23 and 24 December

Nothing on the 23rd and not a lot on the 24th. An early Fraser, born in Arbroath up in Angus but who lived much of his life on the Cruden and Peterhead border, and spent some time in the army, as his father and brothers did. Plus a Strachan descendant who died at 1 year old.

24 December 1765
Baptism of John Fraser at Arbroath, Angus, son of Donald Fraser and Margaret Sharp and brother of the William Fraser who I believe to be the father of my illegitimate ggg grandfather William Fraser. Donald Fraser and his family was a soldier, and had settled in Cruden parish by 1772. A John Fraser married Christian Sangster, though I can’t find a record of their marriage, and was a farm servant: he had 3 children baptised at Old Machar and then 5 children baptised at Cruden. He is in the 1841 census at Brickworks, Peterhead as an army pensioner living with 2 of his brothers, so John must have been in the army too. The death certificate of one his sons says he was a road labourer, which is probably his occupation in later life.

24 December 1861
Birth of David Findlay at Riccarton, Ayrshire, son of High Findlay and Margaret Miller, grandson of David Findlay and Susannah Strachan, and great grandson of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. David died in 1863 at Riccarton at just 1 year old.

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