Monthly Archives: August 2013

On 30 August

Today: an early Sangster, a Strachan descendant who migrated to Australia, and a Strachan descendant who I haven’t researched beyond 1901.

30 August 1788
Birth of my ggggg aunt Barbara Sangster at Cruden, Aberdeenshire, daughter of John Sangster and Elizabeth Matthew and sister of Janet Sangster, mother of the illegitimate William Fraser.

30 August 1874
Birth of Alexander Inglis at Dreghorn, Ayrshire son of Alexander Inglis and Janet Strachan and great grandson of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. In 1881 he is at Kames Row, Muirkirk with his parents and siblings, his father and older brother stone miners. In 1887 the family migrated to Australia, arriving in Brisbane on 6 April 1887. A researcher on Ancestry has Alexander marrying Isabella Alexander at Brisbane in 1902 and having 5 children, with a 1952 death in Brisbane.

30 August 1889
Birth of John Strachan Tait at Parker’s Land, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, illegitimate son of Andrew Tait and Mary Strachan and great grandson of my ggg uncle Peter Strachan and Margaret Boyle. In 1891 John S Tait is with his grandparents, John and Christina Strachan, at Gatehead Road, Kilmaurs and his mother Mary is working as a servant to Andrew Hamilton, a diaryman of Kilmarnock. Mary Strachan married John McVie in 1894 at Kilmaurs, and in 1901 they are at Low Road, St Quivox with 5 children, the eldest John Strachan Tait.

On 28 and 29 August

Two quiet days: a very early Ayrshire ancestor from who can’t be traced further than birth, and an Alexander from Aberdeenshire who left plenty of traces in the records.

29 August 1731
Birth of Thomas Reid at Kilwinning, Ayrshire son of Thomas Reid and Janet Eaddie. His sister Christian married John Alexander and is, I strongly suspect, the mother of Susannah Alexander who married Thomas Strachan. Thomas Reid born 1731 is therefore my gggggg uncle. No further trace of him had turned up, unfortunately

28 August 1817
Baptism of Jane Alexander at Rayne, Aberdeenshire, daughter of my ggggg uncle John Alexander and Janet Morrison. Her sister Helen married Peter Watt. I couldn’t find her in the 1841 census and there were several marriages so, unsure which was her, I searched for death certificate on ScotlandsPeople and found one at Rayne: she had been married twice so I was then able to track her in the census. She seems to have married farm servant George Gray, who was born in Foveran, in about 1844 but there’s no marriage in the records. In 1851 George Gray with wife Jean are at Hatton, Belhelvie with 3 children, the eldest born at Tarves and the younger two at Belhelvie, and the births of the children can be found on FamilySearch with father George Gray and mother Jane Alexander. By 1861 Jean Alexander is back in Rayne, at Cushieton, with 2 children named Gray: the eldest two are not with her and there’s a youngest son born 1854 who can be found on FamilySearch born at Belhelvie. George Gray must have died but there’s no death certificate to be found on ScotlandsPeople so it looks as if he died in 1854. In 1861 Jean, age 43 and a stocking knitter, had a boarder, George Smith age 54, a stone dyker, living with him. Later in 1861 George Smith and Jean/Jane Alexander were married at Rayne. They’re at Coley Hill in 1871 with a young grandson, but by 1881 they’ve gone up tp Gamrie in Banffshire, George still a stone dyker. In 1891 Jane Smith, age 73 and a stocking knitter, is on her own a MacDuff, Banffshire but by 1901 she’s returned to Rayne and is living at Kirktown of Rayne, an 83 year old invalid, with her younger sister Ann Alexander age 77, her nurse. Jane Smith formerly Gray ms Alexander died in 1902 at Rayne.

On 27 August

Today, a Morgan killed by a granite stone, a Green who become an innkeeper’s wife (an occupation common in the Green family) and adopted a son, and a Green descendent who, before marriage, was bottling mineral water back in 1901. And we think bottled water is a recent phenomena!

