Further details of James Dougal and Margaret Cant and their other children.

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The Margaret Cant married by James Dougal may have been one and the same as the Margaret Caunt, born 16 April 1777 and baptised on 23 April 1777 recorded in the parish register of Carriden, West Lothian, Scotland as the daughter of Hugh Caunt and Marion Smith. This would make Margaret only 17 at the time of her marriage which is a bit young but would fit with her being the Margaret Dougal in the household of James and Helen Dougal for the 1841 census. James himself would presumably have been born pre 1777.

Further deatails of their children where known: (Note Elizabeth - 1808 and Hugh - 1810 are indexed as children of James Dougal and Margaret Cart but this is a misinterpretation of the original written entry. Should be Cant)


Alison Dougal born 16 February 1796, Muiravonside, Stirling.

Alison was christened on 28 February 1796 in Muiravonside, Stirling.

Alison married John Aitken on 3 March 1815 in Uphall, West Lothian. John was born about 1796 in Uphall, West Lothian.

John and Alison had the following known children: 

For the census of 1841 Alison and James along with their younger children were recorded living in Newbigging, Polmont.

1841 Census (7th June)  Polmont (487)  Book 1. Page 18.

Newbigging, Polmont, Stirlingshire

Name Age Occupation Where Born
John Aitken 40 Agricultural Labourer Yes
Alison Aitken 40   Yes
Marion Aitken 11   Yes
George Aitken 7   Yes
Thomas Aitken 5   Yes
Alison Aitken 2   Yes

For the census of 1851 Alison, James and their youngest child Alison, were living at Brightons, Polmont, Stirlingshire. The Marion Dick recorded as lodger was actually their middle daughter who married Robert Dick on 6 December 1850 at Muiravonside, Stirling

1851 Census (31st March)  Polmont (487)  Book 5. Page 22.

Brightons, Polmont, Stirlingshire

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
John Aitken Head 55 Labourer Uphall, West Lothian
Alison Aitken Wife 55   Muiravonside, Stirlingshire
Alison Aitken Daughter 12 Scholar Polmont, Stirlingshire
Robert Dick Lodger 23 Farm Labourer Kilbride, Lanarkshire
Marion Dick Lodger 23   Polmont, Stirlingshire

For the census of 1861 Alison was living with her husband John and daughter Alison at Dog Hill, Polmont, Stirlingshire. The granddaughter Lydia Mclaren included in the household was the daughter of John and Alison's daughter Margaret Aitken, who had a relationship with a Duncan Mclaren, a Teacher a few years after the death of her husband Andrew Henderson. Lydia was born on 8 August and baptized 7 November 1852, in Compthall, Polmont, Stirlingshire.

1861 Census (3 April)  Polmont (487)  Book 4 Page 16.

Dog Hill, Polmont, Stirlingshire

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
John Aitken Head 65 ?Labourer? Uphall, Linlithgowshire
Allison Aitken Wife 64   Muiravonside, Stirlingshire
Allison Aitken Daughter 20   Polmont, Stirlingshire
Lydia McLaren Grandaughter 8 ?  ? Polmont, Stirlingshire

Alison died aged 75 of "Senile Bronchitis" on 31 January 1869 in Backrow, Polmont, Stirlingshire. The informant was John, her husband, and her parents were identified as James Dougal, carrier, and Margaret Caunt. She was also described as married to John Aitken - Labourer. John Aitken died on 10 February 1881 at Gardenhead, Polmont, Stirlingshire, aged 85. He was identified as the widower of Alison Dougall, and the son of John Aitken, a Farmer, and Agnes Aitken, maiden surname Gibb, both listed as deceased. The informant was Alison Aitken or Melville, daughter.

Marion Dougal born 5 March 1798, Muiravonside, Stirling. 

Marion was christened on 18 March 1798 in Muiravonside, Stirling. 

