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Hugh Robertson Stevenson            Linkshouse, Stronsay

F.Robert Stevenson

b. 1937 in Stronsay M. Ruby Chalmers

 

 

m. Rhoda Mainland, Nears, Rousay. district nurse in Stronsay in 1963 in Rousay.

 

Issue

John Chalmers Stevenson

b. 02.09.1965

Kirkwall

 

Leona Roberts Stevenson

b. 29.03.1975

Stronsay

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Robert Mainland     Nears   1900 -1951

F. John Mainland

 

M. Isabel Stevenson

m. Lydia M. Mainland, Cott

 

Issue

John Mainland

b. 1930

 

 

Sheila Mainland

b. 1932

 

 

Rhoda Mainland

b. 1936

 

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Mary Mainland     Westness   1902-1978 

F. John Mainland

 

M. Isabel Stevenson

had a daughter Maisie Mainland   b. 1920

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John Mainland     Nears    b.1930

F. Robert Mainland

 

M. Lydia M. Mainland

m. Irene Watson, Carnoustie in 1964. She was district nurse in Rousay

 

Issue

Ingrid Mainland

b. 1966

 

 

Rober Mainlandt

b. 1969

 

 

Dr. Ingrid Mainland is an archaeologist.

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Sheila Mainland    Nears

F. Robert Mainland

 

M. Lydia M. Mainland

m. Hugh Lyon, Ervadale, later Hestwall, Sandwick in 1956
 
Issue See entry for Hugh Lyon  

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Rhoda Mainland    Nears                 District nurse in Stronsay

F. Robert Mainland

b. 1936 in Nears, Rousay

M. Lydia M. Mainland

 

m. Hugh Stevenson, Linkshouse, Stronsay in 1963 in Rousay

 

Issue See entry for Hugh Stevenson

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Maisie Mainland     Westness   b. 1920

F. NK

 

M. Mary Mainland

m.  Frederick Kirkness, Quoyostray in 1946

 

Issue

Colin Kirkness

b. 04.05.1949

Eye surgeon

 

Fred lost his life in the Fraserburgh lifeboat tragedy. He was the boat’s engineer. 

Colin is Professor of Ophthamology at the University of Glasgow, 1996.

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John Gibson     Broland, later Knarston

F. John Gibson

 

M. Giles (Julia) Grieve

m. 1) Isabel Craigie, Knarston on 09.02.1830

 

Issue Sicilia Gibson b. 28.01.1832

 

John  Gibson

b. 28.03.1833

 

 

m. 2) Janet Craigie at Knarston on 20.03.1835

 

Issue

James Gibson

b. 29.05.1836

 

 

George Ritchie Gibson

b. 07.04.1839

 

 

William Gibson

b. 20.05.1841

 

 

Robert Gibson

b. 23.10.1842

 

 

Janet Gibson 

b. 13.11.1844

Went to NZ c1861

 

Thomas Gibson

b. 15.04.1847

 

 

David Gibson

b. 28.10.1849

 

 

Jean Gibson

b. 02.07.1853

 

 

m. 3) Mary Mainland, aged 43, of Testaquoy, Wyre on 20.04.1855.   See

        John died the following year, aged 54.  Mary returned to Testaquoy, where she died in 1889.  

 

It is thought that one or more of the sons of the second marriage emigrated to Australia or New Zealand. Janet b. 1844 emigrated to New Zealand c1861.

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John Gibson     Knarston    1833 -1924

F. John Gibson

 

M. Isabel Craigie

m. Jane Mainland, Banks, Sourin, in 1859. Jane lived from 1837-1922

 

Issue

Betsy Gibson

b. 30.09.1860

 

 

Ann Gibson

b. 22.10.1861

 

 

Betsy Gibson

b. 06.08.1863

Died 1885

 

Isabella Gibson

b. 08.08.1865

Died aged 1.

 

Isabella Gibson

b. 15.07.1867

Died 1932.   Unmarried

 

Mary Jane Gibson

b. 17.04.1869

Died 1925.   Unmarried

 

Janet (Jessie) Gibson

b. 28.06.1872

Died 1964.   Unmarried

 

The parents, and the three youngest daughters, stayed at Swartifield latterly.

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Isabella Gibson     Knarston      1867-1932

F. John Gibson

 

M. Jane Mainland

had a son  David Gibson

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Thomas Sinclair        b. c1680 in Rousay

F. NK

 

M. NK

m.

