20 September

An all female day today: a Strachan who went to Nova Scotia but didn’t stay long, a Strachan aunt, and a Fraser who married an insurance inspector.

20 September 1812
Birth of Susanna Strachan at Riccarton, daughter of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. In May 1932 Susanna married David Findlay at Riccarton. They then went to Nova Scotia, where their two eldest children were born, but were back in Scotland by 1836 and had a further 8 children born in Kilmarnock, Riccarton and Shewalton. Susanna Strachan died before 1849, as in that year her husband remarried, and may well have died in childbirth as her youngest child was born in 1848.

20 September 1896
Birth of my aunt Mary Ann McInairney Strachan at Crookedholm, daughter of Henry Strachan and Helen McCrae. At age 4 she’s with her parents and brothers at Old Factory House, Crookedholm and by 1905 had moved with her family to Cowan’s Row, Crookedholm (see post with picture of Cowan’s Row at URL). The family then moved to Lanarkshire, first to Tollcross and then to Cambuslang, and in 1911 Mary age 14, working as a domestic servant, is with her family at 14 Mansion Street, Cambusland. She married James Tennant McBride at the Co-operative Hall, Halfway, Cambuslang in September 1919: at the time James McBride was a coal miner and Mary was working at a butcher’s. They had 3 children who I won’t name as two are still with us. This photo taken in about 1936 is of Mary (on the right) and her children with my father, Mary’s youngest brother Robert, and I think the woman in the middle is Sophia, wife of Mary’s brother John (Jock) Strachan.
Mary McBride and family 1936
Mary lived all her life in Cambuslang and I can remember visiting her when I was young. She died in Cambuslang in 1980.

20 September 1922 (born 1902)
Jessie Ann Fraser was born in 1902 in Ellon, Aberdeenshire, daughter of my half gg uncle James Fraser and Isabella Rennie. in 1911, age 9, she is with her family at Rosebank, Hatton, her father a roadman for the County Council. Jessie was married in 1922 in Aberdeen to William James Connan, and insurance inspector, and she died in 1971 at age 69 in Aberdeen.

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