Friday, December 22, 2017

Janet Howatson YOUNG, spouse of Dr Peter GORRIE.

My grandmother, Janet Howatson YOUNG, emigrated to South Australia in 1912, where she married my grandfather, Peter GORRIE, of Edinburgh, M.D.

[Last known photograph of Janet Howatson GORRIE (left), taken in the weeks leading up to her death in 1936.
She is with her sister Mrs Janey MACKIE.]

Janet died well before I was born, so I have no knowledge of her other than what I learned of her from my late mother, and from more recent research I have conducted into her life.

But I have a great deal of admiration for the way she dealt with the difficulties that life presented her - from her mother's death when Janet was just 5 years of age, and the consequent dose of the "wicked step-mother" syndrome, and with a degree of alienation from her father (she had to put her age up to circumvent him from stopping her from doing nursing, and he disapproved of her going to Australia) - to the rigours of bearing children in relatively "remote" outback locations thousands of miles away from her remaining close female relations (including her sister Janey MACKIE in India, and her maternal grandmother Janet Burns Howatson THOMSON then living in Essex ) - to the final indignity of having to see her marriage end in a welter of whisky and wallopings, and packing her pickled and estranged Peter off, back to Scotland, not once, but twice, the second time just months before she died, aged 53, and understandably well nigh exhausted.

This article I dedicate to her memory.

An earlier post in memory of her husband, Peter GORRIE, may be seen at this link:

The story of her YOUNG and THOMSON family origins in Ayrshire may be seen at this link:



Janet Howatson YOUNG was born at Winton Place, Beith, on 14 February 1883, the first-born child of Robert YOUNG, Railway Station Master at Beith Town Terminus, by his first wife Elizabeth THOMSON.

[The earliest known photograph of Janet, far left, aged about 5.

Was this a typical family photo, or was this a token "isolation" from their consumptive mother?]

Janet was aged 8, Scholar, with her widowered father, 1891 Census.

Janet was educated at Beith Academy, where in May 1896, she was awarded 5th prize for an essay on "Kindness to Animals", a copy of "The Lamplighter," by Miss CUMMINS (with an inscribed book-plate of the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty for Animals); in the following year, 1897, she was awarded 13th prize, a volume of SHAKESPEARE's "Hamlet" (with an inscribed book-plate of the Ayrshire Shakespearean Society) for "Excellence in an Examination" on the same play.

[A family portrait, taken about 1898. Janet is standing to the left, behind her brother Robert Junior, with sister Janey standing right, their father Robert YOUNG seated right, and step-mother Eliza YOUNG (otherwise ANDERSON otherwise THOMSON) seated left.
This portrait is remarkable for its lack of any distracting background - clearly, I think, a deliberate choice of either the photographer or the sitters.
Image courtesy of David CRAIG, a great-grandson of Eliza's sister Margaret ANDERSON.]

Janet was living with her father and step-mother in the 1901 Census, aged 18, a Dressmaker's Apprentice.
And judging by the above family portrait, it appears that her step-mother probably had much higher standards of dressmaking than her late mother - especially in the "sleeves" department!

Janet joined the staff at the Davidshill Hospital for Infectious Diseases, near Dalry, in late 1901, as a probationary Nurse. She would tell her family later that she raised her age to 21, evidently so that she would not be required to have parental approval - it appears that her father had intended her to acquire only those skills that suited her becoming some good Ayrshireman's wife.
And given that her mother had died of Tuberculosis, perhaps Janet was inspired to do nursing as a tribute to her memory - although this "remote" institution was undoubtedly the closest hospital to Beith anyway, being just 2 miles from her father's home.
She remained at Davidshill until 22 December 1904.


Janet removed to Edinburgh, and on 2 January 1905, entered the School of Nursing in the Royal Infirmary, the teaching hospital to the renowned Medical Faculty of Edinburgh University.

[Janet Howatson YOUNG, on the nursing staff of the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh.
This was part of a group photo, and I am not sure whether any further attempts to reprocess it will produce a better result.]

There she met her future husband Peter GORRIE; and on his 25th birthday, she gave him a volume of R.L. STEVENSON's "Virginibus Puerisque" inscribed "J.H.Y., P.G., August 7th 1906.
Janet Howatson YOUNG was certificated on 2 January 1908, as Number 879, Register of Nurses, Royal Infirmary. On 31 December 1908, she received a testimonial to twelve months as Assistant Staff Nurse in Surgical Wards of the Royal Infirmary.

[Janet's Nursing Registration Certificate.]

In January 1909, Janet visited Peter GORRIE in Corbridge, Northumberland, where was gaining his six months experience in General Practice (towards his qualifying for the degree of M.D.); she stayed overnight of 5 January with Peter's family in Edinburgh on her return.
Janet, then residing at Lyndoch Place, Glasgow, received a letter dated 29 January 1909, accepting her into the Nursing Service of the Territorial Force. It is not clear whether she took up active duty, but she must have made some sort of a living up until she departed for South Australia three years later.
Peter GORRIE visited Janet in Glasgow on 6 September 1909, and they travelled together to Edinburgh, where she stayed with his family for three days before farewelling Peter to Colchester, where he was gaining his six months experience as a House Surgeon in a major County Hospital.
Janet sailed from Glasgow on the Blue Funnel Line Steamer "Aeneas" bound for Adelaide via the Cape of Good Hope. She was ticketed on 1 February for a "Cabin Passage" in Cabin 31, Berth B, at a cost of £40.
Janet appears to have got on the wrong side of her father yet again - she would relate later to her family that he had disapproved of her choice of destination, preferring that she had chosen America, where he had a number of relatives. It is not clear whether he might also have disapproved of her choice of marriage partner. It is evident that she did not see him again.

Janet arrived in Adelaide on 13 April 1912, and appears to have gone to reside at 104 Barton Terrace, North Adelaide, the residence of Rev Dr George DAVIDSON, a Presbyterian Minister.
It was he who married her there, just two days later, to Peter GORRIE, with the witnesses being Jessie DAVIDSON (probably the Rev Dr's wife) and P. H. WIDMER (of no known relationship to either Janet or Peter).

The newly married Janet went to Port Elliston, on the west coast of the Eyre Peninsula, whence Peter had only recently removed from Cummins, which was then a bit of a "frontier" settlement, without a hospital, and perhaps not a suitable place for a respectable man to take his newly wedded wife.

Janet was soon "put to work" some four months after arrival, as acknowledged at a meeting of  the Elliston Board of Health, on 4 September 1912, where several motions were put and carried:
"... that £10 10s be donated to Mrs GORRIE for her unremitting services in attending at the hospital during the crisis of an overflow of patients, and at the same time being without a nurse...
"... that the Secretary write a letter to Mrs GORRIE conveying the Board's thanks for undertaking charge of the Hospital and attending the patients, and that the Board appreciated the services which she so cheerfully rendered."
All when she was four months pregnant with her first child, and 16,000 miles away from close family support.

For, on 21 January 1913, Janet gave birth to that first child, a son Robert Maclagan GORRIE, and named for Peter's maternal grandfather.

On 1 May 1913, Janet enjoyed her first taste of electoral enfranchisement, when a Federal Election was held - the Roll for the Port Elliston Polling Place, in the Division of Grey, South Australia,  recorded her as Janet Howatson GORRIE, Home Duties.
This was a privilege her female relations in Scotland would not achieve for another five years, but with a bit of help from her Suffragist GORRIE sister's in-law in Edinburgh, with whom Janet had spent some time with during her visits to Priestfield Road.


Six months later, the GORRIE family removed to Petersburg in July 1913. The reasons for this removal are unclear, but it would not surprise me if both Peter and Janet wanted to be involved with a larger community than the remote Port Elliston.

It was not until the February 1914 that electric power was first generated in Petersburg, and not until the end of that year that private customers were connected to the supply, but it is likely that Janet had to cope with an infant child, and a new confinement, without what we deem today as being a necessity.

For, on 26 June 1914, Janet gave birth to her second child, a daughter Elizabeth Nancy GORRIE, named for Janet's deceased mother (Elizabeth THOMSON) and for Nancy BROWN, who appears to have been a friend of Peter's.

And in that year, another Electoral Roll, for the same Division, recorded Peter and Janet Howatson GORRIE at Railway Terrace, Petersburg.

Two months after Betty's birth, the war broke out in Europe, and the GORRIE family was, like many others were, eventually affected by it.
Peter volunteered for temporary service with the Royal Army Medical Corps, and sailed for England on 14 May 1915. But of the eleven other R.A.M.C. enlistees on the boat, Peter alone travelled without his family.

[Janet, with young Bob, and Peter, with younger Betty, at Petersburg, 
shortly before his departure for service in the Great War.]

