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Re: Kinghorns of Midlothian, Scotland
Posted by: David Kinghorn Date: February 23, 2000 at 15:04:11
In Reply to: Kinghorns of Midlothian, Scotland by Irene Pollands Hall of 360

I am descended from the George Kinghorn mentioned by you.
He appears to have married Elizabeth Watson in about 1821. Before going to the U.S. they had a son Abraham who continued living in Newton and worked as an Iron Miner. He married Margaret Wardrop, a cotton weaver, and had a son called George who was born in about 1842. He worked at a shale mine as an engine keeper.
This George married Agnes McCulloch in 1863 and one of their sons also called George was born in 1867. He became a shale oil engineman and married Isabella Fairlie in 1893. They had 8 children altogether and I am descended from their second son who was named David.
By this time the Kinghorn family were famed for their musical talents.They formed a small orchestra which tried to entertain wounded soldiers at Bangour Hospital during the war of 1914/18 .
Father George Kinghorn and his wife eventually ran a general and music store in Broxburn in Midlothian. Son Thomas was a brilliant violinist who went to the Royal College of Music,
My own father David,became a professional musician, playing the flute, clarinet and saxophone and was a very good exponent of the Swing style of music during the 30's and 40's.
His eldest brother, also named George, was a keen cello player and his daughter Mabel, my cousin, became such a brilliant violinist that she went first to the Glasgow Athanaeum and the to the Royal College of Music in London.
Though now 67 she still plays professionally
in Scotland as a freelance and has played under many famous conductors in some well known orchestras. Her sister Ella, also a violinist, is much is much in demand for amateur performances throughout central Scotland.
But there I am afraid our line comes to an end. But the George Kinghorn who married Agnes McCulloch in 1863 married twice and had at least one son by his second wife and as far as I know this line should be flourishing still.
In due course I shall try to give you more chapter and verse. I would like to hear about your line and about the American descendants of George Kinghorn. We have some mention of George dying in Belleville,Illinois and of Elizabeth dying in St. Louis. Perhaps you will have more details.



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