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1857 - 1934



Newton on Ayr was originally a burgh in it's own right on the north side of the River Ayr, in Ayrshire Scotland. In 1873, Newton on Ayr merged with the Royal Burgh of Ayr, and it was there on 1 March 1878 that Matthew Paton Gregg and Margaret Doyle were married. They were my Grandparents. Margaret Doyle [P513] was born on 28 July 1859 at St. Quivox, an adjoining parish to Ayr. Matthew Paton Gregg[P512] was born on 3 March 1857 in the town of Tarbolton, a few miles away to the north-east. It was the year of the Sepoy mutiny in India and exactly one year after the end of the Crimea war.

Tarbolton today is a quiet town, and famed mainly for the presence of the historic 'Bachelor's Club'; an institution renowned of the late 1700's as the meeting place of the famous Scottish bard, Robert Burns. Four generations of Gregg's were born and raised in Tarbolton during a century covering the period 1798 to 1898, and all were employed in the weaving industry producing fabrics of silk, lace and Madras. In those days it was a crowded and bustling place; a commercial centre that had evolved around the manufacture and distribution of fine fabrics of renown. The goods were exported throughout the world. There would be ample employment for whole families, other skilled craftsmen like cabinetmakers, smithy's and stonemasons. Shopkeepers and traders would be busy supplying the needs of the expanding community, and the town's inns would be full to capacity with wholesalers and buyers. The cloth was made mostly at home on hand-looms in the weavers cottages, and then sold on by the wholesalers for transportation to Glasgow and the international shipping ports of Port Glasgow and Greenock, 25 miles to the north.

Public records relating to Matthew generally describe him as having been a tapestry weaver, silk weaver, and a Madras weaver. Yet for a short time, ranging from 1878 to at least the census of 1881, Matthew Gregg was described as a wood-turner and box-maker. His brother John Gregg[P507] b. 20 Mar 1855, and their father William Gregg[P489] were also listed as having the same occupation during that same short period. Although they were all skilled weavers, they apparently found a niche in woodworking. Perhaps to fulfil a demand for packing cases for export, or making furniture for the wealthy exporters and traders in the county. Another possibility, could be an involvement with the manufacture of 'Tarbolton Boxes', which are valued antiques and collectors items today. I noted on the 1881 census for Tarbolton that another Gregg, named Benjamin[P268] (Aged 68), was also listed as a fancy wood worker in the town. He was born at Riccarton, a few miles away, and although his listed profession was similar to that of the above mentioned Gregg's, I have so far  been unable to find any family connection between them.

1881 census 3 Wilson Place Mauchline Ayrshire (rooms 1):
Matthew Gregg head M 24 wood turner b. Tarbolton
Maggie Gregg wife M 32   b. Newton Ayr. (M/S Doyle)
Catherine daughter F   b. Tarbolton
William son M under 1   b. Tarbolton

Matthew Paton[P506], who was an uncle to Matthew Gregg, and brother to Matthew's mother Agnes Paton[P495]
lived next door at 2 Wilson Place Mauchline in 1881. His occupation was listed as a 'Box-maker Finisher'.

census 2 Wilson Place Mauchline Ayrshire Scotland. GRO Ref Volume 604 Enum. Dist 8 Page 18
Mathew PATON head M 40 Box-maker Finisher Mauchline, Ayr, Scotland
Margt. PATON wife M 46   Mauchline, Ayr, Scotland
Isabella PATON daughter U 18 Milliner Mauchline, Ayr, Scotland
John PATON son U 14 Scholar Mauchline, Ayr, Scotland
Catherine E. G. PATON dau U 10 Scholar  

The name Matthew 'PATON' has been handed down through the Gregg generations to this day.

1891 census 27 Montgomery Street Mauchline Ayrshire - (As a child Matthew had lived at 45 Montgomery St)
Matthew Gregg head M 34 silk weaver b. Tarbolton
Margaret Gregg wife M 31 - b. Newton Ayr. (M/S Doyle
Catherine daughter U 12 scholar b. Tarbolton
William son U 10 scholar b. Tarbolton
Agnes dau U 8 scholar b. Mauchline
Thomas son U 7 scholar b. Mauchline
John son U 5 scholar b. Mauchline
Margaret dau U 3 - b. Tarbolton
Jane dau U 1 - b. Tarbolton

(This Gregg family lived at Tarbolton between 1878 and 1880 , 1881 to 1886 at Mauchline, and returning to Tarbolton in 1887. By the time of the 1891 Census they had been back at Mauchline  since 1889, remaining there until 1898).

However, they returned to their traditional trade as weavers, and in 1888 Grandfather Matthew's young sister Jean Denholm Gregg[P549] and her father William[P489] were selected to represent the town in the art of fine lace making at the International Exhibition of Science, Art and Industry held that year at Kelvingrove Park, in Glasgow. 'Jeannie' was busily demonstrating her weaving skills on her fathers loom, it having been set up at the exhibition centre, when certain visitors made her the envy of all present. The visitors were none other than Queen Victoria and her family.

An Excerpt from the North Daily Mail Supplement for 24 May 1888 reads:
'At the exhibition the young girl Miss Gregg was weaving silk on her father's loom and quickly drew the attention of the Royal family who later placed orders for her silk lengths'.

