from all families at Coupar Angus. Don't say this website isn't exciting.
Family Ne'erday 2003
Emma in Luxembourg 2003
05.04.04 - Am working with new family tree software (yes, again). The instructions for this are not in French, which I feel can only drastically improve my chances of success. However, it won't convert into HTML format, which means you have to come to our house.
06.05.04 It will convert into a .ged format which our pc doesn't recognise - anyone got any suggestions?
29.05.05 I have put some details on GenesReunited, and this has already led to some some happy correspondence between me and Eileen Milne, née Scott. Eileen's grandmother, Jane Barbour, was Granda Stephen's mother.
27.7.01 Hope you like the new BTW logo - I paid out a massive design consultancy fee to come up with a dynamic, vibrant, 21st Century interpretation of the philosophy behind the site per se. I am sure you agree that it sums up the ethos of kinship while acknowledging the organic, poetic, almost liquid diversity of emotions and life styles within any one family (ok, I drew it myself in 10 seconds flat).
Do you have anything to add, or any glaring mistakes to point out? Email me! Does anyone have any more details about the Sicilian pipe-smoking female ancestor , from whom many of us are assumed to have obtained the dark hair and eyes?
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