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Gillespie of Puslinch

The Gillespie Family in
Puslinch Township,
Wellington County, Ontario

And their ancestors:
The Gillespie Family in Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland

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Contents

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Contents of this page

  1. Introduction
  2. The Origin of the Surname Gillespie
  3. The Gillespie family in Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland
    1. James Gillespie and Catherine Reid in Lecropt
    2. Hugh Gillespie and Mary Reid of Deanston
      1. The Village of Deanston
      2. Deanston Works
  4. The Gillespie Family in Puslinch, Ontario, Canada
    1. James Gillespie and Margaret McDonald
    2. Margaret Gillespie and Duncan Stewart
    3. John Gillespie and Catherine McLaren
    4. Jean Gillespie
    5. Mary Gillespie and Robert Stewart
    6. Thomas Gillespie
    7. Helen Gillespie and William Reid
    8. Janet Gillespie
  5. Research Leads
  6. Links
  7. Fellow Researchers
  8. Index & Personal Information Pages (GEDCOM)
  9. Legend
  10. Contact

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  4. Stewart Families in Puslinch, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada - The "Comrie" Stewarts

  5. Stewart Family in Arden, Manitoba, Canada

  6. Stewart Family in Hamilton, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada

  7. Brown Family in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

  8. Ord Family in Puslinch, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada

  9. Tait Family in Puslinch, Wellington, County, Ontario, Canada

Introduction

Welcome to my page on the Gillespie Family of Puslinch.  This page is part of my personal family history website and represents one of my own ancestral lines.  It is also a cousin page to the Stewart Pioneers of Puslinch, a website for Puslinch researchers in cooperation with the Puslinch Historical Society.  If you are specifically looking for information on the Gillespie family of Puslinch then this is where to start.  Otherwise you may wish to begin at the start page of my family history, or at the introduction page for the Stewart Pioneers of Puslinch.

Please Note: This page is intended only as a narrative historical overview of this family.  There is additional detailed information available for almost ever person presented on this page.  To avoid the unnecessary work of double-entering some data, the additional information can be found in the accompanying GEDCOM database.  Please make sure you click on the INDEX button at the bottom of the page so you don't miss out on potentially valuable additional information.

Acknowledgments

The research presented on this page is not mine alone.  It contains information submitted by all the Fellow Researchers listed below.  I am indebted to them for their generous contributions.  This page is intended as a place for researchers to freely and cooperatively share our research with each other.  It would be too cumbersome a task to reference each piece of data as to which researcher it has come from.  The information shown on this page should be understood as a product of ALL of the Fellow Researchers.  I am merely the editor and not the sole author. - Ryk

The Origin of the Surname Gillespie

The name Gillespie is an occupational surname of Gaelic origin.  It comes from the Gaelic words gille, meaning "servant", and easbuig (pronounced "esspick", meaning "bishop".  Gillespie means "servant of the bishop" and earlier forms of the name can be found as Gillespic, still retaining the sound of the original Gaelic.  As there were many bishops who had many servants in both Scotland and Ireland then it is certain that this surname has multiple origins.  That is, not all Gillespies are related to one another.  The name is very old and versions of it have been found in Ireland as early as 1100.  This has led some researchers to suggest that the Gillespie surname has its origin in Ireland.  However, such an argument presumes there is one common origin to the name Gillespie, when in fact every bishop in Scotland and Ireland would have had his own gillean-easbuig (bishop's servants) any number of which would have evolved into occupational surnames.  Thus, the surname likely has multiple geographic origins in every cathedral town in Scotland and Ireland.  Our particular Gillespie family comes from the southern fringes of the Highlands of Perthshire, Scotland, probably originating in the cathedral town of Dunblane.

Our Gillespies have been traced back to James Gillespie, born bet. 1736-1741 in Dunblane, which was a cathedral town.  Thus it seems reasonable to suggest that our Gillespies descend from a servant to the bishop of Dunblane.  The famous Scottish architect, James Gillespie Graham 1776-1855 who designed most of Edinburgh also came from Dunblane.  He is shown below as very likely being a first-cousin of James Gillespie in Lecropt, our ancestor below.

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The Gillespie Family in Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland

James Gillespie and Catherine Reid in Lecropt

Map of Dunblane, Deanston, and Brig o'Turk.
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Our Gillespie family comes from the area of Kilmadock parish in southern Perthshire, Scotland.  The earliest traceable ancestors are the family of James Gillespie and Catherine Reid.  James Gillespie was born between 1736 - 1741 in Dunblane, Perthshire, Scotland as the son of another James Gillespie whose origins are uncertain.  However, as the name Gillespie means "servant of the bishop" and as Dunblane was a cathedral town, it seems reasonable to suggest that our Gillespies originated in Dunblane with a family who were servants of the bishop of Dunblane.  Catherine Reid was born Jan 22, 1745/46 also in Dunblane.  She was the daughter of Walter and Margaret Reid of Dunblane.  James and Catherine were married May 06, 1765 in nearby Lecropt, Perthshire.  They had the following children:

  1. Has No Children James GILLESPIE b: 19 APR 1766 in Lecropt, Perthshire, Scotland of whom nothing is known.
  2. Has No Children Walter GILLESPIE b: 26 JAN 1768 in Lecropt, Perthshire, Scotland of whom nothing is known.
  3. Has No Children John GILLESPIE b: APR 1770 in Lecropt, Perthshire, Scotland of whom nothing is known.
  4. Has No Children Margaret GILLESPIE b: 28 MAY 1772 in Lecropt, Perthshire, Scotland of whom nothing is known.
  5. Has Children Hugh GILLESPIE b: 19 NOV 1774 in Lecropt, Perthshire, Scotland of whom below.

Hugh Gillespie and Mary Reid in Deanston

Hugh Gillespie was born 19 NOV 1774 in Lecropt, Perthshire, Scotland as the youngest son of James Gillespie and Catherine Reid.  Lecropt is located just east of Kilmadock parish, between Doune and Dunblane in Perthshire, Scotland.  Hugh Gillespie married Mary Reid sometime around 1800, but no record of that marriage has yet been found.  Hugh worked as a cotton millwright, first in the village of Brig o' Turk (Brig an Tuiric in Gaelic, meaning "bridge of the wild boar") at the west end of Loch Vennacher in Callander parish, where he and Mary began their family.  Hugh and his young family later moved east to the village of Deanston near Doune in Kilmadock parish, Perthshire, Scotland where Hugh worked as a senior foreman for The Deanston Works Company.

The Village of Deanston

The village of Deanston was founded in the 15th century by Walter Drummond, Dean of Dunblane and named "Dean's Town" after him.  Deanston is a manufacturing village in Kilmadock parish, Perthshire, on the swift Teith's right bank, 1 mile west of Doune. It presents an appearance greatly superior to that of most seats of manufacture, consisting chiefly of extensive cotton-mills founded in 1785, and of dwelling-houses for the workpeople, including Deanston House; and has a post office under Stirling, a large school, a circulating library, and a savings' bank. James Smith (1789-1850), as manager of its mills from 1807, made great displays of genius, and stands on the roll of fame, among the Wattses and the Arkwrights as a mechanician, among the Youngs and the Sinclairs as the inventor of thorough drainage, and among the Howards and the Clarksons as a philanthropist. Pop. (1841) 982, (1861) 727, (1871) 627, (1881) 700. -- ©1995-2004 The Gazetteer for Scotland.

Deanston Works

The Deanston Works company paid weekly, and generally on a Thursday, the wages due to their workers. These vary for spinners, from l0s. to 13s. per week; and for piecers from 2s. to 4s. according to the work done. These wages are apparently low, and are certainly much lower than are paid for the same quantity of work done-in Glasgow, where a spinner is paid from 23s. to 30s. per week. Perhaps the difference is not easily accounted for. Provisions of all sorts are much the same here as in town; dress much the same. The hours for working are just as long. The only thing which certainly is lower, is house rent; but we are far from being sure that this will make up for the difference in wages. Originally, there were employed at this mill, 400 persons, young and old. -- ©1995-2004 The Gazetteer for Scotland.

"The Divisions" at Deanston Works  -- workers row-housing pre-1897

The following information was sent to me by Sarah Cowie, Community Heritage Officer for Kilmadock (www.DouneAndDeanston.net)
I am deeply grateful to Sarah for helping paint a picture of what Deanston would have been like for our ancestors. - Ryk

[It would be appropriate that the Gillespie family would have moved to Deanston in the early 19th century] as it was only with James Finlay and Company taking over the mill in 1806 that the cotton mill became profitable and hence, employed more staff.

Deanston mill had been founded by the Buchanan brothers, who were apprentices of Richard Arkwright, inventor of the Spinning Frame, in 1785. Due to a lack of housing for staff and various other factors, the Buchanans had to declare bankruptcy. After other failed ownerships, James Finlay* and Company purchased the mill. In 1811, when the Gillespies seem to have moved to the area, the Divisions were built. These were rows of affordable housing for the mill workers. The First Division was reserved for the mill managers (including Hugh Gillespie) and were spacious for the time. The other Divisions, 2nd to 5th, were divided up into apartment style sections and named by letter, hence in the Census it will name people as living in, for example, 'S' 2nd Division. Many people moved to Deanston due to the housing provided. See the picture above for an idea of what the houses would have looked like at the turn of the century. These houses still exist today.

Deanston workers were paid in Deanston tokens, which they could only spend in the Deanston shop. These tokens are extremely rare now and go for thousands at auction. [And] Deanston was lit by gas as early as 1813, before many of the major UK cities were.

At first, Poor Law Children had been employed in the mill. In 1816 the Finlay Company admitted they were still employing children aged 8 or 9. By the 1830s the government introduced laws which banned children under the age of nine from working in factories. In Deanston this led to children being schooled full time until they were nine, at which point their schooling was reduced to 4 hours a day as they began work in the mill. The mill held separate day and night schools and educated around 140 children between them. Living in Deanston would have been seen as 'landing on your feet' as the mill employed around 1500 adult workers, so competition for the housing was fierce. Families living in Deanston got affordable housing, schooling for their children, mill-arranged activities and once children finished school they were guaranteed a job in the mill. Many of your ancestors would probably have begun their working life early in the mill.

In the 1860s the American Civil War led to a shortage of raw cotton for the British Cotton industry. Workers at Deanston were kept on at half pay and education was increased. Deanston mill never really recovered and the twentieth century marked the end of the glory days for the mill. By 1953 only 300 workers remained at the mill. In 1965 the mill was closed and shortly after, the building re-opened as a whisky distillery, which it still is today. See Burn Stewart's website for a picture of the distillery, which is basically still the old mill building. www.burnstewartdistillers.com

The village of Deanston still looks very much today like the village of 150 years ago. There have been new housing developments, but the original Divisions still make up the main street and the village is still dominated by the huge distillery building.

bulletIt should be noted that the names Finlay and McKinlay are synonymous in Gaelic (MacKinlay = mac Fhionlaidh = son of Finlay).  Some MacKinlays of this era were known to Anglicize their names to the simpler Finlay.  Thus it seems reasonable to suggest that James Finlay may have also been known as James McKinlay.  Please note the marriages between Gillespies and McKinlays below.

Photos from our Oct 2005 trip to Deanston and Doune, Perthshire, Scotland (Click to enlarge)


Deanston Distillery today (formerly Deanston Works)

"The Divisions" with the distillery in the background

Kilmadock parish church in downtown Doune
(The street was too narrow to allow me to get far enough back to get the whole church in one photo)

Kilmadock parish church in downtown Doune

Doune Castle
(built by an ancestor of Mary Gillespie's husband, Robert Stewart, shown below)

As noted above, Hugh Gillespie worked as millwright, first in Bridge of Turk and later at the Deanston Works Company (a.k.a. James Finlay and Co.) in Deanston, Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland. He worked under the management of the illustrious James Smith (mentioned above) whose innovations in farming and milling revolutionized both industries and made James Smith famous around the world. Hugh Gillespie rose to the level of senior foreman under James Smith and the following note is recorded about him:

"Some of the credit for the great work done at Deanston in [James] Smith's time must go to the fine team of men he gathered round him, [including]...Hugh Gillespie, foreman and highly skilled mechanic...." (Doune Historical Notes, Moray Mackay (c) 2003).

Hugh Gillespie and Mary Reid had the following children.  Baptismal records have been identified only for the latter 6 children in the parish of Kilmadock.