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Extracts from a more recent newspaper The Standard in 1938: 'In 1938 Mrs Dunlop [formerly Jean Gregg] attended the International Exhibition and when a silk weaver went for lunch she could no longer resist working the loom. She soon drew a crowd of enthusiastic onlookers who were not to know that some 50 years earlier in 1888, Queen Victoria and Princess May had been in their places.....

......TARBOLTON SILK WEAVING. In one of the courts of the Women's Industry Section is placed the loom of Mr William Gregg - silk handkerchief manufacturer, Tarbolton Ayrshire. Silk weaving is an industry of old in Tarbolton. About 50 years ago there were about 200 silk weavers in the town and though the work has gradually given way before the competition of the power loom there are still about 70 looms in the place engaged in this work.....'
P25. Jean Denholm Gregg b.1873 and Daughter [P1900] Helen Robertson McBroom Dunlop. b 19 May1914. [Note Nov 2006]: Further info about Helen kindly supplied by Jim McCulloch living in Kilmarnock who is a great grandson of Jean Denholm Gregg.

And - Spotlight - The Evening Standard:

..... Tarbolton was for over 200 years the centre of the silk weaving industry in Scotland ..... raw materials came from the Far East and the well-finished articles were in demand ..... A young girl of 18 went to Glasgow and demonstrated the art at the exhibition in the latter part of the century ..... Queen Victoria was so impressed she spent more than her allocated time there. The girl got several orders from the Queen ..... The people of Tarbolton thought it was an honour to secure orders from the Royal Household but it was more than that, the orders came in for several years. The girl was Jean Gregg a member of a local family of long standing. She later became Mrs William Dunlop who died a few years ago. She had forebears connected with Robert Burns, one William Gregg, a direct forebear who was Burns dancing tutor, and it should not be forgotten that the Bard was tutored properly in the art of 'the fantastic toe' in Tarbolton, as were members of his family. In fact, it would be the first public body that Burns would attend in his life. Burns started the Bachelor's Club, which is now the Literary Society.

The expression bachelor, in those days, equates broadly to a 'country chap'. The comment regarding William Gregg, the Burns dance tutor is of particular interest and will be further explained in chapter 5.

The birth of Matthew's wife Margaret Doyle[P513] in 1859 coincides with the date of Charles Darwin's publication of 'The Origin of Species', later known as the theory of evolution. She was 19 years old in 1878 when she and Matthew married. On their marriage certificate she was described as a domestic servant. She was the Granddaughter of Michael Doyle[P521], and her maternal Grandfather was Thomas McCutcheon[P516].

Following the severe Irish potato blight of July 1846, when untold thousands of people were starving and leaving Ireland on what were known as the 'Coffin ships', the Doyle and McCutcheon families migrated to Scotland and settled in Ayrshire. Margaret's parents were Thomas Doyle[P514] b.1835, and Catherine McCutcheon[P515] b.1833. Both were born in County Down Ireland, and were married in 1855 at the Ayr Catholic Chapel, Ayr Scotland.

Margaret's father Thomas portrays a most interesting character working in jobs ranging from port labourer and ploughman to drainage contractor. He and Catherine lived in various locations and produced at least 12 children, some born in Ayr, and others in Kilmory on Bute. Thomas most certainly had a hard working life, and his many children it would be assumed could care for him and his wife in old age. Yet Thomas, who featured as 'head' of the Doyle household on the census returns for 1861, 1871 and 1881, was conspicuously absent on the return for the family home at Ayr in 1891. Was he just working away, or in his late 50's did he leave Catherine for another woman? Perhaps the possibility that Catherine 'pit him oot!' for only she was listed on the 1891 return at 59 Allison Street Newton-on-Ayr. Catherine died four years later in 1895, and although Thomas was named as informant on her death certificate, the details he gave regarding Catherine's family were inaccurate to say the least. Thomas eventually died in 1904, aged 69, alone and in the 'Kyle Union Poorhouse' at Ayr.

The poorhouses had been sponsored on a parish-by-parish basis until the establishment of the poor-law unions in 1845. They were governed by a board of guardians, and were not abolished until 1948 when the Welfare State became responsible for those less fortunate citizens. The elderly who were taken to the poorhouse under the Poor Law usually remained there until they died. Invariably they were buried in the most undignified of circumstances with no medical certification and placed in unmarked graves. Strange, all those children, and none attended nor paid towards Great Grandfather Doyle's funeral, and so he was buried in a pauper's grave.

Matthew and Margaret Gregg[Doyle] had thirteen children - the largest recorded Gregg family in our family tree. From 1878 until 1898 they lived at addresses in Montgomery Street Tarbolton and Wilson Place in the nearby town of Mauchline. It was during this period that Matthew, and hundreds of other skilled craftsmen, would have experienced that which would be a disaster to the long tradition of hand weaving in Ayrshire. The hand weaving trade would eventually succumb to the industrial revolution and be replaced by the new steam powered machinery being set up in those dark satanic mills; and that would signify the end to an era. By the late 1890's prosperity arrived in the wake of the lace industry and the whole society benefited.

In the first twenty years of their marriage, Margaret had given birth to eleven children - nine of whom survived. In 1898, they finally moved 12 miles north-east to Darvel, where the last two children of the family were born at 65 East Main Street. They were my father Robert Paton Gregg[P529] b.1899 and my aunt 'Bella (Izabella[P568]) b.1902.

