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Generation No. 1

        1.  John1 Alexander  He married Elizabeth Brew. 

Notes for John Alexander:

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RepCode 234
Repository National Archives of Scotland

Reference GD83/444 

Title Charter of resignation under the great seal in favour of John Ramsay, eldest son of Sir James Ramsay of Bamff, bt., and the heirs male begotten of the marriage between him and Lilias Graeme, his wife, eldest daughter of Thomas Graeme of Balgouane, of the lands and barony of Bamff, comprehending the town and lands of Fayell with the mill and Milntoun thereof and the pendicle styled Knowhead, the towns and lands of Pitdrey and Kinkedlie, Bamff, Little Bamff and Hiltoun of Bamff, the mains of Bamff and Newtoun of Bamff, the lands of Ardormy and the west part thereof, the towns and lands of Eistermawis and Hiltoun of Mawis incorporated into the said barony of Bamff, the town and lands of Haltoun of Creuchie, formerly in the regality of Scone and later in the stewartry of Huntingtoun, the third part of the Mains of Creuchies, sometime occupied by Ronald Broune, younger, the other third part of the lands of Maynes of Creuchies sometime occupied by James Thomsone, the third part of the lands of Welltoun of Creuchies sometime occupied by Alexander Herries, the third part of the lands and town of Welltoun of Creuchies sometime occupied by Thomas Weightain and later by Thomas Weightan, his son, the third part of the lands and town of Welltoun of Creuchies once occupied by deceased Thomas Ogilvie and later by deceased Alexander Alexander and afterwards by deceased William Alexander, his grandson and heir, the lands of Midle Mauis, Milntoun of Mauis with the mill thereof and Morgunstoun, Mains of Mauis, Tumnamone, Cairnyquhynock and Cottoun, lordship and regality of Scone, the lands of Midle Drummys with an annualrent of 6s. 8d. furth of the lands of Eisterdrimmys, and two parts of the lands of Overmuirtoun, lordship of Couper, the lands and forests of Alight comprehending the lands of Watersheall and Craighead pertaining to said Sir James with the lands of Rannagullane Corb and Drumtarne and the lands of Westforrest and Kingseall furth of which £30 Scots feuduty is paid to Sir James, the lands of Muirtoun of Creuchie, which formerly pertained to John Rattray of Muirtoune and the third part of the lands of mains of Creuchie which pertained to sometime Sir Gilbert Ramsay of Bamff, father of said Sir James and his predecessors, all in the sheriffdom of Perth, with confirmation of the liferent provision for said Lilias contained in the marriage contract between her and said John and with a new erection of the above lands into the barony of Bamff, following on the resignation of said Sir James, with reservation of his liferent and other rights in certain of the properties, with extract

Date 17 Jul 1706
Extent 2 documents
Description [Seal wanting]
AccessStatus Open

Papers of the Ramsay Family of Bamff, Perthshire:

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RepCode 234
Repository National Archives of Scotland
RefNo GD83/167 

Title Contract between James Ogilvy in Welton of Creuchies and Alexander Alexander, for selling to the latter the third part of Welton of Creuchies
Date 10 Oct 1618
AccessStatus Open
Publication Printed in Sir James H Ramsay, Bart. (ed.), 'Bamff Charters AD 1232-1703' (Oxford, 1915), pp. 180-181
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RepCode 234
Repository National Archives of Scotland
RefNo GD83/307 

Title Special Retour of William Alexander as heir to his grandfather in a third part of Welton of Creuchies
Date 18 Feb 1676
AccessStatus Open
Publication Printed in Sir James H Ramsay, Bart. (ed.), 'Bamff Charters AD 1232-1703' (Oxford, 1915), pp. 334-335
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RepCode 234
Repository National Archives of Scotland
RefNo GD83/308 

Title Precept from Chancery for infefting William Alexander in the third part of Welton of Creuchies
Date 31 May 1676
AccessStatus Open
Publication Printed in Sir James H Ramsay, Bart. (ed.), 'Bamff Charters AD 1232-1703' (Oxford, 1915), p. 335
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RepCode 234
Repository National Archives of Scotland
RefNo GD83/309
Title Sasine following (GD83/308), Precept from Chancery for infefting William Alexander in the third part of Welton of Creuchies
Date 6 Nov 1676
AccessStatus Open
Publication Printed in Sir James H Ramsay, Bart. (ed.), 'Bamff Charters AD 1232-1703' (Oxford, 1915), pp. 335-336

 Children of John Alexander and Elizabeth Brew are:
        2                 i.    James2 Alexander, born April 20, 1729.
+      3                ii.    Thomas Alexander, born October 29, 1732 in Parish of Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland.
        4               iii.    Agnes Alexander, born March 11, 1737/38 in Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland.

 

Generation No. 2

 

        3.  Thomas2 Alexander (John1) was born October 29, 1732 in Parish of Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland.  He married Marjory McDougal June 1751 in Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland1. 

 
Notes for Thomas Alexander:

1751, May 9th Tho's Alexander in Parish of Alyth and Marjory McDougal in this Parish gave up their names in order to Marriage Married in June 1751.

The only christening listed in Alyth in the correct time frame is that of Thomas Alexander Christened Oct 29, 1732, the son of John Alexander and Elizabeth Brew. No place was indicated in the parish record.

A monumental inscription in Alyth reads:
1796 Erected by James, Thomas and David Alexander in Kinkedly, in memory of their father Thomas Alexander and mother Marjory McDougal. 1767 - AM 1796 AD

More About Thomas Alexander and Marjory McDougal:
Marriage: June 1751, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland1

Children of Thomas Alexander and Marjory McDougal are:

+      5                 i.    Jean3 Alexander, died March 25, 1804 in Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland.
        6                ii.    James Alexander, born April 12, 1752 in Bamff, Alyth, Perth, Scotland.

 

Notes for James Alexander:

2 Sep 1790, Tack by Sir William Ramsay in favour of James Alexander, tenant in the East side of Kinkedly of the east half of the farm of Kinkedly, the farm of Fiaulds and a piece of ground to the north of the same, parish of Alyth, with copy [National Archives of Scotland Source GD83/737, extent 2 papers, Title "Additional Papers of the Ramsay Family of Bamff"]

James son to Thomas Alexander in Bamff was baptized 12th April, 1752. [IGI Source 0993513, Parish records, Alyth]

