Further details of the children of Andrew Burns and Margaret Blackwood and Andrew Burns and Janet Bell

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Further details of the children of Andrew Burns by his first marriage to Margaret Blackwood and also his children by his second marriage to Janet Bell

Andrew Burns first married Margaret Blackwood daughter of William Blackwood and Mary Barber on 7 Nov 1797 in Ayr.

(In fact in the family history put together by William Stewart in 1889 his father is quoted as saying that "Your Grandfather (Andrew Burns ) had 16 children by his first wife, (your Mother was the 16th), and ten by his second wife." It is difficult to see how Andrew and Margaret could have squeezed in 16 children between their marriage in 1797 and the birth of Marion their 16th in 1813, possibly there were to children who died in infancy that we do not know about making the figure actually a 10 and has been mis-read from the original document as 16! Certainly it is quite possible that there was a tenth child born to Andrew and his second wife, Janet, who has not been found.) At this moment in time the following known children were "produced" by Andrew and Margaret:


Elizabeth Burns born 14 Sep 1798 in Ayr

Christened on 16 Sep 1798 in Ayr. Commemorated on the family headstone the Auld Kirk graveyard in Ayr as "died on 31 Dec 1826".(For an image and a transcription of the headstone - click here.)

William Burns born 18 Apr 1801 in Fort George

Christened on 20 Apr 1801 in Fort George.

William married Mary Wilson on 3 Dec 1825 in Ayr, Ayrshire and they had the following children:

William Burns died on 27 Feb 1832 and was commemorated on the family headstone the Auld Kirk graveyard in Ayr. (For an image and a transcription of the headstone - click here.)

For the 1841 census the widowed Mary was recorded living at New Market St., Ayr, aged 35, born in England, and working as a Baby Linen maker. Included in the household were her sons, Andrew aged 14 and William aged 12, along with a Mary Wilson aged 9, an Andrew Cowan aged 12, and a female servant Janet Parker aged 16, all of whom were identified as born in Ayrshire. One would assume that Mary Wilson aged 9, and Andrew Cowan aged 12 were relatives of Mary and \ or her husband William.

Just over 7 years after this census, on 15 July 1848, Mary Burns, nee Wilson, passed away. There is a record of her death and her interment 3 days later on the 18 July 1848 in Ayr. She was identified as Mary Burns or Wilson of High Street, aged 49 with the cause of death listed as "Fever".

Mary Burns born 18 April 1801 in Fort George

Baptised on 20th April 1801. Presumably father & mother at Fort George with the Ayrshire Regiment of Militia. Birth & baptism later recorded in the Ayr Parish Register. Commemorated on the family headstone the Auld Kirk graveyard in Ayr as "died on 15 March 1826".(For an image and a transcription of the headstone - click here.)

Janet Burns was born on 7 November 1803 in Dundee

Janet married John Morrison Cowan, the son of Andrew Cowan and Jean Walker on 6 December 1828 in Ayr. (For further details of the children of Andrew Cowan and Jean Walker - click here).  John was born on 24 May 1801 in Coylton, Ayrshire, and died on 15 April 1878 in Templehill, Troon. Janet died on 6 September 1881 also in Templehill, Troon. Janet and John had the following known children:

Click here for further details of all John and Janet's known children.

For the census of 1841 John and the three older children were recorded at Templehill, Troon, with John recorded as a "Post Master"

1841 Census (7th June) Dundonald (590) Folio 5 Book 5 Page 16.

Templehill, Troon.

Name

Age Occupation Where Born
John Couan 36 P Master Yes
John Couan 8   Yes
James Couan 6   Yes
Jean Couan 4   Yes
Marry Stewart 20 Female Servant Yes

His wife Janet, who would have been about six months pregnant with their son William Burns Cowan, was resident in the household of John's parents Andrew and Jane, at their farm, West Drumsuy, Coylton.

