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Waterloo 200th Anniversary

The organisation taking care of the 200th Anniversary of Waterloo, which is in June this year, have put out a request for descendants of anyone who was on the Waterloo battlefield to submit a short piece about their ancestor and their life.

So I’ve sent them a piece about my ancestor, William Fraser, who received gun shot wounds during the Battle of Waterloo on 18th June 1815. It reads as follows, and will be published on the Waterloo 200 web site at http://www.waterloo200.org

Private William Fraser 92nd Regiment of Foot (Gordon Highlanders)

Ensign William Fraser was born in Cruden, Aberdeenshire in January 1778, son of Sergeant Donald Fraser of the 92nd Foot. William Fraser was my great great great great grandfather: in 1805, with the daughter of a local crofter, he fathered an illegitimate son who was also named William Fraser.

Shortly after the birth of his son, William Fraser enlisted with the 92nd Foot. His entry in the Peninsula War Medal Roll states he served from 1807 to 1814 and saw action in Vittoria, Pyrennes, Nivelle, Orthes, Toulouse and Salamanca. An entry in the regiment diary for 10th November 1813, at the line of the Nivelle, records that Ensign William Fraser was among the wounded. His 1816 discharge papers state that Private William Fraser “in consequence of gun shot wound received in the left hip joint, right thigh and left arm, while in action with the enemy at Waterloo on the 16th and 18th June 1815, is rendered unfit for further service”. According to his discharge papers, William Fraser was “5ft 8ins tall with fair hair, grey eyes and a fresh complexion, and by trade is a labourer”.

After his discharge William returned to Aberdeenshire. The mother of his illegitimate son had by then married but there are indications he was in contact with his son throughout his life. In 1819 he married Isabella Fraser at Peterhead, but there is no evidence they had children. By 1841, William and his brother John, both army pensioners, are living with their brother Andrew Fraser and his family near Peterhead. William was to spend the rest of his life with his brother’s family on their small croft. He died in 1864, aged 86.

William Fraser’s illegitimate son William became a crofter near Hatton, south of Peterhead, where he lived next door to the grandson of his uncle John Fraser.

Almost 100 years later, my grandfather James Fraser, great great grandson of William Fraser, enlisted with the Gordon Highlanders and served in World War 1: he survived but was wounded at Beaumont Hamel during the Battle of the Somme.

Valuation Roll search leads to a puzzle

ScotlandsPeople are making searches of the Valuation Rolls free for a limited time. You have to pay 2 credits to view an actual image of a page of the rolls, but it’s free to search and see the search results, which are reasonably detailed. And very useful the Valuation Rolls can be.

But searching the newly released 1925 rolls gave me a surprise. My great grandfather William Fraser was a long-time tenant of Mosside Croft near Hatton in Aberdeenshire – as was his father and grandfather before him. In 1920 the Valuation Roll lists him as a tenant of John Bruce of Yonderton. However, in 1925 William Fraser is listed as the proprietor of the croft and house Moss-side.

Why, when and how did William Fraser become a proprietor instead of a tenant? The owner of Yonderton had changed from John Bruce to Robert Reid between 1920 and 1925, and a search of the records came up with a death for a John Bruce registered in Cruden in 1921. Wills and testaments on ScotlandsPeople go up to 1925, and John’s Bruce’s Inventory was there. His assets included “heritage sold prior to deceased’s death” of House & Farm of Yonderton to Robert Reid for £6,000 plus several purchases of crofts to what were most likely their tenants, including “Wm. Fraser purchase price of house and croft, Upper Mossend £60.” It’s rental value was £6 so William Fraser paid ten years’ rent in order to own the croft outright.

Thus my great grandfather actually owned Mosside Croft from 1925 onwards. I do know that the croft was lived in, at the time of my great-grandfather’s death in 1946, by his step-granddaughter Helen Rennie and her husband Allan Thomson, who had married in 1944. So it looks as if Mosside was passed onto the people who lived with him and looked after him in his old age. Nice to know it went to someone deserving.

22 March

My ggg aunt Mary ended up as matron of a Poorhouse in Aberdeenshire. There’s also a Haddow from Ayrshire who migrated to Pittsburgh, and a Haddow descendant who didn’t marry and lived in Ardrossan, working as a servant.