It is contracted and agreed upon between the parties following viz. Sir William Ramsay of Bamff Baronet heritable proprietor of the Lands and others after mentioned on the one part and James Alexander presently Tenant in the East side of Kinkedly on the other part That is to say the said Sir William Ramsay Baronet has Set and by these presents under the conditions and provisions after mentioned Lets to the said James Alexander and his heirs Including assignees and subtenants legal or conventional All and Whole The Easter half of the Farm of Kinkedly as now posessed by him and also the farm or posession of Faulds with that small piece of ground to the North of the Houses of said James Alexander and David and John Morray Tenants in Hilltown as the same is pointed out and agreed upon between the said James Alexander and David and John Morray to be the March of their respective Farms in time coming all lying in the Parish of Alyth and County of Perth and that for the space of seventeen years from and after the respective terms of entry thereto which are hereby declared to be to the yards at Pasch to the Houses grass and pasturage at Whitsunday and to the arable Land at the separation of the Crop from the ground all in the year one thousand Seven hundred and ninety two and from thenceforth to be posessed and enjoyed during the years of this Tack reserving to the said Sir William Ramsay his heirs and successors liberty to Digg and carry away Marl or other substances within the said Lands and to make roads or Drain thereto and to plant such parts of the said ground not at present arable as the said Sir William Ramsay and his forsaid shall incline upon payment of damage done upon the surface of the ground as the same may be determined by neutral men mutually chosen and to Plant Hedge row Trees in the yards without any damages therefor which the said James Alexander and his forsaids shall be obliged to take proper care of abd aksi reserving the Lime Kiln lately erected on a part of the said Farm of Faulds with liberty to use the same and a road to it from the mains of Bamff and from it to the Lime quarry and reserving to the present posessors of the Houses and yards in the Faulds the occupation of their Houses and Yards during their lives if the said Sir William Ramsay inclines with liberty to repair or rebuild the same but upon their deaths respectively the said James Alexander is to be at liberty to demolish the same or to give them to a Servant or Cottar which Tack with and under the conditions and reservations before and after mentioned the said Sir William Ramsay Binds and Obliges him to Warrant at all hands and against all    For the which causes and on the other part the said James Alexander Binds and Obliges him his heirs Executors or Successors whomsoever to content and pay to the said Sir William Ramsay his heirs Executors or Assignees or his Tackor during this Tack the sum of Twenty three pounds Stirling yearly at two terms in the year Whitsunday and Martinmas by equal portions beginning the first terms payment at the term of Whitsunday one thousand seven hundred and ninety three and the other half at the term of Martimas that year in full of the first years money rent and to lead yearly at the usual time Sixteen Cartful of Peats from the Culpanach to the House of Bamff and to drive one half Roll of Coals yearly from Dundee or to deliver fifteen Hens or eight pence for each both in the proprietors option between Martinmas and Candlemas with a fifth part more of the said money rent of liquidate penalty in case of failure and the legal Interest of the said rent after the respective terms of payment during not payment and the said James Alexander Obliges himself and his foresaids to live and reside with his Family and Bestial upon the said Farm during the whole space of this Tack and Sufficiently to Dung labour and manure the Farm and not to over Crop run out or to any way deteriorate the same nor at any time to Sell Straw from the same and that such parts of the ground as shall be Limed or Marled shall be Croped in the following maner, The first year Oats, the second year well Dunged, the third Oats, the fourth Peas Potatoes Turnips or Greens and the fifth year sufficiently Dunged sown down with a full quantity of Ryegrass and Clover seeds along with the Crop and then to remain in grass a competent time not under three years and to be used in the same way in Cropping and Dunging when broke open again as above prescribed and which of the Infield is not Limed or Marled after the present Tack Shall be oats and Bear or green Crops alternately so that no two Crops of the same grain shall be after another, the last Bear Crop of the Tack being always properly Dunged and sown down with two bushels of Rye grass Six pounds White Clover and six pounds Rib grass seed for each Acre and not broke open again by the Tenant during the Currency? of the Tack and the proprietor or incoming Tenant shall have liberty to sow grass seeds among all or any part of the said James Alexander his last crop to be harrowed or rolled into the ground without paying any damages or expenses there for and what Straw or Dung shall remain on the Farm the Whitsunday of the Tenants removal Shall belong to the proprietor or incoming Tenant free of expense But it is hereby declared that not withstanding the above conditions prescribed for Crofting the ground the said James Alexander and his forsaids shall have liberty to alter the mode of labouring as they think proper upon their becoming  bound as they hereby said and oblige themselves to pay the sum of one pound Sterling of additional rent for each Acre they alter in the management in consequence of the above liberty from the manner above mentioned which additional rent is declared to be asmuch a part of the bargain as any other particular whatever and which additional rent shall be paid along with the first years rent or at any after period when the same is incurred and in like manner yearly during the Currency of the Tack and the said James Alexander Obliges him and his foresaids to take the Houses on the said Farm at his entry upon a Valuation or appraising and thereafter to maintain uphold and leave in good order the said Houses in all respects both in materials and Workmanship Doors Windows and the like or to pay such sum for putting them in such repair as may be then estimated and in case they should make the same houses better they shall at their removal receive such sum of overvalue from the then incoming Tenant as shall be determined according to the Custom of the Barony Also the said James Alexander Obliges him and his forsaids to frequent the Mill of Fyall with his grindable Corns and only to pay      and to assist in bringing home Mill Stones and in Supporting the Dam head as the said James Alexander and his forsaids are to have the use of the Mosses and Kile for fuel therefore they Bind and Oblige themselves not to cast Turf fead or Divot upon the Farm penalty of One Shilling Sterling for each Cart Load and what Houses they may repair or build to be built with Stone Clay or Lime and the same to be covered with Thatch and Clay or Slate and Both parties Bind and Oblige themselves and their aforsaids to obtemper and fulfil their respective parts of the premises each to the other under the penalty of Five pounds Sterling to be paid by the party failing to the party observing or willing to observe by and altour performance and both parties Consent to the Registration hereof in the Books of Council and Session or any other competent Record therein to remain for preservation and to have the strength of a Decree interponed thereto that Letters of Horning on Six days Charge and allother execution necessary may pass hereon in form as affeirs and thereto Constitute

               Our Prors In witness whreof we have subscribed these presents consisting of this and the two preceeding pages of Stamped paper Made by Peter Milne Writer in Edinburgh At Bamff House the Second day of September one thousand seven hundred and Ninety years Before these witnesses the said Peter Milne and Alexander Fraser Servant to the said Sir William Ramsay.

(Signed) W. Ramsay
(Signed) J. Alexander
(SIgned) Peter Milne, Witness
(Signed) Alex Fraser, Witness

        7               iii.    Thomas Alexander, born April 7, 1754 in Kinkedly, Alyth, Perth, Scotland.
        8               iv.    Marjory Alexander, born May 2, 1756 in Bamff, Alyth, Perth, Scotland.

Notes for Marjory Alexander:

Possibly married John Lowden June 2, 1781 in Meigle, Perth, Scotland [IGI Source 1040332]. Also listed in Newtyle, Angus, Scotland [IGI Source 0993501].

+      9                v.    David Alexander, born August 10, 1758 in Kinkedly, Perthshire, Scotland; died October 5, 1824 in Little Bamff, Alyth, Perth, Scotland.
        10             vi.    Elspeth Alexander, born May 31, 1761 in Kinkedly, Alyth, Perth, Scotland.

Notes for Elspeth Alexander:
31st May 1761 Elspeth Daughter to Tho. Alexander in Kinkeadly was Baptised. [IGI Source 0993513, Alyth Parish Records]

 

Generation No. 3

 

        5.  Jean3 Alexander (Thomas2, John1) died March 25, 1804 in Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland.  She married David Gibb June 3, 1792 in Alyth, Perth, Scotland2, son of David Gibb.  He was born January 21, 1770 in Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland.

Notes for Jean Alexander:

Parish Register, Deaths:
1804, March 25
Jean Alexander, Wife of Da. gibb jun'r Burnieshade

Notes for David Gibb:
Source LDS Film No. 0993513
Christening:  21 JAN 1770   Alyth, Perth, Scotland
Father: David Gibb

More About David Gibb:
Occupation: Weaver

More About David Gibb and Jean Alexander:
Marriage: June 3, 1792, Alyth, Perth, Scotland2

Children of Jean Alexander and David Gibb are:

        11               i.    David4 Gibb, born December 27, 1795.
        12              ii.    Elspeth Gibb, born January 31, 17983.
        13             iii.    Thomas Gibb, born March 12, 1804 in Perth, Scotland.

 

More About Thomas Gibb:
Christening: March 15, 1804, Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland

 

        9.  David3 Alexander (Thomas2, John1)4 was born August 10, 1758 in Kinkedly, Perthshire, Scotland, and died October 5, 1824 in Little Bamff, Alyth, Perth, Scotland.  He married (1) Isobel Mulloch July 7, 1793 in Blairgowrie, Perth, Scotland5,6, daughter of Thomas Mulloch.  She was born January 27, 1760 in Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland7.  He married (2) Jean Craigie August 25, 1799 in Alyth, Perth, Scotland8,9, daughter of Patrick Craigie and Janet Spalding.  She was born July 19, 1767 in Blairgowrie, Perthshire10,11, and died April 26, 1853 in Little Bamff, Alyth, Perth, Scotland.

Notes for David Alexander:

1793, David Alexander in Kinkeadly this parish and Isabell Malloch daughter of the deceased Thos Malloch late in ?? presently residing in ?? Parish of Blairgowrie - proclaimed 7th July. 1793, July 7 David Alexander in Parish of Alyth and Isobal Mulloch in this Parish having been regularly Proclaimed were married.

The Marriage record in Alyth, Perthshire in 1799 states "David Alexander in Faulds of Bamff and Jean Craigie there, daughter to the deceased Peter Craigie late in Cloquhat - proclaimed 25 Aug".

David is described as being a "Tenant in the Faulds of Bamff" in the Baptismal record for James Alexander in 1803.

