Hi Bonnie, Thanks for your message. Since my last message I have gone back a further generation. The parents of James Tolomie were John Tolemy and Janet Gemill who were married in Kilmarnock Ayrshire on 26th Jan 1761. They had at least 4 children; Agnes b.6 Aug 1771, John b. 1st May 1763, William b.2nd Apr 1769, and James b. 22nd July 1779. So James went to Sorn or Auchinleck sometime between 1779 and 1804. The connection of all these surnames in my line is the Tolmie name. I have established that there were Tolmies in Auchinleck at least into the 1860's but i found none in the 1891 census. Unfortunately the 1841 census is one of the few Scottish ones to be lost. Just my luck. Hopefully a Tolmie reference wil crop up somewhere.