27 August 1815
Birth of Arthur Morgan at Longside, son of Peter Morgan and my ggggg aunt Isabel Sangster, and also grandfather of Helen Ann Morgan, who was my great grandfather Wiliam Fraser’s second wife. In 1835 he married Margaret Robb at Cruden, and in the 1841 census they are at Mains Gask, Cruden with a daughter. Margaret died sometime in the mid to late 1840s, by which time they’d had 4 children. Arthur then married Catherine Adam at Cruden in 1849, and the 1851 census finds them at Tillymaud, Cruden with Arthur’s 4 older children and a new baby; Arthur is a farm servant. At some point he started working in the quarry, and the family moved to Longhaven, which is close by the granite quarry, as in 1860 Arthur died almost instantly when he was crushed by a large granite stone.

27 August 1848
Baptism of my ggg aunt Elizabeth Green at Worsbrough, daughter of my ggg grandparents William Green and Sarah Firth. In 1851 she is with her grandfather, parents and siblings at the Rose and Crown Inn, Worsbrough, her grandfather an innkeeper and her father a bleacher (which would have been of linen). Her father died in 1865, and Elizabeth got married in 1870 at Wortley to John Edward Elstone. In the 1871 census Elizabeth and her husband are at Greenfoot Road, Barnsley North with Elizabeth’s widowed mother: John Elstone is an engine tester. By 1881 John and Elizabeth have moved to The Orchard, which is close to Greenfoot Road, and have become publicans employing two young female servants. They have moved to the Three Crowns Inn in The Shambles, Barnsley by 1891 and have an adopted son Silvester Milne, a servant and a female pianist and her daughter as boarders. Elizabeth’s husband John died in 1900 age 51, and in 1901 Elizabeth is at 132 Cemetery Road, Barnsley South, working as a shirt machinist, with son William Elstone age 13: he was born in Halifax as was Silvester Milne who was age 3 in 1891. The household also has two boarders from Ireland. Frustratingly, I cannot find Elizabeth or her adopted son William in the 1911 census. Elizabeth Esltone died in 1919 age 71. In 1914 there was a marriage in Barnsley of Willie S M Elstone: was he William Silvester Milne Elstone?

27 August 1882
Birth of Gertrude Burton at Stanley Hall Lodge, Yorkshire, daughter of James Burton and Sarah Ann Wilson and granddaughter of Joseph Wilson and my ggg aunt Mary Green. Her father was a twine maker, and by 1891 the family had moved to Alverthrope, near Wakefield: they are there at Pilkington Street in 1891 and 1901, with Gertrude at school and as a bottle worker at a mineral water works. She married Henry Wood in 1907, and in 1911 they are living at Sandal, Henry a colliery workman below ground, and have 3 children plus Henry’s stepfather and a 14 year old nurse girl living with them. Gertrude died in 1971 at Wakefield age 88.

On 26 August

Two days worth to catch up on tonight. On the 26th, an Anderson and a Logan from Aberdeenshire who seem to have died in childhood, Hay , Fraser and McWilliam ancestors who can’t be found in the records, and a Fraser descendent who migrated to Vancouver, as did three of her siblings.

26 August 1747
Baptism of my gggggg aunt Margaret Alexander at Bourtie, Aberdeenshire, daughter of William Alexander and Ann Strachan. Her descendants include Helen Alexander who married Peter Watt and, eventually, my great grandmother Helen Hay, mother of my grandfather James Fraser. Nothing else can be found for her. However, someone with a tree on Ancestry has researched this Alexander family and looked at a will left by Ann Alexander nee Strachan in 1779, which makes it clear that only 5 of her children were still alive at that time and that did not include Margaret.

26 August 1795
Baptism of my gggg aunt Margaret Hay at Tarves, Aberdeenshire, aunt of the George Hay who was the father of my illegitimate great grandmother Helen Hay. Unfortunately she’s yet another for whom nothing can be found: the marriage records for Tarves have not survived for the years 1801 to 1849, which doesn’t help. Looking for a Margaret in the census born 1795 at Tarves produces too many results and it’s impossible to know whether any of them could be her.

