So were there any April Fool major events on my tree? Yes, there are.
1 April 1790
Agnes Strachan was born, and was baptised 3 days later in the parish of Irvine. She is my gggg aunt, the daughter of Thomas Strachan and Susannah Alexander and her baptism record confirms her father’s occupation as coal hewer. From the baptism records of Thomas and Susannah’s younger children, it’s clear the family moved to Gorbals, south of the Clyde at Glasgow, when Agnes was very young, most likely to work at the Govan colliery. In January 1813 in Cathcart – neighbouring parish to both Gorbals and Govan – there is a baptism of an illegitimate daughter of Robert Leckie and Agnes Strachan. A month later Robert Leckie was “duly admonished for his sin of fornication with Agnes Strachan, was admitted to the faith in lieu(?) of baptism for his child and fined the usual fine” and the couple were married. On the same page of the same OPR is a marriage for Susan Strachan, and my Agnes Strachan had a sister called Susan. Nothing else to prove it’s the same Agnes and Susan but I strongly suspect it is. Sadly, I can’t find any further trace of Robert, Agnes or their daughter Agnes.
1 April 1804
Baptism of Walter Strachan, ggg uncle, at Gorbals, son of John Strachan and Agnes Neilson. He may have died in infancy as I can find nothing else for him.
1 April 1869
Margaret Strachan, my great aunt, the daughter of Joseph Strachan and Jeannie Haddow, died at Kenneth’s Row, Kilwinning, age 1 from “bowel complaint 3 months, consumption latterly”.
1 April 1906
William Fraser, my half great uncle, was born at Hatton Lodge, Hatton, parish of Cruden, son of William Fraser and his second wife Helen Ann Morgan. He was illegitimate as his parents didn’t marry until a year later, a pattern which seems to be fairly common with second marriages. He was therefore named William Fraser Morgan on his birth certificate, but must have had it officially changed in 1966 as there’s a corrected entry. He was a farm servant, married Eliza Ann Murray in 1928 at Longside, and died in 1972 at Peterhead.