Today: an early Strachan pair of gggggg grandparents, an Aberdeenshire Hay, and a Strachan descendant who was born in Nova Scotia but returned to Ayrshire as a child and became a colliery manager.
15 December 1727
My gggggg grandparents John Hudson and Mary Wooffendale were married at Royston, Yorkshire. I can’t find baptism records for either of them and as John was the only person named Hudson to be found in the Royston parish records at that time, it’s likely he was born elsewhere. There were quite a few Wooffendales being baptised, married or buriedin Royston, but nothing that helps me work out who Mary’s parents could be. John and Mary had 9 children baptised in Royston from 1729 to 1748, the youngest being my ggggg grandmother Lydia Hudson who married Thomas Fisher. John Hudson died in 1763 and was buried at Royston St John the Baptist on 13 July 1763 but no age is given so it’s impossible to know when he was born, and I can’t find a burial record for Mary Hudson nee Wooffendale.
15 December 1802
Baptism of my gggg aunt Isobel Hay at Tarves, daughter of Alexander Hay and Margaret Daniel. Nothing further found so it’s possible she died young.
15 December 1832
Hugh Findlay was born in Pictou, Nova Scotia, eldest child of coal miner David Findlay and Susanna Strachan and grandson of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. His parents chose not to stay in Nova Scotia, as by 1841 they were back in Ayrshire, living in Riccarton with 4 children, only the first 2 born overseas. Hugh’s mother died in 1848, and in 1849 his father married Margaret Brown. Hugh is with his father, stepmother and siblings, half siblings and step siblings at Portland Row, Riccarton in 1851 and is a coal miner – the household comprised 11 people living in what was probably a two roomed miner’s house. Hugh married Margaret Miller in 1855 at Kilmarnock, and they’re at Cadger’s Row, Hurlford in 1861 with 3 children. By 1871 they are in Loudonkirk Cottage, Loudon with 5 children, but on census night Hugh, by now a mining contractor, was at a lodging house in Edinburgh, where he must have gone on business as he is with James Love of Hurlford, also a mining contractor. 1881 sees Hugh and Maggie in Darling Place, Monkton and Prestwick, and Hugh is, surprisingly, a grocer – they have 6 children with them. But by 1891 Hugh has gone back to mining and is a colliery manager, living on Kilmaurs Road, Kilmarnock with Maggie and 5 of their children. They are in Kilmarnock in 1901, Hugh still a colliery manager at age 68, and with 3 unmarried children still at home. Hugh died in 1916 at age 83 at Galston.