BANFF and RATHVENThe earliest record of my Paterson's are from Banff Parish. I am currently searching the 1851 census of Rathven Parish looking for William Milton and Ann Paterson.
|Ann Paterson and her children William and Annabella lived at Highshore, Banff for many years. See the map of the area here.||The picture to the right is No. 1 Highshore, a distinguished 17th century lodging with a corbel stone dating it at 1675. The street has not changed much since the days when Ann lived there. Here is a current view|
GRANGEMOUTHAround 100 years ago, William Paterson, with his wife Helen MacKay and family, moved South to Grangemouth, another port, on the Firth of Forth just east of Falkirk. Thomas Paterson settled in Stenhousemuir in the parish of Larbert.
The first Grangemouth, the Old Town, grew between the
River Carron and the Grange Burn and was a direct result
of the building of the Forth and Clyde Canal which
brought new trade up river. With the growth in trade
came the need for bigger port facilities. Soon
Grangemouth outstripped Carronshore and then Bo'ness
in the amount of trade handled.
The land between the Carron and the Grange Burn was, before long, too small for the population's needs and in 1840 the first house in the "New Town" was built. The rapid growth continued - Grangemouth's first "boom" was due to the timber trade, which continues to play an important role in the life of the town. The chemical industry began in 1897 with the S.C.W.S Soapworks, followed much later (1920) by Solway Dyes which merged with I.C.I. It was not until the end of World War II and the rapid expansion of the oil industry that the name Boom Town was applied to Grangemouth.
For more history see the 1841 New Statistical Account.