“Double Genealogy: the Adoption Witness” (DG) sought the double identity of two adopted boy cousins, who were not biologically related. Along with other puzzles, that is. 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
The boys were both born, in 1882, Scotland and the book spans the 19th century. Visual input might soften the read. Especially, if from a virtual library or virtual art gallery where the words and works, are of those who lived in the storyline’s period. So, if you are reading DG, you can illustrate your copy, in a “companion reader” manner. Even if you are not reading it, you can 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 may be detained.
You will be visiting Random Scottish History.2 Please do not take or share pieces of Random Scottish History from this DG site, as they are the output of careful endeavor by RSH. It would be lovely if, on your visit, you let its author, Jenny, know that you appreciate her selections, with a “like”, and perhaps, some coveted commentary.
To be sure, our people were of humble means; these were their scenery. Their moments stolen to picnic, to stroll or just wonder. Recommendations for specific chapters, are inserted where applicable, to the Table of Contents, below. Note: both the front and back pieces of the book have been omitted from the TOC.
PART I – READY SET
CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION
PART II – NO GO
CHAPTER TWO: MAGGIE
CRAIGNETHAN CASTLE WAS IN MAGGIE’S BACK YARD AT CROSSFORD, WHICH WAS THEN IN LESMAHAGOW PARISH.
PART III – RETREAT
CHAPTER THREE: ANN
“ANN” IS DEPICTED HERE, IN GLASGOW, (THE LAST LITHOGRAPH, IN THE SERIES) BUT SHE MUST BE ENVISIONED IN LESMAHAGOW, OR, EARLIER, IN EDINBURGH, ALBEIT, WITH A CHANGE OF SCENERY. 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.
PART IV – PIVOT
CHAPTER SIX: EVERYTHING CHANGED
PART V – TRIANGULATE
CHAPTER SEVEN: MARY AFTER
MARY MOVED TO THE PARISH OF CARLUKE. OUR PEOPLE LIVED WHERE IT AND THE PARISHES OF LANARK AND LESMAHAGOW MET. JURISDICTIONS OF HAMLETS WITHIN SOMETIMES SWAPPED, OVER TIME. IN FACT, A PIVOTAL FIND – THE 1867 MARRIAGE OF CHARLES YOUNG OF LESMAHAGOW, TO ISABELLA CAIRNS, OF CARLUKE, CITED HIS RESIDENCE AS COREHOUSE, 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
HERE THE FAMILIES REFERENCED IN CHAPTER EIGHT ARE REALIZED IN A NETWORK OR 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
SOMEONE LIVED AT HERIOT ROW #23 IN 1881. OTHERS LIVED IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, WHICH WAS TOPICAL TO THE FAMILY THROUGHOUT THE BOOK. OTHERS 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 LINLITHGOWSHIRE. WE CAN APPRECIATE SOME OF THE AREA’S PRODUCE, INCLUDING LUSCIOUS SOUNDING “APPRECOCKS” AND IMAGINE SIMILAR FOR THE HOLYTOWN FARMS, OF THE NEXT CHAPTER.
CHAPTER FOURTEEN: HOLYTOWN
HOLYTOWN WAS A DISTRICT IN THE PARISH OF BOTHWELL IN THE ERA OF INTEREST. PERSONS OF GREAT INTEREST LIVED IN HOLYTOWN.
CHAPTER FIFTEEN: CAMBUSNETHAN AND CARLUKE TWEEDLE LESMAHAGOW
CHAPTER SIXTEEN: JOHN AND WASHERWOMEN
OUR PEOPLE IN EDINBURGH BRING US BACK TO THE DEPICTION OF “ANN”
ROTHESAY WAS BACKDROP FOR KELLY, BROCKWAY AND PIERCE. THEY POINTED OUR SEARCH 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.
ONE CAN ASSESS THE LIKELIHOOD OF A MOTHER LEAVING DUNBARTONSHIRE AND DETAINING FOR AN ILLEGITIMATE BIRTH AT CAMPBELTOWN, BEFORE CARRYING ON TO IRELAND, TO REPATRIATE FOR A BIT.
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.
DG has enjoyed this visit to RSH! Scotland is lovely, with a rich history.
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)
These pieces are not to be taken or shared from this site, as they are the work of Random Scottish History.
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.