Further details of the children of Mary McKenzie and Kenneth McLean where known

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Further details of the children of Mary McKenzie and Kenneth McLean - where known

Kenneth McLean and Mary McKenzie seem to have had at least seven known children:


Jane baptised 13th December 1839 in Dingwall.

Jane married Donald Chisholm, a gardener, on 9th December 1864 in Kinningties, Inverness. Donald was born 15 March 1840, Inverness, (probably Kinningties), the son of Kenneth Chisholm, a farm servant (deceased by this date), and Janet McKenzie. Jane and Donald had six known children -

For the 1881 census Jane was living with her husband Donald Chisholm at Eastwood Hill Gardener's House in Eastwood, Renfrewshire. Along with them are their children Jessie, Kenneth, Mary, Donald, Jane, and their latest addition , a son, born only 7 days prior to this census, not yet named but going to be William. On his actual birth certificate his parents marriage is actually recorded as Kinningties, Inverness.

1881 Census (4th April) Eastwood (562) Book 17. Page 9.

Eastwood Hill Gardener's House, Eastwood, Renfrewshire

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Donald Chisholm Head 40 Gardener Inverness, Inverness-shire
Jane Chisholm Wife 40 Gardener's wife Dingwall, Ross-shire
Jessie Chisholm Daughter 15 Gardener's daughter Inverness, Inverness-shire
Kenneth Chisholm Son 10 Scholar Inverness, Inverness-shire
Mary Chisholm Daughter 8 Scholar Inverness, Inverness-shire
Donald Chisholm Son 6 Scholar Houston, Renfrewshire
Jane Chisholm Daughter 4   Cathcart, Renfrewshire
Male child not named Son 7 days   Eastwood, Renfrewshire

There is a reference in a letter of 5th January 1887 by her cousin Margaret McDonald of 1072 Oswald Place, White Inch, Glasgow to Margaret's brother Roderick McDonald in Melbourne : - "My aunt Marey's oldest daughter died. A gardener's wife, Mrs Chisholm left 5 children I think.." There is also an earlier mention in a letter of 15th September 1886 - "It seems two of my Aunt Mary's family died, both son and daughter grown up. The daughter left four or five children, the son 28 years." - Which would seem to be referring to the same event. It would seem however that Margaret had got her wires crossed somewhere as there is a record what is almost certainly "our" Jane Chisholm, nee McLean in both the 1891 and 1901 censuses plus a record of her death in 1918.

For the census of 1891 Donald would seem to have taken up a position as gardener at Linhouse, Burnbank Road, Hamilton, working for Henry Martin, a steel and iron merchant. Donald, Jane and their youngest son William were recorded in Linhouse Lodge, which had three rooms with windows, as oppose to his employer's domicile, which had 19 rooms with windows! (And four household servants). Donald, Jane, and William are all recorded as born in Inverness although Jane was actually born in Dingwall, and William in Eastwood, Renfrewshire.

1891 Census (6th April) Hamilton (647) Book 1 Page 51

Linhouse Lodge, Hamilton

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Donald Chisholm Head 52 Lodge keeper & Gardener Inverness, Inverness-shire
Jane Chisholm Wife 50 Gardener's wife Inverness, Inverness-shire
William Chisholm Son 10   Inverness, Inverness-shire

Donald died on 29 November 1896 at 85 Harriet Street, Pollockshaws, aged 51. He was recorded as married to Jane McLean with his father listed as Kenneth Chisholm, a sawyer, and his mother listed with an erroneous surname as Janet MacLennan. The informant was William, his youngest son.

For the census of 1901 the widowed Jane and her aforementioned son William were living at 36 Carfin Street, Govanhill. William has taken up his father's profession as a gardener, and there is a granddaughter Jane aged 3 in the household. Whether this is William's daughter is unknown, but he is marked a "single" so…..

1901 Census (1st April) Govanhill (644/11) Book 88/11 Page 13.

36 Carfin Street, Govanhill

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Jane Chisholm Head (Widow) 61   Dingwall, Ross-shire
William Chisholm Son 20 Gardener, Domestic Giffnock, Renfrewshire
Jane Chisholm Granddaughter 3   Glasgow, Lanarkshire

Jane herself passed away on 6 February 1918, aged 78. The death was recorded at 36 Carfin Street, Govanhill, with her son William being the informant. She was recorded as the widow of Donald Chisholm, a gardener, with her father listed as Kenneth McLean, a shoemaker, and her mother listed erroneously as Jeanie McLean, maiden name McLean.


