Children of James Allison and Margaret Ritchie of Malletsheugh farm
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Further details where known of the children of James Allison and Margaret Ritchie of Malletsheugh farm
Robert Allison, born.5th August 1811, Mearns, Renfrewshire.
Robert married Mary Ann Hopkin. Mary was baptised on 25th June 1833 in Monkton, Ayrshire the daughter of James Hopkin, master blacksmith, and Janet Wyllie. Robert and Mary had the following known children:- (For further details of the children of Robert Allison and Mary Ann Hopkin - Click here)
For the census of 1871 Robert, his wife Mary and the four children who had survived infancy, James, Janet, Robert and Margaret were recorded as living at Malletsheugh farm. The Allison Carse, servant, in this census was Robert's nephew, being the son of his youngest sister Elizabeth and William Carse (see Elizabeth Allison (b. 26th February 1833))
1871 Census (3rd April) Mearns (571) Book 7. Page 10.
Malletsheugh farm, by Mearns village.
|Robert Allison||Head||58||Farmer of 51 acres all arable||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|Mary Allison||Wife||42||Monkton, Ayrshire|
|James Allison||Son||7||Scholar||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|Janet Allison||Daughter||6||Scholar||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|Robert Allison||Son||4||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|Margaret Allison||Daughter||2||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|Ann Graham||Servant||25||General servant||Kirliemuir, Isle of ???|
|Margaret Wilson||Servant||16||General servant||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|Allison Carse||Servant||17||General servant||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
For the census of 1881 Robert, his wife Mary and the six surviving children, James, Robert, Margaret, William, Mary and Janet were again listed as living at Malletsheugh farm. It is interesting to note that the acreage of the farm has increased over thirty years from 50 acres (1851 & 1861 censuses), to 51 acres (1871 census), to 70 acres (1881 census).
1881 Census (4th April) Mearns (571) Book 7. Page 12.
Malletsheugh farm, by Mearns village.
|Robert Allison||Head||68||Farmer of 70 acres||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|Mary Allison||Wife||48||Monkton, Ayrshire|
|James Allison||Son||17||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|Robert Allison||Son||14||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|Margaret Allison||Daughter||12||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|William Allison||Son||9||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|Mary Allison||Daughter||7||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|Janet Allison||Daughter||4||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|Isobel Stewart||Servant||19||Servant||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
One element of life on the farm that is known of, is the breeding of Clydesdale horses. This in itself was probably relatively common throughout farms in the region, the Clydesdale being the equivalent of the modern tractor. However it would seem that Robert was producing top class stock as there is a record in the US Clydesdale Stud Book of 1886 of the importation into Iowa in United States of America of a Clydesdale foal, Rockview, bred by him in 1880, out of a mare, Maggie of Malletsheugh, owned by himself..
Extract from the American Clydesdale Stud Book 1886
Robert continued to run the Malletsheugh farm up until his death, aged 76, on 17th April 1888. On Robert's death Malletsheugh farm seems to have passed to his eldest son James, who we find in residence for the census of 1891 with his wife Annie Gilmour.
Mary nee Hopkin Robert's widow, seems to have left the farm and moved into Glasgow. For the 1891 census she was living at 244 Cumberland Street, Glasgow, and it would seem that she had been at this address for at least a year previously as it was there that the death of her daughter Margaret Ritchie Allison, a dressmaker, (born 11 October 1868) on 18th July 1890 was recorded.
1891 Census ( April) Glasgow, Hutchesontown (644/12) Book 42. Page 2.
244 Cumberland Street, Glasgow.
|Mary Allison||Head (Widow)||56||Monkton, Ayrshire|
|Robert Allison||Son||23||Farmer's son (unemployed.)||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|William Allison||Son||20||Provision Merchant's Assistant||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|Janet Allison||Daughter||14||Machinist||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
For the 1901 census Mary his mother had moved to Hospital Street, in Hutchesontown, Glasgow, where she had a granddaughter Mary, daughter of her eldest son James and his wife Annie Gilmour, and an "adopted" child William Forbes aged 6 months living with her. What the story behind the adoption of the baby William was I do not know.
