Children of John Dougal and Isabella Johnston.

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Isabella Dougal born on 27 December 1867 in Dechmont, Livingston

Died of Scarlet Fever, one day after her second birthday on 28 December 1869 in Livingston. (On her death certificate her father's name is given as John Dougal).

Helen Dougal born on 22 March 1870 in Dechmont, Livingston

She died on 10 April 1870 in Livingston.

James Dougal born on 5 May 1871 in Dechmont, Livingston

On 6 December 1887, John Dougal and Isabella Johnston's only son, James, an apprentice joiner, died of "tubercular peritonitis", aged 16. He died in Edinburgh's Royal Infirmary, although his usual residence was given on his death certificate as Dechmont.

Mary Dougal born on 7 January 1873 in Dechmont, Livingston

Mary married William Gray, aged 29, a confectioner, son of William Gray, a mechanical engineer, and Christina Tulloch on 12 June 1905 in the Station Hotel, Edinburgh. William's address at the time of their wedding was given as 7 Bridge Street, Rothesay, and Mary's as 17 Royal Crescent, Edinburgh. Mary's parents were recorded as John Dougal, Dairyman (deceased) and Isabella Dougal, maiden surname Johnston. Jean J. Dougal, Mary's younger sister, was one of the witnesses

Mary and William had the following known children: 

For the census of 1911 William and Mary and their two young children were living in Union Street, on the island of Rothesay.

1911 Census (2 April) Rothesay - 558 Book 12, Page 2

3 Union Street, Rothesay, Isle of Bute (3 Rooms with 1 or more windows)

Name

Relationship

Age      

Duration of

Marriage

No of

Children Born

No of Children

Surviving

Occupation

Where Born

William Gray Head 35          Grocer's Assistant Dalkeith, Midlothian
Mary Gray Wife 35 5 2 2    Dechmont, Linlithgowshire
Isobel Jean Gray Daughter 4             Rothesay, Buteshire
William Gilbert Gray Son 2               Rothesay, Buteshire

There may have been other children born to William and Mary and would be interested to hear of any descendents from either the two known or any other children of William and Mary.

William died, aged 67, on 9 June 1943 in 45 Minard Road, Glasgow. He was recorded as a Outfitter's Despatch Manager (Retired), married to Mary Dougal, and the son of William Gray, a mechanical engineer, and Christina Tulloch, both deceased. The witness was his son William G. of 281 St. John's Road, Corstorphiine, Edinburgh.

Mary died on 4 October 1956 in Stockport, Cheshire. An announcement of her passing was carried in the Glasgow Herald of 8 October 1956 - GRAY - At Marple, Cheshire, on 4th October 1956. Mary Margaret Dougal, beloved wife of the late William B. Gray. (formerly of 45 Minard Road, Shawlands, Glasgow). There is also an entry in the Index of Wills for 1956 - Gray, Mary Dougal, otherwise Mary of Leeside, Station Road, Marple, Cheshire, widow, died 4 October 1956 at 59a Shaw Heath, Stockport. Probate Manchester 18 December to Mary Margaret Strain, married women. Effects 464 12s 6d. It is possible that Leeside, Station Road, Marple, Cheshire was the home of her married daughter Mary Margaret Strain, nee Gray. I believe that the address where Mary's death occurred, 59a Shaw Heath, Stockport, was hospital specialising in the elderly. 

Margaret Dougal born on 7 January 1876 in Dechmont, Livingston

For the census of 1911 Jean was living with her elder sister at 6 Park Drive South in Partick, Glasgow. Although Jean was the younger sister she was still listed as head of the household.

1911 Census (2 April) Govan - 646/03 Book 78, Page 15

6 South Park Drive, Whiteinch, Glasgow (3 Rooms with 1 or more windows)

Name

Relationship

Age      

Duration of

Marriage

No of

Children Born

No of Children

Surviving

Occupation

Where Born

Jean J Dougall Head 32       Showroom Sales Woman - Fur House - Employer Livingston, Linlithgowshire
Margaret J Dougall Sister 35       Dressmaker - Warehouse - Employer Livingston, Linlithgowshire

Margaret latterly lived with her sister Jean in Helensburgh, and it was in Helensburgh that she died on 10 March 1960 at Argyle Lodge Nursing Home. Her usual address was given as 80 John Street, Helensburgh, and she was identified as the daughter of John Dougall, farmer, (deceased), and Isabel Dougall, maiden surname Johnston (deceased).