From the description of marriage and the fact that Jean Craigie was born in the Parish of Blairgowrie, Peter Craigie was from Clayquhat, which is located about 5 miles west of Bamff, in the parish of Blairgowrie, Perthshire. This would in all likelyhood be the Peter Craigie born about 1737 in Clayquhat who was married to Janet Spalding. Agnes Craigie was a daughter of Peter and Janet and was born Dec 19, 1769 in Clayquhat, Blairgowrie, Perth. This Janet Spalding is listed as being born around the year 1841 in Clayquhat. IGI record Jannet Spalding and Patr. Craig married Aug 23, 1755 in Blairgowrie, Perth, Scotland. [Source 0993521, 0993522] Christening of Jean Craigy in Alyth, Perthshire on 19 July 1767, father Patrick Craigie.

Bamff lies to the north of the Hill of Alyth, 3 miles (5 km) north west of the town of Alyth. It comprises Bamff House, Little Bamff and Newton of Bamff. Bamff House, originally a tower house dating from the 1580s, was remodelled in the 1830s for Sir James Ramsay by the architect William Burn. William Ramsay was born in Edinburgh upon the 6th February, 1806. He was the third and youngest son of Sir William Ramsay, seventh baronet of Bamff, in the county of Perth. Sir William Ramsay died February 17, 1807. He was married to Agnata Frances Biscoe Aug 5, 1796 in Midlothian, Scotland. He was the son of James Ramsay and Elizabeth Rait. James Ramsay was born about 1706 and died March 23, 1782. He married Elizabeth Rait about the year 1766. James was the son of John Ramsay and Lilias Graeme. John was born about the year 1670 and died in 1738. He married Lilias Graeme about 1706. John was the son of James Ramsay and Christina Ogilvy. James was the son of Gilbert Ramsay and Elizabeth Blair. [Pedigree Resource File Disk #6, Pin#109675]

Reference: MS 15/259

Collection: Miscellaneous manuscripts

Date: 1360-1808

Description: Notes concerning properties, landowners, tenants and their rights around Blairgowrie, Bamff and the forest of Alyth, with particular reference to a 1750 law case over fishing rights on the River Ericht. Compiled by descendant of Robert Jamieson of Rattray and others from the area. 18pp. [Photocopy].

"In the faulds of" refers to the name of the farm located in the eastern half of Kinkedly.

Scots Origins Extract No. 3198422 lists David Alexander christened Aug. 10, 1758, the son of Thos. Alexander, parish of Alyth. The parish records list Thos. Alexander in Kinkeadly, which is within 200 meters of Bamff. As this is the most likely ancestor of David Alexander, I will assume for now that Thomas is his father, until such time as it is verified or found false. [G. Morrison June 2004] Kinkedly lies in the vicinity of Bamff and Little Bamff. It is also likely that David Alexander was first married to Isabel Mulloch on July 7, 1793. The marriage record states: This Parish, David Alexander Tenant in Kinkeadly and Isabel Mulloch, daughter of the deceased Tho. Mulloch late in Fyal presently residing in (Lea...  raw?) Parish of Blairgowrie to be proclaimed 7th July. Issobel Mulloch Christening - 27 Jan 1760, Alyth, Perth, Father - Thomas Mulloch [IGI record 0993513].

More About David Alexander:
Occupation: Farmer

More About David Alexander and Isobel Mulloch:
Marriage: July 7, 1793, Blairgowrie, Perth, Scotland12,13

Notes for Jean Craigie:
1841 Census, House 11, Little Bamff:
Jean Alexander, Head, Widow, Age 84, Born Perthshire, Blairgowrie
James Alexander, Son, Un, Age 46, Do, Alyth
Elspeth Gib, Serv., Un, Age 53, Do, Do

More About Jean Craigie:
Christening: July 19, 1767, Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland14
Residence: 1851, Little Bamf, Perthshire

More About David Alexander and Jean Craigie:
Marriage: August 25, 1799, Alyth, Perth, Scotland15,16

Children of David Alexander and Jean Craigie are:

+      14               i.    Janet4 Alexander, born August 3, 1800 in Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland; died February 16, 1891 in Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland.
        15              ii.    Elspeth Alexander17, born May 29, 1802 in Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland; died June 11, 1802 in Kinkeadly, Perthshire, Scotland.
+      16             iii.    James Alexander, born May 6, 1803 in Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland; died April 9, 1877 in Little Bamff, Perthshire, Scotland.
+      17             iv.    Thomas Alexander, born December 6, 1805 in Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland.
+      18              v.    David Alexander, born May 14, 1809 in Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland; died September 23, 1878 in Backburn Road, Alyth, Perth, Scotland.

 

Generation No. 4

 

        14.  Janet4 Alexander (David3, Thomas2, John1)18 was born August 3, 1800 in Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland, and died February 16, 1891 in Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland.  She married Angus Gow19 December 19, 1824 in Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland, son of John Gow and Grissel Cameron.  He was born May 4, 1792 in Blair Atholl, Perth, Scotland, and died January 25, 1878 in Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland.

More About Angus Gow:
Census: 1841, Dudhope, En. District 3, Perth, Scotland
Occupation: Mason
Residence: 1836, Balymonie, Alyth Parish, Perth

Marriage Notes for Janet Alexander and Angus Gow:
Angus Gow, Servant with David Cardean, Parish of Bendochy, and Janet Alexander daughter of David Alexander late in Little Bamff to be Procl'd three times 19 December

More About Angus Gow and Janet Alexander:
Marriage: December 19, 1824, Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland

Children of Janet Alexander and Angus Gow are:

+      19               i.    James5 Gow, born February 2, 1824 in Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland.
+      20              ii.    Christina Gow, born November 14, 1826 in Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland.
        21             iii.    Margaret Gow, born June 7, 1829 in Rattray, Perth, Scotland.
        22             iv.    Ann Gow, born May 6, 1831 in Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland.
+      23              v.    John Gow, born October 3, 1833 in Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland; died April 25, 1924 in Glenisla, Angus, Scotland.
        24             vi.    Alexander Gow, born October 11, 1836 in Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland.  He married Ann/Janet Burns.
        25            vii.    David Gow, born March 15, 1840 in Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland.  He married Jane Alexander July 2, 1869 in Glenisla, Angus Scotland; born September 18, 1842 in Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland.

More About David Gow:
Residence: 1878, Glammis, Angus, Scotland

More About David Gow and Jane Alexander:
Marriage: July 2, 1869, Glenisla, Angus Scotland

        26           viii.    William Gow, born September 1, 1842 in Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland.

Notes for William Gow:
In the 1881 Census, William was unmarried and living with his widowed mother Janet (Alexander) Gow at Blackburn, Alyth, Perth.

 

        16.  James4 Alexander (David3, Thomas2, John1)20 was born May 6, 1803 in Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland, and died April 9, 1877 in Little Bamff, Perthshire, Scotland.  He married Margaret Melville May 19, 1851 in Alyth, Perth, Scotland, daughter of Andrew Melville.  She died Aft. 1877.

Notes for James Alexander:
1803 - James Alexander lawful son to David Alexander Tenant in Folds of Bamff and Jean Craigie his sopuse born 6 and Bap. 8 May.

James Alexander was instructing his sisters son James Gow who is listed as an apprentice mason in the 1841 census.
Alexander    James   9/1/1880   Little Banff, d. 09/04/1877   Perth Sheriff Court .
Possibly had a child James Alexander born Sept 11, 1855.

[Inventory of Personal Estate of James Alexander No. 1879.]

At Perth the ninth day of January Eighteen hundred and eighty. In presence of Robert Lee Esquire Advocate Sherriff of Perthshire compeared William Shaw Soutar Solicitor Blairgowrie as Procurator for the Executrix afternamed and designed and gave in the Inventory of the Personal Estate of James Alexander, Little Bamff (duly Stamped with Three Pounds Sterling of duty) and Oath thereon afterwritten desiring the same to be recorded in the Register of Inventories and kept at Perth for the Commissariot of Perthshire conform to Act of Parliament which desire the said Sheriff found reasonable and ordained the same to be done accordingly the tenor whereof follows viz: Inventory of the Personal Estate wheresoever situated of James Alexander sometime residing at Little Bamff who died there upon the ninth day of April Eighteen hundred and Seventy Seven

1. Household Furniture and Body Clothes  5.00
2. Principal Sum in Deposit Receipt of the Royal Bank Alyth dated 17 April 1876   140.0.0

Interest thereon to date of death  2.14.8
Do to date of Oath to Inventory  4.10.10
Amount of Personal Estate  152.5.6

(Signed) Margt. Alexander; James Chalmers J.P.

