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Ian McMillan Sillars Ancestry Tour Glasgow

Monday, March 10, 2008

This afternoon I am presenting research on the ancestry of Ian McMillan Sillars whose great, grandparents were Duncan Sillars and Barbara McMillan who married in Glasgow in December 1841.

Ten years later at the 1851 Census they were living in Frederick Lane, Glasgow with their three children at that time, Duncan Sillars ( 14 yrs) working as a calenderer, Mary (10 yrs) and Daniel (2yrs). The father, Duncan was a tailor by trade and both he and his wife, Barbara were born in Campbelltown parish, Kintyre.

On the Campbelltown Parish Register it is recorded that Duncan Sillars was born there on March 11th 1810 and baptized next day. His parents were Duncan Sillars, a hand loom weaver, and mother was Anne (or Agnes) Niven. There is an entry for their marriage proclamations in the Campbelltown parish Register on Feb 7th 1794 followed by their marriage in March 1794.

The only Duncan Sillars born in Kintyre at this time was born on March 22nd 1770 in Killean and Kilchenzie parish to father Archibald Sellers. This Duncan had younger siblings, Mary born 1772, Jean born 1774, John born 1775 and Daniel born 1777.

This Sellars family of Killean parish are found in a list of the inhabitants upon the Duke of Argyll's property in Kintyre in 1792. The Sillars family was one of 7 families living at South Crubastill, Killean parish, Kintyre. The father, Archibald was 52 years. his wife Mary Kelly 43 and their three youngest children, Donald (10 yrs), Archibald (7 yrs) and Cathrine ( 4yrs). Also living with them at the time was a 12 year old Jean McMillan, a relation or domestic servant. All the older children, including Duncan ( age 22 yrs at time of the 1792 census) had left the family home by this time.

The only Archibald Sillars marriage at this time is an Archibald Sillars who married a Mary (Sillars) on Aug 7th 1768 in Kilbride parish on the island of Arran. It is believed that Archibald and Mary moved to Kintyre after their marriage.

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Bella Anderson Ancestry Tour Glasgow

Thursday, March 06, 2008

This evening I am presenting an image of a McNair family memorial recording various family members including Bella Anderson who died Nov 22nd 1880 age 66 years.

This memorial stone can be found in Glasgow's Southern Necropolis.


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Daniel Lindsay Ancestry Tour Glasgow

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

This evening I am posting an image from a Glasgow grave-marker which records a death on the other side of the world.

This stone is found in Glasgow's Southern Necropolis and records the passing of various members of the Lindsay family including one Daniel, son of David. Daniel's inscription is partly eroded but my best guess is that he died Jan 4th 1896 in Concordia, South Australia age 32 years.Daniel seems to have been the longest lived of the Lindsay children.

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David Lindsay Scotland Ancestry Tour

This evening I am posting an image of a memorial from Glasgow's Southern Necropolis. Like many other Victorian era family grave-markers the stone records a sad tale of infant mortality which was a function of the rampant disease and poor water supply prevalent in mid 1800s Glasgow.
Here are the details:
  • Patriarch, David Lindsay died Feb 16th 1877 age 61 years
  • Mary, died July 16th 1849 age 15 months
  • Devina, died Oct 11th 1855 age 10 months
  • David, died Oct 14th 1859 age 3 years and 2 months
  • Jessie died August 23rd 1873 age 11 years and 9 months
  • Daniel, died in Concordia, South Australia on Jan 4th? age 32yrs?
  • David's wife, Margaret McBeth, died Sept 18th 1897 age 75 years.
Many times I see grave-markers with high levels of in fact mortality but with a common feature that the parents live to a good age by our standards, let alone the much lower life expectancy experienced in Victorian times.

The Scottish House of Lindsay was founded in the early 12th century by Sir Walter de Lindsay.

There are now many branches of the Lindsay family and some 200 spellings of the name


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Elizabeth Brown Ancestry Tour Glasgow

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

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

The stone chiefly records members of the Harper family but includes Elizabeth Brown, cousin of Ebenezer Harper, who died on May 17th 1893.



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Ebenezer Harper Ancestry Tour Glasgow

Monday, March 03, 2008

This evening I am presenting an image of a grave-marker in Glasgow's Southern Necropolis recording various members of the Harper family including one Ebenezer Harper who died on Dec 21st 1887.

Harper is an occupational name meaning harp-maker/player.

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Helen Harper Glasgow Ancestry Tour

This evening I am posting an image of a family memorial from Glasgow's Southern Necropolis.

The stone records members of the Harper family of Glasgow.

Helen Harper died on Sept 16th 1854.

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James Harper Ancestry Tour Glasgow

This evening I am presenting an image of a grave-marker recording various members of the Harper family, Glasgow.

This memorial can be found in Glasgow's Southern Necropolis.

James Harper died on August 24th 1843.

