Details of the known childern of Robert Law and Janet Spence

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Details of the known childern of Robert Law and Janet Spence


Marion Law baptised on 25th August 1821 in Carnwath Parish

Marion Law married a James MacCallum on 25th June 1844 in Carnwath parish. They seem to have had at least ten children, all recorded in Carnwath Parish :

For the census of 1881 the family were at Forth, Carnwath parish.

1881 Census (4th April)  Carnwath (632)  Book 10.  Page 9.

Forth, Carnwath.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
James MacCallum Head 63 Merchant Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Marrion MacCallum Wife 59   Carnwath, Lanarkshire
James MacCallum Son 18 Carter Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Agnes MacCallum Daughter 23 Grocer Assistant Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Christine MacCallum Daughter 14 General servant Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Robert MacCallum Grandson 5   Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Janet MacCallum Granddaughter 16 months   Carnwath, Lanarkshire

For the 1891 census the family were recorded at the "Grocer's Shop" Forth, Carnwath. Marion McCallum nee Law died in 1904 in Forth. There is a gravestone in Carnwath cemetry with the following information : -

By Peter + J McCallum to father John died 16th September 1839 aged 54;  John McCallum son of James McCallum died 27th May 1865 aged 20;  Janet Gibson wife of said John McCallum died 25th November 1876 aged 86;  said James McCallum died 27th June 1898 aged 81;  Marion Law died 9th April 1904 aged 83;  Their grandaughter, nurse, Janet S. McCallum died 30th August 1902 aged 22.

From this we can jalous that Marion and James had a son John, born circa 1845, who had died young, on 27th May 1865 aged 20.  That Marion Law died  9th April 1904, and her husband James McCallum died 27th June 1898.  That James McCallum was the son of John McCallum, born circa 1785, and Janet Gibson, born circa 1790, and that he had a brother Peter.  One of Marion and James' sons had a daughter Janet S(pence?) born circa 1880, who was a nurse and died young on 30th August 1902 aged only 22.  (Note - this info is from a transcription and the actual stone has not be seen!)

Rachel Law baptised on 9th January 1823 in Carnwath Parish

Rachel Law married a Thomas Dick, a dairyman, on 24th November 1854 and the event is recorded in the Parish register of both Carnwath and Carstairs Parishes.

Rachel and Thomas had the following known children:

For the census of 1861 the family were living in Carnwath village with the aforementioned children.

1861 Census (8th April)  Carnwath (632)  Book 7. Page 4.

Carnwath Village

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Thomas Dick Head 42 Dairyman Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Rachel Dick Wife 38   Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Janet Dick Daughter 6 Scholar Carstairs, Lanarkshire
James Dick Son 4   Carstairs, Lanarkshire
Robert Dick Son 1   Lanark, Lanarkshire
Agnes Dick Daughter 1   Lanark, Lanarkshire
Barbara Haddow Servant 29 Female servant Fife, Fifeshire

Sometime after this 1861 census but prior to the birth of Marion Rachel, the family moved to Edinburgh and by the census of 1881 the family were living in Corstorphine, Edinburgh

1881 Census (4th April)  Corstorphine (678)  Book 3. Page 1

Meadow Dairies, Medwin Bank, Corstorphine, Edinburgh

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Thomas Dick Head 60 Dairyman Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Rachel Dick Wife 58   Carnwath, Lanarkshire
James Dick Son 24 Dairyman's son Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Robert Dick Son 21 Dairyman's son Lanark, Lanarkshire
Agnes Dick Daughter 21 Dairyman's Daughter Lanark, Lanarkshire
Marion R. Dick Daughter 15 Scholar St Cuthberts, Edinburgh

It is believed that Rachel Dick nee Law died in 1902 in St Gorge, Edinburgh.

Robert Law baptised on 3rd April 1825 in Carnwath Parish

Robert Law as eldest son seems to have taken over the farm on the death of his father in 1857, although Janet his mother was still in residence and given the title "Head" in the 1861 census.

