McWhirter – Fourth generation

Annie Shaw

m.? McCallum


i      Annie McCallum.

Annie went to live in Belfast. (JGMW p.16).

ii     Meg McCallum.

iii    Polly McCallum.

Polly went to live in Shanghai. (JGMW p.16)

iv    John McCallum.

John became a naval architect. (JGMW p.16)

James McWhirter

b. 1 Feb 1858, Straiton, Ayrshire., m. Esther Mary Reed, b. circa 1871, d. 7 Jan 1960. James died 5 Feb 1941, Thursby, Cumberland.

James was born in Straiton, Ayrshire on 1 Feb 1858, became a school teacher and conducted a private school for boys in Brampton, Cumberland. Later he taught in Talkin and then in Wiggonby, both villages in Cumberland. He lived for some time in retirement in Thursby near Carlisle before dying on 5 Feb 1941. He married Hetty Reed and they had three children: Madge, Winifred and John Gilbert. (JGMcW pp.21 to 26)


Esther May Reed aged 89 on 7 Jan 1960. Her great grandmother was the daughter of Sir Francis Shaw-Hellier and the great grandmother’s son was the vicar of Allendale. Esther had a sister Vernon and a brother Joseph. She was always called Aunt Hetty. (JGMW p.21)


i      Madge b. 18 Mar 1894.

ii     Mary Winifred McWhirter b. 3 Dec 1899, m. Guy Osborne.  Mary died 6 Dec 1960.

Winifred was born on 3 Dec 1899, trained as a nurse and married Guy Osborne. They lived at Beaumont near Burgh-by-Sands, Cumberland. Winnie, as we called her, died on 6 Dec 1960 after they had moved to a house in Carlisle. On 17 Jun 1960 Anna and I took Winnie to the King’s Arms Hotel at Temple Sowerby for lunch. (JGMW pp. 23 and 24)

iii    John Gilbert.

Gilbert McWhirter

b. 10 Apr 1859, occupation Ironmonger, m. 29 Dec 1902 [23]Barbara Sellar, b. circa 1868, d. 10 Apr 1933.[24]  Gilbert died 9 Sep 1941.[25]

JGMW writes

Gilbert was born in Straiton on 10 Apr 1859, trained as an ironmonger and owned his own ironmonger’s business in Glasgow. His business eventually failed due, I think, to his excessive drinking habits. He managed to get work in a shipyard, probably as a store-keeper. He married Barbara Sellar (aged 34 years) widow of Robert McAuloy at 37 Wallace Street, Glasgow on 29 Dec 1902. She had a daughter Nellie by her former marriage and another daughter, whose name was Isa, to Uncle Gib. The latter got married to a man who went to South Africa but she would not go with him. I went occasionally to visit Uncle Gib and Aunt Barbara when I was at Glasgow University. They lived at 199 Renfrew Street Glasgow. Nellie or Helen had been married to a policeman called Boyd but was separated from him. She had two children. Gilbert  died of arteriosclerosis with cardiac failure on 9 Nov 1941 aged 82. Barbara died of a cerebral hemorrhage on 16 Apr 1933 aged 63. (JGMW pp.25 and 26)


i      Isa McWhirter.

John McWhirter

b. 12 Jul 1860, Crosshill, Ayrshire., occupation Draper, m. 25 Sep 1889, Effie May Dean. John died in Sep 1912, Banbury, W. Australia.

John was born in Crosshill on 12 Jul 1860, became a draper and went to Adelaide in South Australia in 1884 where he carried on a successful business. He married Effie May Dean on 25 Sep 1889 and had three of a family all born in South Australia:- May, Clifford who was killed in the 1914-18 war and Sydney. John died in Banbury, Western Australia in September 1912. Effie died in 1945. His death is recorded on the family gravestone in Kirkmichael church yard. (JGMW pp.25, 26 and 202)


Effie died when Jean Webster was very young i.e. in 1945. (JGMW p. 202).


i      Sidney Braidwood b. 1 Aug 1891.

ii     May b. 6 Sep1893.

iii    Clifford John McWhirter b. circa 1896, South Australia, occupation Soldier Australian Army, d. 6 Oct 1918, Gallipoli.

