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Family [F143]

GREGG

Parents

WILLIAM GREGG {M} [P439] = AGNES CURRIE {F} [P440]

Married 26 Sep 1788, Ochiltree Ayrshire Scotland IGI-M11609-2

WILLIAM GREGG

Alias William GREIG
Alias William GREG
Born 28 Apr 1766, Ayr Ayrs Scotland IGI-C11578-7
Christened 29 Apr 1766, Ayr Ayrs Scotland IGI-C11578-7
Died 19 May 1841, Failford Tarbolton Ayrshire Scotland
Buried 19 May 1841, Church Yard Tarbolton Ayrshire Scotland
OCCUPATION: Mason/DanceMaster/Master of Manners
SOURCE: OPR's
IGI - William Greg: baptism: 29 Apr 1766 AYR, AYR, SCOTLAND birth date: 28 Apr 1766 father's name: James Greg mother's name: Janet Henderson: C11578-7 : Scotland-ODM - SCR FR446 Also

OPR Ayr Ayrshire Scotland: James Greg, son lawful to James Greg Master of Manners and Janet Henderson his spouse was born April 28th 1766, baptised 29th 1768 by Mr William Dalrymple'.

Scotland, Select Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950. Name: William Greg. Gender: Male. Birth Date: 28 Apr 1766. Baptism Date: 29 Apr 1766. Baptism Place: Ayr,Ayr,Scotland. Father: James Greg. Mother: Janet Henderson. FHL Film Number: 1041330
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OPR TARBOLTON 1841: 'William Gregg from Failford Hospital was interred at Tarbolton 19th May 1841'.
First census in Scotland was 6 June 1841 just too late to include him. William's age would have been 75 when he died [assuming the birth details and parents accredited to him are correct-1997 Alec Gregg].

William's name was spelled 'Gregg' at the time of his death.
William was the son of James Greg and Janet Henderson as above. Both William and his father James are known to have been 'Dancing Masters, 'Master of Manners' and Musicians.

THE GREGG FIDDLE: William is recorded to have been a 'Dancing Master' and 'Master of Manners' and musician, and is generally credited as having been the Dance Master and fiddle tutor to ROBERT BURNS at the Tarbolton Bachelors Club in the 1770's. A fiddle said to be the one used by William was presented to the Scottish National Trust in 1997 by the late Major John Weir, who acquired the long 'lost' fiddle from a local source in Tarbolton, Ayrshire.

[Note Alec Gregg Sep 2001] - I feel that this William, taking nothing away from his own talents, was too young to have been the Dance Master and fiddle tutor to Burns, and it is more likely that it was his father James who should be credited as such. James too was reported in various articles after his death in 1817, to be a " Master of Manners, eminent teacher of dancing, remarkably skilled in musick(sic), and performed with great taste and execution on the violin, a taste for painting, mechanics, and natural history, made and improved telescopes, and was frequently employed as a measurer of land. "

On The death certificate of Agnes Currie(his wife) in 1855, she was declared as a ' Dancing Teachers Widow,
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In various documents referring to WIllam his name was spelled as Greg, Greig and Gregg.
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William's son John Gregg[P457] inherited the 'Gregg Fiddle' which was passed down though the generations to somehow become 'lost' in the mid 1900's, later to be 'found again'
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AGNES CURRIE

Alias AGNES GREGG (26 Sep 1788)
Born 1766, St Quivox Ayrshire Scotland
Died 2 Oct 1855, Failford Ayrshire Scotland
Buried 1855, Tarbolton Church Yard - Ayrshire Scotland
OCCUPATION: Weaver
BIRTH:
Many family details have been confirmed from Agnes' Death certificate[1855] giving information for husband,children and names of her parents. It also confirmed her own birth place to have been St. Quivox Ayrs. Agnes and William lived the latter years of their lives at Failford Alms Houses, also known as Failford Hospital and as Coopers Trust, where Agnes outlived William by 14 years, and died of 'Natural Decay' aged 90 - 2 October 1855. Informant - Son William.
The 1855 Death Certifications included information on children born to the deceased. Listed were:
1. James deceased abroad
2. Elizabeth living
3. William deceased infant
4. John deceased age 42
5. William living
6. Agnes living
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1841 and 1851 census at Failford Hospital shows Agnes as being Dancing Teachers widow age 75 and 84* respectively.

