I have definitely confirmed that Mary Grassick
is the former Mary Ironside. The 1871 census for 40 Upperkirkgate,
Aberdeen, shows: William Grassick, 54, b. Tarland; Mary Grassick, wife,
34, b. Cruden; Mary Reid, 54, mother in law, b. Cruden; plus Jane Thomas,
19, boarder, Milliner, b. Kildrummy. Now, aren't you glad we got that
EL - GH April 07.
||Presumably born at Gask where her maternal grandparents were
1841 census: Includes a Mary, presumably Ironside.
1891 census: James and Mary are at
Keith, plus a Mary Grassick, widow, aged 56, Dressmaker, b. Cruden -
described as James's sister-in-law. Your father suggested that she could be
the former Mary Ironside. It would have been rather complicated to describe
her as James's wife's illegitimate daughter. What do you think? I've tried
to find some information about her birth/baptism but I think it must have
been kept very quiet. Where on earth did I get the information about her in
the first place.
40 Upperkirkgate, Aberdeen, shows:
William Grassick, 54, b. Tarland.
Mary Grassick, Wife, 34 b. Cruden.
Mary Reid, 54, mother-in-law, b. Cruden.
Jane Thomas, 19, boarder, Milliner, b. Kildrummy.