Further details of Mary Donald, wife of James Robb

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FURTHER DETAILS OF MARY DONALD, WIFE OF JAMES ROBB

Mary Donald was baptised on 30 December 1801, in Lesmahagow, the daughter of Andrew Donald, a farmer, and Margaret Meikle who were married on 28 December 1786, in Lesmahagow. Mary seems to have been the seventh of twelve children. According to his later gravestone Andrew Donald was a farmer at Blackwood Yett, a farm just to the south of Blackwood, about 3 miles north of Lersmahaygow.

CHILDREN OF ANDREW DONALD & MARGARET MEIKLE 

From the Lesmahagow Parish Register - Brown - From the Mormon IGI - Red

Janet   Bapt. 22 May 1788 Lesmahagow
Susan   Bapt. 17 March 1790 Lesmahagow
Margaret Born 29 February 1792 Bapt. 6 March 1792 Lesmahagow
Elizabeth   Bapt. 1 June 1794 Lesmahagow
William **   Bapt. 12 June 1796 Lesmahagow
Marion Born 19 September 1799 Bapt. 26 September 1799 Lesmahagow
Mary   Bapt. 30 December 1801 Lesmahagow
Robert Born 28 April 1804 Bapt. 6 May 1804 Lesmahagow
Andrew   Bapt. 29 December 1806 Lesmahagow
Janet Born 11 May 1810   Lesmahagow
William Born 1812   Lesmahagow
Jean   Bapt. 15 May 1814 Lesmahagow

Mary Donald's father, Andrew Donald, died on 6 December 1822, aged 60, and her mother, Margaret Meikle, died on 11 October 1839, aged 74. They were both laid to rest in the graveyard of Lesmahagow church, alongside their son, William**, who died on 16 October 1809, aged 13, and these details are taken from their headstone there. 

Inscription on Donald headstone in Lesmahaygow parish church graveyard - (recumbent stone)

 IN
MEMORY OF
ANDREW DONALD
BLACKWOOD YETT WHO
DIED 6th DECr 1822 AGED 60 YEARS
ALSO MARGARET MEIKLE HIS
WIFE WHO DIED 11th OCTr 1839 AGED 74
YEARS WILLIAM THEIR SON DIED
16th AUGt 1809 AGED 13 YEARS

In a transcription of the 1821 Lesmahagow Census Return, one of the few pre-1841 census returns to have names, there is -

Householder Forename Spouse Forename Address M F No.
Dougald Andrew Meikle Margret Brakenwoodyet 3 4 957

I would guess this maybe a misreading of DOUGALD for DONALD and BRAKENWOODYET for BLACKWOODYET, with 3 males and 4 females. Sight of the original would be good and would might also give more info on John Robb and Mary Thomson.

According to the age given for Margaret Meikle on her gravestone of 74 she would have been born circa 1765. It is therefore possible that she was one and the same as the Margaret Meikle recorded in the I.G.I as born 13th October 1765 in Lesmahagow, the daughter of William Meikle and Janet Meikle.