Elizabeth Currie b.17 APR 1774 - St Quivox and Newton,? Ayrshire,? Scotland. DEATH Unknown. Father William Currie. Poss Sister

According to details on her Death Cert.(1855 ) Agnes was born in St Quivox(1766). Parents William Currie(wright) and Elizabeth Reid.
Details of a Margaret also born in St Quivox(1774) to William Currie / Elizabeth Reid suggests she was most likely sister to Agnes.
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1841 CENSUS the night of 6 June 1841: Piece: SCT1841/619 Place: Tarbolton-Ayrshire Enumeration District: 4
Civil Parish: Tarbolton Ecclesiastical Parish, Village or Island: Folio: 0 Page: 9
Address: Coopers Hospital Failford
Surname First name(s) Sex Age Occupation Where Born Remarks
HUMPHREY James M 83 Inmate Ayrshire
**GREGG Agnes F 75 Inmate Ayrshire [M/S Currie]
CREE Barbara F 47 Ayrshire
PEDEN Alexr. M 74 Inmate Ayrshire
MCGILBREY Daniel M 70 Outside Census County (1841)
MCGILBREY Agnes F 68 Ayrshire
HILLHOUSE Elisabeth F 89 Inmate Ayrshire
GUTHRIE James M 30 Agr Labourer Ayrshire
GUTHRIE Sarah F 30 Ayrshire
GUTHRIE Jean F 7 Ayrshire
GUTHRIE Margaret F 4 Ayrshire
GUTHRIE Janet F 2 Ayrshire
AULD Thomas M 25 Tile Mounter Ayrshire
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1851 Census the night of 30 March 1851: Piece: SCT1851/619 Place: Ayr -Ayrshire Enumeration District: 6
Civil Parish: Tarbolton Ecclesiastical Parish, Village or Island: Tarbolton Folio: 0 Page: 1 Schedule: 0
Address: Failford Hospital
Surname First name(s) Rel Status Sex Age Occupation Where Born Remarks
George Crossan Head 36 Ay Lab Ireland
Agnes Crossan Wife 35 Ay Lab Wife Ireland
Robert Crossan Son 17 Ay Lab Ireland
James Crossan Son 11 Scholar Ireland
Mary A Crossan Daughter 8 Scholar Ireland
Agnes Crossan Daughter 6 Scholar Ireland
John Crossan Son 1 Tarbolton, c ayr
Thomas Murray Lodger 20 Ay Lab Ireland
Michael Murray Lodger 18 Ay Lab Ireland
Susan Graham Lodger 8 Embroiderer Muslin Girvan, c ayr
James Folley Lodger 30 Ay Lab Ireland
MCGRIGOR Margret Mother W F 65 Innkeepers Widow Ayrshire - Tarbolton She does not reside in the hospital.
CREE - Ptient U F 55 Formerly Farm Servant Ayrshire - St Quivox(Originally: Ayrshire - St Evox) Forename incomplete, maybe Sara.
CREE - Visitr U F 22 Stocking Knitter Ayrshire - Cumnock Disability: Blind Page torn, forename possibly Christina.
STEWART - Ptient W F 75 Formerly Farmers Wife Ayrshire - St Quivox(Originally: Ayrshire - St Evox) Page torn, forename missing.
MORTON - Ptient W M 79 Formerly Old Farmer Ayrshire - Mauchline Pg torn, forename missing. Status uncertain.
MCILVRAY - Ptient M M 78 Formerly Ag Lab Ayrshire - Mauchline Page torn, forename missing.
MCILVRAY - Ptient M F 81 Formerly Ag Labs Wife Ayrshire - Mauchline Page torn, forename missing.
GIBBS - Ptient W F 76 Formerly Ag Labs Widow Ayrshire - Mauchline Page torn, forename missing.
** CURRIE - Ptient W F 84 Dancing Teachers Widow Ayrshire - St Quivox(Originally: Ayrshire - St Evox) Page torn, forename missing. [Now listed under maiden surname]
CRAWFORD Martha Ptient U F 57 Formerly Infant Teacher Ayrshire - Mauchline Page torn,part of forename missing.