1841 Census (7th June) Coylton (583) Folio 0 Book 2 Page 2.

West Drumsuy, Coylton

Name Age Occupation Where Born
Andrew Cowan 70 Farmer Yes
Jane Cowan 60   Yes
Charles Cowan 35 Agricultural Labourer Yes
David Cowan 30 Agricultural Labourer Yes
Thomas Cowan 15 Agricultural Labourer Yes
Andrew Cowan 13 Agricultural Labourer Yes
Janet Cowan 35 Agricultural Labourer Yes
Janet Cowan 2 Agricultural Labourer Yes
Agnes McCelland 15 Female Servant Yes

For the census of 1851 John and Janet and their five younger children were recorded all together at Templehill, Troon

1851 Census (31st March) Dundonald (590) Folio 0 Book 5c Page 17

Templehill, Troon

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
John M. Cowan Head 49 Post Master Troon Village, Ayrshire
Janet Cowan Wife 37 Post Master's wife Dundee, Angus
John Cowan Son 17 Bank Clerk Troon, Ayrshire
James Cowan Son 15 Scholar Troon, Ayrshire
Jane Cowan Daughter 13 Scholar Troon, Ayrshire
Janet. B. B. Cowan Daughter 11 Scholar Troon, Ayrshire
William B. Cowan Son 9 Scholar Troon, Ayrshire
Grace Niven Servant 21 House Servant Dailly, Ayrshire

John Morrison Cowan died, aged 77, on 15 Apr 1878 in Templehill, Troon. He was recorded as a House Proprietor, married to Janet Burns, and the son of Andrew Cowan, a Farmer, and Margaret Cowan, maiden name Walker. The informant was A. B. Cowan, son, present.

For the census of 1881 the widowed Jane,t aged 77 and recorded as an "Annuitant" was again recorded at Templehill, Troon. Included in the household were her unmarried daughter Jessie (Bell Burns) Cowan aged 40, and her married daughter Jane White, and Jane's two children, her grandchildren, James aged 7 and George aged 3. The whereabouts of James White Jane's husband is unknown and it is possible that he had passed way, although Jane would seem to have been identified as "Married" rather than "Widowed".

1881 Census (4th April) Dundonald (590-2) Book 3 Page 16

Templehill, Troon

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Janet Burns Cowan Head - Widow 77 Annuitant Dundee, Forfar
Jessie B. Cowan Daughter 40   Troon, Ayrshire
Jane White Daughter 42   Troon, Ayrshire
James White Grandson 7 Scholar Troon, Ayrshire
George White Grandson 3 Scholar Troon, Ayrshire

Janet Cowan, nee Burns, died, aged 78, on 6 Sep 1881 in Templehill, Troon. She was recorded as the widow of John Morrison Cowan, a House Proprietor, and the daughter of Andrew Burns, a Clothier, and Margaret Burns maiden name Blackwood, both identified as deceased. The informant was A. B. Cowan, son, not present.

John Cowan's brother married a Margaret Gilmore and their daughter Jane married a John Glen Elliot, grandson of Alexander Glen and Margaret Paul, through their daughter Helen and her husband William Elliot. Therefore this marriage links (through marriage) the Burns & Glen families who were latterly linked again with the marriage of my grandparents Robina Adam (Burns) and John W. Hendry, (Glen) in 1917. (For the details of this connection - click here).

Andrew Burns born 7 Nov 1807 in Gosport

Baptised on 15th Nov 1807. Presumably father & mother at Gosport with the Ayrshire Regiment of Militia. Birth & baptism later recorded in the Ayr Parish Register. It would seem that Andrew had a natural daughter, Janet, in 1835 with a Marion Morton. (i.e. Andrew and Marion were not married.) The child was recorded in the Ayr OPR Births and Baptisms for that year viz: "BURNS - Janet Nat. Daughter of Andrew Burns, Tailor & Marion Morton, the Mother, was Born 25th June 1835 & Baptised 17th August 1835 by the Rev'd Dr. Auld". No more is know about mother or daughter. (It is not entirely impossible that the Andrew Burns, the father, was not in fact this Andrew but HIS father Andrew Burns. Andrew Burns senior was at the time aged 60 and married but was certainly fathering children with his second wife Janet Bell up until 1844. However this does seems unlikely and the use of the term "tailor" in the register, rather than clothier, as Andrew Burns senior tended to be recorded seems to make it more than likely that it was Andrew Burns junior, that was being refered to. Andrew was recorded with his father and his stepmother at High Street, Ayr, for the 1841 census. Commemorated on the family headstone the Auld Kirk graveyard in Ayr as "died on 27 Aug 1846". (For a details of the headstone - click here.)

