John Joseph Johnstone was born about 1809 near Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire, Scotland. His father was John Johnstone, a yeoman. That is all I know of his parentage. His birth has proven difficult to find convincingly. A book I recently came across written by one of his grandson’s, John Sjovald Hoseason Brown says that the family came from Castlemilk near Lockerbie. Castlemilk was only built in between 1864-70 but gives (perhaps) a more precise area of where he was from. He also mentioned Colonel Wade’s road in the area. Ascertaining where that was may also help working out where he was born and who his parents were.