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Henry Cogill About 1758 -1847
« on: Tuesday 04 July 17 16:46 BST (UK) »
I am researching the family of this man, who was a gunner in the Royal Navy.  In 1801 he married Anne Nicholson in Woolwich.  The only clue to his scottish ancestry is the 1841 English census that says he was born in Scotland, and I am assuming he probably came from Caithness although I have no proof.  The assumed year of birth comes from his age at death.

Henry seems to be a relatively unusual christian name and I have not found any births on Scotland's People - although there are a few children born to Henry/Harry/Hary Cogill in Wick around the 1750s.

I have also found a marriage of Henry Cogill, sailor, and Margaret Guthrie at Canongate, Edinburgh, in 1799.  As mentioned, it is an unusual first name, so could this be the same man who also married in 1801 in Woolwich?

Can anyone help with more information about the Cogill family around 1750-1770?


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Re: Henry Cogill About 1758 -1847
« Reply #1 on: Monday 18 December 17 14:14 GMT (UK) »
William Cogill on his marriage to Elizabeth Fulcher,states,that he is indeed from Woolwich.  I have a copy of the marriage certificate

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Re: Henry Cogill About 1758 -1847
« Reply #2 on: Monday 18 December 17 15:18 GMT (UK) »
Thanks for that.  Some records in South Africa say that William was born in Caithness, Scotland, but I have his birth record in Woolwich in 1806, son of Henry Cogill and Ann Nicholson.  I suspect that the references in SA to him being born in Caithness are a case of confusion with his father Henry. 

The 1841 census says that Henry was born in Scotland, but it does not say where.  I have not found any record of him being born in Caithness, however most Cogills in 1700s seem to originate from that area.  There is also the curious case of the Henry Cogill, a sailor, that married in Edinburgh in 1799.  There are very few Henrys in Scottish records at that time.

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Re: Henry Cogill About 1758 -1847
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 19 December 17 13:01 GMT (UK) »
Try the Wick Heritage Centre, local pronounciation Cowgil, Nicholson might be from Shetland or Skye.

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Re: Henry Cogill About 1758 -1847
« Reply #4 on: Tuesday 19 December 17 15:23 GMT (UK) »
Thanks you, I will give them a try.  I did contact Caithness family history group a couple of years ago but they were unable to find anything.  Although I can't find a baptism of Henry around the right date (1750-1760), I have seen the name Henry/Harry/Hary in marriages between 1710 and 1750 at Wick and Olrig in particular, so perhaps Henry was the son of one of these marriages but the baptism record is missing.

One of the S African sources for William mentions his birth in Olrig.  That is definitely wrong, as I have conclusive evidence of his birth in Woolwich, but possibly it is a clue to where his father came from?

Henry's first born was called Henry James (James being the name of his wife's father), the second was William, third was Ann (his wife's name) and fourth was Elizabeth.  I wonder if there are any clues in the naming pattern?