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East Main Street

Darvel's East Main Street

The photograph of East Main Street in Darvel was taken in the late 1890's. At this period the town would normally have been a hive of activity, and the picture perhaps misrepresents this. There are horse-carts in the roadway, but one surmises that it may have been taken early on a Sunday morning, for there is very little sign of human activity, and the horses were probably stabled at the time. The scene, looking east, clearly shows Loudon Hill in the distance and gives a good indication of the period style. An old Darvel Song declares:

"The tap o' Loudoun Hill is aye clad wi' weans. Some are pickin' daisies , ithers chipin stanes.
Wi' the cryin' o' the cuckoo and the roarin o' the bull, Ma hert is aye contentit on the tap o' Loudoun Hill."

Grandfather Matthew was one of only four children[F158]. His brother and sisters were John and Jean as described above, and another sister named Catherine Seaton Gregg[P511] born 1859. To date no record has been discovered telling us if Catherine ever married, and it is assumed she did not. She died aged 50, on 29 November 1909.

The name Catherine Seaton was passed down from her father's maternal Grandmother, and the name was repeated three more times in Matthew and Margaret's own children. Child mortality was high in that period with almost 50% of children dying before they reached marriageable age, and it was common practice to use their names again for children that followed.

This was the case with Matthew and Margaret, for they had two daughters who died in childhood. Each was named Catherine Seaton Gregg[P556,P557] born 1879 and 1895. They then gave that name to a third girl born in 1897 who survived to become my Aunt 'Kate'[P567]. She was of course an older sister to my father, and moreover, the last child of our family to be born in that 100 year period in which four generations of Gregg's lived in Tarbolton. She was born in the same year as Queen Victoria celebrated her Diamond Jubilee.

Throughout the years Matthew and Margaret's children were born, they would see much technological advancement. Not least would be included the invention of the typewriter by Sholes, the pianoforte by Broadwood, the phonograph and movie pictures by Edison and the first hand held camera by Eastman. Medical advance was also progressing rapidly. Vaccines for Diphtheria and Rabies were discovered, the pioneering of antiseptic techniques, and the isolation of Tuberculosis. The invention of the Aspirin probably seemed like a miracle.

As the 1890's progressed, more technology would lead them into the 20th Century, out of the Industrial Revolution, and into a new age.

1899 was the start of the Boar War which lasted until 1902, and during which time Queen Victoria's long reign eventually ended and Edward VII became King. Robert Paton Gregg(Greig)[P529] and Isabella Gregg(Greig)[P568] were also born at Darvel in that time.

1909 was a particularly sad year for the Gregg family. Matthew, my Grandfather died and was laid to rest on the 22 December aged only 52. Only three weeks earlier, Catherine his sister, aged 50, had also died. Although Matthew lived in Darvel at the time of his death, both he and Catherine were buried in Tarbolton Churchyard next to their parents in lair number 273.

It must have been an awful shock to the family, two funerals just before Christmas and in such a short time. Matthew died from pulmonary thrombosis, a condition brought about by clogging of the main heart vessels, and which has been commonplace throughout the family. A warning here to those less inclined to watch their health!

Grandmother Gregg(Margaret Doyle lived on at 65 East Main Street in Darvel, the house in which my father Robert and his young sister Isabella were born. She attained a reasonably good age of 75 years, and was buried at Tarbolton during the winter of 1934.


MALE. William[P558] born 1880 - Thomas[P560] born 1883 - John[P561] born 1885 (father to Matthew P Greig[P833] ) - Matthew[P564] born 1891 - James[P565] born 1893 - Robert Paton[P529] born 1899 (My father).

FEMALE. Catherine Seaton(1)[P557] born 1879 - Agnes[P559] born 1882 - Margaret[P563] born 1887 - Jane(Jean)[P563] born 1889 - Catherine Seaton(2) born 1895 - Catherine Seaton(3) born 1897 - Isabella[P568] born 1902.

During the 1940's and 50's, we occasionally holidayed in Scotland with our parents. We spent many hours roaming and playing on the hills and in the glens, and paddling or fishing in the local streams around Darvel. Walking east from Darvel we would pass over Glen Water, past the manse to our left where John Jack the Minister lived in my father's day, and onto Priestland. There, with the fresh breeze cooling us, we would cross the meadowlands and climb to the top of Loudon Hill to picnic. My father would wryly tell us of tales and ancient legends of the surrounding area; of Wallace defeating the English in 1297 (There is a plaque on the summit of Loudoun Hill to commemorate his victory), how King Robert the Bruce inflicted even greater punishment on the English in 1307, and in 1679 the humiliation of Claverhouse (commander of the English government troops in south-west Scotland), by the covenanters at the close-by battle of Drumclog. My imagination would run wild as I peered over the precipice to the west of the 'hill', wondering when the 'sleeping giants' would wake again, to once more defend Scotland against the English invaders. (That's how Dad explained the stone boulders at the foot of the cliff!).

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P126. Loudon Hill Near Darvel Ayrshire Scotland
Photo taken 1997 A Gregg
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P127. Loudon Hill Near Darvel Ayrshire Scotland  Photo taken 1997 A Gregg

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P128. Loudon Hill Near Darvel Ayrshire Scotland Photo taken 1997 A Gregg

Loudoun Hill marks the eastern end of the Irvine Valley. At the foot of the south-east slope are the remains of an old iron-age homestead, and there was once a Roman Fort nearby. Looking West from the summit of the hill is a magnificent view down the lush Irvine Valley. It is a beautiful site to behold on a summer's day - Scotland's 'green and pleasant land'. Some twenty miles away to its extremity can be seen the coast at Irvine Bay, beyond that and across the Firth of Clyde roll the enormous peaks on the Isle of Arran. The valley is steeped in history from prehistoric times through to the Roman occupation, Scottish civil wars, and on to the bloody massacres in the uprisings and long struggles with the English. Many books have been written about the intriguing stories of the Irvine Valley, its people, and their history.