Marion married John Scott on 22 December 1820 in Abercorn, West Lothian. John was born on 8 April 1798, Foulden, Berwickshire, the son of Peter Scott and Margaret Wood. Marion and John had the following children:

For the census of 1841 Marion was living with her husband John and family at Nethermill, Abercorn, Linlithgowshire with John identified as a Carpenter.

1841 Census (7th June) Abercorn (661) Book 1 Page 5

Nethermill, Abercorn, West Lothian

Name Age Occupation Where Born
John Scott 40 Carpenter No
Marion Scott 40   Yes
Eliza Scott 13   Yes
Marion Scott 9   Yes
Peter Scott 7   Yes
Margaret Scott 3   Yes

Nethermill was group of cottages owned by the Hopetoun Estate and it is known from later sources that John had been in the employ of the Earl of Hopetoun of nearby Hopetoun House since around 1818. This would have meant he would have been there at the time of King George IV's visit of 1822. Below is an extract from an 1856 map of Linlithgowshire showing Nethermill and Hopetoun House (Courtesy of the National Library of Scotland.)

1856 map of Linlithgowshire showing Nethermill and Hopetoun House

A description of the site and the ruins of Nethermill cottages can be found on the The UK Urban Exploring Website.

For the census of 1851 the family were still recorded at Nethermill in Abercorn. Their son Peter, absent from the fmily household was recorded at Champany, Carriden, Linlithgowshire, working as an Apprentice Joiner, and resident in the household of Alexander Dalrymple, a Master Joiner.

1851 Census (31st March) Abercorn (661) Book 3. Page 9.

Nethermill, Abercorn, Linlithgowshire

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
John Scott Head 53 Carpenter Foulden, Berwickshire
Marian Scott Wife 53   Muiravonside, Stirlingshire
Eliza Scott Daughter 22 Dressmaker Abercorn, Linlithgowshire
Marian Scott Daughter 18 Dressmaker Abercorn, Linlithgowshire
Margaret Scott Daughter 13 Scholar Abercorn, Linlithgowshire

For the census of 1861 once again the family were recorded at Nethermill in Abercorn. John was identified as "Head Joiner to the Earl of Hopetoun". and two of Johan and Margaret's three daughters were recorded in the household - Margaret, the youngest, aged 22, and Elizabeth the eldest, aged 33. Elizabeth was recorded as Elizabeth Crockatt, a widow, and I believe she had married a Robert Crockatt sometime between 1851 and 1855 but he had died aged 34 in 1859, with the death recorded in the registration district of Abercorn with the mother's name given as Arkley. (Robert Crocket - Born 20 April 1825 in Abercorn, Linlithgowshire, son of David Crockatt and Elizabeth Arkley)

1861 Census (3 April) Abercorn (661) Book 2 Page 13.

Nethermill, Abercorn, Linlithgowshire

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
John Scott Head 63 Head Joiner to the Earl of Hopetoun Foulden, Berwickshire
Marion Scott Wife 63   Muiravonside, Stirlingshire
Elizabeth Crockatt Daughter - Widow 33 Dressmaker Abercorn, Linlithgowshire
Margaret Scott Daughter 22 Abercorn, Linlithgowshire

John Scott died aged 70 on 26 December 1868 at Nethermill, Abercorn, Linlithgowshire. The Dundee Courier of 30 December 1868 carried a notice of his death with the information that he had been a Joiner in the employ of the Earl of Hopetoun for "upwards of fifty years".

Notice of John Scott's death - Dundee Courier of 30 December 1868

For the census of 1871 the widowed Marion was still resident in the family home at Nethermill. Also included in her household was her daughter Elizabeth along with her second husband, Samuel Bain, a Mason, who she had married in 1870 in Abercorn, Linlithgowshire, along with Marion Dougal Scott, her granddaughter born 20 February 1859, Abercorn, Linlithgowshire, the daughter of her son Peter Scott and his wife Ann Black.

