PETER (PETERS) and BARTHOLOMEW
James born Tulliallen (near Kincardine - NOT Kincardineshire), Perthshire, Scotland
Elizabeth Ann born Gosport, Southampton, UK

IMPORTANT NOTICE: 6 February 2010
Recent information which was added to this page has been found to be incorrect. With regret I have removed 2 generations of BOYD ancestry, but the facts as shown by detailed certificates and census returns just obtained show the connection to ‘our’ Janet Boyd was not there. Details on the Descendant and Ancestor Chart pages have also been edited.
My decision is based on substantial research on the Scotland's People website - as always if there is anyone with alternate or additional details I would love to hear from you.

NOTE: Some of the details on these family lines have been provided by other researchers - some have been extracted from the IGI online and some have been proven by the relevant documentation.

Anyone with additions or alterations please contact me.

James PETER was the son of John PETER and Janet BOYD

To date nothing is known of John PETER except that he was a Seaman. His wife Janet BOYD was possibly the daughter of John BOYD (no mention of mother's name on PR) - born 16 September 1798 Drumdyke, Dunbarney, Perthshire, Scotland.

Janet BOYD married John PETER on 28 Mar 1828 in Anderston, Glasgow, Scotland.

The only children known at this stage who were born to John PETER (seaman) of Broomielaw, Glasgow, Glasgow City, and Janet nee BOYD, were James (1830), Tulliallen, Perthshire, Scotland and Margaret (1832), Barony, Lanark, Scotland.

There is an entry on www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk of a Death for Janet BOYD - Relict of Late J Peter, Sailor - age 48 - Cause of Death - Injury on head from accident - 19 November 1846, interred in Airth Churchyard. Airth is in Falkirk, Stirlingshire - approx. 27 miles from Glasgow and approx. 3.5 miles from Kincardine.

This may or may not be her, but it looks promising.


Front and rear views of
Tulliallen and Kincardine Parish Church
Kirk Street, Kincardine, Fife, Scotland

NOTE: From Scotland Gazeteer:
The Gothic Tulliallan Parish Church built in 1833 replaced an older parish kirk with a tower dating from 1675.
(James PETER would have been christened - 1830 - in the previous building.)
Photo taken October 2009

Tulliallen Parish, Kincardine although at that time a part of Perthshire, was in fact nearer to Stirling than Perth.....

Broomielaw is a street in Glasgow that runs East to West on the north side of the river Clyde, where all the steamers sailed from that plied the waters of the river and the Firth of Clyde and to Belfast amongst other places.


Map of Old County of Perthshire

Map of the Parish of Tulliallen in the Historical County of Fife

Maps above show how Tulliallen, although a part of Perthshire, was "detached" from the larger area.

The arrival of James PETER into Australia has not been established. HOWEVER - see below:

NEW INFORMATION FEBRUARY - from TROVE, Australian Historical Newspaper website:
Sydney Morning Herald article Saturday 27 July 1918 states DEATH OF AN OLD COLONIST
Mr. James Peter, who arrived in Sydney nearly 70 years ago, died recently at the residence of his son-in-law, Mr. Herbert Parker, of Lilian, Fred street, Lewisham, at the age of 88 years. He landed in Sydney In 1849 and came out in the barque "Lord Stanley", Captain Robert Peter, his uncle, being in command. He was a cousin of Captain James Peter, of Mort's Dock and Engineering Company. For many years he was employed by the firm of Miller and Harrison, of Druitt-street, Sydney, but retired Into private life 28 years ago (this refers to Captain James Peter).

[There is a James PETER b. Kincardine age 25 as Ship's Carpenter on board the "Ardmillan" of Glasgow - London to Sydney arrived 6 August 1860. James Peter married Elizabeth Ann Bartholomew Nov. 1859, their 1st child was born Apl 1858 the next child was born 1860 - it is possible that their father had been to sea and back in that time....not sure if dates fit..?]

He married Elizabeth Ann BARTHOLOMEW (my Great Great Grandmother). She was born 1 October 1837 in Mt Pleasant, Gosport, Southampton, England) and they had 7 known children - Elizabeth Augusta (my Great Grandmother) born 5 April 1858, James R born 1860 died 1862, John R born 1863 died 1908, Margaret J born 1865, William Alfred born 11 December 1867 died 24 February 1927, Emma Louisa born 1871 and Henry Bartholomew born 29 November 1873 died 1875.

Entries on the Sands Directories show:

  • 1886 - James Peters, Fred Street, Lewisham, NSW
  • 1887 - James Peters, Fred Street, Petersham, NSW
  • 1888 - James Peters, Fred Street, Petersham, NSW
  • 1891 - James Peter, Fred Street, Petersham, NSW
  • 1892 - James Peter, Fred Street, Petersham, NSW
  • 1893 - James Peter, Fred Street, Petersham, NSW
  • 1894 - James Peter, Fred Street, Petersham, NSW
  • 1897 - James Peter, 7 Fred Street, Petersham, NSW
  • 1899 - James Peters, 7 Fred Street, Petersham, NSW
  • 1901 - James and John R Peters, 7 Fred Street, Petersham, NSW
  • 1918 - James Peter, Fred Street, Lewisham, NSW
  • 1919 - James Peter, 3 Fred Street, Lewisham, NSW
  • There are entries for 1913 and 1914, James Peter, Campsie, NSW and some other possibles, but the entries with the Fred Street address are thought to be him as place of death for James Peter is shown to be 3 Fred Street, Lewisham.

    He died 24 Jul 1918 - perhaps the entry for the Directory for 1919 was already in place..... There are no later entries for him.

    Occupation for James was shown on his Marriage Certificate as Mariner - on his Death Certificate as Timber Foreman.

    His wife Elizabeth had predeceased him - date of her death was 7 Nov 1882 at Swanson St, Macdonaldtown, District of Newtown, NSW.

    They are both buried in the Church of England Section, Rookwood Cemetery, Sydney, NSW.

    My Great Grandmother Elizabeth Augusta - eldest child of James and Elizabeth - married William Edward McDONALD and between them they produced possibly 10 children. William died in 1894 aged only 38 leaving Elizabeth with a large family. For further details on the family of William and Elizabeth go to McDonald page.

    Although no 2nd marriage has been found for Elizabeth she had another 2 known children - Thomas J McDonald born 1895 and Eileen McDonald born 5 March 1899.

    Nothing further is known regarding Thomas and Eileen.

    Elizabeth died on 19 May 1923 from heart failure. Place of death was 89 Rochford Street, Erskineville - an inner Sydney suburb. She was buried 21 May 1923 in the C of E Cemetery at Rookwood in Sydney.


    Click here for Ancestor Chart relating to James PETER.

    Click here for Descendant Chart and further details relating to James PETER.

    Click here for Details on the Parish of Tulliallen, and the village (or town) of Kincardine, Perthshire.


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