Newer findings: My father's family:
Blain, Philip, Renton, and Bell lines
- Blains in Wigtownshire and Greenock
- Philp, Bell and Renton families in Leith, the Lothians and East Scotland
- Philip and Bell: from the Forth to the Clyde
- Rentons and Fairlies in East Lothian
- An earlier speculation: Philps in Leith, Cunningham and Couts in Edinburgh - this file, below
(While we now know this doesn't relate to James Philp, carpenter in Leith, it's interesting in what it reveals about Edinburgh and Leith history.)
Knaggs, Mushet and Gorrie lines
- The Knaggs from North Yorkshire to Greenock
- Mushet and Gorrie families, in Ayrshire and Perthshire
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There is quite a lot that I've found out about the James Philp born in 1779, son of tailor John Philp, and his ancestry. Extant Edinburgh records include Burgess and Apprenticeship notifications, and while these are (unsurprisingly) incomplete they do add considerably to the clues found. At the time I wrote this section I had been unable to demonstrate whether the James of 1779 was 'my' James, and so separated out the section as a speculative part of the story, interesting in itself regardless of whose ancestors these people were. We now know that James Philp born 1779 became a master cutler and surgical instrument maker. He moved to London, married there, and had one daughter, Mary Ann. He is not, therefore, part of my ancestry.
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