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So.Ronaldsay's death records

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Posted: 1362401019000
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Tried to email you but it wouldn't work.

Hi Glen what is your connection to Nicol Leith and Mary Dreaver?

Most of the information I am presenting here is from Lisa Conrads site:-
also from

Their first child Mary born 30.09.1834 married John Hourston 1856.

1856- Page 1 #1 / January --

John HOURSTON--[St. Margaret's Hope] --
Mary LEITH--[St. Margaret's Hope] --

parents of groom: William HOURSTON/Ann NORQUAY --
parents of bride: Nichol LEITH/Mary DREVER --
Witnesses: Ann HOURSTON, James LEITH.

Their second child Margaret Cromarty Leith was my maternal gg Grandmother
Margaret Cromarty Leith. She was born on 26 December 1835 at Sandwick South Ronaldsay Orkney.

In 1856 she had an illegitimate son Alfred Gray Leith to Malcolm Gray of Roeberry South Ronaldsay Orkney.
Gray went to Australia and was drowned.
The Gray family adopted Alfred. They were the landed gentry on the island.

Alfred Gray Leith, "Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-
Alfred Gray Leith
christening date:
christening place:
birth date:
10 May 1856
death date:
name note:
father's name: Malcolm Gray
father's birthplace:South ronaldsay
father's age:
mother's name:
Margaret C. Leith
mother's birthplace:
mother's age:
indexing project (batch) number:

In 1863 she married Robert Learmonth.

1863- Page 4 #7 / March --

Robert LEARMONTH--[St. Margaret's Hope] --
Margaret C. LEITH--[St. Margaret's Hope] --

parents of groom: William LEARMONTH/Jane 'SABBISTON' --
parents of bride: Nichol LEITH/Mary DREVER --
Witnesses: John LEITH, John HOURSTON.

Margaret and Robert had a Bakery and Boarding House in Kirkwall.

They had four children.

Jane Sabiston Learmonth born 08.02.1862
James Learmonth born 12.09.1865
Mary Learmonth born 17.04.1867 my g grandmother
Margaret born 22.05.1869

Robert Learmonth died 12 April 1870 after only being ill for 16days from a chill.
Their youngest child Margaret born 22 May 1869. She died of Dyptheria a month after her father 26 May 1870

William Corston Irvine was a lodger and employed as a baker by Robert and Margaret.
Mgt married William 16 June 1871.

1871- Page 8 #16 / June --

William C. IRVINE--[Kirkwall] --
Margaret 'LEARMONTH'- {'Widow': maiden surname LEITH} --[Kirkwall] --
{born on South Ronaldsay}

parents of groom: William IRVINE/Mary CORSTON --
parents of bride: 'Nicol' LEITH/Mary DREVER --
Witnesses: William BROWN, Barbara MUIR.

Their daughter Margaret Leith Irvine was born 19 October 1871
She married JAN 1879

Hugh P. BROWN--[St. Margaret's Hope] --
Margaret Leith IRVINE--[St. Margaret's Hope] --

parents of groom: John Scott BROWN/Mary PETRIE --
parents of bride: William Corston IRVINE/Margaret LEITH --
Witnesses: William {'C.'?} BROWN, {unable to decipher first name} HOURSTON.One

Their daughter Lizzie Irvine born?

1894- Page 3 #6 / March --

James W. HORNE--[St. Margaret's Hope] --
'Lizzie' C. IRVINE--[St. Margaret's Hope] --

parents of groom: Alexander HORNE/Mary WARDS --
parents of bride: William Corston IRVINE/Margaret LEITH --
Witnesses: {'Matty'} HORNE, 'Wm. A. C.' IRVINE.

[Listed as a Deceased Parent: Mary WARDS]

I have not found any more children for Margaret Cromarty Leith and William Corston Irvine.

Margaret Cromarty Leith died in St Margaret’s Hope 17 February 1908.

Their third child Jessie Rosie Leith born 29.03.1837

1837 / March {birth}- [Registered in North Parish] --

Jessie Rosie LEITH--
parents: Nichol LEITH/Mary DREVER--['Gairth'] --

Fourth Child William Leith born 08.12.1840

1840 / December {birth}- [Registered in North Parish] --

William Tomison LEITH--

parents: Nichol LEITH/Mary DREVER--['Gairth'] --
Witnesses to baptism: 'the Congregation [of the Revd. P. McGuffie]'.

William Tommison LEITH born 8 December 1840 - (Ancestral File Number: 1NF1-3PQ)

Maybe that is enough information for my first email. Possibly you already have all this information.


ps This has not copied and pasted very well.It is getting late and I have been working on this information for a number of hours and am too tired to adjust information at the present time.
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