Doigs Digest 2014
According to the Chinese calendar, when it comes to fortune, 2014 would be a better year for those people who were born under The Year of the Horse. The previous years on the life of a Horse might be filled with financial struggles and love life issues, but as for 2014, some things will change on his life. If the Horse will become financially independent, his money situation will become better and better. Horses are naturally lucky when it comes to money resources and career. All that is needed for him to do is to rightly manage some aspects in his life. As shown on the Chinese zodiac calendar, 2014 is the year where Horses will be prone to health issues, specifically those conditions that target the lungs.
Dear Doig Cousin,
Did you know that ‘Doig’ is an ancient and distinguished Scottish name?
Doigs can be traced back throughout Scottish history, as far as the sixth century. The Doig Family Society was established in 2004 with the primary objective of promoting the Doig Family. We invite you to attend the next International Gathering of the Doig Family Society. This exciting event will be held from Friday July 18th to Sunday 20th 2014 inclusive. All are welcome! Including your neighbours; do come and join members of the Doig Family Society from all over the world.
Doigs from Scotland, England, Wales, Canada, USA, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Peru, Malta and Switzerland are likely to be there. Please bring the family along with you! Come to the Doig’s homeland in Central Scotland and explore your ancient family history, enjoy an experience to treasure for a lifetime! Please start now to book for the Next Doig World Gathering this July!
We will have a big job on our hands to emulate our last Canadian gathering in Perth, Ontario! It was fantastic, thanks to Ian Doig in Perth Canada.
A big thank you to Mary and Henry, they saved the day for the society again by collecting and storing
our Doig collection of memorabilia. (The Smith Museum had a flood which meant we had to find an alternative home for the Doig artefacts collection we are building up).
Henry has accumulated all the paperwork required for his Doig Coat of Arms application and will hand it to The Lord Lyon's office soon. More candidates still urgently required. I still dearly wish for Clan status, please will you all help.
Just recently found out that the firm of Doig, McKechnie and Davies, art Dealers in Edinburgh were granted Royal Appointment Coats of Arms by QV, K. ED V11 and K.GV. Are there any more Doig firms out there?
In 2014 Scotland welcomes the world to join in the Year of Homecoming and Stirling 2014 will be at the heart of it. Stirling 2014 is an exciting, year-long programme of events across the Stirling Council area which we think will be of particular interest to you. The increased family history information which has become available on the Scotlands People website from January 2014. Also contains relevant information about Homecoming Scotland 2014 events etc. Link is: http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/Content/Help/index.aspx?r=2231
Be part of history at Bannockburn Live as visitors from around the world congregate to commemorate the 700th anniversary of Scotland’s most famous battle or sample some of Scotland's national drink at the Spirit of Stirling Whisky Festival. There are events to suit everyone and we look forward to sharing some of the highlights with you over the coming months. There is a new Visitor Centre at the site.
All you have to do is click on this link to sign up to our FREE email newsletter http://eepurl.com/Hkyzf .
Also the week after our weekend of activity the Commonwealth Games start in Glasgow only 30mls away. So you need to book your accommodation early. I mean soon. There are plenty of places in and around Stirling but they will get full. Please use the internet to do your own bookings!
Stirling, Scotland. – Situated right in the centre of Scotland, this is truly historic territory, linking the Highlands and Lowlands. Many famous folk have passed this way. Some had a dramatic role to play in Scotland’s story like King Robert the Bruce, Sir William Wallace and Mary Queen of Scots. Others made their contribution to literature and in passing through the area, left their written or poetic impressions. In this category Robert Burns stands foremost. Our own Dr David Doig was headmaster of the Grammar School in Stirling around 1787. For more details about the area including places to visit, accommodation etc. please see – http://www.visitscottishheartlands.com/
DOIG INTERNATIONAL GATHERING 2014: - OUR VENUES
We will be based in Stirling at the Smith Museum and Art Gallery, situated right next to Stirling Castle, which has been booked for the 18th and 19th from 10.30.a.m. until 4.00. Not that we will be there all day.
