A lesson learned
I count myself fortunate to have a great grandfather who made family history notes in the margin of a book which I now have. He also wrote an article which was published in 1908 and this also contained some family history information. One such note was a reference to our ancestor Thomas Sweet (1758 to 1848) setting up in business with his cousin William Copland. I could find no reasonable family connection to Copland and was beginning to think that his family history was suspect. But then by retracing all the records I have collected over the years and by questioning everything I had recorded and widening the scope I had a breakthrough and found the link I needed to open up a whole new perspective on the family history between 1740 and 1800. So the lesson I learned was to persevere and trust my elders!
If anyone is researching the names Robertson, Sweet or Scott in the west of Scotland, you may find my website to be of interest:
and of course I would be grateful if any of you can extend my range of research ancestors.