I am the list administrator for the SHAND Mailing List on Rootsweb as the name SHAND appears on both my husband and my lines.

Unfortunately I have a brick wall with my William SHAND who married Isabella DUNCAN, sometime around 1832, probably in the Urquhart, St Andrews-Lhanbryde area of Morayshire, Scotland. William died on the 26 October 1839 aged 29 years and is buried in the Urquhart Kirkyard, Morayshire.

As William died before both the 1851 census (which could at least of told me where he was born) and civil registration in Scotland in 1855, (His death certificate may have given me his parents) I have been unable to find a possible birth entry for him. Also a marriage entry for a William SHAND to an Isabella DUNCAN has not been found.

Isabella was born in St Andrews-Lhanbryde in 1810, the daughter of John DUNCAN and Margaret COOK and died at Longhill, Urquhart in 1892. William and Isabella had four sons;

George SHAND who married Helen BLACK in Edinburgh in 1863 had two daughters and two sons: