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Makins Ancestry Tour Scotland

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

This evening I am posting some images from a recent ancestry themed tour based around the Scottish Borders.

We had a brief foray down to Hadrian's Wall. Here are some images taken at Housesteads Fort.

This is one of the granaries where the floor level is elevated to protect the grain against damp and vermin.


View of the Wall snaking across the landscape. The Romans made use of a natural escarpment.


Another view of the Fort foundations.


The following are images of Alnwick Castle (pronounced Annick), home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland. This castle is popular with film makers and was used a set in Harry Potter films.Hence the Castle is very popular with Harry Potter fans. Visitors can also see the impressive State Rooms.


View of Norham from Norham Castle

The following two images are of Norham Castle, a magnificent ruin which dates from between 1121 and 1559 after which it fell into disrepair and was eventually taken into State ownership. For more information see yesterday's blog posting.


This is the village of Swinton where the Wheatsheaf Inn is located.


The following two images are of Norham Church, a very impressive building and a "living" place of worship.The church is dedicated to St. Cuthbert and may sit on the site of a much earlier Saxon place of worship. In the graveyard are buried members of the Makins family.


John Robson


Richard Makins died at Murton June 26 1870 age 65. Jane Kirkwood, wife died at Berwick April 23 1914 age 97 years.
In memory of Margaret, wife of William Makins of Thornton Mains who died Jan 12th 1847 age 28.Elizabeth second wife died March 20th 1873 age 63.Margaret Pringle (daughter) who died at Thornton Mains Dec 31st 1860 age 4 months. William Makins died at Berwick Aug 8th 1886 age 73 yrs. Sophia, eldest daughter born Oct 21st 1844 died Feb 21st 1901. Mary (daughter) died at Berwick Dec 24th 1915 age 64.
The inscription on this stone is faded but may read: Edward Makins died at Auchencrow Mains April 29 1859 age 56. Also Mary his wife died at Shoreswood July 20th 1895 age 77. Charles Makins younger son died at Mainsfield, Tweedmouth April 27th 1928 age 76.


Here are a couple of images of Abbotsford House, Sir Walter Scott's own creation of his version of Scotland and its heroic past. The House dates from the early 1800s. Worthy of a visit if in the area.


Garden at Abbotsford.

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Mary Thomson Ancestry Tour Campbelltown Scotland

Monday, March 10, 2008

This afternoon I am presenting some information on Mary Thomson, viz:

  • Married Archibald McMillan, merchant service seaman, in Glasgow on Dec 3rd 1793 by the Minister of the Gaelic Chapel in Glasgow.
  • Born Campbelltown Sept 25th 1786, daughter of Archibald Thomson,
  • Parents: Archibald Thomson, a custom house boatman and mother Barbara Williamson.
  • Died Campbelltown Sept 28th 1878
Comment: The above information may contain an error as such would imply that Mary married at age 7 yrs.

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Sunday, March 9th

Sunday, March 09, 2008

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Mary Crawford Ancestry Tour

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

This evening I am presenting an image of a grave-marker for Glasgow's Southern Necropolis.

Four of Mary's six children died in infancy whereas both Mary and her husband, James Howatt both lived to very ripe ages of 71 and 86 respectively.

Mary died on Nov 19th 1881.



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James Howatt Ancestry Tour

This evening I am presenting an image of a grave-marker from Glasgow's Southern Necropolis.

For those interested in social history this is a sad record of high infant mortality which was prevalent in Glasgow in the mid 1800s with this family losing four of their six children to an early death.

The memorial records the death of James Howatt on June 22nd 1896, age 86. His occupation is stated as a Measurer. This may be an occupation in the textile industry but I think a more likely modern day equivalent is that of a building or land surveyor (construction industry).

Apart from James, the memorial records the passing of:

  • Wife, Mary Crawford who died on Nov 19th 1881 age 71
  • Daughter, Jane who died on Feb 12th 1839
  • Son, Henry who died April 11th 1850
  • Daughter, Marion who died June 18th 1854
  • Daughter, Margaret Ann who died August 16th 1854
  • Daughter, May who died August 5th 1897
  • Daughter, Elizabeth who died Dec 1st 1916.


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Janet Park Ancestry Tour Scotland

This evening I am presenting an image of a grave-marker from the Southern Necropolis, Glasgow.

It records Janet Park, wife of Robert Mitchell. Janet died age 78 on July 18 1853, a very good age for that era.

The memorial also records the passing of Janet's husband, Robert Mitchell and their son, David Mitchell who died in New Zealand.

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John Henderson Ancestry Tour

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

This afternoon I am presenting the image of an unusual iron memorial from Glasgow's Southern Necropolis recording the Henderson and Hetherington families.

The memorial was erected by John Henderson, Collector of Police, in memory of his wife,Marion McDonald who died June 24 1863 age 74.

John Henderson died Dec 27th 1874 age 80 years.

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Benjamin Conner Ancestry Tour

This afternoon I am posting the image of a grave-marker recording the passing of Isabella Tait, wife of Benjamin Conner. The memorial was erected by James Russell who was the husband of Janet Tait, presumably Isabella's sister. Isabella died May 7th 1846 age 25, perhaps in childbirth?

No further information is available at this time regarding Benjamin Conner.


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Tait Family Ancestry Tour Glasgow

Monday, February 25, 2008

This evening I am presenting an image of a memorial/grave-marker from Glasgow's Southern Necropolis. It appears to record the deaths of two Tait sisters, viz:

  • Isabella Tait, wife of Benjamin Connor who died May 7th 1846 age 25
  • Janet Tait, wife of James Russell who died Jan 22nd 1871 age 62.