1901 Census (1st April) Glasgow, Gorbals (644/11) Book 10. Page 11.
154 Hospital Street, Glasgow.
|Mary Allison||Head (Widow)||70||Monkton, Ayrshire|
|Mary Allison||Granddaughter||5||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|William Forbes||Adopted Child||6 months||Glasgow, Lanarkshire|
|Richard A. Davies||Visitor||28||Spirit Worker||Radnorshire, Wales|
Mary died on 27th January 1912, at 2 Barrhead Road, Newton Mearns aged 80. Both deaths were recorded on a headstone in Mearns Kirk graveyard.
Jean Allison, born.7th July 1814, Mearns, Renfrewshire.
Jean married William Andrew on 15th June 1838 in Mearns. William was born 25 March 1813, baptsied 28 March 1813 in Mearns, Renfrewshire, the son of James Andrew and Elizabeth Lithgow. William and Jean had the following known children:
For the census of 1851 the family were living ain Uplawmoor village except for their eldest son Jame who was living with his grandfather James Allison at Malletsheugh farm.
1851 Census (31st. March) Neilston (572) Book 5. Page 8.
|William Andrew||Head||37||Agricultural labourer||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|Jane Andrew||Wife||36||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|William Andrew||Son||10||Scholar||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|Robert Andrew||Son||8||Scholar at home||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|Margaret Andrew||Daughter||6||Scholar at home||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|Elizabeth Andrew||Daughter||3||Neilston, Renfrewshire|
|John Andrew||Son||9 months||Neilston, Renfrewshire|
For the 1861 census the family were still living in Uplawmoor. Their eldest son James was again recorded at Malletsheugh, the farm of his grandfather, James Allison. For this census he was listed as a ploughman. William his brother was probably one and the same as the William Andrew working as a ploughman for mr. Craig at East Head of Side farm. The whereabouts of their daughters Margaret, who would have been aged 16, and Elizabeth, who would have been aged 13, for this census are not known at this time.
1861 Census (8th April) Neilston (572) Book 6. Page 18.
|William Andrew||Head||48||Agricultural labourer||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|Jane Andrew||Wife||42||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|Robert Andrew||Son||17||Agricultural labourer||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|John Andrew||Son||10||Neilston, Renfrewshire|
|Arthur Andrew||Son||6||Neilston, Renfrewshire|
Jean died the very day of the above census on 8th April 1861 in Uplawmoor, aged 42. She was recorded as the daughter of James Allison, a farmer, and Margaret Ritchie (deceased).
William Andrew died the following year aged 50 on 30th July 1862 at Malletsheugh Mearns. He was recorded as the son of James Andrew, a farmer, and Elizabeth Lithgow (deceased).
Agnes Allison, born 15th July 1816, Mearns, Renfrewshire.
Agnes married James Strang on 29th August 1841 in Mearns, Renfrewshire. James was born on 9th July 1810 and baptised on 22nd July 1810, in Hazelden, Mearns, Renfrew, the son of Andrew Strang and Janet Sprowl. Agnes and James had the following known children:
For the 1851 census Agnes and her husband were living in Mearns.
1851 Census (31st March) Mearns (454) Book 6. Page 6.
Snodgrass Land, Mearns.
|James Strang||Head||40||Grocer & Spirit Dealer||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|Agnes Strang||Wife||33||Mearns, Renfrewshire||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|Andrew Strang||Son||9||Scholar||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|Margaret Strang||Daughter||7||Scholar||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|John Strang||Son||4||Scholar||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|Agnes Strang||Daughter||3||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|Janet Strang||Daughter||1||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|Mary G?????||Servant||18||House servant||Ardnamurchan, Argyll|
James Strang died 21 months after this census on 29th December 1852 in Mearns, Renfrewshire.
