Allison of Westfield Mearns and Allison of South Faulds Mearns and Thorterburn Neilston

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Allison of Westfield Farm, Mearns, and Allison of South Faulds Farm, Mearns

The James Allison at South Faulds farm for the 1841 census was the son of John Allison and Jean Lindsay

The James Allison at Westfield farm for the 1841 census was the son of James Allison and Mary Watson


Allison of South Faulds Farm, Mearns

The James Allison at South Faulds farm for the 1841 census was the son of John Allison and Jean Lindsay..............................

John Allison, a farmer, married Jean Lindsay. John and Jean had the following known children:


James Allison born 28 April 1797, South Faulds, Mearns, Renfrewshire

James was born on 28 April 1797 in South Faulds, Mearns, Renfrewshire and christened on 7 May 1797 in Mearns, Renfrewshire. James, a farmer, married Agnes Russell on 15 June 1835 in Mearns, Renfrewshire. James and Agnes had the following known known children:

For the census of 1841 James and his family were at South Faulds farm in Mearns parish, Renfrewshire.

1841 Census (7th. Junee) Mearns (571)  Book 4 Page 1

South Faulds farm, Mearns, Renfrewshire.

Name Age Occupation Born in County
James Allison 44 Farmer Yes
Agnes Allison 28   Yes
John Allison 4   Yes
George Allison 3   Yes
James Allison 1   Yes
James Wright 11 Agricultural Labourer No
Robert Ritchie 19 Agricultural Labourer No
Margt Shaw 20 Female Servant No

 

Sometime between 1845 and 1847 George and his family moved from Mearns parish to Thorterburn farm in Neilston parish and it is there that they were recorded for the census of 1851 with the farm being identified as 110 acres.

 

1851 Census (31st. March) Neilston (572)  Book 2 Page ?

Thorterburn Farm, Neilston, Renfrewshire

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
James Allison Head 53 Farmer of 110 Acres Mearns, Renfrewshire
Agnes Allison Wife 38 Farmer's Wife Mearns, Renfrewshire
John Allison Son 14 Farmer's Son Mearns, Renfrewshire
George Allison Son 13 Farmer's Son Mearns, Renfrewshire
James Allison Son 11 Farmer's Son Mearns, Renfrewshire
Ann Allison Daughter 9 Farmer's Daughter Mearns, Renfrewshire
Robert Allison Son 6 Farmer's Son Mearns, Renfrewshire
Jane Allison Daughter 2 Farmer's Daughter Neilston, Renfrewshire

 

For the census of 1861 James and his family were again recorded at Thorterburn farm, now listed as 140 acres. They seem to have a lodger, Catherine Honeyman, a vagrant, born in Crieff, Perthshire, possibly giving some poor soul shelter.

 

1861 Census (8th April) Neilston (572)  Book 2 Page ?

Thorterburn Farm, Neilston, Renfrewshire

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
James Allison Head 63 Farmer of 140 Acres Mearns, Renfrewshire
Agnes Allison Wife 49 Farmer's Wife Mearns, Renfrewshire
John Allison Son 24 Farmer's Son Mearns, Renfrewshire
George Allison Son 23 Farmer's Son Mearns, Renfrewshire
James Allison Son 21 Farmer's Son Mearns, Renfrewshire
Ann Allison Daughter 19 Farmer's Daughter Mearns, Renfrewshire
Robert Allison Son 16 Farmer's Son Mearns, Renfrewshire
Jane Allison Daughter 11 Scholar Neilston, Renfrewshire
William Allison Son 9 Scholar Neilston, Renfrewshire
Catherine Honeyman Lodger 76 Vagrant Crieff, Perthshire

 

Agnes Allison nee Russell died on 20 July 1864 in Thorterburn Farm, Neilston, Renfrewshire. Her age given at 52 and two thirds which gives her date of birth as approx November\December 1811. This fits almost exactly with her being the Agnes Russell whose birth is recorded in the Mearns parish register daughter of George Russell and Anne Anderson born on 13 December 1811, christened on 22 December 1811 in Mearns, Renfrewshire. The death record actually gives her parents as George Russell, a farmer, and Jane Russell, ms Russell, but I believe this was simply because the informant Mary Anne Cathcart, of Holehouse was not a relative and as such did know Agnes mother's surname and was guessing. The fact that she made "her mark" and it was witnessed by the registrar suggesting she was illiterate which presumably wouldn't help!!