Approaching Darvel from the west stands a large roadside monument at Gowanbank. It was erected and  dedicated in 1927 to Alexander Morton who was responsible for bringing the power looms to Darvel. The  inscription in his praise confers: 'he led this valley to industrial fame and prosperity', but I think the  words of the inscription which encircle the entire monument are far more impressive: -

'The wonders of the world - the beauty and the power -
the shapes of things - their colours - lights and shades -
look ye also while life lasts.

In 1874 Alexander Morton saw a new weaving machine which cost £1,100, and called a meeting of  weavers  and agents proposing the establishment of a new lace industry – but they declined. However,  with  a few partners he raised the money for the deposit on the new machine and placed an order for it. His  first curtain featured a new French design and the curtains proved so popular that the firm were unable to  supply the demand. Within 12 months they brought more lace machines into production. and introduced  new ideas. They developed the weaving of plain chenille curtains, and eventually employed an additional  150 people. Eventually, more Morton & Co. factories were opened in Carlisle and Ireland.
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P193. Alexander Morton monument
Gowanbank between Newmilns and Darvel Ayrshire Scotland Photo taken 1997 A Gregg

The following old publication gives us a further insight to this area of Ayrshire. "A Descriptive Guide to the History, Traditions, Antiquities of the County of Ayr", by John MacIntosh of Galston, Ayrshire, published in 1894, by John Menzies & Co. of Kilmarnock, Dunlop and Drennan.

"Loudoun Hill is where Wallace defeated the English, and where in 1306, Robert the Bruce with 600 men gained a striking victory over the Earl of Pembroke and his army of 6,000. At Drumclog, farther east in Renfrewshire, Claverhouse was defeated by a Covenanting force in 1679.

The valley towns of Darvel, Newmilns and Galston are all located within the old estates of the Loudoun family. The present parish church is situated in Newmilns, near the centre of the town, and was re-erected in 1844. It is well known in history as the first charge to which Norman McLeod was ordained, and also as the scene of Dr Lawrie's labours - the befriender of Burns. The manse is an old building, occupying an elevated site on the highway between Galston and Newmilns. It was formerly called Saint Margaret's Hill. Within its walls Burns slept one night, about the time when he had resolved to try his fortune abroad. Dr Lawrie was the means of this scheme being abandoned, by giving the poet an introductory letter to an Edinburgh friend, which resulted in a reissue of his poems, and a resolve to remain in his native country.

Loudon is a relatively small and rural parish in the east of the county, north of Galston. It lies to the north side of the upper valley of the River Irvine. In the Middle Ages, the centre of the parish was at Newmilns, but it later shifted to Loudoun. The village of Loudoun amounts to little more than the parish church on the north bank of the river. To the north of the parish, lies the small village of Moscow beside the Volga Burn. It includes a row of weaver's cottages dating from around 1800.

Newmilns is located in the Irvine Valley, east of Loudoun. Newmilns was once the centre of one of Ayrshire's most prosperous weaving and lacing making industries. There are many interesting buildings in the town, some of which can be easily missed such as the 16th century Newmilns Tower behind the Loudoun Arms. During the American Civil War, the weavers of Newmilns sent a message of support to Abraham Lincoln, who, in turn, sent them an "Stars and Stripes".

The flag was lost over the years, but in 1949, the American Embassy presented the town with a replacement flag which is now located in the Parish Church.

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P30. Not Gregg's - but a typical Darvel family photographed around 1900

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P28. Hastings Square Darvel before World War I

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P29. The School built at Pond Braes shortly after it opened in 1904
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P25. Margaret Gregg(Doyle)1930s with Grandson Matthew

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P31. Darvel's most famous son was Sir Alexander Flemming  - Nobel prize winner who in 1928 is credited with the discovered penicillin and was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1945 following the widespread use of penicillin in World War II.

Read The Fleming Papers (.pdf file)
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P32. Margaret Gregg[Doyle] 1920s with Daughter Izabella


