1865 September first, Miramichi Port Glasgow. After Banns according to the forms of the Church of Scotland, Crawford McIlhagga, 25, Sugar Baker, Bachelor, 25 Cartsburn St., Greenock. Parents William McIlhagga, Farmer & Agnes McIlhagga MS McCosh; Elise Smith, Ropespinner, 22, of 11 Main St., Cartsdyke: Parents Thomas Smith, Day Watchman (dec), Jane Smith MS Chestnut (dec). Signed Peter Thomson, Minister of Crawfield Burn Free Church, Greenock and William John McWhirter, Witness; Christine Cameron, Witness; Registered Sept 4 at Port Glasgow. Wm. Smith, Registrar.
'Miramichi' seems to have been a public building owned by one of the Shipping Lines in Port Glasgow. Crawford and Elizabeth had their first three children in Greenock: Elizabeth who was born and died aged 5 hours on 22nd Nov 1865; William who was born a year later on 12th November 1866 and Thomas eighteen months later at 3pm on 6th March 1868. In 1865 Crawford and Elizabeth lived in Cartsburn Street, Greenock. In 1866 they moved to 47 Main Street and two years later to number 43. Before their next child was born there was a major move in their lives which I will deal with in a subsequent blog.