On 11 April

Today includes the anniversary of a major turning point in my grandfather’s life.

11 April 1773
Baptism of Mary Green at Worsbrough, daughter of my ggggg grandparents Joseph Green and Alice Rock. Mary died in September 1774 age 17 months.

11 April 1804
Baptism of Agnes Hunter at Lesmahagow, Lanark daughter of Robert Hunter and Margaret Haddow, who were from Stevenston, Ayrshire and returned there shortly after the birth of Agnes. Robert was the brother of Margaret Hunter, who married Robert Haddow. I still need to sort out the Haddow/Hunter tangle as lots of the same/similar names are confusing to say the least!

11 April 1823
Birth of John Bisset at Longside, illegitimate son of my ggg grandmother Christian Hutcheon. His mother married William Fraser when John was nearly 5. In 1851 John was with William and Christian at Mosside croft, described in the census as a pauper formerly agricultural labourer. From this I assume he was ill or disabled, and that he then disappears from the records could mean he died before 1855.

11 April 1915
Birth of Charles Welton Green, my mother’s cousin, at Kirkstall. He married and had children, one of whom reads this blog.

11 April 1917
My grandfather James Fraser, from Aberdeenshire, was discharged from the Gordon Highlanders after being wounded at Beaumont Hamel, France during the Battle of the Somme. He was sent to a hospital in Leeds, Yorkshire and on discharge decided to stay in Leeds and enrol on a painting and decorating course. He took lodgings in Kirkstall, just round the corner from where my grandmother was living with her parents, and the rest I’m sure you can imagine. Amazing to think that if it wasn’t for that bullet in his wrist I wouldn’t have been born.

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