TIMELINE 1857 to 1937

EST 1857 : Birth date of [P508] Jane HOPKINS
Saturday January 24 1857 : Death date of [P480] Alexander GIBSON
Tuesday March 3 1857 : Birth date of [P512] MATTHEW PATON GREGG
Sunday May 10 1857 : Sepoy mutiny in India
1858 : Marriage date of [F519] - [P1826] Thomas FLETCHER = [P1827] Margaret YOUNG
Thursday February 18 1858 : Birth date of [P1686] David PATERSON
Wednesday April 14 1858 : Birth date of [P839] John(1) DOYLE
ABT 1859 : Marriage date of [F517] - [P1822] David Bell FLEMING = [P1823] Janet (Bell) THOMSON
1859 : First oil well sunk by E L Drake in Pennsylvania
Saturday March 26 1859 : Birth date of [P1687] Margaret PATERSON
Tuesday June 14 1859 : Birth date of [P1682] Agnes JAMIESON
Thursday July 28 1859 : Birth date of [P513] MARGARET DOYLE
Thursday November 24 1859 : Charles Darwin publishes "The Origin of Species"
Wednesday December 7 1859 : Birth date of [P511] Catherine Seaton GREGG
Tuesday July 10 1860 : Birth date of [P1820] James Thomson FLEMING
1861 : Gatling gun invented by R J Gatling
Saturday February 16 1861 : Birth date of [P522] John(2) DOYLE[DALE]
Monday April 8 1861 : 1861 national census taken
Wednesday July 24 1861 : Birth date of [P1683] Denham JAMIESON
Saturday September 28 1861 : Birth date of [P1729] Charles WHITING
Monday August 18 1862 : Birth date of [P838] Izabella(1) DOYLE
BEF 1863 : Death date of [P1814] Elizabeth POULTNEY
BEF 1863 : Death date of [P1813] SAMUEL? PERRY
Saturday January 10 1863 : London Underground opens
Saturday May 30 1863 : Death date of [P461] Agnes GREGG
Thursday July 16 1863 : Marriage date of [F317] - [P1064] CHARLES PERRY = [P1065] CHARLOTTE McKINZIE DUNDAS
Friday December 4 1863 : Marriage date of [F234] - [P719] Arthur GREGG = [P720] Ann DICKIE
Thursday December 31 1863 : Death date of [P497] Catherine SEATON
Monday January 11 1864 : Birth date of [P493] Janet Norton GREGG
Sunday May 22 1864 : Birth date of [P840] Samuel DOYLE
Monday June 27 1864 : Birth date of [P1066] Samuel PERRY
Thursday July 7 1864 : Birth date of [P1684] Helen JAMIESON
Wednesday November 30 1864 : Birth date of [P721] Arthurina GREGG
EST 1865 : Marriage date of [F271] - [P854] Peter DOYLE = [P862] Jane Drennan WIGHTMAN
ABT 1865 : Birth date of [P1821] Jane Ogilvie GEMMELL
Monday July 24 1865 : Birth date of [P841] Thomas(1) DOYLE
ABT 1866 : Invention of the breech-loading rifle
Saturday February 3 1866 : Death date of [P458] JEAN GIBSON
Saturday February 24 1866 : Birth date of [P526] ALEXANDER DUNDAS PERRY
Wednesday May 30 1866 : Birth date of [P863] Rachael Wilson DOYLE
September 1866 : Cholera sweeps London
1867 : Alfred Nobel invents dynamite
1867 : Joseph Lister pioneers antiseptic techniques
1867 : Birth date of [P527] JESSIE FLETCHER
1867 : Invention of the typewriter by Sholes and Glidden
Sunday February 10 1867 : Birth date of [P842] Rachael DOYLE
Friday November 29 1867 : Marriage date of [F157] - [P494] George SELLARS = [P492] Jean Denholm GREGG
Tuesday December 31 1867 : Death date of [P496] John PATON
February 1868 : Disraeli becomes Prime Minister
Thursday April 9 1868 : Birth date of [P1067] Charles PERRY
Saturday May 2 1868 : Birth date of [P864] James DOYLE
Tuesday July 21 1868 : Birth date of [P843] Asey DOYLE
1869 : D Mendeleev constructs Periodic table of elements
Monday August 16 1869 : Birth date of [P550] William DUNLOP
Wednesday September 1 1869 : Birth date of [P1068] Charles PERRY
1870 : Electric incandescent lamp invented by T A Edison
Tuesday January 11 1870 : Birth date of [P865] Margaret DOYLE
Saturday April 23 1870 : Birth date of [P844] Izabella(2) DOYLE
Monday April 3 1871 : 1871 national census taken
Saturday May 27 1871 : Birth date of [P1069] Charlotte Ann Dundas PERRY
Tuesday October 3 1871 : Birth date of [P845] Catherine DOYLE
Sunday November 19 1871 : Death date of [P518] RACHAEL WILSON
Tuesday November 21 1871 : Burial date of [P518] RACHAEL WILSON
May 1872 : Gladstone becomes Prime Minister
December 1872 : "Marie Celeste" discovered abandoned
1873 : Birth date of [P510] Alan CARSWELL
1873 : Invention of pianoforte by J Broadwood
Thursday May 15 1873 : Birth date of [P846] Thomas(2) DOYLE
Wednesday July 2 1873 : Birth date of [P549] Jean Denholm GREGG
Monday May 4 1874 : Birth date of [P866] Samuel DOYLE
Sunday August 16 1874 : Death date of [P464] Elizabeth GREGG
Friday January 1 1875 : Death date of [P462] Robert WELSH
ABT 1875 : Birth date of [P1041] Mrs Elizabeth [F312] GREGG
1876 : Invention of the telephone by A G Bell
Tuesday February 15 1876 : Death date of [P521] MICHAEL DOYLE