  1. Has Children James GILLESPIE b: ABT 1801 in Kilmadock, Perthshire, or Denny, Stirlingshire, Scotland of whom below
  2. Has No Children Catherine GILLESPIE (UNCERTAIN) b: ABT 1803 in Probably Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland.  Catherine is suggested speculatively.  It is not known if she actually existed.  Based on Scots naming patterns, which this family appears to have followed, then they should have had a daughter named Catherine born about this time.  There is certainly a gap in the birth order of this family without Catherine, suggesting they probably had a child about this time.  However no evidence of Catherine's existence has so far been found.
  3. Has Children Margaret GILLESPIE b: ABT 1805 in Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland of whom below.
  4. Has Children John GILLESPIE b: 18 JUL 1807 in Brig O' Turk, Callander, Perthshire, Scotland of whom below.
  5. Has No Children Jean GILLESPIE b: 18 JUL 1809 in Brig O' Turk, Callander, Perthshire, Scotland of whom below.
  6. Has Children Mary GILLESPIE b: 12 JUL 1811 in Deanston, Doune, Perthshire, Scotland of whom below.
  7. Has No Children Thomas GILLESPIE b: 6 JUN 1813 in Deanston, Doune, Perthshire, Scotland of whom below.
  8. Has Children Helen GILLESPIE b: 3 NOV 1816 in Deanston, Doune, Perthshire, Scotland of whom below.
  9. Has No Children Janet GILLESPIE b: 20 APR 1819 in Deanston, Doune, Perthshire, Scotland.  It is suspected she died before 1834 as she has not been found in later records.

The descendants of these children are detailed below.  Three of the older children, James, Margaret and John, were married and began families while living in Scotland.  Sometime around 1834 Hugh Gillespie, along with his wife and several (but not all) of his children emigrated from Scotland and came to Puslinch, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada.  Two of their children, James and John remained in Scotland.

The Gillespie Family in Puslinch, Ontario, Canada

Why would a man in such secure and successful employment leave everything behind for the unknown and uncleared wilderness of Upper Canada? We don't know why the Gillespies left Deanston, but it must be noted that Hugh would have been 60 years old at the time, so he may have been retired and the impetus may have come from his adult children. We can only speculate.

The Gillespie family along with daughter Mary Gillespie's in-laws, the Stewarts, left Scotland in 1834 and are first identified in Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario, in the spring of 1835.  They can be found sharing the front half of the same lot as their in-laws, the Stewarts.  The story of their trip from Scotland to Canada is described in more detail on the "Comrie" Stewarts of Puslinch page.  In brief, they spent three weeks (another account says 8 weeks) crossing the Atlantic and landed in Montreal where they chartered an oxen-pulled barge to cart their belongings down the St. Lawrence River to Lake Ontario and finally to York (present-day Toronto) where each family was given a 100 acre land grant.  From York they travelled to Hamilton where they were quarantined for an extended period of time.  After being released from quarantine they travelled by ox-cart north from Hamilton towards Guelph through the uncleared wilderness of Flamborough approximately along what is today Highway 6.  When they arrived at their new property in Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario it would have still been uncleared forest.  Land grant regulations required that within one year of claiming the land each family must build some form of shelter and clear at least 10 acres of land and begin to farm or forfeit the land.  These regulations were intended to ensure only real settlers occupied the lands and not absentee speculators.

The Gillespies settled first on Concession 3, Lot 19-front with the Stewarts occupying (and later owning) the rear of the same lot.  The Gillespie property was later held by Hugh's daughter, Helen Gillespie, and her husband, William Reid.  The Gillespies spent their first winter in southern Ontario in little more than a lean-to and cleared their land and began to settle into their new farming life.  The area they settled was being populated by many other Scottish immigrants.  It wasn't long before talk began about starting a church.  However there were deep divisions within the Scottish Presbyterian church back home and these divisions were felt here in the New World.  Hugh Gillespie was significantly involved with the establishment of the first Presbyterian church in Puslinch Township.

Duff's Presbyterian Church, Puslinch

The Gillespie and Stewart families were among the founding families of what is now known as Duff's Presbyterian Church in Puslinch. 

Hugh Gillespie must have been a very religious man.  He is recorded as having been one of the two founding elders of the Secession Presbyterian Church in the village Aberfoyle in Puslinch Township.  This was the first Presbyterian Church established in Puslinch, yet the Secessionists were very much in the minority among their fellow Scots Presbyterians.  The majority of the other Scottish immigrants were Presbyterians from the Church of Scotland . 

Here was Hugh, only in the New World two years and he was already leading the charge to found the first Presbyterian Church in his community.  What makes this even more significant is that one of the founding ministers in the Secession movement in Scotland in the early 1700s was a Reverend Thomas Gillespie.  No evidence exists to connect our Hugh Gillespie to the earlier Rev. Thomas Gillespie, but the prospect is certainly worth raising. 

Early census records indicate that Hugh's daughter Mary Gillespie and her husband Robert Stewart were among the founding members of the Secession congregation.  However the congregation was short-lived and eventually amalgamated with it's nearby neighbouring congregation from the Presbyterian Church of Scotland -- the present-day Duff's Presbyterian Church.  The congregational roll from 1844 survives and records the following people belonging to our family:

bulletMr. & Mrs. Robert Stewart (Robert Stewart & Mary Gillespie)
bulletCatharine Stewart (Robert Stewart's spinster sister, Catharine)
bulletWidow Stewart (Robert Stewart's mother, Catharine Stewart nee McNaughtan)
bulletMr. & Mrs. William Reid (William Reid & Helen Gillespie)

Conspicuously absent from this list are Hugh Gillespie and Mary Reid, as well as the other Gillespie children.  It is believed that, after the amalgamation of the two congregations, Hugh Gillespie and the remainder of his family along with many other local staunch Secessionists transferred to one of the nearby Secession Congregations in Guelph or Galt.

The Gillespie family later moved from 3rd Concession farm to a property further north in Puslinch and then disappear from the records after 1842.  As Hugh would have been in his late 60s by this date it is suspected that Hugh and Mary may have died.  Otherwise they may have moved to the nearby towns of Guelph or Galt.  No death records or graves have yet been identified for Hugh and Mary.  It is also possible, when the Gillespie farm came into the possession of William Reid, that Hugh and Mary continued to reside on the farm as William's in-laws.

Of the Gillespie descendants, the following is known:

James Gillespie and Margaret McDonald

James GILLESPIE b: ABT 1801 in Kilmadock, Perthshire, or Denny, Stirlingshire, Scotland, remained in Scotland and married about 1825 in Perthshire, Scotland to Margaret MCDONALD.  She was baptized 12 APR 1801 in Kincardine-by-Doune, Perthshire, Scotland.  They had the following children:

  1. Has No Children Janet GILLESPIE b: 27 JUN 1827 in Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland of whom nothing is known.  She is not found with the family in 1851 and is presumed to have either died young or married prior to 1851.  However, no corresponding marriage record has been found in Kilmadock.
  2. Has Children Hugh GILLESPIE b: 7 MAR 1829 in Deanston, Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland.  Hugh married on 25 OCT 1850 in Deanston, Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland to Mary STEWART b 28 NOV 1819.  They had the following children:
    1. Has No Children James GILLESPIE b: 2 JAN 1853 in Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland
    2. Has No Children Catherine GILLESPIE b: 12 AUG 1854 in Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland
    3. Has No Children Hugh GILLESPIE b: 22 SEP 1856 in Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland
    4. Has No Children Alexander GILLESPIE b: 16 AUG 1858 in Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland
    5. Has No Children Margaret GILLESPIE b: 30 JAN 1861 in Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland
    6. Has No Children John GILLESPIE b: 11 MAY 1863 in Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland
  3. Has No Children Alexander GILLESPIE b: 2 MAY 1833 in Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland of whom nothing is known.  He is not found with the family in in 1851 and is presumed to have either died young or moved elsewhere.
  4. Has No Children James GILLESPIE b: 10 SEP 1836 in Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland of whom nothing is known.

It is believed that this family is also found in the 1851 census, however there is some discrepancy.  The 1851 census shows full names only for household heads in Deanston, and initials only for all others (very frustrating).  The family is shown living in Deanston village, near Doune, Perthshire, thus:

bulletJames Gillespie, age 47, born in Denny, Stirlingshire
bulletM (female), age 48, born in Kincardine, Perthshire
bulletJ (male), age 14, born in Kilmadock, Perthshire (matching young James, above)
bulletJ (male), age 5, born in Kilmadock, Perthshire (not shown above, his identity is unknown)
bullet(note: Alexander is missing.  He would have been 18.)

And living close nearby, also in Deanston village, is:

bulletHugh Gillespie, age 22, born Kilmadock, Perthshire
bulletM (f), age 25, born Kilmadock, Perthshire

In 1861 this family is shown at #2 First Division, Deanston (his brother John was at #2 Second Division)
James GILLESPIE, 56, b 1805 in Denny, Stirlingshire, occ Iron Moulder
Margaret, wife, 58, b 1803 in Kincardine, Perthshire

  1. John GILLESPIE, 15, b 1846 in Kilmadock, cotton thresher spinner (no OPR record)

Also residing at #2 Second Division in 1861 is Hugh Gillespie b 1829 in Kilmadock, iron founder with wife Mary, b 1819 in Kilmadock, and children Hugh, Alexander, Margaret.

The above people all match the family of James Gillespie and Margaret McDonald.  However it is interesting to note that James is shown as having been born in Stirling.  This would explain why we have not been able to locate a birth for him in Kilmadock.  However there is also no corresponding birth for him in the Stirling records (however the IGI is deficient in Stirling).  There is, however, a matching birth record for James Gillespie, born in Denny, Stirling, son of William Gillespie and Janet Wilson.

Margaret Gillespie and Duncan Stewart

Margaret GILLESPIE b: ABT 1805 in Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland, married on 9 MAR 1827 in Kilmadock Perthshire, Scotland and Kincardine, Perthshire Scotland to Duncan STEWART.  Duncan was born in Kincardine, Perthshire Scotland.  Their marriage was double-registered in both Kilmadock and Kincardin parishes.  This occurs when the bride came from one parish and the groom came from the other.  Duncan is not related to Robert Stewart who married Margaret's sister, Mary Gillespie, below.  Duncan's birth family and ancestors are presented on the Duncan Stewart in Puslinch Page.  It seems likely that Duncan was probably working at the Deanston Works as that would provide a plausible explanation as to how he came to marry the head foreman's daughter.

Margaret and Duncan had their first three children in Kilmadock.  In 1834 they immigrated to Canada along with many others from the Gillespie family.  There they continued their family.

Margaret and Duncan initially settled next door to Hugh Gillespie and the rest of the Gillespie family.  Tragically, in 1848 Margaret Gillespie and her husband Duncan Stewart both died.  The explanation of their death is discussed on their page.  Margaret's sister Mary and her husband, Robert Stewart also died at the same time -- both couples leaving their children orphaned (see Mary Gillespie below for more on this).  Duncan and Margaret's children were raised by their grandparents, Hugh Gillespie and Mary Reid.  Duncan and Margaret had the following children:

  1. Has Children Mary STEWART b: 17 DEC 1827 in Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland
  2. Has Children Robert STEWART b: 22 MAY 1830 in Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland
  3. Has Children Jane STEWART b: 10 MAR 1832 in Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland
  4. Has No Children Margaret STEWART b: 1834 in Scotland or Canada
  5. Has Children Hugh STEWART b: 8 JUL 1837 in Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario
  6. Has Children Elizabeth STEWART b: 9 DEC 1838 in Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario
  7. Has No Children William STEWART b: ABT 1839 in Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario
  8. Has No Children Janet STEWART b: 1840 in Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario

For more information on this family and their descendants, please refer to the Duncan Stewart in Puslinch Page.

John Gillespie and Catherine McLaren

John GILLESPIE b: 18 JUL 1807 in Brig O' Turk, Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland, remained in Scotland and married on 4 FEB 1830 in Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland to Katharine MCLAREN.  She was born about FEB 1807 in Kincardine-by-Doune, Perthshire, Scotland as the daughter of John McLeran and Janet Stewart (of an unknown Stewart family).  John and his family remained in Scotland at least as late as 1881 when they can be located in the 1881 census for Kilmadock.  They had the following children.