Janet may have decided that two very young children were too much of a handful on a long sea voyage, or she may simply not have wanted to revisit the disliked step-mother in Beith.

Three months after Peter sailed, Janet was still in Petersburg, and participated in Australia Day celebrations, which were scheduled to be held on 6 August, to involve a procession, a "Theatregraph" display, and an Afternoon Tea, where the sweets stall was:
"... in the hands of Mrs GORRIE."
[Petersburg Times, 30 July].


On 2 December 1915, Janet embarked on the S.S. Malwa, bound for Colombo, on the first leg of a voyage to India, with young Bob and Betty, to stay with her sister Janey and her husband Jim MACKIE at Bihar in Uttar Pradesh.

There is a tale that Betty later reported, but clearly not from her own memory, that her mother, waving to those who farewelled her as the boat left the dock, noticed with horror that the trunk with the children's clothing had not been loaded. But as her departure from Adelaide was from the outer harbour, this is more likely to have occurred in Colombo (perhaps she observed that from the lighter taking them to the ship, and if so, the trunk was quickly recovered).

[Janet GORRIE and Janey MACKIE with the two infant GORRIE children (Bob and Betty) in India, 1915-16.
Despite my mother Betty being aged 35 when I was born, her image here, sitting in the wheelbarrow, is unmistakably her.]

The sojourn is chronicled by some picturesque photographs in Janet's surviving photo album (lots of small box-brownie style prints), including some larger prints showing majestic views of Himalayan foothills scenery, British-Raj architecture (Government residences) at Bhoura, Yatung and in Tibet, several of her brother-in-law Jim on his different polo ponies, and of the infant GORRIE children wearing their pith helmets!

After his stint in the Mediterranean on H.M.'s Hospital Ship Panama, Peter met up with Janet and the children in Colombo (the first words he heard his daughter Betty speak were in Hindustani), and there, they embarked on the R.M.S. Kaiser-I-Hind for their return voyage to Australia, arriving in Port Adelaide on 29 July 1916.


They almost immediately went to Peterborough (now renamed due to anti-German sentiment), and stayed briefly as the guests of Mr and Mrs S. KEALLY - Samuel KEALLY was the Town Clerk of Peterborough.
Peter spent some time in Broken Hill, prior to re-establishing his practice in Peterborough, but it is not known whether Janet and the children went there, or were getting their old house back in order, or a new one ready.
Peter was recorded on 22 October 1916 as having resumed practice at the house of Dr CLARKE in Bismarck Street; in November 1916, after his locum, Dr DUNSTON, and Mrs DUNSTAN, had departed, he "... resumed practice at Victoria Street this week" [Petersburg Times, 10 November].

While Janet was in Peterborough, she "learnt" to drive a car - as her daughter Betty would later recount, Janet was with him when he drove out to attend a call, and when it was time to return home, pleading exhaustion, he climbed in the back seat, requesting Janet to drive him home. This was in one of a series of cars Peter had, and was almost certain the Model-T Ford they knew as the "Tin Lizzie." Some license test that must have been!
Peter did register a 22.5 Ford in December 1916 (Regisration Number 7610); in April 1917 he advertised for sale a pair of ponies, a buggy and harness, so I am guessing that this Ford was their first car; and, after managing to set the Ford on fire in October 1917, he then registered a 22.5 Hupmobile in November 1917 (Registration Number 9577).
So Janet now had electricity AND a family car, just to make life a little easier.

On 6 Jun 1918, Janet gave birth to her third child, a second son Peter Creighton GORRIE, named for Peter's grandfather Peter GORRIE, and his maternal grandmother Isabella CRICHTON, Robert MACLAGAN's wife - although when Janet registered the birth, she appears to have been unaware of the correct spelling!

Janet was evidently finding the going tough with the new arrival, and on 27 September 1918, the Petersburg Times carried this notice for household help:
"Oct 10, a capable woman as Housekeeper, and a single man... Mrs GORRIE, Victoria Street."

But after this interrupted spell in Petersburg/Peterborough, their next move was imminent.

On 5 October 1918, a "..thoroughly representative gathering of citizens of the town and district met in the Parish Hall to say au revoir to Dr GORRIE, whom some of the speakers described as being the best medical man the town has ever had" [Petersburg Times, 11 Oct - it looks like the newspaper was too mean to change it's banner to the anglicised spelling].
And Janet was not overlooked - the report went on to note that "... his efforts had been nobly supported by his wife. A handsome presentation was made the doctor and Mrs GORRIE, and it is hoped that when the hospital, which has been talked of for a long time, becomes an accomplished fact, Dr GORRIE will return..."
This was the one sore point in any country doctor's life - the necessity of referring one's patients on to another, for want of handy hospital under their watchful eye.


The GORRIE family then moved to Port Augusta, where Peter settled in very well, but where Janet may just have started to become a bit jaded with "remote" country life.

Janet was once again recorded in the Electoral Roll, still in the vast electorate that still is Grey, and still on Home Duties.

On 22 August 1919, the Times and Northern Advertiser carried this notice:
"Wanted. Mother's help, must be fond of children, other help kept. Apply Mrs GORRIE, Port Augusta."
And in September 1920, she advertised yet another "Wanted. At once - General or Domestic help for about a month. Apply Mrs GORRIE" [Transcontinental, 10 September].

Mentions of her in the local newspaper are scant, and limited to references to her attire at the occasional social function - at the Annual Race Ball in July 1921, it was "... Black satin netted" - at the Ladies Night at the Town Hall in August it was "... Black charmeuse" - and I wonder if the colour may have been her metaphor for her mood?

But she was also mentioned, without any reference to her attire, as working on the Work Stall at the Montessori Fair at St Augustine's Schoolroom in December 1921.

And it was here, on 1 May 1922, that Janet gave birth to her fourth and last child, a second daughter Janet Howatson GORRIE, named in honour of herself and of her own maternal grandmother Janet Burns THOMSON formerly HOWATSON, who had recently died, in December 1918, at the advanced age of 88.

In December, 1922, Janet performed the opening ceremony at the Stirling Church Fair, and:
"... wished the function every success, and hoped the results would exceed even the most optimistic expectations. Little Nell MICHAEL presented Mrs GORRIE with a bouquet, and Mr MICHAEL moved, and Mr E. PROSSER seconded, a hearty vote of thanks to Mrs GORRIE."
[Transcontinental, 8 December].

But there is a sense of things beginning to unravel, and it was not long before Janet appears to have been the reason for the family's next move, to Mount Lofty, in the Adelaide Hills.

At a Meeting of the Port Augusta Hospital Board, on 17 June 1923, Peter mentioned that "... his resignation was in consequence of the indifferent health of Mrs GORRIE" - and that "... he had no desire to leave the practice but was compelled for family reasons to resign his position."

The several public farewells on 23 July 1923 were well attended, and further mention was made of Janet's contributions. Mr J. HOLDSWORTH, chairman of the Hospital Board, paid "... a high compliment to Mrs GORRIE who had loyally supported the doctor in his activities. He could only, with the other speakers, wish the Doctor, Mrs GORRIE and family every prosperity in their new home."


In December 1932, Peter's youngest sister Beth GORRIE stayed with them at Mount Lofty, after travels in America and India.

[Janet packs Peter up for one of his jaunts -  perhaps giving her some quiet time to herself?]

[Janet at St Anne's, Mount Lofty. Ever the woman in black.]

Janet also enjoyed an occasional game of golf.
At the Mount Lofty Club's Annual Easter Tournament, in April 1930, which ended with ties in both Men's and Women's four-ball best-ball bogey handicap events. Mrs P. GORRIE won the award for Women's "... approaching and putting" [Adelaide Observer, Thursday 24 April].

[The  fourth or fifth hole at Mount Lofty Golf Course in the early days.
This photo is in Janet's photograph album.]

But for Janet, things do not appear to have improved after the move to Mount Lofty.


Old Mount Loftians remembered the GORRIEs, and some of this oral history was collected by the Mount Lofty District Historical Society - transcriptions of which can be found in the Stirling Library.
David ROBERTSON observed:
"...they separated, Dr and Mrs GORRIE. And there were two factions - split the town down the middle - those that were for the Doctor and those that were for Janet. It got to a point, as kids, when you'd go over to play with - well to see kids - that I'd be glared at, at home, because it happened to be the son of somebody who was supporting the Doctor instead of... It got really quite tense."

In January 1933, perhaps leaving Peter to look after the children, Janet motored to Melbourne, with Mrs BRAILESFORD-ROBERTSON, to embark on an "autumn cruise" to Noumea; arriving back in Melbourne, she set out for Adelaide on 11 May, with her daughter Betty and Mrs Hampden CARR. I presume that Janet probably did the driving in both directions.