26 August 1804
Birth of George Fraser at Cruden, Aberdeenshire, son of Andrew Fraser and Jean Walker and grandson of Donald Fraser and Margaret Sharp. His uncle William Fraser was, I strongly suspect, the father of my illegitimate ggg grandfather William Fraser. Can’t find anything in the records that looks right, so have no idea what became of him.

26 August 1848
Birth of David McWilliam at Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, son of my half gggg uncle David McWilliam and Elizabeth Ewan. His father was a sawyer and the family lived at Princess Street, Peterhead, and David is with them in 1851 and 1861. Nothing found after that,

26 August 1862
Birth of Isabella Logan at Cruden, daughter of my ggg uncle John Logan and Jane Marr. She is with her parents and siblings in 1871 at Moortack, Cruden, her father a farmer of 6 acres, but she died in 1877 at the age of 15.

26 August 1885
Birth of Lucy Ann Milne at Hatton, Cruden, Aberdeenshire, daughter of Alexander Milne and Elizabeth Thomson and granddaughter of my ggg aunt Janet Fraser (aka Jessie) and William Milne. She is at Hatton with her parents and siblings in 1891, her father a blacksmith, and the family is at 1 Main Road, Cruden in 1901 with Lucy, age 15, working as a domestic servant. She went to Canada, though I cannot find her on a passenger list, but in 1914 she married Alexander Stewart Simpson in Victoria, British Columbia. Her was from Aberdeenshire too. Lucy Ann Milne died in 1955 age 69, her death registered at Vancouver. Her brother Frederick Milne, her sister Laura Elizabeth Milne and her sister Margaret Milne all migrated to Vancouver.

Susannah Strachan and her descendants: lovely old photos

It’s lovely to hear from distantly related people via the blog. I’ve recently been swapping emails with Mac Ballantine in the USA, who is descended from Susannah Strachan born 1811. Mac sent some fantastic old photos and I know lots of you will want to see them. And thanks to Mac for providing an insight into the lives of Susannah’s children.

Susannah Strachan was born 1811 in Riccarton, daughter of Robert Strachan and Jean Kelley and granddaughter of Thomas Strachan and Susannah Alexander. On 6 February 1829 at Kilmarnock she married Thomas Ballantine. He was born in 1806 at Airdrie, Lanarkshire and was the son of Robert Ballantine and Janet Campbell. When he married Susannah he was working at the lime kilns at Kilmarnock: coal was used to burn limestone and produce lime, which was used in building and for agriculture. Remains of old lime kilns can be found all over the UK.

Thomas and Susannah Ballantine can be found in the 1841 census in Thirdpart, Kilmarnock, and by then Thomas was a coal miner. They’d had six children and were to have more. They moved from Kilmarnock to nearby Dreghorn and by 1871 Thomas had retired.

Thomas and Susannah
Thanks to Mac for sending me this picture of Thomas Ballantine and Susannah Strachan dating from 1870 when they were both in their mid 60s.

Two of their sons, John born 1836 and Robert born 1838, migrated to Canada.

John Ballantine migrated in 1867 went to Galt in Ontario where he set up a foundry which eventually became part of Canada Machinery Corp. He had married Janet Bartley and they had two children, Thomas and Margaret (Maggie).

Robert Ballantine went to Canada in the 1850s, returned to Scotland in the 1860s and married Mary Miller in 1868, then returned to Canada. He took up a land grant in the Muskoka lakes district and founded the village of Grassmere, where he operated the post office and the grist mill. He died there in 1892 in his 50s: apparently his health was never very good and the weather in Muskoka didn’t really agree with him. He and his wife Mary had nine children.

Robert Ballantine in 1853:4
Pic sent by Mac of Robert Ballantine taken in the 1850s

Robert and Mary Ballantine
Pic sent by Mac of Robert Ballantine with his wife Mary and baby son Robert, taken in 1870. The baby sadly died at the age of four, killed in an accident.

