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One of my direct ancestors, a Rev. WIlliam Mercer of Rosehearty, who was pastor of Pitsligo church, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. His son, Brig.Genl Hugh Mercer, American Continental Army, also a captain, under British Genl Braddock
In the French and Indian war and finally he served as an asst.surgeon with Lord Lewis Gordon's brigade in the Jacobite army that were slaughtered at the battle of Culloden. Hugh mercer barely escaped with his life and fled to the American
Colonies and settled in Virginia.
I would like information on the town of Rosehearty, Pitsligo Church, the cemetery if it still exists, the battlefield of Culloden is it open year round? Also when is the best time to visit?
Thank y'all in advance for the help....
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This seems to be the Pitsligo church your ancestors would have worshipped at:

https://canmore.org.uk/site/20792/pe...itsligo-church

I believe that William Mercer, d. 1767 and (his wife?) Ann Munro Mercer d. 1768 are buried there, but then you probably knew that.

The battlefield of Culloden is open all the time apart from Christmas Eve to the 3rd January. Read up on the battle before you go, because the dead ground on the rebel's left isn't immediately obvious unless you walk the ground, and it had an influence on the battle. Try to remember that it wasn't simply a Scots v. English war.

The best time to visit is June, when the weather is as good as it's going to get, and before the school holidays begin. However, expect rain and very small irritating mosquitos. While you're in the Inverness area go to Fort George, it's well worth a visit.

It's about a three hour drive from Inverness to Skye, but it is beautiful country. Two and a half hours from Rosehearty to Inverness. Scotland is a big country Inverness has a nice little airport which has a lot of UK internal flights
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Sorry-no-clues,
Thanks again for the information, and I will include Fort George.
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One way to find information about any area or person in it, is to find the local central library for that area, they usually have a family history section for peoples use. If you can't get their physically, tell them and they will do a little research for you and send you the information at a small cost (ie photocopying costs etc).

For BMD certificates/census information try these two websites which are free:

https://www.freecen.org.uk/

https://www.freebmd.org.uk/

Once you have the BMD reference you can then apply to the public records office for a copy of said certificate at a cost - they do pdf versions if you don't want them to send it to you.

https://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/c...es/default.asp
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One way to find information about any area or person in it, is to find the local central library for that area, they usually have a family history section for peoples use. If you can't get their physically, tell them and they will do a little research for you and send you the information at a small cost (ie photocopying costs etc).

For BMD certificates/census information try these two websites which are free:

https://www.freecen.org.uk/

https://www.freebmd.org.uk/

Once you have the BMD reference you can then apply to the public records office for a copy of said certificate at a cost - they do pdf versions if you don't want them to send it to you.

https://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/c...es/default.asp
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Thank you for the websites, I will certainly check them out....the last of my family lines that lived in Great Britain had immigrated by the 1750's to either Virginia or South Carolina.
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One of my direct ancestors, a Rev. WIlliam Mercer of Rosehearty, who was pastor of Pitsligo church, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. His son, Brig.Genl Hugh Mercer, American Continental Army, also a captain, under British Genl Braddock
In the French and Indian war and finally he served as an asst.surgeon with Lord Lewis Gordon's brigade in the Jacobite army that were slaughtered at the battle of Culloden. Hugh mercer barely escaped with his life and fled to the American
Colonies and settled in Virginia.
I would like information on the town of Rosehearty, Pitsligo Church, the cemetery if it still exists, the battlefield of Culloden is it open year round? Also when is the best time to visit?
Thank y'all in advance for the help....
what an amazing story, i hope you get over there to find them soon,

commiserations about finding out your scotish though, same that, hahahahahah

have you tried getting in contact with the church and grave site to ask if they can find the graves and send you pictures?
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Had it not been for the fact that my ancestors were on the losing side during
The English Civil War and The Jacobite Rebellion, I would probably still be an
ENGLISH SUBJECT!!!
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Had it not been for the fact that my ancestors were on the losing side during
The English Civil War and The Jacobite Rebellion, I would probably still be an
ENGLISH SUBJECT!!!
My commiserations. At least you got second prize in the lottery of life
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Sorry-no-clues,

My family has only been on the losing side in one war since Immigrating to your former colonies, i.e. The United States, that war was the War for Southern independence...my family suffered badly in that one, I lost four ggGrandfathers
In that war...
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Have you ever used the Find A Grave site? (https://www.findagrave.com/)

It only took me a couple of minutes to find Rev. William Mercer (born March 22, 1696, died Aug 28, 1767 -- Memorial # 143004160 -- see https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/...william-mercer) and his son Hugh Mercer (born Jan 17, 1777, died Jan. 12, 1777 -- Memorial # 2677 -- see https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/2677/hugh-mercer.)

