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Midlothian / Helen Geddes about 1814 - 1880
« on: Wednesday 29 May 19 11:09 BST (UK)  »
Helen died Blackburn, Livingston, West Lothian in 1880, her death was reported by her Son in Law. The Certificate stated that she was illegitimate, however both parents were named
On the 1851/61 censuses she is noted as born Lasswade but no trace of birth in Lasswade or Blackburn.

The name James Hamilton Stoddart appears on a few 20th century statutory records but only one 19th century and he died age 55 1858 Logie, Perthshire, He was a Journey man paper maker born 1803. There is no mention of family names on the cert. I suspect he was not from there and if the age at death is correct he is unlikely to be the father of Helen.
There are no church records, census or otherwise for the exact name on SP.

I have however discovered the following baptisms at Lasswade but no marriage.


JAMES 30/04/1820, ISABELLA 17/03/1822, ALEXANDER 13/06/1827.

In 1841, Hamilton age 39 a coal miner and son Alex are with the Muir family in West Calder and in 1851 Hamilton 50, a labourer, is in Lasswade with a new wife Christian age 30. I think this is Catherine Gray who he married 1850 in Duddingston.

I wonder if anyone can add any information on Mr Stoddart of Isabella Geddes.

Regards Colin

They married 31 October 1785 and had the children below, all born Earl Shilton, Leicestershire.
Can anyone help with their birth records

Thomas Whitmore 1787
Elizabeth Whitmore 1790
Ann Whitmore 1793 
Job Whitmore 1793 and died 1862 in Earl Shilton, Leicestershire. I have his details.
Rebecca Whitmore 1793
Sarah Whitmore 1795
Joshua Whitemore 1804


Ayrshire / Reverend James AITKEN 1804 – 1881
« on: Saturday 23 March 19 12:09 GMT (UK)  »
James was the son of James Aiken & Martha Houston, they had 8 children born in Paisley, Inveresk, Glasgow and the last 3 in Kilmarnock, they moved there about 1808.

James junior was ordained at Kilmarnock High Church 3 August 1843 and was on the census there from 1841 until his death in 1881. He left a will in favour of his eldest brother William (1797 Paisley), however William died in 1878 and left his will in favour of James.

I have sufficient information on the Rev James and most of his siblings but nothing on William (of Hawthorn Bank, Kilmarnock, noted on Wills) or their father James born about 1775. Son Roberts’s baptism record in 1811 states he was the 7th child and his father James was a Wright.
Martha was born 1776 in Riccarton and I have her details.

Can anyone help with James senior or William, census records for the latter seem none existant?


Ireland / Thomas Carey born around 1755
« on: Saturday 10 March 18 11:19 GMT (UK)  »
I wonder if anyone can help find a birth for Thomas.

He married Janet Bone, (born 1758), St Quivox, Newton on Ayr, Scotland in 1786 and they had 4 children baptised there. I have all their details.

No record of a birth for Thomas in Scotland so I think he may have been born in Ireland. The name is a bit of a problem, I have seen Carrey, Carry even Currie.

Regards Colin.

Ayrshire / Waukiniln of Sorn
« on: Monday 05 March 18 10:55 GMT (UK)  »
I have just come across the following baptism, can anyone pinpoint the abode?

Agnes Findlay, baptised 27/01/1754 Mauchline, abode Waukiniln of Sorn.

Thanks Colin

Canada Lookup Request / Daniel Graham born 1901
« on: Friday 10 November 17 11:34 GMT (UK)  »
Daniel was born in Glasgow but the family moved to Irvine, Ayrshire before 1911. He married Mary and they had two sons.
I understand they moved to Canada sometime in the 1950/60s.
I wonder if anyone can help confirm the date or location that they moved to?

Regards Colin

Worcestershire Lookup Requests / Richard Detheridge birth record?
« on: Tuesday 29 August 17 12:23 BST (UK)  »
According to his burial record Richard Detheridge, age: 86 (1728) Burial Date: 28 Aug 1814 St Martin, abode Park St. Birmingham.

How accurate his age was is unclear but I think he first married Mary Smith 10 Sep 1758 Halesowen, Worcestershire.
Children Baptised Halesowen: Sarah 22 Mar 1761 & Rosanna 14 May 1763. Did they then move to Birmingham?

Mary died in Birmingham in 1776, Richard remarried and I have all of the subsequent information but the birth record still eludes me, however I have a suspicion that he was born in Worcestershire where the name Detheridge and its many variations is strong.

Can anyone help?


Lanarkshire / George Graham - Glasgow
« on: Monday 27 February 17 19:49 GMT (UK)  »
I have a marriage record for George Graham who married Elizabeth Flora Cameron Baird
26 Sept 1919, Govan, Glasgow. I have Elizabeth birth plus 1901/1911 censuses.

However George Graham, a dock labourer, who was 25 at the time, eludes me, his parents were William Graham a coppersmith and Mary Jane nee McAuley.
I cannot their marriage record or a birth or census records for George.

I think it may be possible that his Mary Jane died in Plantation, Glasgow in 1896 at the age of 33 but this is not confirmed.

Can anyone help?


Glamorganshire / Robert Borthwick & Mary Anne Price
« on: Sunday 27 November 16 13:22 GMT (UK)  »
Robert Borthwick was born 25/12/1848 Kirkpatrick Juxta, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, he married Mary Ann Price Q4/1879, Brecknock, Breconshire.

They are on the 1881 census – Pantsgallog, Blaenaur Gardens, Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan
Robert Borthwicke    Scotland   Shepherd   29      Died Merthyr Tidfil 1930
Mary Anne Borthwicke Wales Breconshire   19      Died Merthyr Tidfil 1931

They had a son Lawrence .T. Borthwicke in 1880, I later traced him in Scotland and have all of his information after 1901. He may have had a sister born in Glamorgan?

I have not been able to find any information of Robert & Mary Anne between 1881 and their death,
can anyone help?   


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