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Irish Meldrums

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Kathleen Report 15 Oct 2013 22:58


I'm looking for connections to my 4x great grandparents Christie Scott and Mary Meldrum from Ireland. Their daughter Mary Ann Scott was born in 1816 in Fermanagh, Ireland. She married Thomas Mclaughlin, born in 1803 in Fermanagh. At some point, they moved to Scotland and both died there around 1888.

They had 11 children, including my 2x great grandmother Elizabeth who was born in West Kilbride, Ayrshire, Scotland in about 1832.

Does anyone have any information on who Christie's and Mary's parents were?

Kathleen Devlin Monks


Reggie Report 16 Oct 2013 09:49

For 'connections' on GR........look in 'search all trees'....under the 'search' right

Have you looked for info at............


Reggie Report 16 Oct 2013 10:41

Who 'had 11 children'?

Who were the parents of Elizabeth?

Who died in 1888? It seems unlikely to have been the couple about whom you are actually asking...................


Catherine Report 16 Oct 2013 13:06

When and where were Christie and Mary Meldrum married?
This will give a better idea of when they born.
How many children did they have and any idea of their names and dates of birth?
Anything else that would narrow down the search.


Kathleen Report 16 Oct 2013 22:55

All of the information that I have was forwarded in an email to me from a McLaughlin cousin who currently resides in Scotland.

This is what he sent to me:

Notes on Meeting with Anne Fraser (Genealogist )
Highland council Archive
28th March 2013

McLaughlin Family - Thomas McLaughlin & Mary Ann Scott

Thomas McLaughlin – Death – 27th Sept 1888 – Register No 620 – Entry 36
Widower of Mary Ann Scott – General Dealer – aged 90 years
Parents - Thomas McLaughlin & Bridget Jones
Cause of death – general debility many years, gangrene in left leg 1 month
Registered by – Catherine McLaughlin – Daughter – signed X her mark.

Mary Ann McLaughlin (Scott) – Death – 30th August 1888 – Register No 620 – Entry 31
Married to Thomas McLaughlin - General Dealer – aged 72 years
Parents Christie Scott - Horse Dealer and Mary Scott (Ms Meldrum)
Cause of Death – Chronic Bronchitis 1 year, spasmodic Asthma, occasionally Dropsy
Registered by Robert McLaughlin – Son – Signed X his mark.

Thomas McLaughlin – Death – 22nd December 1894 – Register No 620 – Entry 39
Married to Barbara G???an – General Labourer – aged 56 years
Parents - Thomas McLaughlin & Mary Ann Scott
Cause of death – Ph???? 3 months debility caused by fracture of leg in ??? ??? at Gateside, West Kilbride.
Registered by – James McLaughlin – Son – signed

Census 30/03/1851 Reference 620/00004/00026 Thomas McGlachlan, 77 Main Street, West Kilbride.
Thomas age 48 Head Carter Born Ireland
Mary Ann age 33 Wife Born Ireland
Catherine age 14 Daughter Born Ayrshire, West Kilbride
Mary Ann age 9 Daughter Born Ayrshire, West Kilbride
Robert age 7 Son Born Ayrshire, West Kilbride
James age 4 Son Born Ayrshire, West Kilbride
Francis age 5 months – son Born Ayrshire, West Kilbride
Mary Scott age 84 Mother in law Pauper Born Ireland
Francis Devlin age 22 son in law Farm Labourer Born Ireland
Elisabeth Devlin age 18 daughter Born Ayrshire, West Kilbride
Mary Devlin age 6 months grand daughter Born Ayrshire, West Kilbride
Plus 4 lodgers called Shirra from Ireland

Note – this census when viewed from has the Devlin’s down as Doulin.


rootgatherer Report 16 Oct 2013 23:31

So from that information you know that Mary Scott nee Meldrum may have died in Scotland. You know that she was born about 1764 in Ireland. Presumably she died before statutory registration began in Scotland in 1855 as you don't have a death registration for her. On the census she is listed as a pauper so may have claimed poor relief. It may be worth checking if the poor relief records for West Kilbride have survived as these often give birth parishes, death dates for spouses, names of parents and names of spouses parents.


Kathleen Report 17 Oct 2013 21:35

Thanks for the referrals! Much appreciated.


Eringobragh1916 Report 18 Oct 2013 18:18


You may already have the following...

Uninhabited or Building
Houses Inhabited

Burn Side St

Thomas McLaughlin
38 yrs Laborer b Ireland
Mary Ann 26yrs b Ireand
Elisabeth 6yrs b West Kilbride
Catherine 5 yrs b West Kilbride
Thomas 2yrs b West Kilbride
Maryanne 3mths bWest Kilbride

There is a Mary Scott aged 63yrs.b Ireland living in Ritchies Row (same area as Burnside St,) other details given..there appears to be 2 very young children named COX living with there also an Elizabeth Graham age given as "over 40"..
No idea if this is Mary Meldrum Scott but may be worth checking out.

How have you connected the families to the Co Fermanagh.....?


Kathleen Report 18 Oct 2013 20:58

The 1881 Scotland Census about Francis and Elizabeth Devlin list Francis' place of birth as Ireland. I believe I found the Fermanagh connection through a cousin who had done some research but I'm not absolutely positive.


Kathleen Report 18 Oct 2013 21:31

I found a headstone for James and Margaret Meldrum in Fermanagh. Could this be the Meldrum family I'm looking for?


rootgatherer Report 19 Oct 2013 18:46

Absolutely no way of knowing for sure Kathleen! In the 1911 irish census there are two pages of Meldrums in Fermanagh.