At Blairgowrie the Seventh day of January Eighteen hundred and eighty. In presence of James Chalmers Esquire one of Her Majesties Justices of the Peace for the County of Perth Appeared Margaret Melville or Alexander residing at Little Bamff widow of the deceased James Alexander Sometime residing there who being solemnly sworn and examined depones That the Said James Alexander died at Little Bamff aforsaid domiciled in Scotland upon the ninth day of April Eighteen hundred and Seventy Seven and the Deponent has entered upon the posession and management of the deceaseds Estate as his Executriz qua Relict, That the Deponent does not know of any Testamentary Settlement or Writing relative to the disposal of the deceaseds personal Estate or Effects or any part thereof. That the foregoing Inventory Signed by the Deponent and the Said James Chalmers as relative hereto is a full and complete Inventory of the Personal Estate and Effects of the Said deceased James Alexander, wheresoever Situated and belonging or due to him beneficiallly at the time of his death in so far as the Same has come to the deponents knowledge. That the value at this date of the Said Personal Estate and Effects Situated in Scotland including the proceeds accrued thereon down to this date is One Hundred and fifty two Pounds five Shillings and Sixpence Sterling and under Two Hundred pounds Sterling. That Confirmation is not at present required. All which is truth as the Deponent Shall answer to God (Signed) Margaret Alexander. James Chalmers J.P.

Death certificate of James Alexander:
1877, Deaths in Parish of Alyth in the County of Perth
No. 20
Name and Surname: James Alexander
Rank or Profession: Stone Dyker
Status: Married to Margaret Melville
When and where died: April 10, 1877, Little Bamff, Alyth
Age: 73 years
Name, Surname, and Rank or Profession of Father: David Alexander, Mason, deceased
Name and Maiden Surname of Mother: Jane Alexander MS Craigie, deceased
Cause of death, Duration of Disease, Medical Atendant: Old Age, as certified by William Kidd, surgeon
Signature of Qulified informant and residence in which death occured: William Alexander, Son, Present
When and Where Registered: April 13, at Alyth

More About James Alexander:
Occupation: Mason
Residence: 1852, Dykes Little Bamff, Alyth Parish, Perthshire

More About James Alexander and Margaret Melville:
Marriage: May 19, 1851, Alyth, Perth, Scotland

Children of James Alexander and Margaret Melville are:

        27               i.    David5 Alexander, born September 29, 1852 in Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland.

Notes for David Alexander:

1852 - David son of James Alexander, Dykes Little Bamff and Margaret Melville his spouse 29th Sept.

        28              ii.    Susan Alexander, born December 14, 1853.

Notes for Susan Alexander:
1854 - Susan Daughter of James Alexander Little Bamff and Margaret Melville his spouse born 14th December.

        29             iii.    James Alexander, born September 11, 1855 in Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland.
        30             iv.    Janet Alexander, born June 12, 1857.
        31              v.    William Alexander, born January 30, 1861.

 

        17.  Thomas4 Alexander (David3, Thomas2, John1) was born December 6, 1805 in Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland.  He married Elizabeth Mitchell December 26, 1830 in Glenisla, Angus Scotland. 

Notes for Thomas Alexander:
1805 - Thomas Alexander lawful son to David Alexander Tenant in Folds of Banff and Jean Craigie his spouse born 6th and Bap. 8 Dec.

More About Thomas Alexander and Elizabeth Mitchell:
Marriage: December 26, 1830, Glenisla, Angus Scotland

Children of Thomas Alexander and Elizabeth Mitchell are:

        32               i.    Jean5 Alexander, born November 24, 1831 in Glenisla, Angus, Scotland.
        33              ii.    Jelley Alexander, born January 9, 1833 in Glenisla, Angus, Scotland.
        34             iii.    James Alexander, born September 3, 1834 in Glenisla, Angus, Scotland.
        35             iv.    Margaret Alexander, born October 5, 1836.
        36              v.    Thomas Alexander, born May 8, 1838; died March 22, 1876 in Bardmony, Alyth Parish, Perth, Scotland.

Notes for Thomas Alexander:
Thomas Alexander 15/8/1876, Intestate, sometime InnKeeper, Kirkton, Glenisla, latterly residing at Bardmony near Alyth, d. 22/03/1876 at Bardmony.

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Inventory of the Personal Estate of Thomas Alexander No 1876.

At Perth the twelfth day of August Eighteen hundred and seventy six, In presence of James Adam Esquire Advocate Commissary of the County of Perth Compeared William Iapp Solicitor Alyth as Procurator for the Executrix after named and designed and gave in Inventory of the personal Estate of Thomas Alexander some time Innkeeper at Kirkton Glenislaand latterly residing at Bardmony (duly stamped with fifteen pounds Sterling of duty and oath thereon after written, desiring the same to be recorded in the Commissary Court Books of Perthshire conform to Act of Parliament which desire the said Commissary found reasonable and ordained the same to be done accordingly. The tenor whereof follows erisf Inventory of the personal Estate of the late Mr. Thomas Alexander Sometime Innkeeper at Kirkton Glenisla and latterly residing at Bardmony who died there on or about the twenty second of March Eighteen hundred and Seventy Six.

In Sum contained in a Deposit Receipt with the Royal Bank of Scotland Alyth in name of the deceased dated 31st December 1875  200.0.0
Interest thereon from to date of death 1.11.3
Interest thereon from that date to date of Inventory 1.7.4, 202.18.7
Sum contained in an operative Deposit account with the Royal Bank at Alyth in name if the deceased 30.10.3
Interest to date of death 0.8.6
Interest to date of Inventory 0.2.3, 31.1.0

Forward 233.19.7

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Brot Forward 233.19.7

2. Value of the moveable Estate of the deceased consisting of Bestial and Body Clothes Conform to Appraisement by James Lamond Licenced Appraiser 308.12.6
Sum of the Inventory 322.12.1

Signed Julia Henry

               David Mahewson JP.

At Alyth the twenty first day of July One thousand eight hundred and seventy six In presence of David Mathewson Esquire one of Her Majesties Justices of the Peace for the County of Perth Compeared Mrs. Julia Alexander or Henry wife of William Shaw Henry Farmer Bardmony aforesaid upon the twenty second day of March last, and the Deponent has entered upon the possession and management of the deceased's Estate as Executrix Dative qua next of Kin decerned to him by the Commissary of the County of Perth upon the twenty first day of April last that the Deponent does not know of any Testamentary Settlement or Writing relative to the disposal of the deceased's personal Estate or Effects or any part thereof that the foregoing Inventory signed by the Deponent and the said magistrate as relative hereto is a full and complete Inventory of the personal Estate and Effects of the said deceased Thomas Alexander wheresoever situated belonging or due to him beneficially at the time of his death in so far as the same has come to the Deponents knowledge that the Deponent does not know of any money or property belonging

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to the deceased liable to the duty imposed by the Act 23 Victoria Chapter 15 and 23 and 24 Victoria Chapter 80. That the value at this date of the said personal Estate and Effects situated in the United Kingdom is four hundred and fifty pounds Sterling and under six hundred pounds Sterling. That Confirmation of the said personal Estate is required in favour of the Deponent All which is truth as the Deponent Shall answer to God Sighned Julia Henry David Mathewson J.P.

Statutory Register Deaths:
1876 Alexander Thomas age 37, District Alyth, County Perth

 

        18.  David4 Alexander (David3, Thomas2, John1)21 was born May 14, 1809 in Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland, and died September 23, 1878 in Backburn Road, Alyth, Perth, Scotland22.  He married Martha Clark23, daughter of Thomas Clark and Margaret McNicoll.  She was born July 29, 1815 in Glenisla, Angus, Scotland, and died October 12, 1864 in Loanhead, Glenisla, Forfar Co., Scotland.