One of Robert and Mary’s children was John Ballantine, born in 1874 at Muskoka, Ontario. He married Jennett Flintoff and they had ten children, and were the grandparents of Mac Ballantine, who sent the photos. Thank you Mac.

On 25 August

A busy day today in ancestor land. A Strachan girl disappears from the records, a Haddow ancestor dies when crushed by a wagon at a coal mine, another Strachan girl marries an engine fitter then is widowed with young children, a Green descendent becomes a gardener and then a park superintendent, another Haddow ancestor died when only 4 years old, and a Fraser cattleman migrated to Canada twice.

25 August 1829
Birth of Agnes Strachan at Dundonald, Ayrshire, daughter of my ggg uncle John Strachan and Jean Neilson. Her grandparents were John Strachan and Agnes Neilson so I suspect her mother and paternal grandmother were related, but have yet to find out how. She’s proved a difficult one to research. Her father must have died between 1833 and 1841, and her youngest sibling John was born in 1833 at Dundonald, but in 1841 she’s at Strathbungo, Govan (now Glasgow) with her mother and siblings: the Strachans are lodging with Robert and Isabella Baker and Agnes’s mother is working as an ag lab. In 1851 they are at Campbell’s Lane, Strathbungo and Agnes, age 19, is a steam loom weaver. I then cannot find her with any certainty in the records, and cannot find a death certificate on ScotlandsPeople. It’s possible she died between 1851 and 1854.

25 August 1876 (born 1844)
On 25 August 1876, my gg uncle Hugh Richmond Haddow died at the age of 31: a few days previously he’d been crushed beneath the wheels of a loaded wagon at a railway junction serving a coal mine near to Kilwinning. He died at Kenneth’s Row. He was born in 1844, though there’s no baptism record, son and youngest child of John Haddow and Amelia Murphy and sister of my great grandmother Jeanie Haddow who married Joseph Strachan. He is at Kenneth’s Row, Kilwinning in 1851 with his parents and siblings in 1851 and again in 1861, by which time he was 14 and a coal miner. In 1871 he’s with his widowed mother Amelia at Lamont’s Road, Kilwinning. In November 1871 be married Marion McKay at Burnside Cottage, Kilwinning, and they had 5 children, the eldest 2 having been born illegitimate. When Hugh died as a result of the accident, Marion was left with 4 young children, a daughter having died in infancy. They all went to live with Marion’s mother who lived at Burnside Cottage on Fergushill Road, Kilwinning, and Marion lived there for the rest of her life.

25 August 1866
Birth of Janet Strachan, also known as Jessie, at Kilmaurs, Ayrshire, daughter of Samuel Strachan and Janet Mitchell and granddaughter of my gggg uncle Samuel Strachan and Ann Miller. She’s with her parents at Chemical Row, Stevenston in 1871, her father a collier. She’s not with her parents in 1881 and I can’t find her elsewhere, but on 3 April 1891 she married Hugh Ingram, an engine fitter, at Saltcoats Town Hall. They are in the 1891 census, taken just after they were married, at 8 East Shaw Street, Kilmarnock, Hugh a railway engine fitter. They had 3 children, then Hugh Ingram died in 1900 of cerebral meningitis at 1 Burnside Street, Kilmarnock. Widow Jessie Ingram is at 1 Burnside Street in the 1901 census, living on her own means, with her 3 children and a boarder.

25 August 1867
Baptism of Thomas Arthur Wilson at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, son of Joseph Wilson and my ggg aunt Mary Green and grandson of William Green and Sarah Firth. In 1871 he’s with his parents and siblings at Stanley Hall Cottage, near Wakefield, where his father is a gardener. In 1881 he’s with with his grandmother Nancy Wilson at Stanley Green and his parents are the gardener and hall keeper at Stanley Hall. He became a gardener like his father, and in 1888 married Elizabeth Florence Vickers at Gawthorpe. By 1891 they had moved to Leeds and were living on Leeds and Bradford Road, Bramley, which is very close to where my great grandfather, Thomas’s cousin, went to live in around 1900. Whether they were in contact with each other is not known and is doubtful, as Thomas had moved to Bingley by 1901 and was living at Priesthorpe Lodge working as a gardener. They were then on the move again, as in 1911 Thomas is the superintendent of Queen’s park, Castleford and living in the cottage there. Thomas and his wife Elizabeth had 2 children, and Thomas died there in 1919. He left a will: probate was granted to his wife and his estate was worth £99 2s 2d.