22 March 1839
Baptism of my ggg aunt Mary Fraser at Mosside croft, near Hatton, Aberdeenshire, daughter of William Fraser and Christian Hutcheon. She is with her family in the 1841 census at Mosside, which was in a location named Yonderton back then. In 1851 she was a servant and scholar living with the Hutton family of Tillburn in Cruden parish: the father was a weaver and his adult daughter was a dressmaker. In 1859 Mary gave birth to an illegitimate daughter: she was registered as Isabella Fraser but was known as Isabella Shewan and on her marriage certificate names her father as Alexander Shewan, a farm servant. In 1861 Mary is at Mosside croft with her parents, siblings, her daughter and several nieces and nephews. Mary gave birth to a second illegitimate daughter in 1863 known as Mary Clark. Then in 1877, Mary married David Rennie, a crofter and neighbour, who had been widowed: he was 20 years older than Mary. In 1881 Mary is with her husband at a croft at Hardslacks with her daughter Mary Clark and a grandson of her husband’s. By 1891, however, Mary and David are living apart: Mary is using the name Fraser and is domestic servant for a farmer’s son at Corsshill, Ellon, and David is a labourer living with his daughter and her 2 children in Kirk Street, Peterhead. It would seem that David was probably unwell in 1891, and it may be that he and Mary had separated, for he died in 1893 at the Old Machar Poorhouse and on his death certificate is described as a pauper lunatic, with cause of death bronchitis and chronic Bright’s disease. By 1901, Mary has become the matron of the Poorhouse at Midmill, parish of Cruden, though at the time of the census there was only 1 inmate. Mary Rennie nee Fraser died in May 1901 at Midmill, Cruden of rheumatic fever and apoplexy (stroke).

22 March 1859
Birth of John Haddow at Kilwinning, Ayrshire, son of my gg uncle coal miner Colin Shearer Haddow and Ann Orr. He’s with his family at Kenneth’s Row, Kilwinning in 1861 – where many of my ancestors lived – and at Lylestone Row, Kilwinning in 1871. At the age of 12, John is already working at the coal mine. The family moved to Coylton in the late 1880s, and Colin there, still with his parents and siblings, in 1881 working as an iron miner. In 1887 he migrated to the USA and went to Pittsburgh. He married neighbour and widow Elizabeth Little, also a Scottish migrant, in about 1903 and in the 1910 is at Grail Street, Pittsburgh with his wife and 3 stepdaughters, working as a labourer for the City Water Department – his brother Duncan Haddow was living next door.

22 March 1862
Birth of Margaret Lewis at Saltcoats, Ayrshire, daughter of my gg aunt Wilson Haddow and Morgan Lewis. Her father was a sailor, and was at sea in 1871, as Margaret is at Chapelwell Street, Saltcoats with her mother and siblings. Her father died at Hong Kong in 1872. In 1881 Margaret is a domestic servant for the Gow family in Govan, and in 1891 is a servant for two elderly ladies in New Ardrossan, close to where her widowed mother lived. Margaret remained in New Ardrossan and in 1901 us a servant for a shipping agent and his family. In 1901 she was the informant when registering her mother’s death.

12 and 13 March

I’ve been busy and am struggling to catch up! So two days today, with an Alexander from Aberdeenshire who became a successful merchant in London and Sunderland, a Hutcheon from Cruden who was a farm servant and cattleman, and my Fraser half great uncle who died aged 21 from tuberculosis.

13 March 1785
Baptism of William Alexander and Chapel of Garioch, Aberdeenshire, son of my gggggg uncle William Alexander and Isobel Galloway. William took himself off to England and did very well for himself. In 1810 he married Ann Guest, a ship-owner’s daughter, at Bishopwearmouth, Sunderland and they had three children born there before moving to Newington, London: they had two children baptised there in 1824, when they were living at Union Buildings, Kent Road and William was a merchant. In 1841 William is at Bishopwearmouth with his married daughter and son in law: his son in law was also a merchant and probably did business with William. William’s wife and two other daughters (his son seems to have died young) are at 7 Stepney Green, Tower Hamlets. In 1851 William is at 11 South Terrace, Kensington with 2 servants – his wife is with their widowed son in law at Ford Hall, Durham. William Alexander died in London in 1855 and was buried at Kensal Green.