Notes for David Alexander:
1871 Census: Glenisla, Civil Parish of Glenisla, Schedule No. 18
Road, Street, House Name: Loanhead
Houses Inhabited: 1
Rank Profession Occupation: Laborer
Age: 61

1861 Census: No. 34, Loanhead, Glenisla
David Alexander, Head, Married, Age 51, Foresters Servant, Born in Alyth, Perthshire
Martha Alexander, Wife, Married, Age 45, Do Wife, Born in Glenisla, Forfarshire
Jane Alexander, Dau, age 22, scholar,Born in Glenisla, Forfarshire
James Alexander, Son, age 17, Diker's Laborer, Born in Glenisla, Forfarshire

1851 Census: Loanhead Glenisla
David Alexander, Head, Married, Age 41, Occupation Agricultural Laborer, Born in Alyth, Perthshire
Martha Alexander, Wife, Married, Age 35, Born Glenisla, Forfarshire
Jean Alexander, Dau, Age 12, Scholar, Born Glenisla, Forfarshire
James Alexander, Son Age 7, Scholar, Born Glenisla, Forfarshire

More About David Alexander:
Occupation: 1872, Laborer
Residence: 1843, Glenisla, Forfar Co., Scotland

More About Martha Clark:
Cause of Death: Cholera

Children of David Alexander and Martha Clark are:

        37               i.    Jean5 Alexander, born December 23, 1838 in Glenisla, Forfarshire, Scotland24,25,26.
+      38              ii.    James Alexander, born October 25, 1843 in Glenisla, Angus, Scotland; died Bet. 1901 - 1915.
        39             iii.    Thomas Alexander27, born December 24, 1847 in Glenisla, Angus, Scotland.

Notes for Thomas Alexander:
Not listed in the 1851 or 1861 census. May have died young.  

Generation No. 5

 

        19.  James5 Gow (Janet4 Alexander, David3, Thomas2, John1) was born February 2, 1824 in Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland.  He married Bell Rollo November 12, 1855 in Glenisla, Angus Scotland.  She was born February 12, 1833 in Ichture, Perthshire, Scotland.

More About James Gow:
Occupation: 1878, Blacksmith
Residence: 1878, Dykehead, Glenisla, Angus

Marriage Notes for James Gow and Bell Rollo:

James Gow, son of Angus Gow, Mason Bamff and Janet Alexander his spouse born 2nd Feb. 1824.

More About James Gow and Bell Rollo:
Marriage: November 12, 1855, Glenisla, Angus Scotland

Children of James Gow and Bell Rollo are:

        40               i.    Agnes6 Gow, born July 4, 1856.
        41              ii.    Angus Gow, born October 25, 1857.
        42             iii.    Jessie Gow, born May 24, 1859.
        43             iv.    James Gow, born January 28, 1861.
        44              v.    Margaret Gow, born December 14, 1862.
        45             vi.    Isabella Gow, born January 4, 1865.
        46            vii.    David Gow, born September 14, 1866.
        47           viii.    Elizabeth Ann Gow, born April 28, 1868.
        48              ix.    William Alexander Gow, born April 17, 1870.

 

        20.  Christina5 Gow (Janet4 Alexander, David3, Thomas2, John1) was born November 14, 1826 in Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland.  She married James Craigie February 1, 1851 in Alyth, Perth, Scotland. 

More About James Craigie:
Occupation: 1851, Gardener
Residence: 1851, Cardean, Parish of Meigle

Marriage Notes for Christina Gow and James Craigie:

James Craigie, Gardner (with David) Cardean, Parish of Meigle, and Christina Gow, Daughter of Angus Gow, Mason Dudop, were three times proclaimed on 26th Jan. and Married on 1st Feby. by Rev. James Ramsay.

More About James Craigie and Christina Gow:
Marriage: February 1, 1851, Alyth, Perth, Scotland

Child of Christina Gow and James Craigie is:

        49               i.    William Alexander6 Craigie, born August 13, 1867 in Dundee, Angus, Scotland.

Notes for William Alexander Craigie:
Sir William Craigie was a famous Lexogropher of his day. [Source, Aunt of Roy Douglas living in Perth]

 

        23.  John5 Gow (Janet4 Alexander, David3, Thomas2, John1) was born October 3, 1833 in Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland, and died April 25, 1924 in Glenisla, Angus, Scotland.  He married Margaret Cruikshank November 24, 1854 in Crathie And Braemar, Aberdeen, Scotland.  She was born 1831 in Abernethy, and died 1892 in Glenisla, Angus, Scotland.

Notes for John Gow:
Two Perthshire blacksmiths - John and David Gow - who belong to a family of blacksmiths, give their life story below. John, the elder, is 91 years of age, and is reputed to be Scotland's oldest blacksmith.

When I called upon Mr John Gow, Brewlands Bridge, he was spending a raw, drizzly Saturday afternoon in the comfort of an easy-chair by his own fireside, after having spent the earlier part of the day in doing odd jobs in the " smiddy ."

"I'm winderfu', winderfu'," he said on inquiries being made for his health. "Ye see, if I'm spared anither month noo, I'll be ninety-one." "When I was servin' my apprenticeship at the Brig o' Couttie, near Coupar Angus, we wrought frae six I' the mornin' to six at nicht, and sometimes to seven and eight, when there was a push, such as sharpin' ploo irons. There was nae Saturday afternoon then ; we wrought hale six days a week."

After having put in some time as a journeyman blacksmith, John served for two or three seasons with Mr. John Grant , Braemar. While there, though few even in Glenisla know it, he frequently shod the carriage horses of the late Queen Victoria, when in residence at Balmoral.

"Ae the day when the Queen was drivin' throo the village," he said, "her carriage drew up in front o' the smiddy door. A shoe on ane o' the horses had slackened an' of coorse, had to be sorted. I took the tool box an' gaed out to the road to gie it a tichten. A' the time I was at work the Queen was leanin' ower the side o' the carriage watchin' me. I suppose she had never seen a horse shoe tichtened afore. In going round to gie the shoon on the horse on the ither side a look, I nearly brushed claes wi' her. But she didna speak, an', of course, neither did I."

After leaving Braemar, the smith found occupation in Aberdeen, where he remained for eight years. The shop was a fairly large one, and did a great deal of shoeing, and before he left there John had become one of the most expert shoeing smiths in the country.

"Ae day, gey near nicht, a gentleman's carriage stoppit at the smiddy, an' its owner asked the maister if he could get his horses sharpit. This gentleman wasna a regular customer o' oors, but the maister said : " Thae men hae been at work since fower o'clock I' the mornin', an' I winna bid them do it. Ye can ask them yersel if ye like."

Workers' Joke.

"He did sae, an' a mate o' mine jokingly replied that we wad do what he wanted for a half-bottle o' whisky. He agreed an' we put the bottle in a medicine cupboard I' the smiddy. We forgot a' aboot the whisky for three or fower days, when my mate minded o't an' proposed a drink. He brocht oot the bottle an' handed me a dram. What was't think ye ? Naething but water. Some o' the ither workmen had drunk the whisky an' filled the bottle wi' water."

In 1868 John's brother vacated the blacksmith's shop at Brewlands Bridge, and the business was taken over by him. Part of his agreement was that the farmers in the district should cart the "smiddy" coal from Alyth Station, a distance of twelve or thirteen miles. There are two alternate roads from Alyth, the one over Kilry Hill being shorter, but very steep; the other, over Fornethy Moor, being longer, and, though not devoid of hills, of easier draught. At that time there was a licensed house at Parkfoot, and another at Kirkton, as at present. Thus refreshments could be had by either route. Both routes were patronised according to personal predilections.

"My coals were aye carted in June, after the neeps were sawn," said the smith, " an I've seen mair than twenty cairts gang for them. Comin' hame pairt took a'e road an' pairt anither. Aboot half-way ower the Hill O' Kilry there was a watering trough, an' some wha didna halt at Parkfoot watered their horses there. Weel, somebody took a spade an' this water aff into a different coorse, an' the trough gaed dry. As there was nae ither water by the roadside a'body had to then stop at Parkfoot. Whaever turned aff the water did a gude turn to the innkeeper at Parkfoot, for nae doot the men wad hae a drink as weel as the horses. By and by, the license was ta'en frae Parkfoot an' then a'body gaed roond by the Kirkton."