25 August 1868
Birth of Colin Shearer Haddow at Kilwinning, son of my gg uncle Colin Shearer Haddow and Ann Orr Richmond. A previous child born to Colin and Ann in 1866 had been called Colin but had died in 1867. Colin born 1868 is with his parents and sibllings at Lylestone Row, Kilwinning in 171, his father a coal miner, but he died in 1873 age 4.

25 August 1886
Birth of my half gg uncle Thomas Fraser at Hardslacks, Cruden (which is probably Mosside Croft), son of Alexander Fraser and his second wife Margaret Booth. He is at Mosside in 1891 with his parents and siblings, but by 1901 is a farm servant, working as a cattleman at Maw, Ellon for farmer Peter Craib: his sister Isabella is also there working as a cook. According to the 1920 passenger list when he arrived in Canada, he had previously lived in Canada from 1908 at Selkirk, Manitoba but left in October 1914 to join the British Forces. I can’t find a WW1 record for him, however. He married Mary Anderson in 1916 at Kennethmont, Aberdeen and they had 3 children born in Scotland. Then in September 1920 he sailed for Canada, going to his brother-in-law at Middlechurch, Manitoba, and gave his nearest relative as his father-in-law Robert Anderson of Insch, Aberdeenshire. Several trees on Ancestry that seem to be fairly well researched have him with another 3 children born to Mary Anderson in Canada, then a second marriage to Lizzie Ann Gordon and another 4 children, with his death in 1974 at age 87 at Chilliwack.

On 24 August

Today: a Haddow who died in infancy, a Watt ag lab who lived at Cowstones, yet another Robert Strachan who was, of course, an Ayrshire coal miner, a Green descendant born in London who was a telegraph operator for the Post Office, and a Fraser who migrated to New Plymouth in New Zealand. A large family tree provides a very mixed bag of people!

24 August 1788
Birth of Katharine Haddow at Stevenston, my ggg aunt and daughter of Robert Haddow and Margaret Hunter. She must have died in infancy as the next daughter of Robert and Margaret was also named Katharine.

24 August 1815
Birth of my gggg uncle John Watt at Chapel of Garioch, Aberdeenshire, son of Peter Watt and Helen Alexander. In 1841 I suspect he’s the John Watt age 25 who’s a farm servant at a farm near Inverurie. John married Mary Mearns in 1842 at Keithhall, and they settled at Glasgoego, Kinnellar, which is south of Kintore, as all their children were born in Kinellar. They are there in 1851, John a labourer, with 4 children and John’s brother William Watt, and are there in 1861 with 5 children, the eldest 2 no longer living at home. Their youngest child was born soon after and they are still at Kinellar, but at a different address, in 1871, John an ag lab farm servant and with 3 children at home. They then moved a bit further north to Hatton of Fintray, an in 1881 are there, John an ag lab, with 2 adult children. In 1891 the are at Cowstones, which is just outside Hatton of Fintry: at 75 John is working as a general labourer and they have 3 unmarried adult children with them. John Watt died at Cowstones in 1900 at the age of 85, and his widow and 3 unmarried children continued to live at Cowstones. John’s eldest son Peter migrated to the USA.