Jane Burns born 3 Aug 1809 in Bletchingdon, Oxford

Jane Burns married James Adam, a shoemaker, on 28 June 1834 in Ayr, Ayrshire. This couple are the next generation in the Adam element of the main Hendry Family History - Click here for further details of this couple and the ancestry etc of James Adam etc

Thomas Burns born 29 Jun 1811 in Ayr

Baptised on 30 Jul 1811. Commemorated on the family headstone the Auld Kirk graveyard in Ayr as "died on 14 Mar (year illegible?). (For a details of the headstone - click here.)

Marion Burns born 17 Jul 1813 in Ayr

Marion married John Stewart son of Thomas Stewart and Elizabeth Dubs on 18 Jul 1833 in Ayr. John was born in 1806 probably in Irvine. There was a family history put together in 1889 by William Burns Stewart, one of the sons John Stewart and Marion Burns. (For a transcription of this diary - Click Here). John Stewart died on 6 January 1876 at 80 South Portland Street, Glasgow. Marion and John had the following known children:

(For further details of the children of John Stewart and Marion Burns - click here)

For the 1841 census John Stewart, Marion Burns and family were living in Nelson Street, in Largs. Their house was in the same street and a few doors down from Marion's sister, Jane, and her husband James Adam, shoemaker, my gg-grandmother and gg-grandfather

1841 Census (7th June) Largs (602) Folio 4 Book 5 Page 23.

Nelson Street, Largs.

Name

Age Occupation Where Born
John Stewart 30 Slater Yes
Marion Stewart 25   Yes
Margaret Stewart 8   Yes
Thomas Stewart 6   Yes
Elizabeth Stewart 4   Yes
Andrew Stewart 2   Yes
John Stewart 2 weeks   Yes

John Stewart was still in Largs for the 1851 census at Jades Land? (difficult to read) but must have moved to Glasgow very shortly afterwards as he is listed in the 1851 Glasgow Directory as living at 48 Bedford Street, and the 1852 Glasgow Directory as living at 116 Waterloo Street. Also the birth of his daughter Susanna on 28 December 1851 was recorded in Barony, Glasgow.

1851 Census (31st March) Largs (602) Book 8 Page 17

Jades Land, Largs

Name

Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
John Stewart Head 44 Slater Master employing 1 Slater Irvine, Ayrshire
Marion Stewart Wife 37   Ayr, Ayrshire
Thomas Stewart Son 26 Slater Journeyman Ayr, Ayrshire
Margaret Stewart Daughter 17 Dressmaker Ayr, Ayrshire
Elizabeth Stewart Daughter 13 Scholar Ayr, Ayrshire
Andrew Stewart Son 11 Scholar Largs, Ayrshire
John Stewart Son 9 Scholar Largs, Ayrshire
Marion R. Stewart Daughter 5 Scholar Largs, Ayrshire
Jessie B. Stewart Daughter 3   Largs, Ayrshire
William B. Stewart Son 1   Largs, Ayrshire

At the time of the 1861 census John was living at 80 South Portland Street. Business seems to be good but this is not surprising as the amount of building going on in the city of Glasgow from the mid nineteenth century to the beginning to the twentieth must have been considerable.

1861 Census (8th April) Glasgow (644-9) Book 7 Page 14

80 South Portland Street, Glasgow

Name

Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
John Stewart Head 54 Master Slater employing 9 men Irvine, Ayrshire
Marion Stewart Wife 47   Ayr, Ayrshire
Thomas Stewart Son 26 Slater Journeyman Ayr, Ayrshire
Andrew B. Stewart Son 21 House Carpenter Largs, Ayrshire
John Stewart Son 19 House Carpenter Largs, Ayrshire
Jessie B. Stewart Daughter 15 Scholar Largs, Ayrshire
Marion R. Stewart Daughter 13 Scholar Largs, Ayrshire
William B. Stewart Son 11 Scholar Largs, Ayrshire
Mary A.B. Stewart Daughter 1 Scholar Glasgow, Lanarkshire
*Anne Burns Visitor 29 Sister in Law Ayr, Ayrshire

*Marion's half sister born 26 August 1830 to her father Andrew Burns and Janet Bell

Marion Stewart, nee Burns, died on 30 Jan 1869 in 80 South Portland Street, Glasgow. For the 1871 census John Stewart had remarried and was living with his new wife Margaret Miller. There is a record of the marriage of a John Stewart to a Mary Miller on 15 December 1870 in Blythswood, Glasgow which may well be them. Where Mary A. B. aged 11 is I don't know, but probably with one of her big brothers or sisters. (but not Thomas!)

