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Canada / Re: Thomson, Swanson, Fairley - Scottish emigrants in Calgary around 1910
« on: Sunday 29 September 19 11:43 BST (UK)  »
Sandra, thanks so much. That's an astonishing number or articles you've found in a very short time, and a big help as I don't currently have a subscription.

I did make contact with one descendant of William Lumsden Swanson a couple of years ago. I was hoping that the family might have some old photographs - the three siblings travelled to Scotland several times in the 1920s to visit their elderly mother and must surely have taken photographs. Unfortunately none had survived in that branch of the family, and they weren't in contact with other branches. i will try to find others. They too may be looking for Scottish relatives and might come across this post.

Canada / Thomson, Swanson, Fairley - Scottish emigrants in Calgary around 1910
« on: Saturday 28 September 19 20:23 BST (UK)  »
At the start of the 20th century, two sisters and a brother, Mary, Agnes and Andrew Thomson emigrated from Broxburn, West Lothian, Scotland, to Calgary, Alberta. Their parents were Andrew Thomson (1842-1914) and Helen Henderson (1843-1932).

I'm hoping some descendants will recognise them. I'm including a PDF display of the three families and their descendants (anonymised for those probably still living).

Mary (1873-1955) ( ) emigrated first - she married John Swanson (1864-1945) in Broxburn in 1896, and they emigrated with their four children in 1907.
Next was Andrew (1880-1949). He married Anne Cameron (1876-1946) in Dunblane in 1909 and emigrated with their daughter in 1911.

Agnes ( ) married George Fairley (1877-1973) in Broxburn in 1901 and they emigrated with their two sons in 1912.

Andrew ( ) was a watchmaker who started a business, but later worked as a farmer in Michichi.
They had one daughter, Rhoda St. Clair Robertson Thomson (1910-1994) who married Norman Kennedy and later moved to British Columbia.

George Fairley became a well-known butcher in Calgary. His sons Henry Grant Fairley and Andrew Thomson Fairley took over the family business, which only closed in the late 1990s.

John Swanson was at various times a stonemason, farmer and travelling salesman.
His son William Lumsden Smith Swanson (1897-1976) was a jeweller who ended his career as factory manager at Henry Birks & Sons, a chain of jewellers. He enlisted in the Canadian Field Artillery in WW1, and was said to have had a romatic attachment to his cousin, my grandmother in West Lothian, who he visited when on leave from the front. Our family has a brooch he gave her that he had made himself ( Another son, James Sinclair Swanson (1900-1966) was an optician.
Both sons moved to California in later life. A daughter, Helen Henderson Swanson (1901-1972) married Eber Rowles Upton, a dentist.

My mother met people from Calgary in the 1950's, and was surprised to hear that the Swanson family was so well-known there.

Midlothian / Re: Brash family of Leith, originally Linlithgow
« on: Saturday 14 September 19 20:46 BST (UK)  »
Thanks, that's very interesting. Yes, I'm descended from Helen Cunningham, daughter of Alexander Cunningham and Margaret Brash. Helen really did marry a Theophilus John Paterson. He obviously didn't like his name as he always used only John. Theophilus is a Greek name from the Bible meaning beloved by God, or loving God - his parents must have been pretty religious. But in a family of ag. labs he probably didn't want to stick out from the crowd. Also, he was probably not very religious as he married Helen in an irregular ceremony. They were later "severely admonished and rebuked" by the kirk session and the marriage was confirmed.

Interestingly, a daughter, Margaret Paterson, her husband Archibald Thomson and their children spent 8 years or more in St. Petersburg, including during the Crimean War (where it didn't seem to matter that they were 'enemy aliens' - they weren't interned.

I think I'll leave it at that - my main purpose for posting was to make available my findings on the three children of David Brash and margaret Easton that are well documented.

Midlothian / Re: Brash family of Leith, originally Linlithgow
« on: Saturday 14 September 19 13:08 BST (UK)  »
Fordyce, thanks. As you say, there are indications that the Margaret Brash who married Alexander Cunningham is not the Margaret Brash born to David Brash and Margaret Easton. I have had some suspicions. For example that the name David, frequently used in the descendants of David Brash, does not appear in the descendants of Alexander Cunningham and Margaret Brash, and that Alexander and their descendants were mostly farm labourers, not grocers and merchants. I don't have other evidence pointing to her being the daughter of David Brash and Margaret Easton.
I don't have any MI's other than those available on the internet.

The Margaret Brash, daughter of John Brash & Jean Richie, sounds very plausible - I hadn't come across her before. I'll look into it. Do you have any data published on the internet that doesn't require a subscription (like Ancestry) to see it?

