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The Boyle and Kilkie family connection came via the marriage of Patrick James Boyle and Mary Ann Kilkie on 12 April 1935 at St Francis's Church, Gorbals, Glasgow.

As you will already know Boyle and its variants is one of the commonest surnames amongst people with an Irish origin. One consequence of this is that most of the Boyles you meet are not related to your Boyle, or at least the connection is very distant and hard to prove.

There are a number of general Boyle family websites.



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The Docherty family and the Kilkie family connection came via the marriage of William Francis Docherty and Esther Kilkie on 11 Feb 1941 at Glasgow.

As you will already know Docherty and its variants is one of the commonest surnames amongst people with an Irish origin. One consequence of this is that most of the Dochertys you meet are not related to your Docherty, or at least the connection is very distant and hard to prove.

There are a number of general Docherty family websites, for example www.dochertyfamily.com 

The horseman on the right on the front page is a first world war photo of George Docherty, died who was killed in action and is buried in Leper Belgium on 4 September 1917. 



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The familes Ehemann and Kilkie join through the Hungler Family. Richard E Ehemann married Margaret Mary Hungler. Margaret's father William James Hungler married Annie Kilkie (daughter of Martin Kilkie). A separate entry for the Hungler family also claims the connection. Richard and Margaret's children Benjamin and Morgan are eighth generation Kilkie.



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Kilkie and Field family history joined when Martin Kilkie married Sarah Diane Field in 1978.

This ancient name is of pre 7th century German origins and Anglo-Saxon origins, is recorded in over seventy spellings. These range from Feild, Feld, and Field, to Delafield, Veld, Van den Velde, Feldmann, and the various ornamental compounds such as Feldblum or Fieldstone. However spelt, the name is topographical for someone who lived or worked on land which had been cleared of forest, but not brought into arable cultivation.

The image on the front page is of the Wedding of John Field to Avril Howard in Gravesend in 1954. It looks as if the family were asked to stand in height order! Fields on the left and Howards on the left.





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The Kilkie and Halliday familes joined when Rebecca Wilson Halliday married James Kilkie on 4th December 1954 in Glasgow. The two familes couldn't have more different backgrounds, but interestingly their family histories converged previously in 1790 in Londonderry where John Kilkie and John Halliday could have bumped into each other.

Our Branch of the Halliday clan has two centres: Glasgow and Northern Ireland, but there are significant differences between this name and Kilkie:

  • There is a very healthy and growing contingent of Halliday descendents abroad, particularly in the United States and in Australia.
  • Our branch is only one of a large number of Halliday branches worldwide and the rule for Kilkie which is -  if you have the surname you must be my relative, doesnt apply here.
  • We have a few Halliday mormons in the family. This lucky event means that a number of mormons have carried out and documented their extensive research into the family history. As you might know there is a religious reason for mormons seeking to find their ancestors (I wont try to summarise, just Google it!).

From one group of our mormon Hallidays I was the grateful recipient of a 120 page book all about the descendents of our Abraham Halliday from Belfast. All of these researches have been incorporated into our tree. mormons are great documenters and as it is a religious quest they are normally very honest about the facts - however there is a downside they tend to accept even trivial connections as factual and there are some mormon connections which are easily disproved and we have excluded these individuals from our tree. 

The two Halliday "boys" in the image are John and Billy, two brothers from Glasgow. John is the eldest and is about to join the army and Billy is his younger brother, the youngest in the family. Both youngsters have passed now but have many descendents in the family.




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The connection between the families here is that Jill Avril Howard married John Field and their daughter Sarah Diane married Martin Kilkie in 1978 in Gravesend Kent.

The Howard surname is famous, but our little branch was once thought to be one of those unconnected spurs that might or might not trace back to "importance". History books are full of famous Howards and the East Anglian connection is particularly strong.

When carrying out our first researches into the local Gravesend Howards we were surprised to discover that someone in the immediate family (Probably Henry Joseph Howard) had made some initial researches and had a hand copied extract from a church register, this church being in Wickhampton between Norwich and Great Yarmouth.  As with all successful family history we have been lucky in that the vicars of the church in Wickhampton seem to have taken their administrative duties more seriously than most and documented everything - as a result we traced the Wickhampton Howards back to the late 18th century and beyond. Later back to 800AD and real royal connections, stronger indeed than the current british royal family!

The cover photo is from Milton Duck School primary top class in about 1913. Joe Howard (Henry Joseph is on the back row, far right.




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Kilkie is an unusual surname, in fact any two people called Kilkie are always related - its one family.

Until the 10th century people had no family name. they lived in small villages and had a first name to identify them from one and other. Ireland is thought to be one of the first countries to begin to use Surnames.

The process of adopting surnames started earlier in some areas, while in others it started later and in some places continued even down to the 19th century. While it was the norm in Europe in the 11th century that people were without surnames, by the 15th century it was the norm that they did possess them.

As villages got bigger there might be two Pauls or three Johns and thus additional "family" names were invented to distinguish them and allow taxes etc to be collected.

There were several ways of creating a surname or family name.

  1. From the occupation of the family, e.g. John the Baker.
  2. From the father's name. In Irish Mac means Son of
  3. From the "Clan" where in Ireland O' means Grandson of, or member of the clan of
  4. From the place the family lives, e.g. Field or Lake.
  5. From religious connections.

In 10th century Ireland the influence of the Catholic church was important in creating surnames.

In particular those beginning with "Gil-" or "Kil-", an anglicised version of the Irish Giolla, meant follower or devotee. Normally it was a follower of a Saint or an important Leader. For example, Gilmartin (in Irish Mac Giolla Mhairtin), means "son of a follower of (St.) Martin" and In Irish Giolla Caoch means "a follower of Caoch".

The origin of Caoch" is still being researched but has been seen in use in this context as "the blind" in many Irish Genealogical studies.

Thus the surnames Kilky, Kilkie, Kilkey, Gilkie and Gilky are derived from the 10th century Irish "Mac Giolla Caoch" and the name means Son of a follower of "The Blind".



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The McKenzie and Kilkie connection was in 23 September 1944 when Dugald McKenzie married Sarah (Sadie) Kilkie. Living initially in the Gorbals where both families came from the McKenzies moved to Castlemilk and lived near the Kilkies, Dochertys and the Kellys.

The family is a branch of the McKenzie clan that has been traced back to generations living around Janetown in Lochcarron, a lovely part of the country.


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