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Husband And Wife Outside Their Home In New Lane, Newhaven c.1910


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Carnie Seaton and his wife Helen (née Buchan).

"My great, great grandparents: Carnie Seaton (b.1853 d.1930) and his wife Helen Buchan (b.1850 d.1922). He was a fisherman and pilot operating in the Forth. The picture was taken outside their house in New Lane, Newhaven.

"My great, great, grandfather didn’t have an easy start in life. He was born in 1853, just two years before his father William tragically disappeared. It is assumed he drowned in the Forth in December 1855, along with William Paterson and James Jarvie, all fishermen from Newhaven.

"Carnie’s mother Margaret Seaton (née Ramsay) was pregnant when her husband drowned. Her daughter Mary McDougall Seaton was born in May 1856. However, Mary sadly died in the August of the same year. Four months later, Margaret’s eldest son William Seaton Jr also died, aged 5 years.

"Carnie and Helen Seaton had five children: William, born in 1876; James Ramsay, born in 1878; my great grandmother Elizabeth Logan, born in 1880; Carnie, born in 1884; and a second William, born in 1887, who died within hours of his birth.

"Carnie’s only daughter, my great grandmother Elizabeth Logan Seaton, married her cousin James Logan, and they had five children. James supposedly abandoned the family and went off with a woman from Anstruther – but that’s another story!" - Margaret Wallace [2021]

Donor number: 0476-001

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