 

1871 Census (3rd April) Neilston (572/1)  Book 2 Page ? 

Thorterburn Farm, Neilston, Renfrewshire

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
James Allison Head 73 Farmer 140 Acres - 70 Arable Mearns, Renfrewshire
George Allison Son 33 Farmer 140 Acres - 70 Arable - Son Mearns, Renfrewshire
James Allison Son 31 Farmer 140 Acres - 70 Arable - Son Mearns, Renfrewshire
Ann Allison Daughter 2 Farmer 140 Acres - 70 Arable - Daur Mearns, Renfrewshire
Jane Allison Daughter 20 Farmer 140 Acres - 70 Arable - Daur Neilston, Renfrewshire
William Law Visitor 22 Railway Porter Mearns, Renfrewshire

 

James died on 11 February 1873 in Thorterburn Farm, Neilston, Renfrewshire aged 76, His death record gives his father as John Allison, a farmer but does not give his mothers name, despite the fact that his son George was the informant. However the fact that the first records we have of him are at South Faulds farm, and the fact that there is the birth of a James Allison to John Allason and Jean Lindsay at South Faulds on 28 April 1797, christened on 7 May 1797, mean he was without doubt the son of John Allison and Jean Lindsay.

 

His son George continued farming at Thorterburn, recorded there with his sister Jean for the 1881 census, and his wife and their subsequent children for the 1891 and 1901 censuses.

Robert Allison born 15 February 1799, South Faulds, Mearns, Renfrewshire

Robert was born on 15 February 1799 in South Faulds, Mearns, Renfrewshire and christened on 24 February 1799 in Mearns, Renfrewshire. Nothing more currently known.

John Allison born about 1801, Mearns, Renfrewshire

John was born about 1801 in Mearns, Renfrewshire. John married Hannah ?Tenant? on 3 June 1831 in Mearns, Renfrewshire. Hannah was born about 1804 in Kilsyth, Stirlingshire. John and Hannah had the following children:

For the 1841 census John and his family with the new baby 3 month old James were living at Shawhill, Mearns parish, with John recorded simply as a labourer.

1841 Census (7th. Junee) Mearns (571)  Book 6 Page 1

Shawhill, Mearns, Renfrewshire.

Name Age Occupation Born in County
John Alison 40 Labourer Yes
Hanna Alison 35   No
Bethia Alison 8   Yes
John Alison 6   Yes
Neil Alison 4   Yes
Jean Alison 2   Yes
James Alison 3 Months   Yes

 

The 1851 census records the family at Miss Allison's land in Newton of Mearns itself, with John recorded as a carter.

 

1851 Census (31st. March) Mearns (571)  Book 6 Page 6

Miss Allison's Land, Mearns, Renfrewshire

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
John Allison Head 50 Carter Mearns, Renfrewshire
Hannah Allison Wife 45   Kilsyth, Stirlingshire
Bethia Allison Daughter 18   Mearns, Renfrewshire
Neil Allison Son 14   Mearns, Renfrewshire
Jane Allison Daughter 12   Mearns, Renfrewshire
James Allison Son 10   Mearns, Renfrewshire

 

For the 1861 census records the family still in the Newton of Mearns, with John still recorded as a carter.

 

1861 Census (8th April) Mearn (571)  Book 6 Page 22

Newton, Mearns, Renfrewshire

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
John Allison Head 60 Carter Mearns, Renfrewshire
Hannah Allison Wife 58   Kilsyth, Stirlingshire
Bethia Allison Daughter 27 Bleacher Mearns, Renfrewshire
Neil Allison Son 23 Bleacher Mearns, Renfrewshire
Jane Allison Daughter 21 Bleacher Mearns, Renfrewshire

 

Hannah Allison died on 24 January 1864 at Newton, Mearns, aged 60. The death was recorded by her husband and her parents were recorded as Neil Tennah (Tennant?), a labourer (deceased), and Elizabeth Lyons (deceased). No record of her birth of her parents marriage has currently been identified.