Thursday February 17 1876 : Burial date of [P521] MICHAEL DOYLE
1877 : Phonograph invented by Thomas Edison
1877 : Invention of reinforced concrete by J Monier
1877 : Birth date of [P911] Thomas PERRY
1877 : Phonograph invented by Thomas Edison
1878 : Birth date of [P867] William Wightman DOYLE
Friday March 1 1878 : Marriage date of [F163] - [P512] MATTHEW PATON GREGG = [P513] MARGARET DOYLE
Sunday February 9 1879 : Death date of [P475] William GREGG
Thursday May 8 1879 : Birth date of [P557] Catherine Seaton(1) GREGG
Sunday December 28 1879 : Tay Bridge disaster
1880 : Birth date of [P1817] Elizabeth PERRY
1880 : Marriage date of [F161] - [P507] John GREGG = [P508] Jane HOPKINS
1880 : Birth date of [P523] Emily Rosina RICKETTS
Saturday June 26 1880 : Birth date of [P558] William GREGG
Sunday April 3 1881 : 1881 national census taken
Sunday May 1 1881 : Death date of [P492] Jean Denholm GREGG
1882 : Isolation of tuberculosis bacteria by R Koch
Sunday January 1 1882 : Birth date of [P559] Agnes GREGG
1883 : Birth date of [P509] Mary Thompson GREGG
1883 : Cholera bacteria isolated by Robert Koch
Sunday August 26 1883 : Krakatoa erupts
Thursday October 11 1883 : Birth date of [P560] Thomas GREGG
1884 : Fountain pen invented by L E Waterman
1885 : Vaccine against rabies discovered by Louis Pasteur
1885 : First internal combustion carriage built by K. Benz
Monday January 26 1885 : General Gordon killed at Khartoum
Friday September 25 1885 : Birth date of [P561] John GREGG
1886 : Marriage date of [F170] - [P526] ALEXANDER DUNDAS PERRY = [P527] JESSIE FLETCHER
Sunday October 17 1886 : Birth date of [P1368] Martha Jane MORRISON
1887 : Sherlock Holmes created by Arthur Conan Doyle
Tuesday September 20 1887 : Birth date of [P562] Margaret GREGG
1888 : Birth date of [P903] Charles PERRY
1888 : Invention of hand-held camera by George Eastman
Saturday July 21 1888 : Birth date of [P1609] Elizabeth Jane GODFREY
October 1888 : Jack the Ripper terrorises London's East End
1889 : Birth date of [P898] Susan Muir SPIERS
1889 : Invention of the bolt-action rifle by P von Mauser
Saturday September 21 1889 : Birth date of [P563] Jane GREGG
Thursday November 14 1889 : Completion of the Forth Bridge - first large steel structure
1890 : Birth date of [P900] Charlotte PERRY
ABT 1890 : Marriage date of [F516] - [P1820] James Thomson FLEMING = [P1821] Jane Ogilvie GEMMELL
1890 : Discovery of diphtheria vaccine by E von Behring
Wednesday July 30 1890 : Death date of [P489] WILLIAM GREGG
BEF 1891 : Death date of [P1819] Charles WHITING
1891 : Invention of the zip fastener by W L Judson
AFT 1891 : Death date of [P557] Catherine Seaton(1) GREGG
AFT 1891 : Death date of [P1596] Margaret KNOX
Wednesday April 1 1891 : 1891 national census taken
Wednesday August 19 1891 : Birth date of [P564] Matthew Paton GREGG
Monday December 21 1891 : Marriage date of [F179] - [P1729] Charles WHITING = [P845] Catherine DOYLE
1892 : Birth date of [P1828] Thomas Fletcher(1) PERRY
1892 : Death date of [P1828] Thomas Fletcher(1) PERRY
1892 : Birth date of [P1747] David Bell FLEMING
1893 : Thomas Edison invents motion pictures
Monday August 28 1893 : Birth date of [P565] James GREGG
1894 : Tower Bridge opens in London
1894 : Birth date of [P904] Thomas Fletcher(2) PERRY
1895 : Wireless telegraphy invented by G Marconi
1895 : Discovery of x-rays by W K Roentgen
Saturday January 5 1895 : Death date of [P515] CATHERINE MCHUTCHEON
Thursday November 14 1895 : Birth date of [P566] Catherine Seaton(2) GREGG
1896 : Discovery of radioactivity by Henri Becquerel
1896 : Birth date of [P1746] Catherine Doyle WHITING
BEF 1897 : Death date of [P566] Catherine Seaton(2) GREGG
EST 1897 : Birth date of [P828] Elizabeth Campbell WILSON
1897 : Marriage date of [F181] - [P550] William DUNLOP = [P549] Jean Denholm GREGG
Wednesday May 12 1897 : Birth date of [P567] Catherine Seaton(3) GREGG
Tuesday June 22 1897 : Victoria celebrates her Diamond Jubilee
1898 : Birth date of [P901] Marion Fletcher PERRY
ABT 1898 : Birth date of [P1613] James DUNLOP
1899 : Invention of first tape recorder by V Poulsen
1899 : Introduction of aspirin by Felix Hoffman
Wednesday April 19 1899 : Birth date of [P1610] Agnes Paton DUNLOP
Wednesday July 12 1899 : Birth date of [P529] ROBERT PATON GREGG
October 1899 : Start of Boer War
1900 : Invention of rigid airship by von Zeppelin
1900 : Invention of agricultural tractor by B Holt
August 1900 : Boxer rebellion in Peking
1901 : Birth date of [P899] Alexander Frederick PERRY
1901 : First successful safety razor sold by K Gillette
Tuesday January 22 1901 : End of reign of Queen Victoria
