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Margaret Wilson d 6 Dec 1881 73yrs
Widow of John Montgomery of Meadowhead
Who died 26 July 1834 28yrs
Son John Montgomery d at Meadowhead
21 July 1911 79yrs
Wife Mary Motion d 25 March 1965 59yrs
Grand dau Agnes Barbour d 15 Aug 1934 2yrs
Her mother Jean Hendry d 25 Dec 1958 67yrs
Wife of Hugh Montgomery Marshall d 25 Nov 1976 86yrs
And his brother John Montgomery died at Fairlie
21 Dec 1983 85yrs
Irene New Zealand
The next headstone connected to my tree is:
Alexander Gemmill Joiner d 26 Sep 1917 82yrs
Wife Elizabeth Hood d 24 July 1814 40yrs
Their sons Wiliam and Alexander who died in infancy
Dau Margaret died in Vancouver B.C. 5 Feb 1909 29yrs
2nd wife Isabella McDougall d 14 July 1908 75yrs
Father William Gemmill d 17 May 1886 80yrs
Mother Margaret Taylor d 9 Feb 1856 46yrs
Nephew William Gemmill d 8 April 1911 34yrs
Their Dau Jeanie Gemmill d 7 Jan 1920 54yrs
Wife of George T Campbell
His sister Mary Taylor Gemmill d 19 April 1933 96yrs
I have a photo of headstone
Irene New Zealand
Just returned from my "Bucket list" trip to Scotland fro New Zealand and my
my mother's birth place West Kilbride.
I visited the Cemetery as a headstone someone transcribed years ago didn't
make sense so had to see for myself.
I transcribed a few others as well as they all fit with my 8 generations of
Gemmills from West Kilbride.
And a few others that had names people on the list are talking about. I
might add it was raining and very windy to make umbrella impossible so I got
The headstone that I had gone to see had a further couple of lines that were
visible when wet
William Gemmill Merchant d 25 May 1861 74yrs
Wife Mary Montgomery d May 1833 39yrs
2nd wife Mary Logan d 15 Sep 1886 54yrs
Son William Gemmill d 4 April 1846 16yrs
Dau Jane Gemmill d 17 Oct 1883 58yrs
Dau Agnes d 2 April 1888 65yrs
------------------ line here
Robert Gemmill Banker d 15 Aug 1894 88yrs
Dau Mary Montgomery Gemmill d 5 April 1914 31yrs
Wife Janet Ramsay Cunningham d 6 May 1939 93yrs
Son William Cunningham Gemmill d 18 Juy 1980 74yrs
Dau Janet Cunningham Gemmill d 30 Juy 1963 79yrs
Underneath it reads "Until the day break and the shadows flee"
This is my line. Way back but def connected. I have photos of all the
headstones I will transcribe
Irene Polkinghorne Mum was Margaret Patrick Gemmill born 1910 West
Kilbride and Christened St Brides Church whick I took Photo of.
Have heaps of photos of West Kilbride itself.
It's people like Irene, from NZ, who shared all her relatives : GEMMEILLS
etc. who STILL make this world a better place to live..........
THANKS, IRENE!!!!!!! Happy for you that you has success!!!!!!!!
Thank you Les
I did find more of the children of Rev William Boyd and Elizabeth Barr listed on this website
As to your question about what upset the locals – in short – I can’t tell you. Since 2005, when I have been visiting Scotland form Australia, I have been looking for known Boyd families. I suspect that in either James Paterson’s books of the 1850’s or in George Robertson’s books of the 1820’s, when either have introduced the families of the Parish of Fenwick they may have outlined this dispute. (Unfortunately, I do not expect that I will be able to visit Kilmarnock until late May 2018.
Certainly the Earl’s of Kilmarnock were not involved in this dispute – having been executed in 1746. So I assume it was one of the other Ayrshire Lordships that pushed his appointment. (There would still be plenty of those that were related to the Boyds.)
From: Les Horn
Sent: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 7:36 PM
To: Rootsweb - Renfrew ; Mike Boyd
Subject: Re: [SCT-RENFREW] The family of Rev William Boyd and Elizabeth Barr of Fenwick, Ayrshire
"While a number of the children, seem to have died when their father Rev William Boyd was Minister at Fenwick Church, but for some reason they do not appear to be buried there. While I have seen the burial book for the Fenwick Church, I am sure that Rev William Boyd’s grave is listed but I can’t recall any for his children. (My copy of this booklet is still in a packing box, so I can not check it to see if my memory is right or wrong.)"
AyrshireRoots has the Burials for Fenwick. George, James and David were all buried in Fenwick Churchyard as was the Revd William.
ps I wonder what the Revd William did to make the Fenwick congregation go against him. Maybe it wasn't him but just the fact that he was being imposed on them.
The family of Rev William Boyd and Elizabeth Barr of Fenwick, Ayrshire.