 

1871 Census (3rd April) Mearn (571)  Book 6 Page 10

Watson's Land, Newton, Mearns, Renfrewshire

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
John Allison Head 70 Labourer Mearns, Renfrewshire

John died on 8 June 1871 in Newton, Mearns, Renfrewshire, aged 70. The informant on his death record was Bethia Allison, his daughter, and his parents were given as John Allison, a farmer, and Jean Lindsay. Although there seems to be no record of his birth\christening there is a appropriate space in the chronology of John Allison and Jean Lindsay's recorded children. This would also fit with John following the standard Scottish naming convention - first son after his father i.e. John  and second daughter after his mother i.e. Jean. However he is recorded erroneously as the widower of Hannah "Dinning".

William Allison born 1 January 1804, South Faulds, Mearns, Renfrewshire.

William born 1 January 1804, South Faulds, Mearns, Renfrewshire, and christened on 8 January 1804, Mearns, Renfrewshire. Nothing more currently known.

Jean Allison born 18 April 1806, South Faulds, Mearns, Renfrewshire.

Jean was born 18 April 1806, South Faulds, Mearns, Renfrewshire, and christened 27 April 1806 in Mearns, Renfrewshire. Nothing more currently known.

Hugh Allison born 26 December 1809, South Faulds, Mearns, Renfrewshire.

Hugh was born on 26 December 1809 in South Faulds, Mearns, Renfrewshire and christened on 7 January 1810 in Mearns, Renfrewshire. This Hugh is almost certainly one and the same as the Hugh Allison who married Janet Todd on and was the father of Christina Allison who married William Allison. For further details see Appendix H -  The parentage of Christina Allison.


Allison of Westfield Farm, Mearns

The James Allison at Westfield farm for the 1841 census was the son of James Allison and Mary Watson.....................................

The diary of William Allison, James and Mary's eldest son plus some poems and extensive family tree is held in the archives of East Dunbartonshire and available at the William Patrick Library, 2 West High Street, Kirkintilloch.G66 1 AD. The diary gives a fascinating insight into farming at the time along with some genalogical information. It is from this that much of the genealogy and pre 1855 dates for the Allisons of Westfield is derived including the detail on his father, mother and step-mother..

James Allison and Mary Watson were married about 1782 probably in Mearns.  James was born about 1760/1765 in Renfrewshire and his mother Mary Watson was born about 1762 Mary Watson died on 10 December 1829 in Newton, Mearns, Renfrewshire. Her death was recorded in her son William's diary thus - "1829 ......... On Sept 9 my father & mother removed from Westfield, Mearns, to Newton. ....... On the 10 Dec my mother departed this life aged 67 years. Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord." His father remarried after the death of Mary to an Isabella Campbell, the widow of James Allison of Waterside, on 26 October 1832 in Mearns, Renfrewshire. This was recorded in his son William's diary thus - "1832 ...... about the end of Oct my father was married to Mrs Allison widow of the deceased James Allison at Waterside. He was aged 71 years. She was something younger". Isabella was born about 1765/1770 in Renfrewshire. For the 1841 census James and Isabella were resident in Newton, Mearns, Renfrewshire having moved out of the family farm in

1841 Census (7th. Junee) Mearns (571)  Book 7 Page 7

Newton, Mearns, Renfrewshire.

Name Age Occupation Born in County
James Alison 75 Independent Yes
Isabella Alison 70   No
Isabella McIntyre 20 Female Servant Yes

James Allison and Mary Watson had the following known children:

 Isabella Campbell died in May 1845 in Newton, Mearns, Renfrewshire. This was recorded in her stepson William's diary thus - "1845 In the month of May my step-mother departed this life& my father James Allison being again a widower removed from Newton to Westfield." James lived on for another couple of years before passing away on 7 December 1847 in Westfield, Mearns, Renfrewshire. His son William recorded this in his diary thus - "1847 Dec 7 James Allison my father departed this life aged 86 years. The days of our years are three score & ten or if by reason of more strength they be four score yet their strength is labour & sorrow for it is soon cut off & we fly away."


Mary Allison born about 1785, Mearns, Renfrewshire

Mary was born about 1785 in Mearns, Renfrewshire. Mary married Matthew Davidson, a carter. Mary and Matthew had the following known children:

For the census of 1841 what is almost certainly Mary Davidson was recorded at Newton Street, Paisley listed as a Cowfeeder.