What will we be doing? Subject to change; Friday 18th 10.30 Meet and Mingle on at The Smith – tea and coffee & food is available all day from the café there.
A 20 min video of our sadly departed friend David Ross. A ceilidh will be held on Saturday evening with our own Wullie Doig performing. On the Sunday we propose a free day to do as you please. Visit Stirling Castle/ Doune Castle / the Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre, Wallace Monument, Old Town Jail etc. A farewell dinner will take place in the afternoon /evening at a hotel local to the Smiths Museum.
Please let me know if you wish to attend this function.
The Kilmadock Trust & Society: - The Kilmadock Development Trust runs the Information and Heritage Centre at the Development Trust shop 52 Main Street, Doune, FK 16 6BW. It is involved in a wide range of activities, e.g. development of the Youth Project, interpretation boards on the path to Doune Castle, runs walking festivals and provides a base and meeting place for a number of local groups. It also has two employees. JOIN KILMADOCK DEVELOPMENT TRUST
If you would like to get further involved in community or heritage activities pop into the KDT, give us a call or email Nigel Bishop. Anyone who lives or works in approx... a five mile radius of Doune is eligible to become a member for a one-off fee of £1. If you would like to join, please complete an Application Form from the Information Centre.
The Kilmadock Society is composed of volunteers; and has an annual fee: £5 adults, £2 Senior Citizens (over 60yrs of age), and junior. There are talks and periodic newsletters and again membership forms can be obtained. It is of note that the Society and the Development Trust are run in the main by the same people.
A lot of progress is being made as to setting up a DOIG DNA data base. An American site has been found which will assist with this aim. http://www.familytreedna.com/
The basic test of 12 Y-DNA is a good start but when you find you have a possible link to someone the larger Y-DNA test of up to 37 is ideal. The intention is to obtain volunteers from several Doig lines and submit for a test which will cost ~ $100. Costs will have to be met by the individual unfortunately. So if you are willing to volunteer please let the Society know via - email@example.com
A mouth swab is all it takes.
1. You may have already close relatives on the DNA BASE
2. What were your ancestors up to? (Pleasures of our forefathers). Another problem on a DNA match
is illegitimacies. Many lads would remind a lass that no Scotsman would marry a woman who could not bear children. So the lass lifted her skirt, and the lad became a solo immigrant to Canada or Australia. We have linked members in our DNA group who do not match for this reason. Ken our genealogist @ firstname.lastname@example.org can tell you before you waste your money.
3. Men only
THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE ON THE DOIG DNA LIST AT FAMILY TREE DNA IS GROWING!
There are now 54 Doig’s, Doige, Doak’s etc. listed: -
AND NOW A WORD FROM OUR GENIAL GENEALOGIST
Scottish Whisky Distilleries and Charles Chree Doig
A few nights ago my wife Linda and I watched a TV program which included a tour of Glenfiddich Distillery (illustrated). I paused the show to point out the towers were invented by Charles Doig. It was his design that improved the efficiency of the chimneys. Ahh, a smoother single-malt whisky.
Charles Chree Doig was born 24 Aug 1855 in Pitewan Farm, Lintrathen, Angus, Scotland, the son of James Doig and Amelia Rattray Stewart. We have his family back five generations to George Doig, born c. 1685 in Kirriemuir. You will find over 1600 linked cousins at http://www.doig.net/GEOX1685.html.
Although Charles’ father, two brothers, and brother-in-law were laborers, he excelled. Charles was educated at the Braes of Coul village school. At age 14 he received a prize for 'Arithmetic, etc.' and a year later for 'General Scholarship'. After having left school he started working with Mr. John Carver in Meigle, Perth, a well-known architect in the area. By 1881 he was a civil engineer living at Wester Quarter, Alyth with his aunt Jessie Steel.
On 2 June 1881 he married Margaret Isabella Dick, a London lass, at Alyth, Perth (photo above). They had three sons, William in Meigle, and Charles, and Alexander in Elgin, Moray, where they settled permanently.