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James Russell Ancestry Tour

This evening I am presenting an image of a memorial/grave-marker from Glasgow's Southern Necropolis.

This was erected by James Russell in memory of his wife, Janet Tait and other family members.

James Russell died Jan 12 1899 aged 87, a very good age for that era!

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Francis Moore Ancestry Tour

Sunday, February 24, 2008

This afternoon I am presenting an image of a memorial at Glasgow's Southern Necropolis. I find this absolutely fascinating. It was erected by Jeanne Moore in memory of her father, Francis Moore who fought with the Grenadier Guards at the Battle of Waterloo on June 18th 1815.

Francis died in Glasgow on June 4 1875 age 88yrs from which it follows he was borne in 1787 and would have been age 28 at the Battle of Waterloo.

The memorial also records:

  • Jeanne's mother, Janet Bryson who died in Glasgow age 75 on Oct 24 1862
  • Her brother, Sergeant Major John Moore (late of 11th Regiment) who died in Glasgow age 50 on Nov 6th 1875.

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Robert Templeton Ancestry Tour

This afternoon I am presenting an image of a memorial/grave-marker erected by Robert Templeton in memory of:

  • Brother, Robert B June 3 1829 and died Oct 8 1859
  • Robert's wife Ellen Lee B Aug 19 1832 D Sept 16 1859
Note that this couple died relatively young and within a few weeks of each other. Maybe casualties of Glasgow's various epidemics (Diphtheria, Cholera, etc.) which were prevalent at that time.

The memorial is located in Glasgow's Southern Necropolis.


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John Templeton Ancestry Tour Scotland

This afternoon I am presenting an image of a memorial/grave-marker from Glasgow's Southern Necropolis.

The memorial was erected by John Templeton, a merchant of Glasgow in memory of:

Daughters:

  • Elizabeth B July 7 1848 D Aug 13 1867
  • Sarah B Dec 1 1851 D April 3 1853
  • Agnes Maria B April 28 1861 D June 15 1862
Wife:

Agnes Haddow B June 29 1824 D Aug 30 1872

Son:

William B July 6 1855 D Feb 5th 1879



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John Graham Ancestry Tour Glasgow

This afternoon I am presenting an image of a memorial/grave-marker from Glasgow's Southern Necropolis.

It records John Graham of Rowanlea, Pollockshields who died on March 26th 1887 age 68.

There is also the evidence of high infant mortality as evidence by the deaths of his sons:

Donald Henry on Feb 12th 1861 age 6 months
James Currie on Jan 22nd 1865 age 7 years

Another son, Alexander Macdougal lived to the age of 46 and died on May 5th 1898.

His wife, Anna MacDougal lived to the grand old age of 82 and died on Jan 30th 1901.

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Thomas Cuthbert Ancestry Tour

Saturday, February 23, 2008

This evening I am presenting an image of a grave-marker from Glasgow's Southern Necropolis.

This is an interesting record of social history as manifested by the high rate of infant mortality.

The memorial is to:
  • Thomas Cuthbert who died age 38 on Nov 2nd 1872 and his children:
  • Catherine Jane age 8
  • Elizabeth who died in infancy
  • Thomas who died July 2nd 1878 age 9
  • Wilhelmina who died age 27 on May 12th 1893.
The memorial also records the passing of Thomas's wife Catherine Miller on Aug 7th 1879.


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Elizabeth Colouhoun Campbell Ancestry Tour

Friday, February 22, 2008

This evening I am presenting an image of a grave-marker from Glasgow's Southern Necropolis.

It records Elizabeth Colouhoun Campbell, wife of Peter Murdoch late of Islay, who died July 29th 1886 age 67.

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Currie Ancestry Tour Scotland

Thursday, February 21, 2008

This evening I am posting an image of a grave-marker from Glasgow's Southern Necropolis.

This is in memory of Flora, daughter of Lieutenant Neil Currie of the island of Islay. Other persons remembered:

  • Elizabeth Colouhoun Campbell wife of
  • Peter Murdoch, also of Islay who died July 29th 1886, age 87
  • Robert Scott who died Feb 8th 1931 age 71.


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Seath AncestryTour

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

This evening I am presenting an image of a Seath family grave-marker in Glasgow's Southern Necropolis.This is a very strange/unusual name for Glasgow as the name is common in southern England (Kent).

Note the Greek influenced design at the top-echoes of Glasgow architect, Alexander Greek Thomson.

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Anonymous Craig J Seath said...

Hi,

Actually Seath is a very common name originating in Fife. Thomas Bollin Seath was a ship builder of the upper clyde.

Please see my website page for more details.

http://seathfamily.co.uk/Feature.aspx

Cheers and keep uyp the good work

Craig J Seath
Dunfermline
Fife

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Mary Sinclair Ancestry Tour

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

This evening I am presenting an image of a grave-marker at Glasgow's Southern Necropolis.

The stone is in fair condition.

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Colin Campbell Ancestry Tour

Monday, February 18, 2008

This morning I visited Glasgow's Southern Necropolis which is full of monuments to prominent citizens of the 18th and 19th centuries. Here is a memorial to Colin Campbell and his family including wife, Agnes McDougall. Colin died 1871.


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John Gow Ancestry Tour

Sunday, February 17, 2008

This evening I am presenting some images of Kinloch Kirk, Perthshire. Here there is a major memorial to John Gow who died Jan 15th 1876 age 29 at Butterstone. The name Gow is quite common in this area, in particular the famous Neil Gow, an 18th century Scots fiddle composer.To this day there is a John R Gow Ltd in Dundee.


Here is the memorial.
Here is the Kirk. It has sound roof but otherwise is somewhat neglected.


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