Mary M Many thanks for that info. Eric will be chuffed. Is Ballacraine anywhere near Kirk Rushen? - I have a map of the areas in I of M but not detailed.
The farmhouse they stayed in for holidays was near there if not the actual house. Eric remembers going fishing in a stream with the farmer but can't remember if the farmer was a relative. He is pretty sure his father said their family originated from that area.
Thanks again. Liz