1871 Census (3rd April) Glasgow (644-9) Book 5 Page 1 (almost illegible)

23 Oxford Street, Glasgow.

Name

Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
John Stewart Head 64 Master Slater employing 9 men Irvine, Ayrshire
Margaret Stewart Wife 40   Irvine, Ayrshire
William B. Stewart Son 21 Architect's Assistant Largs, Ayrshire
????? Anderson Servant 16 Servant Glasgow, Lanarkshire

His son Thomas and business partner is living close by in Norfolk Street.

1871 Census (3rd April) Glasgow (644-9) Book 5 Page 14

70 Norfolk Street, Glasgow.

Name

Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Thomas Stewart Head 36 Slater Ayr, Ayrshire
Mary Stewart Wife 31   Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Isabella Stewart Daughter 5   Glasgow, Lanarkshire
John Stewart Son 3   Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Andrew Stewart Son 8 months   Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Janet Laird Servant 14 Servant Coatbridge, Lanarkshire

John Stewart died on 6 January 1876 at 80 South Portland Street, Glasgow . He seems to have left no will as recorded in the Book of Confirmation for 1876. Due to the lack of will the estate seems to have taken a long time to be settled

John Stewart - 10 March - Confirmation of John Stewart, Slater, 13 Wallace Street, Glasgow, residing at 80 South Portland Street there, who died 6 January 1876 at Glasgow, intestate, granted at Glasgow to Thomas Stewart, Slater, 13 Wallace Street, aforesaid, Executor dative qua next of kin. Value of Estate £896, 6s, 4d.. Additional Inventory given up 28 June 1881.


Andrew secondly married Janet Bell daughter of James Bell on 27 May 1828 in Ayr. Janet was born about 1801. She died on 23 Dec 1872 in Ayr. She was buried in Ayr Auld Kirk. Andrew and Janet had the following children:


Margaret Burns born on 29 Apr 1829 in Ayr.

Margaret Burns was recorded with her father and her mother at High Street, Ayr, for the 1841 census. She died unmarried on 30 January 1900 at 33 Sandgate Street, Ayr. Cause of death was breast cancer and the informant was William Paton, friend, 9 Mitten Road, Ayr.

Ann Burns born on 26 Aug 1830 in Ayr

Ann Burns was recorded with her father and her mother at High Street, Ayr, for the 1841 census. She died unmarried at 32 High Street, Ayr, on 5 March 1880. Commemorated on the 2nd family headstone the Auld Kirk graveyard in Ayr as “died 5th March 1880”. (For an image and a transcription of the headstone - click here.)

Isobel Burns born on 6 Nov 1832 in Ayr

Recorded in the household of her married sister Sarah for the 1881 census. (See following)  Isobel Burns died unmarried at 32 High Street, Ayr, on 18 June 1886. Commemorated on the 2nd family headstone the Auld Kirk graveyard in Ayr as “died 18 June 1886”. (For an image and a transcription of the headstone - click here.)

Elizabeth Bell Burns born on 15 Jun 1834 in Ayr.

Recorded in the household of her married sister Sarah for the 1881 census. (See following). Elizabeth Bell Burns died unmarried at 5 Montgommerie Terrace, Ayr, on 20 November 1907.

Mary Burns born on 24 Feb 1837 in Ayr

Commemorated on the 2nd family headstone the Auld Kirk graveyard in Ayr as “died on 15 Sep 1841”. (For an image and a transcription of the headstone - click here.) Not found with family for the 1841 census. Is the month in this date inaccurate or misread?

Jemima Burns born on 22 Nov 1838 in Ayr

Commemorated on the 2nd family headstone the Auld Kirk graveyard in Ayr as “died on 4 Sep 1839”. (For an image and a transcription of the headstone - click here.)

Sarah Hunter Burns born on 19 Aug 1840 in Ayr.