Clifford born 1895 – unmarried. … Clifford was a lieutenant in the Australian Army (10th Light Horse). Clifford was killed in Gallipoli in 1915. (JGMW p. 202)

Robert McWhirter

b. 21 Dec. 1861, Crosshill, Ayrshire,[26] occupation School Master,[27] m. 3 Jan 1894, in Ballantrae (?), Ayrshire, Janet Ramsey Gairdner, b. 9 Aug. 1864, Minishant, Maybole, Ayrshire, (daughter of James Gairdner and Jane Bone) occupation Milliner, d. 28 Feb. 1947, Edinburgh, buried: Ballantrae cemetery, Ayrshire. Robert died 25 May 1944, Dumfries, buried: Ballantrae cemetery, Ayrshire.

JGMW writes

Robert was my father; born in ‘The Heid Inn’, Crosshill, Ayrshire on 21 Dec 1861and called Bob by his brothers and sisters.  He became a pupil teacher in 1875 (aged 14) in Crosshill School. On 1 Mar 1880 he was engaged by Crosshill School Board as an ‘Assistant Teacher’ and served in that capacity under Thomas Braidwood till 9-6-1882. On 17 Jan 1883 he went to Maybole (Ayrshire) Public School as ‘Assistant Teacher’. J S Poreous was headmaster. On 30 Sep 1887 he left Maybole to go to Durham university where he was admitted to the degree of Batchelor of Arts on 25 Jun 1889. On 23 Sep 1889 he took up an appointment in the higher department of the Burgh School in Girvan, Ayrshire where Alexander Muir was the master. He was there till 8 Dec 1890 and next day went to Ladyland School in Maybole where he remained till 24 Nov 1893. On 26 Aug 1893 he was interviewed by Ballantrae School Board and was appointed headmaster of the Public School at a salary of £120 per annum with a free house and garden. The rates were to be paid half by the Board and half by my father.  He commenced work in Ballantrae on 28 Nov 1893. His predecessor was a man called Robert Temple who had held his appointment as one of the old school masters ‘aut vitam aut culpam’ and did not retire till he was a very old man by which time he was very deaf. My father’s salary was reduced, by I don’t know how much, in order to help to provide a pension for Mr Temple. To begin with he lodged with Mrs David McKinnon. Her husband was the local joiner and his worshop was at the Shellknowe beside Davie Shane’s old house. When Margaret Aitken (JGMW-E3) married Ronald Clark one of her bride’s maids was Norma Temple, a daughter of Dr A Temple of Peebles and a great granddaughter of my father’s predecessor.

On 3 Jan 1894 my father married Janet Ramsey Gairdner (JGMW-O6) from the farm of Tranew between Straiton and Kirkmichael.(This farm is marked on the 1:50,000 OS map number 77 at grid ref NS 353072 – RWPMW)

He played a very active part in public affairs and was constantly immersed in schemes for the welfare of the people of Ballantrae. He was secretary of the Bowling Club, Chairman of the Parish Council, Chairman of the Hall Committee. The piano (now Wendy’s JGMW-F3) was presented to him in June 1914 by the Library Committee in recognition of his 16 years service as honorary sectreary. He organised concerts, dances, whist drives, bazaars, anything to raise money for the projects he had in mind. The fishermen required a new engine to haul their boats up on to the beach; the bowling club decided to double the size of their bowling green; the fore shore required to be cleaned up; the village required a new hall; – all worthy objects requiring money and he got it by much hard work arranging appeals and entertainments. Latterly he was Chairman of the School Management Committee and he was a member of the District Council. He was involved in the local nursing service. During the 50 years he lived in Ballantrae he was an active member of the Parish Church and was Session Clerk for many years. In October 1920 he was made a Justice of the Peace for the county of Ayr.

He took a keen interest in the history of Ballantrae and its surroundings and wrote many informative articles for the local newspapers. My father devoted much of his time in his retirement to writing about Ballantrae – its history, the flora of the parish etc. He hunted through old kirk session records and made numerous excerpts from them. He filled many notebooks and at one time he had hoped to get the information he had collected published in book form but the cost was prohibitive. I collected his writings and on 9 Jun 1981 handed them over to the keeping of Glasgow University Library. (There is a letter stuck to p. 29 of the Saga from the Librarian acknowledging receipt of them and saying that they would be placed in the David Murray Collection.) In 1993 I (RWPMW) visited the library and had a look at the notebooks. See DOC number 93 which gives some information about them.

