My grandmother, Agnes Dean, was born Agnes McKenzie Brodie. Many Brodies lived in and around Linlithgow, in West Lothian, some 17 miles west of Edinburgh, from the mid-1700s on.
She was born in 1880 at Ballencrieff Mains, a farm on the outskirts of Bathgate some 10 km SW of Linlithgow where her father John Brodie (1855 – ) was a farm worker.
Most of Agnes’ male ancestors were labourers. Her grandfather, also John Brodie (b. 1823 in Ecclesmachan Parish), worked initially on constructing the UnionCanal and eventually became a boatman. According to the 1861 Census the family lived in Woodcockdale stables, home as well to the horses that towed the canal boats, adjacent to the UnionCanal.This John Brodie and his wife Agnes McKenzie, after whom my grandmother was named, had eight children, John Jr. being the second son.
Going back a generation, John Brodie’s parents were Archibald Brodie, born 1794 in Kirkliston, West Lothian, and Janet Murray (b. ~~1797) and married in 1818 in Linlithgow.
Archibald had an older brother, James (b. 1784)
Archibald’s baptism record (See: FamilySearch) names his parents as John Brodie (b. 1759 in Linlithgow) and Mary Reid (b. 1760) who married in Kirkliston or Ratho on 21 or 22 July 1780.
So, we have been able to trace our Brodie side of the family back to 1759 in Linlithgow.
Many branches of the Brodie clan who originated in Morayshire, lived and are still living in the Linlithgow area.
Note: A big thank you to RootsChatterers: “MonicaL”, “MagicMirror”. and Christine Winters for enormous help in identifying Agnes’ ancestors.
For much more on the Brodies, see my Brodie Website:
 Ballencrieff Mains, which exists as a going farm today, was part of the vast estates of the Earl of Hopetoun.
 Built in 1821 to connect Edinburgh to Glasgow http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/falkirk/unioncanal/index.html
 These stables with attached housing exist today