Friday, 24 July 2015

A mysterious burglary and an obituary

In the Dunfermline Journal and Advertiser for West Fife 100 years ago this weekend (to be specific the Saturday July 24 1915 issue):

A mysterious burglary

A burglary of a mysterious character has been perpetrated at the garage in Comely Park Place occupied by Rev I O Critchley.  Mr Critchley is at present on active service as chaplain at the Dardanelles.  Mrs Critchley had been away from home for several weeks and on her return had occasion to visit the garage which is situated beside several buildings for a similar purpose along a lane a considerable distance from the house.  She was astonished to find that the door had been burst open.  Further investigation disclosed that the car showed unmistakable signs of having been used.  In fact it was slightly damaged and a quantity of petrol had vanished.  The mileage instrument also proved that the car had travelled a good distance.  The police are interesting themselves in the matter.


Many Dunfermline residents interested in social reform and religious work feel the city has been made much poorer by the death of Miss Mary Ferguson, Maitland Street.  Miss Ferguson had reached the age of 80 years but advancing years did not weaken her sympathies with or restrain her activities in behalf of good causes. Her rule of life was service for the benefit of others.  The varied benevolent work she carried out was always performed with a cheerfulness of spirit that put doubt or despair to shame.  Not a few of the most devoted and most efficient members of the British Women's Temperance Association owe their inspiration to the example and character of Miss Ferguson.

This week's genealogy challenge

Can you find out anything about either Rev I O Critchley or Miss Ferguson?  Please leave a comment or e-mail me ..........

Tune in next week to see what happened in Dunfermline next week 100 years ago ..........

Blog written by Jacqueline Hunter of Ancestral Research by Jacqueline, Dunfermline, Scotland. Please email me at if I can help you with your family history research.

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