1871 Census (3rd. April) Abercorn (661) Book 2. Page 3.

Nethermill, Abercorn, Linlithgowshire

Marion Scott Head - Widow 72   Muiravonside, Stirlingshire
Samuel Bain Son-in-Law 49 Mason Muthill, Perthshire
Elizabeth Bain Daughter 42 Abercorn, Linlithgowshire
Marion D. Scott Granddaughter 12 Scholar Abercorn, Linlithgowshire

For the census of 1881 Marion was living still living at Nethermill, Abercorn. Her daughter Margaret who had married James Broomfield on 13 June 1867, Abercorn, Linlithgowshire is included in the household along with Marion Scott, from the previous census her granddaughter by her son Peter Scott and his wife Ann Black.

1881 Census (4th April) )  Abercorn (661)  Book 2 Page 13

Nethermill, Abercorn, Linlithgowshire

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Marion Scott Head - Widow 82 Annuitant Muiravonside, Stirlingshire
Margaret Broomfield Daughter 40   Abercorn, Linlithgowshire
Marion Scott Granddaughter 21 Dressmaker Abercorn, Linlithgowshire

Marion died of "Senile Debilty several years and Cardiac Disease" on 25 June 1885 in Nethermill, Abercorn, West Lothian. On the death certificate she was identified as aged 87, the widow of John Scott, Joiner (Head) Hopetoun, and and the daughter of James Dougal, farmer, and Margaret Dougal, maiden surname Cant, both deceased. The informant was Samuel Bain, her son in law, of West Lodge, Hopetoun.

Margaret Dougal born 17 September 1801, Livingston, West Lothian. 

Margaret married John McLaren on 31 July 1825 in Livingston, West Lothian. It would appear John was a widower having married an Elizabeth McGregor on 4 January 1822 in Polmont. A son, John McLaren was recorded in the Polmont Parish Register as born to the couple on 20 July 1823. It would sseem that Elizabeth must have died sometime in the following two years.

Margaret and John had the following children:

For the census of 1841 Margaret and John were recorded as resident at Bennetstone, Polmont, Stirlingshire, with John identified as Spirit Dealer. All their children were included in the census with the exception of Elizabeth although I believe she too was recorded also in Bennetstone but in the household of an Isabella Scott. John McLaren, aged 17 and working as a mason was John's son by his previous marriage to Elizabeth McLaren.

1841 Census (7th June) Polmont (487) Book 2. Page 5.

Bennetstone, Polmont, Stirlingshire

Name Age Occupation Where Born
John Mclaren 42 Spirit Dealer Yes
Margaret McLaren 30   Yes
John McLaren 17 Mason Yes
Margaret McLaren 14   Yes
James McLaren 12   Yes
Hugh McLaren 7   Yes
William McLaren 4   Yes
Alexander McLaren 1   Yes

Bennetstown/Bennestone/Bennetston was the original name for what became known as Polmont. It was built along the Great North Road, the modern A9, and was named after the Laird of Whyteside (Mr Bennet) whose land it was built on. Research suggests that John McLaren was the landlord of the Blackbull Inn which is shown on the 1862 map below. As it was on the main route between Edinburgh and Sitling one would imagine it did a good trade. The Inn is still in existance today. www.blackbullpolmont.co.uk.

Polmont 1862 - Courtesy of the National Library of Scotland

For the census of 1851 the family were still recorded in Polmont with John identified as an Inn Keeper and Mason. A further son Robert McLaren, aged 9 is included in the household along with a General Servant, Jane Mitchell aged 16, born in Culross, Fife. Although the building is not named and only identified as in "Front Row, Polmont" I believe it is safe to assume this is still the Black Bull.

