Read­ers re­spond to fam­ily ap­peal

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

The search for in­for­ma­tion on the Mid Ar­gyll Dargie fam­ily has yielded a wealth of in­for­ma­tion.

As re­ported in the Au­gust 31 edi­tion of the Ar­gyll­shire Ad­ver­tiser, a fam­ily from New Zealand has been look­ing to re-con­nect with long-lost fam­ily in Scot­land.

Thomas Hamil­ton Dargie, a farm worker at Barslois­nach on Poltal­loch Es­tate, em­i­grated to New Zealand in the 1920s or ’30s. Af­ter he moved to the Land of the Long White Cloud he never re­con­nected with any of his fam­ily.

His son Grant, lead­ing the search, said: ‘In 1977, I did a sim­i­lar search but lost con­tact with the fam­ily over time. We wanted to try to con­nect with any pos­si­ble rel­a­tives who may still re­side in that area.

‘We are keen to know of any pos­si­ble kin who may still in­ter­ested in con­nect­ing in with New Zealand or Aus­tralian fam­ily. I am hop­ing the Ar­gyll­shire Ad­ver­tiser may help us con­nect with any­one who may know.’

Grant’s youngest brother, an­other Thomas Hamil­ton Dargie, was in Adr­ishaig a few weeks back search­ing for any fam­ily con­nec­tions.

Last week’s ap­peal prompted a num­ber of read­ers to get in touch.

One lady con­tacted the pa­per to say she is the cur­rent res­i­dent at Barslois­nach. She said: ‘The worker men­tioned was em­ployed by the Mal­colms of Dun­trune Cas­tle and the cot­tage was tied. About three years ago I came across rel­a­tives of this per­son, purely by chance, and we talked about the links to where I live. He was a con­sul­tant car­di­ol­o­gist, Pro­fes­sor Henry Dargie.’

A reader from Lochgilp­head, He­len Shaw, called to say she is a niece of Thomas Dargie, or ‘Un­cle Tam’. She re­called that two Dargie sis­ters mar­ried two Paterson broth­ers, with her own mother be­ing He­len Dargie.

Alas­dair McVean from Kil­martin called in with our fea­tured photo which in­cludes Jimmy Dargie, a son of Thomas Dargie. He re­mem­bered that Thomas from Barslois­nach was farm man­ager for the Mal­colm fam­ily, and also an auc­tion­eer in Lochgilp­head with Thomas Cor­son. Jimmy, said Alas­dair, was a man­ager at trans­port firm BRS on Bish­op­ton Road in Lochgilp­head. These snip­pets will be passed on to Grant Dargie and we trust they prove help­ful in his search for long-lost fam­ily.


In­for­ma­tion on the back of this sawmill pho­to­graph tells us that it was taken in the 1920s at Bal­liemore Wood, Kilmichael. On the top row are, from left: J Adams, J Dargie and J Hig­gins. Mid­dle: J MacVean, J Ret­tie, J Robert­son, J Tay­lor, D Camp­bell and A MacDon­ald. Front: F Ewan, A Ste­wart, Bob Gauld, ? MacPher­son and W Breck.

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