The Society's Staff & Volunteers

Tay Valley FHS is run solely by a large number of volunteers: those who staff the centre on a daily basis, those who perform various supporting roles, people working on projects, members of Council and of other committees/groups.


Person Position
  Honorary President
David Dobson Hon. Vice-President
Douglas Soutar Hon. Vice-President
George Watson Chair
Jenny Blain Deputy Chair
Peter McBride Hon Treasurer
Evelyn Radford Hon  Secretary
Violet Jardine Hon Editor
Vacant Hon Publications Co-ordinator
Christine Bailey Bookshop
Murray Nicoll Council Member
Louise Bowles Council Member
Ken Kennedy Council Member
Helen Kennedy Council Member
Thelma Thornton Council Member
Evelyn Radford Council Member


Correspondence related to the following topics should be addressed to the relevant Staff Member at

Tay Valley Family History Society
179 - 181 Princes Street
Scotland, UK

Alternatively, if emailing us by means of the Contact Us form, please use the indicated Subject

Topic Staff Member Email Subject
General Enquiries Murray Nicoll General Enquiries
Membership (Subscription enquiries, address changes & general queries) Rod & Anne Mackinnon Membership Enquiries
(not payments)
Research Requests Thelma Thornton Research Enquiries
Bookshop Manager Christine Bailey Bookshop Enquiries
Journal Violet Jardine Historian Enquiries
Library (enquiries and donations of books, documents, etc.) Helen Kennedy  General Enquiries
Volunteer Co-ordinator Clare Nicoll General Enquiries
Publicity & completed Pedigree Charts Barrie Jack General Enquiries
Website Fred Connor Website Enquiries
Graveyard Recording Murray Nicoll General Enquiries


 Latest News

Webmaster's Jottings2021-06-28 When contacting centre

Tay Valley Family History Society has a new series of online talks for our members. This is the fourth, 'Auntie Jean', a talk by our Vice-president Doug Soutar on events involving scandal, fraud, forgery, contumacy, desertion, and the 1772 processes instituted by Jean Chaplin, mantua-maker in Arbroath, against her spouse William Jackson, barber “sometime residing in Montrose”. This talk gives the story of what Doug found and how he found it. For more information, follow this link

There's no Q&A zoom for this one as it's 'summer holiday', but please, if you have queries for Doug, do send them to the usual 'talks' address, [email protected], and they will be passed on to him. Passed talks are also available on the Members Noticeboard. For access to this, you will be required to use your members access password to log in.

 Also, there is a video from David Dobson, our vice-president, promoting his new book on doing Family History, entitled "Scottish Genealogy: The Basics and Beyond". This is also on youtube so you can view it - here's the link:

  Doors Open Days 2021 - Continue Reading

Historian 119, June 2021

Historian 119 eJournal has been uploaded to the website and has been sent out to those who have requested the electronic version. We have been experiencing problems with our outgoing email, specifically btinternet addresses. If you have not received it, please email [email protected].

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