|About Dunkeld Falconers
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The Falconers on this site are descendants of Thomas Falconer
Family], a gunsmith, who married Helen Simpson in Dunkeld, Perthshire, Scotland in 1791. Their
marriage was against the wishes of Helen's father, a prominent Edinburgh merchant. At present
we are researching to try to uncover verifiable birth and death data for Thomas. Any
information will be welcome. Thomas's son Duncan, who also became a gunsmith, and who married
Annie McGlashan, emigrated to Canada with his family around 1842, and established the Dunkeld
Falconer line in North America. This site also contains other families who intermarried with
Falconers, such as Speers and Bartlemans.
There are notes and photos included for many of the individuals listed on this site. I hope you
enjoy reading about them. As in most families, there are some interesting people and
interesting questions, such as: Who were the parents of (Dunkeld) Thomas Falconer? Who were the
parents of William Speers, born in County Armagh, Ireland in 1751? (until recently, we thought
his father was James Speirs, born in Scotland in 1724. Now we are not so sure). Who
murderedJain Speers in Toronto in 1890?
Among the interesting people are Peter Bartleman (1795-1881), who added a wonderous clock tower
to his barn in Bruce County; Jacob Alexander Falconer (1869-1928), the youngest of 14 children,
who became a US congressman from the State of Washington; Constance Mott-Smith (1904-2001) who
came from a distinguished family of artists and Hawaiian nobility; and William Lynn Falconer
(1897-1989) who lied about his age to enlist in August 1914, and served at the front in
theCanadian cavalry until 1918, after which he became a doctor and later Regional Medical
Superintendant for Alberta, Northwest Territories and the Yukon.
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However living persons' data are accessible only to family members who have been invited.
David Duncan Falconer
Jan. 10, 2016 Updates to descendants of George Fleming (1805-1881) and Ann Speers (1806-1881)
Added ancestors of Mary Falconer (1839-1897), who may or may not be kin of the
rest of the Falconers.
Jan. 20, 2016 Updates to descendants of Peter McGlashan (1764-?) and Agnes Borrie (1765-?).
Apr. 10, 2016 Updates to Slaters and other descendants of Donald McLeish and Grizel Falconer.
May 30, 2016 Updates to stories about Duncan Falconer (1801-1866).
July 10, 2016 1843-1853 Toronto tax assessments for Duncan Falconer (1801-1866).
Sep. 15, 2016 Speers, Evans 1820s County Armagh freeholders records and tithe applotments.
Dukes in 1821 Kilmore Parish census fragment. Visit to Mullavilly churchyard.
Published "Dunkeld Falconer and McLeish" article in "The Scottish Genealogist".
Jan. 8, 2017 Updates to parents & siblings of Maria Flynn (1859-1923). Correction to name of
Christian Julia Cameron (1896-1983).
Feb. 16, 2017 Updates to James McLeish (1818-1906) and his descendants. Thanks to Leslie
Taskis. Updates to Forrest family. Thanks to Archie Eliason.
Feb. 19, 2017 Updates to descendants of Alexander Wilson McLeish (1835-1902). Thanks to Mary
July 11, 2017 Updates to descendants of James McGlashan and Christian Anderson (thanks to
Murray Nicholl). Updates to descendants of Ernest Hopkins and Ethel McClellan
(thanks to Elizabeth Mari).
Sep. 24, 2017 Wedding information for Thomas Speers (1810-1897) and Martha Snell (1821-1898).
Obituary of James Speers (1821-1910). Updates to family of Alexander Speers
(1838-1899) and Ruth Levins (1840-1923).
Oct. 8, 2017 Update to descendants of Robert Lester Falconer (1896-1973).
Nov.23, 2017 Updates to family of Richard Simpson (1744-1798) and Ann Deans.
Jan.13, 2018 Update to descendant of Robert Lester Falconer (1896-1973) and Amy Garbutt(1902-
Jan. 22, 2018 Update to descendants of James Alexander Falconer (1876-1941) and Anna Blanche
Feb. 25, 2018 Update to descendants of Samuel Speers and Jane MacFarlane. Thanks to Grif.
Mar. 28, 2018 Update to descendants of Robert W. McClellan and Sarah Jane Falconer. Thanks to