History of the Perthshire Patons

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The Rodger Family

This branch of the Rodger family originates from Little Dunkeld in Perthshire. The name is also found spelt in the records as Rogie, Rodgie, Rogers and Rodgers.  In some parts of central Scotland the name is pronounced 'Rodgie', but in Perthshire, where our branch originates, it is often also pronounced as 'Rougie' or 'Royger'.

The name 'Rodger' derives from the Old English personal name 'Hrodgar', meaning 'famous spear'. Its variant, 'Rodgers', means 'son of Rodger'.

The following Rodgers are known to be in our family group:

John Rogie  (before 1756 - ????)  married Jean Taylor
Thomas Roger  (1/1/1768)
Jean Rogers  (1774 approx  - ????)  married James Watson
James Roger  (2/4/1774 - ????)
William Rodger  (12/1779 - between 1851 and 1855)  married Ann Brough
Mary Roger  (20/12/1782 - ????)
Agnes Roger  (1/4/1784 - ????)
George Roger  (24/10/1788)
Mary Rodger  (17/1/1805 - ????)
Anne Roger  (20/6/1806 - 4/12/1876)  married Alexander Roger
James Rogers  (18/8/1808 - 13/3/1875)  married Janet Henderson
John Roger  (13/8/1810 - ????)
Jean Roger  (4/4/1813 - ????)
Thomas Rodger  (2/1817 - )
Catherine Rodger  (8/7/1819 - ????)
William Rodger  (2/11/1823 - 16/2/1898)  married Sarah Duncan
James Roger  (1829 - ????)
William Roger  (1831 - 29/8/1886)  married Elizabeth Scott
Margaret Rogers  (1833  - ????)
Janet Roger (Rodger)  (1836 - 3/11/1906)  married William Hay Paton
Anne Roger  (1838 - 7/10/1895)  never married
Margaret Roger  (1840 - 3/6/1871)  married David Low
Alexander Roger  (1840 - 9/12/1879)  married Mary Ann Robertson
Janet Rogers  (1842 - 14/4/1918)  never married
Catherine Rogers  (1843 - after 1873)  married Thomas Roger Brown
Mary Roger  (1847 - ????)
William Rogers  (1848 - between 1875 & 1881?)  married Eliza Wright McLean
William Rogers  (1851 - ????) married Eliza Wright McLean
Mary Ann (Marian) McFarlane Rogers - twin  (1860 - 25/3/1939)
Sarah Joan Duncan Rogers - twin  (1860 - 3/11/1937)  married James McAlister
Mary Rogers  (11/1/1872 - ????)
Margaret Eliza Rogers  (17/9/1875 - 23/1/1923)
Thomas Roger  (22/9/1876 - 10/9/1935)  married Mary Hunter
Catherine Robertson Roger  (26/3/1878 - 3/7/1932)
Amy Lynoch Rogers  (12/8/1888 - 19??)
Robert Carmichael Rogers  (7/4/1890 - 19??)
Grace Rogers  (1894 - ????)
Hugh Young Rogers  (18/9/1895 - 6/9/1916)
Drummond Kaye Rogers  (28/7/1897 - 7/5/1916)
Charles David Rogers  (1899 - 19??)


Anderson   Brough   Brown   Bullions   Carmichael   Craigie   Duncan   Forgie   Grant   Henderson   Hunter   Kerr   Low   Lynoch   McAlister   McCormick   McEwan   McGregor   McLean   Moir   Paton   Paterson   Robertson   Rodger   Scott   Stewart   Taylor   Watson   Young  


NB: Family history charts can be accessed at http://www.tribalpages.com/tribes/chrispaton

George Rogie or Rodgie
before May 1691 - May 1722
It seems likely that George Rogie or Rodgie is Calum's and Jamie's nine times great grandfather.
A couple of records concerning George have been located so far. The first is a testament dative confirmed some twelve years after his death on 19 DEC 1734. The document reads as follows:
George Rodgie
The Testament Dative and Inventar of the
Soume of money and Debts that pertained to the deceast
George Rodgie in Little Burnbean the time of his
deceass which was in the Moneth of May Jajby & twentie
two years Truely made and Given up by Alexander Rodgie
there lawfull Son and Executor Dative as nearest of kin Decernd
to the said Defunct by the Commissar of Dunkeld upon the
day and date of their presents As the Decreed Dative following
on ane Edict duely Execute and Indorsed in itself more fully
Imprimis There is Given upresting to the Defunct the time foresaid
of his deceass the Soume of Twentie four pound scots money principall
with Seven Merks of Liquidate expenses and the haill bygone Annual rents
of the said principall Soume Specified and Contained in a Bond Granted
to the said Deunct by the deceast Leonard Lauder in Dunkeld
dated the twentie ninth day of June Jajvy & nine years
Summa Inventary Patet
The within testament was confirmed at Dunkeld upon
the Nineteenth day of December Jajvy thirty four years John Bissat
Younger portioner of Dungarthill became Cautioner called for the Executor
From this it is clear that George died in May 1722 and that he had a son called Alexander Rodgie. In 1709 Laurence Kauden granted George a bond, essentially an IOU, for the sum of 24 Scots, the equivalent of 2 Sterling. This was eventually transferred to Alexander twelve years after his father's death in 1734.
It is not known if Alexander was the father of John, but if he was not, he may have been an uncle. An examination of several maps from 1683 (John Adair, National Library of Scotland) to 1867 (Ordnance Survey) shows that Little Burnbane (aka Wester Burnbane) was never more than a hamlet of two or three cottages. Unfortunately the OPRs for the parish of Little Dunkeld commence very late, with births recorded from 1732 and marriages from 1759.
An earlier record naming George at Wester Burnbane in the barony of Murthly is found within a rental roll from May 1691, as held at the National Records of Scotland under GD 121/1/Box41/223. In this the following land is held and the accompanying rental payments noted as due by George:
1 oxgang, George Rogie payes 20, and 3 foul (fowls)
Elsewhere in the barony three other Rogie family members are located:
1 oxgang 1 (?): Alexr Rogie payes 04:2:2:0 bear, 01:01:0:0 meall, 00:3:0:0 kean oates; 05:7:4 silver d[...] & converted poultrie & foull
1 oxgang 1 (?): Wm Rogie payes  04:2:2:0 bear, 01:01:0:0 meall, 00:3:0:0 kean oates; 05:7:4 silver d[...] & converted poultrie & foull
4 oxgangs, Jon Rogie payes 53 6s 8d, and 8 foulls
4 oxgangs, Wm Rogie payes 53 6s 8d, and 8 foulls
1 oxgang, Androu Rogie payes 9 16s 8d
1 oxgang, John Rogie payes 10 5s 9d (also seems to have paid 5 2s 8d for half of a neighbour's oxgang of land)
Children of GEORGE ROGIE:
Alexander Rogie
William Rogie

Burnbane, 1720 (from a sketch in 1683) by John Adair - NLS

Alexander Rogie
b: 16?? d: 17??
This so far unconfirmed member of the Rogie or Rogers family was Calum's and Jamie's eight times great grandfather.
We know that Calum's and Jamie's six times great grandfather was John Rogie, who resided at Little Burnbane in the parish of Little Dunkeld, Perthshire. John would seem to have been born approximately in the 1740s, having later married in 1769 to Jean Taylor.