Jean Johnston Dougal born on 20 April 1879 in Dechmont, Livingston

For the census of 1911 Jean was living with her elder sister at 6 Park Drive South in Partick, Glasgow. Although the younger sister she was still head of the household.

1911 Census (2 April) Govan - 646/03 Book 78, Page 15

6 Park Drive South, Partick, Glasgow (3 Rooms with 1 or more windows)

Name

Relationship

Age      

Duration of

Marriage

No of

Children Born

No of Children

Surviving

Occupation

Where Born

Jean J Dougall Head 32       Showroom Sales Woman - Fur House - Employer Livingston, Linlithgowshire
Margaret J Dougall Sister 35       Dressmaker - Warehouse - Employer Livingston, Linlithgowshire

On 1 October 1919 Jean married Alexander McGilvery MacDonald, a Civil Engineer. The marriage took place in the registration office in Ongar, Essex, with the bride giving her address as "The Cock Inn, Epping", and the groom giving his address as "Muggins farm, Moreton". Alexander, was born in Edinburgh on 23 March 1873, the son of Alexander MacDonald, a Wine and Spirit merchant, and Euphemia Henderson. Alexander was a widow having previously been married to Rose Smith, the daughter of George Smith, a Civil Engineer, and Louise Pearce. He and Rose had been married in 1906 in Newcastle upon Tyne and their union had produced five known children: - Barabara Louise MacDonald born 1907, Jean Malcolm MacDonald born 1909, Alexander George MacDonald born 1910, Euphemia H MacDonald born 1912, a fifth child believed to have been a son Angus born abt?1915? Sadly Rose died aged only 30 on 28 January 1917 of tuberculosis in Edinburgh (see Note appended on Alexander's previous marriage, military career and ancestry)

It is currently unclear as to why Jean and Alexander married in Essex. However I suspect they returned to live in Scotland and the next record I have is of Alexander appearing in the 1927 Post Office Address Book listed as Alexander E. McG, MacDonald, Publicity Agent, 18 Blythswood Square, Home address. 236 Tantallon Road, Langside. Tel No. Central 120. (18 Blythswood Square was the office of "The Publicity Company".) That this is "our" Alexander is confirmed by the death certificate of 15 January 1929 of Alexander's mother Euphemia Malcolm MacDonald, nee Henderson, on which Alexander appears as the informant with the self same address, 236 Tantallon Road, Langside.

By 1928 Jean Dougall MacDonald seems to have opened a furrier's 342 Sauchiehall Street. In 1937 Jean Dougall MacDonald, took over the next door premises at 344, Madame Jeanne a ladies outfitters run by a Jeanne Ginsberg. There is a picture of the shop with its wonderful Art Deco style "new" front dating to 1937 on the Virtual Mitchell website http://www.mitchelllibrary.org/virtualmitchell/index.php. presumably taken for promotional purposes. It would seem to have been about this time that the couple also Jean purchased Wellcroft House, 80 John Street, Helensburgh where they lived on in to the 1950's. 

Alexander MacDonald died on 14 June 1950 during an operation at a nursing home at 121 Hill Street, Glasgow. The death certificate recorded him as Alexander George MacDonald, retired Advertsing Agent, first married to Rose Smith and second married to Jean Johnson Dougall. He was identified as the son of Alexander MacDonald, Spirit Merchant, and Euphemia MacDonald, maiden name Henderson, (both deceased). His usual address was given as 80 John Street, Helensburgh, and the informant was Jean MacDonald, widow, 80 John Street, Helensburgh,

Latterly Jean lived in Great Western Rd., in Kelvin Court. The Furriers business, Jean Dougall MacDonald Ltd, went into voluntary liquidation in 1975. Jean died aged 96 on 12 February 1976 at Abbotts Langley Hospital, Abbots Langley. The informant was her niece, Audreen Gimblett, of 9 Stuart Lodge, South Norwood Hill, London SE25, daughter of her sister Elizabeth and Duncan McNicol. Should you have any details as to this or any other information concerning Jean and Alexander please feel free to drop me a line via the contact form.