For the census of 1881 the widowed Agnes was living by Malletsheugh farm, with her son John, her married daughter Margaret and her grandson, Margaret's daughter, young Alexander.
1881 Census (4th April) Mearns (571) Book 8. Page 1 & 2.
Malletsheugh, by Mearns village.
|Agnes Strang||Head||64||Spirit Merchant||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|Margaret Watson||Daughter||37||General Servant||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|John Strang||Son||35||Cashier Printworks||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|Alexander Watson||Grandson||14||Scholar||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
For the census of 1891 Agnes, a widow, was living at Townhead, Mearns Malletsheugh farm, still with her son, daughter and grandson.
1891 Census (6th April) Mearns (571/2) Book 2. Page 27.
Townhead, Mearns village
|Agnes Strang||Head - Widow||74||Spirit Dealer||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|Margaret Watson||Daughter- Widow||46||Spirit Dealer's Daughter||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|John Strang||Son||44||Mercantile Clerk||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|Alexander Watson||Grandson||24||Spirit Dealer's Assistant||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
Similarily for the census of 1901 she was still living with her son, daughter and grandson, working as a spirit dealer. The address in Barrhead Road, Mearns is intriguingly subtitled "Allison Land", and judging by the neighbours it is the same house for all three census 1881, 1891, 1901.
1901 Census (1st April) Mearns (571/2) Book 3. Page 30.
Barrhead Road, (Allison Land), Mearns village
|Agnes Strang||Head - Widow||82||Spirit Dealer||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|John Strang||Son||53||Cashier - Print Works||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|Margaret Watson||Daughter- Widow||56||Assitant Spirit Merchant||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|Alexander Watson||Grandson||34||Salesman Spirit Merchant||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
Agnes died on 29th March 1904 in Mearns, Renfrewshire and was buried in Mearns Kirk graveyard. Her death and those of her husband, son, daughter and grandson are also recorded on the headstone.
Headstone in Mearns Kirk Burial Ground
IN MEMORY OF HIS FATHER
Margaret Allison, born 3rd March 1819, Mearns, Renfrewshire.
Margaret married William Leggat, a provision merchant on 3rd October 1841 in Mearns. William was probably the son of William Leggat and Mary Alexander born 2nd March 1812 and baptised on 15th March 1812 in Neilston, Renfrewshire, although his later death certificate gives his mother's name as Janet Alexander. William and Margaret had the following known children:
James seems to have taken up where his father left up as a wholesale Provisiom Merchant becoming James Leggat and Co, Wholesale Provision Merchants. The business seem to have prospered and for the census of 1911, aged 67, he and his wife were living at 2 Fleurs Avenue, a 10 roomed house, close to Bellahouston Park in Pollokshields, Glasgow. The house was named Duncarnock, no doubt after the farm where his wife had grown up and presumably where they met. James died on 11 March 1920 in Pollokshields, and Jean on 3 April 1930 also in Pollokshields. There are a couple of interesting images on the Virtual Mitchell Library site of the company premises at Wilson Street, showing the exterior and the interior. Although the images are dated 1938 the business had been at this address since at least the start of the 20th century.
Gavin Brown died 1 January 1910 in Cambuslang, Glasgow, and Margaret Leggat died 2 September 1924 in Cumbrae, Bute. They were commemorated along with their son William on a headstone in Westburn Cemetry, Glasgow.
In the Glasgow Directory of 1851 William Leggat is listed as a "Provisions Merchant" with an address of 73 Clyde Street, Anderston, Glasgow. It is at this address that we find him, Margaret and their three children for the census of 1851.
