Further details where known of the children of Robert Allison and Mary Ann Hopkin Ritchie of Malletsheugh farm

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Further details where known of the children of Robert Allison and Mary Ann Hopkin Ritchie of Malletsheugh farm


 

James Allison born 6 August 1863, Mearns, Renfrewshire

James Allison was born on 6 August 1863 in Mearns, Renfrewshire. On 9 December 1890 in High Walton, Mearns, James, a farmer at Malletsheugh, Mearns  at the time, married Annie Gilmour of High Walton, Mearns, the daughter of Andrew Gilmour, a farmer, and Jane Knox. The witnesses were Robert Allison, (James's brother?) and Annie Knox (a maternal aunt or cousin?). Annie was born in 1868 in Neilston, Renfrewshire. James and Annie had the following known children: 

On his father Robert's death in 1888 Malletsheugh farm seems to have passed to his eldest son James, who we find in residence for the census of 1891 with his wife Annie Gilmour.

1891 Census (6th April)  Mearns (571/02)  Book 4. Page 4.

Malletsheugh farm, by Mearns village.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
James Allison Head 27 Farmer Mearns, Renfrewshire
Annie Allison Wife 21 Farmer's Wife Neilston, Renfrewshire
James McEwan Servant 30 Farm Servant Neilston, Renfrewshire
Bella McIntyre Servant 32 Farm Servant Paisley, Renfrewshire

On 27 January 1896 James Allison appeared before Sheriff Fyfe in the Glasgow Sheriff Court accused of delivering skim milk to a Glasgow dairyman which was found to contain 10% water. He plead guilty although it was claimed to have been accidental, the water been left in after the "synding of the luggies" i.e. when the milk churns had been washed out. James was fined £5-00. After this episode things seem to go wrong financially for James although it is always possibly money was already and issue and the watering of the milk was an attempt to create some extra revenue. It does seem rather unlikely that enough water to have adulterated the milk by 10% had not been noticed. Equally whether it was accidental or deliberate the fact that the story was reported in the newspapers of both Glasgow AND Edinburgh may have done sufficient damage to the farm's reputation that business was badly affected. 

Glasgow Herald - 28 Jan 1896

Adulterated Milk - James Allison, farmer, Malletsheugh, Mearns, was charged in Glasgow Sheriff Court yesterday, at the instance of the Sanitary Department, with having on the 24th December delivered skimmed milk to a dairyman in the city, which on analysis was found to contain 10 percent of added water. Samples of the milk were procured in course of delivery by Inspectors Hamilton and Armstrong. Accused pleaded guilty, and it was stated on his behalf that the "synding of the luggies" at the farm must have been the cause of the water getting into the milk. Sheriff Fyfe imposed a fine of £5-00

 

Edinburgh Evening News - 28 Jan 1896

AN EXCUSE FOR WATERED MILK

Sheriff Court yesterday, James Allison, farmer, Malletsheugh, Mearns, was fined £5 by Sheriff Fyfe for having delivered to a dairyman in the city skim milk which, upon analysis, was found to contain 10 per cent, of added water. The respondent, while pleading guilty, said the water must have been accidently left in the butts by the girl who washed them

 

Whatever the underlying causes business was bad enough that on 31 January 1898 John King, a farmer at nearby Broom, was issuing at petition for Cessio under the Cessio Act against James. My understanding of this is that John King was attempting to recover monies owed him by James.

The Edinburgh Gazette - 1 Feb 1898, Issue: 10958, Page: 110

James continued at Malletsheugh which is where he was recorded for the census of 1901, along with his wife, Annie, and four of their five children Robert, Jeanie, Mary, James, and Annie, all born in Mearns. Mary missing from this census was visiting with her grandmother at the time.

1901 Census (1st April)  Mearns (571/02)  Book 4. Page 5.

Malletsheugh farm, by Mearns village.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
James Allison Head 36 Farmer Mearns, Renfrewshire
Annie Allison Wife 31 Farmer's Wife Neilston, Renfrewshire
Robert Allison Son 9 Scholar Mearns, Renfrewshire
Jeanie Allison Daughter 6 Scholar Mearns, Renfrewshire
James Allison Son 3   Mearns, Renfrewshire
Annie Allison Daughter 1   Mearns, Renfrewshire

A year after this census  on 7 April 1902 James and Annie's next child William was born at Malletsheugh. Sadly it was at Malletsheugh only 15 months later on 27 August 1903 that the death of the infant William was also recorded.