On 25th pril 1943 my father was at Finnart Bay in the afternoon with Dr Morrison, Mr Hewitson and the Hon. Alan Mackay and saw a stone coffin discovered by a soldier whose name was Symes. The soldier met father’s party. He was given leave from the army to continue his searches for other coffins. The day was wet and stormy and measurements could not be easily taken. The capstone seemed to weigh 5 or 6 cwts. It is roof-shaped and about six feet long. A food vessel found inside the coffin is in the custody of the Rev. Mr Anderson, Castle Kennedy.

His hobby was his garden and he got great pleasure from it and from showing people (both friends and strangers) round it. There were no wild flowers he could not name for he was a botanist  of a high order. In his younger days he painted – mostly flower pictures. Margaret Clark has one of his best ones.

He retired from the headmastership of the school on 20th December 1926. His salary before retiral was £420 per annum and his pension amounted to less than half that amount. How he managed to give his sons and daughters their education we shall never know.

He spent his retirement in the house he had built in Ballantrae and which our mother and he named ‘Tranew’ – taking the name from the farm from which he took his wife. Our mother and he were able to celebrate their golden wedding in the King’s Arms Hotel in Ballantrae on 3rd January 1944. He died in Thorndene, Dumfries on 25 May 1944 and was buried in Ballantrae cemetery beside his son James (LGMW-E2). At the morning service in Ballantrae Church on 2nd July 1961, two brass memorial vases were dedicated by Dr James Brown DD of Colmonell. (Mr Pitt the Ballantrae minister was ill in Garrick Hospital, Stanraer.) The two vases were obtained from Scott Morton Ltd, Murieston Road, Edinburgh. Design 533A with oval mouth trumpet – 9″ high – cost £8-18/- each plus cost of lettering.

The engraving on one:- ‘Robert McWhirter, J.P.,B.A., Schoolmaster Ballantrae 1893 – 1944’          and on the other:- ‘Janet Ramsey Gairdner wife of Robert McWhirter Ballantrae, 1893-1944’.    Present at the service were:- Robert, Suzie, Billie, Jenny, Jenny, Margaret, Ronald, Peggy, Wendy, Lockhart Anna and self. (The notable absentees were Peter and Joy who were too far away in Blewbury, Berkshire.)

The cause of my father’s death was recorded as ‘Hypertrophic Biliary Cirrhosis’. In my opinion he died from a carcinoma of the head of the pancreas. (JGMW pp. 26 to 34)

Relevant documents are filed as follows:

Birth certificate:        DOC. 1           Marriage certificate              DOC. 3

Death certificate       DOC. 9           Other documents                 DOCs 14, 15, 26-40 incl., and 45.


Janet Ramsey Gairdner was my mother. She was born on 9-8-1864 and was Jean’s twin sister. Her name is spelt Gardner on her birth certificate. She was born at Auchendrave Sawmills near Minishant, Maybole and was about two years old when the family moved to the Bank Farm. She trained as a milliner before she married my father on 3-1-1994. By that time the family was living at Tranew not far from Crosshill where my father was. By this time he had been appointed  headmaster of Ballantrae school and it was to the schoolhouse that they went to live. Our mother was a very happy woman and was well liked by everybody. She worked hard looking after her home and caring for her family. She was a very loving mother to us all. I can well remember her grief when my brother Jim died in 1906. She suffered a great deal of pain with her broken leg before she died but always tried to be cheerful through it all and was always grateful for anything that was done for her. When father retired from the school in 1926 they moved to the house that they had built for themselves in Ballantrae and which they named Tranew. Peter as a small boy was very fond of his Grannie and when she came to stay with us he was always anxious that she would stay as long as possible. So having inherited that well known McWhirter gift for tactful diplomacy, he would ask as soon as she came in the door; ‘Grannie when are you going away?’ My father and mother celebrated their golden wedding on 3-1-1944. We all went to the Kings Arms Hotel in Ballantrae – Anna, Peter, Wendy, myself, Robert, Jenny, Margaret, Peggy and Aunt Bessie – and had a very good lunch and we were all at Tranew for tea. My mother developed cancer of the breast. On 2-9-1940 she had a breast removed (mastectomy) in the Victoria Infirmary in Glasgow by Robert Tennant, Consultant Surgeon. A secondary deposit of the disease became apparent in the upper end of her femora. She had radio-therapy for it given by my brother in Edinburgh but of no avail for one day while standing in the kitchen in Tranew the bone broke just from her weight on it and she fell to the floor. She stayed in Dumfries with us for a short time in 1944 while my father was on his death bed. Later she went to Edinburgh and lived with Jenny but came for short periods to live with us in Dumfries. She died in Edinburgh on 28-2-1947 and was buried in Ballantrae. (JGMW p.111-114).


i      John Gairdner b. 18 Dec 1897.

ii     James McWhirter b. 30 Mar 1900, Ballantrae, d. 4 Oct. 1906., Ballantrae, buried: Ballantrae cemetry.