By October 1933, Peter had sold St Anne's to his successor, Dr Arthur REID, and had left his family in Mt Lofty. He sailed from Adelaide, 28 October 1933, on the S.S. Ballarat (Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company), bound for London; arriving there on 4 December, intending to stay at 7 Priestfield Road, Edinburgh.


Janet moved briefly to Bel Air, and then found a house in Glenunga, where she took in occasional patients who needed nursing care. One of these was Daisy BATES.
In the "shed" up the back of the yard, budding "artist" and family friend Gilbert ROACH set up a studio.

And then Peter came back to Adelaide, to attempt a reconciliation.

Janet's response to his desire to get his life back in order was telling, as she confided in a letter to her sister Janey MACKIE in India, dated 18 March 1935:
"I tried to get him to go back to Scotland again, or in fact anywhere away from Adelaide, but he decided to make another start in Adelaide... he would ruin this venture. Now he is NOT supposed to come here, there is nothing he wants more. He takes me and Janet out for runs on Saturday afternoons. He knows that this is the last opportunity and chance of coming back to his family..."

Janet had been advised to seek a legal separation so that she would not be liable for Peter's debts; on his ability to sort out his problems, including his professional disabilities due to an increasing dependence on alcohol, she wrote:
"...he may be able to overcome the weakness, but I hae ma doots."

Janet was correct - shortly after, Peter collapsed, and was hospitalised.

Peter made his final departure from Adelaide on 22 February 1936, sailing on the S.S. Barrabool (P. and O. S.N. Coy); arrived London 28 March, destination again 7 Priestfield Road, Edinburgh.

The "venture" referred to by Janet was her attempt to establish a Nursing or Convalescent Home at Lower Mitcham. On 5 May 1936, she purchased the 3.75 acre property known at St George's, with a frontage to Unley Road measuring 215 feet, with a depth of 788 feet to Durdin Road, on which stood an 11 room house, with out-buildings, on a well wooded property, which had recently been use as a slightly up-market Guest House.

Janet's somewhat precarious financial situation was evident from the fact that she immediately mortgaged the property back to the vendor, Dr Henry Carew NOTT (jointly with Mary Jane BOWMAN).

[The house Janet purchased in Unley and was converting into a Nursing Home at the time of her death. Photo taken in 2015.]

The property at Lower Mitcham survives - it was eventually purchased in 1950 by Mitcham Corporation, and was ear-marked as a site for a new Town Hall and Civic Centre. That plan never eventuated, but the old house (evidently built ca 1860) is now in use as a Child-care Centre, not far from the neighbouring old GAULT family residence, now better known as the Lenzerheide Restaurant.


Janet did not long live to "enjoy" her new venture - after a brief stay on the South Coast with her sister Janey MACKIE, out from India, she died at a Private Hospital in Adelaide on 2 June 1936.
Her remains were buried in a single plot in Mitcham Cemetery.

[Janet Howatson GORRIE's last resting place, Mitcham Cemetery, near Adelaide.]


In 2005, I received a beautiful letter from Margaret CRAWFORD.
She had been delivered by Dr GORRIE at Mount Lofty in 1927, but weighing in at 3.5 lbs, her survival was not guaranteed. Her parents, Agnes and Bill CRAWFORD, both Scots who lived in Mabel Street, had been childless for ten years of marriage, during which time Agnes had suffered from a bout of Rheumatic Fever - so the pregnancy itself had been very unexpected anyway.
However, in the Doctor's capable hands, Margaret had survived.
She wrote that her mother Agnes and Janet became very close friends.
Her mother would later tell her that when the GORRIE's were expecting visitors at St Anne's, Mrs GORRIE would call Agnes over to help with the cleaning, and the Doctor would declare to the Cook - "God help us all, they're at it again!"
She herself remembered her mother and Mrs GORRIE making jam in "... the big kitchen at St Anne's, reminiscing over places in Scotland they both knew."
She recalled Mrs GORRIE as being a little brusque at times, but attributed that to "... her Scots ways" - and that Mrs GORRIE was a regular at the church in Orley Road (the Congs).
Her summarising remarks about the Doctor and Mrs GORRIE was that they served the community "... above and beyond the call of duty."
She also recalled the deep effect Janet's death in 1936 had on her mother Agnes.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Robert YOUNG, Father and Son, of Ayrshire, Railwaymen.

My grandmother, Janet Howatson YOUNG, emigrated to South Australia in 1912, where she married my grandfather, Peter GORRIE, of Edinburgh, M.D.

[Last known photograph of Janet Howatson GORRIE (left), taken in the weeks leading up to her death in 1936. 
She is with her sister Mrs Janey MACKIE.]

Janet died well before I was born, so I have no knowledge of her other than what I have learned of her from my late mother, and from more recent research that I have conducted into her life.

But I have a great deal of admiration for the way she dealt with the difficulties that life presented her - from her mother's death when Janet was just 5 years of age, the consequent dose of the "wicked step-mother" syndrome, and with a degree of alienation from her father that went with that (she had to put her age up to circumvent him from stopping her from entering the nursing profession, and he disapproved of her going to Australia) - to the rigours of bearing her first child in a relatively "remote" outback location thousands of miles away from her remaining close female relations (including her sister Janey MACKIE in India, and her maternal grandmother Janet Burns Howatson THOMSON then living in Essex ) - to the final indignity of having to see her marriage end in a welter of whisky and wallopings, and packing her pickled and estranged Peter off, back to Scotland, not once, but twice, the second time just months before she died, aged 53, and understandably well nigh exhausted.

I had originally intended this article to be my tribute to her, and dedicated to her memory.
But, as the amount of information is getting a bit unwieldy, I have now decided to publish her story on her own, at this link:

But Janet's origins were in Ayrshire in Scotland, where her father and grandfather both made careers as Railwaymen.

This article will now concentrate on those origins.

And we start at the beginning in Kilwinning, in the YOUNG residence in the Byres, when the newly a-building Railways virtually went past their front door, but with a journey even further back in time.
Her direct ancestors are highlighted in bold type.


Thomas YOUNG was an Agricultural Labourer, residing at Blacklands, in Kilwinning Parish, when he had children born there and baptised in the Kilwinning Parish Kirk, between 1784 and 1788; by 1791, he was living in the Byres, in Kilwinning Town.
His parentage is not yet established, but there are two candidates in Kilwinning Parish records, although naming traditions suggest that neither of them are certainties for our Thomas:
i. Thomas YOUNG, baptised at Kilwinning, 11 June 1751, son of Alexander YOUNG and Ann CUNNINGHAM.
ii. Thomas YOUNG, born in Nethermains, and baptised at Kilwinning on 15 Septemeber 1756, son of George YOUNG and Mary YOUNG.

Thomas YOUNG and Margaret CUNNINGHAM, both of Kilwinning, gave in their names for marriage on Friday 24 January, 1783, and were duly proclaimed in the Kirk, and married there on 14 February following. Margaret was born at Lower Fergusshill, in Kilwinning Parish, on 22 January 1755, a daughter of Robert CUNNINGHAM and Janet FERGUSSON.

No details have yet been found of the deaths of either Thomas or Margaret.

They had issue:
1. Robert YOUNG, born at Blacklands, 13 January 1784. See [A] below.
2. Thomas YOUNG, born at Blacklands, 9 December 1785, and baptised at Kilwinning Kirk, 11 December; evidently died young.
3. Mary YOUNG, born at Blacklands, 13 May 1788 (her mother recorde,evidently in error, as Agnes CUNNINGHAM); perhaps the Mary INNES, aged 60, living with Robert and Thomas YOUNG in the 1841 Census?
4. Janet YOUNG, born at the Byres, 20 January or June 1791, and baptised at Kilwinning Kirk, 3 July.
5. Thomas YOUNG, born at the Byres, 29 November 1793, and baptised at Kilwinning Kirk, 1 December; a Hand Loom Weaver, residing with his brother Robert in the 1841 Census.

[A] Robert YOUNG was enumerated in the 1841 Census at the Byres, Kilwinning, as a Hand Loom Weaver, aged, with his wife Elizabeth, his brother Thomas, his three unmarried daughters, and Mary INNES, aged 60(+), Independant, and born in the county, perhaps a relation. Robert was still there in 1851, with his wife Elizabeth, aged 66, a Dressmaker, his brother Thomas, and his two unmarried daughters.

Robert YOUNG, Cotton Weaver, died at Byres Street, Kilwinning, on 23 February 1857, aged 73 (of disease of the Bladder, 19 months), the death informed by his daughter Elizabeth (both his parents named in the Register); he was buried in the Kilwinning Kirkyard.

