|About Dunkeld Falconers
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The Falconers on this site are descendants of Thomas Falconer, 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 new 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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David Duncan Falconer
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 Rennie.
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- 1989.
Jan. 22, 2018 Update to descendants of James Alexander Falconer (1876-1941) and Anna Blanche Swan (1879-1957).
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 Sharon.
May 17, 2019 Updates to families of Jane Smith (1831-1923), Wilbert Lawrence Falconer, Sarah Jane Falconer and Robert McLellan, David Smith (1827-1898) and Mary Kerr, thanks to Louise Galenza and Pam Cooper. Updates to teaching career of David Ray Falconer, thanks to Manitoba Historical Society.
June 24 2019 Updates to family and descendants of Johan Bernhard Gabrielsen and Maren Anette Madsdatter
July 8 2019 Obituaries: Archibald Speers, Mary Hager Speers, Julius Paul Glowa, Florence Urssel Falconer.
Sep. 25 2019 Updated information/speculation about origins of Thomas Falconer, (m. Helen Simpson
Jan. 31 2020 Further updates on Dunkeld Thomas Falconer and his possible origins: He apparently
had an earlier marriage! He is more likely to have originated in Kirkmichael, Perthshire
than in St. Cuthberts, Edinburgh.
Feb. 9 2020 Corrections and updates to family of James McLeish (1818-1906). Thanks Lesley!
Mar. 14 2020 Update to biography of George Marshall Kay (1904-1975), an eminent professor of
May 8 2020 Appearance of Duncan Falconer (1801-1866) as a Methodist conference chairman in
a Brockville Recorder newspaper article.
Update to Duncan Falconer (1852-1924) and his wife Jane Simpson (1852-1934) in
Nevada and California.
Jun. 2 2020 Update to parents and siblings of Annie McGlashan (1799-1879), wife of Duncan Falconer
Jul. 1 2020 Editing of section on possible origins of Dunkeld Thomas Falconer, including the finding
that he and his relative George Falconer in Blairgowrie co-authored a gardening book.
Jul. 4 2020 Internet discovery of a dirk fashioned by Thomas Falconer: inscribed "Falconer Dunkeld"
Jul. 10 2020 Update to descendants of Andrew Falconer (1785-1867) and Elizabeth McKenzie.
Sep. 7 2020 Update to descendants of James Ramage and Mary McKinley. Editing of possible origins of
Dunkeld Thomas Falconer.
Sep. 21 2020 Updates to family and descendants of George Bartleman (1810-1875) and Janet
Kirkwood (1815-1875). Will of Mathew Kirkwood Bartleman (1829-1906).
Oct. 19 2020 Updates to descendants of Sam Wilson and Annie May Falconer.
Oct. 28 2020 Grizel Rattray (probable close relative of Dunkeld Thomas Falconer) was a grandaughter
of a laird of Ashintully.
Nov. 1 2020 Photo of Asintully Castle uploaded to Dunkeld Thomas Falconer page.
Nov. 16 2020 Photos of front and back cover pages of gardening notebook of Dunkeld Thomas and
George Falconer, dated 1773 and 1777.
Jan. 17 2021 Updates to Catherine Cameron Slater and Peter Brown, and to family of
Patrick Barty (1725-1798) and Alison Soutar (1730-1820).
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