Further details of James Dougal and Margaret Cant and their other children.

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The Margaret Cant married by James Dougal may have been one and the same as the Margaret Caunt, Christened 23 APR 1777 in Carriden, West Lothian, Scotland - Daughter of Hugh Caunt and Marion Smith). This would make Margaret only 17 at the time of her marriage which is a bit young but would fit with her being the Margaret Dougal in the household of James and Helen Dougal for the 1841 census. James himself would presumably have been born pre 1777.

Further deatails of their children where known: (Note Elizabeth - 1808 and Hugh - 1810 are indexed as children of James Dougal and Margaret Cart but this is a misinterpretation of the original written entry. Should be Cant)


Alison born 16 Feb 1796, Muiravonside, Stirling.

Alison was christened on 28 Feb 1796 in Muiravonside, Stirling.

Alison married John Aitken on 3 Mar 1815 in Uphall, West Lothian. John was born about 1796 in Uphall, West Lothian.

John and Alison had the following known children: 

For the census of 1841 the family were living in Newbigging, Polmont.

1841 Census (7th June)  Polmont (487)  Book 1. Page 18.

Newbigging, Polmont, Stirlingshire

Name Age Occupation Where Born
John Aitken 40 Agricultural Labourer Yes
Alison Aitken 40   Yes
Marion Aitken 11   Yes
George Aitken 7   Yes
Thomas Aitken 5   Yes
Alison Aitken 2   Yes

For the census of 1851 Alison, her husband and Alison, the youngest child, were living at Brightons, Polmont, Stirlingshire. The Marion Dick recorded as lodger was actually their middle daughter who married Robert Dick on 6 December 1850 at Muiravonside, Stirling

1851 Census (31st March)  Polmont (487)  Book 5. Page 22.

Brightons, Polmont, Stirlingshire

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
John Aitken Head 55 Labourer Uphall, West Lothian
Alison Aitken Wife 55   Muiravonside, Stirlingshire
Alison Aitken Daughter 12 Scholar Polmont, Stirlingshire
Robert Dick Lodger 23 Farm Labourer Kilbride, Lanarkshire
Marion Dick Lodger 23   Polmont, Stirlingshire

For the census of 1861 Alison was living with her husband John and daughter Alison at Dog Hill, Polmont.

1861 Census (3 April)  Polmont (487)  Book 4 Page 16.

Dog Hill, Polmont, Stirlingshire

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
John Aitken Head 65 ?Labourer? Uphall, Linlithgowshire
Allison Aitken Wife 64   Muiravonside, Stirlingshire
Allison Aitken Daughter 20   Polmont, Stirlingshire
Lydia McLean G_Grandaughter 8 ?  ? Polmont, Stirlingshire

Alison died of "Senile Bronchitis" on 31 Jan 1869 in Backrow, Polmont, Stirlingshire. The informant was John, her husband, and her parents were identified as James Dougal, carrier, and Margaret Caunt. She was also described as married to John Aitken - Labourer.

Marion born 5 Mar 1798, Muiravonside, Stirling. 

Marion was christened on 18 Mar 1798 in Muiravonside, Stirling. 

Marion married John Scott on 22 Dec 1820 in Abercorn, West Lothian. John was born about 1798.  Marion and John  had the following children:

For the census of 1841 Marion was living with her husband John and family at Nethermill, Abercorn.

1841 Census (7th June)  Abercorn (661)  Book 1 Page 5

Nethermill, Abercorn, West Lothian

Name Age Occupation Where Born
John Scott 40 Carpenter Yes
Marion Scott 40   Yes
Eliza Scott 13   Yes
Marion Scott 9   Yes
Peter Scott 7   Yes
Margaret Scott 3   Yes

For the census of 1881 Marion was living still living at Nethermill, Abercorn but widowed. Her married daughter Margaret Broomfield is included in the household as is Marion her granddaughter by her son Peter.

1881 Census (4th April) )  Abercorn (661)  Book 2 Page 13

Nethermill, Abercorn, Linlithgowshire

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Marion Scott Head - Widow 82 Annuitant Muiravonside, Stirlingshire
Margaret Broomfield Daughter 40   Abercorn, Linlithgowshire
Marion Scott Granddaughter 21 Dressmaker Abercorn, Linlithgowshire

Marion died of "Senile Debilty several years and Cardiac Disease" on 25 Jun 1885 in Nethermill, Abercorn, West Lothian. The informant was Samuel Byrne, her son in law, and her parents were identified as James Dougal, farmer, and Margaret Cant. She was also described as widow of John Scott, Joiner (Head) Hopetoun. This suggests that maybe John was the head joiner at nearby Hopetoun House

Margaret born 17 Sep 1801, Livingston, West Lothian. 