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John Spiers Ancestry Tour Glasgow

This afternoon I am presenting the image of a Spiers family memorial which includes one John Spiers who died on January 8th 1901 age 55 years.

John appears to the son of Alexander Spiers.

The memorial stone was found at Glasgow's Southern Necropolis

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My Grandfather John Spiers came from Scotland to South Africa (with Scottish Rail), my father John Carstairs Spiers passed away some three years ago and I (John Carstairs Spiers have two boys Richard and Robert - wife couldn't stand another John Spiers. Anyone know of any connection still in Scotland?

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James R Jeffrey Ancestry Tour Scotland

Sunday, March 02, 2008

This evening I am presenting an image from Glasgow's Southern Necropolis.

This family memorial stone records inter alia the passing of James R Jeffrey who died Oct 10th 1926 age 70 years.

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Mary McConnell Ancestry Tour Glasgow

This evening I am presenting an image of a memorial found in Glasgow's Southern Necropolis recording the passing of Mary McConnell on April 27 1890 age 80 years.

McConnell is Irish and Scots Gaelic meaning son of Conall. However, the name is also a variant of McDonald.

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Charles Stewart Ancestry Tour Glasgow Scotland

This evening I am presenting an image of a grave-marker from Glasgow's Southern Necropolis recording the passing of various members of the Stewart family, viz:

  • Charles Stewart died April 23rd 1874 age 58
  • Wife Mary McConnell died April 27 1890 age 80 years
  • Daughter Margaret Stewart Jeffrey died Sept 18th 1925 age 73
  • James R Jeffrey, husband of Margaret died Oct 10th 1926 age 70 years


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James Lawcock Ancestry Tour Glasgow Scotland

This evening I am presenting an image of a memorial found in Glasgow's Southern Necropolis relating to the Lawcock family.

Lawcock is a very unusual name. It appears to be concentrated in Derbyshire (N. England).

The stone is in poor condition.

It appears to record the passing of Patriarch, James Lawcock who died Jan 18 1855 and his children:

  • Jane who died Feb 5th 1911
  • John who died Jan 28 1857
  • Janet who died July 3 1852
  • Gavin who died Oct 6 1878
  • David who died Oct 26 1894
  • Ann Brown died Sept 20 1898
All the above seem to be very 'Anglo' type first names which may indicate the Lawcocks came from England.

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Anne C.S.McCullloch Ancestry Tour Scotland

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

This memorial stone records the passing of members of the Thomas Hayman family including inter alia his wife Anne who died October 30th 1886 and 71 years.


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Thomas Hayman Ancestry Tour Glasgow

This afternoon, I am presenting an image of a family memorial stone from Glasgow's Southern Necropolis.

Not unusual for the period there is evidence of very high infant mortality.

  • Janet, died Oct 3rd 1847 age 17 months
  • Jessie McCulloch Dec 16th 1856 age 3 weeks
  • John died April 21st 1859 age 16 years
  • Annie C.S. McCulloch died Nov 27 1869 age 18 yrs
  • James McCulloch Brown died Dec 20 1885 age 27
  • Anne C.S.McCulloch died Oct 30 1886 age 71
  • Thomas Hayman died Oct 12 1898 age 76
  • Thomas Hayman (son) died April 16 1891 age 41
  • William McCulloch Hayman died May 7 1904 age 60 yrs.


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John McIntyre Ancestry Tour Glasgow

This afternoon I am presenting images of a memorial in Cathcart Old Churchyard, Glasgow.

It was designed by the famous architect Alexander Greek Thomson for his friend, the builder John McIntyre for McIntyre's son's grave.

It is a powerful composition with a sarcophagus on a base of cyclopaen masonry.



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Mary Taylor Ancestry Tour Glasgow

This morning I am presenting an image of a MacDonald family memorial stone from Glasgow's Eastwood Old Cemetery.

It records inter alia the passing of Mary Taylor, wife of Donald MacDonald, on June 7th 1920 age 67 years.

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Donald MacDonald Ancestry Tour Glasgow

This morning I am presenting an image of a family memorial stone from Glasgow's Eastwood Old Cemetery.

It was erected by Donald MacDonald and wife, Mary Taylor and records passing of:

  • Their children Mary, Catherine and Flora all of whom died in infancy.
  • Agnes Taylor died June 21st 1899 age 22 years
  • May died Oct 4th 1903 age 3 years
  • Angus Taylor died Nov 20th 1903 age 4 years
  • Donald who died Dec 20th 1915 age 76 years
  • Son, Sgt William MacDonald killed in France Oct 25th 1918 age 25yrs (enlisted 1914)
  • Mary Taylor died June 7 1920 age 67
  • Janette MacDonald, great grand daughter died Dec 28th 1962 age 2 years.
This family clearly suffered from a high rate of infant mortality.


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Elizabeth W Reid Ancestry Tour Glasgow

Saturday, March 01, 2008

This evening I am presenting an image of a grave-marker recording the passing of Elizabeth W.Reid on Sept 20 1947 at age 93.