12 March 1862
Baptism of James Davidson Hutcheon at Cruden, Aberdeenshire, son of my gggg uncle Keith Hutcheon and his second wife Ann McPherson. He is with his parents and siblings in 1871, in Cruden, his father a tailor and letter carrier and his mother a seamstress. In 1881 he is working as a farm servant at Mains of Waterton, Ellon, a farm of 300 acres. In 1885 he was working as a farm servant at Mains of Amrage, Ellon, when he married domestic servant Annie Fraser: she Midtown, Cruden with 2 children and in 1901 James is a cattleman at Wateridgemuir, Logie Buchan with no children but with a 4 year old boarder, which usually means they were looking after a relative’s orphaned child. His son is nearby working as a farm servant and his daighter is a domestic servant in Aberdeen. In 1911 Keith is still a cattleman and is living at Craighall, Ellon with wife Annie, the orphan from 1901 who is now an apprentice grocer, and a grandson who is the son of his daughter. His son has migrated to Canada. James Davidson Hutchison died in 1927, age 65, at Cruden.

13 March 1908
Birth of my half great uncle Alexander Fraser at Hatton Lodge, Aberdeenshire, son of William Fraser and his second wife Helen Ann Morgan. Alexander is with his parents and siblings at Hatton Lodge in 1911, though shortly afterwards the family moved to Mosside Croft, which William Fraser took over from when his father died. Alexander worked as a farm servant but died in July 1929, age 21, of tuberculosis, and is commemorated on the headstone at Cruden Kirk.

9 March

Jane Adam from Ayrshire died young of TB, but my great aunt Barbara from Aberdeen had 4 children and lived to her 70s.

9 March 1832
Jane Adam was baptised at Stevenston, Ayrshire, daughter of my ggg aunt Margaret Haddow and coal miner Francis Adam. She is with her parents at Townhead Street, Stevenston in 1841 and 1851, and became a handsewer of muslin. In 1861 she is a visitor in Dalry with the Penman family, relatives of the husband of her sister. In November 1861 she gave birth to an illegitimate daughter at her parent’s home in Stevenston. Jane died of tuberculosis in January 1863 at Stevenston, and her daughter was adopted by her unmarried elder sister.

9 March 1899
Birth of my great aunt Barbara Fraser at Waterton, Ellon, daughter of farm servant William Fraser and Helen Hay. She is Mill of Brogan, Slains in 1901, where her father was head cattleman and where, tragically, her mother died in May 1901 when Barbara was only 4 years old. Along with her siblings, Barbara most probably went to Mosside croft near Hatton to stay with her grandparents, though by 1905 her father was the tenant of a house in Hatton and Helen Morgan, who was to become his second wife, had become housekeeper and was looking after the children. In the 1911 census, Barbara is at Hatton Lodge with her father, stepmother and siblings and, at age 12, is still at school. However, in 1911 her grandfather died and William Fraser took over the croft at Mosside, where Barbara then went to live. At some point she went to live in Aberdeen and worked as a laundry maid, and it is in Aberdeen that she married William Dow, a carter, in February 1920. They had three children born in the 1920s and lived in Aberdeen. In 1939, just before the war, they visited my grandparents in Leeds, and Barbara was to later say that it was thanks to the Leeds air that their late arrival son was born in early 1940. Barbara Dow died in March 1973 in Aberdeen.

29 February and 1 March

There are two leap year babies on my tree – my gggg uncle Peter Strachan, and William Lamb born in Aberdeenshire. On 1 March there’s my ggg aunt Jessie Fraser who managed to bring 5 illegitimate children into the world.

29 February 1784
Birth of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan who was baptised on 7 March at Irvine, son of collier Thomas Strachan and Susannah Alexander. Peter would have been about 8 years old when the family moved to Gorbals, Lanakshire. There is a marriage of Peter Strachan and Elizabeth Strachan in 1804 at Gorbals, and there is also the baptism of Jean Strachan in 1805 at Gorbals to Peter Strachan and Catherine Calderwood. However, a Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe had children baptised in Riccarton parish from 1809, including a daughter called Susan, and in the 1841 census Peter Strachan age 55 and a coal miner, born Ayrshire, is with his wife Mary, four of their children and two lodgers, living in Croftfoot, Kilmarnock. Unfortunately it looks as if this Peter died before statutory registration in 1855, but he seems to be the most likely candidate for Thomas’s son Peter though it cannot be proven. No marriage record exists for Peter Strachan and Mary Monro but they had 10 childen, 8 of whom can be traced to adulthood. They were all coal miners or the wives of coal miners, and they all lived in Ayrshire except for one son who moved to Paisley, in Renfrewshire.

