Robina Mathieson and her son Robert Mathieson
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The marriage of Robina to James Mathieson was recorded on 18 August 1840 in Lasswade, Midlothian. This gives the brides married name as Adams and from later census records and her death certificate she would seem to have been born circa 1807 in Newton, Midlothian. However on her later death certificate the names her parents were listed as "unknown" and as of yet they have not been identified. There is however a record of what is assumed to Robina, prior to her marriage to James, resident in a household in West Wynd Shoemaker's Close, working as a Hat Picker.
1834 "Census" for Dalkeith, Midlothian
West Wynd Shoemakers Close - House Number 553
|Name||Age||Occupation||Place of Worship|
|Margaret Ross||1 1/2|
|Reubina Adams||Hat Picker|
For the census of 1841 Robina was recorded resident in Sandy Dean, Lasswade Parish, along with her husband James, two of James's sons by his previous marriage to Margaret Smith, John and William, and a Robert, aged 4. Robert would seem to have been born about 1837, therefore prior to Robina and James Mathieson's marriage. It would seem likely that Robert was either their son, the marriage happening after the birth, (not uncommon), or possibly the son of Robina Adams from a previous marriage/relationship. Unfortunately no record of Robert's birth or death has been found to ascertain which of the two is correct. However for his three later marriage certificates Robert was recorded as the son of James Mathieson and Robina Adams, so as of this moment it is assume the former instance is correct and Robert was the son of James Mathieson and Robina Adams.
1841 Census (7th. June) Lasswade (691) Folio 10 Book 10 Page 6
Sandy Dean, Lasswade Parish
|James Mathieson||50||Mason I.||Yes|
|Rabennay (Robina) Mathieson||30||Yes|
Sometime after 1841 and prior to 31 March 1851 James Mathieson died as for the 1851 census Robina was rrecorded as a Widow,, working as a Lace Worker, resident in the High Street, Pursells Close, Dalkeith, along with her son Robert, aged 14, an Iron Moulder, and a lodger Jessie Ronaldson, aged 17, a Paper Maker Rag Cutter.
1851 Census (31st March) Dalkeith (683) Book ? Page 25
High Street, Pursells Close, Dalkeith
|Robina Mathieson||Head - Widow||45||Lace Worker||Newton, Midlothian|
|Robert Mathieson||Son||14||Iron Moulder||Dalkeith, Midlothian#|
|Jessie Ronaldson||Lodger||17||Paper Maker - Rag Cutter||Dalkeith, Midlothian|
Ten years later for the 1861 census Robina was living in Scott's Close, Dalkeith, along with a boarder Catherine Matheson and Catherine's daughter Catherine Young. Catherine is definitely recorded as a "boarder" and not as "related". I have been unable to either identify who exactly Catherine Matheson was, or find a record of a birth of her daughter Catherine, although it would seem possible that Catherine and Robina were related if only by marriage?
1861 Census (8 April) Dalkeith 683 Book 10 Page 8
Scott's Close, Dalkeith
|Robina Matheson||Head- widow||55||Lace Worker||Newton, Midlothian|
|Catherine Matheson||Lodger (Widow)||29||Domestic Servant||Cockpen, Midlothian|
|Catherine Young||Daughter||2||Dalkeith, Midlothian|
For the same census her son, Robert, was lodging in the house of an Ann Thompson in Cuthbert Street, Winlaton, Gateshead, Durham, working as an Iron Founder. NOTE: It may be of significance that deceased husband of Ann Thompson was a Robert Thompson, a Cordwainer, born circa 1802 in Edinburgh, Midlothian. (1851 census - Winlaton Cottage, Gateshead, Durham). Robert Mathieson had a half brother William THOMSON Mathieson, the son of his father James Mathieson and his first wife Margaret Smith, born 30 March 1826 in Dalkeith, Edinburgh. Although Thompson was a very common surname, there is at least a possibility that there was some connection between the Mathieson family and this Durham\Northumberland Thompson family, although as of yet I have been unable to identify any link.
1861 Census (8 April) Gateshead RG9 /3808 Book 5 Page 18
Cuthbert Street, Winlaton, Gateshead, Durham
|Ann Thompson||Head- widow||50||Ryton, Durham|
|William Thompson||Son||22||Bottle Maker||Newcastle on Tyne, Northumberland|
|Robert Thompson||Son||20||Iron Founder||Newcastle on Tyne, Northumberland|
|Thomas Thompson||Son||9||Scholar||Winlaton, Durham|
|Robert Mathson||Lodger||24||Iron Founder||Dalkeith, Edinburghshire|
|Robert Methol||Lodger||28||Iron Founder||Dalkeith, Edinburghshire|
On 11 June 1869 in Dalkeith, Midlothian, Robert, an iron moulder, married Janet Wilson daughter of James Wilson, a coal miner, and Isabella Telfer. Janet was born on 26 March 1849 and baptised on 15 April 1849 in Newton, Midlothian. Robert and Janet had one child, Isabella Telfer Mathieson born mid 1870 in Dalkeith, Midlothian. For the census of 1871 Robert and his mother were still in Dalkeith but living in separate households. Robina was at Henrys Row, Dalkeith. The Catherine Young aged 2 from Robina's 1861 census is recorded in this census also.
