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Old Robert
Robert McFie
1746-1827

Notes of the family by Wm Macfie

Robert McFie my father was born at the Waulk Mill, Innerkip Parish ( see map ) on the 11 Feb & baptized 15th 1746, he was educated at Innerkip, he wrought as a joiner with his brother William, at Bridgend for some time and came to Greenock about the year 1765, he wrought for some time with the late Robt Buine, ( father of Provost Buine) . About this time he complained, of a pain in the chest, I think in consequence of a severe fever, he then turned his attention, to a grocers shop & began in 1769, with a partner James Orr his cousin. Mr Orr seems to have been thoughtless, for in less than a year, my father assumed the business to himself, paid all the debts & removed from the Bell Entry to William Street, ( Greenock ) which was a house of one story, he has often told me , he began with �26 nearly all of which had been saved by himself, by his own labour, his father could give him little assistance.

My father must have been very Industrious , as he married in 1772, Mary Andrew , furnished a house and in 1784, brought the ground on which his shop was, for which he paid �200 it is scarcely 4 falls, but the situation was & is very good as the business is carried on to this day (in the same place), in 1784 he built the house & shop , which now belongs to my brother John Macfie of Edin. This house cost about �600, the (unreadable ) wood of which it was built, only cost 1/1p.foot, from about 1775 he did a large business, as in addition to his general business, he became a partner in a whale fishing concern, I recollect of one ship they had the ANN which sailed from Pt Glasgow, at this time , a considerable part of sugars imported, were the property of merchants in Greenock, he brought largely, from them and went to Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock & Ayr when he sold them , and from about 1774, up to 1804, he had a great share of the trade, to Campbelltown, Rothesay, Terbert, Largs & c, & c.

In 1788 my father with Jas Hunter, Wm Ritchie, Geo Robertson, John Wilson, Tho Ramsay, Wm McCunn ( McEwen) and Nicolas Witte, fixed on building a sugarhouse, for which purpose they bought  the property of John Johnstone in Sugarhouse Lane , on which was a dwelling house, and mahogany rails, to the stair & marble Jambs & which they converted into a small sugarhouse. Wm McCunn (McEwen) junr was manager and & N Witte the boiler. The capital advanced was � 4000, each partner advanced �500 but they got a good deal of money on loan Wm Ritchie & my father bought the sugar for many years for the concern, when they began they could not boil more  than 300 hhds pr an but they enlarged the house after it was burned in 1793 and again after the fire of 1795, when they added another pan ( formerly they had only 2 pans) and boiled   ( unreadable)  having a very large stock of refined sugars which they could not sell they agreed that each partner should take his proportion of  the goods & do what he could with them. I think my fathers share of them was 4 tons of lumps 2 tons of loaves  & a parcel of treacle. When they gave up the advance of �500 was worth � 1350.They had been paid 5 % pr/an on the � 500, the Sugarhouse was sold to John McAlpine who had become a partner & my father bought the property opposite.




Robert McFie
1746-1827
Married
Mar 9 1772
Port Glasgow ,Scotland
Mary Andrew
1749-1815

Mary Macfie
1773-1773
Margaret Macfie
1774-1853
William Macfie
 1776-1854
Robert Andrew Macfie
1778-1811
Mary Macfie
1780-1853
John Macfie
1781-1782
John Macfie
1783-1852
Janet Macfie
1785-1785
Ann Macfie
1786-1851
Alexander Macfie
1789-1850
Janet/Jessie Macfie
1790-1863
Thomas Macfie
1792-1793

Pages from Scottish Postal Listing - earliest date 1815



Margaret Macfie
1774-1853
Married
1799
Greenock Scotland
James Macfie
-1807

James Macfie
1801-1856
Robert Macfie
1803-1816
Barbara Macfie
1805-1840
William Andrew Macfie
1807-1899

No research had been made as far as it is know to establish whether James Macfie was descended from the same line as Mary Macfie. Nothing was done at the time  the families were living to establish any liens and now some 200 years later it becomes an almost impossible task. Possibily the marriage records  at the times, if indeed they were  completed in detail, might contain the names of Jame's parents , but this would only allow us to step back one generation, it is not known if that would be sufficient to  help discover the origins of James Macfie's family.

In the year 1807, Captain James Macfie sailed for Buenos Aires on the brig Garland and was never heard of again. For a time it was suspected, that he and his ship had been taken captive by the French, and been carried to a settlement in the West Indies, as he had had a similar experience in 1805. However is was soon  assumed that he had indeed been lost at sea.