Children

James GREGG {M} [P463] = Mary MACKENZIE {F} [P448] > Family [F423]

Married 14 Jun 1811, Ochiltree Ayrs Scotland IGI M11609-2

James GREGG

Born 17 Jul 1789, 'Bonnyton' Ochiltree Ayrs Scotland IGI-C11609-2
Christened 19 Jul 1789, Ochiltree Ayrs Scotland IGI-C11609-2
Died BEF Oct 1855, 'Died abroad' Date/Place unknown
OCCUPATION: Died abroad
IGI - James Greig Baptism 19 Jul 1789 Baptism, OCHILTREE, AYR, SCOTLAND Father's Name: William Greig Mother's Name: Agnes Currie: C11609-2 : Scotland-VR
OPR Ochiltree: 'James Greig lawful son to William Greig and Agnes Currie in Bonnyton was baptised 19th July 1789'. Also SCR FR398

James surname spelled Greig in birth records but Gregg in marriage records
Note: Alec Gregg 1999: This marriage found in SCR-: OPR OCHILTREE: 'James Gregg in this parish and Mary Mckenzie in parish of Stair after regular proclamation were married 14th June 1811'.

From details on James' mother Agnes Currie's death certificate[2/10/1855] we know only that James 'died abroad'. Also no records of children found to this couple to date(2011).in Scotland

Scotland, Select Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950
Name:James Greig. Gender: Male. Baptism Date:19 Jul 1789. Baptism Place: Ochiltree, Ayr, Scotland. Father: William Greig. Mother: Agnes Currie. FHL Film Number: 1041401. Reference ID: 2:16H5S62

Note March 2019 Alec Gregg: This is interesting and may be the reason no records have been found for this couple in U.K other than their marriage records, and that he 'Died abroad' according to his mothers 1855 death records
U.S., Revolutionary War Pensioners, 1801-1815, 1818-1872
Name: James Gregg (Capt). Year Range: 1831-1843. Pension Office Place: Albany, New York, USA. Spouse: Mary Gregg (He Married Mary McKenzie in 1811 in Stair, Ayrshire)


Mary MACKENZIE

Alias Mary GREIG (14 Jun 1811)
Alias Mary GREGG (14 Jun 1811)
Born Feb 1790, New Cumnock Ayrshir, Scotland IGI 7018203
Christened 21 Feb 1790, New Cumnock, Ayrshire, Scotland
SOURCE: OPR/IGI
OPR 1870 NEW CUMNOCK: ' Feb 21st Mary lawful daughter to Hugh McKenzie and Jean Stodhart.'
Parents:
Hugh McKenzie. BIRTH 1757 - Old Cumnock, Ayrshire Scotland DEATH Unknown
Jean Stodhart BIRTH 1758 - Old Cumnock, Ayrshire Scotland DEATH Unknown

Elizabeth GREGG {F} [P464] = John PETTICREW {M} [P465] > Family [F149]

Married 13 Jul 1814, Tarbolton Ayrs Scotland IGI M11619-4

Elizabeth GREGG

Alias Elizabeth PETTICREW (14 Jun 1814)
Born Jul 1791, Mauchline Ayrs Scotland IGI-C11604-2
Christened 10 Jul 1791, Mauchline Ayrs Scotland IGI-C11604-2
Died 16 Aug 1874, Montgomery Street Tarbolton Ayrs
OCCUPATION: silk weaver
IGI - Elizabeth Gregg baptism 10 Jul 179, MAUCHLINE, AYR, SCOTLAND father's name: William Gregg mother's name: Agnes Currie: C11604-2 system origin: Scotland-VR
OPR MAUCHLINE: 'William Gregg mason in Mauchline and Agnes Currie spouses. Their daughter baptised 10th July 1791 called Elizabeth'.
Scotland, Select Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950. Elizabeth Gregg Gender Female Baptism Date10 Jul 1791. Baptism Place, Mauchline, Ayr, Scotland. Father William Gregg, MotherAgnes Currie. FHL Film Number 1041395