JGMW writes

James (Jim) born in the School House, Ballantrae on 30 Mar 1900. He had red curly hair  and his face was covered with freckles. At one time he had a little toy horse. Apparently I thought its tail was too long and he allowed me with some persuasion to cut it shorter. However he afterwards regretted this and was annoyed. I remember mother consoling him by telling him that she would rub some paraffin into it and that that would make the tail grow again! She was a wonderful mother. Jim died of diptheria in the School House on 4 Oct 1906 and lies buried in the family grave in Ballantrae Cemetery . (JGMW  p. 78)

        iii    Janet Marion b. 12 Aug 1901.

iv    Robert b. 8 Nov 1904.

v     Margaret Jane Bone McWhirter b. 16 Jun 1908, Ballantrae, Ayrshire., occupation Physiotherapist, d. 15 Nov. 1970, Letchworth, Hertfordshire.

JGMW writes

Margaret Jane Bone (Peggy) was born on 16 Jun 1908 in the schoolhouse, Ballantrae. She had measles in January 1910. I had to stay off school to look after her because as I wrote in my diary ‘she had messels’. (Spelling has always been one of my weak points.) While at Girvan High School she became noteworthy because she changed her lodgings so frequently. Her great friend was Agnes MscFarlane whom she called MacFush. Agnes called Peggy MacSquirt. Agnes became the second wife of David Brewster (David Brewster was the boy whom I  shot accidentally in the foot – see JGMW’s autobiography]).

While in Middlesborough her great friend was Jenny Williams and the friendship continued till Peggy died. While in Manchester she lived with Jenny (JGMW-E3) at Sale. In the Deaconess Hospital she was associated with Robert Saffley, John King and Willie Macleod. In Forres she met Jack Brewster (a brother of David) who was born and schooled in Girvan and who once did a locum for me in Whithorn. He was a general practitioner in Forres and was quite an enthusiastic mountaineer.

On 5-8-58 she had a second valvoctomy in the Eastern general Hospital in Edinburgh by Andrew Logan, the thoracic surgeon who performed the first one. I imagine there must be few people in the world who have had valvotomy perfromed twice. She would have died if she hadn’t had the second one. After it she was able to work full-time as a physiotherapist at Letchworth till she died on 15 Nov 70.

JGMW writes

I think I am right in saying that intellectually she was the brightest member of our family. (JGMW p. 82 -84)

RWMPW writes

When Peggy died her two brothers John and Robert flew down and I picked them up at the airport to drive them to Letchworth. When we got there we met a police officer who told us that Peggy had died from taking ferrous cyanide and had left a suicide note to her land-lady. Looking back I regret very much that we didn’t see more of Peggy when we lived in Blewbury and Abingdon. We were too busy with our own lives in those days. (RWPMW, 1998 November 13)

On page 81 of the Saga JGMW has stuck a copy of Peggy’s Curriculum Vitae which goes as follows:

1908:         Born at the Schoolhouse, Ballantrae, Ayrshire.

1913 to 1926:         Educated at Ballantrae Public School and Girvan High School.Gained Lower Leaving Certificate in six subjects and Higher Leaving Certificate in:- English, French, Latin, Mathematics, Analytical Geometry and Continuation Art.

1927 to 1929:        Trained in Western Infirmary, Glasgow, as a physiotherapist and took fourth place in Conjoint Examination

1930:         Assistant Physiotherapist at North Ormesby Hospital, Middlesborough.

1931:         Asked to take over the senior post which I held tll 1932

1932 to 1934:   Assistant Physiotherapist and Student Radiographer at Park Hospital  Davyhulme. Gained practical experience in x-ray work at this hospital and attended lectures at the Royal Infirmary, Manchester.

1934 to 1937:      Invited to accept position as radiographer at the Royal Infirmary Manchester and finally became Senior Radiographer. Worked under Drs Twining and Paterson and experience included X-Ray Therapy and pioneer investigations in tomograohy and ventriculography.