The two large squares (male) in the PDF file for Alexander and David Brash, and the large circle (female) for Jean Brash are children and descendants of David Brash and Margaret Easton for which there's strong evidence.

It's on a separate page in my genealogy program, so David Brash and Margaret Easton are not displayed here (they're on my main page as direct ancestors, with a link to the other page where there's room to trace side branches downwards). I'll probably move them off my direct ancestor tree and onto the side page as a disconnected group that one day might link up with a more distant ancestor - if it's possible to go back far enough.

The diagram is complicated by the fact that William Dick, a brother-in-law of David Brash and Agnes' Henderson's daughter Margaret, married her sister Jean.
When Jean died, he married Jean and Margaret's cousin Sibella (the daughter of David's brother Alexander).

Midlothian / Re: Brash family of Leith, originally Linlithgow
« on: Wednesday 11 September 19 20:14 BST (UK)  »
thanks, I've had a look at those posts but I can't see any overlap with those names. I see on Scotlandspeople there are over 1500 Brash death certificates - 30% of them are in Midlothian, so it's a more common name than I though.

Completed Census Requests / Re: Census 1891 London Lookup
« on: Tuesday 10 September 19 21:13 BST (UK)  »
I've just come across this post - have been doing research on this family. See my post in the Midlothian forum.

Midlothian / Brash family of Leith, originally Linlithgow
« on: Tuesday 10 September 19 21:10 BST (UK)  »
I've just come across a lookup post from 2011 mentioning Ebenezer Milner and the Brash family of Leith. I've been researching this family for a while. I'll add a link to this post in the other forum.

Margaret Brash, born 1767 in Linlithgow, daughter of David Brash and Margaret Easton, was my 5xG-grandmother.
I've followed 3 other branches of David and Margaret's children Jean (1771-1864), David (1778-1864) and Alexander (1780-1838). Also two other daughters of my direct ancestor Margaret Brash and Alexander Cunningham, Jean (1786-1862) and Margaret (1793-1860) Cunningham. My direct ancestor is their sister Helen (1788-1865).

I use the GenoPro genealogy program where you draw diagrams of the family relationships. For branch lines, I create links to a new page where there's room to display them. Here's a PDF file (attached) showing the abovementioned branch lines for Jean, David and Alexander Brash, and Jean and Margaret Cunningham. All 5 are displayed with large circles/squares to show they link back to my main page.

I've come across some interesting stories. David was obviously a well established merchant who was active in campaigning against the "unjust, impolitic, and oppressive" Excise Laws. He was a juror in the Burke and Hare trial - they sat though the night with the jury retiring to consider at 8:30 on Christmas morning and came back with their verdict after 50 minutes. David went bankrupt in 1849 (those damned Excise laws!) but was back in business a couple of years later.
I see David's son John was transported to Australia in 1850 - I don't know what happened to him afterwards.

Among David's other descendants was David Brash Dick (1846-1925) a successful architect in Canada, and Robina Brash who died within a month of her husband Ebenezer Milner leaving 4 orphaned children. I found a number of newspaper articles on Ebenezer, a respected doctor known for helping the poor. I see one of his descendants played in a band in the 1960's in Sussex with Keith Emerson, later of prog-rock band ELP fame.

In the PDF display I've coloured individuals who moved overseas dark red - those who later returned in a lighter red. The thin arrows between some individuals is marked 'lived-with' in GenoPro - it gives a good overview of where orphans and others ended up.

links to individuals

Margaret Brash born 1767    
Jean Brash (1771-1864)       
David Brash 1778-1864)       
Alexander Brash 1780-1838) 
Jean Cunningham (1786-1862)
Margaret Cunningham (1793-1860)
Ebenezer Milner (1819-1866)  

You can browse the tree from there, or start at the list of names:

Renfrewshire / Re: McLatchie family of Paisley
« on: Monday 13 February 17 22:48 GMT (UK)  »
I've been looking for information about this family for a while. There were quite a lot of McLatchies in Old Cumnock, Ayrshire, and several of them were stonemasons. my GGG-grandmother Janet McLatchie married a Thomas Hamilton, stonemason. Their children all ended up in Paisley. Their sons, Hall Hamilton, and Hugh Hamilton were stone masons and successful businessmen there. The first name Hall was popular in this family - there were 6 of them over 3 generations in Paisley. I'm guessing this combination the first name Hall, the McLatchie connection, and the many stonemasons means the families are related to Hall McLatchie.

West Lothian (Linlithgowshire) / Re: Broxburn West United Free Church, photos?
« on: Tuesday 04 September 12 21:11 BST (UK)  »
Thanks, there are some wonderful photos there.

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