1851 Census (31st March) Polmont (487) Book 2. Page 16.

Front Row, Polmont, Stirlingshire

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
John McLaren Head 50 Inn Keeper and Mason Laurieston, Stirlingshire
Margaret McLaren Wife 46   Livingston, Linlithgowshire
Margaret McLaren Daughter 23 Polmont, Stirlingshire
Eliza McLaren Daughter 17 Polmont, Stirlingshire
William McLaren Son 15 Scholar Polmont, Stirlingshire
Alexander McLaren Son 11 Scholar Polmont, Stirlingshire
Robert McLaren Son 9 Scholar Polmont, Stirlingshire
Jane Mitchell Servant 16 General Servant Culross, Fife

John McLaren died, aged 61, on 19 June 1860 with the death recorded in Polmont, Stirlingshire. He was identified as married, the son of John Mclaren, (no occupation given), and Margaret Mclaren, maiden surname Malcolm, both deceased. The informant was John Mclaren his son.

For the census of 1861 the widowed Margaret was recorded in Polmont, identified as aged 56, a Spirit Dealer, born in Livingston, Linlithgowshire. Included in her household were her son Alexander, identified as a Flesher, aged 21, and a servant, Elizabeth Tennant, aged 15, born in Falkirk, Stirlinshire. Again although the building is only identified as in "Polmont", I believe it is safe to assume this is still the Black Bull.

1861 Census (3 April) Polmont (487) Book 2 Page 22.

Polmont, Stirlingshire

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Margaret McLaren Head - Widow 56 Spirit Dealer Livingston, Linlithgowshire
Alexander McLaren Son 21 Flesher Polmont, Stirlingshire
Elizabeth Tennant Servant 15 Servant Falkirk, Stirlingshire

For the census of 1871 Margaret was still resident in Polmont, on her own.

1871 Census (3rd. April) Polmont (487) Book 2. Page 27.

Bennetston, Polmont, Stirlingshire

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Margaret McLaren Head - Widow 65 Livingston, Linlithgowshire

For the same census of 1871 the Black Bull Inn was being run Violet McLaren, the widow of John McLaren, John Mclaren's wife by his first marriage to Elizabeth McGregor. This John McLaren (Junior) had married Violet Burnet Young Newbigging, the daughter of John Newbigging and Barbara Brown on 25 April 1846 in Edinburgh, Midlothian. Violet was born on 30 Oct 1825 in Broughton, Peebles-shire. The couple had 6 known children - John McLaren born on 21 December 1849; Robert McLaren born on 6 January 1852; James McLaren born on 21 January 1854; Barbara McLaren born on 16 April 1857; Violet Burnet Newbigging McLaren and Hugh McLaren born on 3 July1864 (twins), all recorded as born in Edinburgh Midlothian. John McLaren (Junior) died in the year previous to the census on 24 November 1870 in Polmont, Stirlingshire.

For the census of 1881 Margaret was still resident in Polmont on her own recorded as "widow - Retired Innkeeper".

1881 Census (4th April) Polmont (487)  Book 2 Page 15

Polmont, Stirlingshire

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Margaret McLaren Head - Widow 79 Retired Innkeeper Livingston, Linlithgowshire

Margaret died of "Senile Decay Chronic Bronchitis - several years" on 21 February 1886 in Polmont Village, Stirling. On the death certificate she was identified as aged 83, the widow of John Mclaren, Master Mason, and the daughter of James Dougal, hay dealer and farmer, and Margaret Dougal, maiden surname Cant, both deceased. The informant was James Roberts, her grandson.

James Dougal born on 2 September 1804 in Ecclesmachen. 

Next Generation in our Family History - For further details of James and his descendants please click here.

James married Helen Young about 1823. Helen was born about 1800 in Uphall, Linlithgowshire. James and Helen had the following children:

James Dougal died on 4 November 1869 in Dechmont, aged 66 according to his death certificate. He was identified as a Spirit Merchant married to Helen Young, and the son of James Dougal, a Dairyman, and Margaret Grant, both listed as deceased. The death of "General Debilty - 5 Weeks" was registered by James his son, and the maiden name of his father's mother of "Grant" obviously does not agree with the assertion that James was the son of James Dougal and Margaret CANT but all the evidence confirms that "Grant" was an error either by his son or possibly a mishearing of the mothers surname by the registrar. Helen Dougal, nee Young, died on 30 May 1870, in Dechmont aged 70 according to her death certificate. She was identified as the widow of James Dougal, an Inn Keeper, and the daughter of James Young, a Gardener, and Agnes Young, maiden surname Black, both listed as deceased. No record of the birth of a Helen Young to a James Young and Agnes Black in has been found. There is a record of the birth of a Helen Young to a James Black and Christian Ewing on 5 November and baptism on the 17th November 1799??? The informant was James Dougal, residing at 3 Bowling Green Street, Leith.