1937 to 1950:   Appointed Physiotherapist and Radiographer at the Deaconess Hospital, Edinburgh, where I was in charge of one Assistant Physiotherapist and two Assistant Radiographers.

During these years I worked in close association with :-                  W A d’A Adamson, MB, ChB, FRCS.  6 Howard Place, Edinburgh  3.                         Susanne Jean Paterson, MA, MD, MB, ChB, FRCS, FRCOG 17 Crawford Road, Edinburgh 9.and received mention in articles which they published. On one or two occasions I gave lectures to postgraduate medical students on work of the Physiotherapy Department. Professor Ritchie Russell of Oxford was a junior physician at the Deaconess Hospital at this time.

1950 to 1952:   Position was held open for me while I underwent valvotomy to relieve mitral stenosis.

1952 to 1953:   I decided to work in a less busy department and was appointed sole Physiotherapist and Radiographer at the Leanchoil Hospital, Forres, Morayshire. I found the winter there a severe one, long and cold and decided to move south.

1953 till now:  Senior Physiotherapist at Letchworth Hospital, Baldock Road, Letchworth. This hospital is in the Luton and Hitching Group and clinics are held weekly in the department under the Orthopaedic Visiting Consultant Mr P R N Kerr and the Director of Physical Medicine, Dr A P H Randle. This is my present appointment.

Also on page 81 father (JGMW) has stuck the following newspaper cutting: “Remembered with gratitude” Sir, – I’m sure many people who have received treatment at Letchworth Hospital’s physiotherapy department will, like me, have felt a great sadness on hearing of the death of Miss McWhirter. The great service she has given to the people of Letchworth, her encouragement, sound advice and help to the patients who came under her care must have meant much sacrifise and courage. I shall always remember her with gratitude. Elsie George 4 Romany Close Letchworth.

Thomas Braidwood McWhirter

b. 20 May 1870, m. 9 Jan 1918, in Ayr.,[28] Margaret Anderson Blyth Duncan, b. circa 1887, Arran, occupation School teacher., d. 6 Dec 1960, Ayr. [29] Thomas died 10 Jan 1963, Ailsa hospital, Ayr. [30]

JGMW writes

Thomas Braidwood was born in Crosshill on 20 May 1870. He worked in the Culzean Estate office (the Castle office) in Maybole but he lived in the Heid Inn where he was born. He and his wife carried on the inn after his mother (my grandmother) died. He left the Castle Office – I think he had to resign under a cloud the nature of which I never knew. Thomas Braidwood McWhirter was married to Margaret Anderson Blyth Duncan (aged 30 years) on 9 Jan 1918 at the Hotel Dalblair, Ayr. She was usually called Peggy and came from Arran where her father, Alexander Forbes Duncan, was a school teacher. When they were married towards the end of the First World War (1914-18) and I got leave from the Navy to be his best man. They had four children:  Forbes, Matthew, Angus and Clifford John. In later years Tom and Peggy were separated. He lived for a time in an old folk’s home. Thomas Braidwood died from bronchial pneumonia at the Ailsa Hospital, Ayr on 10 Jan 1963. The old folks home where he lived latterly was South Beach House, Ardrossan. He was living there when he attended my father’s funeral at Ballantrae in May 1944. Tom’s age was 92 when he died. (JGMW pp. 34 – 36)


i      Forbes McWhirter.

Forbes went to Canada. (JGMW p. 36)

ii     John Clifford McWhirter b. 30 Sep 1920,

JGMW writes

Clifford John was a blind deaf mute and an imbecile. I think he had a leucotomy done while he was in the Chrichton Royal, Dumfries. Later he was transferred to the Glengall (now the Ailsa) near Ayr. (JGMW p. 36)

iii    Matthew Duncan McWhirter b. 27 Feb 1923.

Matthew became an engineer in Glasgow. (JGMW p. 36)

iv    Angus McWhirter b. 21 Oct 1924.

JGMW writes

Angus married the daughter of a shop-keeper in Ayr and eventually owned the business. Bessie Auld tells me (1982) that Angus is a hairdresser in Prestwick, Ayrshire. (JGMW p. 36)

Jean McWhirter

b. 8 Nov 1875, occupation Farmers wife, m. 25 Mar 1914,[31] Thomas Hyslop Auld, b. circa 1882, occupation Farmer., d. 3 Oct 1959, Auchalton, Crosshill. Jean died 7 Jun 1971.

