On 27 July

Only one event today – a Strachan ancestor born 218 years ago.

27 July 1795
Birth of ggg uncle Thomas Strachan at Gorbals, Lanarkshire, son of my ggg grandparents John Strachan and Agnes Neilson. He married Elizabeth Nisbet in 1816 at Riccarton, Ayrshire and they had 3 children, and the baptism record of one of them says Thomas was of Witchknowe, Riccarton – and today there is a Witchknowe Road in Riccarton, which is south of Kilmarnock. He was, of course, a coal miner. Thomas died in July 1821 age 25, as another researcher informed me – I haven’t seen the record myself. Thomas was the gg grandfather of Scottish athlete Eric Liddell.

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