 

Issue

Peter Sinclair

Rousay

 

 

Thomas Sinclair is the earliest traceable ancestor of many Rousay people.

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Peter Sinclair     Faraclett, Rousay

F. Thomas Sinclair

 

M. NK

m. Marion Murray in Rousay

 

Issue

John Sinclair

b. 1734

Rousay

  George Sinclair b. 1735 Rousay
 

James Sinclair

b. 1736

Rousay

 

Archibald Sinclair

b. 03.06.1739

Rousay

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George Sinclair     Brendale, later Faraclett, Rousay

F. Peter Sinclair

George Sinclair was in Faraclett in 1771 and 1788

M. Marion Murray

 

 m. --------  --------

 

Issue

Archibald Sinclair

b. 01.05.1752

 Rousay

 

Betsy Sinclair

 

 Rousay

 

Christian Sinclair

 

 Rousay

 

James Sinclair

 

 Rousay

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Archibald Sinclair    Swandale, Rousay

F. George Sinclair

b. 1752 in Rousay.   Died at Lower Breck.

M. NK

 

m. 1) Bell Louttit from Mouncy, Quandal in Rousay

 

Issue

James Sinclair

b. 1783

 Pow, Rousay

 

John Sinclair

b. 1785

 Pow, Rousay

 

Robert Sinclair

b. c1795

 Rousay

 

m. 2) Jenny Mainland on 6.12.1822 in Rousay

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James Sinclair     Newhouse  1783-1825

F. Archibald Sinclair

 

M. Bell Louttit

m. Maidie Hourston. Sound, Egilsay in 1808

 

Issue

Mary Sinclair

b. 17.07.1809

at Bergodale (Guidal)

 

Margaret Sinclair

b. 09.04.1813

at Brendale

 

Janet Sinclair

b. 24.12.1815

At Newhouse. Unmarried

 

James Sinclair

b. 21.08.1818

 

 

Hugh Sinclair

b. 01.03.1821

 

 

John Sinclair

b. 20.03.1824

Died 1897. Unmarried

 

James Sinclair  b. 1783 was drowned when his boat sank off Scabra Head. His son, James, also lost his life at sea when the Rousay post-boat was lost in 1893. (See).
Maidie was born in 1780 and died in 1863. Her parents were James Hourston and Marian Craigie.  Maidie’s sister, Marian, married George Marwick.
It is worthy of note that Newhouse remained in the hands of the Sinclair family from about 1815 until the present time (1994), an occupancy covering five generations that began with James Sinclair above.

 

In his book, Around the Orkney Peat Fires, WR Mackintosh relates the story of Hugh Hourston of Sound in Egilsay who was captured by the Press Gang and put aboard a man o’war.  A few days later, he was instrumental in saving the ship from danger, and as a reward, was given his freedom by a grateful captain.

Robert W Marwick  thought that he was a descendant of Hugh Hourston. He claimed that Hugh was a brother of Maidie and Marian above.

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John Sinclair     Tratland   1785 -1845

F. Archibald Sinclair

 

M. Bell Louttit

m. Magdalene Craigie (1791 - 1858), Hullion on 4.1.1816 in Rousay

 

Issue

Ann Sinclair

b. 20.02.1817

Rousay

 

Mary Sinclair

b. 22.05.1819

Rousay 

 

Margaret Sinclair

b. 02.08.1821

Rousay 

 

Janet Sinclair

b. 12.10.1823

Rousay 

 

Sarah Sinclair

b. 31.05.1826

Rousay

 

John Sinclair

b. 19.10.1828

Rousay           Went to USA

 

Isabel Sinclair

b. 19.10.1828

Rousay           Twin of John

 

James Sinclair

b. 10.11.1831

Rousay

 

John Sinclair (b. 1785) worked in Canada at the Hudson Bay Company (HBC) from 1806 to 1813.  For further details about his HBC employment, taken from the HBC archives, click here.  This information was kindly provided by Bill Henderson of Toronto in 2012, a ggg-grandson of John Sinclair.
John Sinclair was at Breck for one year before going to Tratland in 1816.  He and his descendants remained in occupation of Tratland for six generations.  Ownership passed out of the family in 1993.