Citation DetailsAssociated FactsMedia
Scotland, Select Marriages, 1561-1910
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NameElisabeth GreggGenderFemaleMarriage Date15 Jul 1814Marriage PlaceTarbolton,Ayr,ScotlandSpouseJohn PetticrewFHL Film Number1041472


6 Jun1841 Scotland Census. Tarbolton, Ayrshire, Scotland. John Petticrew Age 45, Elizabeth Petticrew Age 45, Mary Petticrew Age 20, John Petticrew Age 17, James Petticrew Age15, Robert Petticrew Age 10. Alex Petticrew Age 5


John Petticrew Age 45, Elizabeth Petticrew Age 45, Mary Petticrew Age 20, John Petticrew Age 17, James Petticrew Age15, Robert Petticrew Age 10. Alex Petticrew Age 5


Statutory Death Notice 16 Aug 1874 Tarbolton: At Montgomerie Street. Elizabeth Petticrew, Widow of John Petticrew, tailor died at 10:50AM aged 82 years. Cause of Death - Old Age. No Medical Attendant. Father - William Gregg - Dancing Master (Deceased). Mother - Agnes Gregg (Maiden Surname - Currie) - Deceased. Informant William Petticrew - Son. Present.

John PETTICREW

Born Nov 1791, Kilmory Bute Scotland IGI
Christened 21 Nov 1791, Kilmory Bute Scotland IGI-C11554-2
Died 1844, Tarbolton Ayrs .
OCCUPATION: Tailor
NOTE: On the 1841 Census for Tarbolton Ayrshire John Pettigrew was stated as 'Born out of County' [ADG Jan 2002]
Possibilitie for birth and parents:
IGI - John Petticrew baptism 21 Nov 1791, KILMORY, BUTE, SCOTLAND father's name: John Petticrew mother's name: Euphan Cook : C11554-2 Scotland-VR
Alternate parents:
IGI Marriage: groms name JOHN PETTICREW - Spouse: MARY MAC DOUGALD 21 AUG 1792 Kilmory, Bute, Scotland M115544

I received notification from one Mark Pettigrew(CEng.Mech) b.1967 - via e-mail - for the descendants of John Pettigrew.(see P466 William). It is thought that John died in 1844 . There was an interrment at Tarbolton in that year for a John Petticrew. Also John did not appear on the 1851 or 1861 census having appeared on the 1841 census[ADG Jan 2002]

OPR 21 Mar 1844 Tarbolton: 'John Petticrew Welch interred 21st March 1844'
I have checked the OPR regarding John Petticrue's demise of 1844. The time and place of the event is good to fit in with other criteria, but looking closer at the OPR it read John Petticrew WELCH. John's brother in law, who was married to his wife's sister (Namely Agnes Greg) was Robert WELSH, and so, was there an administrative name error on the OPR or was John Petticrue Welch perhaps John Petticrue's nephew (an as yet to be found son to Agnes Gregg and Robert Welsh), or indeed someone else?

William GREIG {M} [P474]

Born 18 Dec 1793, Gorbals Glasgow Lanark Scotland OPR-IGI
Christened ABT Jan 1794, Glasgow Gorbals District Lanark Scotland
Died BEF 1800, Tarbolton, Ayrshire, Scotland
OCCUPATION: Died as infant
IGI - WILLIAM GREIG Birth: 18 DEC 1793 Gorbals, Lanarkshire, Scotland Parents: Father: WILLIAM GREIG, Mother: AGNES CURRIE Source Information: Batch Number: 7426109 Sheet: 05Source Call No.: 0935195
OPR GLASGOW 1793: 'William Greig mason had a son brought fourth by his wife Agnes Currie upon 18th December 1793 called William'.

