John Simpson married Mary Hutchison
31.7.1873 at Berrymoss.
Witnesses: James Simpson and William Hutchison.
John b 5.6.1840 in Peterhead. Parents George Simpson and Mary Simpson. 5
brothers and 2 sisters.
1841 census John, 1, living at Invernettie Muir Hill, Peterhead.
John and Mary have proved an elusive pair but
1901 census 9 Hosier Street, Partick,
Govan, John Simpson, gardener, and Mary Hutchison, wife.
Mary d 29.7.1908 of senile decay at Mount
Harriet Lodge, Stepps, Cadder.
John d 30.3.1912 of carcinoma of pancreas and liver at Eastern General
Hospital, Glasgow. (Usual Residence: Dunn's Land, Millerston). Informant:
Elizabeth Simpson, daughter-in-law of Blythswood Hotel, Argyle Street,
John and Mary had at least one more child but
with a surname like Simpson I have so far failed to trace any more children
or their whereabouts at 1881 or 1891 Census.
||[* Baptised 25 Jan 1836, Cruden.
Cruden Kirk records -
28 Nov 1853 - accused Mary Hutchison, residing at Berrymoss, confessed to
fornication with John Rennie, residing in Auchleuchries.
21 Apr 1861 - admonishment of Mary Hutchison and John Simpson, Auchaton.
30 Jun 1861 - admonished again - confessed repentance and were restored to
Death cert. - senile decay. Informant John Simpson, widower.]
Hutchison, second child of James H and Mary Castel, had two illeg.
James Rennie or Hutchison, born 1854, and
Mary Ann Hutchison, or Simpson who, I think, died about three years
old. Mary Ann's father was John Simpson of Achaton, and we think Mary H
married him and moved with him to Glasgow, where they lived at 7, Kinning
Mary died 29th July 1908 at Mormet, Harriet Lodge, Stepps, Cadder, when her
husband was described as "Gardener". We have never traced them
For the flimsiest of reasons I suspect that James Rennie went to
and founded a successful business which, among other things produced a
series of Lathe Tools embodying "Rennite" tips - a form of Tungsten or
Titanium Carbide, actually developed by Metropolitan Vickers in Manchester.
Something else I've never followed up.
TH to GH. May 05.