  1. Has No Children Janet GILLESPIE b: 2 MAR 1831 in Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland
  2. Has Children Hugh GILLESPIE b: 26 FEB 1832 in Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland.  Hugh worked as an iron fitter and an engineer, first in Kilmadock, then in Portsmouth, England, and finally back in Kilmadock again as a mechanic at the Deanston Works.  Hugh married on 2 JAN 1860 in Deanston, Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland to Janet SHADE b: ABT 1838 in Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland.  Janet was the daughter of John Shade, who was an Overseer at the Deanston Works.  Hugh and Janet had one daughter.  In 1881 Janet is recorded as living in the Perth and District Lunatic Asylum where she is listed as a pauper and a lunatic.  Meanwhile Hugh is found living back with his father, John, and his half-sister, Elizabeth, in Kilmadock.  Hugh married secondly on 06 Oct 1884 in Calton, Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland to a widow, Ann MURDOCH (nee O'ROURKE).  Ann had six children by her first husband, Hugh Murdoch.  It is significant to note that Hugh Gillespie records himself as a widower at the time of his second marriage, even though his first wife was still alive and living in an asylum, and there is no record of any divorce.  It is believed that Hugh Gillespie and Ann Murdoch had no children.  Hugh Gillespie and his first wife Janet Shade had the following daughter.
    1. JOHN GILLESPIE, b. 28 Dec 1860, Portsea.

    2. MARY GILLESPIE, b. 1865, London

    3. Has Children Helen GILLESPIE b: 2 DEC 1867 in 5 Union Street, Calton, Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland.  Helen (or Ellen) worked as a waitress.  She married on 14 JUN 1889 in Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland to David NAPIER b: 10 OCT 1866 in Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland.  David worked as a journeyman box-maker.  They had the following children and then in 1912 they immigrated to Australia.  The complete Australian descendants are not listed here.  This branch is being researched by Anne Napier.  Those who wish more information on the Aussie descendants should contact Anne at the preceding link.
      1. Has No Children David NAPIER b: ABT 1890 in Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland
      2. Has Children Hugh Gillespie NAPIER b: 27 APR 1892 in Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland.  He emigrated with his parents in 1912.  Hugh worked as a railway worker in Australia.  He married on 9 SEP 1916 in Leichhardt, New South Wales, Australia to Mary Ann CUMMINGS b: 26 DEC 1891 in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, Scotland.  She had apparently been booked to emigrate from Glasgow to Canada. However, the night prior to sailing, she had a dream that she was going to Australia so the next morning she took this as an omen and went and exchanged her ticket for one to Oz. -- c/o Anne Napier.  Hugh and Mary Ann had the following children:
        1. Has No Children Hugh David Cummings Gillespie NAPIER b: 13 JAN 1918 in Williamstown, Victoria, Australia
        2. Has No Children William NAPIER b: ABT OCT 1919 in North Williamstown, Victoria, Australia.  He died as an infant.
        3. Has Children Graham NAPIER b: Private.  He married Betty Mavis HUMPHREYS.  Further information on this family is withheld for privacy reasons.
      3. Has No Children Helen NAPIER b: ABT 1895 in Scotland
      4. Has No Children Andrew NAPIER b: ABT 1897 in Scotland
      5. Has No Children Janet NAPIER b: ABT 1899 in Scotland
      6. Has No Children Elizabeth NAPIER b: 1903 in Scotland
  3. Has No Children Mary GILLESPIE b: 3 JUL 1835 in Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland
  4. Has Children John GILLESPIE b: 22 JAN 1838 in Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland.  John Gillespie married on 24 MAR 1863 in St. John's, Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland to Isabella FAUSET b: ABT 1844 in Cheshire, England.  They had the following children.  This line is being researched by Chris Barrett.  There are additional non-Gillespie known descendants not shown here.  Their information can be found by contacting Christ Barrett.

    1. Has Children Annie Goodwin GILLESPIE b: 16 AUG 1863 in Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland.  She married on 21 DEC 1882 in South Leith, Midlothian, Scotland to Henry Kay HANSON b: 10 NOV 1856 in Fort William, Calcutta, India.  They had the following children:
      1. Has No Children Fred HANSON b: DEC 1883 in Portsea, Hampshire, England
      2. Has No Children Cecil HANSON b: ABT 1886 in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
      3. Has Children Isabel Victoria HANSON b: 23 AUG 1887 in Portsea, Hampshire, England.  Isabel married firstly on 1 SEP 1908 in Tidworth, Hampshire, England to William Franklin BARLETT b: 3 OCT 1877 in Lambeth, Surrey, England.  Isabel had additional husbands not shown here.  Isabel and William had the following children:
        1. Has No Children William Henry BARLETT b: 1 AUG 1909 in Aldershot, Hampshire, England
        2. Has Children Ada Isabel BARLETT b: 19 JAN 1911 in Aldershot, Hampshire, England.  She married on 6 MAY 1933 in St. Peter's, Mile End, London, Middlesex, England to William Irvine BARRETT b: 23 FEB 1906 in Fulham, London, Middlesex, England.  They had the following family:
          1. Has Children Living BARRETT
        3. Has No Children Phyliss BARLETT b: 1 NOV 1912 in Aldershot or Tidworth, Hampshire, England
        4. Has No Children Winifred Alexandra BARLETT b: 1 DEC 1914 in Tidworth, Hamptshire, England
      4. Has No Children Harry Nelson HANSON b: 21 OCT 1889 in South Leith, Midlothian, Scotland
      5. Has No Children John Bertie HANSON b: 12 APR 1892 in South Leith, Midlothian, Scotland
      6. Has No Children Thomas Arthur HANSON b: 13 MAR 1895 in North Leith, Midlothian, Scotland
      7. Has No Children Ethel Margaret HANSON b: 18 FEB 1898 in South Leith, Midlothian, Scotland
      8. Has No Children Kate Florence Kitty HANSON b: 19 FEB 1903 in Bulford Camp, Wiltshire, England
      9. Has No Children Jessie HANSON b: AFT 1903 in England
    2. Has No Children Margaret GILLESPIE b: 6 APR 1865 in Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland
    3. Has Children John GILLESPIE b: 30 MAY 1867 in Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland.  He moved to South Africa and had the following children by an unknown wife:
      1. Has No Children William GILLESPIE b: UNKNOWN
      2. Has No Children Winnie GILLESPIE b: UNKNOWN
    4. Has No Children Thomas Fauset GILLESPIE b: 4 AUG 1869 in Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland
    5. Has No Children Sarah Jessie GILLESPIE b: 26 AUG 1871 in Bothkennar, Grangemouth, Stirlingshire, Scotland
    6. Has Children Robert Fauset GILLESPIE b: 30 MAR 1874 in South Leith, Midlothian, Scotland.  He married in 1897 in Newington, Midlothian, Scotland to Marion DALZIEL b: 18 SEP 1874 in Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland.  They had the following child:
      1. Has No Children Iris Margaret Dalziel GILLESPIE b: 1899 in South Leith, Midlothian, Scotland
    7. Has No Children William George GILLESPIE b: 1877 in Leith, Midlothian, Scotland
    8. Has No Children Lewis McD GILLESPIE b: 1879 in Leith, Midlothian, Scotland
    9. Has Children James GILLESPIE b: 1882 in South Leith, Midlothian, Scotland.  He married a woman named Helen whose surname is suspected to be STEWART.  They had the following children:
      1. Has No Children John GILLESPIE b: unknown
      2. Has No Children Robert Stewart GILLESPIE b: unknown
  5. Has No Children Catharine GILLESPIE b: 28 OCT 1841 in Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland.  In 1871 Catharine was recorded as "Catharine Stewart, daughter" and was residing with her parents and her two children in Deanston.  She was recorded as a Foreman Tinsmith's Wife.  Her husband was absent.  Catherine married on 18 JUL 1862 in Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland to John STEWART, b ___.  They had the following children:
    1. John STEWART, b 16 JUN 1863 in Bridgeton, Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland.  Not with his mother and siblings in 1871.
    2. Catherine STEWART, b 14 JAN 1865 in Bridgeton, Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland.  Residing with her mother and brother in 1871.
    3. Robert STEWART, b 17 MAR 1867 in Falkirk, Stirling, Scotland.  Not with his mother and siblings in 1871.
    4. James STEWART, b 24 MAY 1869 in Falkirk, Stirling, Scotland.  Residing with his mother and sister in 1871.
    5. William STEWART, b 16 NOV 1871 in Falkirk, Stirling, Scotland.
    6. Alexander STEWART, b 25 MAY 1874 in Falkirk, Stirling, Scotland.

It is presumed that Katharine McLeran died in childbirth on 28 OCT 1841, or perhaps from some other cause shortly after that date as John Gillespie married secondly on 15 JAN 1845  in Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland to Margaret MCKINLAY.  She was born 17 AUG 1813 in Doune, Kilmadock, Perth, Scotland as the daughter of DAVID MCKINLAY  and ELIZABETH FORBES.  They had the following children:

  1. Has No Children David GILLESPIE b: 23 FEB 1846 in Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland
    1. New descendant information to be added
  2. Has No Children James GILLESPIE b: 11 MAY 1847 in Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland
  3. Has No Children Elizabeth GILLESPIE b: 5 JAN 1849 in Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland
  4. Has No Children Robert GILLESPIE b: 21 JAN 1851 in Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland
    1. John GILLESPIE
    2. Robert Stewart GILLESPIE (gave his uncle as David Bennet of Deanston)

Jean Gillespie

Jean GILLESPIE b: 18 JUL 1809 in Brig O' Turk, Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland, is believed to have immigrated to Canada with her parents.  Her whereabouts after immigration is unknown.  Early census records indicate that she was probably living with her parents in Puslinch until at least 1837, however this is uncertain.

Mary Gillespie and Robert Stewart

Mary GILLESPIE b: 12 JUL 1811 in Deanston, Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland, immigrated to Canada where she married her next-door neighbour, Robert Stewart.  Robert Stewart and Mary Gillespie were married in 1836, mere months after arriving in Puslinch, suggesting that they might have known each other before coming to Canada.  As there was no church yet in Puslinch, they were married in nearby Galt, Wellington County, Ontario.  Mary and Robert had four children and then, like Margaret Gillespie and Duncan Stewart (above), they too died in 1848 and 49, perhaps also from smallpox, and also leaving their children orphaned.  The orphaned children of this family were raised by Robert's younger brother and sister, Peter and Catharine Stewart. 

  1. Has Children Robert STEWART b: 1837 in Puslinch Twp., Wellington Co., Upper Canada Colony, British North America
  2. Has Children Hugh STEWART b: ABT 1840 in Puslinch Twp. Wellington Co., Upper Canada Colony, British North America
  3. Has Children Catharine STEWART b: 28 DEC 1842 in Puslinch Twp., Wellington Co., Upper Canada Colony, British North America
  4. Has No Children James STEWART b: 22 MAY 1847 in Puslinch Twp., Wellington Co., Upper Canada Colony, British North America

This is the author's family.  Their story is continued on the  "Comrie" Stewarts of Puslinch page.

Thomas Gillespie

Thomas GILLESPIE b: 6 JUN 1813 in Deanston, Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland.  His whereabouts after immigration is unknown.  Early census records indicate that he was probably living with his parents in Puslinch until at least 1837, however this is uncertain.  He has not been identified in any later census records.  It is possible that he died, or may have returned to Scotland.

Helen Gillespie and William Reid

Helen GILLESPIE b: 3 NOV 1816 in Deanston, Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland, immigrated with her family and married on 4 SEP 1837 in Puslinch, Wellington County, Ontario to William REID b: 2 MAR 1813 in Bonny Bridge, Deney, Stirlingshire, Scotland.  As they married so soon after immigration and as William Reid's family came from Stirlingshire, not far from Kilmadock, it is possible that the Gillespies and Reids were acquainted in Scotland and may have immigrated together along with the Stewarts above.  They initially settled in Puslinch on the Gillespie property of Con. 3, Lot 19-Rear, where they began their family of thirteen children.  They later moved to Egremont Township in Grey County, Ontario.  This family is currently being researched by Joanne Patterson and George Reid.

William's year of birth is confirmed by his death registration, which shows his birth as 1813 in Scotland.  However, such data is only as reliable ad the informant and was frequently off by a couple of years.  William Reid's birth, as given here, is problematic. It was given to me by a descendant, but conflicts with information found in the IGI. According to the IGI, William's parents, William Reid and Jean Paterson, had the following children:

  1. James Reid, b 1811 in Denny, Stirling, Scotland
  2. William Reid, b 1813 in Denny, Stirling, Scotland
  3. John Reid, b 1815 in Denny, Stirling, Scotland
  4. Margaret Reid, b 1818 in Denny, Stirling, Scotland
  5. Thomas Reid, b 1820 in Denny, Stirling, Scotland
  6. William Reid, b 1822 in Denny, Stirling, Scotland

The fact that they had a second son named William in 1822 would suggest that their earlier son William (b 1813) died in childhood prior to the birth of the second William in 1822. If so, then the William who married Helen Gillespie could not be born 1813 as the son of William Reid and Jean Paterson. However, it's worth noting that their third daughter was Jane Patterson Reid, and their eldest son was named William. This lends onomastic weight to the connection with William Reid and Jean Paterson.