1 March 1834
Baptism of my ggg aunt Janet Fraser (known as Jessie) at Cruden, daughter of William Fraser and Christian Hutcheon. In 1841 she is with her her parents and siblings at Yonderton, which is where Mosside croft was located, and again in 1851 when she was 16. In 1854 she gave birth to an illegitimate daughter Mary Ann Matthew and in 1855 to an illegitimate son James Matthew – the father of them both was Thomas Matthew of Burnhead who was a wright and carpenter. I’ve no idea why he and Jessie did not marry, but continued to live nearby and married someone else. In 1856 Jessie had another illegitimate child named Margaret Pirie in the census, and an illegitimate son named Alexander Milne in 1859. In 1861 Jessie, still only aged 24, is working as an ag lab and living at Mosside croft with her parents, two siblings, her own 4 children, a child of one of her sisters, and the long term boarder. In 1870 her daughter Margaret Pirie, aged 16, married 38 year old Alexander Smith, a blacksmith of Cruden, and in 1871 Jessie is lliving with Alexander and Margaret at Burnthill Smithy Croft, along with Alexander’s aged father and his
daughter, and Jessie’s youngest son who is an apprentice blacksmith. On 1872 Jessie then gave birth to a fifth illegitimate child and took out a “an action relating to the paternity of a child … born June 20th 1872 against William Simpson shoemaker Peterhead, the Sherriff Court of Aberdeen & Kincardine (Peterhead District) on the 17th day of September 1872 found that the said child was the illegitimate child of the said Jessie Fraser and William Simpson”. In 1881 Jessie was working as a house maid to a farmer at Longside and had her youngest daughter with her. In 1891 she is at Damhead, Peterhead, living with her son James Milne and his wife and working as a domestic servant, and 1901 sees her at West Gask, Cruden, housekeeper to a farmer. By 1911 she is back living with her son James and his family and is listed as a storekeeper. Jessie Fraser died in 1915 at Peterhead.

29 February 1840
Birth of William Lamb, son of my gggg aunt Mary Hutcheon and Robert Lamb, who was baptised at Peterhead in April 1840 though he may have been born in Longside. In 1851 he is at Newseat, Peterhead with his parents and sister, his father working as an ag lab. The family are in Cuminstown, Monquhitter in 1851. In 1861 there is a William Lamb born in Peterhead working as a ship’s carpenter and lodging in Kingston near Urguhart, Moray which could well be him, but he then disappears from the records as I’ve not found anything further for him.

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.

25 February

My gg aunt Mary Ann Fraser, who married David Michael, was born on the 25th and my mother remembered her. Also today is a Haddow coal miner.

25 February 1867
Birth of my gg aunt Mary Ann Fraser at Collieston, Slains, Aberdeenshire, daughter of Alexander Fraser and Mary Ann Logan. Mary Ann’s mother died in August 1867 when Mary Ann was only 6 months old: it’s likely that Mary Ann and her older brother William went to Mosside croft to live with their Fraser grandparents immediately after their mother died. But in June 1868 her father married Margaret Booth at Longside, and in 1871 Mary Anna is at Fortrie, Ellon with her farm servant father, stepmother, brother, Margaret Booth’s son, 2 young half sisters, and 2 visitors. In 1877 Mary Ann’s grandfather William Fraser died and her father Alexander took over Mosside Croft near Hatton, in Cruden parish. By 1881, at the age of 14, Mary Ann is working away from home as a domestic servant and is at Bogbrae, Cruden (not far from Mosside) working for a blacksmith and his wife. In September 1886 Mary Ann gave birth to an illegitimate son at Mosside, then in January 1887 married the father of her child, stone quarrier David Ewan Michael of Stirling Hill, near Peterhead. In the 1891 Mary Ann and David are at Lendrum Terrace, up the hill from Boddom, and have 2 children – husband David’s widowed mother is living next door. In 1891 the family can be found at Wickersgill near Shap in Westmoreland, England (now Cumbria and in the Lake District), David working as a granite quarry foreman. Mary Ann and David have 6 children and 2 boarders living with them. They must have moved to England after 1897, as their youngest child was born in 1897 in Scotland. In 1901 they had a son born in Wickersgill, but their next child was born in 1904 in Boddom. In 1911 the family are at Little Tillymaud, Coldwells, Cruden, David continuing to work as a granite quarryman. They have 8 of their 10 children at home, plus a granddaughter. Mary Ann Michael nee Fraser died in January 1940 at Thistle Cottage, Longhaven, Cruden – she was 74 and died on a tumour to the lung.