1861 Census (8th April)  Carnwath (632)  Book 6. Page 4.

Gowmacmorran Farm, Carnwath

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Janet Law Head 65 Housekeeper Carstairs, Lanarkshire
Robert Law Son 20 Farmer of 50 acres Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Mary Grogan Servant 17 Domestic servant Airdrie, Lanarkshire
William Mager? Servant 14 Agricultural labourer Glasgow, Lanarkshire

Robert Law married Isabella Howieson on 24th January 1862 in Carnwath, Lanarkshire.

As far as I am aware the coule only had the one child:

For the census of 1871 we find young Robert, and his mother, Isabella, at Gowmackmorn but no sign of Robert, the father.  Why this should be and where he was I know not at this time.

1871 Census (3rd April)  Carnwath (632)  Book 6.  Page 6.

Gowmackmorn, Carnwath.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Isabella Law Head 36 Farmer 50 acres Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Agnes Law Daughter 13   Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Robert Law Son 2   Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Susan Glass Servant 18 General servant Carluke, Lanarkshire
Katherine Service? Servant 13 Cattle Herd Carluke, Lanarkshire
John Neilsham? Servant 55 Farm Servant Perthshire

The Agnes, recorded in this census, as a daughter, would seem to have been a daughter of Isabella Howieson born a few years prior to her marriage to Robert Law.  Agnes was born on 2nd August 1857 and on the birth certificate there is no father's name just "illegitimate" in the space for the father's name.  Whether Robert was actually the father and later made Isabella an "honest women" is open to speculation!!

Robert Law died on 22nd December 1879, aged 45. He was laid to rest in the family grave in Carnwath parish church graveyard.  His widow Isabella was still farming at Gowmackmorn in 1881 as we find her and her family there for the 1881 census.

1881 Census (4th April)  Carnwath (632)  Book 6.  Page 5.

Gowmackmorron, Carnwath.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Isabella Law Head 46 Farmer 75 acres + 1 girl  Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Agnes Law Daughter 23   Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Robert Law Son 12   Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Janet Pillans Servant 14 Agricultural Labourer Carnwath, Lanarkshire

Isabella's daughter Agnes married James Kinnis in 1886 and the marriage was recorded in Forth, Lanarkshire.  This may well signify the family's move to Heathland Farm, Forth, as this is where the family were living for the census of 1891.  James Kinnis was born on 2nd September 1861 in Bothwell, Lanarkshire, the son of William Kinnis, a grain merchant, and Helen Dykes.

1891 Census (      April)  Forth (632-2)  Book 2.  Page 10.

Heathland Farm, Forth, Carnwath parish.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Isabella Law Head 56 Farmer Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Robert Law Son 22 Farmer Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Minnie Watson Servant 13 Domestic Servant Whitburn, Linlithgowshire

On 16th February 1899 Robert Law married Christina Somerville.  Christina was born about 1874 in Carstairs and it is in carstairs that the marriage was recorded.  For the census of 1901 Robert and Christina were living at Heathland farm along with their first born daughter one year old Janet.  With his marriage and Isabella advancing age Robert is now the head of the house.

1901 Census (7th April)  Forth (632-2)  Book 2 Page 34.

Heathland Farm, Forth, Carnwath parish.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Robert Law Head 32 Farmer Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Christina Law Wife 26   Carstairs, Lanarkshire
Janet W. Law Daughter 1   Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Isabella Law Mother 66 Formerly Farmer Carnwath, Lanarkshire

7 months after this census on 18th November 1901 Robert and Christina had a second child a son Robert, also born at Heathland farm, Forth.  Robert and Christina seem to have remained at Heathland farm at least up to the death of Robert on 22nd July 1848 as it is given as his place of death.  The death certificate is witnessed by "W.S. Law - son", so Robert and Christina must have had at least one further child, possibly W(illiam) S(omerville) Law?

As for Isabella's daughter Agnes for the census of 1901 she was living with her husband James and their five children, William born 1886/87 born in Forth, Bella born 1887/88 born in Shotts, Nellie born 1889/90 born in Shotts, Agnes born 1891/92 born in Shotts, and Jeannie born 1896/97 born in Shotts.