William Reid and Helen Gillespie had the following children:

  1. Has No Children Helen REID b: 1 JAN 1835 in Unknown (adopted) of whom nothing more is known.
  2. Has Children Mary REID b: 21 FEB 1838 in Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario.  She married on 27 JAN 1869 in Ontario to Ira T. PENNOCK b: 8 APR 1828 in USA.  In 1881 this couple is found living in Egremont Township in Grey County.  It is not known if they were married in Wellington and then moved to Grey County, or if Mary moved first and married Ira in Grey County.  They had the following children:
    1. Has Children William PENNOCK b: 20 DEC 1869 in Wellington or Grey County, Ontario
    2. Has No Children Merritt PENNOCK b: MAR 1871 in Wellington or Grey County, Ontario
    3. Has No Children Catherine Jane PENNOCK b: MAR 1874 in Wellington or Grey County, Ontario
    4. Has No Children Elsie PENNOCK b: 14 JUL 1877 in Wellington or Grey County, Ontario
  3. Has No Children Jane Patterson REID b: 20 OCT 1839 in Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario. She died as a child.
  4. Has Children William REID b: 23 APR 1841 in Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario.  He married on 5 MAR 1868 in Egremont Township, Grey County, Ontario to Elizabeth Jane FARRELL b: 1850 in USA.  They had the following children:
    1. Has No Children Nancy Jane REID b: 21 NOV 1869 in Egremont Township, Grey County, Ontario
    2. Has No Children William Charles REID b: 29 SEP 1871 in Egremont Township, Grey County, Ontario
    3. Has No Children Ellen REID b: 27 OCT 1874 in Egremont Township, Grey County, Ontario
    4. Has No Children Susan REID b: 20 JAN 1877 in Egremont Township, Grey County, Ontario
    5. Has No Children James Henry REID b: 3 APR 1879 in Egremont Township, Grey County, Ontario
    6. Has No Children Jessie Ann REID b: 21 NOV 1880 in Egremont Township, Grey County, Ontario
  5. Has No Children Hugh REID b: 11 JAN 1843 in Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario.  He died as an infant.
  6. Has No Children Margaret REID b: 29 JUL 1844 in Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario.  She died as an infant.
  7. Has Children Jane REID b: 28 NOV 1845 in Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario.  She married on 3 OCT 1867 in Wellington County, Ontario to William GRAY b: 1833 in Scotland.  William died in 1884 just after the birth of their last child.  the 1901 census shows Jane as a widow, so it appears that she raised her children as a single mother -- quite a feat in the late 19th century!  Jane and William had the following children:
    1. Has No Children Catherine GRAY b: 1867 in Nichol Township, Wellington County, Ontario
    2. Has No Children Child GRAY b: 1868 in Nichol Township, Wellington County, Ontario
    3. Has No Children Thomas GRAY b: 24 JUN 1869 in Nichol Township, Wellington County, Ontario
    4. Has No Children Child GRAY b: 1870 in Nichol Township, Wellington County, Ontario
    5. Has No Children Ellen GRAY b: 16 SEP 1872 in Nichol Township, Wellington County, Ontario
    6. Has No Children Christina GRAY b: 30 APR 1874 in Nichol Township, Wellington County, Ontario
    7. Has No Children Henry Godfrey McDonald GRAY b: 9 JUN 1876 in Nichol Township, Wellington County, Ontario
    8. Has No Children William GRAY b: 9 JUN 1876 in Nichol Township, Wellington County, Ontario
    9. Has No Children Jessie GRAY b: 1 JUL 1878 in Nichol Township, Wellington County, Ontario
    10. Has No Children Sarah Ann GRAY b: 8 JUL 1880 in Nichol Township, Wellington County, Ontario
    11. Has No Children David W. GRAY b: 10 AUG 1881 in Nichol Township, Wellington County, Ontario
    12. Has No Children John A. GRAY b: 14 NOV 1883 in Nichol Township, Wellington County, Ontario
  8. Has Children Hugh REID b: 24 AUG 1847 in Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario.  He married on 31 MAY 1870 in Rosebank Farm, Nichol Township, Wellington County, Ontario to Catherine GRAY b: 19 SEP 1847 in Ontario.  It is not known if she was related to William Gray above.  Hugh and Catharine had the following children:
    1. Has No Children William Thomas REID b: 24 MAY 1871 in Nichol Township, Wellington County or Egremont Township, Grey County, Ontario
    2. Has No Children Henry McDonald REID b: 7 MAY 1873 in Nichol Township, Wellington County or Egremont Township, Grey County, Ontario
    3. Has No Children Helen Gillespie REID b: 27 FEB 1875 in Nichol Township, Wellington County or Egremont Township, Grey County, Ontario
    4. Has No Children Catherine Ida REID b: 6 JAN 1878 in Nichol Township, Wellington County or Egremont Township, Grey County, Ontario
    5. Has No Children Annie REID b: 15 DEC 1879 in Nichol Township, Wellington County or Egremont Township, Grey County, Ontario
    6. Has No Children Elisabeth REID b: 24 DEC 1882 in Nichol Township, Wellington County or Egremont Township, Grey County, Ontario
    7. Has No Children May REID b: 25 MAY 1885 in Nichol Township, Wellington County or Egremont Township, Grey County, Ontario
  9. Has Children John William REID b: 2 AUG 1849 in Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario.  He married on 24 DEC 1874 in Wellington or Grey County, Ontario to Sarah Anne ASKETT b: 23 JUN 1856 in Ontario.  They had the following children:
    1. Has No Children William John REID b: 27 OCT 1875 in Wellington or Grey County, Ontario
    2. Has No Children Elizabeth Jane REID b: 14 MAY 1879 in Wellington or Grey County, Ontario
    3. Has No Children Janet REID b: 12 OCT 1882 in Egremont Township, Grey County, Ontario
    4. Has No Children Loveday Ann REID b: 2 JUL 1884 in Egremont Township, Grey County, Ontario
    5. Has No Children Lillian Ellen REID b: 2 FEB 1887 in Egremont Township, Grey County, Ontario
    6. Has No Children Agnes Maria REID b: 2 MAY 1890 in Egremont Township, Grey County, Ontario
    7. Has No Children Mary Olive Violet REID b: 7 FEB 1893 in Egremont Township, Grey County, Ontario
    8. Has No Children Fleming Romains REID b: 10 JUN 1896 in Egremont Township, Grey County, Ontario
  10. Has No Children Janet REID b: 3 OCT 1851 in Holstein, Egremont Township, Grey County, Ontario.  She married on 25 MAR 1894 in Wellington or Grey County, Ontario to James CROSBIE b: 11 AUG 1838 in Ontario.  They are found in the 1901 census without children, so it is presumed they never had children.
  11. Has Children Thomas James REID b: 23 JUL 1853 in Holstein, Egremont Township, Grey County, Ontario.  He married in MAR 1884 in Grey County, Ontario to Margaret SMITH b: 5 SEP 1863 in Ontario.  They had the following children:
    1. Has No Children James William REID b: 28 MAR 1885 in Egremont Township, Grey County, Ontario
    2. Has No Children Allan E. REID b: 18 JUN 1887 in Egremont Township, Grey County, Ontario
    3. Has No Children Agnes Adella REID b: 23 JUL 1889 in Egremont Township, Grey County, Ontario
  12. Has Children Henry REID b: 10 NOV 1855 in Holstein, Egremont Township, Grey County, Ontario.  He married on 9 FEB 1882 in Grey County, Ontario to Catherine ALLES b: 1862 in Ontario.  They had the following children:
    1. Has No Children William Andrew REID b: 2 JUL 1884 in Egremont Township, Grey County, Ontario
    2. Has No Children George G. REID b: 18 MAR 1886 in Egremont Township, Grey County, Ontario
    3. Has No Children Earl Wesley REID b: 7 SEP 1891 in Egremont Township, Grey County, Ontario
    4. Has No Children Melvin G. REID b: 9 APR 1898 in Egremont Township, Grey County, Ontario
    5. Has No Children Merton A. REID b: 9 APR 1898 in Egremont Township, Grey County, Ontario
    6. Has No Children Ruth REID b: AFT 1901 in Egremont Township, Grey County, Ontario
  13. Has Children Godfrey McDonald REID b: 10 APR 1858 in Holstein, Egremont Township, Grey County, Ontario.  He married on 30 JUN 1889 in Holstein, Egremont Township, Grey County, Ontario to Mary Ann TROUPE b: 18 JUN 1865 in Ontario.  They had the following children:
    1. Has No Children Annie Brown REID b: 22 AUG 1890 in Egremont Township, Grey County, Ontario
    2. Has No Children Helen Gillespie REID b: 30 MAY 1892 in Egremont Township, Grey County, Ontario
    3. Has No Children Hugh McDonald REID b: 7 NOV 1893 in Egremont Township, Grey County, Ontario
    4. Has No Children Roy Alexander REID b: 8 SEP 1895 in Egremont Township, Grey County, Ontario
    5. Has No Children Norman William REID b: 18 MAR 1898 in Egremont Township, Grey County, Ontario
    6. Has No Children Mary Catherine REID b: 8 MAY 1901 in Egremont Township, Grey County, Ontario
    7. Has No Children Arthur Raymond REID b: 3 APR 1903 in Holstein, Egremont Township, Grey County, Ontario
    8. Has No Children Edythe Irene REID b: 25 AUG 1907 in Egremont Township, Grey County, Ontario

Janet Gillespie

Janet GILLESPIE b: 20 APR 1819 in Deanston, Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland.  As stated above, it is suspected she died before 1834 as she has not been found in later records.  Early census records do not indicate a person matching her age and gender living with her parents in Puslinch.  It's not known if she even came to Canada at all.  By her young age, if she did not emigrate, then it is speculated she may have died young in Scotland or may have stayed with one of her older brothers and later married.  If so then her later married name and whereabouts would be unknown.

Research Leads

Mitchell's Monumental Inscriptions

Callander - notes - Pre-1800 testaments in the DCR includes John Gillespie in Kilmahog, 1681.

Dunblane Cathedral

193 FS (under turf) 1755. JG KG. James GILLESPIE (Ed: possibly connected to Jas Gillespie Graham?1777-1855; see DNB)

228 FS (under turf) Robt STRADEE, waker at Kippiros, d 1729, w Janet GILLESPY, only s John, waker there, d 22 OCT 1746, 63, batchelor, a man ineed of worth... RS IG IS (Ed: waker = waulker; see Dunblane Testaments, Robt Stradee, younger in Kippenross, Feb 1728.)

Dunblane Episcopal

4 cross, Mary GRAY, 17 JUN 1805 - 12 JUL 1859, widow of Co. Clement Gillespie MACAN.

Dunblane, Kilbryde

25 (in same enclosure as 24) 1849, by Wm MAXWELL(farmer at Lerrocks, d Doune) and Agnes MCNIE imo fa Wm MAXWELL 15 APR 1838, 85, and mo Eliz GILLESPIE, 7 OCT 1829, 64, s John 1 JUL 1840, 16 mos.

Kilmadock, Doune

71 (next to 72) TG JG, Here lies the remains of __gow [GILLES]PIE ____W ____ June aged ____

72 1837. Thos GILESPIE, late farmer Row, d 12 JUL 1854, 70, by wid Isobella DUNCANSON

Kincardine, Norrieston

3 1801. Here lyes Wm GILLESPIE & w Mary MILLAR, also s John d Norrieston 26 JUL 1827, 69.

