Gollan Margaret

Gollan Margaret

Female 1795 - 1874

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  • Born  1795  Urray, nr Dingwall Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Female 
    Died  19 Jun 1874  Tain, Rosshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I275  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  30 Sep 2013 

    Father  Gollan William,   d. c.1815? 
    Family ID  F246  Group Sheet

    Family  MacRae Alexander,   b. 14 Jun 1799, Urray, nr Dingwall Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  30 Jan 1820  Urray, nr Dingwall Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    >1. MacRae William,   b. 6 Dec 1820, MacDuff, Banffshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1891, Tain Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. MacRae Mary,   b. 17 Apr 1822
     3. MacRae Ann,   b. 7 Oct 1828, Urray, nr Dingwall Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  25 Nov 2012 
    Family ID  F108  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1795 - Urray, nr Dingwall Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 30 Jan 1820 - Urray, nr Dingwall Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 19 Jun 1874 - Tain, Rosshire Link to Google Earth
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    1820 marriage record Margaret and Alexander
    1820 marriage record Margaret and Alexander
    1841 Census for Alexander and Margaret, Dundee
    1841 Census for Alexander and Margaret, Dundee
    Alexander MacRae lives in Dundee, Aged 45, living with his wife Margaret also aged 45 in Gellatley st. His profession is as a 'Sawyer', and they have two daughters living with them Mary aged 15 and Ann aged 12.
    1851 Census for Alexander and Margaret
    1851 Census for Alexander and Margaret
    They live at 5 Bogroy, Kirkhill Parish, Inverness.
    Alexander is aged 54, a Merchant Grocer, born Urray
    Margaret his wife is aged 52, born Urray
    Anne their daughter is age 22 and a house servant, born Urray
    Margaret, granddaughter aged 4, born Dundee
    1871 Census record
    1871 Census record
    this is probably correct record for Margaret

  • Notes 
    • Margaret was born in the North East Highlands of Scotland at the end of a century which had seen Jacobite rebellions and repressive English occupation. By the time she was born however the British army had many Highland regiments and from her tiny rural village she lived for a time in Dundee - one of the fast expanding cities of a global power.

      She married a local man aged 25 or so, and went on to have at least 3 children as she followed her husband to Dundee and then Inverness.
      She lived well into her 70s and died while living as a widow, with her son in Tain.

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      Marriage record 1820, Urray Parish:
      Alexander MacRae and Margaret Gollan, both in Urray, were matrimonially contracted the 15th and Married the 30th Jan 1820. (Their eldest son William was born in December 1820 so that fits)

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      1841 census:
      Alexander MacRae lives in Dundee, Aged 45, living with his wife Margaret also aged 45 in Gellatley st. His profession is as a 'Sawyer' (rather than Lawyer when you compare the handwriting with the rest of the document), and they have two daughters living with them Mary aged 15 and Ann aged 12.

      1851 census:
      Alexander MacRae aged 54 (born Urray Rosshire)is living with his wife Margaret aged 52 (born Urray Rosshire)in No.5 Bogroy, in the Kirkhill area of Inverness.
      Alexander is a "merchant grocer" [which chimes with the 'merchant' that Margaret has on her death certificate later] and living with them is daughter Ann aged 22 who is a 'house servant' (born Urray, Rosshire), and granddaughter Margaret aged 4 (born Dundee).

      1871 census (this might be her but not guaranteed)
      Margaret MacRae, Merchant's Widow, aged 74, born Urray, lives with the Grant family in the Parish of Contin.
      *What doesn't quite add up is she described as the mother in law of the head of the family, Evan Grant. Evan Grant's wife is Margaret Grant aged 43. If this IS the correct record, then daughter Margaret must be the eldest daughter (a year older than Anne) who would have been aged 16 during the 1841 census - when we have no record of her - and so already away working somewhere else, hence we have never heard of her before.
      On the plus side of probability, it seems highly unlikely that there was more that one Margaret MacRae, merchant's widow, with the right name and age born in the small parish of Urray.

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      Death record 1874:
      Margaret McRae, widow of Alexander McRae, Merchant, died 19th June at 6:30pm. She lived in Hartfield street Tain [which is where William MacRae, her son, was living with his family in 1871 and 1881] and her son William MacRae was present. She was 79 years old. She died of 'natural decay' and no request was made for a medical attendant.
      Her Father was recorded as William Gollan, Cooper, Mother not known.


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