Thomas Rogie
b: abt 1740  d: 17??
This so far unconfirmed member of the Rogie or Rogers family was Calum's and Jamie's seven times great grandfather.
We know that Calum's and Jamie's six times great grandfather was John Rogie, who resided at Little Burnbane in the parish of Little Dunkeld, Perthshire. John would seem to have been born approximately in the 1740s, having later married in 1769 to Jean Taylor.
Two records from 1691 and 1722 confirm the existence of an earlier member of the family at Little Burnbane, namely George Rogie, who died in 1722. A testament dative for George was not confirmed until 1734, but in this it notes that his son was by this stage resident at Little Burnbane. It therefore seems very possible that Alexander may have been John Rogie's father.

John Rogie
Abt 1750 - ????
John was Calum's and Jamie's six times great grandfather.
Little is known of John as yet, other than that he married Jean Taylor in Little Dunkeld towards the end of 1768 or beginning of 1769, with the OPR recording the initial calling of the banns (OPR/373/2):
Nov 12th - John Rogie in this parish and Jean Taylor in the parish of Auchtergaven gave up their names for proclamation in order to marriage and were proclaimed for the first time without any objection.
The couple are known to have lived at the cottage of Little Burnbean, north of Stanley, and proceded to have a family of at least seven children. The spelling of John's name as "Rogie" reflects the correct pronunciation of the surname Roger in Perthshire at that time.
The 1801 rental roll for Little Burnbane, in the parish and barony of Murthly, records two different individuals called John Roger, with one of them almost certainly our John. Both had one hen each, two firlots of coal, and property and crops with a value of 5 5s (NAS: CR4/233).
Thomas Roger
b: 1/1/1768
Thomas was born in Little Burnbane in 1768, as noted in the parish register for Little Dunkeld (SP/NRS: 373/0010/148 Little Dunkeld):
John Roger & Jean Taylor in Little Burnbean had a son born about the 1st January 1768 & baptized Thomas.
The record was not put into the parish register until December 24th 1780.
Jean Rogers
b: approx 1774
From the Little Dunkeld register (SP/NRS: OPR/373/00 0010 0148 Little Dunkeld):
John Roger and Jean Taylor in Burnbean had a daughter born 1774 & baptised Jean.
Jean married James Watson in the parish of Kinclaven, Perthshire, on December 2nd 1799, and went on to have at least five children in the parish.
Mary Watson
c: 31/10/1801
Jean Watson
c: 13/3/1802 
John Watson
c: 8/4/1804
John married Jane McKinzie Stewart, daughter of John Stewart and Agnes McKinzie, in Kinclaven on July 6th 1830. John and Jane had at least ten children.
James Watson
b: 6/9/1830  d: 14/11/1915
James died in Ireton, Sioux, Iowa, USA, and was buried in Amity Church cemetery, in Dinsdale, Tama, Iowa.
John Watson
b: 12/1833  d: 15/12/1903
John died in Reinbeck, Grundy, Iowa, USA.
Alexander Watson
b: 2/1836  d: 18/11/1906
Alexander died in Lyons, Clinton, Iowa.
Jane Watson
b: 4/1837  d: 15/2/1918
Jane died in Reinbeck, Grundy, Iowa, USA, and was buried in Amity Church cemetery, Dinsdale, Tama, Iowa.
William Watson
b: 31/10/1838  d: 15/4/1911
William died in Durand, Winnebago, Illinois, USA.
George Watson
b: 4/1842  d: 19/2/1919
George died in Reinbeck, Iowa, USA.
Agnes Watson
b: 3/1843  d: 23/9/1913
Agnes died in Reinbeck, Grundy, Iowa, USA.
Janette Irene Watson
b: 4/1843  d: 2/4/1923
Janette died in Reinbeck, Grundy, Iowa.
Thomas Watson
b: 1847  d: 1847
Thomas Watson
b: 5/4/1850  d: 1904
Thomas was christened on April 20th 1851 in Redgorton, Perthshire, Scotland.
Janet Watson
c: 4/12/1807
Elspet Watson
c: 25/3/1811
Elspet, or Elizabeth, married 18 year old James Anderson on December 17th 1727, in the parish of Kinclaven.
James Roger
b: 2/4/1774
From the Little Dunkeld register (SP/NRS: OPR/373/00 0010 0111 Little Dunkeld):
May 25 (1774)
John Roger and Jean Taylor in Little Burnbean had a L. son born Aprile 2d & baptised at the Church of the minr named James.
The 1801 rental roll for Little Burnbane, in the parish and barony of Murthly, records two separate James Rogers, though it is easier to identify the correct James, as the other was granted a liferent in 1764. The remaining James had one hen, two firlots of coal, and property and crops with a value of 5 5s (NAS: CR4/233).
William Roger
b: 12/1779
William was Calum's and Jamie's great great great great great grandfather - see below.
Mary Roger
b: 20/12/1782
From the Little Dunkeld register (SP/NRS: OPR/373/00 0010 0163 Little Dunkeld):
Febrary 23d (1783)
John Roger & Jean Taylor in Little Burnbean had a child born in December about the 20 1782 & Baptised Mary Roger
Agnes Roger
b: 1/4/1784
From the Little Dunkeld register (SP/NRS: OPR/373/00 0010 0171 Little Dunkeld):
John Roger and Jean Taylor Little Burnbean had a daughter born 1st Aprile 1784 baptised at the muir named Agnes.
George Roger
b: 24/10/1788
From the Little Dunkeld register (SP/NRS: OPR/373/00 0010 0186 Little Dunkeld):
John Roger and Jean Taylor had a son born October 24th & Baptised Caputh named George Roger.

William Rodger
Dec 1779 - between 1851 and 1855

William was Calum's and Jamie's five times great grandfather.

According to the 1841 and 1851 censuses, William was 60 and 70 years old respectively, and from the parish of Little Dunkeld in Perthshire. William was in fact born in Little Burnbane within the parish in 1779, as noted in the parish register for Little Dunkeld (SP/NRS: 373/0010/148 Little Dunkeld):

John Roger & Jean Taylor in Little Burnbean had a son born about December 1779 & baptized William.
The record was not put into the parish register until December 24th 1780. Banns for William's forthcoming marriage to Anne Brough were proclaimed on 27th November 1803 in the church at Little Dunkeld. The minister recorded the event in the old parochial register:

November 27 1803 (p.44)

William Rogers and Anne Brough having given up their names were proclaimed without objection.