According to Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae, The Succession of Ministes in The Church of Scotland from the Reformation, New Edition Volume II1, Synod of Glasgow and Ayr, Hew Scott, 1920, page 95, it says -
“WILLIAM BOYD, born 1748, eldest son of Adam B., carpenter, Lochwinnoch; educated at Univ. of Glasgow ; M.A. (1768); licen. by Presb. of Glasgow 28th Jan. 1774; pres. by the Commissioners of George, Earl of Glasgow, 20th and 21st Sept. 1780. Great opposition was made by the parishioners, who barricaded the church door and filled the lock with stones to prevent his access, while the beadle refused to ring the bell. The case coming before the Assemblies of 1781 and 1782, they ordered the settlement. He was ord. at Irvine 25th June 1782; died 17th Oct. 1828. He marr. 31st Aug. 1784, Elizabeth Barr, who died 6th April 1834, and had issue
1) Elizabeth, born 8th Aug. 1785, died 23rd April 1832;
2) William, M.A. (Glasgow 1804), student of divinity, born 1st April 1787, died 9th June 1813;
3) John, born 1st June 1789, died 31st July 1808;
4) Adam, M.A. (Glasgow 1809), born 24th July 1791, died 7th March 1822;
5) Ann, born 26th June 1793, died 31st March 1833;
6) James, secretary, Dublin, born 21st May 1795;
7) Margaret, born 30th Sept. 1797;
8) Elliotta, born 4th June 1800;
9) George, born 23rd Dec. 1803, died 8th April 1829 ;
10) Janet, born 12th Oct. 1805 (marr. James Glen, min. of Benholm).
Publication Account of the Parish (Sinclair s Stat. Ace., xiv.). “
[I have added the numbering of the children to make it easier to reference.]
It would appear from this list that children, William [#2]; John [#3]; and George Boyd [#9] most likely did not marry.
While a number of the children, seem to have died when their father Rev William Boyd was Minister at Fenwick Church, but for some reason they do not appear to be buried there. While I have seen the burial book for the Fenwick Church, I am sure that Rev William Boyd’s grave is listed but I can’t recall any for his children. (My copy of this booklet is still in a packing box, so I can not check it to see if my memory is right or wrong.)
It is known that Elizabeth [#1] married Robert Young of Fenwick, on 4 March 1809 at Fenwick, Ayrshire. Their son William Young, was born 12 June 1813 in Fenwick and went to New Zealand and died on 25 August 1902 at Edenglen, Tuturau, Southland, New Zealand. At this stage, I am not sure if any other of these siblings also went to New Zealand.
While daughter Janet [#10] married in 1833 to Rev James Glen, whose father came from Lochwinnoch, of Benholm Church and had four children – Elizabeth, Ann Elliot, William and Margaret Glen.
At this time, it is uncertain what happened to the remaining children – if they married and had children of their own.
With William Boyd’s birth in 1748 at Lochwinnock, Renfrewshire. This is a few miles west across the valley from the Barony of Gavan and Rysk, which is thought to be one of the first locations in Scotland that the Boyds lived at. It would have been the closest Church to this Barony. However, nothing more is known about William Boyd’s father Adam Boyd or who his mother was.
The comment “pres. by the Commissioners of George, Earl of Glasgow, 20th and 21st Sept. 1780” is interesting. In a time of patronage, this George Boyle, fourth Earl of Glasgow, on 8 March 1788 married Augusta Hay, the daughter of James Boyd, now Hay, fifteenth Earl of Erroll. But I have no idea as to what relationship there might have been between the Boyle’s and Boyd’s in 1780. So does this suggest some close link between Adam Boyd and the Head of Clan Boyd?
While William was licensed by Presb. of Glasgow 28th Jan. 1774, he did not come to Fenwick until 1782, but at this time, I do not know what other Church he belonged to.
It would seem that his appointed at Fenwick was also due to patronage from the resulting conflict at his appointment. This patronage of 1780, is not clear. However, it seems that he overcame this opposition, as there is plaque to him just by the front door to this church.
I would like to find out what other children of Rev William and Elizabeth’s, married and had family of their own and also any details about his father Adam Boyd of Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, and his unknown mother, and his father’s Boyd ancestors – I assume in Renfrewshire – so that they can be added to Family Chapter 19/965.
House of Boyd Society
Where are your Mackie relations from. I have Mackie in my tree, in fact my
gg grandmother was Marion Mackie, her father David and mother Agnes Leckie.
From: "The Pools" <p.ml.pool(a)xtra.co.nz>
Sent: Thursday, July 27, 2017 9:35 AM
To: "Aryshire roots" <ayrshire(a)rootsweb.com>
Subject: Re: [AYR] Location around Beith
> Belltrees Beild is a dairy farm I have been there as some of my Mackie
> cousins live there.