Married Alexander Fergusson on 15 December 1869 in Ayr. Alexander Fergusson was baptised on 19 November 1831 in Maybole the son of Alexander Fergusson, an agricultural labourer, and Janet Walker. Sarah and Alexander had four known children:

  • Jessie Burns Walker Fergusson whose birth was recorded in 1877 in Ayr, Ayrshire. Jessie married Andrew Campbell Scott of Canada on 27 November 1911, at the Station Hotel, Ayr. Shortly after their marriage the couple emigrated to Alberta, Canada where they had the following known children: -
    • Robert Scott was born on 15 Aug 1913 in Alberta, Canada. Robert married Jantina Magrita ?????? was born 30 Apr 1923. Robert and Jantina had three known children. Robert died on 31 January 1993, in Tofield, Lloydminster Census Division, Alberta, and was interred in Tofield cemetery. Jantina Magrita Scott died on 5 November 2007, in Tofield, Lloydminster Census Division, Alberta, and was interred in Tofield cemetery.
    • Alexander (Sandy) Scott was born on 26 August 1915 in Alberta, Canada. Alex married Irene ?????? born 12 August 1922. Alexander and Irene had three known children. Alex died on 6 December 2003, in Tofield, Lloydminster Census Division, Alberta, and was interred in Tofield cemetery.
    For the census of 1916 the family were recorded at Ubraina, near Brown Lake, Alberta. Andrew was recorded as a Farmer, aged 47, along with Jessie aged 39, both identified as born in Scotland. Included in the household are their two sons, Robert aged 2 and Alexander aged 9 months, both identified as born in Canada. Jessie was recorded as having arrived in Canada in 1912 but Andrew having arrived in 1905. One wonders if the couple were an item before Andrew's initial trip to Canada, or whether he had returned and taken up with Jessie thereafter. For the census of 1921 the family were recorded resident in Cornhill, Victoria, Alberta. Andrew was recorded once again as a Farmer, aged 58 and Jessie was recorded as aged 42, with both identified as born in Scotland. Also included in the household were their two sons, Robert aged 7 a scholar, and Alexander aged 2, both identified as born in Alberta. Andrew was again recorded as having come to Canada in 1905, but Jessie was recorded on this occasion as having arrived in 1911. The couple died in Tofield, Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada and there is a record of their graves in the Tofield cemetery included in the Findagrave website - Andrew C. Scott 1868-1948 and Jessie B. W. Scott 1877-1958.
  • Alexander John Fergusson whose birth was recorded in 1879 in Ayr, Ayrshire. Alexander carried on the family printing business at 18-20 High Street, (east side), Ayr. Ayrshire. Alexander married Jessie Williamina Mitchell in 1910 in Ayr, and for the census of 1911 himself and Jessie were recorded resident at 14 Aisla Place, Ayr. Alexander was recorded as Alexander J. Fergusson, aged 31, a printer and stationer, born in Ayr, Ayrshire, and Jessie was recorded as Jessie W. Fergusson, aged 35, born in Ardnamurchan, Argyllshire. The couple were recorded as married for under 1 year and having had no children. Jessie was Jessie Wilhelmina Mitchell, born 21 June 1874, in Acharachle, Ardnamurchan, Argyllshire, the daughter of William Mitchell, a salmon fisher and tacksman, and Jessie Cuthbert Ballantine. Jessie died at Ballochmyle Hospital, on 22 August 1964, although the family home was 2 Bellvale Quadrant, Ayr, Ayrshire. Alexander died on 18 September 1969 at Heathfield Hospital, Ayr,Ayrshire. It is unknown whether the couple had any children.
  • Andrew Burns Fergusson whose birth was recorded in 1882 in Ayr, Ayrshire. It would seem that in 1913 Andrew gave up his share in the family printing business as there is an item in the Edinburgh Gazette of 27 February 1913 - ALEXANDER FERGUSSON & SONS, Printers and Stationers, 18 and 20 High Street, Ayr. THIS Firm has been DISSOLVED as at this date, by the retiral therefrom of Andrew Burns Fergusson, one of the Partners thereof. The Business will continue to be carried on by the remaining Partner, Alexander John Fergusson, on his own account and under the Firm name of ALEXANDER FERGUSSON & SONS. The said Alexander John Fergusson will uplift all debts due to, and discharge the whole liabilities of, the dissolved Firm. Dated this 20th day of February 1913. It would seem that Andrew then went to Canada in 1913 as there is a record of the arrival in Nova Scotia of an Andrew B. Ferguson, aged 30, on board the SS Letitia which sailed from Glasgow in the March of 1913. He was identified as born in Scotland, a printer by trade, with his final destination being Tofield, Alberta to stay with relatives. It would seem Andrew died in Canada the year after his arrival on 17 May 1914 at Beaver Lake, Alberta as there is an entry in the index of Wills and Testaments on the Scotlandspeoples website viz "Ferguson Andrew Burns - 16/4/1918 - Montgomerie Terrace, Ayr, of Beaver Lake, Edmonton, Province of Alberta, d. 17/05/1914 at Beaver Lake, intestate". His grave is marked by a headstone in the Beaver Lake cemetery Andrew B. Ferguson, Died May 15,1914. Aged 31 Yrs, At Rest
  • William Hunter Fergusson whose birth was recorded as born in 1884 in Ayr, Ayrshire. William married Elizabeth Drinnan on 5 September 1912, at the Station Hotel, Ayr. William died on 6 July 1962, at Ballochmyle Hospital, Mauchline, although his usual address was 11 Bellevale Avenue, Ayr. He was recorded on the death certificate as William Hunter Nicholson Burns a retired cashier, aged 78, married to Elizabeth Drinnan, the son of Alexander Ferguson, a Master Printer, and Sarah Hunter Burns, both identified as deceased. The informant was Alex. J. Fergusson, brother, of 2 Bellevale Quadrant, Ayr. Elizabeth died 25 October 1966 at Holmhead Hospital, Old Cumnock, although her usual residence was give as 25 Ewenfield Avenue, Ayr. She was recorded on the death certificate as Elizabeth Ramsay Fergusson, born 28 July 1883, married to William Hunter Nicholson Fergusson a cashier in a Fertiliser Manufacturer, and the daughter of James Hill Drinnan, a master plumber, and Helen Jamieson Drinnan, maiden name McClelland, both listed as deceased. The informant was George Carson, brother in law. (m. Marion Gillespie Drinnan in 1926 in Ayr). As the informant of the death of William was his brother, and the informant of the death of Elizabeth was her brother-in-law this may suggest that the couple had no children, although this is pure supposition.

