Thank you Judith. I agree with you about widening the net and have done this to some extent. There is definitely an Irish connection with Richard Bruce and his wife Maria but what form it takes is a bit of a mystery. The marvellous thing about this thread is that the missing Margaret is no longer missing and I have found new cousins! I think I still have some credits with scotlandspeople - I just found them very expensive for a general trawl of the records. I am interested to find out whether the population was static geographically then - or whether perhaps economic conditions force people to travel around to find work (say 1810-1830).