To add to the families misery it would seem that once again James's debts had again overcome him and on 25 January 1904 he was forced to raise a petition for Cessio against his creditors. This is followed by a further petition 3 months later on 23 April 1904 for a Decree of Cessio bonorum being raised against him at the instance of Crawford, Cree & Lawrie Limited, Merchants of 204 Elliot Street, Glasgow.

The Edinburgh Gazette - 26 Jan 1904, Issue: 11588, Page: 96

 

The Edinburgh Gazette - 26 Apr 1904, Issue: 11614, Page: 461

 



My understanding of all this is sketchy but simply put I believe this signifies that James was bankrupt and one assumes that it was shortly after this time that he left Malletsheugh. 

Interestingly I was aware of a family story that Malletsheugh Farm was lost to the Allisons by James Allison after an accident at the farm where someone (possibly the milkman?) was killed on the property, and he had to pay compensation. Could it be that this family story was an amalgam of the incident over the milk, the financial issues and the death of his infant son?

Certainly by the arrival of their seventh child, a Margaret Allison in 1905 the family would seem to have left Malletsheugh as the birth was recorded at Crichton Street, Glasgow with her father James registered as a Carter. Their eighth child William was also born in Glasgow. 

Annie died on 13 February 1926 in 133 Balornock Rd, (Stobhill Hospital), although her usual residence was given as 12 Garscadden St, Glasgow. She was recorded as married to James Allison, a stableman, and it was the widowed James of 12 Garscadden St, Glasgow who was the informant. James lived on for almost another twenty years before dying on 24 August 1945 also at 133 Balornock Rd, (Stobhill Hospital). He was recorded as "formerly a Farmer", and his usual residence was given as 482 St Georges Rd, Glasgow. The informant was Mary Allison, daughter of 482 St. Georges Road, Glasgow. James and Annie were interred in Eastwood (new) Cemetery

Headstone of James Allison and Familly - Eastwood (New) Cemetery

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
ANNIE GILMOUR
WHO DIED 13TH FEBRUARY 1926
AGED 56 YEARS
BELOVED WIFE OF
JAMES ALLISON
THEIR FAMILY
WILLIAM
WHO DIED 27TH AUGUST 1903
AGED 1 YEAR
ANNIE
WHO DIED 31ST MARCH 1906
AGED 6 YEARS
JAMES
WHO DIED 15TH OCTOBER 1924
AGED 27
THEIR FATHER
JAMES ALLISON
WHO DIED 24TH AUGUST 1945
AGED 82 YEARS
MARY
WHO DIED 17TH APRIL 1969
AGED 82 YEARS

Janet Allison born 31 January 1865, Malletsheugh, Mearns, Renfrewshire. 

Janet Allison was born on 31 January 1865 in Malletsheugh, Mearns. She died on 29 July 1874 in Malletsheugh, Mearns. The death was recorded on a headstone in Mearns Kirk graveyard. 

Robert Allison born 14 May 1866, Malletsheugh, Mearns, Renfrewshire. 

Robert Allison was born on 14 May 1866 in Malletsheugh, Mearns. He died in infancy. The death was recorded on a headstone in Mearns Kirk graveyard.

William Allison born 14 May 1866, Malletsheugh, Mearns, Renfrewshire. 

William Allison was born on 14 May 1866 in Malletsheugh, Mearns. He died in infancy. The death was recorded on a headstone in Mearns Kirk graveyard.

Robert Allison born on 9 April 1867, Malletsheugh, Mearns, Renfrewshire. 

Robert Allison was born on 9 April 1867 in Malletsheugh, Mearns. He died on 22 November 1903. The death was a subject of a recognition (inquest) due to it nature. It transpired that Robert had been found dead in his house in Barrhead Road, Newton Mearns, seemingly having died of suffocation after an epileptic fit. He was recorded as a retired farmer and the informant was his brother William. The death was recorded on a headstone in Mearns Kirk graveyard.

Margaret Ritchie Allison born 11 October 1868, Malletsheugh, Mearns, Renfrewshire. 

Margaret Ritchie Allison was born on 11th October 1868 in Malletsheugh, Mearns. She died on 18th July 1890 at 244 Cumberland Rd, Glasgow. Margaret, a dressmaker, never married, and the informant was her brother Robert Allison. The death was recorded on a headstone in Mearns Kirk graveyard.

Mary Allison born 16 December 1870, Malletsheugh, Mearns, Renfrewshire. 

Mary Allison was born on 16 December 1870 in Malletsheugh, Mearns. She died in infancy. The death was recorded on a headstone in Mearns Kirk graveyard.