Kenneth, baptised 5th/15th January 1842 in Dingwall.

With the family for the 1851 census. Nothing more known. Not found in 1881 census.


Janet - born 1844/45 in Dingwall.

Janet (or Jessie) as she seems to have been known married James McBean on 23 June 1870 in Inverness. The marriage certificate records Jessie as aged 23, a domestic servant, the daughter of Kenneth McLean, shoemaker, and Mary McKenzie. Jessie was obviously unable to write as she signed with a mark. James, aged 23, was recorded as a railway marshallman, the son of James McBean, a ploughman, and Helen Paterson. There is a record of his parents marriage on 14 June 1836, and his subsequent birth on 19 April 1847 in Inverness Parish register.

Jessie and James were in Inverness for the 1871 census, at 7 Hill Street.

1871 Census (3rd April) Inverness (098) Book 5 Page 18

7 Hill Street, Inverness

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
James McBean Head 24 Brakesman Railway Bona, Inverness
Jessie McBean Wife 24   Dingwall, Ross-shire

Sadly James McBean died on 10 January 1872 in Inverness Infirmary. Cause of death was "fracture of tibia and fibula for 4 weeks" and "Varicla Niger for 15 days". I suspect this later condition was gangrene and what killed him. One wonders if the broken bones were as a result of an accident at work on the railway? The informant was "Alexander McBean, brother, Cardross Station, Perthshire"

Janet remarried a couple of years later on 24 October 1873, at 5 Smiths Lane, Nairn. Her second husband was Alexander Raff (or Ralf\Ralph), aged 24, of Newlands of Galeantray, parish of Croy. He was a mason journeyman, son of James Ralph, a crofter, and Jane Boyne. Janet was recorded as a domestic servant, (nurse), aged 25, living at Cantray, parish of Croy. Her surname was given as McLean OR MacBain and her status was given as "widow". This marriage was referred to in notes by Roderick, Margaret's son, concerning his family history, where he records "Jess McLean, your Aunt's daughter (Dingwall) is to be married to a mason in Nairn on Friday first, October 1873"

Janet and Alexander had at least two known children : -

For the census of 1881 she was living at High Street, Northside, Rosskeen, Rossshire, with her husband Alexander and their children, Mary Jane born 22nd August 1874 in Nairn and Alexander born 1876/77 in Nairn.

1881 Census (4th April) Rosskeen (81) Book 6. Page 10.

High Street, Northside, Rosskeen, Rossshire

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Alexander Ralph Head 30 Mason Forres, Elgin
Janet Ralph Wife 33   Dingwall, Rossshire
Mary J. Ralph Daughter 6 Scholar Nairn, Nairn
Alexander Ralph Son 4   Nairn, Nairn

 

1901 Census (1st April) Tain (82) Book 5. Page 5.

14 Chapel Street, Tain, Rossshire

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Alexander Ralph Head 48 Journeyman Mason Forres, Elgin
Janet Ralph Wife 52   Dingwall, Rossshire
Hugh MacLeod Lodger  33 Insurance Agent Glendher, Sutherland

Janet, or Jessie as she seems to have been known, died 9th September 1927 at Chapel Road, Tain, aged 75, and the informant was her neice Mary MacKinnon, of 6 Fingal Road, Dingwall. Janet was recorded as the widow of Alexander Ralph, mason, with her father listed as Kenneth McLean, a tailor, and her mother listed as Mary McKenzie.


Alexander, born 1846/47 in Dingwall. ??

Alexander married Margaret McInnes on 8th November 1867 at Drummond, Kiltearn, Ross and Cromarty. Margaret was born 2 February 1843, Kiltearn parish, (probably at "Balcony"), the daughter of William McInnes, a shepherd, and Margaret McKenzie. Alexander and Margaret had at least six known children -

Referred to in a letter of 12th January 1881 by his cousin Margaret McDonald of 4 West Hosier St., Partick, Glasgow to Margaret's brother Roderick McDonald in Melbourne : - "Georgy McLennan sees my Aunt Mary's son in Edinburgh. He is a plumber and is married there and has six children".

For the census of 1881 Alexander was indeed living in Edinburgh at 7 Craigside Place. As Margaret, born 8th March 1870 in Inverness was omitted from this census but a Margaret born 1880 was included, I would suspect the first Margaret died in infancy. There are only five children recorded in the household but maybe his cousin Margaret was including the deceased Margaret in her reckoning in her letter.