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JayAreBee,
Yes, I already had that information, I just wanted verification from my English brethren that the info was still viable, as I am planning a vacation to visit all the sites of my British ancestry.
I actually have a bond with you Alabamians, as my gggGrandfather, Rev. Jesse Flowers moved to Wilcox County, Alabama in the late l840s...All of his sons, my ggGrandfather included served in the Confederate Army, the 17th Alabama, 33rd Alabama, 39th Alabama,
40th Alabama, my ggGrandfather, a soldier in the 26th South Carolina, a corporal in the color guard, was killed in 1864 at the battle of the Crater at Petersburg, Virginia.
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Yes, I already had that information, I just wanted verification from my English brethren that the info was still viable, as I am planning a vacation to visit all the sites of my British ancestry.
I actually have a bond with you Alabamians, as my gggGrandfather, Rev. Jesse Flowers moved to Wilcox County, Alabama in the late l840s...All of his sons, my ggGrandfather included served in the Confederate Army, the 17th Alabama, 33rd Alabama, 39th Alabama,
40th Alabama, my ggGrandfather, a soldier in the 26th South Carolina, a corporal in the color guard, was killed in 1864 at the battle of the Crater at Petersburg, Virginia.
St lazarus,

My GGG-Grandfather, Moses B. Chaffin, was also killed in the Battle of the Crater.

Moses and his wife, Martha, had 9 children. Their oldest son, John Henry, was killed in battle on Jan 18, 1864. In February they received word that their son Billie was presumed dead, (he was actually a prisoner of war.) Between Feb. and June, their 12-year-old son, Nathan, ran away 3 times to try to join the Army so he could go kill the Yanks that had killed his brothers. The third time Moses found him, the only way he could convince Nathan to go back home was to sort of swap places with him -- i.e. Nathan go home and take care of his Momma and the children, and Moses would go fight the Yanks.

42-year-old Moses enlisted on June 1, 1864 as a private, Co. I, 8th Alabama Infantry. He was killed at the Battle of the Crater on July 30, 1864.
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JayAreBee,

I salute the chivalry and heroism of your forefathers and we as Southern Americans have a precious heritage to hold dear. Sadly, our heritage is under
Attack by the socialist left and the ignorant....
To my British brethren, I thank you for your supplying the Southern Confederacy with enfields, accoutrements, armaments of all types, uniforms and
All other necessities of war...360,000 damned Yankees paid the ultimate price
And lay stiff in southern dust...largely due from the Minie out of the British enfields, not to mention the deadly parrot guns...
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JayAreBee,

I salute the chivalry and heroism of your forefathers and we as Southern Americans have a precious heritage to hold dear. Sadly, our heritage is under
Attack by the socialist left and the ignorant....
To my British brethren, I thank you for your supplying the Southern Confederacy with enfields, accoutrements, armaments of all types, uniforms and
All other necessities of war...360,000 damned Yankees paid the ultimate price
And lay stiff in southern dust...largely due from the Minie out of the British enfields, not to mention the deadly parrot guns...
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My family was also affected by that war. We were cotton weavers in the mills of Lancashire; my forefathers had been weaving, first silk then cotton, in the Blackburn area since before 1690. When the supply of cotton dried up my g-g-grandfather left the mills and set up a shop, which kept the family alive. Other members of the extended family weren't as well organised, and went through some difficult times.
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Sorry-no-clues,
I was aware that the war was not good for the British economy, I never thought I would be talking with someone whose family was affected...I am glad your ancestors made it through
The hard times without much suffering..
My family suffered horribly after the war, lost everything, what the damned Yankees didn't steal, they burned or destroyed.
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