In 1882, Charles and his young family had moved to Elgin, where he became assistant to Mr. H. M. S. Mackay, a land surveyor. After becoming a partner, Charles took over the business, and developed himself into an architect and civil engineer. In or around 1908, the business became C.C. Doig and Sons.
On the 28th September 1918, Charles was out shooting on the Dallas moors together with his youngest son Alexander. He became unwell and was taken to the village inn at Dallas. Although everything was done to try and save him, he died that same day. In his obituary in the "Northern Scot and Moray & Nairn Express" it was written: 'Additions and reconstructions were extensively undertaken by many distillers of Highland malt whisky, and in all this work the services of Mr Doig as an architect were very much in demand. All over Scotland and in the north of Ireland his work was well-known, and in the course of his professional career he formed many warm friendships among the distillers. In matters of arbitration and valuation he was much in request, his keen business ability, combined with fairness of judgement, being readily recognised.' His Estate was valued at £45,419. 1s. 11d.
After Charles' death, sons William and Charles Jr. continued the business. The Doig archive at the Elgin Library contains 1237 plans, dated between 1859 and 1965, from C.C. Doig and Sons. Just over 500 of these plans have a date prior to his death, and among those are designs for farms, hotels, rifle ranges, schools, breweries, drill halls, country houses, cemeteries, inns, a golf course, copper works, railways, a harbour, churches, rope works, water supplies, a hospital, and the list goes on.
And distilleries, of course, almost 100 of them. According to the Doig archive inventory list, the first distillery that Doig was involved with was Glenburgie, in 1881. But the distillery that will always be most linked to his name is Dailuaine. Doig was involved with this distillery from 1882 onwards, and the most significant moment came on the 3rd of May, 1889. Mackenzie & Co., the owners of Dailuaine, commissioned Doig to make alterations to their maltings, with the specific aim of improving the efficiency of the chimneys at drawing off the peat smoke. The rest is history to your taste buds.
Order your Doig Tartan Kilt see www.thekiltshop.co.uk Richard has shops in Aberfeldy, Blairgowrie, Brechin, Carnoustie, Dundee, Forfar, Montrose & Kirriemuir
John Rodger Doig
It was only a year or so ago that I reported the death of Chris Doig, John’s Brother.
It is with sadness that I now inform you of the death of John in the summer after a massive heart attack.
0BITUARY from ‘THE PRESS’, CHRISTCHURCH, N.Z of John Doig
“He made a huge contribution to the medical world and changed the lives of many, but he was very humble about it.” Quentin Doig (John Doig’s brother)
The death of a well-known Christchurch doctor and pioneer for the treatment of endometriosis has left a “huge hole” in the lives of everyone he knew. John Roger Doig, 66, died at Christchurch Hospital on July 23 after suffering a stroke.
Doig worked as a gynaecologist and obstetrician in Christchurch for many years, leading the way with his work on endometriosis.
He is survived by his wife, Susan, his four children, Roger, David, Stephen and Katherine and three grandchildren, Laura, William and John.
His two brothers, Hamish and Quentin Doig, were also mourning the loss.
Quentin Doig told The Press his brother had lived an “incredible life” but had been taken “far too soon”.
“He loved his family more than anything and we will all miss him”. He said.
“He was a great man. He made a huge contribution to the medical world and changed the lives of many, but he was very humble about it. He didn’t want recognition as long as he was helping people.”
Doig graduated in medicine at The University of Otago from 1973, then began training in obstetrics and gynaecology at Christchurch Women’s Hospital.
He then completed three years of post-graduate training in Scotland.
Upon returning to New Zealand, he worked as a tutor specialist at Christchurch Women’s Hospital and became a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist to the Canterbury District Health Board in 1983.
Doig opened a highly successful private practice in the mid-1980s and worked in both public and private practice from that point onwards.
He also became a clinical lecturer in the University of Otago and in 1996 was appointed as senior lecturer.
Fred Michael Laney had worked with Doig for several decades. “We trained together, we went overseas together, we came back together and we became the Laney-Doig consultant team at Christchurch Women’s Hospital.