1881 Census (4th April) Edinburgh St. Cuthberts (685-5) Book 20. Page 19.

7 Craigside Place, Edinburgh St. Cuthberts, Edinburgh

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Alexander McLean Head 34 Plumber Dingwall, Ross-shire
Margaret McLean Wife 37 Plumber's wife Eventon, Ross-shire
Kenneth McLean Son 13 Scholar Eventon, Ross-shire
William McLean Son 9 Scholar Edinburgh, Scotland
Mary McLean Daughter 7 Scholar Edinburgh, Scotland
John McLean Son 4   Edinburgh, Scotland
Margaret McLean Daughter 1   Edinburgh, Scotland

There is a reference in a letter of 9th January 1889 by Margaret McDonald of 6 Meadow Rd, Partick, Glasgow to Margaret's brother Roderick McDonald in Melbourne:- "Two of my cousin's daughters died after their father who died a year ago, my aunt Mary's son."

This refers to Alexander who died on 5th January 1888, aged 41, in the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh of a general sarcoma. His usual residence was given as 70 South, Back of Cannongate, Edinburgh. He was recorded as married to Margaret McInnes, with his father listed as Kenneth McLean, a shoemaker, and his mother listed as Mary McKenzie. Whether the daughters' whose deaths are referred to were Mary and Margaret aged 1 and 7 respectively in the 1881 census or whether there was a daughter or daughters born after 1881 is not known at this time.


John - born 1850/51 in Dingwall

Witness on his mother, Mary McLean's death certificate. In the household of his married sister, along with his father at 10 Hill Street for the 1881 census.

1881 Census (4th April)  Dingwall (62)  Book 1.  Page 8.

10 Hill Street, Dingwall

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Donald McKinnon Head 34 Fireman in Distillery Inverness, Inverness-shire
Christina McKinnon Wife 27 Fireman's wife Dingwall, Rossshire
Mary McKinnon Daughter 3   Dingwall, Rossshire
Alexander McKinnon Son 1   Dingwall, Rossshire
Margaret McKinnon Daughter 3 months   Dingwall, Rossshire
Kenneth MacLean Father in Law 70 Shoemaker Fodderty, (Brahn), Rossshire
John MacLean Brother in Law 30 Tailor Dingwall, Rossshire
Alexander Cowan Lodger 23 Cooper Crieff, Perthshire
Finlay Fraser Lodger 26 Ballman Daviot, Invernessshire

A tailor by trade, John died single and intestate on 2nd January 1886 at 10 Hill Street, Dingwall. His death certificate records his father as Kenneth McLean, a tailor, and his mother as Mary McKenzie, with the informant being his brother Donald McLean, of 27 Clyde Street, Edinburgh. I assume that it is John that is the son being referred to in a letter of 5th January 1887 by her his cousin Margaret McDonald of 1072 Oswald Place, White Inch, Glasgow to Margaret's brother Roderick McDonald in Melbourne : - "My aunt Marey's oldest daughter died. ……... I told you that a brother died also a few years ago" and in a earlier letter of 15th September 1886 from 1072 Oswald place, White Inch, Glasgow. "It seems two of my Aunt Mary's family died, both son and daughter grown up. The daughter left four or five children, the son 28 years." The age Margaret gives of 28 is a bit out as John would have been 34/35 but……..


Christina - Born 1853/54 in Dingwall

Married Donald McKinnon, a Fireman in distillery, circa 1877. Christina and Donald had at least 9 known children -

The family were at 10 Hill Street in Dingwall for the 1881 census

 

1881 Census (4th April)  Dingwall (62)  Book 1.  Page 8.

10 Hill Street, Dingwall

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Donald McKinnon Head 34 Fireman in Distillery Inverness, Inverness-shire
Christina McKinnon Wife 27 Fireman's wife Dingwall, Rossshire
Mary McKinnon Daughter 3   Dingwall, Rossshire
Alexander McKinnon Son 1   Dingwall, Rossshire
Margaret McKinnon Daughter 3 months   Dingwall, Rossshire
Kenneth MacLean Father in Law 70 Shoemaker Fodderty, (Brahn), Rossshire
John MacLean Brother in Law 30 Tailor Dingwall, Rossshire
Alexander Cowan Lodger 23 Cooper Crieff, Perthshire
Finlay Fraser Lodger 26 Ballman Daviot, Invernessshire

 

The family were at 4 Grant Street, off the High Street in Dingwall for the 1901 census, although Donald is not present. As Christina is recorded as a "Brewer's Wife" one assumes Donald was alive but possibly working away from home?

