7, 8 and 9 February

Three days worth today, including an illegitimate Fraser descendent from Aberdeenshire who, unusually, was brought up by her paternal grandparents. Plus a Strachan descendent from Ayrshire who became a tea merchant in Glasgow, two Strachans who lived in Kilmaurs, and
an Aberdeen cousin of my mother’s.

9 February 1845
Baptism of Wilhelmina Bain at Cruden, illegitimate daughter of Isabella Fraser and Alexander Bain. Her baptism record says Alexander Bain was of Yonderton and Isabella was of Hardslacks: this will have been Mosside croft near Hatton, the home of her parents, and most likely Alexander was a farm servant. The witnesses to the baptism of Wilhelmina were Hector Bain and Catherine Burnett, who were Alexander Bain’s parents. In 1851 Wilhelmina is with Hector and Catherine McBain at Moss of Boghead, Fraserburgh, a farm of 12 acres. It’s unusual for an illegitimate child to be brought up by her paternal grandparents but that’s what seems to have happened, as Wilhelmina is with them still in 1861, a 14 year old dairymaid, and there’s no evidence she had any contact with her mother Isabella Fraser or her maternal grandparents William Fraser and Christian Hutcheon. In 1871 Wilhelmina is a servant on a very large farm at Newmill, Rathen, then she gave birth to an illegimate son in 1873 and an illegitimate daughter in 1879. In 1881 she is in Fraserburgh with her 2 children, earning a living as a domestic servant, and in 1891 is on her own in Fraserburgh, a washerwoman. In 1901 she is listed as a charwoman and has a 6 year old girl with her as a boarder.

8 February 1860
Birth of Hugh Findlay at Hurlford, Ayrshire son of coal miner James Findlay and Mary Monroe Findlay, grandson of David Findlay and Susanna Strachan, and great grandson of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. He is with his parents at Hurlford at Cadger’s Row in 1861 and Findlay’s Land in 1871. By 1881, however, he is a lodger in Govan, Glasgow working as a grocer’s assistant. He married Helen in about 1888 and is at Crown Street, Govan in 1891 with his wife, a young child and a visitor, and his occupation is given as tea merchant. The family are at Albert Road, Cathcart in 1901, Hugh still a tea merchant with 2 daughters and a domestic servant. Hugh Findlay died in 1921 at Springburn, Glasgow at age 62.

7 February 1869
Birth of Susan McGill Strachan at Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, daughter of coal miner John Strachan and Christina Houston McGill and granddaughter of my ggg uncle Peter Strachan and Margaret Boyle. She is with her parents in Kilmarnock in 1871 and Kilmaurs in 1881, then she married coal miner Andrew Wilson in 1890 at Parker’s Land, Crosshouse near Kilmaurs, which was probably her parents home. In 1891 Susan and Andrew are at McChristie’s Land, Kilmaurs with a baby son and are at Carmel Cottage, Kilmaurs in 1901 with 7 children.

8 February 1900 (born about 1870)
Agnes Strachan was born in about 1870 at Dreghorn, daughter of James Strachan and Mary Lindsay, granddaughter of Andrew Strachan and Elizabeth Howat and great granddaughter of gggg uncle Robert Strachan and Jean Kelly. She is with her parents and siblings at Kyleshill, Stevenston in 1871 and Plann Row, Kilmaurs in 1881. In January 1887 she gave birth to an illegitimate son at Hemphill Row, Kilmaurs (her parents’ home) and gave her occupation as farm servant, and in 1888 she married carter George McFarlane at Kilmaurs. In 1891 she and George are at Hemphill Row with a son and two boarders: her parents are also at Hemphill Row and Agnes’ illegitimate son is with them in both 1891 and 1901 and used the surname Strachan, so he was not the son of George McFarlane. Agnes McFarlane nee Strachan died on 8 February 1900 of syncope.

7 February 1922
My mother’s cousin William (Bill) Dow was born in Aberdeen, son of my great aunt Barbara Fraser and William Dow. Bill married and had twins, lived in Aberdeen all his life, and died in 1970 at only 47.

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