1841 Census (7th. Junee) Abbey Paisley (559)  Book 37 Page 5

Newton Street, Paisley, Renfrewshire.

Name Age Occupation Born in County
Mrs Davidson 50 Cow Feeder Yes
James Davidson 16 Thread Winder Yes
John Davidson 13   Yes

Ten years on for the census of 1851 Mary was recorded at West Street, Paisley listed as a Cowfeeder \ Dairy Woman.

1851 Census (31st. March) Martyrs Paisley (573)  Book 2 Page 6

West Street, Paisley, Renfrewshire.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Mrs Davidson Head - Widow 64 (Cowfeeder) Dairywoman Mearns, Renfrewshire
Margaret Carswell Granddaughter 9 Scholar Paisley, Renfrewshire
James MacIntosh Lodger 34 Gardener Ireland
Joseph McKilloch Lodger 23 Shoemaker Ireland
Bernard McKilloch Lodger 10 Musician Ireland

Mary died on 13 August 1859 at 32 Broomland Street, Paisley, Renfrewshire, aged 73. She was identified as the widow of  a cowfeeder and her place of burial given as High Church Yard, Paisley. The informant was her son-in-law Matthew Fleming who was married to her daughter Jean. Although he was able to supply his mother-in-law's father's name and profession i.e. James Allison, a farmer, he can't have know her mother's name as mother is given as unknown deceased. To be fair Mary's mother had died 30 years before and 12 years prior to his marriage to Jean!! Her brother William recored her death in his diary and it would seem that she had been unwell for some time - "1859 ......... on Aug 13 Mrs Davidson my oldest sister departed this life aged 74. She was disabled with the palsy & was long confined under which she bore up with Christian patience. Our life passeth like a shadow or a dream."

William Allison born 20 September 1787, Mearns, Renfrewshire

William was born on 20 September 1787 in Mearns, Renfrewshire. William, a farmer, married Ann Bennie on 10 July 1821 in Glasgow. Ann was born 16 August 1797, Carmunnock, Lanarkshire. He recorded his marriage in his diary thus - "On July 10th Ann Bennie & I were joined in marriage by the Rev. John McFarlane Minister of the Gospel in Glasgow. Her age 24 yrs, 10 mo & 25 days, mine 33 years 9 mo & 20 days." (No idea why William would wish to give their exact ages. Birth dates would have been easier. However I reckon he is about spot on!) William and Ann had the following known children:

For some reason in May of 1835 William Allison left the farm at Northfield, Means, and moved his family initially into Glasgow, where Mary his second daughter was born on 4 October 1835, before taking them across the Clyde in 1836 to a farm called Thorn in the parish of New Kilpatrick (modern Bearsden), Dunbartonshire. It is there that we find the family for the census of 1841.

1841 Census (7th. Junee) New Kilpatrick (500)  Book 6 Page 2

Thorn farm, New Kilpatrick, Dunbartonshire

Name Age Occupation Born in County
William Allison 50 Farmer No
Ann Bennie Allison 40   No
James Allison 15   No
Ann Allison 14   No
George Allison 10   No
William Allison 8   No
Mary Allison 5   No
John Allison 2   Yes
John Gillies 20   ?????

 

For the 1851 census William along with his family was again recorded at Thorn .

 

1851 Census (31st March) New Kilpatrick (500)  Book 10 Page 10

Thorn farm, New Kilpatrick, Dunbartonshire

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
William Allison Head 63 Farmer of 80 acres Mearns, Renfrewshire
Ann Allison Wife 53 Farmers Wife Carmunnock, Lanarkshire
George Allison Son 23 Farmers Son Mearns, Renfrewshire
William Allison Son 21 Farmers Son Mearns, Renfrewshire
Mary Allison Daughter 15 Farmers Daughter Glasgow, Lanarkshire
John Allison Son 12 Scholar New Kilpatrck,  Dunbartonshire

 

For the census of 1861 William and Ann were still recorded at Thorn although the farm itself seems to have increased from 80 to 113 acres.