Robert YOUNG and Elizabeth RAMSAY, both of the parish of Kilwinning, "... gave in their names in order to be proclaimed for marriage, upon 21st May 1808, and thence married" [Kilwinning Register; images on the web-site]

His widow Elizabeth YOUNG died at Byres Street on 3 October 1860, aged 75 (of Bronchitis), informed by her son Thomas YOUNG of Greenock Road, Port Glasgow (who identified her parents as Hugh RAMSAY, Cotton Weaver, and Elizabeth KING, both deceased); she was buried with Robert in Kilwinning Kirkyard.

Robert and Elizabeth had issue:
1. Thomas YOUNG, born 4 May 1809, and baptised at Kilwinning Kirk, 21 May; evidently died in infancy.
2. Elizabeth YOUNG, born at Kilwinning, about 1812; aged 30 (+), Sewer, with her parents, 1841; aged 39, Sewing Muslin, with her parents, 1851; still residing at Byres Street in 1857 when she informed her father's death.
3. Jean YOUNG, born at Kilwinning, about 1820; aged 20(+), with her parents, 1841; aged 31,  Sewing Muslin, with her parents, 1851.
4. Robert YOUNG, born at Kilwinning, about 1823. See [B] below.
5. Thomas YOUNG, born at Kilwinning, about 1825; living at Greenock Road, Port Glasgow, October 1860, when he informed his mother's death.
(? Mary YOUNG, born at Kilwinning, about 1826; aged 25, Shop Keeper for John KNOX at Bridgend, Kilwinning, 1851 Census, unmarried and born in Kilwinning; but probably instead a daughter of Archibald and Mary YOUNG of Doura Mains, Kilwinning.)
6. Agnes YOUNG, born at Kilwinning, about 1829; aged 10, with her parents, 1841; not at home in 1851 - possibly at Bridgend, Kilwinning, aged 22, House Servant to John KNOX, Merchant, Grocer, Spirits and Provision Dealer (and his wife and infant child), along with Mary YOUNG, aged 25, born Kilwinning, Shop Keeper.
7. Helen YOUNG, born at Kilwinning, about 1831; aged 12, with her parents, 1841; possibly at Ardoch Farm, Kilwinning, 1851 Census, aged 20, House servant to William MUIR and his wife; she was married at Kilwinning, on 24 December 1855, to John BICKETT; with issue.

Hugh PATON was a Workman and Indweller in Peatland in 1776-1788, in Oldrome in 1791, and in Fourthacres in 1793-196, all in Dundonald Parish, Ayrshire; he was married in about 1775 to Margaret FERGUSSON; and they had issue:
1. Janet PATON.
2. Hugh PATON.
3. Jean PATON.
4. Hugh PATON.
5. Cathrine PATON.
6. John PATON.
7. Robert PATON.
8. Robert PATON. born at Oldrome, and baptised at Doundonald on 5 August 1791. See [X] below.
9. Margaret PATON.
10. Agnes PATON.

John ALLAN was Tenant and Farmer in Harpercroft, Dundonald Parish, 1791-1807; he moved to Craigie Arish about 1810; he was married at Craigie by Kilmarnock, 11 April 1790, to Jean TEMPLETON; they had issue:
1. Janet ALLAN.
2. David ALLAN.
3. Margaret ALLAN, baptised at Dundonald, 1 June 1794; she married Robert PATON. See [X] below.
4. Robert ALLAN.
5. Jean ALLAN.
6. Mary ALLAN.
7. John ALLAN.
8. Archibald ALLAN.
9. James ALLAN.
10. George ALLAN.
11. William Campbell ALLAN
12. John ALLAN.
13. Elizabeth ALLAN.

[X] Robert PATON was in Craigie Parish 1817-1836; at Colliebarlees, Craigie, 1827-1836; he was at Scargies, in Riccarton Parish, 1841 Census, Limestone Miner, with his wife and family; he still at Scargies in 1851, as an Agricultural Labourer, with wife and children, and in 1861, as a Surfaceman  with wife and children, and in 1871 as a Labourer, with his wife.
Robert died at Scargies, in Riccarton, on 11 July 1877, aged 85 years [Kilmarnock Standard, 21 July].
Robert PATON and Margaret ALLAN, both of the parish, entered their names for proclamation of marriage on 8 November 1817, at the Craigie Parish Kirk.
Margaret died at 5 Christie Street, Paisley, on 7 March 1883, aged 88, of old age, the widow of Robert PATON, Road Surfaceman.
They had issue:
1. John PATON, born 14 September 1818; with his parents, 1841.
2. Hugh PATON, born 23 September 1820.
3. Jean PATON, born at Colliebarlees, 29 November 1827, and baptised at Criagie Kirk, 9 December; she was with her parents in 1841; she married Robert YOUNG. See [B] below.
4. Margaret PATON, born 19 January 1830.
5. Janet PATON, born 30 March 1832; with her parents, 1841.
6. James PATON, born 2 May 1836; with his parents, 1841.
7. Elizabeth PATON.


[Robert YOUNG Senior.]

Robert YOUNG Senior, was born at the Byres, in Kilwinning, in about 1823, the second born but eldest surviving son of Robert YOUNG the elder, and his wife Elizabeth RAMSAY.
Young Robert had already left home before the 1841 Census, when his father enumerated at the Byres, in Kilwinning, recorded as a Handloom Weaver (with wife Elizabeth, brother Thomas, and Robert and Elizabeth's three unmarried daughters.
Also in the Byres was the Kilwinning Railway Station, opened just twelve months earlier, on 23 March 1840, on the Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway.

Robert was not at home in 1841; there were eight Robert YOUNGs of near age recorded in Ayrshire in that Census, but it is not possible to identify which, if any, might be our Robert. He may have been in another County.

In about 1845, aged about 22, he was employed by the Glasgow and South Western Railway Company on the permanent way near Kilwinning. In the 1851 Census, he was enumerated back at Byres Street, Kilwinning, as a Rail Layer, with his wife and infant son.
In 1852, Robert was "elevated from the ranks" and appointed Permanent Way Inspector, of the Way and Works Branch, for the Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway. He moved his family to Paisley.
In 1861, he was at 19 St James's Street, Paisley, Railway Inspector, with his wife and family; and in 1871, he was at 19 Underwood Street, Paisley, Inspector on Railways, again with his wife and family.
Directories record him at 19 Underwood Street, Paisley, 1861-1863, as Foreman, Railway; at 22 Underwood Street, 1865-1866; at 19 Underwood, 1866-1869; and at 19 Underwood Street, 1874, as Railway Overseer.

By 1874, Robert's employer, the Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway Company had purchased the Glasgow to Kilmarnock line, and due to the heavy increase of traffic on both, decided to appoint a second Inspector, to share the workload. This meant that Robert was "promoted" to take responsibility for the Glasgow, Barrhead and Kilmarnock Joint Railway.

Robert was the guest of honour at a banquet held on 14 November 1874 at the Globe Hotel, Paisley, where he was presented with a clock, a purse of sovereigns, and Mrs YOUNG with a brooch and ring, to mark their transfer from Paisley. The chair of the occasion, Mr William AUCHERLONIE, the Superintendent of Paisley Station, referred to Robert's "... sound judgment and good common sense" and his "... discretion" and noted his faithful service to the Company, the respect and esteem in which he was held by his men, and his quite and unobtrusive worth as a friend. AUCHERLONIE also said of the Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway that ".. better kept roads and a safer and more complete system of signally is not to be met with any other line in the Kingdom (Applause), and all this had been carried out and constructed under the immediate eye of Mr YOUNG." At the presentation, Mr James NIVEN, of Glasgow, added his own accolades, referring to Robert's "... industry, perseverance and steadiness, combined with a superior intelligence" which had led to his elevation from the ranks to be inspector of way and works, to the "... utmost satisfaction he has given to his employers," and to the "... universal respect and esteem with which he was held by all with whom he came in contact." [Paisley and Renfrewshire Gazette, 14 November 1874].

Robert moved his family to Tetwood House, in Haggs Road, Pollokshaws; he was enumerated there in 1881, Railway Inspector, with his wife, two unmarried daughters, his four younger sons, and a boarder William PATON (Joiner, aged 24, born Dundonald), who may have been his wife's relation; and he was still there in 1891, a widower, with his son.

Robert died at his son's residence, Station Cottage, Beith, on 17 February 1909, aged 86, (of Senile Decay), Railway Inspector Retired, late of Haggs Road, Pollokshaws, informed by his son Robert YOUNG Junior, present at the death.

[The head-stone on Robert YOUNG Senior's Lair, Woodside Cemetery, Paisley.]

[Robert YOUNG Senior's Lair, against the eastern boundary wall, on the path leading south from the entrance gates down to the Railway easement, which marked the northern boundary.
The head-stone marking it is the nearest on the left.]
Robert YOUNG, Rail Layer, was married at Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, on 27 September 1850, to Jane PATON, a daughter of Robert PATON and Margaret ALLAN. See above.
Jane PATON died at Tetwood Cottage, Haggs Road, Pollokshaws, Eastwood District, on 6 July 1880, aged 53, of Diabetes; she was buried in the YOUNG Lair at Woodside Cemetery.


