It was a busy day on my Strachan family tree. Thankfully, my other trees had a very quiet day.
27 March 1734
John Alexander was baptised at Auchinleck, Ayrshire, son of John Alexander. He may well be related to my gggg grandmother Susannah Alexander who was baptised in Auchinleck in 1752 and married Thomas Strachan in 1771, and who also had a father called John Alexander. However, so far I haven’t been able to find out what the connection might have been between John baptised 1734 and Susannah baptised 1752. I think he was a bit too young to be her father.
27 March 1839
Janet Strachan was born at Shewalton, Ayrshire, daughter of my ggg uncle Samuel Strachan and his wife Margaret Sampson Reid Jamieson. I know quite a bit about Janet thanks to a newspaper article that has been posted online – which I’ve put up here under the Strachan tab because it’s so interesting. She married Alexander Lindsay, coal miner, and the newspaper article is about their Golden Wedding celebrations.
27 March 1858
Elizabeth Wallace was born at Stevenston, daughter of William Wallace (no, not THAT one!) and Elizabeth Auld. She married Samuel Strachan, my half gg uncle and son of my gg grandfather Robert Strachan and his second wife Susan Cran. Elizabeth and Samuel went on to have lots of children, which the Strachans were really good at doing.
27 March 1873
Mary Findlay born Riccarton, Ayrshire, daughter of James Findlay and Mary Findlay (yes, Mary married a relation). Mary born in 1873 was the great granddaughter of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan, and my family tree software says she is my third cousin twice removed. This explains why I haven’t got round to finding out anything about her apart from when she was born.
27 March 1896
Two days after his 23rd birthday, my grandfather Henry Strachan (see blog On 25 March) married my grandmother Helen McCrae. They were married at the Commercial Inn, Hurlford, Ayrshire and their marriage certificate says Henry was a coal miner of Crookedholm and Helen was a woollen spinner of Readeney Street, Hurlford. The witnesses were Edison McCabe and Jane Anderson, but I’ve no idea who they were, although I suspect Edison is the Edward McCabe who was age 21 and living in Crookedholm in the 1891 census.