24 August 1855 (born about 1834)
Robert Strachan (yet another one) was born in about 1834 at Kilmarnock, Aryshire, son of Andrew Strachan and Elizabeth Howat and grandson of my gggg uncle Robert Strachan and Jean Kelly. Her’s at Perceton Cottages, Dreghorn in 1841 with his parents and siblings: that row of miner’s cottages was the home of several members of his extended family and still exists – see blog post Robert’s mother Elizabeth died in about 1845 and in 1847 his father married Margaret Todd, but she also died in around 1850. In 1851 Robert age 17 and a coal miner is at 4 Macreadie’s Land, Dreghorn with his father and 7 siblings, plus servant Elizabeth Strachan, who was his cousin. Robert Strachan married Ann Bain on 24 August 1855 at Dreghorn, and they were in Dreghorn with 3 children in 1861. Robert’s father Andrew died in 1864 and Robert was the informant. He had moved to 22 Auchenharvie Row, Saltcoats by 1871 and he and Ann had 6 children with them, and are still there is 1881 with 5 children: they had 9 children altgoether. Robert Strachan died at Auchenharvie Row in May 1882 at age 49 of asthmatic bronchitis.

24 August 1879
Baptism of Sydney Richard Green at Marylebone, London, son of George Edwin Green and Sarah Maria Sampson and grandson of my gggg uncle Samuel Green and Mary. Sydney is with is parents at age 1, in 1881, at D Street, Chelsea and in 1891 at Albert Street, Chelsea at age 11. His mother Sarah died in 1891 and in 1894 his father married Emma Arno. In 1901 Sydney is with his father, stepmother and 2 sisters at 48 Albert Street, Chelsea, and is working as a telegraphist as the Post Office. In 1906 he married Eleanor Mabel Can at Rochford, Essex and he and his wife, with a young son, are at Minard Road, Hither Green, Lewisham in 1911, Sydney still working as a telegraph operator for the Post Office. At some stage he and his wife moved to Surrey, as his wife died in 1953 at Brockham, Surrey, leaving a will bequeathing her effects to her husband Sydney, a retired post office official. Sydney died the following year at Dorking Hospital, with probate granted to his solicitor.

24 August 1901
Birth of my great aunt Helen Fraser at Milton of Brogan, Slains, Aberdeenshire, daughter of William Fraser and his first wife Helen Hay and sister of my grandfather James Fraser. Her mother died at Slains 1903, where her father had been a cattleman on a farm, and the family then moved to Hatton, close to the family croft at Mosside. Her father married Helen Ann Morgan in 1907. In 1911 the family are of Hatton Lodge, her father a farm cattleman, and Helen is age 10 and at school. In about 1912 the family then moved to Mosside, to take over the family croft. Helen Fraser married farmer’s son Alexander (Sandy) Strachan (no relation to my Ayrshire Strachan ancestors) at the Station Hotel, Hatton on 19 June 1920. Helen gives her occupation as domestic servant on her marriage certificate. Helen and Sandy had two children born at Ellon, and then in 1928 they migrated to New Zealand, sailing on 8 June from Southampton on the ship Rotarua. Helen’s older brother Richard had already gone to New Zealand and had settled at New Plymouth. The New Zealand electoral rolls show Alexander and Helen living in Kaipikari Road, Urenui in the 1930s, Alexander a farmer and nurseryman, and then in the 1940s at Mill Road, New Plymouth and, after Alexander’s retirement, at Tukapa Street and the Shortland Street, New Plymouth. Helen is a widow in the 1972 roll, and died in about 1980.

On 23 August

Two Strachans today, both coal miners who stayed put in Ayrshire.

23 August 1838
Birth of Peter Strachan at Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, son of Peter Strachan and Ann Houston and grandson of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. In 1841 he’s with his parents and siblings at Croftfoot, Kilmarnock, his father a coal miner, and the family are at 2 Corsegill Square, Dreghorn in 1851 when Peter was 12 and still at school. His mother Ann died in the early 1850s and his father remarried to Elizabeth Clark in 1856 at Riccarton. Peter Strachan married his 2nd cousins Lillias Clelland Findlay on 17 August 1860 at Riccarton: Lillias was the daughter of David Findlay and Susanna Strachan and. like Peter. was the granddaughter of Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. Peter and Lillias are at Cadger’s Road, Hurlford in 1861, Peter a coal miner, and with them is lodger Peter Findlay, Lillias’s older brother. By 1871 they have moved to 10 Boig Road, New Cumnock and have 3 children all born in Riccarton. They must have moved to Galston by 1873 as that is where their younger children were born. In 1881 they are at 11 Goatfoot Road, Galston with 7 children and are at 7 Standalane Street, Galston in 1891 with 5 children: they had about 12 children altogether but several did not survive infancy. They are still at 7 Standalane Street in 1901, Peter by then a retired coal miner and with just the 2 youngest children still at home. Standalane Street is still there, but the houses dating from over 100 years ago have since been demolished. Peter died in 1908 at Galston and his wife Lillias died in 1913.