William Allison born 16 December 1870, Malletsheugh, Mearns, Renfrewshire. 

William Allison was born on 16 December 1870 in Malletsheugh, Mearns. He died in infancy. The death was recorded on a headstone in Mearns Kirk graveyard.

William Allison was born on 7th November 1871 in Malletsheugh, Mearns, Renfrewshire.

William Allison was born on 7 November 1871 in Malletsheugh, Mearns. On 11 June 1896 in Burnhead, Larbert, Stirlingshire, William, a provision Warehouseman at the time, married Marion Currie Forsyth, a Domestic Servant, the daughter of John Forsyth, a baker, and Isabella Yuill (deceased) Marion was born on 25 February 1873 in Cumbrae, Bute. William gave his address as 244 Cumbernauld Street, Glasgow, and Marion as 319 Nithsdale Road, Glasgow, so presumably they had met in Glasgow. The witnesses were Richard Davies and Martha Forsyth (Marionís little sister?)

William and Marion had the following known children:

For the census of 1901 William and Marion and their two children were living at 102 Thistle Street, Gorbals, Glasgow. The house was recorded as having two rooms with one of more windows, so with the inclusion of the lodger Morrison, it must have been cosy!

1901 Census (1st April)  Gorbals (644/12)  Book 40/12. Page 30.

102 Thistle Street, Gorbals, Glasgow

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
William Allison Head 36 Farmer Mearns, parish of Renfrew
Marion Currie Forsyth Allison Wife 31 Farmer's Wife Cumbrae, parish of Bute
Isabella Yuille Allison Daughter 3 Gorbals, Glasgow
Robert Allison Son 2 Gorbals, Glasgow
Jeanie Morrison Boarder 29 Dressmaker Bathgate, parish of Linlithgow

It would seem that sometime around 1913 William and Marion, presumably plus their children, emigrated to New Zealand and it was there hat they ended their days. Marion died on 17 July 1941 and was buried in Bromley Cemetery, Block 16, Plot 282. The burial records (Christchurch Cemetries Online Database) record her as being resident at 112 Fitzgerald Ave, Christchurch, NZ, born in Scotland but having been in New Zealand for 28 years. William died on 2 August 1961 in Christchurch, NZ and was also buried in Bromley Cemetery, Block 16, Plot 282. His address is not recorded but he was listed as born in Glasgow, Scotland and having been in New Zealand for 48 years. (hence the arrival date for himself and Marion of circa 1913)

Mary Allison born 24 July 1873, Malletsheugh, Mearns, Renfrewshire.

Mary Allison was born on 24 July 1873 in Malletsheugh, Mearns. She died on 7 December 1884 in Malletsheugh, Mearns.

Janet Allison born 1876 in Malletsheugh, Mearns, Renfrewshire.

Janet Allison was born in 1876 in Malletsheugh, Mearns.  On 15 June 1900 Janet, a sewing machinist at the time married William Riddick, a railway guard. William born 17 April 1869 in Annan, Dumfries-shire would seem to have been the natural son of Esther Riddick, a cook. Janet gave her address at the time as 105 Hospital Street, Gorbals, Glasgow, and William as 16 Govan Street, Glasgow. The witnesses were David Grierson and Mary Lockhart.

For the 1901 census William and Janet were recorded at 166 Snowdon Street, Hutchesontown, Glasgow with the accommodation having two rooms with one or more windows.

 

1901 Census (1st April)  Govan, Hutchesontown (644/11)  Book 61/11. Page 14.

166 Snowdon Street, Hutchesontown, Glasgow.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
William Riddick Head 31 Railway (Goods) Guard Annan, Dumfries-shire
Janet Riddick Wife 30   Newton Mearns, Renfrewshire

Eleven years on in 1912 Janet was the informant on her mother's death certificate, residing at the time at 263 Cumbernauld Road, Glasgow.

Janet died on 7 January 1938 at 1301 Govan Road, Glasgow (Usual Address 2 Main Street, Newton Mearns). Her husband William was the informant giving his address as also 2 Main Street, Newton Mearns. William himself died in the same year on 9 November 1938 but in East Lothian District Asylum, Haddington, (Usual Address St Lawrence House, a hamlet outside Haddington). He was recorded as and Engineer's Timekeeper. Why he was in St Lawrence House is unknown but the fact that the informant was George Peacock, cousin may point to having relatives in East Lothian. I suspect William and Janet had no children so possibly after his wifeís death he had moved over to the East to be with relatives or maybe it was imply in search of employment.