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Cranston Family History

Ann Meggert Cranston

Dorothy Hughes from Australia would appreciate any help that can be given regarding her great-great-grandfather William Wyllie born c1828, married in 1850 in Muirkirk to Ann Meggert Cranston.

Ann Meggart Cranston was born in 1829 in Muirkirk.

William and Ann migrated to South Australia 1853 on "Magdelena". Dorothy can trace Ann's family but has asolutely no idea of William's background. William died at the Horsham hospital in Victoria, Australia in 1886. The hospital staff filled in his death certificate with "parents unknown".

Dorothy can be contacted by e-mail on


Alexander Cranston

Alexander Cranston was born in Muirkirk on 28th April 1898.

Alexander was a coal miner in the Kames Colliery and a soldier in World War I when he was wounded twice.

Alexander Cranston's father was William Cranston, an Ironworker. His mother was Agnes McBride.

Alexander emigrated to Australia in April 1925.

Alexander's son is David Cranston, who recently wrote to the Post Office in Muirkirk indicating that he is planning a visit to Muirkirk in September 2007 to find out about his relatives. David would appreciate any information and memories about his family. Information can be passed on via the Community News team.