23 August 1878 (born about 1852)
John Strachan was born in Dreghorn in about 1852, son of John Strachan and Margaret Lambie and grandson of my gggg uncle Robert Strachan and Jean Kelly. At age 8, in 1861, he’s with his parents and lots of siblings at Dreghorn, his father and older brothers all coal miners. By 1871 John is a coal miner too, and living with his parents, siblings and a nephew at 4 Corsehill Square, Dreghorn. On 23 August 1878 he married Mary Kerr at Irvine, and gives his residence as Dreghorn and his occupation as coal miner. His father became disabled and had to apply for poor relief in 1879 – the application says he has a son John married with no children. In 1881 John and his wife are at 17 Corsehill Square, Dreghorn, still with no children, but by 1891, when they’d moved to Lorne Row, Coylton, they had 4 children and another had arrived by 1901, when they were at Townfoot, Dreghorn. It looks as if John stayed in Dreghorn as that is where he died in 1930 at the age of 78.

On 22 August

Today is a popular date, as two of the many Robert Strachans on my tree make an appearance: one is my gg grandfather and the other is his son, and they were both married on 22 August (birth dates unknown). As well, gggg uncle Strachan, Green twins in Yorkshire and a Haddow daughter were also born.

22 August 1795
Birth of my gggg uncle Samuel Strachan at Gorbals, Lanarkshire, son of Thomas Strachan and Susan Alexander. ALong with his brothers, and possibly his parents, he was back in Ayrshire by the early 1800s and in May 1820 married Ann Miller: Samuel was of Riccarton Parish and Ann Miller was of Low Church Parish of Kilmarnock. At some stage during the early 1830s they went to Nova Scotia, probably to the coal mines at Pictou, but didn’t stay there long as only one of their children was born there. In 1841 Samuel, Anne and 6 children were at Cambuskeith, Kilmarnock (just to the west of Kilmarnock town) and Samuel is a coal miner. They’d moved a bit further west by 1851 as they in the village of Crosshouse, which is near Kilmaurs, and have 2 sons still at home, both coal miners. In 1861 they are at 4 New Row, Crosshouse with just 1 son still at home. Samuel Strachan died in 1866 at Crosshouse of miners’ asthma at the age of 72.

22 August 1828 (born about 1808)
My gg grandfather Robert Strachan was born in about 1808, son of John Strachan and Agnes Neilson. In the census he says he was born at Riccarton, which is where he grew up, but the sibling born before his was baptised at Kilsyth, Stirlingshire and the one after him at Coatbridge, Lanrkshire, so I’m not sure where Robert might have been born. There is no baptism record to be found for him. A detailed account of his life and times is on this blog at so here I’ll just say he was a coal miner, was married twice to Margaret Haggerty and then Susan Cran, had 15 children, and lived at Shewalton Colliery and then Kilwinning, where he died in 1877 at the age of 69 or thereabouts.

22 August 1858
Baptism of Joseph Green at Barnsley, Yorkshire, son of Joseph Green and his wife Mary Ann, twin of Mary Green, and grandson of my gggg uncle Joseph Green and Mary White. Joseph’s birth and his death soon after baptism don’t seem to have been registered.

