dear Lesley
I have been getting info from the West Lothian family history centre as well as scotlsndspeople, findmypast.
What I am now trying to find is archibald Lawrie (grandfather to John - as confirmed by West Lothian).
Archibald Lawrie born 17 Oct 1718 Kirkliston West Lothian, married Margaret Burnet (born 7 Jun 1710 Spott, East Lothian) on 7 Jan 1738 Dunbar East Lothian.
archibald's parents Hugh Lawrie and Elizabeth. I am having trouble finding archibald's death.
there are 26 trees on ancestry, and no one has a death date for Archibald and Margaret.
Margaret's parents Robert Burnet and Isobell Whyte.
Now according to West Lothian, Archibald and Margaret had only one child, Robert.
they believe that if there were any other children they would have been recorded, unless they died at birth and didnt register them.