William lived his whole life in the parish of Little Dunkeld, in the north of Perthshire. At the beginning of the 19th Century, Little Dunkeld was a predominantly Gaelic speaking community, with only a few inhabitants conversant in English. In 1824, the inhabitants' everyday language became an issue on the appointment of a new minister to the parish, who could not speak a word of the Gaelic, leading to disturbances in the parish amongst the lay folk. In a history of Little Dunkeld on the Heartlander website, the story of what happened next is discussed:

In 1824 there was another disturbance on the same account. The nominee to the parish was unacquainted with Gaelic, and the Presbytery pointed out that it was the common language of the parish and had been used, though not chiefly, at Little Dunkeld and exclusively at Lagganallachy. At the rebuilding of the church, 25 years before, services were conducted in Gaelic. At Communion seasons, there were Gaelic services in the churchyard simultaneously with English, and that nine out of twelve Table Services were in the former language. The case was brought before the General Assembly and many distinguished advocates appeared in it. Advocate Jeffrey affirmed that Little Dunkeld was not in the Highlands, but only "the mouth." Dr. Andrew Thomsons retort, it is said, really won the case:- "Whoever heard of a Highland mouth without a Highland tongue," and the General Assembly respectfully told the Officers of the Crown they must find a qualified person for this Cure.

In the 1841 census, "William Rodgie" (as he is listed) was recorded as living at New Delvine in the parish of Little Dunkeld, where he worked as a hand loom weaver. With him were his wife Ann and his 20 year old daughter Catherine.

Little Burnbean, home of the Rogers family in the first half of the 19th Century

Between 1841 and 1851, William's wife Anne died. In the 1851 census, William is recorded as having moved into the house of his daughter Mary in Little Burnbane, in the parish of Little Dunkeld, where he is listed as a widower.

It is believed that William himself eventually died between 1851 and 1855.

Little else is known of William's life, except that which is outlined in the death entry of his son William in the 1898 register, which suggests that as well as being a weaver, William senior was also a crofter by trade in his pendicle at New Delvine in Little Dunkeld. 


Mary Rodger
b: 17/1/1805

Mary was born on January 17th 1805 in Little Burnbean, Little Dunkeld, as noted in the old parochial register (OPR: 373/1):

William Roger and Anne Brough, Little Burnbeun, had a lawful daughter born the 17th January 1805 and baptised at the Minr of Kinclaven, named Mary.


Anne Roger
b: 20/6/1806  d:4/12/1876

Anne was born at Wester Burnbane on June 20th 1806, as noted in the old parochial register for Little Dunkeld (OPR: 373/1)

William Roger and Anne Brough Wester Burnbean had a la. daughter born 20th June 1806 and baptised Anne.

Anne married Alexander Rodger, son of James Rogers and Jannet Craigie (possibly distant cousins), on June 29th 1827 at Little Dunkeld, and went on to live in Airntully, Kinclaven, where they are listed in the 1851 census, in which Alexander is listed as a 59 year old hand loom weaver. From Anne's later death certificate we also learn that they were living as pendiclers, i.e. crofters. The Statistical Account for Kinclaven in June 1843 describes the weavers of the Airntully estate:

(p.1135) At a former period, there were several small villages in this parish, of which the sites are known only by the trees by which they adorned. The village of Arntully, however, still remains, of which rather a graphic and ludicrous description is given in the former Statistical Account. It is now greatly diminished in size and population, and in a few years, will, in all probability, also disappear. Its inhabitants are all linen weavers, who occupy a small portion of ground sufficient to maintain a cow, and produce meal and potatoes for their families, and who receive their webs from agents employed by the manufacturers of Cupar Angus, Blairgowrie, Newburgh, and other places.  

It is believed that Anne and Alexander's family was one of the 96 recorded in the parish in 1843 that were members of the United Secession Church, as baptismal records for his children cannot be found on the IGI site, which only records Established Kirk records. This is also backed up by the 1843 Statistical Account, which states:

(p.1139) The unendowed school is situated in the village of Arntully, in the west end of the parish. The average number attending the school may be estimated at 50. It is principally supported by the Dissenters, who are numerous in that part of the parish. 

In the 1851 census at Airntully, Ann is recorded as a 45 year old woman from Little Dunkeld, with her husband noted as a linen Handloom weaver, aged 59, and also from Little Dunkeld. Also in the house were children James, a 22 year old agricultural labourer, 20 year old handloom weaver (linen) William, 18 year old Margaret, a handloom weaver (linen), 11 year old Alexander, a scholar, and 9 year old Jannet, a weaver's daughter. None of the children listed were married (GROS:1851/365/3/1).

Ann's husband Alexander died at Airntully on January 11th 1871 at the age of 78. His death certificate records that he was a farmer, and that he was still married to Ann. The cause of death was "old age and frailty", as certified by an unknown medical attendant. His nephew James registered the death on the following day (GROS - 1871:365/0/2).

A simple note in the Kinclaven Kirk Session records also recorded Alexander's death:

Removal by Death - Alexander Rogers, Airntully (Jan 12th 1871)

Anne died herself on December 4th 1876 at 6.20pm at the cottage in Airntully. The cause was apoplexy of 20 days, as certified by Dr Andrew McMillan. The informant to the Kinclaven registrar was her son William, on the 5th (GROS - 1876:365/0/10).  

Again, a simple entry in the Kirk Session records for Kinclaven mentions Ann's death:

Removal by Death - Mrs Alexander Rogers, servant, Airntully (Dec 4th 1874)



Ann Rogie - DNA Match

b: 10/10/1828


Ann was born on 10 OCT 1828 at Little Dunkeld (SP/NRS 373/00 30 53 Little Dunkeld):

Alexr Rogie and Ann Rogie had a daughter born the 10 October named Ann.

A descendant of Ann, irene_allison40, was found to be a DNA match with Colin Paton on 11 JUL 2023 (23cM).



James Rogers

b: 1829


In the 1851 census, James was at his parents' house and was listed as an agricultural labourer.



