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- Thomas Main DD (1816 -
1881) was said by my grandmother Mary Saunders (nee Main 1881-1974) to be
related to our family. There is a substantiated link from direct ancestor
John Main of Glentore born 1789. Thomas was his nephew, son of John's
brother Robert (1784-1858) and Janet Hutchison.
Cunningham Laird of Craigends:
- Thomas Main DD married
Wilhelmina Cunningham, daughter of John Cunningham, Laird of Craigends
Douglas Edward Henry Campbell, Duke of Argyll:
- Wilhelmina Main's
sister, Ann Colquhoun Cunningham married John, Duke of Argyll, in 1831 at
- Henry Bell (built the
first commercially successful steamship in Europe. The "Comet"
sailed on the Clyde between Greenock and Glasgow.
- Henry was
born at Torphichen in 1767 and died at Helensburgh in 1830. He Married
Margaret Young. There are no known children and therefore no direct
line of ancestry.
- My mother Margaret Downs
Saunders and my maternal grandmother Mary Saunders ms Main said there was a
family connection. The link in the direct line is through Jean Main ms
Bell , my grandmother's grandmother. She was born (1795) and raised in
Slamannan about five miles West of Torphichen. Her parents were William Bell
(the oldest substantiated Bell relative in our family) born 1772 at
Slamannan, Stirling, and
Jean Duncan born 1773 at Abercorn.
- A plausible but
unsubstantiated link to Henry Bell can be found as follows:
- Parents of William
Bell (1772), William Bell (Torphichen, 1735) and Janet Graham (Slamannan
1743). IGI Record of birthdate birthplace and parents. All of William Bell
and Janet Graham's children are shown as being born at Slamannan.
- His Parents were
Patrick Bell (1702) and Janet Meek (circa 1704).
- They also had a son
Patrick Bell (William's brother) born in 1753.
- This Patrick Bell and
his wife Margaret Easton were the parents of Henry Bell.
The main weakness in this
chain is the lack of a substantiated link from William (1735) to Patrick Bell
(1702) and Janet Meek. The only known children of William (1735) and Janet
Graham were Janet, John, William, and Charles. The naming convention suggests
William's father may have been John, and there is no child called Patrick.
Hogg and Will O' Whaup:
There is a belief handed
down from previous generations of my branch of the Laidlaw family that there is a connection
to James Hogg through his mother Margaret Laidlaw, and to James Hogg's grandfather William
Laidlaw of Phawhope.
James Hogg has stated in his works
that William was his grandfather and was one of the "Laidlaws of
Craik" born in 1691.
Attempts so far to
substantiate a link have failed. This does not mean that there is not one, but
if there is one it is likely to be a generation or more back from our oldest
known direct ancestor, Andrew Laidlaw of Gair. Andrew was born circa 1725, place
of birth unknown, and married Agnes Glendinning at Westerkirk, Dumfries in 1746.
Andrew and Agnes's first children were born at Glenkerry, a little closer to
Ettrick from Gair along Tima Water, and subsequent children at Gair . Will was
born in 1691 and would therefore be from a previous generation, so it is
possible that Andrew and Will had a common grandfather.
Support for a link
depends mainly on the name and the fact that Andrew and Agnes and subsequent
generations lived at Gair. Tima Water runs along the western edge of Craik