 

1861 Census (8th April) New Kilpatrick (500)  Book 5 Page 1

Thorn farm, New Kilpatrick, Dunbartonshire

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
William Allison Head 73 Farmer of 113 acres Mearns, Renfrewshire
Ann Allison Wife 64   Carmunnock, Lanarkshire
George Allison Son 33 Farmers Son Mearns, Renfrewshire
William Allison Son 31 Farmers Son Mearns, Renfrewshire
Mary Allison Daughter 24 Farmers Daughter Glasgow, Lanarkshire
John Allison Son 22 Farmers Son New Kilpatrck,  Dunbartonshire
Helen McEwen Servant 20 Dairymaid Tollcross, Lanarkshire

The death of Ann Allison, nee Bennie, at Thorn farm two years after this census in 1863 was recorded on the second last page of William's diary thus - "On December 19 My wife Anne Bennie departed this life aged 66 after a short & severe illness of a sore throat, which she bore with christian patience & meekness. She was careful cleanly active and faithfull". William himself three years later on 2 October 1866, aged 79, also in Thorn, New Kilpatrick, Dunbartonshire. The informant was his son William who correctly identified his father as the widower of Ann Bennie and the son of James Allison, a farmer, and Mary Watson..

John Allison born about 1789, Mearns, Renfrewshire

John was born about 1789 in Mearns, Renfrewshire. John, a farmer, married Jane Russell daughter of John Russell and Janet Brown, born about 1788 in Mearns, Renfrewshire. John and Jane had the following known children:

John's death on 30 May 1821 in Kirkhouse, Mearns, Renfrewshire was recorded in his brother William's diary. "on the 3rd May my brother John departed this life aged 30 years & his lease on the farm off Kirkhouse being nearly expired his widow and two little daughters removed to Newton on the 15th. Fleeting & uncertain is human life & all its saves man that is born of woman is of few days & full of trouble. He cometh forth as a flower a& is cut down. He flieth also as a shadow & continueth not."

Jane remarried William McFadyen, a stocking maker, on 4 Junee 1826 in Mearns, Renfrewshire, and for the census of 1841 she was recorded with him at 18 Sandholes Street, Paisley. Included in th household are John and Mary her children by John Allison and James McFadyen born about 1827 her son by William.

1841 Census (7th. Junee) Abbey Paisley (559)  Book 14 Page 13

18 Sandholes Street, Paisley, Renfrewshire

Name Age Occupation Born in County
Wm McFadyen 44 Stocking Maker No
Jean McFadyen 52   Yes
James McFadyen 14   Yes
John Allison 19 Shopman Yes
Mary Allison 15   Yes

 

1851 Census (31st. March) Paisley (573)  Book   Page  

Paisley, Renfrewshire - from Index so no exact address or occupation

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
William McFadyen Head 51 ? Lanarkshire
Jean McFadyen Wife 60 ? Renfrewshire

Jane died on 22 September 1855, at 27 Wellmeadow Road, Paisley, Renfrewshire, aged 67. The informant on the death certificate was William McFadyen, her husband, and her 1855 death certificate is a wealth of detail. It gives her place of birth as Mearns, Renfrewshire, having lived in Paisley for the last 33 years with her parents given as John Russell, a carter, and Janet Brown. Her husbands are listed John Allison, a farmer and William McFadyen, a cowfeeder. (What happened to Stocking Making??). The children from the marriages are listed. From the first marriage - Janet Allison died aged 5 in 1833, Mary Allison aged 36 and John Allison aged 39, and from the second marriage - James McFadyen aged 28. Her place of burial was recorded as "The burial ground of ?????ry, Paisley".

Arthur Allison born about 1795, Mearns, Renfrewshire.

Arthur was born about 1795 in Renfrewshire. For the census of 1841 he was at the family farm, Westfield, with his brother James and his family.

1841 Census (7th. Junee) Mearns (571)  Book 3 Page 22

Westfield farm, Mearns, Renfrewshire.

Name Age Occupation Born in County
James Allison 40 Farmer Yes
Janet Allison 30   Yes
James Allison 10   Yes
John Allion 5   Yes
Arthur Allison 2   Yes
Arthur Allison 40 Independent Yes
Catherine McPhail 25 Female Servant No
Elizabeth Reid 20 Female Servant No
John Mann 15 Agricultural Labourer Yes
Peter McKechnie 15 Agricultural Labourer Yes

Arthur's death on on 23 August 1849 in Westfield, Mearns. His passing was recorded in his brother William's diary thus - "1849 ....... Aug 23 my brother Arthur departed this life aged 53 years. He was Page 18 Naturally active, ingenious, & energetic, striving to see everything in its true light & to diverted of superstition & delusion."