A second child was named William born 1800 so it is assumed this first William died pre age 7, before William[P475] was born[P475]

JOHN GREGG {M} [P457] = JEAN DENHOLM GIBSON {F} [P458] > Family [F146]

Married 27 Nov 1818, Tarbolton Ayrs IGI A471905-SCR-FR520

JOHN GREGG

Born 14 Jan 1798, Tarbolton Ayrs Scotland IGI-C11619-4
Christened 14 Jan 1798, Tarbolton Ayrs Scotland IGI-C11619-4
Died Jul 1840, Tarbolton Ayrs Scotland
Buried 17 Jul 1840, Tarbolton Church Yard
OCCUPATION: weaver
IGI - John Gregg baptism: 14 Jan 1798 , TARBOLTON, AYR, SCOTLAND father's name: William Gregg mother's name: Agnes Currie C11619-4
OPR TARBOLTON:' John Gregg lawful son to William Gregg and Agnes Currie in Tarbolton was baptised 14th January 1798'.
SCR FR298 & FR45
OPR DEATH TARBOLTON AYRSHIRE SCOTLAND : 'John Gregg interred at Tarbolton 17th July 1840'.
John died aged 42. He inherited the 'Gregg Fiddle' from his father William [P439]

JEAN DENHOLM GIBSON

Alias Jean GREGG (27 Nov 1818)
Born 1791, Coylton Ayrs Scotland
Died 3 Feb 1866, 10 James St. Tarbolton, Ayrshire, Scotland
OCCUPATION: Weaver/pirn winder
SOURCE: census/certs.
Reference ID:2:18H4NT9Statutory Deaths 1866:Tarbolton:" Jean Gregg widow of John Gregg Silk Weaver, 1866 Februsary 3rd. at 10 James Street Tarbolton, Age 75 years, Parents James Gibson weaver(Deceased), Margaret Gibson M/S Denholm(deceased). Bronchitis. Informant WIlliam Gregg son, Not Present "

Jean Gibson's life seems to have been tragic. Her father James Gibson[a miller at Coylton] died aged about 40 in 1791 the same year she was born. Her daughter Janet died age 14 in 1836 and son James died in February 1840 aged 21.That same year Jean's husband John Gregg died in July 1840 age 42 leaving her with 4 young children. Jeans youngest daughter, also named Jean, had an illegitimate child at age 21 on 11th August 1855. However, Jean Gibson senior survived until she was 75 of age.

Email: Ann Nicholson July 2001: Hi Alec, Just a brief outline of Jean Gibson's siblings, Henry married Agnes Gray. Henry ran the post office and general store. Children : John was a Physician and Surgeon qualifying in Glasgow, Henry, he was the Henry who was the Tarbolton school teacher ( he was the enumerator on the 1851 census).

The Burning of Walston Toll and Other Malicious Acts. On Tuesday 20th June 1815.
(See full story: http://www.ayrshirehistory.org.uk/WallstonToll/wallstontoll.htm)
Alexander and James Gibson, sons of John Gibson of Crawfordston farm, Tarbolton parish, were convicted of rioting and imprisoned, when they were released they and a group of other rioters appealed against their conviction. They won and were given compensation. Alexander and James gave the money to Henry to help his business.
The Gibson's are from my maternal line, with Scottish records being full of information I decided to do all the lines as far as I can. This is proving most interesting. Hope all this makes sense. Regards Ann :-)

SEE FULL ANCESTORAL Ttree of James Gibson & Margaret Denholm at : http://www.gibsongregg.gfhp.co.uk/

Also https://www.ancestry.co.uk/family-tree/person/tree/41872217/person/19905823579/facts ( Henaghan Family)
Also Muir Family

William GREGG {M} [P475]