1. Robert YOUNG, born at the Byres, Kilwinning, on 2 December 1850. See [C] below.

2.Hugh YOUNG, born at Paisley, Renfrewshire, 5 December 1852; scholar, with his parents, 1861 Census; died 24 January 1864, and buried in the Robert YOUNG Lair (or Plot), Woodside Cemetery, Paisley, 28 January.

3. Margaret YOUNG, born at Paisley, 24 February 1855, a twin; Warper, with her parents, 1861; she died at Haggs Road, Pollokshaws, 6 October 1877, aged 22, and buried in her father's Lair at Woodside Cemetery; she was married at Paisley, 20 November 1874, to Simon Adam NIXON, Power Loom Warper, of 27 Canal Street, Paisley, aged 28 (son of John NIXON, Shawl Manufacture, and Isabella ADAM); they had issue:
     a. Jeannie P. NIXON; buried on 18 July 1878 in Robert YOUNG's Lair at Woodside.

4. Thomas YOUNG, born at Paisley, 24 February 1855, the other twin; Machinist Apprentice, with his parents, 1861; he was at Clyde View Terrace, Middle Church Parish, Paisley, 1881 Census, aged 27, 2nd Engineer S.S. Fitzclarence, with his wife and two children; he was married at Paisley, 12 August 1874, to Annie McGOWN (daughter of Robert McGOWN, Railway Porter, and Elizabeth BLACKWOOD); they had issue:
     a. Robert YOUNG, born at Paisley, 17 November 1874; aged 6, Scholar, with his parents, 1881; he arrived in Boston, Massachusetts, 7 March 1911, on the ship Parisian; Naturalised on 2 June 1916; at East Sixth Street, Boston, 1920 Census, aged 47, Auditing Clerk, Steam Railway, with wife and two children; he died in 1925; he married Isabel GRAHAM; she was at East Sixth Street, Boston, 1930 Census, aged 60, Widow, with two children; they had issue:
          i. Agnes YOUNG; aged 12, with her parents, 1920; aged 22, with her mother, 1930.
          ii. Robert YOUNG, born at Boston, 19 September 1916; aged 3 years 11 months, with his parents, 1920; aged 14, with his mother, 1930; died in March 1983, late of Marston Mills, Barnstable, Massachusetts.
     b. Thomas YOUNG; aged 3, with his parents, 1881. Married with issue.
     c. William YOUNG, born about 1877; died at 2 Niddry Street, Paisley, on 5 April 1880, and buried in the YOUNG Lair at Woodside.
     d. Elizabeth Blackwood YOUNG, born in December 1879; died at 2 Niddry Street, Paisley, on 7 March 1880, and buried with her brother at Woodside.
     e. Jeannie YOUNG; married William WILSON; with issue:
          i. Jackie WILSON.
     f. Annie YOUNG, born at Paisley, 1883; she died at Greenock, 1968; she was married at Eastwood, Renfrewshire, on 3 January 1911, to Hugh McNIVEN (son of John McNIVEN, Cartwright, and Agnes LINDSAY).
Thomas was of Titwood House, Polokshaws, aged 33, Engine Fitter, when he was married secondly, at Haggs Road, Pollokshaws, 9 November 1888, to Elizabeth ANDERSON, aged 27, Power Loom Weaver (daughter of George ANDERSON, Coal Miner, and Margaret PARKER).

5. Elizabeth YOUNG, born at Paisley, 23 February 1857; with her parents in 1861; Housekeeper, with her father, 1881; she died at Grahamfield Cottage on 15 December 1902, and was buried in Beith Cemetery; she married at Tetwood, Pollockshaws, 1 September 1886, Andrew CROSBIE, aged 29, Widower, Railway Clerk, of Kirkintilloch (son of John CROSBIE, Coal Clerk, and Mary CRAIG); issue:
     a. John CROSBIE, born at Thomchard, Renfrewshire, 1 May 1889; married Nan ROBINSON, with issue.
     b. Robin CROSBIE; went to Boston; married without issue.
     c. Mary CROSBIE; died unmarried.
     d. Elizabeth CROSBIE; died unmarried.
     e. Andrew CROSBIE; married Peg; with issue.
Andrew married thirdly, Mary DUNLOP; he died on 5 June 1939, and was buried at Beith.

6. Jane YOUNG, born at Paisley, 1 October 1860; with her parents, 1861, 1871; House-worker, with her father, 1881; married at Titwood House, Pollokshaws, 9 July 1889, to George URIE, aged 33, Joiner Journeyman, of 6 Matilda Terrace, Strathbungo (son of Thomas URIE, Blacksmith, and Mary COWAN; they had issue:
     a. Robert Young URIE, born in 1892; Coal Merchant, of Langside Road, 1930, when he confirmed the will of his uncle Robert YOUNG of Beith (my great-grandfather); he died on 13 May 1961; he married Alexandrina JOHNSTONE; she died in 1965; they had issue:
          i. George URIE; of Dunoon, Argylleshire; unmarried.
          ii. Betty URIE; married William McINTYRE; he died in 1976, with issue.
     b. Mary Cowan URIE, born on 15 January 1894; died on 15 May 1977; married Richard MACAULAY; he died in 1971, without issue.
     c. Jane Paton URIE, born on 14 February 1896; living in 2989; married Robert PARKER (1880-1962); with issue.

7. John YOUNG, born at Paisley, 14 November 1862; with his parents, 1871; Joiner's Apprentice, with his father, 1881; at 41 Pollok Street, Eastwood, 1891 Census, aged 28, Joiner, with wife; he was married firstly, at 30 Pleasance Street, Pollokshaws (the bride's residence), 30 July 1885, to Margaret Ann McDOUGALL, aged 21, Spinster (daughter of John McDOUGALL, Dairyman, and Margaret KERR); she died at 41 Pleasant Street, Pollokshaws, in 1894, aged 30, of "Alcoholism, nervous exhaustion", married to John YOUNG, Joiner Journeyman, the death informed by her father.
John emigrated to Connecticut in December 1891, and settled in New Haven; he applied for a U.S. Passport in July 1910, intending to visit relatives in the U.K. [this record, viewable on, has his physical description and a photograph]; he was a Carpenter, and I last have him in Clarke Avenue, New Haven, in the 1940 Census, with his wife Joan, widowed daughter Esther and grand-daughter Joan REVELY; they had issue:
     a. Robert McLean YOUNG, born in New Haven on 9 April 1903; he died on 8 April 1988, late of 16 Clark Street, New Haven; he married Alice M. PERDRIZET.
     b. Esther P. YOUNG, born in New Haven on 31 March 1907; she died at Milford, New Haven, on 3 April 1986; she was married to Irvin G. REVELY; with issue:
          i. Joan REVELY.

8. James Paton YOUNG, born at Paisley, 22 January 1865;  with his parents, 1871; Railway Clerk, with his father, 1881 & 1891; Pharmaceutical Chemist, passing his Junior Examination of the Pharmaceutical Society, in July 1900, then of Airdrie; at Westgate, North Berwick; went to the Cape Colony in 1892; went to Rhodesia in 1900; he died at Umtali, Southern Rhodesia, on 23 February 1933, Retired Chemist; he married on 8 June 1898, Margaret WOOD; with issue two children [see South Africa Who's Who, 1916].

9. Hugh YOUNG, born at Paisley, 5 April 1867; with his parents, 1871; Scholar, with his father, 1881; emigrated to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; at Holmes Street, Pittsburgh, 1900 Census, aged 33, Patternmaker, with wife and four children; at Carnegie Street, Pittsburgh, 1910 Census, aged 42, with wife and three children; at Pittsburgh, 1920 Census, aged 51, Pattern Maker, Iron Foundry, with wife and three adult children; at Fish Street, Pittsburgh, 1930 Census, aged 63, Pattern Maker, with wife and daughter; he died on 31 October 1949, a Widower, late of 201 South Millvale Avenue, Pittsburgh; he married at Pollokshaws, 5 September 1890, to Maggie DICK (alias Margaret McLAUGHLAN, and recorded in her marriage registration as daughter of Rebecca McLAUGHLAN maiden surname DICK, and her father was "reputed" to have been Allan EWING]; she was born in Scotland, about 1868; they had issue:
     a. Rebecca YOUNG, born in Scotland, June 1891; aged 8, with her parents, 1900; she died in 1905.
     b. Jean P. YOUNG, born in April 1893; aged 7, with her parents, 1900; aged 16, with her parents, 1910; aged 25, Stenographer, Steel Manufacturer, with her parents, 1920; aged 35, Stenographer at Mill, with her parents, 1930; she informed her father's death, 1949, of 201 South Millvale Avenue, Pittsburgh.
     c. Robert YOUNG, born at Scottsdale, Pennsylvania, 9 August  1895; aged 4, with his parents, 1900; aged 14, with his parents, 1910; aged 24, Travelling Salesman, with his parents, 1920; at Maple Street, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1940 Census, aged 44, Executive, Steel Mill, with wife and four children; he died in October 1977; married Ann Zella JORDAN; with issue.
     d. George YOUNG, born in February 1897; aged 3, with his parents, 1900.
     e. Ruth YOUNG, born in 1906; aged 4, with her parents, 1910; aged 23, with her parents, 1920; she married firstly, Clarence John BEIGLE; with issue; they were at Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, 1930, Clarence, aged 25, Music Teacher, with their son; Ruth married secondly, R.Y. HALL.
10. George YOUNG, born at Paisley, 7 July 1869; with his parents, 1861; Scholar, with his father, 1881; went to South Africa; he died at Conradie Hospital, Pinelands, Cape District, on 7 March 1953, aged 83, late of 5 Merindol, Molenvleit, Wynberg District, Cape Province, Retired Accountant; Mary YOUNG who informed his death may have been his wife.