1851 Census (31st March) Anderston (622) Book 3. Page 4.
73 Clyde Street, Anderston, Glasgow
|William Leggat||Head||37||Victualer||Neilston, Renfrewshire|
|Margaret Leggat||Wife||32||Victualer's wife||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|James Leggat||Son||7||Scholar||Glasgow, Lanarkshire|
|Margaret Leggat||Daughter||4||Scholar||Govan, Lanarkshire|
|William Leggat||Son||2||Govan, Lanarkshire|
|Hugh Fleming||Servant||13||Victualer's shop boy||Eaglesham, Renfrewshire|
There is an article on the Mearns History web site which uses a diary kept by James Leggat, the son of Margaret and William - Farm life in Mearns in the 1850s through the eyes of a young boy. From this it would seem that Margaret his mother died in 1851 and was buried in the Southern Necropolis in Glasgow. Also interred there were her three sons named William none of whom survived infancy. As the final William was born in November of 1851, Margaret must have passed away sometime between his birth and the end of the year. It would seem likely that the baby's birth was the cause of Margaret's demise and as was often the case the motherless baby followed her to the grave.
Again from the article on the web it would seem that in 1853, two years after the death of his wife, the widowed William went to Australian to chance his luck among the goldfields around Ararat. His children James and Margaret were left in the care of their paternal grandparents, James Allison and Margaret Ritchie at Malletsheugh farm, and James's diary provides some wonderful background to the personalities of his grandparents and life at Malletsheugh.
It would seem that his father William's trip to Australia was not a financial success but he he did survive and returned to Scotland over ten years later some time after 1863. In James Allison's will of 1863 he states - "to each of James Leggatt and Margaret Leggat children of my deceased daughter Margaret Allison sometime wife of William Leggat sometime Victualler in Glasgow now abroad." This highlights that William was still out of country at this time and also confirms the death of Margaret, his wife, and by their omission, the deaths of all the sons named William.
William was recorded at 148 Thistle street in Govan along with his son James and his daughter Margaret.
1871 Census (3rd April) Govan (644/10) Book 70. Page 5.
148 Thistle Street, Govan, Glasgow
|William Leggat||Head||58||Provision Merchant||Neilston, Renfrewshire|
|James Leggat||Son||27||Commercial Traveller||Glasgow, Lanarkshire|
|Margaret Leggat||Daughter||24||Housekeper||Glasgow, Lanarkshire|
In the 1873/1874 Post Office Directory for Glasgow James was listed as living at 241 Queens Park Terrace and being part of "James Leggat & Co, Ham Curers and Provision Merchants, 50 Howard Street, Glasgow.
By the census of 1881 William was living with his son James and his married daughter Margaret Brown and her son, his grandson William Brown. The family were recorded at 365 Eglington Street, Glasgow.
1881 Census (4th April) Govan (644-12) Book 34. Page 13.
365 Eglington Street, Govan, Glasgow
|William Leggat||Head||69||Provision Merchant||Neilston, Renfrewshire|
|James Leggat||Son||35||Provision Merchant||Glasgow, Lanarkshire|
|Margaret L. Brown||Daughter||34||Glasgow, Lanarkshire|
|William Brown||Grandson||4 months||Glasgow. Lanarkshire.|
William Leggat Snr. died on 6th September 1888 at 7 Matilda Terrace, Strathbungo, Glasgow.
James Allison, born 7th April 1821. Mearns, Renfrewshire.
James died on 9th May 1853 in Mearns, aged 32. He was single at the time of the 1851 census so it is assumed that he was single at the time of his death. The death was recorded on a headstone in Mearns Kirk graveyard..
Janet Allison, baptised 28th February 1823, Mearns, Renfrewshire.
Janet died in infancy.
William Allison, born 1st August 1824, Mearns, Renfrewshire.
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Janet Allison, born 21st July 1828, Mearns, Renfrewshire
Janet first married John Wilson son of Archibald Wilson, a farmer, and Janet Bryson on 5th April 1850 in Mearns, Renfrewshire. John was born on 2nd March 1821, baptised 10th March 1821, in Rutherglen, Lanarkshire. John was employed as Spirit Merchant in 30 Stockwell St., Glasgow. Janet and John had the following known children:
For the census of 1851 Janet and her husband John were living in Stockwell Street in Glasgow, presumably running the Wine and Spirit Merchant business.