1901 Census (7th April)  Shotts (655-1)  Book 4 Page 3.

Shotts Inn Farm, Kirk O'Shotts.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
James Kinnis Head 40 Farmer Bothwell, Lanarkshire
Agnes Kinnis Wife 42 Farmer's Wife Carnwath, Lanarkshire
William Kinnis Son 14 Farmer's Son Shotts, Lanarkshire
Bella Kinnis Daughter 13 Farmer's Daughter Shotts, Lanarkshire
Nellie Kinnis Daughter 11 Scholar Shotts, Lanarkshire
Agnes Kinnis Daughter 9 Scholar Shotts, Lanarkshire
Jeannie Kinnis Daughter 4 Scholar Shotts, Lanarkshire
Agnes McGinn Servant 17 General Servant Shotts, Lanarkshire
William Muir Servant 40 General Servant Cam??????, Lanarkshire

In fact by 1912 Isabella had gone to live with her daughter Agnes as her death is recorded as happening on 16th October 1912 at Shotts Inn Farm the family home of Agnes and her husband James Kinnis.  James Kinnis is also the informant on the death certificate. Her death was recorded on the family gravestone in Carnwath graveyard .

Hugh Law baptised on 22nd June 1828 in Carnwath Parish

Next generation in Law Family History

James Law baptised on 24th October 1830 in Carnwath Parish

Seems to have been farming at Guildhouses farm at the time of the 1871 census, with his mother in residence at the time.

1871 Census (3rd April)  Carnwath (632)  Book 6. Page 4.

Guildhouses Farm, Carnwath

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
James Law Head 36 Farmer Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Janet Law Mother 75 Housekeeper Carstairs, Lanarkshire
Marion MacCallum Niece 18 Farm servant Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Lillias McKenzie Servant (f) 15 Farm servant Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Grace Waddell Servant 14 Farm servant Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire
Archibald Weir Servant 13 Farm servant Dolphinton, Lanarkshire

Cannot currently be identified in the 1881 census.

John Law baptised on 20th February 1834 in Carnwath Parish

Not listed in the 1841 census. Would have been aged 7, therefore may have died in infancy.  Carnwath Burial register may supply proof.

William Law baptised on 22nd June 1837 in Carnwath Parish

William Law married Anne Blackhall on 28th March 1866 in Fettercairn, Kincardineshire. William Law was living at 95 George Street, Glasgow at the time, working as a Post Office clerk. Anne Blackhall was born 1835\36, in Fettercairn, Kincardineshire, the daughter of John Blackhall, forrester on the Burn Estate, and Ann Ritchie.

For the census of 1881 William Law was still working as a Post Office clerk in Glasgow.  No children are recorded in this census which would suggest they did not have any. 

1881 Census (4th April)  Glasgow  (644-6)  Book 23.  Page 15.

20 Ronald St, Barony, Lanarkshire.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
William Law Head 43 Clerk Civil Service P.O. Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Annie Law Wife 44   Fettercairn Parish, Kincardine

Ann Law baptised on 7th August 1839 in Carnwath Parish

Ann married Thomas Ballantyne, a farmer, on 31 Dec 1861 in Carnwath, Lanarkshire. Hugh was born about 1842 in Carnwath, Lanarkshire, the son of David Ballantyne, a farmer (deceased) and Nichola Johnstone (deceased). 

They had the following known children:

For the census of 1881 Ann and her family were living at Bughtknowes Farm, Carnwath, where they were farming 200 acres.

1881 Census (4th April)  Carnwath (632)  Book 9.  Page 4.

Bughtknowes Farm, Carnwath.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Thos. Ballantyne Head 38 Farmer Of 200 Acres (180 Arable) Employing 2 Men & 2 Girls Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Ann Ballantyne Wife 39   Carnwath, Lanarkshire
David Ballantyne Son 19 Farmers Son Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Robert Ballantyne Son 16 Farmers Son Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Janet Ballantyne Daughter 14 Farmers Daughter Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Alexander Ballantyne Son 11 Scholar Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Thomas Ballantyne Son 9 Scholar Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Hugh Ballantyne Son 7 Scholar Carnwath, Lanarkshire
James Ballantyne Son 5   Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Nicholas Ballantyne ?Daughter? 2   Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Ann Hamilton Servant 17 Farm Servant Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Catherine Castilley Servant 15 Farm Servant Whitburn, Linlithgowshire

It is believed that Ann Ballantyne nee Law died in 1896 in Carnwath, Lanarkshire.