For the census of 1881 the family were recorded at 9 Cathcart Street in Ayr, with Alexander recorded as a "Printer & Stationer". Also included in the household are : - Janet Ferguson, nee Walker, Alexander's mother; Agnes B Gray, daughter of Alexander's sister Jane and her husband John Gray, born 12 March 1856; Jessie Wilson, daughter of Alexander's sister Janet and her husband Charles Wilson born 14 March 1872; Isabella Burns, Sarah's sister born on 6 November 1832; Elizabeth B(ell) Burns, Sarah's sister born on 15 June 1834.

1881 Census (4th April) Ayr (578) Book 9. Page 10.

9 Cathcart Street, Ayr

Name

Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Alexander Ferguson Head 48 Printer & Stationer Maybole, Ayrshire
Sarah Ferguson Wife 39 Wife of Printer Ayr, Ayrshire
Jessie B. W. Ferguson Daughter 3   Ayr, Ayrshire
Alexander Ferguson Son 1   Ayr, Ayrshire
Janet Ferguson Mother 81 Annuitant Kirkoswald, Ayrshire
Agnes B. Gray Niece 25 Shop Keeper Ayr, Ayrshire
Jessie Wilson Niece 8 Scholar Craigie, Ayrshire
Isabella Burns Sister in Law 43 Annuitant Ayr, Ayrshire
Elizabeth B. Burns Sister in Law 41 Annuitant Ayr, Ayrshire
Annie Bryce Servant 19 Domestic Servant Glasgow, Lanarkshire

I believe Sarah died on 12 April 1895, aged 53, at 5 Montgomerie Terrace, Ayr, Ayrshire. Alexander died 0n 3 March 1904 at the same address.