144 1798. John GILLESPIE in Norriestown imo s Wm, MAY 1796, 1yr (Williams: lists this next to inscription 3 above)

Old Lecropt, Keir

13 1801. Jas GILLESPIE 23 DEC 1794, 50, by w Anne ANDERSON

Kilmadock

 


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Mathew GILLESPIE and Marion CRAWFURD m 14 NOV 1649 in Kilmadock (earliest Gillespie in Kilmadock. OPR starts 1620)

William GILLESPIE and Jonet MCLAUREN

  1. Mathew GILLESPIE, bap 14 OCT 1682 in Kilmadock.  Matthew GILESPIE and Janet HENDERSON
    1. William GILLESPIE, bap 21 FEB 1712 in Kilmadock
    2. Peter GILESPIE, bap 10 JAN 1714 in Kilmadock
    3. James GILLESPIE and Agnes MCCULLOCH
      1. Janet GILLESPIE, bap 20 APR 1740 in Kilmadock
      2. Helen GILLESPIE, bap 22 SEP 1742 in Kilmadock
      3. Matthew GILLESPIE, bap 3 NOV 1744 in Kilmadock.  Matthew GILLESPIE and Margaret KING, m 18 JUL 1772 in Kilmadock
        1. James GILLESPIE, bap 21 NOV 1773 in Kilmadock
        2. Jannet GILLESPIE, bap 29 APR 1775 in Kilmadock
        3. John GILLESPIE, bap 31 AUG 1777 in Kilmadock
        4. James GILLESPIE, bap 2 MAY 1779 in Kilmadock
        5. Matthew GILLESPIE, bap 29 DEC 1782 in Kilmadock

John GILLESPIE

  1. Huling GILLESPIE, bap 6 JUN 1650 in Kilmadock

William GILLESPIE

  1. Isobell GILLESPIE, bap 31 MAR 1650 in Kilmadock

James GILLESPIE

  1. Marion GILLESPIE, bap 1 SEP 1650 in Kilmadock

Thomas GILLESPIE (and Margaret BLACK)

  1. Janet GILLESPIE, bap 10 OCT 1669 in Kilmadock (no mother)
  2. William GILLESPIE, bap 11 FEB 1673 in Kilmadock (no mother)
  3. David GILLESPIE, bap 13 JUN 1678 in Kilmadock (mother Margaret Black)

Jon. GILLESPIE

  1. Janet GILLESPIE, bap 20 NOV 1670 in Kilmadock
  2. Janet GILLESPIE, bap 23 SEP 1671 in Kilmadock
  3. Mathew GILLESPIE, bap 6 APR 1673 Kilmadock
  4. John GILLESPIE, bap 17 OCT 1673 in Kilmadock
  5. Grissall GILLESPIE, bap 3 DEC 1676 in Kilmadock

James GILLESPIE

  1. Janet GILLESPIE, bap 28 JUN 1674 in Kilmadock

Patrick GILLESPIE

  1. Margaret GILLESPIE, bap 30 APR 1669 in Kilmadock
  2. Robert GILLESPIE, bap 4 DEC 1670 in Kilmadock
  3. William GILLESPIE, bap 1 JUN 1673 in Kilmadock
  4. Thomas GILLESPIE, bap 7 NOV 1675 in Kilmadock

John GILLESPIE and Janet BLACKWOOD

  1. Elspeth GILLESPIE, bap 17 JAN 1680 in Kilmadock

John GILLESPIE and Katharine MCGREGOR/GREY

  1. John GILLESPIE, bap 16 FEB 1683 in Kilmadock (mother Katharine Grey)
  2. Andrew GILLESPIE, bap 25 MAR 1684 in Kilmadock (mother Katharine McGregor)

James GILLESPIE and Elspeth MCNAIR

  1. John GILLESPIE, bap 10 APR 1686 in Kilmadock

John GILESPIE and Katharin (MCHUTCHIN)

  1. Margaret GILLESPIE, bap 19 NOV 1695 in Kilmadock
  2. Katharin GILESPIE, bap 19 JUN 1698 in Kilmadock (mother no surname)

William GILESPIE and M

  1. Daughter GILESPIE, bap 8 SEP 1700 in Kilmadock

James GILESPIE and Janet (MCFEAL)

  1. Son GILESPIE, bap 6 OCT 1700 in Kilmadock
  2. Janet GILESPIE, bap 17 AUG 1701 in Kilmadock
  3. Mary GILESPIE, bap 21 SEP 1712 in Kilmadock
  4. Elizabeth GILESPIE, bap 3 MAY 1713 in Kilmadock
  5. Margaret GILESPIE, bap 12 MAR 1721 in Kilmadock

Robert GILLESPY and NN MCGIBBON

  1. John GILLESPY, bap 18 MAY 1705 in Kilmadock

Thomas GILESPIE and Margaret DUNCANSON

  1. Janet GILESPIE, bap 30 APR 1713 in Kilmadock
  2. Elizabeth GILESPIE, bap 23 JUL 1721 in Kilmadock (mother Marrione Duncanson)

William GILLESPIE and Janet MCILHASE

  1. John GILLESPIE, bap 13 JAN 1712 in Kilmadock

William GILESPIE and ?

  1. Daughter GILESPIE, bap 16 MAR 1712 in Kilmadock

William GILLESPIE and Alison MITCHELL, m 14 FEB 1719 in Kilmadock

  1. Janet GILESPIE, bap 7 APG 1720 in Kilmadock
  2. William GILLESPIE, bap 5 JUL 1738 in Kilmadock

John GILLESPIE and Janet ?, m 6 FEB 1723 in Kilmadock

John GILLESPIE and Agnes MCCULLOCH

  1. William GILLESPIE, bap 13 NOV 1737 in Kilmadock
  2. John GILLESPIE, bap 28 OCT 1739 in Kilmadock
  3. Patrick GILLESPIE, bap 5 JUN 1746 in Kilmadock

Thomas GILLESPIE in Ludie witnessed baptisms in Kilmadock in 1744, 1750, 1752

Robert GILLESPIE (and Janet MCDONALD)

  1. Isobel GILLESPIE, bap 26 MAY 1745 in Lecropt (no mother)
  2. Helen GILLESPIE, bap 5 JUL 1747 in Lecropt (no mother)
  3. Janet GILLESPIE, b/b 22 DEC 1751 in Lecropt

James GILLESPIE and Isabell MCULLOCH

  1. Mary GILLESPIE, bap 16 OCT 1749 in Kilmadock (twin)
  2. Agnes GILLESPIE, bap 16 OCT 1749 in Kilmadock (twin)
  3. Margaret GILLESPIE, bap 16 JAN 1753 in Kilmadock

Robert GILLESPIE and Mary STEWART in Argaty, m 2 JUN 1748 in Kincardine by Doune

  1. Thomas GILLESPIE, bap 20 AUG 1749 in Wester Argaty, Witt. Thos Wright and James Gillespie there
  2. Janet GILLESPIE, bap 27 JAN 1751 in Wester Argaty, Witt. Thomas Wright and James Gillespie there
  3. John GILLESPIE, bap 14 JAN 1753 in Westertoun of Argaty,  Witt. James Gillespie and Thos Wright there
  4. Elizabeth GILLESPIE, bap 9 MAR 1755 in Argaty,  Witt. Patrick Gillespie and Thos Wright there
  5. Helen GILLESPIE, bap 15 JAN 1758 in illegible, Witt. William McKison and Thomas Wright there
  6. Mary GILLESPIE, bap 25 JAN 1761 in Wester Argaty, Witt. Thos Wright there and William Mckieson in Argatie
  7. James GILLESPIE, bap 30 DEC 1763 in Doune, Witt. John Hay in Down and Alexr. STUART at Bridge end of Teth

William GILLESPIE and Elisabeth CLARKE

  1. Robert GILLESPIE, bap 24 MAR 1751 in Kilmadock
  2. John GILLESPIE, bap 2 JUL 1752 in Kilmadock
  3. James GILLESPIE, bap 20 MAR 1755 in Kilmadock (mother Margaret Clarke sic)
  4. Patrick GILLESPIE, b/b 30/31 MAY 1757 in Kilmadock
  5. Beatrix GILLESPIE, bap 16 SEP 1759 in Kilmadock
  6. Margaret GILLESPIE, bap 9 MAY 1762 in Kilmadock
  7. Janet GILLESPIE, bap 31 MAR 1765 in Kilmadock

Thomas GILLESPIE and Agnes/Ann/Janet SMITH (no marriage found)

  1. William GILLESPIE, bap 2 FEB 1755 in Kilmadock
  2. Thomas GILLESPIE, bap 23 MAY 1756 in Kilmadock (mother Janet Smith)
  3. Janet GILLESPIE, bap 14 AUG 1758 in Kilmadock (mother Janet Smith)
  4. James GILLESPIE, bap 7 JUN 1761 in Kilmadock (mother Janet Smith)
  5. Elizabeth GILLESPIE, bap 19 JUL 1763 in Kilmadock
  6. John GILLESPIE, bap 20 OCT 1765 in Kilmadock
  7. Agnes GILLESPIE, bap 13 DEC 1767 in Kilmadock
  8. William GILLASPIE, b/b 10/14 AUG 1771 in Kilmadock (twin)
  9. James GILLASPIE, b/b 10/14 AUG 1771 in Kilmadock (twin)
  10. John GILLESPIE, bap 26 DEC 1773 in Kilmadock
  11. Agnes GILLESPIE, bap 15 SEP 1776 in Kilmadock (mother Ann Smith)
  12. Helen GILLESPIE, bap 14 MAR 1779 in Kilmadock

William GILLESPIE and Lilias TURNER, m 12 DEC 1761 in Kincardine by Doune & 8 JAN 1762 in Associate Congregation, Bridge of Teith

  1. Janet GILLESPIE, bap 14 NOV 1762 in Kilmadock

William GILLESPIE and Margaret REID

  1. Janet GILLESPIE, b/b 27/30 APR 1772 in Lecropt
  2. William GILLESPIE, b/b 21/25 JAN 1775 in Lecropt
  3. Janet GILLESPIE, b/b 25/29 JAN 1775 in Lecropt
  4. John GILLESPIE, bap 15 MAR 1777 in Lecropt

William GILLESPIE and Jean LUCAS

  1. William GILLESPIE, b/b 22/29 JAN 1781 in Lecropt

Thomas GILLESPIE and Mary SMITH (no marriage found)

  1. Mary GILLESPIE, bap 27 JAN 1782 in Kilmadock

Thomas GILLESPIE and Janet FERGUSON, m 5 DEC 1789 in Kilmadock

William GILLESPIE and Kathrine MCGREGOR, m 6 SEP 1799 in Kilmadock

William GILLESPIE and Janet MACNEE.  William GILLESPIE m Agnes MCNEE on 10 DEC 1802 in Kilmadock.  Widow GILLESPIE, 70, b 1771 in Perthshire, res in 1841 in Bridge of Teith Village 17 houses and 163 persons Ch.

  1. William GILLESPIE, b/b 19/22 MAR 1804 in Kilmadock, res 1841 in Deanston with widowed mother, occ cotton spinner
  2. John GILLESPIE, b/b 9/16 FEB 1806 in Kilmadock.  Not found in 1841.  John GILLESPIE and NN FERGUSON
    1. Mary GILLESPIE, b/b 8 MAR/25 JUL 1830 in Kilmadock.  res 1841 in Deanston with widowed grandmother, occ cotton spinner.
  3. Elisabeth GILLESPIE, b/b 1/6 APR 1808 in Kilmadock, res 1841 in Deanston with widowed mother, occ cotton spinner
  4. Janet GILLESPIE, b/b 28 JAN/2 FEB 1810 in Kilmadock, res 1841 in Deanston with widowed mother, occ cotton spinner.

Thomas GILLESPIE and Isabella DUNCANSON, m 7 JUN 1827 in Kilmadock

John GILLESPIE and Catharine MCLAREN, m 4 FEB 1830 in Kilmadock

John GILLESPIE and Janet BAXTER

  1. Son GILLESPIE, b 6 JAN 1868 in Kilmadock
  2. James GILLESPIE, b 25 MAY 1870 in Kilmadock

1861 Census - Kilmadock

Alexander GILLESPIE, 19, b 1842 in Stirling, res School Lane, Kilmadock, journeyman mason, nephew of Janet McFarlane, 62, b 1799 in Bannockburn, Stirling, retired housekeeper

Jane GILLESPIE, 14, b 1847 in St. Ninian's, Stirling, res 1861 at Glenhead Cottage, domestic servant to Cathrine Henderson.

1881 Census - Deanston, Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland

Res: Deanston, 2nd Div.
John GILLISPIE W 73 M Kilmadock, Perth, Scotland
Rel: Head
Occ: Foreman Iron Fitter
Hugh GILLISPIE M 48 M Kilmadock, Perth, Scotland
Rel: Son
Occ: Iron Fitter
Elizabeth GILLISPIE U 31 F Kilmadock, Perth, Scotland

Res: Deanston, 4th Div.
Hugh GILLISPIE M 52 M Kilmadock, Perth, Scotland
Rel: Head
Occ: Iron Moulder Foreman
Mary GILLISPIE M 51 F Kilmadock, Perth, Scotland
Rel: Wife
John GILLISPIE U 17 M Kilmadock, Perth, Scotland

Res: Deanston, 4th Div.
Jane MC ALPINE W 42 F Deanston, Perth, Scotland
Rel: Head
Occ: Cotton Weaver
James GILLISPIE 10 M Deanston, Perth, Scotland (nephew)

Res: Deanston, 2nd Div.
Janet MC LAREN W 69 F Dunipace, Stirling, Scotland
Rel: Head
Occ: Millworker
Cathrine W. GILLISPIE 7 F Deanston, Perth, Scotland (Visitor)

Lecropt


Lecropt parish (approximate boundaries) with the parish church highlighted -- showing it's proximity to Dunblane, Doune and Bridge of Allan.
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James GILLESPIE b 1744, d 23 DEC 1794 in Lecropt, age 50. m 21 JUN 1773 in Lecropt to Ann ANDERSON. Found in Mitchell's Monumental Inscriptions for Old Lecropt: 1801. James Gillespie , age 50, by wife Anne Anderson.

