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Re: Van Gogh Family Tree
Bill, I grew up with all those girls around the colliery streets although Sheila lived just over the lines on Argyle Street. It’s a little bit complicated as my birth certificate name is Donald William Scott and I have signed myself for years on this forum as Don Scott. However, all those girls knew me as Donnie Kirtley as I was brought up by my adoptive grandparents, John & Lizzie Kirtley at 44 Arthur Street. They were the real grandparents of Gracie in the photo.
The reason I decided to use my street name was twofold. First of all to honour the Kirtleys….they were more like my mother and father. Secondly, if anyone from my childhood days had visited this forum they would not have known who Don Scott was. so I just cast my ‘Kirtley’ net but without success…and there you have it.
Lastly, I was in that choir along with Bobbie & Marion Kirtley, brother and sister to Gracie. Sadly, Gracie died not long ago.
Recommended Local History websites.