In course of time several of the farmers objected to carrying the smith's coal, and an arrangement was made whereby those who did not cart paid a stipulated sum. Gradually this, too, fell into abeyance, and the smith was left to provide his coal as best he could.

"I've made mony a peat spade. Peat was aboot the only fuel used in these days, an' as often they had to be carted long distances on rough roads. A certain number o' loads had to be carted everyday, according to distance, an' I've been up at fower o'clock ca'in' on a shoe that had been torn aff the nicht afore, sae that the customary number o' loads micht be got hame. A man cam' to me a'e nicht an' speired, 'What time do ye start wark I' the mornin', smith?' 'As sune as ye rap me up,' I answered."

Fifty four years John Gow has been blacksmith in Glenisla, and in that period must have witnessed an almost complete change in the personnel of the population, as well as in the habits and life of the people. Despite his years, he is still hale and hearty, and his intellect as bright as ever. He is, of course, not now fit for all the ardous duties that fall to a blacksmith's lot, but light jobs he can still accomplish with effeciency and skill.

" Yes I think we were better off in the old days than what we are today, with all the big money and all modern improvements." The speaker was Mr. D. Gow, Crieff, who, despite the fact that he is well over the allotted span, still continues to work, and in doing so takes a great personal interest in it.

Happy at Work

When I approached him he was busy in the market gardens of Mr. Sharp, fruiterer, and at my "Good morning" he looked up, and in returning the salutation rested upon his rake. After glancing up and down the row of plants as if to see that his work was well done, he came to the side and joined in conversation with me. Mr. Gow, like his brother John, was originally a blacksmith, and his early appointments were at Glenisla and Glamis. He afterwards had the Lochlands smithy at Blairgowrie, and successfully carried on the business there for a period of 25 years. He was also employed for a period near Dundee. After leaving Lochlands, Mr. Gow's attention turned to farming, and he successfully farmed Balochargie near Crieff, for eleven years. This farm is now carried on by a son, and Mr. Gow came to Crieff to spend his retirement. However, a life of leisure evidently did not appeal to Mr. Gow, and here I found him at his advanced age carefully and diligently tending to plants in a market garden. As his genial employer put it, he is never happier than when working.

No Better Off.

When I sought his views on the present time, his remark was that we were not "one whit the better." "No," he continued, "the old days had a certain freedom that is entirely absent today. Wages have risen, and working hours have been reduced, but has the lot of the worker been made brighter? As against the former, food prices have risen to a great extent, and in respect of the latter, sport claims much of the time of the people. I am no kill-joy, but even with the long hours in the past, we found time for sport, and right good times we had."

Mr. Gow is the picture of health, and although he is at an advanced age, he is still active. Fare was plain in the old days on the produce of the land Meal and potatoes formed the largest item in the food question, and flour was never used, while tea was a luxury.

"When I commenced my apprenticeship as a blacksmith, I received no wages. I got my keep only and on Sundays we had what was known as half porridge and a cup of tea. Sunday was the only day in the week that we enjoyed the 'cup that cheers,' and even the journeyman had no better feeding than the apprentices. Plain it was, but it was good and wholesome."

In recalling his early career as a blacksmith, Mr. Gow stated that his employer's son acted as foreman. "We commenced work," said Mr. Gow, "at six in the morning. Many a time the foreman would sleep in, but when he arrived at the smithy he would put the hands of the clock back to six. It was really extraordinary, because we all had watches." "However," added Mr. Gow with a smile, "matters were soon put right, either we lost time at breakfast or somebody shifted the hands of the clock forward to the correct time. We worked 11 hours per day." "At that period the country smithy was a busy place - several journeymen as well as apprentices being employed. Nowadays there is little work at this business. The reason is not so far to seek. Ploughs as well as other agricultural implements were made at the smithy. At present times these are made at the foundries. Plough-making and repairing in particular formed a big part of the business. Today ploughs are cast, and whenever the parts are worn done they are only good for recasting. In the old days when they were made at the smithy they could be repaired and sharpened."

Mr. Gow, I may add, has turned out many good ploughs, and during his long time as a smith he has turned out work which has elicited praise from farmers. He has seen many changes. Houses have sprung up where pasture existed. Pointing to the fine residential houses in Creiff, Mr. Gow said that some of them were erected when he first came to the town. On his visits to Dundee, Mr. Gow states that two horses and carts could hardly pass one another in the Murraygate, which is now one of that city's best thorough-fares.

"It was really by accident that I secured the services of Mr. Gow," said Mr. Sharp, his employer. "He had been resident in the town for some time, and as my work was behind I asked his daughter, who faithfully attends to him, if her father would assist me. Mr. Gow was delighted to come to my aid, and he can look after the gardens in a very skilful manner. He is never happier than when he is at work. I really think he is a remarkable man, and the manner he accomplishes his duties does him great credit."

The two brothers belong to a family of blacksmiths. The father, Angus Gow, was a mason to trade, and his family consisted of five sons, all of whom became blacksmiths. I afterwards had an interview with his daughter, Georgina, who keeps the house. She is certainly proud of her father, and mentioned to me that Professor Craigie, Oxford University, and Mr. Craigie, Perth were his nephews. His sister's family all hold important posts. Mr. Gow in spite of the 11 hours day as a blacksmith and his ardous labours as a farmer, has enjoyed good health. He is well known in the Strathearn district, and it is the fervent wish of his hosts of friends that he may long be spared to enjoy the work in which he has taken a great pride.

Shod Queen Victoria's Horses

Glenisla has lost a veteran inhabitant and Scotland a remarkable personality by the death of Mr. John Gow, blacksmith, Brewlands Bridge, who had reached the venerable age of 92.

His was the distinction of being the oldest working blacksmith in Scotland, for, although no longer fit for the heavier tasks that fall to the smith's lot, almost to the end he was in his smiddy, and nothing gave him greater pleasure than carrying out some small job at the forge. Throughout the whole of his long life he was never laid aside by illness, and was hale and hearty until a few days of his death.

Mr. Gow was one of a family of five brothers, all of whom were blacksmiths. One of the brothers is still alive. During one period of his long association with the forge he was employed at Braemar, where he had the reputation of being an expert of the craft, and he had the honour of shoeing for the late Queen Victoria. In 1868 he took over the business at Brewlands Bridge from his brother, Alexander, and for the past 56 years had acted as blacksmith there. He was Glenisla's oldest inhabitant. Mr. Gow served his apprenticeship at the Brig o' Couttie, near Coupar Angus, when the day's darg extended from six o'clock in the morning till six and sometimes seven in the evening, with no half-holiday on Saturday.

Pawky Reminiscences

Relating his reminiscences recently to a "Dundee Advertiser" correspondent, Mr. Gow told in pawky fashion the story of how he first came to shoe the horses of the late Queen Victoria when in residence at Balmoral.

"Ae day when the Queen was drivin' throo the village," he said, "her carriage drew up in front o' the smiddy door. A shoe on ane o' the horses had slackened an' of coorse, had to be sorted. I took the tool box an' gaed out to the road to gie it a tichten. A' the time I was at work the Queen was leanin' ower the side o' the carriage watchin' me. I suppose she had never seen a horse shoe tichtened afore. In going round to gie the shoon on the horse on the ither side a look, I nearly brushed claes wi' her. But she didna speak, an', of course, neither did I."

After leaving Braemar, the smith found occupation in Aberdeen, where he remained for eight years. The shop was a fairly large one, and did a great deal of shoeing. In this connection he had an amusing story to tell:-

"Ae day, gey near nicht, a gentleman's carriage stoppit at the smiddy, an' its owner asked the maister if he could get his horses sharpit. This gentleman wasna a regular customer o' oors, but the maister said : " Thae men hae been at work since fower o'clock I' the mornin', an' I winna bid them do it. Ye can ask them yersel if ye like." "He did sae, an' a mate o' mine jokingly replied that we wad do what he wanted for a half-bottle o' whisky. He agreed an' we put the bottle in a medicine cupboard I' the smiddy. We forgot a' aboot the whisky for three or fower days, when my mate minded o't an' proposed a drink. He brocht oot the bottle an' handed me a dram. What was't think ye ? Naething but water. Some o' the ither workmen had drunk the whisky an' filled the bottle wi' water,"

 

Carting the Smith's Coals

When Mr. Gow took over the blacksmith's shop at Brewlands Bridge, part of his agreement was that the farmers in the district should cart the "smiddy" coal from Alyth Station, a distance of twelve or thirteen miles. There are two alternate roads from Alyth, the one over Kilry Hill being shorter, but very steep; the other, over Fornethy Moor, being longer, and, though not devoid of hills, of easier draught. At that time there was a licensed house at Parkfoot, and another at Kirkton, as at present. Thus refreshments could be had by either route. Both routes were patronised according to personal predilections.

