Down Under duo in search for relations

DEBBIE Reid and Janet Heap have sent out a plea to Dispatch readers as they search for their relatives.

The ladies, who live in Brisbane, Australia, are trying to trace their ancestors that lived in Forfar.

Debbie said: “We are looking to trace the descendants of Charles and Jane Porter (nee Milne).

“The Porter family were brewers and Innkeepers in Forfar’s West High Street and 79-83 Castle Street, the Castle Street address was known as Mrs Porter’s Inn.

“Charles and Jane were married at the St James Church on July 25, 1845 and had nine children together.

“After Charles died in January 1893, Jane continued to run the Inn with the help of her adult children and their spouses.

“Jane passed away in 1897 when she was living with her son-in-law John Brown, who was also a widower, at 125 Castle Street. John’s wife Isabella had passed away in 1881 leaving him with six children.”

Charles and Jane’s other children were William (1847-1896) who married Elizabeth Masterton - they were Innkeepers at the Stag Hotel; Isabella (1848-1881) who married John Brown; Maryann (1849-1940) who married Peter Lamont; Jane Low (1854-1879) married John Smith, McLintock Porter (1856-1904) who married Betsy Porter; Annie Porter (1858-1927) who never married; Alexander L. B. Porter (1860-1861); George Porter (1862-1863); Elizabeth Chalmers (1852-1931) who married George Young and John Low (1851-1902) who married Jane Fraser.

Debbie said: “John Low and Jane Fraser are our Great, Great Grandparents. They left Forfar for Port Elizabeth, South Africa in 1879 and married on October 6, 1881. They raised six daughters and has three other children who died in infancy.

“We are hoping that perhaps one of their descendancts may hold the answers to the questions we have for them, or perhaps a family Bible that has recorded names, dates of birth and where the families come from.”

If anyone can help please contact Debbie Reid at or Janet Heap at