Margaret Allison born about 1793, Mearns, Renfrewshire.

Margaret was born about 1793, Mearns, Renfrewshire. Margaret married John Russell, a cowfeeder, who was born about 1799 in Mearns, Renfrewshire. Margaret and John had one known child:

For the 1841 census what is almost certainly Margaret and her family is recorded at 11 Broomlands Street, Paisley. However the family is recorded as John Russel, a cowfeeder, Mrs Jean Russel and daughter Margaret Russel. Why Margaret should have been listed as Mrs Jean Russel is unknown (although there is a Mrs Jean ?? a few rows down!).

1841 Census (7th. Junee) Paisley High (573)  Book 17 Page 21

11 Broomlands St, Paisley, Renfrewshire.

Name Age Occupation Born in County
John Russel 40 Cowfeeder Yes
Mrs Jean Russel 40   Yes
Margt Russel 12   Yes

 

One of the reasons I am pretty certain that Margaret was mis-recorded as Mrs Jean Russel in the 1841 census is because in the subsequent census of 1851 we find what is almost certainly the same family at the same address of 11 Broomlands Street, Paisley, but this time the family is listed correctly as husband John a victualer, wife Margaret, and daughter Margaret.

 

1851 Census (31st. March) Paisley High (573)  Book 26 Page 20

11 Broomlands, Paisley, Renfrewshire

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
John Russell Head 51 Victualer Mearns, Renfrewshire
Margaret Russell Wife 55   Mearns, Renfrewshire
Margaret Russell Daughter 21   Paisley, Renfrewshire

John Russell's death on 7 May 1852 (presumably in Paisley) was recorded in his brother William's diary. - "1852 ............. & on 7th May my brother in law John Russell departed this life aged 53 years. He was a man of persevering diligence, good judgement & sound principle & on his death bed manifested the resignation, faith & hope of a Christian."  Margaret Russell, nee Allison, died on 17 June 1867, aged 73, at Mosshead, New Kilpatrick. This was the farm where her son-in-law was farming and it was him who was the informant on the death certificate. Her death certificate records her as the widow of John Russell, cowfeeder and grocer, and her parents as James Allison, a farmer, and Mary Watson. Her whereabouts for the 1861 census six years prior to her death has not been found despite extensive searching.

James Allison born 17 August 1798, Mearns, Renfrewshire

James was born on 17 August 1798 in Mearns, Renfrewshire. James married Janet Craig on 7/17 June 1828 in Mearns, Renfrewshire \ Stewarton, Ayrshire. Janet was born on 25 January 1809 in Stewarton, Renfrewshire. James and Janet had the following known children:

For the census of 1841 John (along with his brother Arthur) were at the family farm of Westfield in the parish of Mearns. 

 

1841 Census (7th. Junee) Mearns (571)  Book 3 Page 22

Westfield farm, Mearns, Renfrewshire.

Name Age Occupation Born in County
James Allison 40 Farmer Yes
Janet Allison 30   Yes
James Allison 10   Yes
John Allion 5   Yes
Arthur Allison 2   Yes
Arthur Allison 40 Independent Yes
Catherine McPhail 25 Female Servant No
Elizabeth Reid 20 Female Servant No
John Mann 15 Agricultural Labourer Yes
Peter McKechnie 15 Agricultural Labourer Yes

 

John and Janet were still at Westfield, a farm of 70 acres, for the census of 1851.

 

1851 Census (31st. March) Mearns (571)  Book 5 Page ?

Westfield Farm, Mearns, Renfrrewshire

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
James Allison Head 52 Farmer of 70 Acres Mearns, Renfrewshire
Janet Allison Wife 42 Farmer's Wife Stewarton, Ayrshire
James Allison Son 20 Farmer's Son Mearns, Renfrewshire
Arthur Allison Son 11 Scholar Mearns, Renfrewshire
Christina McNicol Servant 22 House Servant Bowmore, Islay, Argyllshire
Margaret Farray Servant 20 House Servant Greenock, Renfrewshire
William Gilchrist Servant 20 Farm Servant Monkland, Lanarkshire

 

For the census of 1861 James seems to have retired from farming and he and Janet had moved to Glasgow. Why they chose to up sticks and move into Glasgow is unknown but having lived in Neilston I can vouch for the difference in weather and temperature up in those parts as opposed to in Glasgow, especially during a winter. Possibly the farmhouse was without any mod cons and farming is a hard life at the best of times - who knows!!