About 1815 a considerable share in the business of Macfie, Lindsay & Co was given to Mrs James Macfie, to assit her in bringing up her family. A few years later her son William Andrew, entered the concern as an apprentice, he subsequently became a partner in it and remained with the firm until 1837.


No notes have been found regarding the death of Robert in 1816



James  Macfie
1801-1856
Married
Feb 07, 1837
Greenock, Scotland
Mary Graham
1813-1899

Dugald Macfie
1837-1894
Mary Graham Macfie
1839-1874
John Graham Macfie
1841-1916
James Macfie
1843-1860
Margaret Ann Macfie
1845-1854
Jessie Barbara Macfie
1847-1930


James was in Nassau  about 1820.
James Macfie was business partners with Colin Campbell in  Jamica



Early in the year 1836 James Macfie decided not to go back to Jamaica, and arranged with his partners to take up a post at Glasgow. In November he became engaged to his cousin May Graham and they were married on the 7th of Februrary 1837.. In June William Andrew Macfie expressed a desire to retire from Macfie Lindsay & Co, his placed was taken by  John Graham, who had just given up his mill.

The 1901 census shows John G Macfie  born Scotland, living in Lancashire , Moss Side Parish and holding a commission with the East India Company




Dugald Macfie
1837-1894
Married
Sept 20 1866
Manchester, England
Agnes Fleming
1844-
 Elizabeth Macfie
1867-
James Macfie
1869-
David Fleming Macfie
1870-
Agnes Violet Mary Macfie
1872-
Douglas Graeme Macfie
1874-
Morna Graham Macfie
1876-
Agnes Margaret Gladys Macfie
1879-




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In  1901 Elizabeth ( 33) Morna (24) and Gladys ( 21)  are living with their mother in Lancashire, Woking Parish, England

Douglas Graeme and David Fleming Macfie, counld not be located on the 1901 census so perhaps they had died before this date.




James Macfie
1869-
Married
Apr 20 1901
Mina Campbell Drew
Sylvia Elizabeth Macfie
1902-
Dugal Macfie
1908-

We find James  who was born in Manchester England, listed on the 1901 census records as having the profession  of  Solicitor



Agnes Violet Mary Macfie
1872-
Married
July 26  1899
James Edward Graham




Jessie Barbara Macfie
1847-1930
Married
October 23 1872
William Macfie Campbell
1848-1928
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Mary Graham Campbell
1873-
Margaret Macfie Campbell
1875-1890
Jessie Graham Campbell
1878-1880
Ethel May Campbell
1880-
Duncan Alexander Campbell
1886-1914
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The Campbell Family





Barbara Macfie
1805-1840
Married
June 30 1837
Greenock, Scotland
Charles Murray

Margaret Murray
1838-1858
Jane Murray
1840-1857
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William Andrew Macfie
1807-1899
Married
January 16, 1839
Jessie Thorburn
1818-1883

James Macfie
1840-1846
William Thorburn Macfie
1841-1841
Robert Macfie
1842-1921
Margaret Macfie
1844-1847
William Andrew Macfie
1846-1926
Jessie Macfie
1848-1849
Marion Macfie
1850-1850
Mary Macfie
1851-1866
John Macfie
1854-1866
Janet Throburn Macfie
1856-1893
Edward Macfie
1857-1934
Marion Isabella Macfie
1859-1860
James Washington Macfie
1860-19

William Andrew Macfie and his wife moved to Sweden , where they continued in a long line of descendants

For more information on this particualr branch of the family you are invited to click on the following site.


The Thorburn Macfie Family Society

James Washington Macfie, established himself in British Columbia, Canada and produced his own family unit, therefore creating another Canadian link to the Sugar Macfie family of Scotland




Robert Andrew Macfie
1778-1811
Married 
1807
Agnes Galt
-1855

Robert Andrew Macfie
1808-1824
Jane Thomson Macfie
1809-1831
Mary Macfie
1811-1826
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Agnes Galt of course being the sister of John Galt the Novelist, and Aunt to Sir Alexander Tilloch Galt one of the Fathers of  the Confederation of Canada, and Aunt to Sir Thomas Galt of the Supreme Court of the province of Ontario of Canada






Mary Macfie 
1780-1853
Married 
January 11,1808
Greenock, Scotland
John Graham
1774-1830

John Graham
1811-1890
Mary Graham
1813-1899
Robert Graham
1815-1836
Jessie Johnstone Graham
1817-1892
Duncan Graham
1819-1840
Eliza Ann Graham
1820-1899


The Graham Family





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