1871 Census (3 April) Dalkeith 683 Book 1 Page 3
Henrys Row, Dalkeith
|Robina Mathieson||Head- widow||65||Lace Worker||Newton, Midlothian|
|Catherine Young||Lodger||12||Scholar||Dalkeith, Midlothian|
Meanwhile Robert, Janet and the baby Isabella were recorded at Louries land, Dalkeith.
1871 Census (3 April) Dalkeith 683 Book 4 Page 24
Louries Land, Dalkeith
|Robert Mathieson||Head||30||Iron Moulder||Dalkeith, Midlothian|
|Jessie Mathieson||Wife||22||Iron Moulders Wife||Newton, Midlothian|
|Isabella Mathieson||Daughter||10 months||Dalkeith, Midlothian|
Janet Mathieson, nee Wilson, died 6 months after this census, on 10 October 1871 in Lewis Land, West Wynd, Dalkeith, Midlothian. The cause of death was smallpox and a miscarriage after eight days. The two other deaths recorded on the same page as being a result of smallpox which might suggest that Dalkeith was suffering a smallpox epidemic at the time.
Sadly a year after the death of Janet their daughter Isabella also died. The death occured on 23 September 1872 in Smeatonhead, Dalkeith, Midlothian. The cause of death was hooping cough.
Robert secondly married Margaret Robertson daughter of Alexander Robertson, a paper maker, and Christina Robertson on 10 March 1873 in Inveresk. Margaret was born about 1849 in Edinburgh, Midlothian. Robert and Margaret had one child, Christina, born on 27 May 1874 in Pursells Close, Dalkeith, Midlothian. Sadly Margaret, the mother, died less than a month later on 23 June 1874 in Pursells Close, Dalkeith, Midlothian. The cause of death was congestion of the lungs presumably while weak after the birth.
Robert finally married Ann Stewart daughter of James Stewart, a papermill worker, and Beatrice Edgar on 16 November 1877 in Dalkeith, Midlothian. Ann was born on 19 January 1836 in Edinburgh, Midlothian.
On 13th September 1879, Roberts mother Robina Mathieson died aged 72. Her death of "senile debility" was recorded at Common Close in Dalkeith, the house of her son Robert. He was the informant, and although he could identify her late husband as "James Mathieson, journeyman mason", he could not supply his mothers maiden name or her parents names.
For the census of 1881 Robert, Ann and Christina (Roberts daughter by Margaret Robertson) were living in Vints Close, Dalkeith
1881 Census (4th April) Dalkeith (683) Book 12 Page 6.
Vints Close, Dalkeith
|Robert Mathieson||Head||43||Iron Moulder||Dalkeith, Midlothian|
|Ann Mathieson||Wife||42||Edinburgh, Midlothian|
|Christina Mathieson||Daughter||6||Scholar||Dalkeith, Midlothian|
A fairly extensive search of the 1891 census for Scotland has been made and no sign of Robert and\or Ann has been identified. It is possible that the family were not resident in Scotland at this time, and had possibly moved to England based on Robert's time working around Gateshead back in 1861. However so far no obvious record of the family for 1891 in England has been discovered either!
For the 1901 census his wife Ann was living with her neice Jane Anderson in Berries Court, Dalkeith, recorded as a widow, and therefore Robert must have died between the census of 1881 and the census of 1901. Again a fairly extensive search of the death indexes for Scotland from 1881 to 1901 has been undertaken without uncovering Roberts death which may add weight to the theory that the family had moved away from Scotland during this period and Roberts death had occurred outside of Scotland.
1901 Census ( April) Dalkeith (683) Book 2 Page 16.
Berries Court Lothian Road, Dalkeith
|Jane Anderson||Head - widow||34||Manglewoman and U.P. Church Cleaner (See Note At End)||Colsdstream, Berwickshire|
|William Anderson||Son||12||Scholar||Dalkeith, Midlothian|
|Alexander Anderson||Son||7||Scholar||Dalkeith, Midlothian|
|James Anderson||Son||5||Scholar||Dalkeith, Midlothian|
|Ann Mathieson||Aunt - widow||60||Pont Lodge Gatekeeper at Newbattle||Newington, Midlothian|
Sadly a few days after this census Ann Mathieson died on 13 April 1901 in Berries Court, Dalkeith. What became of Christina is currently unknown.
Note. Jane Anderson was originally Jane Main, the daughter of William Main, a skinner, and Allison Stewart, Ann Stewarts sister. Jane Mains parents, William and Allison, were married on 20th July 1860 in Newbattle.. Jane married Joseph Anderson, a Labourer in an Iron Foundry, on 31 December 1885, in Dalkeith. Joseph died between the censuses of 1891 and 1901.
Joseph Anderson was born 6 June 1863 in Lasswade, the son of John Anderson, a ships joiner, and Catherine Cameron, who were married on 4 January 1858 in Dalkeith.