William THOMSON was a Labourer in Hillockhead, Mauchline Parish, 1819-1828; he was Cottar in Cessnock, Galston parish, 1836-1840; he died about 1840, aged about 45; he and Janet DICKIE, both of Hillockhead, in the Parish of Mauchline, were booked on 3 July 1819, and were married on 16 July by Mr BROWN of Newmilns; Janet was at Bank, Galston, 1841 Census, aged 40(+), Pauper, with six of her children; she was at Henrietta Street, Galston, 1851 Census, aged 52, Widow, Hand sewer, with two daughters and a grand-daughter; she was still there in 1861, with daughter and two SMITH grand-daughters; she was there in 1871, aged 72, Widow, Retired shirt Maker; Janet died at Henrietta Street on 14 February 1875, aged 76, widow of William THOMSON, Ploughman, the death informed by her son William THOMSON.
They had issue:
1. Margaret THOMSON, born at Hillockhead on 27 February 1820, and baptised at Mauchline on 26 March.
2. Janet THOMSON, born at Hillockhead on 16 January 1822, and baptised at Mauchline Kirk on 18 February.
3. Jean THOMSON, born at Hillockhead, 31 May 1824.
4. William THOMSON, born at Hillockhead on 17 March 1826, and baptised at Mauchline Kirk on 17 June. He married Janet Burns HOWATSON. See below.
5. Janet THOMSON, born at Hillockhead, 26 May 1828; probably as Jean, aged 11, with her mother, 1841.
6. Agnes THOMSON, born at Burnhead on 31 December 1831, baptised at Galston Kirk on 13 January 1832.
7. Mary THOMSON, born at Burnhead, 19 March 1834; aged 7, with her mother, 1841.
8. Elizabeth THOMSON, born at Cessnock, 23 February 1836, and baptised at Galston Kirk, 29 March; aged 5, with her mother, 1841.
9. Marion THOMSON, born in Galston, about 1838; aged 3, with her mother, 1841; aged 12, with her mother, 1851.
10. Flora THOMSON, born in Galston, about 1840, aged 1, with her mother, 1841; aged 10, Scholar, with her mother, 1851.
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John HOWATSON; tenant in Borland Mains, parish of Old Cumnock, Ayshire; he was married to Margaret LENNOX; they had issue:
1. John HOWATSON, born at Borland Mains, was baptized 1 November 1761.
2. James HOWATSON, was registered in order to baptism 19 April 1764, and baptised 22 April.
3. Margaret HOWATSON, born at Borland Mains, 15 April 1766, and baptised 20 April.
4. Jean HOWATSON, born at Borland Mains, 29 May 1771, and baptized June 2; died young.
5. Jean HOWATSON, born at Mains, 28 February 1774, and baptised the 6 March.
6. William HOWATSON, born at Mains, 8 October 1776, and baptized 11 October. See below.

William HOWATSON; Blacksmith, in Glaisnock, Old Cumnock, 1798; in Auchingilsie, Old Cumnock, Ayrshire, 1809; he was married firstly, in Old Cumock Kirk, on Friday 28 July 198, to Janet PARKER, of the Parish of Auchinleck, after giving their names proclamation on 15 July; they had issue:
1. John HOWATSON, born in Old Cumnock about 1799; Farmer at Nether Robertland, Stewarton, Ayrshire; he died on 29 March 1870, aged 71; he was married at Kilmarnock, on 12 Juy 1826, to Elizabeth PICKEN; she died on 20 May 1883, aged 87; they had issue:
     a. William HOWATSON; Farmer at Nether Robertland; died on 1 July 1903; married at Stewaton, 17 June 1854, Janet Logan DUNLOP, with issue.
     b. Mary HOWATSON.
     c. Ann HOWATSON.
     d. Andrew HOWATSON.
     e. Janet HOWATSON.
2. Hugh HOWATSON; married Marion BARR; with issue:
     a. David HOWATSON.
     b. William HOWATSON; married Elizabeth WALKER, with issue.
3. David HOWATSON, born 26 May 1809, and baptised at Old Cumnock Kirk, 6 July. See below.
William married secondly, after proclamations in Old Cumnock and Sorn parishes, 16 February 1812, to Jean McREA, of Sorn; William HOWATSON in Eaglesham, Renfrewshire, had issue there, by his spouse Mary McRAY (probably the same as Jean McREA?), as follows:
4. Margaret HOWATSON, born at Sorn, about 1816; married Hugh BICKERSTAFF, of Old Cumnock; with issue.
5. Agnes HOWATSON, born 28 April 1819, and baptised 7 May.
6. William HOWATSON, born 26 October 1829, and baptised 3 Nov 1820.
7. Mary HOWATSON, born 30 July 1823, and baptised 9 August.
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James LINDSAY; of Cleuchbrae, Parish of Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire, 1695 Poll Tax; this farm, 2 miles from Waterhead, lay near Skellyhill; he married Janet WHITE, and they had issue:

Thomas LINDSAY, baptised at Douglas Parish, 16 June 1696; Farmer in Waterhead of Kype, parish of Lesmahagow; he died at Nether Skellyhill, and was buried at Lesmahagow on 9 October 1762; he he was married at Lesmahagow Kirk, after proclamation on 13 May 1721, to Jean YOUNG, daughter of Andrew YOUNG of Auchrobert, Parish of Lesmahagow; she died at Nether Skellyhill, and was buried on 4 Octeber 1772; they had issue:
1. James LINDSAY, baptised at Lesmahagow, 3 March 1723; died in infancy.
2. James LINDSAY, baptised at Lesmahagow, 28 March 1725; Farmer at West Dykehead, Parish of Avondale; an Infeftment, dated 16 March 1765, to James LINDSAY, lawful son of Thomas LINDSAY in Kypeswaterhed, in a 13 shilling land in Dykes, on a disposition by James BROWNING dated 15 March (and witnessed by David JACK in Dykehead and his son James, and Thomas JACKSON in Laigh Dykes); James was Infeft by his Superior on a Charter of Resignation, Registered 7 March 1760; he was Elder of the Associate Congregation, Strathaven, "... from its establishment in 1766"; James was dead before 4 May 1819, when his grandson was Infeft in his estate [Sasine Registers]; James was married at Avondale, after Proclamation on 31 July 1757, to Margaret WATSON (born on 20 March 1737, daughter and coheir of John WATSON of Langkype, Avondale, by Catherine LEIPER, and sister of Jean WATSON, the wife of James ALLISON of Windyedge); they had issue:
     a. Catherine LINDSAY.
     b. Jean LINDSAY.
     c. Jean LINDSAY.
     d. Thomas LINDSAY, born 28 October 1764; Farmer at West Dykehead, Avondale; died before May 1819; married, by Proclamation on 1 January 1789, to Janet BURNS. See below.
     e. Margaret LINDSAY.
     f. John LINDSAY.
     g. Margaret LINDSAY.
     h. James LINDSAY, born on 14 September 1773; emigrated to Rockbridge County, Virginia; he was married there on 30 June 1797, to Nancy CAMPBELL, daughter of WIliam CAMPBELL of Rockbridge; with issue four sons and five daughters.
     j. William LINDSAY, baptised at Avondale, 8 July 1776; Farmer at Clearmount and Woodhead, Parish of Loudon, Ayrshire; he died at Woodhead, 14 March 1870, aged 93, and was buried at Newmilns; he was married at Avondale, 23 May 1807, to Jean GRANGER (daughter of John GRANGER and Ann WILSON); she died on 20 June 1847, aged 87; they had issue seven sons and five daughters,
3. Margaret LINDSAY; married in 1751, William PEACOCK, of Nether Skellyhill, with issue.
4. Jean LINDSAY.
5. Janet LINDSAY; married in 1760, Robert MORTON of Galston, Ayrshire, with issue.
6. Grizzel LINDSAY; married in 1761, Thomas STEEL, of Birkenhead, Lesmahagow, with issue.
7. Isobel LINDSAY; married in 1763, Robert STEEL, of Middleholm, Lesmahagow.
8. Marion LINDSAY; possibly married in 1765, Robert STEEL of East Kilbride, Ayrshire.