"My coals were aye carted in June, after the neeps were sawn," said the smith, " an I've seen mair than twenty cairts gang for them. Comin' hame pairt took a'e road an' pairt anither. Aboot half-way ower the Hill O' Kilry there was a watering trough, an' some wha didna halt at Parkfoot watered their horses there. Weel, somebody took a spade an' this water aff into a different coorse, an' the trough gaed dry. As there was nae ither water by the roadside a'body had to then stop at Parkfoot. Whaever turned aff the water did a gude turn to the innkeeper at Parkfoot, for nae doot the men wad hae a drink as weel as the horses. By and by, the license was ta'en frae Parkfoot an' then a'body gaed roond by the Kirkton."

In course of time several of the farmers objected to carrying the smith's coal, and an arrangement was made whereby those who did not cart paid a stipulated sum. Gradually this, too, fell into abeyance, and the smith was left to provide his coal as best he could.

"I've made mony a peat spade. Peat was aboot the only fuel used in these days, an' as often they had to be carted long distances on rough roads. A certain number o' loads had to be carted everyday, according to distance, an' I've been up at fower o'clock ca'in' on a shoe that had been torn aff the nicht afore, sae that the customary number o' loads micht be got hame. A man cam' to me a'e nicht an' speired, 'What time do ye start wark I' the mornin', smith?' 'As sune as ye rap me up,' I answered."

Mr. Gow was predeceased by his wife 30 years ago, and is survived by a family of one son and five daughters.

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Extract from "Dundee Advertiser" April 28th, 1924

GOW At Brewlands Bridge, Glenisla on 25th John Gow, Blacksmith aged 91 deeply mourned.

Funeral to Glenisla Church yard, Tuesday 29th April leaving Brewlands Bridge at 1 O'clock.

More About John Gow:
Occupation: Blacksmith
Residence: 1871, Brewlands Bridge, Glenisla, Forfar, Scotland

More About John Gow and Margaret Cruikshank:
Marriage: November 24, 1854, Crathie And Braemar, Aberdeen, Scotland

Children of John Gow and Margaret Cruikshank are:

        50               i.    Janet6 Gow, born July 1, 1855 in Glenisla, Angus, Scotland.
        51              ii.    Margaret Gow, born August 1, 1857 in Coupar Angus, Angus, Scotland.
        52             iii.    Alexander Gow, born May 27, 1859 in Coupar Angus, Angus, Scotland.
        53             iv.    Lily Ann Gow, born November 26, 1863 in Old Machar, Aberdeen, Scotland.
        54              v.    Isabella Helen Urquhart Gow, born March 24, 1866.
        55             vi.    John Gow, born May 27, 1866.

        38.  James5 Alexander (David4, David3, Thomas2, John1) was born October 25, 1843 in Glenisla, Angus, Scotland28, and died Bet. 1901 - 1915.  He married Grace Lamond February 9, 1872 in Achnaguie, Parish of Logierait, Perthshire, Scotland29, daughter of Robert Lamond and Margaret Carr.  She was born October 4, 1847 in Logierait, Perthshire, Scotland30, and died Bet. 1918 - 1941 in Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland.

Notes for James Alexander:
1891 Census Ruthven, 318, 01, 006
Alexander, James, age 47, M
Alexander, Grace, age 40, F
Alexander, Martha, age 18, F
Alexander, Robert, age 12, M
Alexander, Mary C., age 10, F
Alexander, Catherine, age 7, F
Alexander, John, age 5, M
Alexander, Janet, age 3, F
Alexander, William, age 1, M

More About James Alexander:
Occupation 1: 1872, Railway Porter
Occupation 2: 1885, Shepherd
Residence 1: Bef. February 1872, Dundee, Parish of Liff and Benvie
Residence 2: 1891, Ruthven, Angus Co., Scotland

Notes for Grace Lamond:
The Burn of Kilry is located about 6miles North of Alyth. The area is actually in Angus County, and the census reports for this area are from the town of Glenisla, about 6 miles further North.

More About Grace Lamond:
Occupation: 1872, Domestic Servant
Residence 1: 1915, Burn of Kilry, Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland
Residence 2: Bef. February 1872, Achnaguie, Tulliemet, Parish of Logierait, County of Perth

More About James Alexander and Grace Lamond:
Marriage: February 9, 1872, Achnaguie, Parish of Logierait, Perthshire, Scotland31

Children of James Alexander and Grace Lamond are:

        56               i.    Thomas6 Alexander.

More About Thomas Alexander:
Residence: 1941, Scotland

        57              ii.    James Alexander, born June 5, 1869 in Logierait, Perthshire Co., Scotland32,33,34; died April 2, 1941 in Medicine Hat, Alberta.  He married Maggie Margaret Johnston August 12, 1902; born June 25, 1880 in Ontario35; died 1968 in Alberta.

Notes for James Alexander:
James and Margaret owned a house in Medicine Hat at 506 Tenth Street

James obtained a Dominion land grant in Section 28, Twp. 10, Range 5, Meridian W4, in the area of Woolchester, close to 30km south of Medicine Hat, Alberta. James was rather short, as Jim, Grace and Delphine.

                               Masonic Funeral For James Alexander

Funeral services for the late James Alexander were held last Saturday at 2:30 from Westminster Church, Rev. R.B. Layton officiating.

Services were conducted on the Medicine Hat Masonic Temple, with officers and members of the Medicine Hat Lodge and Brooks Lodge taking part. They also participated in rites at the grave site. Pallbearers were Messrs. J. Reed, E. Bell, J. Salmon and G. Wilson of Medicine Hat, and F.D. Brown and R. Romney of Brooks.

Mr. Alexander passed away in Medicine Hat on Wednesday, April 2, after an illness of three weeks. He was born in Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland on September 15, 1869. He came to America 48 years ago and remained in Illinois for four years, at the end of which time he returned to his home in Scotland, where he stayed for two years. He came to Canada in 1899, and ranched around Medicine Hat for several years. He joined the employ of the Canadian Pacific Railway Company in 1905, and was stationed at Gull Lake and Sidewood in Saskatchewan and at Brooks in Alberta. He has made his home in Medicine Hat for the past sixteen years.

Left to mourn his loss are his wife and two sons, James of Medicine Hat, and Hector of Brooks; two daughters, Mrs. W. Morrison of Brooks, and Mrs. J. H. Dawson of Toronto; three brothers, William and Thomas of Wales and Scotland, John of Winnipeg; three sisters, Mary and Elizabeth of Scotland, and Mrs. C. Thomson of Winnipeg.

References:

1. Medicine Hat Hillside Cemetery, Index of Grave Markers and Burial Records, Alberta Genealogical Society, March 1996

               James Alexander 05 Sep 1868 - 02 Apr 1941   115A.03.4

2. Census 1901 Assiniboia West, Little Plume, Sub District 41, Division 62

Born June 5, 1868

More About James Alexander:
Date born 2: June 5, 1869, Aberdene Scotland
Cause of Death: Heart Attack
Emigration: 1897, Alberta, Canada

Notes for Maggie Margaret Johnston:
Grandma Alexander lived for a short while at the Diana Court building on Aberdeen Street in Medicine Hat shortly after Grandpa Alexander died. Grandma Alexander's family moved out west from Ontario . Her and her older brother born in Ontario. Younger sister, and others (Aunt Mona) born in Saskatchewan.  She had her toes amputated because gangrene had set in, most likely as a result of Diabetes.