NOTE

Alexander MacDonald had joined the Scottish Rifles as a Private on 12 May 1891 and three and a half years later on 29 November 1894 he went to India with the Regiment having risen to the ranks of Lance Sergeant. After just over four years in India and having been promoted to full Sergeant on 22 September 1896 he and the regiment returned home on 14 February 1899. They were only home for eight months or so before being embarking for South Africa and the war against the Boers on 23 October 1899. Whilst serving with the Scottish Rifles Alexander was present at the Relief of Ladysmith and took part in operations on the Tugela Heights and in Natal and Transvaal. He was mentioned in despatches for his part in the action at Spearman Hill on 27 Jan 1900. It would seem that Alexander returned to the UK on 19 May 1901 to help with the training of the 31st Battalion Imperial Yeomanry, Fincastle Horse, before returning to South Africa with them to take part in the final stages of the conflict. He was discharged from the Scottish Rifles 23 January 1902 on taking up a commission with the Fincastle Horse, before being demobilised with the honorary rank of Lieutenant on 20 October 1902 with the outbreak of peace. He was awarded the Queens Medal (4 clasps) and the Kings Medal (2 clasps) On 14 January 1903 he joined the General Reserve as Lieutenant.

In 1906 (Ref: Jul-Sep 1906 Newcastle upon Tyne Vol 10b Page 235) Alexander married Rose Smith, who was born in 1880 (Ref: Apr-Jun 1880 Reading Vol 2c Page 366 ) the daughter of George Smith, a Civil Engineer, and Louise Pearce. 

Alexander and Rose had five known children: -

At the time of the 1911 census he and Rose were living at 145 Mill Lane, Sutton, St Helens, Lancashire, with their three children. Barabara Louise, Jean Malcolm, and Alexander George MacDonald. Alexander was recorded as a "Contractor". 

Alexander was called back to the Special Reserve on 12 May 1912 and with the outbreak of war went to France. He was wounded at Ypres in 1914 and the following year was invalided out of Helles during the ill fated Gallipoli campaign of 1915.  I suspect after this Alexander returned to the UK and was engaged in training. It is unclear which regiments he was attached to during this time. What is almost certainly his medal card granting the 1914 Star lists 2nd Kings Own Scottish Borders along with 4th Scottish Rifles. There is also an entry in the London Gazette of 15 October 1917 which would seem to refer to him as well recording a transfer from the Royal Scots to the Labour Corps viz. - "A. MacG. Macdonald (late Lt. Res of Off.) (Hon. Lt. in Army) (Sco. Rif., Spec. Res.), from R. Scots 16 Oct 1917."  

Sadly at the beginning of 1917 his wife Rose died aged only 30. She died on 28 January 1917 of tuberculosis in Edinburgh at the City Hospital, although her usual address was given as 9 Esplanade Terrace, Portobello, Edinburgh. She was recorded as the daughter of George Smith, civil engineer, and Louise Pierce and the wife of Alexander McGilveray MacDonald, Captain 4th Scottish Rifles.

Headstone in Tomnacross Grave Yard

In memory

of

Malcolm MacDonald

Gammalt Muir

who died 20th Oct 1857

aged 67 years

Also his sons

Donald and Alexander

who died in infancy

Also his wife

Barbara MacGillivray

who died 14th Jan 1888

aged 92 years

Their daughter

Mary MacDonald died at Glasgow

16th April 1915 aged 74

Erected by their surviving sons 

Donald and Alexander

in token of respect of their father.