Wednesday January 23 1901 : Start of reign of Edward VII
1902 : Birth date of [P902] Archibald PERRY
ABT 1902 : Birth date of [P1614] Terence DUNLOP
EST 1902 : Marriage date of [F162] - [P510] Alan CARSWELL = [P509] Mary Thompson GREGG
EST 1902 : Marriage date of [F168] - [P522] John(2) DOYLE[DALE] = [P523] Emily Rosina RICKETTS
Saturday April 5 1902 : 20 killed as terracing collapses at Ibrox Park
Monday April 14 1902 : Birth date of [P568] Isabella GREIG
Sunday June 1 1902 : End of Boer War
1903 : Birth date of [P897] Jessie WHITELAW
EST 1903 : Marriage date of [F311] - [P1032] William WILSON = [P559] Agnes GREGG
1903 : Birth date of [P847] Evelyn DALE
1903 : Birth date of [P891] Matthew RICHMOND
Monday October 5 1903 : Death date of [P495] AGNES PATON
EST 1904 : Birth date of [P1033] Robert WILSON
Friday November 18 1904 : Death date of [P514] THOMAS DOYLE
Tuesday December 27 1904 : Death date of [P508] Jane HOPKINS
1905 : Birth date of [P848] James DALE
January 1905 : Burial date of [P508] Jane HOPKINS
Wednesday October 4 1905 : Convicted Suffragettes choose to go to prison
Sunday December 10 1905 : Christening date of [P529] ROBERT PATON GREGG
1906 : Wassermann test for syphilis developed
EST 1906 : Marriage date of [F312] - [P560] Thomas GREGG = [P1041] Mrs Elizabeth [F312] GREGG
EST 1906 : Birth date of [P1034] Matthew WILSON
Tuesday April 10 1906 : Birth date of [P528] MARGARET PERRY
1907 : Birth date of [P849] Gladys DALE
1907 : Albert Einstein postulates "E=mc²" theory
EST 1908 : Birth date of [P1035] William WILSON
1909 : Birth date of [P850] Elsie DALE
Thursday November 25 1909 : Death date of [P511] Catherine Seaton GREGG
Wednesday December 22 1909 : Death date of [P512] MATTHEW PATON GREGG
1910 : Invention of first synthetic plastic, Bakelite
EST 1910 : Birth date of [P1042] Matthew GREGG
EST 1910 : Birth date of [P1036] Robert(2) WILSON
Friday May 6 1910 : End of reign of Edward VII
Saturday May 7 1910 : Start of reign of George V
Sunday July 31 1910 : Radio used to arrest Dr Crippen fleeing to Quebec
Sunday August 14 1910 : Marriage date of [F481] - [P903] Charles PERRY = [P1609] Elizabeth Jane GODFREY
1911 : E. Rutherford puts forward nuclear model of the atom
1911 : Birth date of [P525] James Ralph PERRY
Tuesday January 3 1911 : Three policemen die in the Seige of Sidney Street
Tuesday March 7 1911 : Birth date of [P1009] Harold George ALEN
Thursday August 31 1911 : Troops clash with strikers in north of England
EST 1912 : Birth date of [P1037] Thomas WILSON
EST 1912 : Birth date of [P1043] Thomas GREGG
Monday April 15 1912 : SS Titanic sinks with loss of 1513 lives
Thursday May 2 1912 : Birth date of [P1010] Ileen Mary THOMPSON
Monday February 10 1913 : Capt. Scott found dead in Antartica
Sunday April 20 1913 : Birth date of [P524] Gertrude DALE
June 1913 : Suffragette dies under King's horse at Epsom
EST 1914 : Birth date of [P1044] George GREGG
1914 : Invention of military tank by E Swinton
Sunday June 28 1914 : Austrian Archduke Ferdinand assassinated in Sarajevo
Tuesday July 28 1914 : Austria declares war on Serbia
Tuesday July 28 1914 : Start of World War I
Saturday August 1 1914 : Germany declares war on Russia
August 1914 : Battle of Tannenberg
Monday August 3 1914 : Germany declares war on France
Tuesday August 4 1914 : Britain declares war on Germany
Tuesday August 4 1914 : Germany invades Belgium
September 1914 : First Battle of the Marne
Sunday October 4 1914 : First bombs fall on London
1915 : Birth date of [P851] John DALE
EST 1915 : Birth date of [P1038] Margaret WILSON
February 1915 : Start of German submarine blockade of Britain
Thursday April 22 1915 : Germans first use of mustard gas at Ypres
Monday April 26 1915 : British land in Turkey
Friday May 7 1915 : SS Lusitania sunk by German submarine
Saturday May 22 1915 : 200 soldiers killed in train crash at Quintinshill
Monday September 6 1915 : Poland and Lithuania overrun by Germany
Thursday October 14 1915 : Britain and France declare war on Bulgaria
Monday December 20 1915 : British withdraw from Gallipoli
Friday December 31 1915 : Marriage date of [F280] - [P564] Matthew Paton GREGG = [P898] Susan Muir SPIERS
EST 1916 : Birth date of [P1045] William GREGG
ABT 1916 : Birth date of [P1031] Matthew Paton GREGG
February 1916 : Battle of Verdun
Monday April 24 1916 : 450 die in Easter Rising in Dublin
Wednesday May 31 1916 : Battle of Jutland
Saturday July 1 1916 : Start of Battle of the Somme
Sunday August 27 1916 : Romaina declares war on Austria-Hungary
Wednesday November 15 1916 : End of Battle of the Somme
1917 : Birth date of [P852] Kathleen DALE