25 February 1873
Birth of John Haddow at Kilwinning, Ayrshire, son of my gg uncle coal miner Hugh Richmond Haddow and Marion Mackay and grandson of John Haddow and Amelia Murphie. John’s father died in a pit head accident 1876, and John is with his mother and maternal grandmother in Kilwinning in 1881 and 1891. He became a coal miner and is with his mother and uncle John Strannigan, who was a mill keeper, in Fergushill, Kilwinning in 1901.

18 February

Today there’s a Strachan descendent who was a colliery overman, which is the man who is in charge of managing a pit and keeping the necessary records, and his sister who died of typhus in her 20s. In Aberdeenshire there are twins born to my gg grandfather, one who died in infancy and the other who had 2 daughters who sadly died before their mother.

18 February 1836
Birth or baptism of James Orr at Kilmarnock, son of James Orr and Mary Strachan, and grandson of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. He is with his parents and siblings in Thirdpart, Kilmarnock in 1841 and his father is a coal miner. His mother died in the early 1840s and his father married Jean Hill in 1844. In 1851 the family are at Portland Row, Hurlford and 15 year old James is a coal miner. In 1861 he’s still at Portland Row but is boarding with his aunt Agnes Strachan, widow of Robert Holland: his father is just a few doors away. In 1861 he married Mary McEvoy and moved to Kilbirnie Station, Dalry in about 1865, and are there in 1871 with 4 children. According to the birthplaces of their children they then moved to Galston and Loudon but were in Springhill Row, Dreghorn in 1881 with 3 children still at home plus a boarder. They are still at Springhill Row in 1891 with 2 adult children, wife Mary’s mother and a boarder. James Orr was a colliery overman in 1901 and had moved to Overton Row, Dreghorn, and had his wife and a granddaughter with him.

18 February 1866 (born about 1840)
Mary Orr, brother of James (above) was born at Kilmarnock in about 1840 though no baptism record can be found, daughter of James Orr and Mary Strachan, and grandson of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. She is with his parents and siblings in Thirdpart, Kilmarnock in 1841 and her father is a coal miner. Her mother died in the early 1840s and his father married Jean Hill in 1844. In 1851 the family are at Portland Row, Hurlford and 10 year old Mary is at school. In 1861 she’s still at Portland Row with her family, and is a sewer, most probably of muslin embroidery. In 1860 she gave birth to illegitimate daughter but married the father Thomas Rea in 1862 and had 2 more children, though one died in infancy. Mary Rea nee Orr died on 18 February 1866 at Hurlford age 26, of typhus fever.

18 February 1869
Birth of my twin half gg aunts Jessie and Margaret Fraser at Dudwick, Ellon, daughter of farm servant Alexander Fraser and his second wife Margaret Booth. Margaret died at 5 days old but Jessie survived and is at Fortrie, Ellon with her parents and siblings in 1871. In 1881 she is at Mosside croft, Hatton, which her father had taken on after the death of Jessie’s grandfather William Fraser. She is at Mosside in 1891, unmarried and a domestic servant. In 1897 she had an illegitimate daughter named Catherine Milton, so the assumption is the father’s surname was Milton: the birth certificate says the baby was born in Ellon but gives Mosside as Jessie’s domicile. Jessie and her daughter are at Mosside in 1901, and in 1906 Jessie gave birth to an illegitimate daughter named Alexandrina Forsyth at Mosside, and the birth certificate gives the father as William Forsyth farm servant of Craighead, Old Deer. Jessie’s father died in February 1911 and in the 1911 census Jessie and her 2 children ate at Mosside with Jessie’s widowed mother and 2 children of Jessie’s sisters. At some point after that she moved to Aberdeen, lived at 43 Hutcheon Street and worked as a charwoman and became very religious. Her eldest daughter married in 1919, but tragedy struck as daughter Alexandrina died in 1924 and daughter Catherine died in 1927. Jessie Fraser died in December 1929 at Woodend Hospital of carcinoma, and the informant was her nephew John Michael.

10, 11 and 12 February

10th February is my ggg grandfather Robert Marshall, a saddler of Kilmarnock. There was no-one on the 11th. On the 12th there were two Lamb cousin in Aberdeenshire, one of whom had illegitimate children and never married, and the other who went to England and became a public parks superintendent. Plus a Fraser who migrated to California and a McCrae who lived, worked and died in Kilmarnock.

