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Lock Keeper at Crinan Canal
« on: Sunday 11 April 21 13:33 BST (UK) »
A relative of mine, known to my grandfather as "Aunt Janet" was married to a lock-keeper at Lochgilphead. His name was McCallum (possibly Dugald? but not sure). Mr McCallum was lock-keeper around the 1920/30s and his sons Neil and Archie were also the lock-keepers there in the 1950s. He lso had two daughters, Morag and Jessie. I would love to know more about the history of the loch and this family. Can anyone please help?

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Re: Lock Keeper at Crinan Canal
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 11 April 21 14:30 BST (UK) »
Welcome to Rootschat Traveller  :D

An aerial pic here but don't know if it is the one your relative worked at.

https://www.reaerialfilming.com/swing-bridge-lock-keepers-cottage-crinan-canal-october-2015/
Ashford: Somerset, London
England: Devon, London, New Zealand
Holdway: Wiltshire
Hooper: Bristol, Somerset
Knowling: Devon, London
Southcott: Devon, China
Strong: Wiltshire
Watson: Cambridgeshire
White: Bristol
Windo - Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire

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Re: Lock Keeper at Crinan Canal
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 11 April 21 14:35 BST (UK) »
I've found three marriages of a Janet to a McCallum on Scotland's People

Angus McCallum to Janet Paton Bruce 1928
Donald McCallum to Janet C M McCannell 1933
Archibald McCallum to Janet MCM McKenzie 1935

Do you know when any of the children were born and where?
Ashford: Somerset, London
England: Devon, London, New Zealand
Holdway: Wiltshire
Hooper: Bristol, Somerset
Knowling: Devon, London
Southcott: Devon, China
Strong: Wiltshire
Watson: Cambridgeshire
White: Bristol
Windo - Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire

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Re: Lock Keeper at Crinan Canal
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 11 April 21 15:10 BST (UK) »
Thanks very much for the comments above. I should have included the maiden name of Janet which was Macmillan. Well, I assume so from the info left by my grandfather - which is included below:
"My father (Lachlan Macmillan 1840 - 1906) had a cousin at Ardrishaig – Cousin Janet – as we always called her.  She was Mrs MacCallum – the Lock-keeper’s wife, and their family – Neil, Archie, Morag and Jessie still live at Ardrishaig. Two of her sons – Neil and Archie – are lock-keepers there still (1950). Their sisters – Jessie & Morag – keep house (Canal Cottage) for Archie (who is unmarried). Other two sons – Johnnie and Alex are in Glasgow (Buccleuch St). Jessie, who was for many years a housekeeper to a rich man at Campbeltown – sent my daughter a fine present at her wedding and her other sister Mary (who is Mrs Robert Fraser) is (or was) living at Bayonne, New Jersey ."
That is absolutely everything I know, so if you are able to add or clarify anything, I would be very grateful.


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Re: Lock Keeper at Crinan Canal
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 11 April 21 15:27 BST (UK) »
This 1901 census meets a lot of your criteria.

Name:   John Mccallum
Age:   53
Estimated Birth Year:   abt 1848
Relationship:   Head
Spouse's Name:   Janet Mccallum
Gender:   Male
Where born:   Ardrishaig, argyle
Registration Number:   526
Registration district:   Lochgilphead
Civil parish:   South Knapdale
County:   Argyll
Address:   Main St
Occupation:   Lock Keeper
ED:   7
Household schedule number:   17
Line:   3
Roll:   CSSCT1901_182
Household Members   Age   Relationship
John Mccallum   53   Head
Janet Mccallum
42   Wife
John Mccallum
20   Son
Jessie Mccallum
17   Daughter
Neil Mccallum
15   Son
Sarah Mccallum
13   Daughter
Alexr Mccallum
9   Son
Dugald Mccallum
7   Son
Archd Mccallum
4   Son


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Re: Lock Keeper at Crinan Canal
« Reply #6 on: Sunday 11 April 21 20:11 BST (UK) »
Quote

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I should have included the maiden name of Janet which was Macmillan. Well, I assume so from the info left by my grandfather"

If this is the family you seek and the 1901 census is correct then I think Janet's surname could be DEWAR as per the below baptism.

https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XTXG-LMF

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If you purchased a few credits from Scotlandspeople then one of the 2 below birth registrations should show Dugalds parents as John/Janet with her maiden name.
MCCALLUM
DUGALD
M
1894
526/ 45
Lochgilphead

MCCALLUM
DUGALD
M
1894
526/ 18
Lochgilphead

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Re: Lock Keeper at Crinan Canal
« Reply #7 on: Monday 12 April 21 13:25 BST (UK) »
Thanks for all this information - very useful. I am trying to absorb it and investigate further. My grandfather referred to "my father's cousin Aunt Janet"  - although I suppose she could have been a great aunt. However, I cannot yet find a cousin of his father named Janet or even the spouse of a cousin who fits the circumstances. I have bought a few credits with Scotland's People so I will see what that reveals.
Thanks