Margaret married John McLaren  on 31 Jul 1825 in Livingston, West Lothian. Margaret and John had the following children:

John must have died pre 1881 as for the census of 1881 Margaret was living in Polmont  on her own recorded as "widow - Retired Innkeeper".

1881 Census (4th April) Polmont (487)  Book 2 Page 15

Polmont, Stirlingshire

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Margaret McLaren Head - Widow 79 Retired Innkeeper Livingston, Linlithgowshire

Margaret died of "Senile Decay Chronic Bronchitis - several years" on 21 Feb 1886 in Polmont Village, Stirling. The informant was James Roberts, her grandson, and her parents were identified as James Dougal, hay dealer and farmer, and Margaret Cant. She was also described as widow of John Mclaren, Master Mason.

James born on 2 Sep 1804 in Ecclesmachen. 

Next Generation in our Family History

Elizabeth born on 19 Aug 1808 in Burnhole, Ecclesmacchen.

Nothing more currently known

Heugh born 9 Nov 1810, Burnhole, Ecclesmachen, West Lothian. 

Presumably died in infancy as second Hugh born two and a half years later.

Hugh born on 9 Nov 1810 in Burnhole, Ecclesmacchen.

PROBABLY one and the same as the Hugh Dougal married Elizabeth Anderson on 20 Jan 1837 in Bathgate, West Lothian. Elizabeth was the daughter of Thomas Anderson and Jean Cochran, christened on 19 Dec 1813 in Bathgate, West Lothian. Unfortunately the death certificate Hugh Dougal has no parents names on it. His date of birth going by the age on this death certificate gives a birth year of 1809 which is close but..? However three census records show him as born in Linlithgowshire with one (1861) specifying Livingston and Hugh named his first son, often called after his paternal grandfather, James, and their second daughter, often called after the paternal grandmother Margaret.

Hugh Dougal and Elizabeth Anderson had the following children:

For the census of 1841 Hugh and Elizabeth were recorded in Kirkliston, West Lothian.

1841 Census (7th June)  Kirkliston (667)  Book 5. Page 11.

Kirkliston Village

Name Age Occupation Where Born
Hugh Dougal 25   Yes
Elizabeth 20   Yes
James 5   Yes
Hugh 3   Yes
James 2   Yes
Margaret 1 months   Yes

For the census of 1851 Hugh and Elizabeth were recorded in Longforgan, Angus.

1851 Census (31st March)  Longforgan (337)  Book 3. Page 20.

Longforgan, Angus

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Hugh Dougal Head 35 Wright Linlithgowshire
Elizabeth Wife 34   Bathgate, Linlithgowshire
James Son 13 Apprentice Mason Uphall, Linlithgowshire
Jane Daughter 11 Scholar Kirkliston, Linlithgowshire
Margaret Daughter 9 Scholar Kirkliston, Linlithgowshire
Thomas Son 7 Scholar Uphall, Linlithgowshire
Andrew Son 5 Scholar Dunbar
John Ferguson Lodger 24 Labourer Du??ing, Perthshire

For the census of 1861 Hugh and Elizabeth were recorded in Liff Road, Liff and Bennie, Lochee, Dundee.

1861 Census (3 April)  Dundee (282\03)  Book 1\3. Page 4.

Liff Road, Liff and Bennie, Lochee, Dundee.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Hugh Dougal Head 47 Joiner Livingston, Linlithgowshire
Elizabeth Wife 45 Joiner's Wife Bathgate, Linlithgowshire
James Son 24 Mason Uphall, Linlithgowshire
Jane Daughter 20 Jute Power Loom Weaver Uphall, Linlithgowshire
Thomas Son 16 Labourer Kirkliston, Linlithgowshire
Andrew Son 14 Mason Dunbar, Haddington

Elizabeth Anderson died a couple of months after this census on 26 June 1861, at Liff Road. Hugh Dougal five years after this on 29 October 1866 at South Road, Lochee, Dundee. The cause of death was cholera and as the other two entries on the page also died of cholera in the preceding two days it may be that there was a cholera epidemic ongoing at the time.