John Burns was born on 6 Nov 1842 in Ayr

John Burns died unmarried on 20 Aug 1870 in Ayr, at Craigowan, in the Parish of Symington at although his usual residence is given as Ayr. The death certificate identified him as having died aged 27, the son of Andrew Burns, a tailor and clothier, (deceased) and Janet Burns, maiden surname Bell. No occupation is listed and no cause of death is given with the note “no regular medical attendant”. The informant was his brother William Burns of 32 High Street, Ayr. I believe that Craigowan was the home of John Dunlop (1816 - 1901), the Factor for the Earl of Kilmarnock. Commemorated on the 2nd family headstone the Auld Kirk graveyard in Ayr as died 26th August 1870”. (For an image and a transcription of the headstone - click here. Nothing more known at this time

William Burns born on 30 Sep 1844 in Ayr

Informant on his brother John's death certificate in 1870, with an address given as 32 High Street, Ayr. William married Grace Smith on 13 April 1874 at 40 Sandgate Street, Ayr. William was recorded as aged 29, a chemist, resident at 32 High Street, Ayr, and the son of Andrew Burns, a clothier, and Janet Burns, maiden surname Bell, both identified as deceased. Grace was recorded as aged 25, resident at 40 Sandgate Street, Ayr, and the daughter of Robert Smith, a miller, (deceased), and Margaret Andrew.Grace was born 17 February 1849 and baptised 18 March 1849 in Ayr. William and Grace had a least 5 children: -

  • Margaret Andrew Burns born 1875, Ayr, Ayrshire. Recorded in the 1911 census with her mother in the family home, aged 35 and single. Margaret Andrew Burns died aged 56 on 13 February 1931, at Glenageary, Dublin, Ireland where she was possibly resident at the time with her mother Grace, her sister Helen and Helen's husband James McCririck, who lived in this locality during this period.(see Helen Grace Burns below). Her usual address would seem to have been 34 Miller Road, Ayr.
  • Andrew Bell Burns born 1879, Ayr, Ayrshire. A chemist like his father, Andrew married Emily Hurst on 29 August 1906 in Ayr. I believe that Emily was born on 24 February 1879, in Louth, Lincolnshire, the daughter of John Becket Hurst and Georgiana Young. I believe that Andrew and Emily had at least three children: -
    • William Burns born 17 June 1907, Somersby, Dongola Road, Ayr, Ayrshire. Recorded in the household of his grandmother Grace Burns for the 1911 census.
    • Ian Hurst Burns born 12 November 1910, Havelock House, 6 Miller Road, Ayr, Ayrshire,
    • Grace Smith Burns born 30 December 1913, 6 Miller Road, Ayr, Ayrshire
    • Andrew B. Burns born 24 February 1920, Kings Norton, Warwickshire.
    Andrew Bell Burns died on 18 January 1939 at the Queen's Hospital Bath Row, Birmingham. His death was noted in The Chemist and Druggist viz. "Mr. Andrew Bell Burns, M.P.S., 25 Yardley Wood Road, Birmingham, who died on January 18, left estate of the gross value of £1,476, with net personalty £596."
  • Robert Smith Burns born February 1881, Ayr, Ayrshire. Robert married Annie Isabella Muir on 19 November 1919 at 16 Belmont Avenue, Ayr, Ayrshire. Robert was recorded as aged 37, a clerk, resident at 34 Miller Road, Ayr, the son of William Burns, a chemist, (deceased), and Grace Burns, maiden name Smith. Annie was identified as aged 36, resident at at 16 Belmont Avenue, Ayr, the daughter of John Muir, a Master Mariner, (deceased) and and Annie Muir, maiden surname Robertson. The witnesses were A. Lockhart and Amelia Dench Muir. I suspect Annie's birth was registered in 1883 in Irvine, Ayrshire. Robert and Annie had at least one child: -
    • Robert Smith Burns - Appears as informant on his fathers death certificate. Robert Smith Burns Jnr was born on 9 January 1921 at 14 Belmont Avenue, Ayr, Ayrshire. Robert's death was registered in the July-September quarter of 1999 in the registration district of West Surrey.
    Robert Smith Burns died on 15 February 1945 at the Ayr Club, Academy Street, Ayr of Heart Failure (Sudden Death). He was recorded on the death certificate as a Shipping Agent, aged 64, married to Annie Isbister Muir, the son of William Burns, a chemist and druggist, and Grace Burns, maiden name Smith, both identified as deceased. His normal address was given as 16 Belmont Avenue, Ayr, the the informant was his son, resident at the same address. Annie Burns, nee Muir, died aged 91 on 19 June 1975 at Ballochmyle Hospital, although her uual address was 16 Belmont Avenue, Ayr.
  • Helen Grace Burns born about 1884, Ayr, Ayrshire. Helen married James William McCririck, a Captain in the Royal Scots Fusiliers, at Garden Park, Ayr, on 7 December 1916. James W. McCririck was born in Ayr, in 1883, the sole son of James McCririck (1840-1900) and had worked in Ayr in the family Gunmakers business until he joined the army in WW1 and became an officer. A later notice in the Glasgow Herald of Helen's death identified two children.: -
    • Grace - I believe this daughter is Grace Helen McCririck, whose birth was registered in 1918 in Ayr. I believe this Grace Helen McCririck latterly married Robert Houston in 1948 with the marriage recorded in Blythswood, Glasgow.
    • Anne - I believe this daughter is Anne W. McCririck whose birth was registered in the July-September quarter of 1923 in Oswestry with the mothers name identified as Burns. I believe this Anne W. McCririck married John Wellington in 1947 with the marriage recorded in the July-September quarter of 1947 in Wellington, Devon.
    Helen and her husband lived in Ireland for some time during the 1930's but that James died on 18 September 1943 at Worth Farm Hele Bradninch, Devon, although identified as "of Culm Vale Stoke Canon, near Exeter. in Devon in 1943. There is an entry in the Weekly Irish Times of 2 October of 1943 viz. "McCRIRICK September 18. James William McCririck - beloved husband of Helen Grace Burns, Stoke Canon, Devon, late of Glenageary, Dublin.". This is matched with an entry in the BMD index for Tiverton in the July-September quarter of 1943 for the death of a James W. McCririck aged 60. Helen seems to have returned to Scotland as she died at Faleen, Kockendale, Symington, Ayrshire on 9 May 1972, aged 87.
  • Isabella Burns born about 1886, Ayr, Ayrshire. Recorded in her mother's household for the 1911 census. Nothing more currently known.