Thomas LINDSAY and Janet BURNS had issue:
1. Marion LINDSAY, born at Avondale about 1791; she married at Avondale, 9  January 1813, Andrew HAMILTON (?), with issue.
2. Margaret LINDSAY, born about 1793; at Braehead, Glassford, on 28 July 1871, aged 78; she married at Avondale, 22 July 1815, James BLACK, with issue.
3. James LINDSAY, born about 1795; Farmer at West Dykehead; he married at Avondale, 31 July 1819, Jean ALLEN; with issue.
4. John LINDSAY, baptised at Avondale, 5 December 1795; possibly died young?
5. Gavin LINDSAY, baptised 4 or 9 April, Strathaven Congregation; Farmer at East Newton, Loudon, Ayrshire, 1841 Census; at Newton Farm, ditto, 1851; at Carmelbank, Kilmaurs, 1861; at Overton, Dreghorn, 1871; died on 29 February 1872, aged 70; married at Kilmarnock, 12 September 1843, Jean ROBERTSON, with issue.
6. Mary LINDSAY, baptised 17 March 1807, Strathaven Congregation; she was married in 1830 to David HOWATSON. See next below.
7. Margaret LINDSAY, baptised on 17 March 1809.
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David HOWATSON, born in 1809; Agricultural Labourer, Hill Farm, Loudon Parish, 1841 census, aged 30(+), with wife and 5 children; a Farmer there in 1851, with wife and 6 children; Lime Burner, 1873; he and Mary LINDSAY (see above) were proclaimed for marriage at Loudon Kirk, 27 November 1830; she was at Hill Farm, 1861 Census, aged 53, Farmer and Occupier of Nether Newton Lime-works, with 4 children; she was still there in 1871, but not as head of the family; she died at Third Part, Beith Parish, on 32 January 1873, aged 66, of Dropsy, the death informed by her son William.
David and Mary had issue:
1. Janet Burns HOWATSON, born in Kilmarnock, about 1831. She married William THOMSON. see below.
2. Mary HOWATSON, born 1833; she died on 27 January 1914, with confirmation to her executors, sons Peter WRIGHT of Meikleyard and William WRIGHT of Kirkwood, Strathaven; she married at Hill Farm, Loudon, 29 December 1856, William WRIGHT (son of Robert WRIGHT and Ann DUNLOP); Farmer, at Meikleyard, Galston; they had issue:
     a. Peter WRIGHT, born at Meikleyard, 18 February 1858; farmer at Meikleyard; married Sarah JAMIESON, of Witchrow, Riccarton.
     b. Mary WRIGHT; born at Meikleyard, 10 January 1860; married Mr BRIGLAND.
     c. Annie WRIGHT; born at Meikleyard, 27 May 1862; married at Galston, 5 February 1891, Alexander BARCLAY, of Rigghead, Galston; with issue.
     d. Jessie WRIGHT, born at Meikleyard, 27 August 1865; married W. TIVENDALE, of Burnhouse, Galston.
     e. John WRIGHT, born at Meikleyard, 25 June 1867; died young.
     f. Isabella WRIGHT, born at Meikleyard, 17 March 1870,; married W. YOUNG of Threepwood, Galston.
     g. John WRIGHT, born at Meikleyard, 19 July 1872; went to London as a "Scotch Cuddy."
     h. William Craigmills WRIGHT, born at Meikleyaard, 25 March 1875; married at Auchbrain Farm, Mauchline, 4 June 1901, Helen Mair GIBSON; with issue.
3. William HOWATSON, born 1835; Lime Master at Hill Farm, Loudon; later Farmer and Innkeeper at Lugton; he died at Lugton on 12 June 1898; he married at Auchinleck, 26 January 1864, Agnes WELSH (daughter of Robert WELSH and Elizabeth ALEXNADER); she died at Riglaw Farm, Uplawmoor, 15 February 1924; they had issue:
     a. David HOWATSON, born at Beith, 30 January 1875; Grocer's Shopman, 1881; married Jean FINDLAY.
     b. Elizabeth Alexander HOWATSON, born at Thirdpart, Beith, 24 March 1867; she was married at Lugton Inn, 20 August 1890, to George GEMMELL, Land Steward; with issue.
     c. Mary HOWATSON, born at Thirdpart, 15 May 1869; died at Muirhouse Farm, Uplawmoor, 22 May 1949; she was married at Lugton Inn, 29 March 1990, to Alexander WATSON, Blacksmith; issue.
     d. Robert Duncan HOWATSON, born at Beith, 3 July 1871, a twin; married at Dalry, 1895, Margaret Frame ROBERTSON; with issue.
     e. William HOWATSON; born at Beith, 3 July 1871, the other twin; died at Lugton Inn, 1915, Innkeeper.
     f. Agnes Kerr wilson HOWATSON, born at Thirdpart, 21 May 1874; died at Burnside of Roughwood, beith, 14 January 1941; she was married at Lugton Inn, 8 October 1908, to Robert DOBIE, Police Sergeant; with issue.
     g. Jane Welsh HOWATSON, born at Beith about 1876; she was married at Lugton Inn, 29 September 1905, Robert ORR.
     h. Janet HOWATSON, born at Beith, about 1880; she was married at Lugton Inn, 29 September 1905, to John BARBER.
4. Marion HOWATSON, born May 1838; died at Hill Farm, Loudon, of fever, 28 April 1858, aged 19.
5. Elizabeth HOWATSON, born 23 May 1841; she died in 1926; she was married firstly, at Loudon, 11 November 1861, to Boyd GILMOUR, Coalmaster at Hurlford, Riccarton, a Widower (with previous issue); they had issue:
     a. Elizabeth GILMOUR, born at Riccarton, 24 March 1862.
     b. Janet Lindsay GILMOUR, born at Loudon, 19 April 1864.
     c. Andrew GILMOUR, born at Loudon, 23 June 1866.
Elizabeth married secondly, at Riverside Cottage, Loudon, 20 february 1871, Hugh WILSON, Master Flesher, of Bridge Street, Galston, and also a Widower; they had issue:
     d. Mary Lindsay WILSON; born 5 March 1872; died young.
     e. David WILSON, born at Loudon, 2 October 1874.
     f. Mary WILSON, born at Loudon about 1877.
6. Thomas HOWATSON, born 1844; Colliery Labourer, 1868; at Hill Farm, 1871, Manager, with wife and 3 children; married Janet GEBBIE.
7. John HOWATSON, born 1848; married at Loudon, 15 July 1881, Jean RANKIN.
8. James HOWATSON, born 1848; died 1936; married in 1889, Elizabeth McCALL.
David appears to have died at 22 East Street, Mossend, West Calder in West Lothian, on 13 February 1881, but according to the informant, his son Matthew HOWIESON, he was only aged 50 years, which is 20 years too young for our David - but Mathew also informed the Registrar that David's parents were William HOWIESON, Farmer, and Janet HOWIESON m.s. PARKER - and further, when Mathew himself was born, as HOWAT, in 1862, his father David was recorded as a Lime-burner. It appears that all the evidence indicates that David HOWATSON and David HOWIESON were the same man, despite him starting a second family while his first wife was still living, although David and his second "wife" Elizabeth did record in Mathew's birth registration that they had been married in Ballantrae on 10 December 1860, but which marriage does not appear to have been registered under either surname.
David HOWIESON had a second family by Elizabeth McKINNON or McKENNA (she died at Mossend, West Calder, on 28 July 1888, aged 48), as follows:
9. Mathew Thomson HOWAT or HOWIESON, born 1862; died 1927; married in 1899, Jane McGonigal SMITH, with issue.
10. Robert HOWIESON, born in 1864; died 1934; married in 1884, Sarah SHORE, with issue.
11. Allan HOWIESON; born 1866; died in 1891, unmarried.
12. Agnes HOWIESON, born in 1868; died in 1885, unmarried.
13. Andrew HOWIESON, born in 1870; died in 1889, unmarried.
14. David HOWIESON, born in 1872; died in 1933; married in 1898, Elizabeth Donaldson FORREST, with issue.
15. Joseph HOWIESON, born in 1875; married in 1899, Jessie A. BROWN.
16. Margaret HOWIESON, born in 1877; died in 1902, unmarried.
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William THOMSON, born at Hillockhead on 17 March 1826, and baptised at Mauchline Kirk on 17 June. He married Janet Burns HOWATSON.


