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       Robert Wright  c. 1909 

 

Wright and Mein (Main) genealogy....

Follow the links and you will find family trees tracing my surname back into the late 18th c and also an ancestral file tracing my grandmother's family name (on my father's side) again into the late 18th c. There's more information here than previously - much of it attributable to the hard work of a cousin Marjorie (Duvall), who has managed to independently verify many of the earlier connections.

For the Wright familytree, all information is verifiable except the final connection to John Wright/Margaret Craig, although records show that they are the only reasonable fit. Similarly the final definitive connection to John Mein/Janet Grant Suttie Scott has been difficult to make. Having said this, there is considerable evidence for both, from a number of sources, to suggest that the assumptions are 'highly-likely'. Please note that some of the 'Mein' family changed their names to 'Main' around the mid 19th c. possibly to avoid the connection to German/Prussian immigrants of the same (but unconnected) surname.

The 'houseofnames' site (see link below) has coats-of-arms and origins for both Wright and Mein. Scottish Wrights apparently originated in Berwickshire and are a sept (branch) of the Clan MacIntyre. Scottish Meins apparently originated in Midlothian (and still here!) and are sept of the Menzies family.  ** STOP PRESS** latest info - this Mein family originated in Germany! More to follow later....

To generalise, my ancestral Wrights were farm workers then farmers and the Meins were farm workers then  miners. All in East Lothian for well over 200 years....

Both of these files were compiled using PAF5 downloaded from the Latter Day Saints site where you can also search (for free) the IGI index - see first link below. The second link allows (for a fee) searches of many of the GROS (Register House) records. Second last link John Archibald Main who served in the Canadian Field Artillery in Europe and was killed in action and buried in Belgium 1916 - a poignant reminder.

www.familysearch.org

www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk

www.scotsorigins.com

www.vac-acc.gc.ca/remembers/sub.cfm?source=collections/virtualmem/Detail&casualty=44166

www.houseofnames.com