Friday, 10 July 2015

Sunday School Prize Giving

In the Dunfermline Journal and Advertiser for West Fife 100 years ago this weekend (to be specific the Saturday July 10 1915 issue):

I've noticed since I started this blog that there are lots of name rich articles in the Dunfermline Journal and Advertiser from 100 years ago.  If you are researching a family from Dunfermline you would be able to find out amazing details about their lives especially if their name is relatively unusual and you can work out the time period they would have been attending school, which area they lived in etc etc.

This week I am being slightly self-indulgent!  I'm a Sunday School teacher and last Sunday my church held the annual book presentations for the children who attend Sunday School.  I've found a Sunday School prize-giving list from 100 years ago for comparison:

Inverkeithing - Special Children's Service

A special service for the Sabbath School children was held in the UF church, Inverkeithing on Sunday evening when the children were presented with prizes for the session just ended.  The Rev Mr Bryce who conducted the service addressed the children and distributed the prizes as follows:

For regular attendance during the session: Colin Morris, Edward M'Queen, James Morris, Charles Barr, Alexander Taylor, Andrew Dalziel, John Ferguson, David Armit, Gavin Henderson, John Morris, James Horsburgh, Bertie Telford, Robert Robertson and James Cherrie; Mary Robertson, Mary Dalziel, Jan Ferguson, Lizzie Armit, Bethia Armit, Lizzie Robertson, Maggie M'Queen, Cathie Cousin, Missy (?) Mynard, Robina Armit, Maggie Marshall, Hannah Morris, Betty Horsburgh, May Telford, Lizzie M'Queen, Jessie Cousin, Cissie (?) Armit, Annie Blake, May M'Creary, Barbara McGregor.

Annie Blake and May M'Creary who had attended the Sabbath School for seven and six years respectively with perfect regularity were awarded special prizes.

The following scholars gained certificates at the Sabbath School examination: Senior section Ella Carr 1st; Dorothy Hay 1st.  Middle section Cisey Armitt 1st; Mary Donnelly 1st; Ella Horsburgh 1st; Chrissie Carr 1st; Betty Bryan 1st; Andrew Hay 1st; John Morris 1st; James Horsburgh 1st; Mary Stoddart 2nd.

This week's family history challenge is can you find anything out about any of these children?  My personal thought would be to choose perhaps a family with an unusual surname, find them in the 1911 census and then do a little digging backwards ..............

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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