Born Mar 1800, Tarbolton Ayrs Scotland IGI-C11619-4
Christened 9 Mar 1800, Tarbolton Ayrs Scotland IGI-C11619-4
Died 9 Feb 1879, Tarbolton [Unmarried]
Buried Tarbolton Church Yard Ayrs Scotland
OCCUPATION: silk weaver
Scotland, Select Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950. Name: William Gregg. Gender: Male. Baptism Date: 9 Mar 1800. Baptism Place: , Tarbolton, Ayr, Scotland. Father: William Gregg. Mother: Agnes Currie. FHL Film Number: 1041472. Reference ID: 2:16HRZWQ

IGI - William Gregg baptism 09 Mar 1800 baptism, TARBOLTON, AYR, SCOTLAND father's name: William Gregg mother's name: Agnes Currie: C11619-4
OPR AYR 1800: 'william Gregg lawful son to William Gregg and Agnes Currie was baptised 9th March'
OPR TARBOLTON 1800: 'William Gregg lawful son to William Gregg and Agnes Currie in Tarbolton baptised 9th March'.

William died unmarried, aged 79 in 1879. His ailment was general Paralysis 10 days! Witness to cert John Gregg-nephew
William may also have been the father to Janet Norton Gregg[P493] Born 11 Jan 1864 to Agnes Norton
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Piece: SCT1841/619 Place: Tarbolton-Ayrshire Enumeration District: 6 Civil Parish: Tarbolton Ecclesiastical Parish, Village or Island: - Folio: 0 Page: 1
Address: Montgomerie Street on the night of 6 June 1841
Surname First name(s) Sex Age Occupation Where Born
GIBB Margaret F 40 Druggist Ayrshire
GREGG William M 40 Silk Handloom Weaver Ayrshire
PEEBLES Alexr. M 25 Agricultural Labourer Ayrshire
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1851 CENSIS: Piece: SCT1851/619 Place: Ayr -Ayrshire Enumeration District: 5
Civil Parish: Tarbolton Ecclesiastical Parish, Village or Island: Tarbolton. Folio: 0 Page: 39 Schedule: 164
Address: Tarbolton Village
Surname First name(s) Rel Status Sex Age Occupation Where Born Remarks
GIBB Margaret Head Unmarried F 62 Druggest Ayrshire - St Quivox
GREGG William Lodger Unmarried M 54 Handloom Weaver Silk Ayrshire - Tarbolton (Age uncertain(Probably 51)
SPIERS John Lodger Unmarried M 25 Handloom Weaver Silk Ayrshire - Tarbolton
SPIERS David Lodger Unmarried M 21 Handloom Weaver Silk Ayrshire - Kirkmichael
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William appears on a 1861 census at 17 Montgomery Street Tarbolton aged 61 unmarried and a silk weaver. He was staying with his widowed sister Elizabeth[P464].
1861 census 17 Montgomery Street Tarbolton:On the night of 7 April 1861
Elizabeth Pettigrew head widow 70 silk weaver b.Mauchline M/S Gregg
William Gregg brother unmarried 61 silk weaver b.Tarbolton
Janet Pettigrew grand-daughter 14 scholar b.Tarbolton
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Agnes GREGG {F} [P461] = Robert WELSH {M} [P462] > Family [F148]

Married 21 Sep 1832, Tarbolton Ayrs Scotland SCR-FR685

Agnes GREGG

Alias Agnes WELSH (21 Sep 1832)
Born 13 Jul 1803, Tarbolton Ayrs Scotland IGI-C11619-4
Christened 16 Jul 1803, Tarbolton Ayrs Scotland IGI-C11619-4
Died 30 May 1863, Tarbolron, Ayrs, Sc.
Buried Tarbolton Church Yard
OCCUPATION: Silk Weaver
IGI - Agnes Gregg baptism 16 Jul 1803, TARBOLTON, AYR, SCOTLAND birth date: 13 Jul 1803 father's name: William Gregg mother's name: Agnes Currie C11619-4
SCR F312 TARBOLTON: 'Agnes Gregg lawful daughter of William Gregg and Agnes Currie in Tarbolton was born 13th and baptised 16th July 1803'.
Agnes died aged 60 of fever according to her death cert. No.45 Tarbolton.