William Roger
b: 1830
In the 1851 census, William was listed as still living with his parents in Airntully, where he worked as a hand loom weaver.
In 1870, a 39 year old William was still working as a weaver, but had moved to the parish of Moulin in Pitlochry, Perthshire. On December 5th he married a 46 year old widow, Elizabeth Scott, daughter of flax dresser Alexander Roger (not believed to be any relation to William) and Elizabeth Scott, in a ceremony after banns according to the forms of the Free Church of Scotland. The witnesses to the wedding were the Reverend John Stewart, J. McNaughton and Duncan Ferguson, and the marriage was registered in Pitlochry on the 9th (GROS:1870/384/00/0008).
In 1876, William returned briefly to Kinclaven to register the death of his mother Anne.
William died in Pitlochry on August 29th 1886, at 1.00pm, at the age of 56. In his death entry in the regsiter, his father Alexander was recorded as being a deceased potato merchant. The cause of William's death was peritonitis, from which he had suffered for ten days, as certified by Dr. R. W. Irvine. The informant to the Pitlochry registrar on September 1st was his nephew William D. Scott, from Balgowain in Pitlochry (GROS:1886/384/01/0013).
Margaret Rogers
b: 1833
In the 1851 census, Margaret was also listed as living at the family home in Airntully, and as working as a hand loom weaver.
Alexander Rogers
b: 1840
Alexander was listed in the 1851 census at Airntully as a scholar, and after his schooling he went on to take up an apprenticeship as a tailor.
In 1861, Alexander was working as a journeyman tailor in Airntully, when on April 19th he married 20 year old domestic servant Mary Ann Robertson, daughter of farmer John Robertson and Margaret Robertson, in a service according to the forms of the United Presbyterian Kirk. The marriage took place at West Tofts in the parish of Kinclaven, and the witnesses were the Reverend David Young, William Low and David Foote (?). The marriage was registered in Kinclaven on April 20th (GROS:1861/365/00/004).
Alexander died on December 9th 1879 at the infirmary in Perth, with his usual residence recorded as Stanley in Perthshire. The cause was an operation to his hip joint which had obviously gone seriously wrong. His wife informed the Perth registrar on the 11th (GROS:387/00/0628).
Alexander Roger
b: 8/4/1862
Alexander was born at the pendicle at West Tofts, Kinclaven, Perthshire, at 2.50am on April 8th 1862. His father, present at the birth, informed the Kinclaven registrar on the 15th (GROS:1862/365/00/02).
Mary Ann Roger
b: 17/1/1864
Mary Ann was born at West Tofts, Kinclaven, Perthshire, at 4.40am on January 17th 1864. Her father, present at the birth, informed the Kinclaven registrar on the 20th (GROS:1864/365/00/03).
Margaret Rogers
b: 21/12/1865
Margaret was born at the pendicle of West Toft in Kinclaven, Perthshire, on December 21st 1865, at 6.00am. Her father, present at the birth, informed the Kinclaven registrar on January 3rd 1866 (GROS:1866/365/00/01).
Janet Rogers
b: 1842
In the 1851 census, Janet was listed as living at Airntully as a weaver's daughter.
In 1891, Janet was still single, listed in the census as a 49 year old out worker, and still resident at Airntully, in a house which has one room with one or more windows.(GROS:1891/365/00/03/05). And in 1901, Janet is again found at Airntully, now described as a 59 year old farm worker. Her house is listed here as having two rooms with one or more windows (GROS:1901/365/00/03/00/03).
Janet died at 5.10pm on April 14th 1918 in Airntully at the age of 76. In her death entry she was listed as Janet Rodgie, and as single. The cause of death was a rodent ulcer of 6 years, as certified by Dr. R Burgess from nearby Stanley. The informant to the regsitrar on the 15th was Alexander Robertson, inspector of the poor from Ballshie Siding in Stanley (GROS:365/00/001).
(Unknown) Roger
b: 1844  d: April 1846
The existence of this son of Alexander Rogers only came to light when the Scotsman newspaper archive went online in November 2004. Tragically this young lad was to drown at the age of two. The Scotsman, dated April 4th 1846, reprinted the following article from the Perth Courier on the sad circumstances surrounding his death:
BOY DROWNED - On Friday last, a boy, about two years of age, son of Alexander Roger, weaver, Airntully, was drowned in a narrow pit or well at the back of his parents' house. He was discovered with his head downwards, and taken out by his mother, and found to be quite dead.

James Rodger
b: 18/8/1808
James was Calum's and Jamie's great great great great grandfather - see below.

John Roger
b: 13/8/1810 (OPR: 373/1)

Augt 27 - John, lawful son to William Roger and Anne Brough in Wester Burnbane was born Augt 13.


Jean Roger
b: 4/4/1813 (OPR: 373/1)

Jean, daughter to William Roger and Anne Brough, Wester Burnbane, was born 4th and baptised 11th April 1813.


Thomas Rodger
b: 2/2/1817 (OPR: 373/1)

Thomas, lawful son to William Rodger and Anne Brough Wester Burnbane was born 2 & bap. 9 Feb 1817.


Catherine Rodger
b: 8/7/1819

Catherine, daughter to William Rodger and Anne Brough, was born 8th July current year, Wester Burnbane.


William Rodger
b: 2/11/1823  d: 16/2/1898

William, son to William Rodger and Ann Brough in Little Burnbane born 2d Nov 1823.

William married Sarah Duncan in Dundee, Angus, on July 9th 1842, and the family appear to have settled initially in Perth. By the 1881 census they had moved to Kippen in Stirlingshire, where William is found living with his wife, his twin daughters Sarah and Mary, and two granddaughters, Maggie and Mary (GROS:1881/484/1/2). William was listed in this census as an inspector of works for the Forth and Clyde Rail Company. In the following census of 1891, the family are still there, including the two granddaughters, which suggests that they were in fact being raised by William and Sarah - it is not known why. In this census, William is listed as an inspector of PWFH Railway.

William died at 9.40am on February 16th 1898 at Glenfinnan Cottage in Kippen, aged 74. In the death entry, his father is listed as William Rodger, crofter, and his mother as Ann Rodger, m.s Barich, suggesting that Ann's maiden name of Brough was actually pronounced as 'Broch', rather than 'Bruff' or 'Brow'. The cause was chronic leptitis, which he had suffered for four years, as certified by D.MacDiarmid. The informant is listed as his daughter Marianne Roger (Mary Ann). William left a will, the summary of which states:

RODGER, William, Railway Inspector, Glentirran Cottage (sic), Kippen, died 16 February 1898, at Kippen, testate. Confirmation granted at Stirling, 28 April, to Mariann Rodger, Glentirran Cottage aforesaid, his daughter, and Sarah Duncan or Rodger, residing there, his widow, Executices nominated in Will or Deed, dated 26 December 1896, and recorded in Court Books of Commissariot of Stirling, 9 April 1898. Value of estate 1185, 2s, 8d.



