My GGG grandfather, Robert, was born in Sutherland, Scotland, in about 1776, and it seems that in about 1798 he joined a Fencible unit and was deployed to Ireland where he met and married Frances Liddle, and they had their first child, George, in Londonderry, in 1800. Thereafter the three went back to Robert’s family croft at Croick, and seven more children were born in and around Strathy, Sutherland. Their last born was David, my GG Grandfather, but his son, Robert, deciding that crofting was not for him, trekked down to London and married Elizabeth Howard. Their third child was Roydon who married Hilda Duncan. Roydon and Hilda met during WWI while both were stationed in Rouen, France. Roydon was in the RASC as an ambulance and supplies driver, and Hilda had joined Queen Mary’s Auxillary Corps and was an administration clerk. Before and after the war my grandfather was an entertainer and Hilda joined him on stage being regularly sawn in half in one her husband’s magic acts. Their son, Robert, was my father. I also have Irish connections through Hilda ‘s grandfather who was born in Limerick and in about 1876, as a blacksmith, moved to England with his family.
When researching my Scottish ancestors I have found that several of them moved away from the crofts and became inn keepers e.g. Balmacara Hotel, Lochalsh; Balnagowan Arms, Kincardine and the Freeburn Hotel, Moy and Dalarossie. Others emigrated to Canada and America.