Elizabeth Dougal born on 19 August 1808 in Burnhole, Ecclesmacchen.

Nothing more currently known

Hugh Dougal born 9 November 1810, Burnhole, Ecclesmachen, West Lothian. 

Presumably died in infancy as second Hugh born two and a half years later.

Hugh Dougal born on 9 November 1810 in Burnhole, Ecclesmacchen.

PROBABLY one and the same as the Hugh Dougal married Elizabeth Anderson on 20 January 1837 in Bathgate, West Lothian. Elizabeth was the daughter of Thomas Anderson and Jean Cochran, christened on 19 December 1813 in Bathgate, West Lothian. Unfortunately the death certificate Hugh Dougal has no parents names on it. His date of birth going by the age on this death certificate gives a birth year of 1809 which is close but..? However three census records show him as born in Linlithgowshire with one (1861) specifying Livingston and Hugh named his first son, often called after his paternal grandfather, James, and their second daughter, often called after the paternal grandmother Margaret.

Hugh Dougal and Elizabeth Anderson had the following children:

For the census of 1841 Hugh and Elizabeth were recorded in Kirkliston, West Lothian.

1841 Census (7th June)  Kirkliston (667)  Book 5. Page 11.

Kirkliston Village

Name Age Occupation Where Born
Hugh Dougal 25   Yes
Elizabeth Dougal 20   Yes
James Dougal 5   Yes
Hugh Dougal 3   Yes
James Dougal 2   Yes
Margaret Dougal 1 months   Yes

For the census of 1851 Hugh and Elizabeth were recorded in Longforgan, Angus.

1851 Census (31st March)  Longforgan (337)  Book 3. Page 20.

Longforgan, Angus

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Hugh Dougal Head 35 Wright Linlithgowshire
Elizabeth Dougal Wife 34   Bathgate, Linlithgowshire
James Dougal Son 13 Apprentice Mason Uphall, Linlithgowshire
Jane Dougal Daughter 11 Scholar Kirkliston, Linlithgowshire
Margaret Dougal Daughter 9 Scholar Kirkliston, Linlithgowshire
Thomas Dougal Son 7 Scholar Uphall, Linlithgowshire
Andrew Dougal Son 5 Scholar Dunbar
John Ferguson Lodger 24 Labourer Du??ing, Perthshire

For the census of 1861 Hugh and Elizabeth were recorded in Liff Road, Liff and Bennie, Lochee, Dundee.

1861 Census (3 April)  Dundee (282\03)  Book 1\3. Page 4.

Liff Road, Liff and Bennie, Lochee, Dundee.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Hugh Dougal Head 47 Joiner Livingston, Linlithgowshire
Elizabeth Dougal Wife 45 Joiner's Wife Bathgate, Linlithgowshire
James Dougal Son 24 Mason Uphall, Linlithgowshire
Jane Dougal Daughter 20 Jute Power Loom Weaver Uphall, Linlithgowshire
Thomas Dougal Son 16 Labourer Kirkliston, Linlithgowshire
Andrew Dougal Son 14 Mason Dunbar, Haddington

Elizabeth Anderson died a couple of months after this census on 26 June 1861, at Liff Road. Hugh Dougal five years after this on 29 October 1866 at South Road, Lochee, Dundee. The cause of death was cholera and as the other two entries on the page also died of cholera in the preceding two days it may be that there was a cholera epidemic ongoing at the time.