Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Ballyclug to Partick

Dumbarton Road, Partick

The second 'stray' family which appears in the 19th Century Scottish Censuses is found in 1891 in Partick. William McIlhaggart, aged 24 (so born 1867?) is certainly the William McIlhagga, aged 35 (born 28 Mar 1866), still in Partick ten years later (1901), where he is a Shipyard Labourer, and by then married to Agnes (25) and with a son John (aged 4). We have surely found William who was born in 1866 to John and Mary Ann McIlhagga. John (who was son of William a Weaver), a Timber Yard Labourer, married Mary Ann Atkinson on 14th March 1905 in Ballyclug Parish Church, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Their son William met Agnes Anderson McClure (born about 1876), a Paper Mill Worker, in Scotland and they were married on 31st December 1895 by The Church of Scotland at Whiteinch, Partick.

William and Agnes had a son John, born 3rd January 1897 at 104 South Street, Whiteinch, who was to marry Jannie Anderson Hay on 9th May 1919 at 3 Park Corner, Whiteinch. They had two children, Agnes McClure and John, both of whom emigrated to Western Australia. Agnes was born 21st October 1922 and married Albert Collins in Glasgow on 4th December 1942. He died in Perth, Western Australia, on 27th September 1980. They had five children before she remarried. John married in 1956 in Freemantle, Western Australia and had a son a daughter and a son. John who married Jeannie Hay is possibly the John McIlhagga of 97 Whiteinch who is listed in the British Army World War I Pensions Records and who attested for the Territorial Force on 19th January 1915 for 'the duration of the War'.

William (who married Agnes) had two brothers and a sister. John was born 4th November 1868, in County Antrim. Elizabeth was born on 9th November 1871 and Clark ten years later, about 1881. When William died (27th October 1905 at Kelvin, Glasgow), Agnes his widow sadly had to resort to making Poor Relief applications and in fact received three grants for clothing from Govan Combination. She eventually became housekeeper for Clark and she had three children by him: Clark who died as an infant (10th December 1909), Marion McMenemy, known as Minnie, born 25th September 1906 who married William Meldrum on 30th August 1929 in Partick and had two daughters and a son, and third there was Agnes who married Thomas Chalmers (11th July 1950, Glasgow) and had two sons and a daughter. Clark senior died 29th December 1946, probably in an ambulance between South Street and the Western Infirmary, Glasgow. On his death certificate he is shown as 'married to Agnes McClure'. By then he had become a Coal Dealer. Agnes (nee McClure) outlived both her husbands, the brothers William and Clark.

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