22 August 1858
Baptism of Mary Green at Barnsley, Yorkshire, twin of Joseph above. Mary is with her parents in 1861 at Pitt Street, Barnsley, her father a green grocer. In 1871 the family is still at Pitt Street, father running a fruit warehouse. Mary at age 22, in 1881, is with her parents at Blucher Street, Barnsley, working as a greengrocer’s assistant – probably for her father. In 1889 she married George Henry Denton, a widower considerably older than her, but the marriage was short-lived as he died towards the end 1890. George Henry Denton had been living at 12 Racecommon Road, Barnsley in 1881 and Mary is at that address in 1891, a widow and a stallholder in the market. With her are two adopted daughters, Ada and Emma Ward, who were from Worsbrough and whose mother had died. What happened to Mary after 1891 is a mystery: despite a thorough search I can’t a subsequent marriage or death, not can I find her in the census. Ada and Emma both married.

22 August 1873 (born 1852)
Robert Strachan was born in Kilwinning, Ayrshire. son of my gg grandfather Robert Strachan and his second wife Susan Cran, making him my half gg uncle. At age he’s in the 1861 census at Kenneth’s Row, Kilwinning with his parents, 7 siblings and a niece, and he’s still with them at Kenneth’s Row in 1871 and by then is a coal miner. His father died in 1977 and Robert was the informant. On 22 August 1873 he married Margaret Brown, a dressmaker, at Eginlinton Ironworks, Kilwinning. They are at Single Row, Kilwinning in 1881 with 2 daughters, and Robert is a labourer at the iron works. By 1891 he’s a surfaceman, they are at Front Row, Kilwinning, and have had 5 children. 1901 sees them at Fergushill, Kilwinning and Robert is a coal miner brusher, which means his job was to maintain underground passageways by removing loose rock from the roof or lowering the track by clearing away clay and earth. They have 5 children at home: the eldest 2 girls are working as wool spinners and a son is an apprentice iron moulder. Robert’s wife Margaret died in 1904. Robert died in 1940 at Stevenston at the age of 88.

22 August 1868
Amelia Murphy Haddow was born at Kenneth’s Row, Kilwinning, Ayrshire, illegitimate daughter of Hugh Haddow and Marion Mackay. Her parents didn’t marry until November 1871 but Amelia didn’t live to see her parents married as she died at Lamont’s Row, Kilwinning in March 1871 of fever.

On 21 August

A Strachan who died young, and a Fraser whose husband was 40 years her senior.

21 August 1857
Birth of Margaret Haggerty Strachan at Hurlford, daughter of my great grandparents Joseph Strachan and Jeanie Haddow. Sadly, Margaret died at 2 years old, in September 1859, at Kenneth’s Row, Kilwinning. She died of teething, which she’d had for 9 days. It’s highly unlikely, of course, that teething was the cause of her death: more likely is some kind of fever attributed, wrongly, to teething.

21 August 1859
Birth of Isabella Shewan at Cruden, illegitimate daughter of my ggg aunt Mary Fraser. Her death certificate gives her father as Alexander Shewan. At 16 months of age, in the 1861 census, Isabella is at Mosside croft with her grandparents, mother, an aunt and uncle and 4 other illegimate grandchildren of William Fraser and Christian Hutcheon, plus the death and dumb pauper boarder John Black. It must have been a crowded little cottage. In 1863 |sabella acquired a sister, Mary Clark, and both of them are at Mosside in 1871 with their parents, mother and John Black. in 1877 her mother Mary married David Rennie of a neighbouring croft. In 1881 Isabella Shewan is in a cottage near Mosside, her occupation given as domestic servant unemployed, with her cousin Margaret Smith. Isabella married David Hird, a widower crofter of Slains – according to the marriage certificate he was 68 and she was 28! I can’t find them in the 1891 census but they were living at Slains, as they had 6 children born there between 1889 and 1900, which means David Hird fathered his youngest child when he was 82. In the 1901 census they are at Moss Croft, Slains, David Hird a crofter age 83, Isabella a crofter’s wife age 34, and with 4 children. David Hird or Herd died in 1901, and Isabella Hird, described as a pauper, died in 1906 at the Cliff, Collieston, Slains age 36, of diabetes and phthisis.