27 February

In the 27th: Strachan twins who don’t seem to have survived childhood, a Booth from Aberdeenshire who worked for the railways, and a Fraser great uncle who was a marine labourer.

27 February 1821
Birth of my gggg uncle and aunt twins James and Elizabeth Strachan, children of John Strachan and Agnes Neilson, who were baptised at Riccarton on 4 March 1821. Nothing further can be found for either of them so the assumption is they died young.

27 February 1864 (born about 1842)
James Booth was the son of my gggg uncle James Booth and Jean Keith, and grandson of William Booth and Margaret Allan. (His aunt Isabella Booth married John Logan.) No baptism can be found, but according to his census entries he as born in about 1842 in Longside parish. James is with his parents and siblings at Nether Kinmundy, Longside in 1851, his father a labourer. In 1861 there are two census entries for a James Booth of the right age born Longside, both working as farm servants in Old Deer parish. On 27 February 1864 James married Margaret Kidd at Logie Buchan, and in 1871 they are in the village of New Maud with 2 children, James a railway wayman. By 1881 they have moved to Dyce and had 2 more children, and James is still a railway labourer. They are still in Dyce in 1891, James a stationary engine fireman, with 2 children still at home and a young relation of wife Margaret’s boarding with them. James Booth died in 1898, his occupation given as overseer of railway creosote works – he was 54 years old and died on an abdominal access and acute bronchitis.

27 February 1910
Birth of my great uncle Thomas Fraser at Hatton village, Aberdeenshire, son of William Fraser and his second wife Helen Ann Morgan. In 1911 Thomas is with his parents and siblings in Hatton, his father working as a cattleman on a farm. Shortly after his father took over Mosside Croft. where Thomas spent his childhood. My mother didn’t remember much about her uncle Thomas, but his marriage certificate from 1933 says he was a marine labourer and gives his address as Mosside. He married Margaret Scott Tocher Gibb and died in 1978 at Ellon.

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