Clayton Rennie Calderhead 1874-1882 & David Dalziel 1874-1875

Clayton Rennie Calderhead was the eldest son of my great great grandparents, James Calderhead and Margaret Dalziel. His mother was just 17 years old when he was born. In fact, she and her mother were both pregnant at the same time. Mary Allen Lockie and her husband, David Dalziel already had nine children when in … Continue reading Clayton Rennie Calderhead 1874-1882 & David Dalziel 1874-1875

An Illegitimate Child – James Calderhead 1855-1893

When my great great grandfather was born in 1855 civil registration had just started in Scotland. The register changed over the years but having a standard form rather than relying on Church records usually means better information for the genealogist. However, if the mother is not married to the father of the child and no … Continue reading An Illegitimate Child – James Calderhead 1855-1893

A Young Soldier – Archibald Dickson 1898-1918

Archibald Dickson was my first cousin twice removed. His father and my father's maternal grandfather, Livingston Russell Dickson, were brothers. Archie, as he was known, was born in the family home at 216 Caledonian Road, Wishaw on 7 August 1898, the third son of coal miner, Robert Russell Dickson and Isabella Paterson. By 1901 the … Continue reading A Young Soldier – Archibald Dickson 1898-1918