16 thoughts on “Historic

  1. Janette Gray

    I’m trying to trace details of my Great Grandfather, Peter Harley, who was a diver when the Tay Rail Bridge Disaster occured. He is believed to have been later drowned in Tayport Harbour. Would appreciate any information.

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    1. Les Harley

      Peter Harley was my great grandad if you look on the Dundee courier archives you might be able to get more information we must be related if was your great grandad
      Les Harley

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      1. Janette Gray

        Hi Les
        Good to hear from you regarding Great Grandad. Yes I am your cousin (Janette Lawson). Have managed to get a lot of info. from Ellen in Australia. Will be in Fife next week and hope to visit his grave. Be good to hear from you sometime.
        Janette

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        1. Les Harley

          Hi Janette
          I hope you and your family are all well I think the last time we met was in 1966 the year I came back from Germany and if my memory serves me right didn’t you move up to the Orkneys, I still get and send a Christmas card to Betty and we visited her when she lived in Reading. I now live in a village called Ducklington which is just outside Witney in Oxfordshire we don’t get up to Tayport very often as I can’t face the journey,my youngest son did a lot of research in to the Harley family in Tayport so if he has still got the details I will try and get them to you
          Les

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          1. Janette Gray

            Hi Les
            Good to hear from you. Yes we have lived in Orkney for 39 years now. Still keep in touch with Joan & Jim, mainly at Xmas. Would be really pleased to get any information your son has researched on the Harley family. My email is kenjan.g@btinternet.com It would be better to hear from you direct if possible. Hope to hear from you in due course.
            Janette

          2. Jennifer C.Gilchrist

            Hello Leslie Harley..my goodness….I opened the report about the Scout Hall…and then decided to look up old photos and discovered YOU:….hello for old times sake…and pass on my regards to Janette Lawson…I have a photo of her and some others who were the “Guard of Honour” for Catherine MacRae and Hamish Tough…and also in the Kinderspeil..I might be motivated enough to post them….I agree that the previous version of the web site was more user friendly somehow…anyway…I did not know that you were cousins…happy trails—-Jennifer Anderson…

  2. MarionWaldie

    I don’t think this website is nearly as good as it used to be. Where are all the comments people wrote about the photos and the forum page??

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  3. Ray and Patricia Shafren

    Hi there. Wondering if anyone can help. We live in ‘The Cottage’ opposite the School and have been working on it for last two years. We know for many it is called ‘the scary house’ or ‘the darkness’ due to its previous state. But we were wondering if anyone has or knows where me might find any Victorian pictures of the property or old photos? We’ve heard there are a few around. We are still trying to find out more about the origins/ history of the house and would love to hear any old stories etc about the house. Thank you

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  4. Rachel

    I was wondering if there were any originals or larger/higher resolution copies of the photos on here, or that could be obtained?

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    1. Matthew Post author

      Andy Phinn has the originals of most of these historic photos. He used to own the pub on Tay Street and lives near by.

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  5. Les harley

    Hi Jennifer have just received your comment on the Tayport website a proper blast from the past it would be nice to see the old photos I have printed an old school photo from the website that was taken in 1949 do you still live in Tayport I left to join the army in 1962 at the tender age of 17 and never really kept in touch with any one from Tayport I know live ln a village called Ducklington which is in Oxfordshire Janette Lawson now Gray lives in Orkney now she would probably be interested to hear from you

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    1. Jennifer C.Gilchrist

      Hello back….nice to hear from you….amazing that the website should connect us after such a long time….that is a plus.
      I never lived in Tayport to start with …just my Gran´s house…I think I recollect that you lived in the same area…Glebe Crescent and then Glebe Gardens…when I got to go to the Brownies….that was the first time I managed to “explore” and discover the village…and I got to know more people when I worked in the chemist shop at weekends and holidays since I was 15….left in 1966 went to London,then Canada and then we came to Mexico and we have been on this country for 45 years…My daughter went to school in Cambridge for a couple of years…that is the closest I have been….love the picturesque villages in England….It has been a while since I was in the UK my mother died in 2004…maybe I´ll get lucky to visit again.
      I will have to look out the photos….but I should make an effort….stay tuned I am going to see if I can access the glimpse of Auld Tayport… JCG

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  6. Henry Harding

    My wife and I visited your lovely hamlet this last August. I took a picture of a wooden structure about a quarter mile North East of the harbor. I have not been able to find a name for it and what it’s history is. I looks somewhat like an old lighthouse as it appears to have a lantern room.
    Thank you

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  7. David Peter Bailey

    I am looking for a picture or photo news paper clipping of the old British legion club Tayport

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