“He was kind and compassionate. His personality really filled the room and he had a great sense of humour.”
Doig achieved some “amazing things” during his career, Laney said. “He was a great innovator and instigator. He was a leader in the modern surgical management of endometriosis, especially the use of keyhole surgery in that area,” he said. “John also had a lot to do with the amalgamation of the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Royal New Zealand College into one college. That was a huge job at the time.”
Together, Laney and Doig raised funds for the establishment of the South Island’s first in-vitro fertilisation unit at Christchurch Women’s Hospital.
Doig also helped establish the Oxford Clinic Women’s Health and Oxford Clinic Hospital, a purpose-built facility for advanced endoscopic surgery.
Along with colleagues, he then developed and funded the Fellowship in Advanced Endoscopic Surgery in Gynaecology at the Oxford Clinic Women’s Health.
In 2011, Doig was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists for his work in endometriosis and advanced endoscopic surgery.
Doig also served voluntarily on the Endometriosis New Zealand (ENZ) board as a founding trustee from January 1994 until retirement in 2011.
ENZ chief executive Deborah Bush said Doig’s commitment to the organisation was unfaltering.
Doig would be remembered for his “deep sense of compassion, hope and life-altering treatment”, she said, and by the medical community worldwide for his “outstanding academic and clinical contribution, mentoring and camaraderie”. “We say farewell to a dear colleague and friend whose influence will continue to guide and inspire, to improve the health outcomes for girls, women and their families.”
ENZ had received hundreds of tributes from women and families expressing their sadness, loss and sincere gratitude to their much-loved and respected doctor, obstetrician and surgeon, Bush said.
In his spare time, Doig enjoyed thoroughbred breeding and racing, golf and fishing.
“He was a huge armchair sportsman,” Quentin Doig said. “He loved his sports and his fishing. We’d always go fishing in the Marlborough Sounds.”
He also sang with the Kilmarnock Edition, making four commercial recordings over 25 years of performance.
Laney said Doig had a “fine singing voice”. “He would often break into song while he was delivering babies even at 3 or 4 in the morning. “People would suddenly hear his rich baritone throughout the hospital. He was famous for it.”
Singing runs in Doig’s family. His late brother, Chris, was an international opera singer, sports administrator and Southern Opera founder.
We also report the death of two of our Members.
Saint Cadoc (or Cadog or Cattwg) (Latin: Cadocus) (born about 497 or before) was a 5th-6th century Abbot of Llancarfan, near Cowbridge in Glamorganshire, South Wales, a monastery famous from the era of the British church as a centre of learning, where Illtud spent the first period of his religious life under Cadoc's tutelage. Cadoc is credited with the establishment of many churches in Cornwall, Brittany Dyfed and Scotland. He is known as Cattwg Ddoeth, "the Wise", and a large collection of his maxims and moral sayings were included in Volume III of the Myvyrian Archaiology. He is listed in the 2004 edition of the Roman Martyrology under 21 September.
Cadoc began life under a cloud of violence. His father, Gwynllyw the Bearded, was one of the lesser kings of Wales, a brother of Saint Petroc, and a robber chieftain. He wanted to propose to Princess Glwadys, daughter of King Brychan of Brycheiniog, a neighbouring chieftain, but Brychan turned away the envoys asking for Glwadys' hand. Wildly in love, Gwynllyw and Glwadys eloped from her father’s court at Brecon and escaping over the mountains in a raid in which 200 of Gwynllyw's 300 followers perished.
Born into the royal families of Gwynllwg and Brycheiniog, it is said, he worked miracles even before his birth. Strange lights shone in his parents’ house and the cellars were miraculously filled with food.