Friday January 12 1917 : Marriage date of [F267] - [P561] John GREGG = [P828] Elizabeth Campbell WILSON
Friday April 6 1917 : USA declares war on Germany
October 1917 : Start of Battle of Caporetto
Wednesday October 31 1917 : Birth date of [P829] Leah Mitchell GREIG
December 1917 : End of Battle of Caporetto
Friday December 7 1917 : USA declares war on Austria-Hungary
Saturday December 15 1917 : Russian Bolsheviks now allies with Germany
1918 : Death date of [P852] Kathleen DALE
Saturday March 9 1918 : Death date of [P862] Jane Drennan WIGHTMAN
Thursday March 21 1918 : Start of German offensive
Monday April 1 1918 : Royal Air Force created
Saturday May 18 1918 : Sinn Féin banned and leaders arrested
July 1918 : Second Battle of the Marne
Thursday August 8 1918 : End of German offensive
Friday October 4 1918 : Germany offers surrender
Monday November 11 1918 : End of World War I
Monday November 11 1918 : Hostilities cease on Western Front
Saturday December 28 1918 : Women allowed to vote for the first time
1919 : Birth date of [P853] Francis DALE
EST 1919 : Birth date of [P1046] Margaret GREGG
March 1919 : Spanish flu kills 150,000 throughout Britian
Tuesday March 18 1919 : Death date of [P523] Emily Rosina RICKETTS
Sunday December 28 1919 : Lloyd George becomes Prime Minister
EST 1920 : Birth date of [P1039] Mary WILSON
January 1920 : Marriage date of [F424] - [P867] William Wightman DOYLE = [P1368] Martha Jane MORRISON
Monday March 8 1920 : Birth date of [P830] Margaret Dale(Doyle) GREIG
Thursday August 26 1920 : Birth date of [P1369] Jane(Jeanie) DOYLE
Monday October 18 1920 : State of emergency declared as miners strike
Sunday November 21 1920 : "Bloody Sunday" - 12 Irish killed by the Black and Tans
EST 1921 : Birth date of [P1047] Elizabeth GREGG
1921 : Death date of [P843] Asey DOYLE
Tuesday December 6 1921 : Irish Free State created
1922 : Banting and MacLeod isolate human insulin
Sunday February 26 1922 : Death date of [P522] John(2) DOYLE[DALE]
BEF 1923 : Death date of [P845] Catherine DOYLE
EST 1923 : Birth date of [P576] Cyril PAGE
EST 1923 : Birth date of [P1048] Nancy GREGG
1923 : Birth date of [P817] Gladys MARDLE
Saturday January 6 1923 : Death date of [P860] Esther DOYLE
Thursday February 1 1923 : Death date of [P854] Peter DOYLE
Friday September 14 1923 : Marriage date of [F430] - [P1747] David Bell FLEMING = [P1746] Catherine Doyle WHITING
Monday October 15 1923 : Birth date of [P833] Matthew Paton GREIG
EST 1924 : Birth date of [P575] Violet MILLER
1924 : Birth date of [P816] Frederick W KEELING
Sunday January 27 1924 : Death date of [P558] William GREGG
Wednesday April 23 1924 : First royal transmission by wireless
1925 : Birth date of [P1748] MARGARET KNOX FLEMING
EST 1925 : Birth date of [P1049] Anne GREGG
EST 1925 : Birth date of [P1040] Agnes WILSON
1926 : Invention of the liquid-fuelled rocket by R Goddard
1926 : First demonstration of television by J L Baird
Monday May 10 1926 : TUC calls first General Strike
Monday October 4 1926 : Birth date of [P831] Helen Wilson GREIG
Tuesday October 4 1927 : Birth date of [P533] Leslie Harold OLIVER
1928 : Birth date of [P894] Matthew Paton Gregg MCPHEELY
Saturday January 7 1928 : River Thames floods killing 14
Sunday September 30 1928 : Penicillin discovered by Alexander Fleming
Sunday January 6 1929 : Birth date of [P832] Mary GREIG
Monday January 7 1929 : Death date of [P832] Mary GREIG
Thursday January 10 1929 : Death date of [P828] Elizabeth Campbell WILSON
Wednesday June 5 1929 : Marriage date of [F171] - [P529] ROBERT PATON GREGG = [P528] MARGARET PERRY
Thursday November 21 1929 : Birth date of [P532] Margaret GREGG
EST 1930 : Birth date of [P834] Mary M WILSON
Saturday May 24 1930 : Amy Johnson flies solo to Australia
Sunday October 5 1930 : Airship R101 crashes in France killing 48
Thursday January 15 1931 : Birth date of [P1633] Florence Wangari NYOIKE
Monday March 30 1931 : Birth date of [P534] Robert GREGG
Monday October 19 1931 : Marriage date of [F297] - [P1009] Harold George ALEN = [P1010] Ileen Mary THOMPSON
Friday February 12 1932 : Whipping of children under 14 is banned
Thursday April 21 1932 : Birth date of [P535] Daphne ALEN
Friday September 30 1932 : Unemployment reaches 25%
1934 : Invention of first practical radar by Watson-Watt
1934 : Birth date of [P892] Margaret Doyle RICHMOND
Friday January 26 1934 : Death date of [P513] MARGARET DOYLE
Monday January 29 1934 : Burial date of [P513] MARGARET DOYLE
Friday September 21 1934 : 262 killed in blast at Gresford colliery

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