  1. Aemilia GILLESPIE, bb 13/19 MAR 1775 in Lecropt
  2. John GILLESPIE, b/b 17/19 JAN 1777 in Lecropt
  3. James GILLESPIE, b/b 19/24 JAN 1779 in Lecropt
  4. Ann GILLESPIE, b/b 2/10 JUN 1781 in Lecropt
  5. Jean GILLESPIE, b/b 23/24 AUG 1783 in Lecropt
  6. William GILLESPIE, b/b 30 May/5 JUN 1786 in Lecropt
  7. Janet GILLESPIE, b/b 10/12 JUN 1788 in Lecropt
  8. Thomas GILLESPIE, b/b 14/28 JUL 1790 in Lecropt
  9. Thomas GILLESPIE, b/b 22/27 MAY 1792 in Lecropt (last Gillespie entry in Lecropt parish)

John ANDERSON, b 1771 in Blackford, res 1841 in Arnhall, Lecropt, ag lab, res 1851 in Arnhall, Lecropt. d 1851-1861.  d 1851-1861.  m Agnes/Ann PATERSON, b abt 1781, res 1841 in Arnhall, d bef 1851.  Possibly married 2ndly bef 1851 to Janet b 1812 in Dunblane or Lecropt.

  1. William ANDERSON, b/b 29 FEB/2 MAR 1796 in Dunblane (no mother given)
  2. Son ANDERSON
    1. Ann ANDERSON, b 1839 in Lecropt, gdtr of John Anderson, res 1851 with gfthr (not in IGI).  Shown in 1841 as b 1837. possibly bap 13 JUN 1837 in United Presbyterian, Dunblane (no parents listed, but only other entry has father William)
  3. Janet ANDERSON b 14 MAY 1811 in Dunblane.  shown in 1841 as b 1821.  shown in 1851 as b 1813 in Dunblane.  m  28 DEC 1850 in Lecropt to John GILLESPIE, b 1830 in Stirling, res 1851 in Arnhall, Lecropt with father-in-law John Anderson, occ gardener (shown as being 20 years younger than his wife)
    1. Margaret GILLESPIE, bap 16 DEC 1851 in United Presbyterian, Dunblane (possibly the "Mary Gillespie" found in 1861 res with mother/grandmother
  4. Margaret ANDERSON, b 8 AUG 1813 in Dunblane
  5. Ann ANDERSON, b/b 18 MAR/7 APR 1816 in Lecropt

Janet GILLESPIE, b 1812/1813 in Lecropt (Dunblane acc to 1851), res 1851 in Arnhall, Lecropt shown as wife of John Anderson, res 1861 in Arnhall, Lecropt, dom serv

  1. Ann ANDERSON [GILLESPIE], b 1837 in Lecropt, worker in Keir Garden, res 1861 with mother
  2. Janet Hadow ANDERSON [GILLESPIE], b 1845 in Lecropt, res 1851 in Arnhall with mother and grandfather John Anderson, res 1861 with mother, occ 1861 dress maker (shown in 1851 as Janet A Hadow) (not in IGI)
  3. Mary GILLESPIE, b 1851 in Lecropt, scholar, res 1861 with mother (not in IGI)

James GILLESPIE and Janet MACKIE

  1. James GILLESPIE, bap 6 JAN 1769 in Lecropt

Unknown GILLESPIE

  1. John GILLESPIE, b 1786 in Lecropt, res 1861 in Holly Tree, Logie, wool weaver, with siblings James and Ann in 1861.
  2. James GILLESPIE, b 1788 in Lecropt, mason, res 1861 with siblings John and Ann
  3. Ann GILLESPIE, b 1798 in Lecropt, res 1861 with brothers John and James

Dunblane

C113481 1855-1875
C113482 1658-1711
C113484 1711-1787
C113485 1783-1820
C113486 1820-1854

Thomas GILLESPIE

  1. Hellen GILLESPIE, bap 14 OCT 1658 in Dunblane
  2. Isobell GILLESPIE, bap 2 FEB 1662 in Dunblane
  3. Jean GILLESPIE, bap 27 APR 1665 in Dunblane

John(e) GILLESPIE

  1. Kathrine GILLESPIE, bap 26 FEB 1660 in Dunblane
  2. Isobell GILLESPIE, bap 18 JAN 1663 in Dunblane
  3. David GILLESPIE, bap 2 OCT 1669 in Dunblane
  4. John GILLESPIE, bap 22 MAY 1670 in Dunblane
  5. John GILLESPIE, bap 23 OCT 1670 in Dunblane
  6. William GILLESPIE, bap 27 JUL 1672 in Dunblane
  7. Mathew GILLESPIE, bap 30 MAR 1673 in Dunblane
  8. James GILLESPIE, bap 4 APR 1674 in Dunblane
  9. Malcolme GILLESPIE, bap 22 DEC 1675 Dunblane
  10. Jean GILLESPIE, bap 13 DEC 1677 in Dunblane
  11. Patrick GILLESPIE, bap 10 FEB 1678 in Dunblane
  12. Kathrine GILLESPIE, bap 16 APR 1678 in Dunblane
  13. John GILLESPIE, bap 16 AUG 1679 in Dunblane
  14. Margaret GILLESPIE, bap 2 FEB 1680 in Dunblane
  15. William GILLESPIE, bap 6 FEB 1681 in Dunblane
  16. James GILLESPIE, bap 13 FEB 1681 in Dunblane
  17. James GILLESPIE, bap 6 MAR 1681 in Dunblane
  18. Thomas GILLESPIE, bap 15 JUL 1682 in Dunblane
  19. John GILLESPIE, bap 20 MAY 1683 in Dunblane
  20. William GILLESPIE, bap 12 FEB 1685 in Dunblane
  21. Hugh GILLESPIE, bap 20 OCT 1685 in Dunblane
  22. Jean GILLESPIE, bap 26 FEB 1691 in Dunblane
  23. Helline GILLESPIE, bap 7 OCT 1692 in Dunblane
  24. Elisabeth GILESPIE, bap 8 OCT 1693 in Dunblane
  25. John GILLESPIE, bap 24 DEC 1693 in Dunblane
  26. William GILESPIE, b/b 3/3 MAY 1696 in Dunblane
  27. John GILLESPIE b/b 3/7 JUN 1696 in Dunblane
  28. Katharin GILESPY, b/b 12/16 DEC 1697 in Dunblane
  29. Janet GILESPY, b/b 10/11 DEC 1699 in Dunblane
  30. Jean GILLESPIE, b/b 2/8 FEB 1702 in Dunblane
  31. Helen GILLESPIE, b/b 13/16 JAN 1704 in Dunblane

Cristopher GILLESPIE

  1. Helline GILLESPIE, bap 14 JUN 1661 in Dunblane

Jon(e) GILLESPIE

  1. Kathrine GILLESPIE, bap 30 APR 1661 in Dunblane
  2. Margaret GILLESPIE, bap 22 FEB 1663 in Dunblane
  3. John GILLESPIE, bap 5 MAY 1664 in Dunblane
  4. Robert GILLESPIE, bap 31 MAR 1666 in Dunblane
  5. Jean GILLESPIE, bap 18 DEC 1666 in Dunblane
  6. James GILLESPIE, bap 22 JUN 1667 in Dunblane

Mathew GILLESPIE

  1. Elizabeth GILLESPIE, bap 5 OCT 1662 in Dunblane
  2. Anna GILLESPUE, bap 28 NOV 1669 in Dunblane

William GILLESPIE

  1. William GILLESPIE, bap 16 JAN 1659 in Dunblane
  2. Jonet GILLESPIE, bap 12 MAY 1661 in Dunblane
  3. Jon. GILLESPIE, bap 21 JUN 1664 in Dunblane
  4. James GILLESPIE, bap 7 JAN 1671 in Dunblane
  5. Margaret GILLESPIE, bap 20 OCT 1672 in Dunblane
  6. Thomas GILLESPIE, bap 11 APR 1675 in Dunblane
  7. Helen GILLESPIE, bap 26 AUG 1677 in Dunblane
  8. Jonet GILLESPIE, bap 7 JUL 1678 in Dunblane
  9. John GILLESPIE, bap 23 JUN 1683 in Dunblane
  10. Helen GILLESPIE, bap 25 OCT 1684 in Dunblane
  11. Margaret GILLESPIE, bap 7 AUG 1686 in Dunblane

James GILLESPIE

  1. John GILLESPIE, bap 10 OCT 1675 in Dunblane
  2. Patrick GILLESPIE, bap 28 FEB 1676 in Dunblane
  3. James GILLESPIE, bap 4 MAR 1678 in Dunblane
  4. Jonet GILLESPIE, bap 6 OCT 1678 in Dunblane
  5. James GILLESPIE, bap 29 AUG 1680 in Dunblane
  6. Jonet GILLESPIE, bap 19 MAY 1683 in Dunblane

Thomas GILESPY

  1. John GILLESPIE, bap 3 JUN 1682 in Dunblane
  2. Thomas GILLESPIE, bap 27 JUN 1686 in Dunblane
  3. Cristian GILLESPE, bap NOV 1688 in Dunblane
  4. Matthew GILLESPIE, bap 25 MAR 1694 in Dunblane
  5. Elisabeth GILESPY, b/b 19/21 FEB 1697 in Dunblane

Malcolme GILESPIE

  1. Margaret GILLESPIE, bap 12 JUL 1684 in Dunblane
  2. Helen GILLESPIE, bap 27 MAR 1686 in Dunblane
  3. Jonet GILLESPIE, bap 12 JAN 1688 in Dunblane
  4. Elisabeth GILESPIE, b/b 15/23 DEC 1694 in Dunblane
  5. James GILESPIE, b/b 19/26 MAR 1699 in Dunblane
  6. Patrick GILLESPIE, b/b 19/29 MAR 1702 in Dunblane

Robert. GILESPY

  1. Agnas GILLESPIE, bap 27 JAN 1685 in Dunblane
  2. George GILESPY, b/b 24/27 OCT 1695 in Dunblane (f: Rot.)

David GILESPIE

  1. James GILESPIE, bap 23 APR 1693 in Dunblane
  2. Margaret GILESPY, b/b 21/21 JUL 1695 in Dunblane
  3. Robert GILESPIE, b/b 5/7 AUG 1698 in Dunblane
  4. John GILESPIE, b/b 23 FEB/?MAR 1701 in Dunblane
  5. Helen GILESPIE, b/b 14/19 SEP 1703 in Dunblane
  6. Jean GILLESPIE, b/b 23/29 FEB 1708 in Dunblane

William GILLESPIE

  1. Charles GILESPIE, b/b 23/24 MAY 1696 in Dunblane
  2. Margaret GILLESPIE, b/b 18/20 NOV 1701 in Dunblane
  3. Coline GILLESPY, b/b 3/4 FEB 1703 in Dunblane
  4. Thomas GILLESPIE, b/b 18/20 AUG in Dunblane
  5. Mary GILLESPIE, b/b 30 NOV/? DEC 1704 in Dunblane
  6. William GILLESPIE, b/b 12/16 JUN 1706 in Dunblane

James GILLESPIE

  1. Janet GILESPY, b/b 7/12 APR 1696 in Dunblane
  2. Elisabeth GILLESPIE, b/b 1/5 OCT 1707 in Dunblane (twin)
  3. Isabel GILLESPIE, b/b 1/5 OCT 1707 in Dunblane (twin)
  4. Jon. GILLESPIE, b/b 5/14 NOV 1708 in Dunblane
  5. Margaret GILLESPIE, b/b 2/5 JUN 1709 in Dunblane
  6. James GILLESPIE, b/b 14/26 SEP 1714 in Dunblane
  7. John GILLESPIE, b/b 2/2 OCT 1715 in Dunblane