More About Maggie Margaret Johnston:
Burial: Sedgewick, Alberta

More About James Alexander and Maggie Johnston:
Marriage 1: August 12, 1902
Marriage 2: August 12, 1902, Plume Creek36

        58             iii.    Martha Clark Alexander37, born November 10, 1872 in Glenisla, Angus, Scotland.
        59             iv.    David Alexander, born July 20, 1874 in Glenisla, Forfar Co., Scotland38.
        60              v.    Elizabeth N. Alexander, born Abt. 1877 in Glenisla, Forfar Co., Scotland.
        61             vi.    Robert Alexander, born Abt. 1879 in Glenisla, Forfar Co., Scotland38.
        62            vii.    Mary C. Alexander38, born Abt. 1881 in Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland38.

Notes for Mary C. Alexander:
Remained in Scotland.

        63           viii.    John Lamb Alexander39, born July 25, 1885 in Loanhead, Glenisla, Forfar Co., Scotland40,41; died December 10, 1963 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Notes for John Lamb Alexander:
Jack was in France during world war One, from 1917 to 1919
Private Jack. L. Alexander
No. 153611 A Company
1st Canadian L.B.
France

Transcribed letters from Jack to his niece Helen Alexander:

France, July 2nd, 1917
My Dear Hellen,

I am sending you a wee P.C. (Post Card) from some where in France and
I hope you will get it for it is a lovely one isn't it. Don't you think so
yourself and I hope the next letter I get from you I will get that photo
of you so don't forget I wrote your mother a while ago but I guess the
letter will be landed before this card. I got the Parcel alright. I will
ring off hoping this P.C. will find you all in good health as I am at present.
Write soon with love to all from your uncle Jack XXX

France, May 18, 1918

Dear Helen,

I received your long letter (from you) and your chum also and I have
to hear from Both. Excuse the Blots (Ink ran slightly). Glad you enjoyed
yourself at the Concert. I am looking for that Picture of you and your
chum Coming walking in to my Dugout. Won't you come and
clean it up for me it is Dirty. the Rats come in and make a Mess of it.
I will have to ring off for there is a Big rat watching me now.
So bye bye with Love to all from uncle Jack. Write Soon XXXX

France, Nov. 4th, 1919

My Dear Niece,

I received your ever welcome letter and was please to hear from you,
and to see you are all in good health. Well Helen I have know news to
gave you. The war still gose on and looks if it was going to go for a while
yet. I haven't seen Gream Wilson yet but I have had one or two letters
from him but I sure would like to run across him. Your Uncle will get
married alright, it was sure love at first sight but I think he got a good
wife alright. You will be looking for a fellow yourself. You must be a
big girl now, but I guess you will have got some little Boy around Brooks.
I guess I will ring off hoping this P.C. will find you all in good health Write
soon with love to you and them all from uncle Jack  XXX

Second half of a letter of unknown date:

I think they must be away on leave Just now. I am sorry I haven't
got a Kilt to get my Picture taken. I don't wear a Kilt now. Did your
mother get two of my Photos that was sent, one with a little Boy.
What did you think of the little fellow. Well Helen, I will ring off
I am going to send a P.C. to Miss Jean tonight and I hope you
will both get them and I want Jean to send me one of her Photos
when she writes. Love to all from uncle Jack.

Write soon.

Place of Death: Deer Lodge Hospital, St. James, Manitoba

More About John Lamb Alexander:
Medical Information: 5 feet 5 ins., Eyes Blue, 38" waist (at 26 years old)
Occupation: Bef. 1915, Teamster
Religion: Presbyterian

        64              ix.    William Roberts Alexander, born 1889 in Ruthven, Angus Co., Scotland.

Notes for William Roberts Alexander:
Resided in Wales. Jack and Grace went visit them in Wales on a trip to England one year.

More About William Roberts Alexander:
Residence: 1941, Wales

        65               x.    Catherine Jane Alexander, born 1883 in Glenisla, Angus, Scotland42.  She married Thomson.

More About Catherine Jane Alexander:

Residence: Winnipeg, Manitoba

 

        66              xi.    Janet Alexander, born Abt. 1888.

 

Endnotes  

1.  Parish Church Records, Parish Church of Blairgowrie 1647 to 1854, IGI Sources 0993521, 0993522.
2.  Scots Origins, Marriage Extract No. 5326826, OPR.
3.  IGI International Genealogical Index, Source No. 0993513, Alyth Perthshire Parish Register, Father David Gibb, Mother Jean Alexander, Christened 4 Feb., 1798, Alyth, Perthshire.
4.  Death record for David Alexander, Registration No. 56428, David Alexander (Labourer Widow of Martha Clark) Age 69 yrs. Father: David Alexander Farmer deceased  Mother: Jean Alexander M.S. Craigie deceased Informant: William Gow, Nephew.
5.  IGI International Genealogical Index, Film 0993513, Alyth Parish Records, marriage of Isabel Mulloch to David Alexander.
6.  IGI International Genealogical Index, Film No. 00993522, Blairgowrie Parish Records, marriage of Isobal Mulloch to David Alexander.
7.  IGI International Genealogical Index, Film No. 0993513, Alyth Parish Records, Christening of Issobel Mulloch, daughter of Thomas Mulloch.
8.  Scots Origins OPR Extract No. 5326811.
9.  IGI International Genealogical Index, Batch M113285, sheet 0, Source Call No. 0993513.
10.  1851 Census for Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland, Little Bamff, House 11, Jean Alexander, Head, age 84, Born Perthshire, Blairgowrie.
11.  IGI International Genealogical Index, Source 0993513, Parish records for Alyth, Perthshire, Christening July 19, 1767, Father Patrick Craigy.
12.  IGI International Genealogical Index, Film 0993513, Alyth Parish Records, marriage of Isabel Mulloch to David Alexander.
13.  IGI International Genealogical Index, Film No. 00993522, Blairgowrie Parish Records, marriage of Isobal Mulloch to David Alexander.
14.  Church of Scotland, Parish Registers for Alyth 1623-1854, Jean Craigy Christening 19 July 1767 Alyth, Perthshire, Father Patrick Craigy.
15.  Scots Origins OPR Extract No. 5326811.
16.  IGI International Genealogical Index, Batch M113285, sheet 0, Source Call No. 0993513.
17.  Scots Origins OPR Extract No. 5707182.
18.  Scots Origins OPR Extract No. 5707199.
19.  Gow Lineage Chart.
20.  Scots Origins OPR Extract No. 5707191.
21.  Scots Origins OPR Extract No. 5326811.
22.  Marriage Registration Number 53365.
23.  Scots Origins Birth Record Extract No. 6010270.
24.  1861 Census for Glenisla, Forfarshire Burgh, Scotland.
25.  Scots Origins Birth Record Extract No. 7518855.
26.  IGI International Genealogical Index, Birth of Jean Alexander Dec 23, 1838 in Glenisla, Source 09934235, parish record.
27.  Scots Origins Birth Record Extract No. 8391055.
28.  Scots Origins Birth Record Extract No. 8390974.
29.  Marriage Registration Number 53365.
30.  1881 British Census for Alyth, Perth, Scotland, FHL Film 0203510 Volume 386-B EnumDist 2 Page 9.
31.  Marriage Registration Number 53365.
32.  Census 1901 Assiniboia West, Little Plume, Sub District 41, Division 62.
33.  "Medicine Hat News," Thursday April 10, 1941, Masonic Funeral for James Alexander.
34.  1881 British Census for Alyth, Perth, Scotland.
35.  1901 Census for Little Plume, Assiniboia West, Fam. 19, Pg. 2.
36.  Alberta, Index to Registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths 1870 to 1905,  (Edmonton Branch of the Alberta Genealogical Society), Bx. No. 15-1681-0287E.
37.  Scots Origins Birth Record Extract No. 13711195.
38.  1881 British Census for Alyth, Perth, Scotland.
39.  Personal Letters  of Jack Alexander, Written to Helen Alexander During the war.
40.  Attestation Paper, Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force 153611.
41.  Birth Record for John Lamb Alexander,  (Registration of Births, Deaths, and Mariages (Scotland) Act 1965), Extract No. 222883.
42.  Scots Origins Extract No. 16763059.