William and Janet had issue, including:
1. Elizabeth THOMSON, born 9 March 1858, a twin; married Robert YOUNG. See below.
2. William THOMSON, born 9 March 1858, the other twin; died at the Infirmary, Kilmarnock, 9 March 1891, aged 34 years exactly, of Disease of Spine; he was married to Eliza ANDERSON; she married secondly, to Robert YOUNG, the widower of her late husband William's twin sister Elizabeth. See below.


[Robert YOUNG Junior.]

Robert YOUNG was with his parents in 1851; he was a Scholar, with his parents, 1861; and in 1864, he was employed as a Clerk at Paisley Railway Station.
He was recorded in Directories at 40 Broomlands, Clerk, Railway Station, 1867-68; at 19 St James's Street, Booking Clerk, Railway Station, 1868-69; and at 1 St James's Street, Booking Clerk, Railway Station, 1869-70 (perhaps with a typo in the street number?).

The Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway had been authorised in 1869, by the Glasgow and South West Railway and the Caledonian Railway Companies, to build and operate a line from Neilston through Uplawnmore, Lugton and Dunlop to Stewarton, which opened in 1871, and this was extended to Kilmarnock by 1873.
In February 1871, Robert was promoted to the new post of Station Master at Lugton Station in Dunlop Parish, Ayrshire; this station was the nearest one to Highgate Farm, where his future wife Elizabeth lived with her THOMSON family.
In the 1871 Census, he was boarding at the Smithy, in Lugton, aged 20, Station Master, with the Blacksmith Andrew McGILL and his family.

In May 1878, Robert accompanied his father on a Railwayman's version of a "Busman's holiday" to Paris, via a stay in London with relations.

In the 1881 Census, he residing at Station House, Lugton, aged 30, Railway Station Master, with his newly married wife Elizabeth, aged 23, born in Loudon.

Later in 1881, Robert was again promoted, this time to the Terminus Station at Beith Town.

In the 1891 Census, he was residing at Station House, Lugton Road, Beith, aged 40, a Widower, with his three young children, and a domestic servant named Jane SNODGRASS, aged 68, and a Beith local.

In the 1901 Census, he was at Dalry Road, Beith, aged 50, Railway Station Master, with his second wife Eliza (aged 44, born at Dalry, Ayrshire), and his three children.

In the 1911 Census, he was at Station House, Beith Town, aged 60, with wife Elizabeth (53), and two younger children.

[The old Railway Station Master's residence, Beith Town.
Image courtesy of the web-site.]

Robert retired in June 1923, aged 72; he removed from Station Cottage, Winton Place, into Westfield, King's Road, Beith. He died at Westfield on 5 April 1930, aged 80 (Pulmonary embolism); and was buried at Beith Town Cemetery.

[Robert YOUNG Junior's plot in Beith Town Cemetery.]

[Robert YOUNG Junior's headstone in Beith Town Cemetery.]

His will, dated 31 May 1928, was recorded at Kilmarnock on 5 September 1930, with confirmation dated 10 September to John CROSBIE, of Cumnock Sreet, Clerk; Robert Young URIE, of Langside Road, Glagow, Coal Merchant, and John Alexander Anderson LOVE, Writer, the executors. Value of estate, 1313 pounds 15s 6d.

Robert YOUNG was married firstly, at Highgate Farm, Parish of Beith, after Banns according to the Forms of the Established Church of Scotland, on 28 December 1880, to Elizabeth THOMSON, daughter of William THOMSON, Farmer, of Highgate Farm, and his wife Janet Burns HOWATSON. See above.

Elizabeth YOUNG died at Station Cottage, Beith, on 26 January 1888, aged 26, of Phthisis, Pulmonitis; she was buried in Robert YOUNG Senior's Lair in Woodside Cemetery, Paisley.

[The only photograph I have seen of Elizabeth THOMSON, with her husband and three children, probably taken shortly before her death.

Was this a typical family photo, or was this the consumptive being "isolated" from her children?]

Robert was married secondly, at Highgate, Bieth, 8 June 1894, to Eliza ANDERSON otherwise THOMSON, the widow of his late wife's brother, William THOMSON.

[Robert YOUNG (right) with his second wife Eliza (left) and his three children by his first wife - Janet (rear left), Janey (rear right) and Robert Junior (seated).
I estimate that the photo was probably taken about 1898.
I might not have recognized this from Janet's image alone - but I have no doubt that it is Robert Senior, and the arrangement of the whole indicates that the others could only have been his immediate family.
The dark background (and consequent lack of any distracting detail) and the very good quality quality of the lighting does indicate that it was a studio shot, and so perhaps not taken in Beith.Image courtesy of David CRAIG, a great-grandson of Eliza's sister Margaret ANDERSON, 
from a family album in his possession.]

Robert and Elizabeth had issue:

1. Janet Howatson YOUNG, born at Winton Place, Beith, on 14 February 1883.
See her separate blog post at this link:

2. Jane (Janey) Paton YOUNG, born at Wester Highgate Farm on 26 September 1884; she was aged 6, Scholar, with her father, 1891; aged 16, Scholar, with her father and step-mother, 1901. Miss Jane P. YOUNG completed her studies at Glasgow University in April 1906, majoring in Moral Philosophy, and in both German and French Literature and Languages [Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 13 April 1906], and was due to "... be capped" for her M.A. degree on Tuesday 1 May. She was aged 26, Teacher, School Board, with her father and step-mother, 1911.

Janey visited Adelaide in 1936, and spent some time with her sister Janet GORRIE at Victor Harbour in the weeks before her death. She arranged for Janet's younger daughter Jan GORRIE to join her when she and Jim had settled into retirement in Essex.
Janey died at "The Elms," 28 Well Lane, Stock, Essex, on 9 May 1973, her death being informed by her niece Sadie Biggar McFARLANE of Hendon.
Jane Paton YOUNG, aged 26, a Teacher residing in Scotland, was married in the Wellesley Square Church, Calcutta, by a Minister of the United Free Church of Scotland, on 7 November 1911, to James MACKIE, aged 26, Mining Engineer, of Jamadolio, Manbhum District, India.

He was born at Cross of Beith, Ayrshire, in January 1885, a son of Robert MACKIE, Grocer and Coal Master, and Elizabeth WALLACE. Jim worked for the Eastern Coal Company in Bihar, which supplied coal for ships of the Peninsular and Oriental (P.&O.) Shipping Company in Indian ports. They lived at Bihar, 200 km north-west of Calcutta, and 8 km south of the River Ganges near its confluence with the River Ganda at Patna.
In 1915, her sister Janet GORRIE, with her two infant children Bob and Betty, visited the MACKIEs and spent time with them while Peter GORRIE served with the R.A.M.C. in the Mediterranean - the visit included a trip into the foothills of the Himalayas.
In 1927, Janey and Jim MACKIE visited the GORRIEs in Mount Lofty, near Adelaide - their visit included a motoring trip to Canberra with the GORRIEs for the official opening of the newly constructed Parliament House.
James MACKIE retired as a Collier in India in about 1937, and he and Janey settled in Stock, near Chelmsford, in Essex.
Jim died there on 23 April 1968. They had no issue.

2. Robert YOUNG, born at Winton Place, Beith, on 26 December 1885; he was aged 5, Scholar, with his father, 1891; aged 15, Railway Clerk, with father & step-mother, 1901; aged 25, Clerk, with father and Step-mother, 1911.
Robert was a Shipping Agent in Glasgow; he was residing at 78 Westmorland Street, Glasgow, in April 1730, when he informed his father's death; his last residence was 96 Croftpark, Glasgow.
Robert died at the Victoria Infirmary in Glasgow on 24 July 1933, aged 47, whilst under anaesthesia during an operation for cancer of the pharynx; he was buried in his wife's family plot at Beith Cemetery [M.I.].
Robert was married in Beith, 4 October 1911, to Agnes Henry MILLER, aged 25, Seamstress (daughter of James MILLER, Farmer at Over Hessilhead, and his wife Ann STIRRAT). She died on 14 March 1955, aged 68
Robert and Agnes had issue:
     a. Robert YOUNG, born on 11 January 1912, and baptised at Crosshill United Free Church, Glasgow, 27 March; he married Jenny CAMPBELL, and had issue. I had the pleasure of visiting Robert and Jenny in Nottingham in 1983.
     b. Agnes YOUNG, born in Glasgow, 12 January 1916; she married Jim BROWN, with issue.
     c. James YOUNG, born in Glasgow, 15 March 1922; he married Marion BOYD, with issue.