Jean (Jeanie or Jane) was born on 8-11-1875 at Crosshill. She married Thomas (Tom) Hyslop Auld age 32 from the farm of Auchalton, a mile and a half south of Crosshill, at Crosshill on 25-3-1914. They emigrated to Canada where they carried on farming for some years but eventually they came back to Auchalton when Tom Auld’s brother Bob – who was in the farm – died. Tom Auld died on 3-10-1959 age 77. His wife, Jean, became blind in her old age when she was well cared for by her daughter-in-law (Bessie) at Auchalton. She lived until she was 95 and died from a fracture of the neck of the left femur on 7-6-1971. Both are buried in Crosshill Cemetery. They had one son Keneth who farmed Auchalton with his wife Bessie who was particularly good in looking after his mother in her old age. They have no family. Kenneth Auld was born in Canada 0n 18-3-1915.  His wife Bessie (Elizabeth) Love Reid was born on 29-12-1926. Nancy and I visited Keneth and Bessie in September 1982. By then they had retired and were living at Camregan Bungalow on the road between Girvan and Dailly. (JGMW pp.36, 37 and 38)


i      Kenneth Auld b. 18 Mar 1915, Canada, occupation Farmer., m. Elizabeth Love Reid, b. 29 Dec 1926.

Martha Hunter

m. (1) ? Hutchison, occupation: Grain merchant., m. (2) ? Rennie.

JGMW writes

Martha wanted to marry an organist who was not considered good enough for her and she was forced to marry Hutchison (of Hutchison and McCreath, grain merchants of Girvan). In fact it was said that Hutchison, who was a good deal older than Martha, took her in settlement of a financial debt incurred by her father. Hutchison and Martha lived in The Avenue, Girvan and when I was at school in Girvan (1910-1915) I used to go to see her. They had three children; Lena, Ruby and Norman. After Hutchison died Martha and her children went to live in London and she married a man called Rennie. (JGMW p.14 and 16)


i      Lena Hutchison.

ii     Ruby Hutchison.

iii    Norma Hutchison.

Nellie McGowan

m Robert McCulloch, occupation Draper.

JGMW writes

Robert McCulloch was quite a remarkable man. He learned the drapery trade, receiving his initial training in Miss Gibb’s shop in Whithorn. I believe his home was in the Whithorn district. Later he and a man called Young set up the drapery firm of McCulloch and Young in Stirling. It was a very successful business and Robert McCulloch and his wife became very wealthy. In 1910 or 1911 they gave my parents their house in Stirling for a month while they were on holiday. It was then year of the first flight round Britain for the King’s cup. My parents, my sisters, my brother and I all got up at 3am and went to the King’s Park in Stirling to watch the arrival of the planes. The first to arrive was the Frenchman Bleriot in his biplane. It was the first time we had seen an aeroplane. There was great excitement.

Robert McCulloch played an active part in the public life of Stirling and became Provost of the town. He was concerned with Lord Elgin in establishing the Field of Bannockburn as the property of the National Trust of Scotland. While we lived in Whithorn he and his wife and Winifred came annually for a few days in their Rolls-Royce and sometimes took us for runs in their car. On one of their visits he left a half-crown for Peter when he was a baby! I hope he got it!

The McCullochs had three children; Bertis, Reginald and Winifred. (JGMW p.18 and 20).


i      Bertie McCulloch occupation Soldier, d. 1914-18, Active service.

Bertie was killed or died of some illness on active service during the first world war (1914-18) (JGMW p18).

ii     Reginald McCulloch occupation Draper., d. 1930-40.

Reginald succeeded to his father’s business. He was married and lived with his wife and children in Dunblane. He died of illness in the late 1930’s or 1940’s. (JGMW p18).

iii    Winifred.

 Detail on the next generation here.

[23]  Register of marriage: Glasgow No. 644.13/186.

[24] Reg. in Glasgow 644.9/147.

[25] Reg. in Glasgow 644.5/1286.

[26] Birth certificate

[27] This reference number is that used by my father (John Gairdner McW) in his book ‘The Saga’ in which he recorded the results of his enquiries about the family.

[28] Reg. No. 578/17

[29] Reg. No. 578/686.

[30] Reg. No. 578/22.

[31] Registered at Crosshill No 584.b/4