With a name like Speed…..

So on to my next set of ancestors. They had the surname SPEED and they came from Fife. Sometimes the surname was spelled Speid, Speyd, Speede, Spede etc. You have to remember there was a high illiteracy rate in Scotland in the 1700s.

Our SPEED family, as far as I have been able to research, came from Cults, Fife. (another strange name!). Robert Speed born circa 1684 died in Cults on April 22, 1751. He was married to Agnes Dinness (Dennis). Their son William was born in Kame, Muirhead, Ceres, Fife, Scotland and also died in Cults. William and his wife Elizabeth Hesplin had a son Thomas who became the corn miller for Cults. Their son Robert eventually moved up to Perthshire, Scotland. HIS son Robert Jr. became a tram driver for the Caledonia Railway in Inchture, Scotland. Ironic that he and HIS son Robert Speed, both worked for the railway with a surname like SPEED!

Here is a photo of Robert Speed Sr. taken with some workers, working on a “bothy” or farm. In this photo, you can see him with the full white beard. His son is standing to the left of him (Robert Speed Jr) and sitting below him with his one arm grabbing his other is HIS son William Marshall Speed who was my husband’s great grandfather. So here, we have my husbands, greatgrandfather, great great grandfather and great great great grandfather all in one photo!!! How lucky am I??

W.M.Speed on farm

In these next photos you can see Robert Speed Sr. with his tram, at Crossgates in Inchture, Perthshire, Scotland. It was pulled by horses and regularly took passengers from local villages to Dundee.

William M.Speed worked as a railway clerk until he went off to fight in WWI, which unfortunately, he never returned from.

Robert Speed Sr. Tram

Robert Speed Sr.

Robert Speed Sr. in his younger days.

About tiesthatbindsite

I'm a genealogist with a passion for Scottish and English ancestry. I'm trilingual so I can also do research in French Canadian records and Italian records. My love for family history began 35 years ago and continues to grow every day. My family is very important to me and I hope to instill in them a love for "where they came from" so that they can better understand who they are. I also want to share my love of family history with anyone who understands how important it is to not lose site of their ancestors. They all have a story to tell.
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8 Responses to With a name like Speed…..

  1. Look forward to hearing from you!


  2. Hi, I’ll certainly try to but I’m not sure quite how to.


  3. Karen Kenyon says:

    I also come the same tree as your husband. My G Great father was James Young Speed b. 1844
    My grand father was John McNaughton Speed. would love to be in touch.. I have a picture of James and he looks the same as Robert Speed. Snr.
    Thanks Karen (Australia)


  4. Karen Kenyon says:

    Hi Ladies, I am back from my trip .. Nice to hear from you Eleanor , yes Charles and William are in my tree..Eleanor we both go back to William Speed b 1719.. I look forward to hear back from you .

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  5. Alison Benson says:

    So great to see these photos, although these Speids are only indirect ancestors. Thank you


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