26 February

A Neilson who I don’t know much about, a Haddow who married a Hunter, and a Strachan who was adopted.

26 February 1768
Baptism of my gggg uncle John Neilson at Govan, Lanarkshire, son of Walter Neilson and Agnes Hadden. The most likely marriage for him is to Jean Sheils in 1786 at Gorbals, as this couple named their eldest son Walter and their second daughter Agnes. Nothing else known, however.

26 February 1775
Birth of my gggg aunt Margaret Haddow at Irvine, daughter of James Haddow and Margaret Harvie. She married Robert Hunter on 1803 at Douglas, Lanarkshire and their first child was baptised at Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire. They then moved to Stevenston, Ayrshire where they have 3 children baptised and 4 more for whom no baptism can be found. The 1819 census of Stevenston has Robert Hunter collier with wife Margaret Haddow and 7 children at Cow Roading, and they are there in 1822 with 6 children. Margaret Haddow seems to have died between 1833 and 1830 when Robert Hunter remarried.

26 February 1910
Birth of Elizabeth Black Strachan at Crookedholm, Ayrshire, daughter of my great uncle Colin Haddow Strachan and Agnes Porter, and granddaughter of Joseph Strachan and Jeannie Haddow. Her mother died just days after Elizabeth was born, and she was adopted by John and Mary Gibson, a childless couple living in Crookedholm. Adoption was informal in those days and not regulated by government agencies, so families were free to make their own arrangements. In the 1911 census Elizabeth is with the Gibsons at Main Road, Crookedholm with the surname Strachan, described as adopted daughter: John Gibson is a coal miner. Elizabeth’s father and older siblings are nearby at Mill Lane, Crookedholm. Elizabeth Black Strachan married William John Clark in 1926 at Kilmarnock.

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