 

1901 Census (1st April)  Dingwall (62)  Book 4.  Page ?.

4 Grant St Off High St, Dingwall

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Christina McKinnon Head 44 Brewers wife Dingwall, Rossshire
Alexander McKinnon Son 21 Printer Compositor Dingwall, Rossshire
Kenneth McKinnon Son 17 Scholar Dingwall, Rossshire
Flora McKinnon Daughter 16 Domestic Servant Dingwall, Rossshire
John McKinnon Son 13 Scholar Dingwall, Rossshire
Annie McKinnon Daughter 12 Scholar Dingwall, Rossshire
Lachlan McKinnon Son 10 Scholar Dingwall, Rossshire
Neil McKinnon Son 7 Scholar Dingwall, Rossshire

Christina died 2nd October 1938 at Abercromby Place, Menstrie, aged 84, and the informant was Neil MacKinnon, son. Janet was recorded as the widow of Donald MacKinnon, distillery worker, with her father listed as Kenneth McLean, a shoemaker, and her mother as Mary McKenzie.


Donald - born 10th July 1855 in Dingwall.

Referred to in a letter of 12th January 1881 by his cousin Margaret McDonald of 4 West Hosier St., Partick, Glasgow to Margaret's brother Roderick McDonald in Melbourne : - "Georgy McLennan sees my Aunt Mary's son in Edinburgh. ………………….. He has a brother at Portabella - a butler."

For the census of 1881 Donald was "butlering" for a James Watson of Hamilton Lodge, James Street, Duddingston, Edinburgh

1881 Census (4th April) Edinburgh (684-1) Book 2. Page 3

Hamilton Lodge, James Street, Duddingston, Edinburgh

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
James Watson Head 48 Banker England
Agnes M. Wife 48   Ireland
Emily B. Daughter 11 Scholar Portobello, Edinburgh
John B. Son 8 Scholar Portobello, Edinburgh
Donald McLean Servant 26 Butler Dingwall, Ross-shire
Helen Stein Servant 29 Cook Errol, Perthshire
Mary Stein Servant 30 Housemaid Kinfauns, Perthshire
Janet Ritchie Servant 25 Nurse Leuchars, Fife
Grace Ramsay Servant 26 Laundrymaid Errol, Perthshire
Jeannie Hoare Servant 14 Scullerymaid Duddingston, Edinburgh
Andrew Stein Servant 17 Pageboy England
Walter Greig Servant 46 Gardener Monymail, Fife
Jane Greig Servant 50 Gardener's wife England

Donald married Mary Stein, listed in this 1881 census as a housemaid in the same household, in 1882. Donald and Mary had at least four known children -

For the census of 1891 Donald and Mary were living at 22a Clarence Street, Edinburgh with Donald still earning his keep as a butler.

1891 Census (4th April) Edinburgh (685/02) Book 82/2 Page 15

22a Clarence Street, Edinburgh

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Donald McLean Head 36 Butler Dingwall, Ross-shire
Mary McLean Wife 40 Housemaid Carse of Gowrie, Perthshire
Kenneth McLean Son 8 Scholar Edinburgh, Midlothian
Andrew McLean Son 6 Scholar Edinburgh, Midlothian
Helen McLean Daughter 2   Edinburgh, Midlothian

For the census of 1901 Donald and Mary were living at 15 East Arthur Place, Edinburgh with Donald now working as a waiter.

1901 Census (1st April) Edinburgh (685/03) Book 50 Page 15

15 East Arthur Place, Edinburgh

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Donald McLean Head 46 Waiter Dingwall, Ross-shire
Mary McLean Wife 50   Errol, Perthshire
Andrew McLean Son 15 Apprentice Plummer Edinburgh, Midlothian
Helen McLean Daughter 12 Scholar Edinburgh, Midlothian
John McLean Son 9 Scholar Edinburgh, Midlothian

Donald died on 17th May 1944 at 11 Herriothill Terrace, Edinburgh. He was recorded as the widower of Mary Stein, with his father listed as Kenneth McLean, a shoemaker, and his mother as Mary McKenzie. The informant was Helen Ovenston, daughter, of 9 Herriothill Terrace, Edinburgh. Helen MacLean had married Alexander Ovenston, a Printer, son of George Ovenston, a coachman, and Rachel Lindsay on 8 December 1911 in Edinburgh, Midlothian. Alexander was born about 1886 in Edinburgh, Midlothian. Alexander died in 1942 in Midlothian. Helen died in 1949 in Midlothian. I believe Mary MacLean, nee Stein predeceased her husband 13 years earlier and had passed away in 1931 in Edinburgh.