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Re: Wyllies of Crawton/ Fetteresso, Kincardineshire
Posted by: James Wyllie (ID *****3406) Date: March 29, 2002 at 16:42:31
In Reply to: Wyllies of Crawton/ Fetteresso, Kincardineshire by Andrew Simpson of 283

I am sorry to advise that there is not a correct connection between some of the posts on this topic.
The problem arises from the existence of two different Alexander Wyllies who were both born in 1801.
One was born to Alexander Wyllie and Anna Barclay at Crawton and he was christened on 9th March 1801 as recorded in the Dunnottar Parish record.
The other was born in Arbroath on 15th May 1801. This date and place of birth are recorded in a record of sailors prepared in 1844 which lists residence, birthplace and date of birth of many of the fishermen working in Crawton Katerline (as then spelt) and Stonehaven. This record also includes physical characteristics, colour of eyes and hair, height, and when they went to Sea. The record is held at the Public Record Office at Kew. My own ancestor, Louis Wyllie, son of Alexander and Anna, is included in this record, but not in the Dunnottar Parish record, which was as deficient when he was born on 15th August 1813 as the Arbroath record was in 1801.
To confuse the issue, the Crawton Alexander was still alive when the Dunnottar Parish census of 1811 (which can be viewed in Edinburgh); he is recorded with his brothers William (1899) and James (1804) as well as his sister Jean with Anna and Alexander. The Arbroath Alexander had moved to Crawton during the 1820s or earlier, and certainly lived there when he married Jean Andrew of Glenbervie in 1826.
Unfortunately, the Arbroath Alexander (like my ancestor Louis) died before 1855, so the confusion cannot be easily undone.
The William who married Mary Carr was the son of the Arbroath Alexander and Jean Andrew. The Jane who married Robert Davidson was the daughter of James (1804) and Mary Taylor. She died on the 8th August 1912 at 12, Crawton.
My grandfather William was born in 1847 to Louis Wyllie and Margaret Wyllie (who was born unexpectedly in 1819 to Margaret Wood, who later became the Margaret Inglis appearing in the 1851 Crawton census record.
I don't know whether that covers all the topics, but I hope it helps.
I dont think someone could be christened before they were born.

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