“Double Genealogy: the Adoption Witness” (DGAW) sought the twofold identity of two adopted boy cousins, who were not biologically related. That is, four sets of parents. Along with other puzzles. It has a handful and half, of data images. Sometimes whimsical, it has just one picture; “Heriot Row”, Edinburgh, Scotland, as depicted on the cover.1 A scene from Heriot Row occurs in Chapter 10.
The boys were born in 1882, Scotland. The book spans the 19th century, while dipping into the 18th and 20th . Visual input might soften the read. Especially, if it comes from a virtual library and art gallery at the tip of one’s fingers, where the words and works, are the design of people who lived in the story line’s period. So, if you are reading DGAW you can illustrate your own copy, in a “companion reader” manner. Even if you are not reading it, please enjoy an awesome diversion. But, you MUST pinky-swear, that if some truly delightful art is shared with you, that you WILL return to this site! Promise? SIGH. You will be detained.
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Our people were of most humble means. Their Scotland provided them scenery for the richest. It was backdrop for their moments stolen to picnic, to stroll or just wonder.
Recommendations for specific chapters, are inserted where applicable, to the Table of Contents, below. (Front and back pieces of the book are omitted from the TOC)
PART I – READY SET
CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION
PART II – NO GO
CHAPTER TWO: MAGGIE
MAGGIE LIVED IN CROSSFORD, LESMAHAGOW. CRAIGNETHAN CASTLE WAS IN HER BACK YARD. READ Census & BMD: Rooms, With One or More Windows TO APPRECIATE HER LIVING CONDITIONS.
PART III – RETREAT
CHAPTER THREE: ANN
“ANN” IS DEPICTED HERE, BUT IN GLASGOW, (THE LAST LITHOGRAPH, IN THE SERIES). BUT SHE MUST BE ENVISIONED IN EDINBURGH, OR LATER, IN LESMAHAGOW. ALBEIT, A CHANGE OF LOCALE, IT IS HER OCCUPATION THAT IS OF INTEREST.
CHILDREN WILL LOVE THESE ENCHANTING SCENES AS WELL.
CHAPTER FOUR: CATHARINE
CATHARINE LIVED IN KIRKFIELDBANK LANARKSHIRE, WHICH WAS THEN IN LESMAHAGOW PARISH, MAYBE 25 MILES SOUTHEAST OF GLASGOW. OF PARTICULAR INTEREST, ARE THE FACTS AND STATISTICS ON HER COTTON WEAVING INDUSTRY.
CHAPTER FIVE: MARY BEFORE
MARY WAS RESIDENT OF CROSSFORD, LESMAHAGOW. AT TIMES, SHE WOULD COHABITATE WITH CATHERINE AND AT OTHERS, WITH MAGGIE.
PART IV – PIVOT
CHAPTER SIX: EVERYTHING CHANGED
PART V – TRIANGULATE
CHAPTER SEVEN: MARY AFTER
MARY MOVED TO THE PARISH OF CARLUKE.
OUR PEOPLE LIVED AT THE INTERSECTION OF THE PARISHES OF LESMAHAGOW, CARLUKE AND LANARK. OVER TIME, JURISDICTIONS, OR BOUNDARIES, CHANGED WITH REGARD TO HAMLETS WITHIN THE PARISHES . IN FACT, A PIVOTAL FIND – THE 1867 MARRIAGE OF CHARLES YOUNG OF LESMAHAGOW, TO ISABELLA CAIRNS, OF CARLUKE, CITED HIS RESIDENCE AS COREHOUSE (VIEWS BELOW), AS PART OF LESMAHAGOW. (3)
CHAPTER EIGHT: UNCLE JOHN
THIS CHAPTER CENTERS IN THE GREATER EDINBURGH AREAS OF NEWTON AND THE WHITBURN AREA OF LINLITHGOWSHIRE (WEST LOTHIAN)
CHAPTER NINE: SON, MOTHER AND COUSIN TOO
THE FAMILIES REFERENCED IN CHAPTER EIGHT ARE REALIZED IN A NETWORK OF THOSE WHO LIVED AND MOVED WITHIN A NEXUS OF PARISHES OF THREE COUNTIES: IN LANARKSHIRE – CAMBUSNETHAN, CARNWATH, SHOTTS AND AIRDRIE; IN MIDLOTHIAN – KIRKNEWTON AND WEST CALDER; AND IN LINLITHGOWSIRE – WHITBURN AND BATHGATE.