Elizabeth was the wife of James Lawrie who died June 1885.

This grave-marker can be found in Glasgow's Eastwood Old Cemetery.

Reid is the Scots form of Read and is one of the commonest surnames in Scotland.

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James Lawrie Ancestry Tour Glasgow

This evening, I am presenting an image of a grave-marker from Glasgow's Eastwood Old Cemetery.

The stone is recumbent and covered in moss. It records the passing of:

  • James D Lawrie in June 1885
  • David Reid Lawrie died March 25 1936 age 55
  • William Lawrie died March 23 1947 age 59
  • Elizabeth W Reid died Sept 20 1947 age 93 years.
Lawrie is a Scots name derived from the first name 'Lawrence'.

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Agnes Kinloch Ancestry Tour Glasgow

This evening I am presenting an image of a memorial to the Cullen family which includes Agnes Kinloch who died June 27th 1931.

The stone is located in Glasgow's Eastwood Old Cemetery.

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James Cullen Ancestry Tour Glasgow

This evening I am presenting an image from Glasgow's Eastwood Old Cemetery.

It records a memorial to James Cullen and his family. Here are the dates of death:

  • Wife, Agnes Kinloch June 27 1931
  • Son, Matthew Sept 27 1887
  • James May 13th 1896
  • Son, James Feb 3rd 1944
  • Daughter, Helen July 3rd 1951
  • Son, John April 10th 1957.

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John Bryson Ancestry Tour Glasgow

Friday, February 29, 2008

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

It records the passing of John Bryson, Butcher of Eglinton Street, Glasgow on Dec 20th 1902 age 76 years.

Also, John's wife, Marion Sommerville is mentioned but no dates or age are provided.


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Margaret G Wham Ancestry Tour Glasgow

This evening I am posting an image of a memorial to the Finlay family located in Glasgow's Eastwood Old Cemetery.

At the foot of the memorial is a record of Margaret G Wham, wife of R.N. Finlay, who died on Feb 5th 1948.

Wham is a very unusual name. For more information see this Wham family website.

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Mary Cowan Ancestry Tour Glasgow

This evening I am presenting an image of a memorial stone from Glasgow's Eastwood Old Cemetery.

It records the Halliday family including the wife of Alexander Halliday, Mary Cowan who died Feb 6th 1931 age 75 years.

Cowan can be a Hebrew/Jewish name but more likely in this case to be a derivative of McOwen, an Irish/Scots name meaning son of Ewan/Owen.



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Robert Finlay Ancestry Tour Glasgow

This evening I am presenting the image of a memorial found in Glasgow's Eastwood Old Cemetery which records the deaths of:

  • Robert Finlay on July 12 1933 age 85
  • Daughter Christina died March 6th 1885 age 11 months
  • Nephew Robert F Hendry died March 8th 1885 age 14 months
  • Wife Mary Young who died Jan 19th 1931 age 85
  • Daughter, Mary Young Finlay died Jan 5th 1935 age 54
  • Margaret G Wham, wife of R.N. Finlay, who died Feb 5th 1948.


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Alexander Halliday Ancestry Tour Glasgow

This evening I am presenting the image of a grave-marker from Glasgow's Eastwood Old Cemetery.

It was erected by Mary Cowan in memory of :

  • Husband Alexander Halliday who died May 11 1925 age 69
  • Three children who died in infancy: Willie, George and Jeanie.
Mary died Feb 6th 1931 age 75.

Halliday is a Scots version of the English name Holiday and means birth/baptism on a holy day.

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Robert Fletcher Ancestry Tour Glasgow

Thursday, February 28, 2008

This afternoon I am presenting an image from Eastwood Old Cemetery, Glasgow. This is a memorial to Robert Fletcher who died in Nanaimo, British Columbia on March 22nd 1910 age 84. The memorial also records:

  • Infant son, John who died Oct 4th 1862
  • Daughter, Mary who died May 2nd 1878 age 15
  • Wife, Hannah who died Nov 8th 1881 age 53
  • Daughter Martha Freeman who died in New York Feb 25th 1901 age 33.

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Gavin Ralston Logan Ancestry Tour Glasgow

This afternoon I am presenting the image (taken this morning) of a memorial to a couple who died at sea during WW2:

  • Captain Gavin R Logan who died at sea as a result of enemy action on Feb 17th 1940 age 42.
  • Gavin's wife Janie Elizabeth Smith who was lost at sea on Jan 19 1942 age 46.
The memorial can be found in Eastwood New Cemetery.

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Gavin Ralston Logan was the Master of the SS Baron Ailsa which was torpedoed and sunk on the date given. He and a fireman were the only crew members to lose their lives.
His CWGC entry is here: http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2452932

and he is also commemorated on the Giffnock War Memorial.
http://warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/warmemscot-ftopic18.html

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