1851 Census (31st March) Clyde (644-01) Book 64/1. Page 22.
30 Stockwell Street, Glasgow
|John Wilson||Head||30||Spirit Merchant||Ruthertglen, Lanarkshire|
|Janet Wison||Wife||22||Spirit Merchant's Wife||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|Margaret Wilson||Daughter||10 months||Glasgow, Lanarkshire|
|Thomas Stevenson||Servant||15||Glasgow, Lanarkshire|
|Isabella MacVicar||Servant||14||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
For the census of 1861 Janet and her husband John were still living in Stockwell Street in Glasgow. The Post Office directory of 1861-62 shows 30 Stockwell Street as their place of business with 47 as their house, and it was at 47 they were recorded for this census. The Andrew Strang, nephew recorded in their household was the son of Agnes Allison, Janet's older sister, and James Strang, born on 25th November 1841 in Mearns, Renfrew.
1861 Census (8th April) Clyde (644-05) Book 33/5. Page 9.
47 Stockwell Street, Glasgow
|John Wilson||Head||39||Spirit Merchant||Ruthertglen, Lanarkshire|
|Janet Wilson||Wife||32||Spirit Merchant's Wife||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|Margaret Wilson||Daughter||10||Scholar||Glasgow, Lanarkshire|
|James Wilson||Son||7||Scholar||Glasgow, Lanarkshire|
|Janet Wilson||Daughter||5||Glasgow, Lanarkshire|
|John Wilson||Son||3||Glasgow, Lanarkshire|
|Agnes Wilson||Daughter||1||Govan, Lanarkshire|
|Elizabeth McDonnell||Servant||23||Domestic Servant||Ireland|
|Andrew Strang||Nephew||19||Clerk||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|Agnes Jackson||Visitor||46||Dressmaker||Ayr, Ayrshire|
John Wilson died 7th June 1867 in 32 Stockwell St., Glasgow.
Secondly Janet married Alexander King son of William King and Margaret McKillop on 7th July 1868 in Glasgow, Lanarkshire. Alexander was born on 2nd June 1844 in Stewarton, Ayrshire. Originally Alexander was employed as Railway Goods Checker. Janet and Alexander had the following known children:
For the census of 1871 Janet and Alexander were still living in Stockwell Street running the Wine and Spirit business. All Margaret's children from her first marriage are in the household plus Janet and Alexander's infant daughter Ann.
1871 Census (3rd April) Clyde (644-05) Book 26/5. Page 13.
32 Stockwell Street, Glasgow
|Alexander King||Head||27||Wine and Spirit Merchant||Stewarton, Ayrshire|
|Janet Wilson||Wife||39||Spirit merchant's wife||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|Margaret Wilson||Daughter||20||Dressmaker||Glasgow, Lanarkshire|
|James Wilson||Son||17||Draughtsman||Glasgow, Lanarkshire|
|Janet Wilson||Daughter||15||Umbrella Coverer||Glasgow, Lanarkshire|
|John Wilson||Son||13||Clerk||Glasgow, Lanarkshire|
|Agnes Wilson||Daughter||11||Scholar||Glasgow, Lanarkshire|
|Ann King||Daughter||2||Glasgow, Lanarkshire|
By the census of 4th April 1881, Janet and Alexander had left the Stockwell Street premises and taken over the Malletsheugh Inn back in Mearns. (See Appendix F.)
