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Family [F145]

CURRIE

Parents

William CURRIE {M} [P454] = Elizabeth REID {F} [P455]

Married EST 1765, Ayr Ayrs?

William CURRIE

Born EST 1745, Ayr Ayrshire Scotland
OCCUPATION: Wright
William is recorded to have been a 'Wright' on his daughter Agnes' Death Certificate in 1855

William Currie 1740- BIRTH 1740

Elizabeth REID

Alias Elizabeth CURRIE (EST 1765)
Born EST 1745, Ayrshire Scotland
Poss ELIZABETH RIED Christening: 19 AUG 1746 Tarbolton, Ayr, Scotland Father: WILLIAM RIED Source information: Batch Number: 7619016

Poss Elizabeth Reed born 20 Feb 1743 Riccarton Ayrs. Parents John Reed/Jean Ferguson IGI. C116112

Children

Jean CURRIE {F} [P2603]

Born 6 May 1764, Ochiltree, Ayrshire, Scotland IGI-C116092
Christened 16 May 1764, Ochiltree, Ayrshire, Scotland
Birth 6 May 1764 - Ochiltree, Ayr, Scotland. IGI: JEAN CURRIE Christening: 16 MAY 1764 Ochiltree, Ayr, Scotland Father: WILLIAM CURRIE C116092

AGNES CURRIE {F} [P440] = WILLIAM GREGG {M} [P439] > Family [F143]

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

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.

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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Margaret CURRIE {F} [P456]

Born 17 Apr 1774, St. Quivox and Newton Ayrshire Scotland IGI-C11612-2
Christened 17 Apr 1774, St. Quivox and Newton Ayrshire Scotland IGI-C11612-2
IGI - Margaret Currie baptism 17 Apr 1774, ST. QUIVOX AND NEWTON, AYR, SCOTLAND birth date: 17 Apr 1774 father's name: William Currie mother's name: Elizabeth Ried: C11612-2

Scotland, Select Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950. Margaret Currie. Gender Female. Baptism Date17 Apr 1774. Baptism Place, St Quivox and Newton, Ayr, Scotland. Father William Currie Mother Elizabeth Reid. FHL Film Number1041404Household Members

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