1861 Census (8th April) Govan, Glasgow (644/9)  Book 92 Page ?

46 Pollock Street, Gpvan, Glasgow, Lanarkshire

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
James Allison Head 62 Retired Farmer Mearns, Renfrewshire
Janet Allison Wife 52   Stewarton, Ayrshire
Arthur Allison Son 21 Managing Law Clerk Mearns, Renfrewshire
Mary Jackson Servant 21 General Servant Domestic Hamilton, Lanarkshire

 

James and Janet were still in Glasgow for the 1871 census but at 82 Hill Street, Glasgow.

 

1871 Census (3rd April) Barony, Glasgow (644/6)  Book 35 Page ? 

82 Hill Street, Blythswood, Glasgow, Lanarkshire

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
James Allison Head 72 Retired Farmer Mearns, Renfrewshire
Janet Allison Wife 61   Stewarton, Ayrshire
Sarah Brown Servant 24 General Servant Domestic Oban, Argyllshire

 

James died on 25 January 1879 in Glasgow, Lanarkshire and was laid to rest in his home parish of Mearns in the Mearns Kirk burial ground.

 

For the census of 1881 Janet was with her youngest son John who was a minister in the Church of Scotland, living in Edinburgh, presumably in some comfort with three servants!

 

1881 Census (4th April) Newington (685/5)  Book 98 Page ?

Westfield House, Lauder Road, Newington, Midlothian

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
John Allison Head 45 Minister of the Church of Scotland Parish of Mearns, Renfrewshire
Janet Allison Mother 72   Stewarton, Ayrshire
Margaret Middleton Servant 27 Domestic Servant Cook Bartliwick, Midlothian
Agnes Murray Servant 26 Domestic Servant Table Maid Liberton, Midlothian
Margaret Reid Servant 25 Domestic Servant House Maid Kilmany, Buteshire

Janet died on 3 February 1887 in Glasgow, Lanarkshire and was laid to rest alongside her husband in Mearns Kirk burial ground. 

Headstone in Means Kirk Burial Ground of James Allison and Janet Craig

IN MEMORY OF
JAMES ALISON
WESTFIELD,

BORN 17TH AUGT 1798,
DIED AT GLASGOW, 25TH JANY 1879
ALSO OF
JANET CRAIG
HIS WIFE
BORN 25TH JANY 1809,
DIED AT GLASGOW, 3RD FEBY 1888

Elizabeth Allison born about 1801, Mearns, Renfrewshire

Elizabeth Allison was born about 1801 in Mearns, Renfrewshire. Elizabeth married Allan Ritchie, a farmer, son of David Ritchie and Barbara Gilmour, on 10 June 1827 in Mearns\Neilston, Renfrewshire. Allan was born on 1 January 1796 in Renfrewshire. Elizabeth and Allan had the following known children:

1841 Census (7th. Junee) Mearns (571)  Book 4 Page 1

Longton, Mearns, Renfrewshire.

Name Age Occupation Born in County
Allan Richie 45 Farmer Yes
Elizabeth Richie 35   Yes
Mary Richie 12   Yes
Barbara Richie 10   Yes
Elizabeth Richie 8   Yes
David Richie 5   Yes
Margt Richie 3   Yes
Annabella Richie 5 months   Yes
Donald McQuarry 20 Agricultural Labourer No
Hugh McLean 20 Agricultural Labourer No
Marion Whilie 18 Female Servant Yes
Jean McQuarry 20 Female Servant No

The marriages of Allan and Elizabeth's children are from the internet. Information from the same source also states that that Allan and his family emigrated to Canada circa 1849 and that Allan died on 13 Junee 1857 in Upsalquitch, Restigouche Co., New Brunswick and Elizabeth Allison died on 17 February 1855 in Upsalquitch, Restigouche Co., New Brunswick.