1881 Census (4th April) Mearns (571) Book 8. Page 3.
Malletsheugh Inn, near Mearns village
|Alexander King||Head||36||Spirit Merchant||Stewarton, Ayrshire|
|Janet King||Wife||50||Spirit merchant's wife||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|Ann King||Daughter||14||Scholar||Glasgow, Lanarkshire|
|William King||Son||9||Glasgow, Lanarkshire|
|Margaret Forrest||Visitor||23||Paisley, Renfrewshire|
|James Wilson||Visitor||1||Govan, Renfrewshire|
|Mary McParlane||Servant||23||General Servant||Ireland|
Alexander King died on 9th February 1891 in Govan Poorhouse (last address - 16 Clelland St., Glasgow). It seems slightly strange that he should be dying in the Poor House in Govan although often the Poor Houses had a "hospital" attached. What makes it slightly more peculiar is the fact that his last address was not the Malletsheugh Inn. Were he and Janet living apart?
For the census of April 1891 the widowed Janet, her daughter Annie, and son William were still resident in the Malletsheugh Inn. There is also a granddaughter staying, Bessie Innes, aged 10. Bessie WAS the daughter of Agnes Wilson, Janet's youngest daughter from her previous marriage to John Wilson. Agnes had married a Joseph A. Innes, another "Spirit Merchant", born circa 1854 in Reay, Caithness. Bessie was born Nov\Dec time 1880 in Barony, Glasgow.
1891 Census (6th April) Mearns (571) Book 5. Page 1.
Malletsheugh Inn, near Mearns village
|Janet King||Head||60||Spirit merchant||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|Annie King||Daughter||21||Spirit saleswoman||Glasgow, Lanarkshire|
|William King||Son||19||Spirit salesman||Glasgow, Lanarkshire|
For the census of 1901 Janet King was still at the Malletsheugh Inn with her son William and daughter Annie. (The census record for her brother William Allison is the immediately following one.)
1901 Census (1st April) Mearns() Book Page .
Malletsheugh Inn, near Mearns village
|Janet Allison King||Head||70||Wine & Spirit merchant||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|Annie King||Daughter||29||Housework Assistant||Glasgow, Lanarkshire|
|William King||Son||27||Spirit salesman||Glasgow, Lanarkshire|
Janet died on 31st August 1913 in Malletsheugh, Mearns, Renfrewshire.
Elizabeth Allison, baptised 26th February 1833, Mearns, Renfrewshire
Elizabeth married William Carse on 17th July 1857. William was the son of James Carse and Hannah Crawford born 27th April 1828 in Newlands, Peebles-shire, although the 1881 census gives his place of birth as Berwick, Mid-Lothian. William and Elizabeth had the following known children:
For the census of 1881 William and Elizabeth were living with their family in Paisley.
1881 Census (4th April) Paisley Low Church (573) Book 63 Page 12
24 Gordons Lane, Paisley Low Church, Renfrew
|William Carse||Head||52||Foreman (Flesher)||Berwick, Midlothian|
|Elizabeth Carse||Wife||47||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|James Carse||Son||22||Flesher||Paisley, Renfrewshire|
|William Carse||Son||20||Flesher||Paisley, Renfrewshire|
|Maggie Carse||Daughter||15||Mill Worker||Neilston, Renfrewshre|
|Peter Carse||Son||12||Scholar||Paisley, Renfrewshire|
|Robert Carse||Son||10||Scholar||Paisley, Renfrewshire|
Andrew their eldest was living in Mearms with his wife at the time.
1881 Census (4th April) Mearns (571) Book 8 Page 1
Malletsheugh, near Mearns village
|Andrew Carse||Head||26||Coal Carter||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|Margaret Carse||Wife||25||Coal Carter's Wife||Campsie, Stirlingshire|
|Margaret H. Carse||Daughter||2||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|Elizabeth A. Carse||Daughter||1 week||Mearns, Renfrewshire|
|Richard Savage||Boarder||22||Van Driver||Largs, Ayrshire|
Elizabeth died on 9th June 1889 in Thread Street, Paisley, her husband William outliving her by four years dying on 29th October 1893 in 27 New Stock Street, Paisley.