184 years ago today

George Murray, Agnes Dickson Murray and William Murray in Lennel churchyard

Agnes Dickson Murray died on 15 June 1868 at Coldstream, Scotland. Agnes was the second wife of my 3x great grandfather George Murray. I suppose that makes her my step 3x great granny. Their marriage was a brief one, lasting only four years. I have found only one child for George and Agnes: a daughter Jane Agnes Murray who was only six months old when her mother died.

(Since I missed out on my postaday on 14 June this is a catch-up post to make up for yesterday)

151 years ago today

George Murray 1861 – illegitimate

My great grandfather, George Murray Turner, was born 27 May 1861 in Coldstream in Scotland. It took me quite a while to figure this out as I was initially off on the wrong trail with respect to name and place. I was looking for George Murray Turner with a birth year about 1862 in Northumberland. I realised I needed to think again after discovering that his mother Barbara Murray did not marry William Robinson Turner until 1864. This set me off on the trail of Barbara’s journeys from her birthplace at Alford in Aberdeenshire to her burial at Amble in Northumberland. In the 1861 census 20-year-old Barbara, who must have been heavily pregnant at the time, appears in the household of her father George Murray in Gas Lane, Coldstream. This gave me the clue I needed to search for my great granda as just George Murray in Coldstream records on ScotlandsPeople. The clip from the record shows an illegitimate boy George Murray born in Gas Lane. I wonder if my granny ever knew this about her father. It was never mentioned, so maybe it was the family secret.

111 years ago today

Turner family plot in Amble East Cemetery

My great great grandmother Barbara Turner, née Barbara Murray, died at Amble in Northumberland 15 May 1901. This was 5 years to the day after the death of her father George Murray. Barbara was born in Alford in Aberdeenshire, lived part of her life in Coldstream on the borders and lived her married life and raised her son in Amble. She is buried in the Turner family plot in Amble East Cemetery.

This post about great great granny Barbara has the honour of being a milestone in my blogging, bringing me to a total of 100 posts and 45 pages. It also counts as a catch-up post for having missed my postaday yesterday 14th May.

116 years ago today

George Murray, Agnes Dickson Murray and William Murray in Lennel churchyard

On my Easter break I flew into Edinburgh as Ryanair have now stopped their Oslo-Newcastle route. I used the opportunity for a leisurely genealogy research afternoon, driving down the A68 and A697 so I could stop off at Coldstream on the Scotland/England border to hunt for my Murray ancestors. I found 3x great grandfather George Murray, his son William and his 2nd wife Agnes Dickson in Lennel graveyard just outside Coldstream. The headstone leaning over close to the ground is theirs and old George attacked me with a nettle sting as I tried to get underneath to photograph the inscription. He died on 15 May 1896 at Amble in Northumberland, so I was a little surprised to find his name in Lennel graveyard. I plan to publish more photos of the headstone and tell a litte more about his story at the weekend.

Status on plans from March 31

On March 31 I posted a short list of holiday research activities that did not include sitting in the archives. Status is now:

  • Coldstream tollbooth – Done. I also managed to fit in a trip to the Coldstream museum and found Gas Lane where my Murray ancestors used to live. The site of the gas works now seems to be sheltered housing.
  • Coldstream churchyard – Done. I was a bit confused to start with as I arrived at the church in Coldstream to find it had no churchyard. After enquiring in the museum I made a trip out to the neighbouring village of Lennel where I made some interesting Murray finds in the churchyard. Unfortunately a significant part of it has been shut off as unsafe since the land is sliding towards the river.
  • Ulgham churchyard – Done. I found some Watsons, but not the ones I was hoping to find.

(This is my catch-up post for Monday 2nd April when I missed my postaday)

More things to do on the next UK trip

These are a few additions to the list of items to follow up on my next trip to the UK:

  • Take a look at the Coldstream tollbooth where some of my relatives married to avoid using the established church
  • Check Coldstream churchyard for any of my Murray kin
  • Take a trip to Ulgham churchyard to see if it helps with the Watson line