Jon. GILLESPIE

  1. Jonet GILLESPIE, b/b 26/26 MAR 1706 in Dunblane
  2. William GILLESPIE, b/b 3/7 AUG 1709 in Dunblane
  3. James GILLESPIE, b/b 4/8 MAY 1712 in Dunblane

William GILLESPIE

  1. Margaret GILLESPIE, b/b 10/11 JAN 1719 in Dunblane
  2. John GILLESPIE, b/b 4/7 JAN 1724 in Dunblane

John GILLESPIE

  1. Agnes GILLESPIE, b/b 13/19 APR 1725 in Dunblane

Jo. GILLESPIE

  1. Margaret GILLESPIE, b/b 29 MAR/3 APR 1727 in Dunblane
  2. Margaret GILLESPIE, b/b 18/21 JUL 1729 in Dunblane
  3. Helen GILLESPIE, b/b 15 SEP/23 NOV 1729 in Dunblane
  4. William GILLESPIE, b/b 3/5 AUG 1733 in Dunblane
  5. Janet GILLESPIE, b/b 17/21 NOV 1735 in Dunblane

White Jo. GILLESPIE (probably "John Ban")

  1. John GILLESPIE, b/b 12 AUG/21 SEP 1729 in Dunblane

James GILLESPIE

  1. Alexander GILLESPIE, bap OCT 1721 in Dunblane
  2. James GILLESPIE, b/b 13/13 JUN 1726 in Dunblane
  3. Archbald GILLESPIE, b/b 17/18 AUG 1727 in Dunblane
  4. Margaret GILLESPIE, bap 1728 in Dunblane
  5. Janet GILLESPIE, b/b 31 DEC 1728/11 JAN 1729 in Dunblane
  6. Isabell GILLESPIE, b/b 17/21 SEP 1729 in Dunblane
  7. Jean GILLESPIE, b/b 5/5 FEB 1730 in Dunblane
  8. Helen GILLESPIE, b/b 24/26 MAR 1732 in Dunblane
  9. John GILLESPIE, b/b 3/9 OCT 1733 in Dunblane
  10. Elizabeth GILLESPIE, b/b 29/? APR 1734 in Dunblane
  11. James GILLESPIE, b/b 8/15 FEB 1736 in Dunblane
  12. Mary GILLESPIE, b/b 20/25 APR 1736 in Dunblane
  13. Alexander GILLESPIE, b/b 21/27 OCT 1737 in Dunblane
  14. Margaret GILLESPIE, b/b 5/6 JAN 1738 in Dunblane
  15. Daughter GILLESPIE, b/b 11/13 AUG 1738 in Dunblane
  16. Cathrine GILLESPIE, b/b 4/13 MAY 1739 in Dunblane
  17. Malcolm GILLESPIE, b/b 5/14 JUN 1741 in Dunblane
  18. James GILLESPIE, b/b 21/27 OCT 1741 in Dunblane
  19. Agnes GILLESPY, b/b 19/22 JAN 1744 in Dunblane
  20. Catharine GILLESPY, b/b 24 JUN/1 JUL 1744 in Dunblane
  21. David GILLESPY, b/b 12/17 NOV 1745 in Dunblane
  22. Beatrix GILLESPY, b/b 26/31 AUG 1746 in Dunblane
  23. Cathrine GILLESPY, b/b 10/13 SEP 1747 in Dunblane
  24. Archibald GILLESPY, b/b 22 FEB/28 MAR 1748 in Dunblane
  25. Jacobina GILLESPY, b/b 5/7 APR 1751 in Dunblane

William GILLESPIE

  1. William GILLESPIE, b/b 12/12 MAR 1727 in Dunblane
  2. Janet GILLESPIE, b/b 22/24 NOV 1728 in Dunblane
  3. William GILLESPIE, b/b 18/18 OCT 1730 in Dunblane
  4. Jean GILLESPIE, b/b 15/29 OCT 1732 in Dunblane
  5. Elizabeth GILLESPIE, b/b 19/25 MAY 1735 in Dunblane
  6. Margaret GILLESPIE, b/b 24/29 JUN 1737 in Dunblane
  7. James GILLESPIE, b/b 13/13 APR 1740 in Dunblane
  8. Janet GILLESPY, b/b 5/13 MAY 1744 in Dunblane
  9. William GILLESPY, b/b 12/20 OCT 1745 in Dunblane
  10. Jean GILLESPIE, b/b 2 JAN 1748 in Dunblane
  11. John GILLESPY, b/b 3/4 APR 1750 in Dunblane
  12. Agnes GILLESPY, b/b 16/22 SEP 1751 in Dunblane
  13. James GILLESPIE, bap 23 FEB 1755 in Dunblane

Thomas GILLESPIE

  1. Christan GILLESPIE, b/b 23 JAN 5 FEB 1738 in Dunblane
  2. William GILLESPIE, b/b 22 SEP/5 OCT 1740 in Dunblane
  3. James GILLESPY, b/b 3/13 MAY 1744 in Dunblane

Patrick GILLESPIE

  1. Helen GILLESPIE, b/b 13/27 JAN 1743 in Dunblane
  2. James GILLESPY, b/b 10/14 APR 1745 in Dunblane

Malcolm GILLESPIE (this is the last Gillespie family in Dunblane post-1755!)

  1. Malcolm GILLESPIE, bap 27 APR 1775 in Dunblane
  2. James GILLESPIE, b/b 11/19 JUN 1776 in Dunblane (This is James Gillespie-Graham the famous architect.)
  3. Malcolm GILLESPIE, b 27 APR 1778 in Dunblane (This is Malcolm Gillespie, the Excise Officer and convicted forger.) He married and had children. "numerous family" in his own words, including two daughters, possibly Mary and May, and at least one son.

***There are NO Gillespies in Dunblane 1783-1820, 1820-1854 or 1855-1875. (Probably because they left the established church at this time.)

Minutes of the Freemasons' Lodge in Dunblane

Dec. 27, 1720, is the first of the minutes of the admissions of fellows of craft that contain the peculiar reference to the square and compass which for a number of years was regularly used by the Secretary of Dunblane Lodge. It is worth quoting in full:

Compared John Gillespie, writer in Dunblane, who was entered on the 24 instant, and after examination was duely passt from the Square to the Compass, and from ane Entered Prentiee to a Fellow of Craft of the Lodge.

http://www.phoenixmasonry.org/the_builder_1929_june.htm

Malcolm Gillespie, Excise Officer and Forger

27 APR 1778 in Dunblane to 16 NOV 1827 in Aberdeen (executed)

Resided lastly at Crombie Cottage, Skene parish, Aberdeenshire.

Full account: HERE

 

IGI records show this Malcolm b. 27 APR 1775 or 1778 as the son of Malcolm Gillespie.  This would make Malcolm the Excise Officer the older brother of James Gillespie Graham the famous architect.

SMUGGLING FOREIGN CONTRABAND LOWLAND AND HIGHLAND SMUGGLING PHILIP KENNEDY THE SMUGGLER—MALCOLM GILLESPIE THE GAUGER.

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At the Aberdeen Circuit Court of Justiciary, in September, 1827, my Lords Pitmilly and Alloway tried a somewhat notorious culprit, in the person of Malcolm Gillespie, officer of excise, whom the jury found guilty of forgery, and who was sentenced to be hanged; a sentence which was duly carried out, on the ensuing 16th of November. During the period of his incarceration, Gillespie had employed part of his time in writing an account of his experiences as an excise officer, during nearly twenty-eight years. His story is marked perhaps by a little of the braggadocia spirit, but enough is known independently, to enable us to shape the story to about its proper dimensions, and obtain a reliable glimpse or two of the actual state of matters. Malcolm Gillespie, who was a native of Dunblane, and apparently of respectable parentage, had entertained the wish to serve in the army, but was disappointed in getting into active service throug~i the deeinature of his relatives to buy him a commission—a matter probably to be regretted, as the man most clearly had in him qualities that would have been of value where hard fighting was going on. After a short experience as a recruiting agent, he turned his energies in another direction by joining the Excise. Gillespie’s service was at first on the coast, and latterly inland. When stationed at the fishing village of Collieston, on the Buchan coast, in 1801, he states that upwards of 1000 ankers of foreign spirits were landed in that regitn every month. He continued at Collieston till 1807, when, at his own request, he was appointed to Stonehaven, the inspiring motive being zeal against the contrabandists. He had broken up their trade at Collieston, and they yet flourished at Stonehaven. A five years’ residence there sufficed to make him "a complete terror to these depredators," and to reduce their nefarious traffic to limited dimensions; and accordingly, in 1812, again on his own application, he was removed inland to the Skene Ride, where he might intercept the Highlanders on their way to the Aberdeen market The experiences of Gillespie, while in this situation, where he remained up to the date of his trial, seem to have been much according to his taste. The "first engagement worthy of notice" occurred, he tells us, on a certain night, when, in the attempt to intercept a cart of whisky, single-handed, the four "notorious delinquents" in charge of it fell upon him with bludgeons, mauling him unmercifully. To prevent the possibility of his prize—which turned out to be eighty gallons of whisky—escaping him, he pulled out a loaded pistol, and wounded the horse. And he takes credit to himself for so commanding his temper as to resist the temptation to subject one or more of his assailants to similar treatment. With the assistance of people who had been alarmed by the report of the pistol, a full victory was gained, and the two principals in the assault in due course stood their trial, and received sentences of several months’ imprisonment. A few similar encounters convinced Gillespie of the utility of a properly-trained dog to accompany him in his nightly excursions; and he accordingly procured one " of the bull kind;" from a famed breed. Under proper training, the dog by and by learnt to seize the Highlanders’ horses "one by one," till, by tumbling them, or making them "dance about," the kegs they carried were spilt off their backs: the dog’s owner and the smugglers, meanwhile, carrying on the struggle for the mastery, with bludgeons, or still more dangerous weapons. And we speedily find the dog so employed during an engagement, in which "a deal of bloodshed occurred on both sides." But indeed the dog got so perfect at his work, that when any of the horses were running past him, that had no load on their backs, he paid no attention to them; and when he seized any of them it was always by the nose, which he would never quit, " until the goods were either thrown off," or in possession of his master. The ultimate fate of this valuable animal—to the great grief of the zealous gauger—was to be killed by a shot "promiscuously" fired in a preliminary skirmish that occurred on a certain night while he stood by, muzzled, waiting his part in the play.

Gillespie had in his pay no fewer than five assistants, men who doubtless possessed - qualities fitting them. for his purposes, but of whose moral character even he does not seem disposed to give us any strong warranty. And in his various encounters he ordinarily had the support of more or fewer of his men. Meeting a couple of smuggling carts in the woods of Drum, with a "strong hardened desperado, named Hay," employed to go along as a protecting bully, a severe engagement ensued, during which one of the excise force got three balls lodged in his groin, by the accidental discharge of his own pistol; Hay’s cheek was nearly severed from his face, by a stroke from a sabre wielded by Gillespie himself, and another smuggler got an arm broken, which terminated the fight. On another occasion, in an encounter with ten or twelve Highlanders, near Kintore, Gillespie got thrown down, with three or four fellows above him, "beating him in a most unmerciful manner." The sabre was twisted out of his hand, and, while he was still kept down, a stroke from the weapon laid open his chin to a great extent. He then discharged his pistol at the smuggler, the ball lodging in his thigh; a second shot in the shoulder was necessary to drive him off finally, and in the meantime Gillespie had saved himself from strangulation by getting another assailant’s thumb diverted from his windpipe into his mouth, where he bit it so savagely and tenaciously that the smuggler, in his wild struggles to get free, greatly aided him in once more regaining his feet. One of the greatest fights recorded occurred on a January night in 1824, near Inverurie, as he lay in wait for a formidable gang of Highlanders who were coming down with a large quantity of aqua, which they had publicly declared their determination to accompany to Aberdeen, despite the officers of excise, of whom they were prepared to make short work. He came suddenly on the cavalcade of ten carts, with twenty-five to thirty men, while his party were scattered, and only one assistant with him. "This formidable group were very indifferent to his threats, and looked upon him with his assistant in a scornful way, and were proceeding onwards, when he immediately fired and killed a horse. The next shot he had occasion to discharge went through the shoulder of a robust delinquent, while in the very act of bringing down upon Mr. G.’s head a large bludgeon, which would undoubtedly have felled him to the ground, if the ball had not taken proper effect. The whole gang were now upon Mr. G., but by this time the rest of his party had assembled through the firing, when a terrible conflict ensued. Bloody heads, hats rolling on the road, the reports of alternate firing and other noise, resembled more the battle of Waterloo than the interception of a band of lawless desperadoes ;—.-but in the end they were obliged to lay down their arms, and submit to the laws of their country. Mr. G. and his party were all and each of them much debilitated by severe wounds and bruises, and loss of blood; but the greater part of the smugglers were in a much worse situation. It was fortunate," adds the narrator, "that no lives were lost on this memorable occasion;" but he does not doubt that he himself would carry some of the wounds be then received to his grave.