William Rogers
b: 1848  d: ????
William married Eliza Wright McLean on March 21st 1871 in Glasgow in a ceremony according to the forms of the New Jerusalem Church. At the time, William was working as a surgeon and living in New Abbey in Dumfries, whilst 22 year old Eliza, daughter of bank agent Alexander McLean and Mary Ann McCormick, was living at 140 Mains Street, which was also the venue for the wedding. The witnesses to the marriage were the Reverend John Faulkner Potter, Andrew McDonald and Margaret McDonald, and the wedding was registered in Glasgow on the 22nd (GROS:1871/644/6/129). 
The couple had two daughters in 1872 and 1875, but by the 1881 and 1891 censuses, both girls are recorded as living with their grandfather and grandmother in Kippen, Stirling - it is assumed therefore that both William and Eliza had died between 1875 and 1881, although no explanation has as yet been found how or why.
Mary Rogers
b: 11/1/1872
Mary was born at 6 Hattenbalk in the village of New Abbey in Kirkcudbright (GROS: 1872/877/0/4). By 1881 Mary had moved to Middlekerse Cottage in Kippen, Stirlingshire, with her grandparents, where she is also found in the 1891 census, her occupation listed as a dressmaker.
Margaret Eliza Rogers
b: 17/9/1875  d: 23/1/1923
Margaret was born at 10.30am on September 17th 1875, in Spittal Cottage, Balfron, Stirlingshire (GROS:1875/472/0/16). Like her sister Mary, Maggie also moved to her grandparents house in Kippen prior to 1881, and she too is listed there in 1891, still a scholar.
Maggie never married, and died at the young age of 46 at Glenfinnan Cottage. The cause was mammary carcinoma, suffered for four years and two months, as certified by Dr. Duncan MacDiarmuid. Her sister Mary registered the death on the same date (GROS: 1923/484/0/2). Margaret left a will, the summary of which states:
ROGERS, Margaret Eliza, Glentirran Cottage, Kippen, died 23 January 1923 at Kippen, testate. Confirmation Stirling, 28 February, to Mary Rogers, Langgarth, Stirling, Executrix. Will dated 10 October 1908 recorded Stirling 22 February 1923. Value of Estate 599.
Mary Ann McFarlane Rogers (twin)
b: 1860 Kippen  d: 25/3/1939
Mary Ann was listed in both the 1881 and 1891 censuses as a dressmaker, living with her parents.
Mary Ann, mostly referred to as Mariann, died a single woman at the age of 78 on March 25th 1939 at 9.30am, at Glenfinnan Cottage, Boquhan, Kippen. The cause was valvalas disease of the heart, as certified Dr. Charles Fletcher. Mariann's niece Mary Rogers informed the registrar at Bucklyne on the same day (GROS: 1939/484/0/1). 
Sarah Joan Duncan Rogers (twin)
b: 1860  d: 3/11/1937
Sarah was listed in both the 1881 and 1891 censuses as a dressmaker, living with her parents.
On November 20th 1895, Sarah married railway guard James McAlister, son of gardener William McAllister and his wife Elizabeth Paterson. The wedding took place at Glentiran Cottage in Kippen, afetr banns according to the the Free Church of Scotland, with the service conducted by the Reverend H.W.Hunter. At the time of the wedding, Sarah was living in the station building at Aberfoyle, where she worked as a dressmaker, whilst James was living at 264 Buchanan Street in Glasgow. The witnesses were Marian Rodgers, Sarah's sister, and Thomas Ainslie. The wedding was reegistered in Kippen two days later (GROS:1895/484/00/06).
In the 1901 census, James and Sarah are found to have been living at 24 John Street, Row, Argyll. In this entry we learn that James was born at Lasswads in Edinburghshire, and was still working as a railway guard. Their house had at least three rooms with one or more windows, and neither James nor Sarah could speak any Gaelic (Cen:1901/503/08/230).
Sarah eventually died a widow on November 3rd 1937 at 7.20pm, at Glenfinnan Cottage in Kippen, at the age of 77. The cause was a cerebral embellism and cardiac failure, as certified by Dr. W.J.Barclay. Sarah's sister Marian informed the registrar the following day (GROS: 1937/484/0/8).

James Rogers
18/8/1808 -  13/3/1875

James was Calum's and Jamie's four times great grandfather.

James Rogers' signature, 1871

James was born in Wester Burnbane, in the parish of Little Dunkeld, in 1808. The OPR record for the parish recorded the event as follows:

William Roger and Anne Brough, Wester Burnbane, had a lawful son born 18th August 1808 and baptised James.

James married Janet Henderson on 7th February 1836 in Kinclaven, Perthshire, Scotland.

From the Parish OPR (373/1):

Rogers and Henderson
James Rogers belonging to the Parish of Little Dunkeld and Janet Henderson of this Parish were regularly proclaimed for Marriage on the Seventh and Fourteenth of February Eighteen Hundred and Thirty Six.

James and Janet initially lived in the village of Stanley, which was a huge centre outside of Perth for linen weaving. But in the mid to late 1830s, there was a period of depression in the industry, and it would seem that James became a victim of this situation. From Anthony Cooke's book Stanley: From Arkwright Village to Commuter Suburb 1784-2003:

This was a period of severe trade depression and in 1837 the Stanley Company gave notice of the possibility of half time working. Some handloom weavers in the village were thrown out of work but most were employed outdoors. (p.127)

Garth Cottage, north of Stanley, in which James and family are recorded as living in 1841

It would seem that James may have been one of the victims of this depression, being either laid off or forced to work outside. Although he was in Stanley in the following year, by 1841, he and his family were recorded as having moved to Garth Cottage in the grounds of the Airntully estate north of Stanley, where they stayed for a few years. In the census, James is listed as a linen hand loom weaver, and is clearly not working in the factory at this point (GROS:1841/365/4/1&2).

The Airntully estate was owned by the Stewart family, and in the early years of James' tenancy, his laird, Sir William Drummond Stewart, was an absentee landlord, living in New Orleans, in the United States of America. Sir William was the infamous explorer who had blazed a trail through the Rocky Mountains. Although he became laird of the Murthly estate in 1839, after the death of his elder brother John, he did not return to Scotland to take up his position until 1844. Life before Sir William's return was quite an ordeal for the tenants of Airntully, living under the fierce grip of Lady Jane Stewart, wife of the invalided Sir John Stewart. An article in the Scotsman of July 12th 1887 recalls an incident on the estate at the time of the general election in 1835.


