Australian woman looking for her Milngavie roots

Grandma Mary McDowall nee standing with sister Jessie Logan.
Grandma Mary McDowall nee standing with sister Jessie Logan.

AN Australian woman is hoping to trace long lost relatives in Milngavie.

Kirsten McDowall’s father James McDowall was born in Adelaide to Scottish parents, after her grandparents emigrated there in 1926 from Milngavie.

The 56-year-old’s grandad, also called James McDowall, travelled to Australia on the Ormonde (Orient line) with his wife Mary.


Mrs McDowall, speaking to the Herald from Adelaide, said she had researched her family as much as she could, but now needed the help of readers who may be able to help her trace the Scottish side of her family.

She said: “My grandmother and her daughters Jessie Borland McDowall and Catherine Borland last lived in Scotland at 44 Ferguson Avenue, Milngavie.

She gave her mother Jessie Logan’s address as 3 Stewart Street, Milngavie.”

Mary was born on 24 March 1897 at Main Street, Milngavie to James & Jessie Logan (nee Luke) and died on 24 Jan 1965 in Aldgate, a small town outside of Adelaide.

Mrs McDowall added that she knew it was a long shot but felt there may be some of her relatives still living in Milngavie, and if so she would really like to get in touch with them.

One of the relatives from the Logan side, James Logan, married in 1891 and Mrs McDowall knew he had a son, William, and that they all lived in Milngavie.

If anyone thinks they may be related to Mrs McDowall they can contact her by emailing at or in writing at PO Box 7170, West Lakes SA 5021, Australia.