Scotland, Select Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950. Agnes Gregg. Gender: Female. Birth Date: 13 Jul 1803. Baptism Date: 16 Jul 1803. Baptism Place: Tarbolton, Ayr, Scotland. Father: William Gregg. Mother: Agnes Currie. FHL Film Number: 1041472. Reference ID: 2:16HS3FH


Robert WELSH

Born 1 Mar 1807, Tarbolton Ayrs Sc. IGI C11619-4
Christened 17 Jun 1807, Tarbolton Ayrs, Scotland
Died 1 Jan 1875, Tarbolton Ayrs, Scotland
OCCUPATION: silk weaver
SOURCE: OPR/IGI/Statutory
Name varies in spelling between documents from Welch to Welsh. Robert died from congestion to lungs according to his death cert. No.1 Tarbolton. Robert's father was named William Welch and his mother Ann Straehorn or Strawthorn.
Parents: Father: William Welch - Gentleman's Butler. Mother:Ann Strawthorn

Scotland, Select Births and Baptisms 1564-1950. Robert Welch Gender Male Birth Date 01 Mar 1807 Baptism Date17 Jun 1807 Baptism Place, Tarbolton, Ayr, Scotland. Father William Welch. Mother Ann Straehorn FHL Film Number 1041472 Reference ID2:16HS84H

Statutory Death Record 1 Jan 1875 12 Montgomerie Street, Tarbolton, Ayrshire, Scotland. Robert Welsh - Illegitimate. widower of Agnes Gregg Age 69. Parents William Welsh Gentlemans Butler (Dec.) and . . . .Strawthorne (Dec.). Congestion of Lungs 4 days. Informant William Gregg brother in law,

Family

O.P.R OCHILTREE: 'William Greig and Agnes Currie both of this parish after regular public proclamation were married 26th September 1788

Also FR718
IGI Marriage: William Grieg bride's name: Agnes Currie 26 Sep 1788 Ochiltree, Ayr, Scotland: M11609-2: Scotland-ODM

Scotland, Select Marriages, 1561-1910. :
Name: William Grieg. Gender: Male. Marriage Date: 26 Sep 1788. Marriage Place: Ochiltree,Ayr,Scotland. Spouse: Agnes Currie. FHL Film Number: 1041401
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William is known to have been a Master of Manners, and the Dance Master, at the Bachelors Club at Tarbolton in the late 1770's, and dance tutor to Robert Burns. A Fiddle said to have belonged to him was presented to the National Trust in July 1997[Ayrshire Post - 20th June 1997]. The presenter was a Major John Weir Chairman of the Batchelors Club committee. It was stated the fiddle was handed down through several generations of his family, but this was incorrect . John Weir accquired it from a local source in Tarbolton.
James Greg was William's father, and he too was known to have been a Master of Manners and a Dance master, so it could have been either or both who was the Dance Master to Burns. William would have been only in his early teens!
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William and his wife Agnes Currie lived out their latter years at Failford Alms Hospital which was errected from a legacy left by the late Alexander Cooper esq. of Failford and upheld by the same legacy. Although the premises were burnt down and no longer exist, the legacy is still in force and is managed by a committee who are still to decide what to do with the funds[Alec Gregg 1997].

The Failford almshouses( Source: WikiPediA). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Failford
One unusual feature of the village is a range of Almshouses that were constructed using funds from a bequest and had conditions of character, situation and age attached as recorded in 1846 :- "A range of almshouses was erected and endowed, by a bequest of the late Alexander Cooper, Esq., of Smithston, at Failford, near the junction of the Ayr and Fail rivers, for eight persons, who have each a weekly allowance and an allotment of garden ground. The hospital is spacious and handsome, and is designed for inhabitants of Tarbolton and Mauchline, in indigent circumstances, upwards of forty years of age, and who have never solicited alms".

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