An "Old Radical" writes:- When so much is being spoken and written about coercion and eviction iat present, perhaps these old episodes may be worthy of notice. They took place on the Murthly estate, in Perthshire, at the time of the general election in 1835. At this time Sir John Stewart, eldest brother of Sir Douglas and of the late Sr W. D. Stewart, was laird, but was an invalid, and quite unable to take any charge of his affairs. So his wife, Lady Jane as she was called, who was a virulent Tory, seized hold of the management of the estates. During the election campaign she galloped about on a horse - always accompanied by three or four gentlemen, also on horseback - over the estates, endeavouring to coerce the tenants into voting for Sir George Murray, the Tory candidate. She probably, by her threats and blandishments, prevented some weak-kneed Liberals from voting for Fox Maule, the Liberal candidate, but there was a considerable number, who dared to call their souls their own, that voted for Mr Maule, as their consciences dictated; but those of them who were yearly tenants, and those whose leases ran out during the currency of this petticoat government, were ruthlessly evicted. There were also a number of working men evicted from their houses at Airntully, Kinclaven parish, for the heinous sin of attending a Liberal meeting held there. There was another case of eviction which had a special feature in it. This was a case of man named John Reid, who died at Stanley, Perthshire, recently in his 87th year, and whose death recalls these incidents. He and his father occupied a small farm at Airntully, but neither of them had a vote. The old man, however, had another son, who also resided at Airntully, who had a vote, the qualification for which was house property at the village of Stanley, not on the Murthly estates at all. This vote was given for Fox Maule, the Liberal candidate, and because it was so given the old man, then about 80 years of age and his son John were evicted - thus vicariously evicted from their farm. As a matter of course, the other son was also evicted. This family, and also some of the evicted working men and their families, went to the village of Stanley in 1836, and since 1836 till his death the other week this John Reid, who was the last of the family of his generation, lived in the same house over fifty years - a house by the way situated in the property that qualified for the vote that caused his eviction in Airntully.

The virago above mentioned, although she had no consideration for others, tried to take good care of herself, which was shown in the jointure she thought she had secured, but which was so exorbitant that Sir W. D. Stewart, who succeeded her husband and his brother, refused to agree to it and applied to the Court of Session to have it reduced, and succeeded in getting it reduced by a large amount. The present tenantry on these estates may congratulate themselves on having a lady of the land so different from the one in question. The aforesaid political Amazon and her usual cavalcade were one morning very early riding through Airntully, on the mission of counteracting the effects of a speech which Fox Maule had delivered the previous evening in the neighbourhood, when they were observed by a young lad, an apprebntice shoemaker, who went into his shop, exclaiming in mournful tones-"I'm michtie feart that the Fox 'ill be worriet noo, whaun fowr duggs and another are sae close at his heels." But "the Fox" then eluded all the "duggs" in the county, and came in with his brush quite safe, leabving that canis major, General Sir George Murray, G. C. B., &c. &c. 82 leaps (votes) behind.

By 1847, James and his family had again moved, this time to the village proper of Airntully, to take up work at Sir William's farm estate, where their fourth daughter Mary was born. 

In the 1851 census, 42 year old James is recorded as working as a farm labourer in Airntully, and as being born in Little Dunkeld. His wife Jannet was listed as being aged 40 and from Matherty (sic). Daughters Jannet, aged 14, and Ann, aged 13, were both linen handloom weavers, whilst daughters Margaret, aged 11 and Catherine, aged 8, were scholars. Little Mary, aged 4, was the final entry in the census (GROS:1851/3654/7&8). And from the Perthshire Valuation Rolls, we learn that James (whose surname was spelt Rodgie between 1855 and 1859) was paying 6, 15 shillings and 7 pence for his annual rent to Sir William. Of this amount, 10 shillings and 7 pence were interest. James worked on Sir William's estate, and again, the 1843 Statistical Account gives us some background information on the kind of work he would have undertaken:

Improvements: Very extensive improvements have recently been made on the estate of Arntully, and are still going on. A sum of nearly L.4000 has been spent by Sir W.D.Stewart in trenching and improving 284 imperial acres of moorland; and it is gratifying to remark that the crops of potatoes, wheat, &c. that have been raised, are such as promise to remunerate the proprietor for his great outlay (p.1134) 

In 1859, James' daughter Janet married, and James acted as a witness to her wedding, after which Janet left for a new life in Glasgow with her husband, William Hay Paton. In the wedding register entry, it lists Janet as being of "lately Craigie, Perth, now in Airntully, Kinclaven", suggesting where she had been working in her capacity as a domestic servant. Janet and William were to become Calum's and Jamie's great great great grandparents.

In 1860, James' rent went up to seven pounds per annum. And in the 1861 census, we learn that James was still an agricultural labourer, whilst Ann and Mary were both linen weavers, all still at Airntully. In 1864, James' rent went up again to 8 and 15 shillings per annum.

Rohallion estate, where James Rogers learned of his wife's murder

In March 1866, James was working in the Rohallion estate in the parish of Little Dunkeld, when he heard the news that must have broken his heart forever. His wife, Janet, was discovered brutally murdered in her brother William's farm. A couple of weeks after the murder, James wrote a letter to the Perthshire Courier, hoping to help clear his brother-in-law's name, who had become a suspect in the daily rumour machine of Perthshire, even though the ploice had already worked out that he could not have been responsible. In the letter, James details how he was first told about his wife's death, and his encounter with his brother-in-law, William, at the farm on the day after:

Being in the woods of Rohallion at my employment on the 31st of March, I was abruptly accosted by an affinity relation of my own, on horseback, to leave all and come along with him. Judging within myself that something of importance had taken place, I demanded an explanation, which he demurred in giving. Obstinate on my part to move without it, and being prepared for the worst, he told me that my wife was dead, and that she had been brutally murdered in Mount Stewart kitchen. Hastening on with a bleeding heart to the heartrending scene which was soon to present itself, I arrived at Mount Stewart about twelve o'clock, accompanied by a niece of my wife's, likewise the niece's father. On entering the house (the door being opened by my brother-in-law), and on receiving a light, I immediately entered the kitchen, found the dead body of my wife stretched lying on two tables, wound up in a sheet. Uncovering her face, I found it looked pleasant, the eyes being shut. Examining her neck, I found no marks of violence, the wound being made on the left side of the head behind the ear. Next examined the floor; found about two feet sqaure in a pool of blood; the walls and all the kitchen furniture bespattered with blood. Dear me, I remarked to my brother, my wie is is lying just as if she were in a slaughter-house; why was not the room cleaned up? He answered that the authorities would not allow it to be touched until they were done of it. On finding two police in an adjacent room of the house, I was assured by them that their work was done with regard to the body and room. So we commenced work, had the room washed, the body dressed and coffined, ready to be transferred to the sorrowing family at Airntully.

Now for the murderer. What was his motive? Evidently plunder, as lockfasts had been torn off, and all parts of the house rifled. Was there energy on the part of the authorities to detect the murderer and thief, or was there a facility given for his escape? I have my doubts. It is evident from what my brother-in-law tells me, that some months previous his house was broken into by a window, a silver watch and two pounds of money carried of, besides a pair of trousers, the trousers being got some days after, lying in that belt of wood running along the north side of the steading. The robbery was reported to the police of the district, the number of the watch given, but no clue was ever found to this case. I have a strong impression on my mind that the depredator of the first case has been the murderer in the second; had the first been found out, the second might have been prevented. Two police kept a close watch over the house and its inmates till up to Sunday afternoon, until one of their supervisors arrived from Perth, and sispersed them among the neighbourhood farm-steads and villages to seek for information. I evidently saw that their suspicion up to this time related on the innocent. This suspicion, by using sound logic, might have been thrown to the wind at the first stage of examination, which I can show. On examining the ploughman on Monday morning, he told me that he saw Mrs Rogers at the kitchen door talking to a man through the course of the day. This shows that she was alive after her brother left for Perth. He likewise told me that they unharnessed their horses both together at night, and he left his master in the stable. Now, it was impossible that he could have committed such an unnatural, heartrending deed, and put the house in the state it was found in, between that time and the time he gave the alarm. Besides, she was his favourite member of the family, one whom he always opened his mind to. I will never forget his cries on Sunday morning. He took me aside from the house, and gave vent to his grief in cries most pitiful. I can assure the public, who have been listening to many a wild rumour these two weeks past, that there is not the least shadow of suspicion resting on my mind, or on the minds of any of Mr Henderson's friends, concerning this foul deed.