PART VI – ADVANCE
CHAPTER TEN: LADY’S MAIDS AND COACHMEN
AN IMPORTANT SISTER, RESEARCH WISE, LIVED AT HERIOT ROW #23 IN 1881. TWO OF HER SISTERS LIVED CLOSE BY IN THIS EDINBURGH NEIGHBORHOOD. THE AREA WAS TOPICAL THROUGHOUT THE BOOK. PARENTS AND MORE SIBLINGS LIVED IN THE VICINITY OF BOTHWELL CASTLE IN THE DECADES 1860-1880.
CHAPTER ELEVEN: ON THE OTHER HAND, THIS TIME
CHAPTER TWELVE: THE CHAPTER BETWEEN
PART VIII – WITNESS
CHAPTER THIRTEEN: JANET AND PAUPERS
JANET CAME FROM A LONG ESTABLISHED CAMBUSNETHAN FAMILY, ALTHOUGH HER MOTHER WAS FROM ABERCORN.
WE CAN APPRECIATE SOME OF HER AREA’S PRODUCE, INCLUDING LUSCIOUS SOUNDING “APPRECOCKS”. ONE MUST THEN IMAGINE SIMILAR PRODUCE AT HER HOLYTOWN FARMS, OF THE NEXT CHAPTER.
CHAPTER FOURTEEN: HOLYTOWN
HOLYTOWN WAS A DISTRICT IN THE PARISH OF BOTHWELL IN THE ERA OF INTEREST.
CHAPTER FIFTEEN: CAMBUSNETHAN AND CARLUKE TWEEDLE LESMAHAGOW
CHAPTER SIXTEEN: JOHN AND WASHERWOMEN
WE ARE BACK TO EDINBURGH AND THE DEPICTION OF “ANN” NOW IT WILL COVER ELIZABETH AND MARGARET TOO.
THE CHAPTER WILL ALSO TAKE US TO ROTHESAY TO LOOK FOR JOHN. IT WAS BACKDROP FOR FAMILIES KELLY, BROCKWAY AND PIERCE. THEY WOULD TRAVEL US TO ABOUT TEN US STATES, AND TWO PROVINCES IN CANADA.
DUMBARTON CASTLE IS IN THE ENVIRONS OF THE TURKEY RED DYE TRADE. NOTE THE MENTION OF CARDROSS, WHEN CONSIDERING THE MCCORMICK FAMILY AND JANE KELLY (CARROLL). ALSO, APPRECIATE THE GEOGRAPHY, IN THAT CARDROSS AND ARGYLLSHIRE SHARE MENTION IN THE SAME PARAGRAPH OF DISCUSSION, OF THIS LITHOGRAPH.
PART IX – AT EASE
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN: GRANDAD’S SCOTLAND YEARS
GRANDAD’S KNOWN RESIDENCES IN HAMILTON, WERE CLOSE TO HAMILTON PALACE. HE ALSO LIVED ON THE RIVER CLYDE, IN THE PARTICK DISTRICT OF GOVAN PARISH. INDUSTRIAL WAS IMAGINED; LOVELY WAS THE REALITY.
Double Genealogy has enjoyed this visit to Random Scottish History! Scotland is lovely, with a rich history.
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Notes and Sources
a. “Select Views on the River Clyde “(1830) J M Leighton
b. T Fairbairn Glasgow Lithographs
c. “Views of Edinburgh with Guide Book” J. Nelson & Sons (1884)
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3. Citing data found at ScotlandsPeople that are © Crown Copyright National Records of Scotland; Cairns, Isabella (Statutory Registers Marriages 629/25) 1867 in Parish of Carluke, Lanarkshire.