Cadoc was born in Gelligaer, around the year 497. An angel announced his birth and summoned the hermit Meuthi to baptise and teach him. A holy well sprang up for his baptism and afterwards flowed with wine and milk. It is thought that he was baptised as Cathmail (Cadfael). After the birth of his son, Gwynllyw went on a wild celebratory raid with a new band of fearless warriors. Among other livestock, he stole the cow of an Irish monk, St. Tathyw of Caerwent. This is probably Tathan, a reputed early abbot of nearby Caerwent whose dedications appear around Llantwit Major. Tathyw was not afraid of Gwynllyw and boldly went to confront him, demanding the return of the cow. On a sudden impulse, or perhaps guided by divine inspiration, Gwynllyw decided Cadoc would go to live under the monk's care, and he was sent away to be educated at Tathyw's monastery in Caerwent. Cadoc picked up a basic knowledge of Latin and received a rudimentary education that prepared him for further studies in Ireland and Wales. Most important, Cadoc learned to appreciate the life of a monk and a priest.
One day while in the Cardiff district of Glamorganshire, Cadoc was being chased by an armed swineherd from an enemy tribe. As he ran through the woods looking for a place to hide, he came upon a wild boar, white with age. Disturbed by his presence, the boar made three fierce bounds in his direction, but Cadoc's life was spared when the boar miraculously disappeared. Cadoc took this as a heavenly sign, and marked the spot with three tree branches. The valley was owned by his uncle, King Pawl of Penychen, who made a present of the land to his nephew. The location later became the site of the great church college and monastery at Llancarvan.
Maches (Latin: Machuta), the sister of Cadoc according to tradition, was killed by robbers who were stealing her finest ram. Tathan, to whom the murderers confessed their crime, built a church on the spot. In adulthood Cadoc refused to take charge of his father's army, "preferring to fight for Christ". He founded his first monastery at Llancarfan in the Vale of Glamorgan, and from there he went to Ireland to study for three years. Returning to Wales, he studied with Bachan, a teacher of rhetoric from Italy. He then travelled to Scotland where he founded a monastery at Cambuslang. Back at Llancarfan, his influence helped it to grow into one of the chief monasteries in South Wales. One tradition has it that he went on pilgrimage to Rome, but more certain is the knowledge of time spent in Brittany. He settled there on an island in the Etel River, now called L'Ile de Cado, where he built an oratory, founded a monastery and devoted himself to spreading the Gospel. There are chapels dedicated to him at Belz and Locoal-Mendon in Morbihan and at Gouesnac'h in Finistère, where he is called upon to cure the deaf. His name is also the basis of some thirty Breton place-names.
St Catwg window in Caerphilly
According to Huddleston, most Welsh writers assign the founding of Llancarfan to the period of St. Germanus's visit to Britain in A.D. 447, stating further that the first principal was St. Dubric, or Dubricius, on whose elevation to the episcopate St. Cadoc, or Cattwg, succeeded. On the other hand, he notes that the Life of St. Germanus, written by Constantius, a priest of Lyons, about fifty years after the death of the saint, says nothing at all of any school founded by him or under his auspices, in Britain, nor is mention made of his presence in Wales.
An alternate tradition holds that Llancarvan monastery or "Church of the Stags", in Glamorganshire, and not far from the British Channel, was founded in the latter part of the fifth century by Cadoc. Here he established a monastery and college, which became the seminary of many great and holy men. The spot at first seemed an impossible one, and almost inaccessible marsh, but he and his monks drained and cultivated it, transforming it into one of the most famous and attractive religious homes in South Wales. The plan of the building included a monastery, a college, and a hospital. Having got the community established, he went off to Ireland to study and teach. When he returned three years later, he found the monastery in ruins. Furious, he forced the monks back to manual labour, dragging timber from the woods to begin the work of reconstruction. Two stags came out of the forest to help them, which is said to be why the stream running past the monastery is called the Nant Carfan, the Stag Brook.
Rev. Rees suggests that although the monastery was said to have been situated at Llancarfan, the particular spot on which it stood was called Llanfeithin.