JAMES ROGERS - Airntully, April 16, 1866.

A major investigation was carried out, and William was cleared, and although the farm's ploughman, James Crichton, was charged and tried for the murder, the jury returned a verdict of non-proven. For more on this tragic story, visit The Mount Stewart Farm Murder page.

James remained at his home in Airntully with his daughter Anne, who was in 1871 listed as being a domestic servant. The last trace of him in the valuation rolls is in the 1872-73 record.

James died of heart disease in his Airntully home at 3pm on March 13th 1875, at the age of 68, as certified by Stanley based Dr A. McMillan (Reg:1875/365/4). The death was registered on the 16th by his brother in law Thomas Anderson.


Janet Roger (Rodger)
b: 1836

Calum's and Jamie's great great great grandmother - see below.


Anne Roger
b: 1838  d: 7/10/1895

Annie was born in the parish of Stanley in 1838. As her family were dissenters, her birth record has not yet been discovered.

In the 1851 census, Annie was listed as a hand loom weaver, and in 1861 she was recorded as an unmarried linen weaver. In the following year she developed a serious disability in that she was affected by an inflamtion of the brain which hampered her eyesight.

Annie was living at home with her parents in Airntully in 1866 at the time of her mother Janet's murder, and was the last of Janet's children to see her alive.  The following is the statement that Annie gave to the police, regarding her mother's departure from Airntully, which tell us a bit more about both herself and her mother:

Airntully 27th December 1866

Ann Rogers, daughter of and residing with James Rogers, before designed, declares the deceased, Janet Henderson, was my mother.

She left our house on the morning of Wednesday the 28th March last in time to catch the train leaving Stanley for Perth at 10 o clock. Airntully is about two miles from Stanley.

She was to meet her brother William Henderson in Perth and go with him to Mount Stewart, where she was to remain for some time.

When she left she took a one pound bank note and some silver money with her. She shewed me the bank note before she left, and told me she was to take it with her as she was to purchase some things on her way home from Mount Stewart with it. I cannot say how much silver money she had but she would have a few shillings and she said she had as much without changing the pound note as pay her train and get a few things she required before going to Mount Stewart I never saw her after she left.

I was aware that my mother snuffed. She did so for a sore nostril but she was not heavy on it. It is about three years since I knew that she did so. She kept her snuff in a small cannister, and carried a little round tin box in her breast.

For four years past I have had an inflammation in the brain and eyes which rendered me almost blind so that I would not know my mothers cannister box altho I saw them, but I know she kept her snuff in the cannister and carried the small box as above described. I have seen the boxes but from the deficient state of my eyesight can say nothing further than that they were a cannister and small round box.

My mother did not smoke and I never saw her with a pipe. She was very much against smoking.

I do not know where my mother purchased her snuff; but it would likely be in Stanley Store, as it was there she purchased the Grocery foods for the house.


Anne Rogers

In October 1870, Annie's great uncle, Dr. William Henderson of Perth, died. In his will, clearly fond of her, he left Annie all of his wearing apparel, as well as the sum of one hundred pounds (in 2002, the equivalent value was 5850).

With the death of her father in 1875, the Kinclaven United Presbyterian Kirk Session records tell us that Annie left Airntully in November 1876 for Blackford...

Removed by certificate: Anne Rogers, Airntully, to Blackford Free Church (Nov 13th 1876)

The reason for the move was to stay with her sister Janet, and her family, the Patons. Annie lived next door to the Patons for the rest of her life, initially in New Street in Blackford, and then in Glasgow. In the 1881 census, we find that her niece Maggie Paton (Janet's daughter) was staying with her, and in this record Annie is described as a 42 year old annuitant, with Maggie listed as a 12 year old scholar (GROS:1881/333/2/14).

By 1891, Annie had moved with the Patons to a tenement at 40 Springfield Road, and this time the census records her lodger as her other niece, 13 year old Andrewina Paton (GROS:1891/644/01/090).

Annie finally passed away in her home at Springfield Road on October 7th 1895, at 2.00pm, aged 59. The cause was apoplexy, as certified by Dr. Robert Greenhill. Her niece Maggie informed the Glasgow registrar on the 8th (GROS:1895/644/01/0996).


Margaret Roger
b: 1840  d: 3/6/1871

Margaret left Kinclaven parish to go to Perth on March 16th 1868, after obtaining a certificate from the local minister of the United Presbyterian Church, where she worked as domestic servant.

She returned to Airntully on December 4th 1868, back at Airntully in Kinclaven, Perthshire, to marry David Low, in a ceremony performed by the Reverend John Brown of the United Presbyterian Church. David was a 54 year old tailor and widower, living in Stanley, and was the son of a farmer, William Low, and his wife Isabella Robertson, both of whom were deceased at the time. Margaret was a 28 year old domestic servant living in Perth. The witnesses to the wedding were William Low and Catherine Roger, and the marriage was registered on the 5th in Kinclaven (GROS:1868/365/0/0004). 

In August 1969, Margaret gave birth to her only son, James.

In October 1870, Margaret's great uncle Dr. William Henderson of Perth died. In his will, William bequeathed Margaret the sum of fifty pounds (in 2002, the equivalent value was 2925).

In the 1871 census, we learn that Margaret's husband David had in fact been previously married, and had four other sons, making Margaret their stepmother. As well as her own son James, also present in the house were William Low, an unmarried 21 year old clerk, John Low, a draper's assistant, Robert Low, a 16 year old grocer's assistant, and 13 year old Alex Low, a scholar - all were born in Auchtergaven. Margaret would have been a busy lady running after them all! The family lived at 5 Ellen Street, Dundee, a house with four rooms with one or more windows (GROS:1871/282/04/21/40/19).

Tragically though, Margaret was to die on June 3rd 1871, the cause being scarlet fever, as certified by Dr. Peter Young. On her death entry in the register, we learn that she had been living at 3 Ellen Street in Dundee. Her husband informed the Dundee registrar on the 5th.



