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GUTHRIE OF DRUMSMUDDEN FARM, OCHILTREE, AYRSHIRE

Unfortunately after years of research I found that this Guthrie family of Ochiltree was not my Guthrie family of Ochiltree!! I have left them on my web page in case I contact someone has found that the Guthrie family of Ochiltree that they have been researching is not theirs but is my Guthrie family of Ochiltree!

Thomas GUTHRIE was resident at Drumsmudden farm near Ochiltree in the early 1730s. His son David was running the farm in the 1760/1770s. His son David GUTHRIE married Jean SMITH and they had six children;

Robert (1803) married Isabella STEEL in Ochiltree 1838. She was the daughter of John STEEL and Isabella COLVILLE of McQuieiston farm, Ochiltree. Robert’s sister Agnes married Charles STEEL who was possibly the Charles STEEL, a brother of Isabella.

Robert and Isabella had five children;

After the GUTHRIE family left Drumsmudden Farm it was then taken over by George Douglas BROWN. Around 1869 he had a child with one his dairymaid’s Sarah GEMMELL. Sarah left the farm for a nearby cottage where on the 26 January 1869; their son was born. He was also named George Douglas BROWN, and was locally known as "Smudden's Bastard". Sarah and her son moved to nearby Coylton and a few years later young George attended school there. He left school at an early age to work at Trabboch Pit but his old schoolmaster had the foresight to send him to Ayr Academy, and from there he went to Glasgow University and then finally Balliol College, Oxford. George's book "The House with the Green Shutters" is still standard reading in Scottish schools. The house still stands in Ochiltree today as a monument to a local boy.

* My great-grandfather Henry GUTHRIE MILLAR was born at Tenshillingland, Coylton, Ayrshire on the 25 April 1865, the illegitimate son of Janet GUTHRIE (also known as Jessie). Henry's father was 19 year old James MILLAR of High Plyde, Ochiltree and Henry was brought up by the MILLAR family eventually changing his name to MILLAR. High Plyde is right next door to Drumsmudden where the above Jane GUTHRIE - then aged 16 was living. I put two and two together but unfortunately this did not work as I was later informed that while my great-grandfather was being born (usually close by to the mother) the above Jane was on a ship to New Zealand!!! So I am still looking for my Janet/Jessie GUTHRIE and what happened to her.


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