10 February 1761
Baptism of my ggg grandfather Robert Marshall in Kilmarnock: at least think it’s the right Robert Marshall. The one baptised in 1761 was the son of Alexander Marshall, a brazier of Kilmarnock, and Agnes Gibson. A brazier was someone who made or repaired things made from brass. Evidence to support this being the correct Robert is that “my” Robert married Agnes Logan on 10 February 1792 in Kilmarnock, and they called their eldest son Alexander. Robert Marshall and Agnes had 11 children baptised in Kilmarnock, and the baptism entries give his occupation as saddler. Robert died before 1841, but his widow died in 1865 age 93, and her death certificate says she was the widow of Robert Marshall saddler.

12 February 1843
Baptism of Elizabeth Lamb at Longside, Aberdeenshire, daughter of my gggg aunt Elizabeth Hutcheon and John Lamb. Elizabeth was born illegitimate but her parents married in 1846, then her mother died in 1847. In 1851 Elizabeth is with her mother’s sister Margaret, who had married Charles Davidson, and her father is a farm overseer at a nearby farm. Elizabeth had an illegitimate daughter in 1863, the father not named. In 1871 Elizabeth is at Rora, Longside with her aunt Margaret, and her 7 year old daughter is in Longside with Elizabeth’s father and his second wife. Later in 1871 Elizabeth had an illegitimate son, again father not named. In 1881 Elizabeth’s 2 children are both at Rora with Elizabeth’s aunt Margaret while Elizabeth is working as a domestic servant in Peterhead.

12 February 1843
Baptism of Robert Lamb at Longside, Aberdeenshire, son of my gggg aunt Mary Hutcheon and Robert Lamb (and cousin of Elizabeth Lamb baptised on the same day) – his census entries all say he was born in Peterhead, and his parents were in Newseat, Peterhead in 1841. In 1851 he is with his family at Cuminstown, Monquhitter where his father was working as an ag lab. By 1861 his family had moved up to Rafford in Moray, and Robert is close by at Edinkilie, Moray working as an apprentice gardener. By 1871 he had moved to England and is at Waldron, Sussex working as a domestic gardener. The he married Ruth Stone in 1879 at Cheltenham, and in 1881 they are in Stockport, Cheshire with a baby daughter, Robert working as a gardener. In 1891 he is the head gardener working and living at Phillip’s Park near Prestwich, with his wife and daughter. By 1901 Robert is a superintendent of public parks, and in 1911 is still a superintendent of pubic parks, living at The Cottage, Heaton Park. He died there in 1914, after his wife had died, and probate of his will went to his daughter Mildred, who had married James Lamb, who may have been a relative.

12 February 1862
Birth of Samuel Fraser at Old Deer, son of my ggg uncle shoemaker William Fraser and Barbara Cordiner and grandson of William Fraser and Christian Hutcheon. In 1871 he’s with his parents and siblings at Kinknockie, old Deer, and in 1881 is a farm servant at Mains of Tarty, Logie Buchan. He migrated to USA not long afterwards, though I haven’t found him on a passenger list, and went to California. In 1894 he married Helen Andrews, who also had migrated from Scotland, and they are in the 1900 USA census in San Francisco with 2 children, Samuel working as a stationery engine fireman. He then seems to have acquired some land further up the coast, as in the 1910, 1920 and 1930 census he’s a farmer at Big River, Mendocino. Samuel and Helen had 3 children, and Samuel was buried at Little River, Mendocino in 1939.

12 February 1870
Birth of my great uncle Matthew McIncarne McCrae in Kilmarnock, son of John McCrae and Mary Ann Mcinairney. He is with his parents in Kilmarnock in 1871, 1881 and 1891, and became a coal miner like his father and brothers. In January 1895 he married mill worker Annie McCubbin at The Manse, Kilmarnock, and one of the witnesses was Matthew’s sister Helen, my grandmother, who signed herself as Nelly McCrae. |n 1901 Matthew, Annie and 2 children are at 41 High Street, Kilmarnock, a tenement building where Matthew’s brother William and family also lived. In 1911 Matthew and Annie were at 19 Boyd Street, Kilmarnock in a house with their 6 children and Annie’s sister. The Valuation Roll of 1915 shows Matt McCrae tenant of 15 Boyd Street, which was owned by Mars Catherine Bailey of Ayr. Matthew’s son John died in Russia in WW1. Matthew McCrae died in 1941 age 70, in Kilmarnock.