About 528, after his father's death, Cadoc is said to have built a stone monastery in Scotland probably at Kilmadock, which was named for the saint, north-west of Stirling, where the Annant Burn enters the River Teith about 2 miles upstream from Doune. Near the ruins of the old Kilmadock church and graveyard is Hermit's Croft, thought to be where he lived for seven years. Seven local churches that were built in his name came under the authority of Inchmahome Priory. It is also said that Cadoc’s monastery was "below Mount Bannauc" (generally taken to be the hill southwest of Stirling down which the Bannockburn flows). It has been suggested that the monastery was where the town of St Ninians now stands, two kilometres south of Stirling. Scottish followers were known as "Gille Dog", the servants of Cadog, which appears as a surname, first as Dog, and later as Doig, Dock, and Doak.
I actually met him and obtained his autograph! see images! his work sell's for millions .
Our Treasurer, Ian Doig, reports that the Society’s funds stood at £3,462 at the end of our financial year 31st December 2013. During the year one additional Life Member was purchased by Catherine Williams of Shoeburyness, Essex. This brought the total Life Members of the Society up to a worldwide total of 34!
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTIONS for 2014 ARE NOW DUE. Our Treasurer would be pleased to receive subscriptions to assist with running the Society. Donations and sponsorships would also be very welcome at any time!
Annual Membership subscriptions are now due for 2014 and our Treasurer would be pleased to receive monies to assist with running the Society! To pay annual subscription or to purchase a Life Membership, simply enter the amount in PayPal and send your payment to the Treasurer of the Doig Family Society - email@example.com Alternatively, you can pay by Bank Direct Debit, or electronic banking, or cheque.
Life Membership £50. Annual Membership £10 or equivalent per person / per annum,
Transfer money direct to our account in Scotland by requesting a form from Ian Doig our Treasurer firstname.lastname@example.org or myself email@example.com
WHY DO WE NEED YOUR SUBSCRIPTION?
1. Development of the Doig Family Society
2. To subsidise the Doig Gatherings
3. Archives, research and development
4. To achieve clan status
5. Financing the doig.net websites (currently no charge)
6. To pay for postage and printing of newsletter etc. (currently no charge).
The Doig Society, in order to achieve Clan Status, requires ten armigers to become a clan. Progress has been exceedingly slow and we may not attain this objective. There has been a growing feeling that we were not a highland people so why should we want Clan Status?. At this point we have just three armigers. We need others to follow suit and align these armigers via the Office of Lord Lyon.
What is required is as follows: - This is for a Grandfather ancestor who lived in Scotland but applied for to Lord Lyon.
1a Your Marriage Certificate
1b " Father in Law's Marriage Certificate
1c/e All the Children's Birth Certificates (eldest son first, then any daughters)
2a Your Birth Certificate
2b " Fathers Marriage Certificate
3a " G/Fathers Birth Certificate
3b " " Marriage Certificate
Cost is over £1000 but not paid up front. British Commonwealth. Anyone domiciled in Her Majesty’s overseas realms or the Commonwealth who has Scottish ancestry can apply.
Foreign Countries. Anyone with Scottish ancestry can apply for a posthumous Grant of Arms to a Scottish ancestor. If born in England …. Tough!
Please look to your family to achieve this aim for more details and information see www.doig.net
Doig Digest Index:-
The Stirling Castle Ball c.16th Century: - Did Jamie Dog collect this football for King
James IV which is now lying in the Smiths Art Gallery and Museum? Digest 2006/7
Post Cards Digest 2007
Searching for Doigs by Kenneth Frank Doig:- Doig Family Society Genealogist
Digest 2006 and every edition onwards
(Please let Ken have copies of old photos of Doig’s, new ones also welcome and give permission or not to publish on the Web).
Books Digest 2007
Doig Society memorabilia archive Digest 2007 /Digest 2008
Charles Chree Doig: -Article from the Whisky Magazine http://www.whiskymag.com/ by Ian Buxton
Whisky Pioneers :-ARCHITECT Digest 2008/2010
Andrea Doig singer Digest 2011
Wullie Doig songs Digest 2011
The Doigs of Peru Digest 2011
David Ross Digest 2011
Federico Kauffmann Doig Digest 2011
Yield not to Adversity: Na gèill do chruaidh-chas