In summing up his story, which, he says, gives but a faint outline of a few of the many severe encounters in which he had been engaged, Gillespie informs us that he had received "no less than forty-two wounds on different parts of his body, and all inflicted by these extraordinary characters." The drift of his narrative is to make out that he was triumphantly successful in his object on all occasions. But without going quite so far as to accept that view without qualification, he was, beyond doubt, a fellow governed by a determined will and a sort of coarse reckless courage; and animated by an unflagging zeal in a line of duty that accorded with his tastes. Into his character and connections otherwise we need not enquire too curiously; only there is evidence to show that the rough and dangerous, if unscrupulous, service he rendered was not unappreciated by the legitimate traders of the district. And the facts that are beyond dispute concerning the transactions in which he was engaged, and the seizures he made [For Abstract of Gillespie’s Seizures, see Appendix (5).] illustrate, in a somewhat vivid fashion, both the extent and character of the smuggling that prevailed up to fifty years ago.

James Gillespie Graham, The Architect

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Born James Gillespie in Dunblane in 1776, he made his early reputation designing castles and mansions in the Highlands and may have been the first to use the term 'baronial'. His later work included the Roman Catholic cathedrals in Glasgow and Edinburgh and additions and alterations to many historic buildings. His most famous work is the Glenfinnan monument at the head of Loch Shiel.

In 1815 he married Margaret, daughter of William Graham of Orchill, in Perthshire, and adopted her surname of Graham. Margaret Gillespie Graham died in 1826 and in 1830 Graham married again and lived latterly in Edinburgh, where he was for a time a member of the Town Council and a governor of George Heriot's School.

b/b 11/19 JUN 1776, Dunblane, Perthshire, Scotland, son of Malcolm Gillespie (this would make James the brother of Malcolm the Smuggler, above!)

d 21 MAR 1855

Malcolm Gillespie, father of James the Architect and Malcolm the Smuggler was probably b/b 5/14 JUN 1741 as the son of James Gillespie, making him likely to be the older brother of James Gillespie in Lecropt, patriarch of our family above.

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C113741 1855-1875
C113742 1688-1726
C113744 1733-1783
C113745 1783-1820
C113744 1819-1854

Alloa, Clackmannan

John GILLESPIE and Jonet BAUERAG/BAVERAG/BAVARAGE

  1. Mariowne GILLESPIE, bap 10 JUL 1627 in Alloa, Clackmannan
  2. Marioun GILLASPIE, bap 28 DEC 1628 in Alloa, Clackmannan
  3. John GILLESPIE, bap 14 FEB 1632 in Alloa, Clackmannan

Robert GILLASPIE and Jean ANDERSONE

  1. Jonat GILLASPIE, bap 25 MAR 1649 in Alloa, Clackmannan

John GILLASPIE and Barbara MACKIE

  1. Hary GILLASPIE, bap 11 AUG 1693 in Alloa, Clackmannan
  2. Jean GILLASSPIE, bap 23 AUG 1695 in Alloa, Clackmannan

John GILLESPIE and Agnes FORMAN

  1. Margaret GILLESPIE, bap 14 MAR 1718 in Alloa, Clackmannan
  2. Agnes GILLESPIE, bap 29 APR 1720 in Alloa, Clackmannan
  3. Robert GILLESPIE, bap 27 JUL 1722 in Alloa, Clackmannan

Andrew GILLESPIE and Janet STEWART

  1. John GILLESPIE, bap 26 MAY 1717 in Alloa, Clackmannan
  2. Janet GILLESPIE, bap 11 JAN 1719 in Alloa, Clackmannan
  3. Agnes GILLESPIE, bap 11 SEP 1720 in Alloa, Clackmannan
  4. Agnes GILLESPIE, bap 13 OCT 1721 in Alloa, Clackmannan
  5. John GILLESPIE, bap 26 JUN 1724 in Alloa, Clackmannan
  6. Mary GILLESPIE, bap 1 MAY 1726 in Alloa, Clackmannan

Andrew GILLESPIE and Helen NEIVEN

  1. George GELESPIE, bap 4 FEB 1733 in Alloa, Clackmannan
  2. Helen GILLESPIE, bap 15 FEB 1734 in Alloa, Clackmannan
  3. Arsbald GILLESPIE, bap 13 FEB 1737 in Alloa, Clackmannan

William GILLESPIE and Euphan DICK

  1. Janet GILLESPIE, bap 9 AUG 1724 in Alloa, Clackmannan
  2. George GILLESPIE, bap 30 APR 1727 in Alloa, Clackmannan
  3. Margaret GILESPIE, bap 21 DEC 1729 in Alloa, Clackmannan
  4. Clemantina GELESPIE, bap 27 FEB 1732 in Alloa, Clackmannan

William GILLESPIE and Margaret BOID

  1. Robert GILLESPIE, bap 8 FEB 1736 in Alloa, Clackmannan

Robert GILLESPIE and Isobell ROLLAND

  1. John GILLESPIE, bap 16 APR 1727 in Alloa, Clackmannan
  2. Christian GILLESPIE, bap 16 MAY 1729 in Alloa, Clackmannan
  3. Robert GILISPIE, bap 7 AUG 1730 in Alloa, Clackmannan

James GILLESPIE and Mary SMITH

  1. Thomas GILLESPIE, bap 4 JUN 1742 in Alloa, Clackmannan

Rott. GILLESPIE and Rachel HUTTON

  1. Thomas GILLESPIE, bap 23 DEC 1743 in Alloa, Clackmannan
  2. George GILLESPIE, bap 5 APR 1745 in Alloa, Clackmannan

Robert GILLESPIE and Christian WRIGHT

  1. Charles GILLESPIE, bap 7 DEC 1753 in Alloa, Clackmannan

Robert GILLESPIE and Jean FIFE/FYFE

  1. Robert GILLESPIE, b/b 28 AUG/11 SEP 1782 in Alloa, Clackmannan
  2. John GILLESPIE, b/b 10/15 AUG 1784 in Alloa, Clackmannan
  3. Robert GILLESPIE, b/b 23/25 FEB 1787 in Alloa, Clackmannan
  4. Margaret GILLESPIE, b/b 17/21 JUN 1789 in Alloa, Clackmannan
  5. Jean GILLESPIE, b/b 20/22 JAN 1792 in Alloa, Clackmannan
  6. Margaret GILLESPIE,b/b 8/13 SEP 1793 in Alloa, Clackmannan
  7. David GILLESPIE, b/b 23/31 JAN 1796 in Alloa, Clackmannan
  8. Alexander GILLESPIE, b/b 19 AUG 1798 in Alloa, Clackmannan

William GILLESPIE ca 1710

  1. Peter/Patrick GILLESPIE, ca 1740 and Helen NICOL/NICKLESON.  Peter Gillespie was employed by either John Francis Ersking, 7th Earl of Mar, or John Thomas Erskine, 8th Earl of Mar.
    1. Jean GILLESPIE, b/b 10/14 JUN 1772 in Alloa, Clackmannan
    2. William GILESPIE, b/b 27/30 SEP/3 OCT 1773 in Alloa, Clackmannan
    3. David GILLIESPIE, b/b 24/27 NOV 1775 in Alloa, Clackmannan (LDS). possibly m Isabel COWIE
      1. Isabel GILLESPIE, bap 21 MAY 1797 in Alloa, Clackmannan
      2. Peter GILLESPIE, bap 19 MAY 1799 in Alloa, Clackmannan
      3. William GILLESPIE, bap 1 JUL 1801 in Alloa, Clackmannan
      4. Elizabeth GILESPIE, b/b 8/15 MAY 1803 in Alloa, Clackmannan
      5. John GILLESPIE, b/b 6/10 AUG 1806 in Alloa, Clackmannan
      6. David GILLESPIE, b/b 9/12 JUN 1809 in Alloa, Clackmannan
      7. Helen GILLESPIE, b/b 29 MAY/1 JUN 1811 in Alloa, Clackmannan

      David married secondly to Mary MCMILLAN

    4. Janet GILLESPIE, b/b 24/25 JUL 1777 in Alloa, Clackmannan
    5. William GILLESPIE, b/b 15/19 APR 1782 in Alloa, Clackmannan
    6. Helen GILLESPIE, b/b 2/6 FEB 1784 in Alloa, Clackmannan
    7. Peter GILLESPIE, b/b 1/5 MAY 1787 in Alloa, Clackmannan
    8. Mary GILLESPIE, bap 24 JAN 1790 in Alloa, Clackmannan
    9. Elizabeth GILLESPIE, b/b 17/20 JAN 1793 in Alloa, Clackmannan
  2. William GILLESPIE and Mary NICCOL
    1. Jean GILLESPIE, b/b 1/6 FEB 1774 in Alloa, Clackmannan
    2. William GILLESPIE, bap 20 AUG 1775 in Alloa, Clackmannan
    3. David GILLESPIE, b 30 NOV 1777 in Alloa, s/o William Gallespie and Mary Nuccol.  David GILLESPIE, b 1777 in Alloa, Clackmannan, res 1851 in Cross Keys, Doune, Kilmadock, labourer.  Wife, Mary (MCMILLAN), b 1805 in Ft William, Inverness. m 25 FEB 1823 in Kilmallie, Argyll, Scotland.
      1. William GILLESPIE, b 1825 in Fort William, Inverness, res 1851 at 32 Main St. Doune, occ Miller, not with family in 1861.  and Mary PATON.  Mary GILLESPIE, b 1829 in Kilmadock, res 1851 at 32 Main St, Doune.  res 1861 in Kilmahog, Kilmadock (possibly m 23 NOV 1850 in Alloa, Clackmannan to Mary Paterson, and/or 27 NOV 1868 in Milton Glasgow to Mary Cotton)
        1. Isabella GILLESPIE, b 1849 in Kilmadock, res 1851 in Doune with parents, res 1861 with mother
        2. Mary GILLESPIE, b 1853 in Kilmadock, res 1861 with mother
        3. David GILLESPIE, b 1856 in Kilmadock, res 1861 with mother. b 16 APR 1855 in Callander
        4. William GILLESPIE, b 5 MAR 1862 in Muthill, Perth
        5. James GILLESPIE, b 13 OCT 1864 in Cambusnethan, Lanark
        6. Janet GILLESPIE, b 16 AUG 1866 in Cambusnethan, Lanark
        7. Alexander GILLESPIE, b 23 APR 1873 in Paisley, Renfrew
      2. Hugh GILLESPIE, b 1829 in Ft William, Inverness, res 1851 with parents, occ shoemaker
      3. Mary GILLESPIE, b 1831 in Ft William, res 1851 ditto, cotton spinner
      4. Janet GILLESPIE, b 1835 in Ft William, res 1851 ditto, cotton spinner (poss b/b 29 JUN/ 5 AUG 1833 in Ballachulish and Corran of Ardgour, Argyll, dtr of David G and Mary MCMILLAN)
      5. Elizabeth GILLESPIE, b 1837 in Ft William, res 1851 ditto, cotton spinner. b/b 17 JUN/1 JUL 1836 in Ballachulish
      6. James GILLESPIE, b 1839 in Ft William, res 1851 ditto, cotton spinner. b 27 OCT 1838 in Ballachulish
      7. Peter GILLESPIE, b 1843 in Doune, Kilmadock, res ditto, scholar
      8. David GILLESPIE, b 1846 in Doune, Kilmadock, res ditto, scholar
    4. Peter GILESPIE, bap 2 APR 1780 in Alloa, Clackmannan
    5. James GILLESPIE, bap 29 SEP 1782 in Alloa, Clackmannan
    6. John GILLESPIE, bap 31 JUL 1785 in Alloa, Clackmannan
    7. John GILLESPIE, bap 27 JAN 1788 in Alloa, Clackmannan
    8. Charles GILLESPIE, bap 31 OCT 1790 in Alloa, Clackmannan

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Gillespie Research Foundation http://gillespiefoundation.hypermart.net/index.html
Kilmadock Kirk http://www.doig.net/Kilmadock_Kirkyard.html
Rev. George Gillespie http://www.newble.co.uk/hall/gillespie/gillespiebiog.html
Rev. Thomas Gillespie http://www.electricscotland.com/history/other/gillespie_thomas.htm
   

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