His parents Alexander MacDonald and Euphemia Henderson were married on 15 October 1869 at 8 Elder Street, Edinburgh. Alexander was identified as aged 38 a bachelor, a spirit merchant and shopman, currently resident at 7 Kerr Broughton, Edinburgh, and his parents were recorded as Malcolm MacDonald, cattle dealer (deceased) and Barbara Mcgillivrey (not marked as deceased). Euphemia was identified as aged 24 a spinster, currently resident at the Royal Lunatic Asylum, Morningside, and her parents were recorded as John Henderson, a woollen weaver (not marked as deceased) and Agnes Sime (not marked as deceased). Alexander MacDonald and Euphemia Henderson had the following known children:

Further detail and parentage of Malcolm MacDonald, Barbara McGillivrey, John Henderson, Agnes Sime

- Malcolm MacDonald, a crofter, died aged 75 on 15 September 1857 at Bridge End of Beauly, Kilmorack, Inverness-shire and was identified as the son of Alexander MacDonald, a farmer, and Margaret Dingwall. (Christened on 1 Jun 1784 in Kiltarlity, Inverness)

- Barbara McGillivrey died aged 92 on 14 January 1888 at Camault, Kiltarlity, Inverness-shire, and was identified as the daughter of Donald McGillvrey, a farm grieve, and Mary Dingwall. The mother surname is erroneous and should be Fraser I believe. (Born in Bruiach, Kiltarlity, Inverness, she was christened on 11 Oct 1796 in Kiltarlity, Inverness.)

- John Henderson, a farm labourer, died aged 75 on 17 June 1883 at 23 Dublin Street, Edinburgh, and was identified as the son of Thomas Henderson, a farm labourer, and Elizabeth Malcolm. (Born on 22 Jun 1808 in Orwell, Kinross-shire)

- Agnes Sime died aged 64 on 15 December 1875 at Milnathort, Orwell,  Kinross-shire and was identified as the daughter of John Sime, a ploughman, and Agnes James. (born on 29 Apr 1810 in Longforgan, Perthshire, and christened on 5 May 1810 in Longforgan, Perthshire)

Elizabeth Dougal born on 19 September 1884 in Dechmont, Livingston

Elizabeth married Duncan McNicol, an accountant's clerk on 3 March 1910 in Glasgow. Duncan was recorded  as aged 23, resident at 4 Eastburn Place, Shawlands, Glasgow, the son of John McNicol, a commercial traveller, and Margaret McKenzie (both surviving). Elizabeth was recorded as also aged 23 (knocking a couple of years off!), the daughter of John Dougall, farmer, (deceased), and Isabel Johnston (deceased), resident at 373 Albert Crescent, Langside, Glasgow. The couple were married by warrant and the witnesses were Jean Johnston Dougall (her sister) and Richard Munro Thomson.

According to a letter of 6 September,  I917.from John Alexander Findlay, (married to Elizabeth's sister Isabella) to his brother Robert Findlay Montreal, Canada. - My brother-in-law D. McNicol is an Officer in the Black Watch and is at present stationed at Ripon Camp in Yorkshire.  He expects to get home to Corstorphine on leave at end of this month preparatory to going to France.

Duncan McNicol passed away in London aged 64 on 2 November 1951 with his death being registered in Oct-Dec 1951 Marylebone. (Ref: Vol 5d Page 270). However his address for the probate of his will refers to him as of "Grogport House, Tarbert". Grogport is a small hamlet on the east side of the Mull of Kintyre and I believe that Grogport House was originally the manse. It is possible this was a retirement home for Duncan and Elizabeth.

Elizabeth died the following year aged 67 on 29 August 1952 at Canniesburn Hospital, Bearsden. Her usual address was given as 80 John Street, Helensburgh, and she was identified as the widow of Duncan McNicol, Company Director and the daughter of John Dougall, farmer, (deceased), and Isabel Dougall, maiden surname Johnston, (deceased). The address in Helensburgh was the house of Jean her sister, previously referred to, which would suggest that Elizabeth had come to live with her after being widowed.

Elizabeth and Duncan had at least one child a daughter, Audreen Isabel MacKenzie McNicol born in 1910 in Partick, Glasgow. Audreen married Charles L. Gimblett in 1935, (Ref Apr-Jun 1935 Chelsea Vol 1a Page 1039). Charles, senior surgeon at the Westminster Branch of Moorfields Eye Hospital, passed away on 21 January 1957 in London, (Ref: Westminster Volume: 5c Page: 374). Audreen outlived her husband passing away aged 75 in 1986. (Ref: Stirling /Stirling 473/00 0217). Audreen and Charles had two sons.

It is unknown if  Duncan and Elizabeth had any further children. Should you have any details as to this or any other information concerning Duncan and Elizabeth please feel free to drop me a line via the contact form.