James Low 
b: 3/8/1869 

James was born at 2.00am on August 3rd 1869, at Stanley House, Auchtergaven, Perthshire. His father, listed as a journeyman tailor, informed the registrar on the 9th (GROS:1869/330/00/40).

In the 1881 census, James was listed as being a boarder at 75 Victoria Road, Dundee, Forfarshire, the home of 71 year old widow Jane Mitchell. He is described in the census as a scholar (GROS:1881/282-4/13/40).


Catherine Rogers
b: 1843 

Catherine was born in Kinclaven parish, Perthshire, Scotland, in 1843. She later married Thomas Roger Brown, son of Peter Brown and Ann Roger, on January 11th 1870, at Airntully, in  Kinclaven. The wedding was performed by the Reverend John Brown according to the forms of the United Presbyterian Church. Thomas was a joiner who had been recently widowed, and who was living at Robertson's Land, Perth Road, Dundee, whilst Catherine herself was described as a domestic servant from Airntully. The witnesses to the ceremony were Catherine's father James and her sister Ann, and the marriage was registered in Kinclaven on the 13th (GROS:1870/365/00/01).

After the wedding, the settled in Dundee in Angus, where they went on to have at least three children. In October 1870, Catherine's great uncle Dr. William Henderson of Perth died. In his will, William bequeathed Catherine the sum of fifty pounds (in 2002, the equivalent value was 2925).

In the 1871 census, Catherine was recorded as living at 312 Perth Road, Dundee along with Thomas (listed as a 27 year old joiner born in Errol, Perthshire), her son James, and her two year old stepson Alexander (Ancestry: GROS 1871 282/1/4 Sched 248).



James Rogers Brown 
b: 24/10/1870  d: 18/4/1943

James was born in Dundee, Angus, on October 24th, 1870.

James married Annie Agnes Young, and had four children by her. He emigrated to South Africa, and died in Durban on April 18th 1943.


Allen Rogers Brown

Grandfather of Malcolm Rogers Brown.


James Brown


Gwennyth Brown


Kenneth Brown



Thomas Brown 
b: 27/6/1872 

Thomas was born in Dundee, Angus, on June 27th 1872.


Catherine Roger Brown 
b: 22/8/1873

Catherine was born in Dundee, Angus, on August 22nd 1873.



Mary Roger
b: 1847 (in Kinclaven)

Mary was born in Kinclaven, Perthshire, in 1847. In 1851 she was listed in the census as a scholar, and in 1861 she was a linen weaver.

In 1863, Mary gave birth to an illegitimate son, Thomas, in Airntully. It is not known how her family felt about this, but it would be worth checking the Kirk Session records for Kinclaven to see what the Church thought!  

In October 1870, Mary's great uncle Dr. William Henderson of Perth died. In his will, William bequeathed Mary the sum of fifty pounds (in 2002, the equivalent value was 2925).



Thomas Roger 
b: 17/1/1863

Thomas was born at Airntully in the parish of Kinclaven on January 17th 1863, at 6.00am. At the time of his birth, his mother was a house servant. His birth was registered by his grandfather James Rogers on February 3rd 1863 (GROS:1863/365/00/03).

Janet Roger (Rodger)
1836 - 3/11/1906

Janet was Calum's and Jamie's great great great grandmother.

Janet's birth record has yet to be found, with her family being of a dissenting presbyterian faith, but census records establish her birth to have been in approximately 1836 in Perthshire.

Janet married William Hay Paton on 2nd December 1859 in the United Presbyterian Manse, Kinclaven, by the Reverend David Young. Janet was a domestic servant and at the time of her marriage, living in Airntully, in the parish. William was a currier, a leather preparer, living in Glasgow as an apprentice. Her father acted as a witness to the wedding, as did William's stepfather, Stewart Fenwick.

After the marriage, the couple settled initially in the Calton area of Glasgow, where their first son James was born in 1860. In the 1861 census, Janet was listed as living with James, and her husband William, at 304 Gallowgate, Calton, Glasgow (GROS:644/4/48/4/3). By 1864 the family had settled in Blackford, Perthshire.

According to the Glasgow electoral register of 1888, William and Janet moved to 40 Springfield Road in Bridgeton, where they remained until at least William's death in 1894. The 1891 census tells us that the house that they lived in had three rooms or more, with at least one window. In the 1901 census, Janet was still living at 40 Springfield Road, and her occupation is listed as housekeeper, at home. Her daughters Andrewina and Margaret were living with her, as was her son Joseph.

Janet moved yet again to 94 Cumberland Street, where she eventually died on November 3rd 1906 at 10.50pm. The cause was cardiac failure, 1 day, as certified by Dr. Robert Greenhill, surgeon. The informant to the registrar two days later was her son William, who was based in Perth at the time. In her death notice, Janet's father was listed as an estate overseer.

Following her death, a will left by Janet was confirmed with her son James as executor:

Settlement by Janet Roger or Paton

Lodged, 6th November, 1906

I, Janet Paton, Widow of William Hay Paton, presently residing at 94 Cumberland Street, East, Glasgow, do hereby bequeath my whole moveable estate to my eldest son James Paton, Addiscombe Grove, Croydon, Surrey, whom I appoint to be my Executor, and I direct my said Executor to pay or to deliver to the persons after-named, the following legacies out of said estate, namely:- to my daughters Margaret Paton and Andrewina Roger Paton all my household effects, besides an equal share along with my other sons and daughters of all the money of which I may die possessed. In Witness Whereof I have subscribed these presents at Glasgow this twenty ninth day of August in the year Nineteen hundred & six in presence of the subscribing witnesses.

(Signed) Janet Paton. John Maxwell, Clerk, 243 Eglinton St., Glasgow, Witness. Robt. Chalmers, Clerk, 36 White St. Partick, Witness. Glasgow 6th Novr. 1906. This is the Testament referred to in my Affadavit of this date. (Signed) James Paton. W. Wright, S.C.D.



James Paton
b: 13/10/1860

William Paton
b: 20/9/1862

David Hepburn Paton
b: 15/9/1864

David was Calum's and Jamie's great great grandfather - see Paton - Part Three page.


Jessie Ann Henderson Paton
b: 10/9/1866

Margaret Paton
b: 1868 approx

Catherine Paton
b: 31/8/1870

Mary Roger Paton
b: 29/9/1872

Joseph Woodroff Paton
b: 1875 d: 23/7/1942

Alexandrewina R. Paton
b: 1877


Connecting to Calum and Jamie

Janet Rodger married William Hay Paton in 1859

Son, David Hepburn Paton, married Jessie McFarlane in 1889

Son, Charles Paton, married Jane Currie in 1934

Son, Colin Paton, married Charlotte Harper Graham in 1969

Son, Christopher Mark Paton, married Claire Patricia Giles in 2000

Sons, Calum Graham Paton and Jamie Christopher Paton