For the census of 1881 William and Grace were living at 11 Barns Street, Ayr with their three children and a servant.

1881 Census (4th April) Ayr (578) Book 6. Page 26.

11 Barns Street, Ayr

Name

Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
William Burns Head 36 Chemist Ayr, Ayrshire
Grace Burns Wife 32   Ayr, Ayrshire
Margaret Burns Daughter 6   Ayr, Ayrshire
Andrew Burns Son 19 months   Ayr, Ayrshire
Robert Burns Son 7   Ayr, Ayrshire
Georgina Duff Servant 19 General Servant Newton, Ayrshire

In 1884 William was advertising in the Ayr Trade Directory of that year, informing the public of his move of premises to 142 High Street, Ayr.

William Burns died aged 55 on 26 August 1900 at Garden Park, Miller Road, Ayr. He was identified on the certificate as a chemist, married to Grace Smith, the son of Andrew Burns, a clothier, and Janet Burns, maiden surname Bell, both identified as deceased. The informant was his son Andrew.

The following year for the census of 1901 his widow Grace was living at 34 Miller Road, (Garden Park?). Also in the household were her children Margaret, Robert, Helen and Isabella.

1901 Census (7 April) Ayr (578/01) Book 12/1 Page 10

34 Miller Road, Ayr.

Name

Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Grace Burns Head - Widow 52   Ayr, Ayrshire
Margaret A. Burns Daughter 25   Ayr, Ayrshire
Robert Smith Burns Son 20 Shipping Clerk Ayr, Ayrshire
Helen Grace Burns Daughter 16 Scholar Ayr, Ayrshire
Isabella Burns Daughter 14 Scholar Ayr, Ayrshire
Annie McGillvary Servant 21 General Servant England

The Edinburgh Gazette of 10 March 1911 has an entry recording the transfer of the chemists business which, it would seem, was being run by the widowed Grace, to her son Andrew Bell.

Grace Burns, nee Smith died aged 83, on 28 January 1933 in Rathdown, Glenageary, Dublin, Ireland it is assumed at the house of her daughter Helen Grace Burns and her husband James William McCririck, who were living in the area at the time. (An area in the suburbs of Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown, Ireland.)(see Helen Grace Burns above). Her usual address would seem to have been 34 Miller Road, Ayr.