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Robert Sinclair     Swandale 

F. Archibald Sinclair

Died 1884 aged 89

M. Bell Louttit

 
m. 1) Betty Mowat of Scowan on 01.11.1819
 
Issue Margaret Sinclair b. 17.08.1820  
  Robert Sinclair b. 16.05.1822  
  Barbara Sinclair b. 09.02.1824  
       
m. 2) Christian Inkster of Swartifield  b.1805  d. 1887
       
Issue Isabel Sinclair b. 08.06.1827  
  Robert Sinclair b. 22.01.1829  
  Betty Sinclair b. 19.02.1831  
  James Sinclair b. 08.10.1833  
  William Sinclair b. 02.09.1835  
  Robert Inkster Sinclair b. 04.05.1838  
  Thomas Sinclair b. 10.04.1841  
  John Sinclair b. 12.01.1844 Died aged 14
  Samuel Sinclair b. 01.06.1846   
  Hugh Sinclair b. 02.02.1849  Farmer
 
The Sinclairs of Swandale had the reputation of being very careful with money, even to the point of being thought tight-fisted.  At the time of his death, in 1884, Robert Sinclair had savings amounting to 900 pounds, an amazing achievement considering that Swandale was not a good farm and that Robert had raised a large family on it.

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Christian Sinclair     Faraclett

F. George Sinclair

 

M. NK

m. Hugh Corsie

 

Issue

Malcolm Corsie

b. 17.11.1798

 

 

John Corsie

b. 21.11.1800

At Scockness

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James Sinclair      Newhouse 1818 -1893

F. James Sinclair

 

M. Maidie Hourston

m. Mary I Craigie of Hullion

 

Issue

Anne Craigie Sinclair

b. 24.06.1848

 

 

James Hugh Sinclair

b. 25.06.1854

 

 

James Sinclair (b. 1818) was drowned when the post boat was lost in a storm. See

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Hugh Sinclair     Stenisgorn

F. James Sinclair

 1821 -1909

M. Maidie Hourston

 

m. Isabella Gibson of Langskaill in 1844/5

 

Issue See entry for  Isabella Gibson  

 

Hugh Sinclair was brought up by his aunt, Marian Hourston, who was married to George Marwick. The Marwicks were in Cogar at that time but later moved to Falquoy.

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Ann Sinclair     Tratland   

F. John Sinclair

b. 20.2.1817 in Rousay

M. Magdalene Craigie

d. 1911 (age 94) in Rousay

m. Alexander Corsie of Cruseday.        Carpenter. 

    b. 1819 in Rousay
    d. 1898 (age 81) in Rousay

 

Issue

Isabel (Bell) Corsie

b.23.8.1850

Rousay

 

John Corsie

b. 8.5.1846

Rousay

William Corsie b. 16.10.1856 Rousay
  m. Margaret Lowe, Irso (1857 - 1899).   No Issue.

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Mary Sinclair  1819 -1882  Died at Onzibist

F. John Sinclair

 

M. Magdalene Craigie

m. John Mainland, Bu, Wyre.  John died in 1892 aged 76.

 

Issue

Mary Mainland

b. 16.11.1847

 

 

Lydia Mainland

b. 23.11.1850

 

 

Janet Mainland

b. 04.08.1852

 

 

Anne Mainland

b. 12.11.1854

 

 

John Mainland

b. 03.05.1857

Later at Westness

 

Margaret Mainland

b. 11.09.1859

 

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Margaret Sinclair    Tratland     1821 -1912

F. John Sinclair

 

M. Magdalene Craigie

m. James Mainland, Bu,  Wyre. 1821-1901   Brother of John A937   

 

Issue

Anne Mainland

b. 11.03.1847

At Tratland

 

Sarah Sinclair Mainland

b. 20.07.1850

At Tratland

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Janet Sinclair    Tratland   1823 -11.7.1869

F. John Sinclair

 

M. Magdalene Craigie

m. Robert Mainland, Vaddy, Egilsay      Robert died in 1894

 

Issue

Mary Mainland

 b. 3.3.1853

m. James Donaldson

 

Robina Mainland

 

m. ---- Grieve

 

Janet Mainland

 b. 30.11.1858

 

 

John Mainland

 b. 1861

m. Ann McKinlay, Sound, Egilsay

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Sarah Sinclair    Tratland  

F. John Sinclair

 b. 13,5,1826 in Rousay

M. Magdalene Craigie

 d. 1895 (age 68) in Rousay
 

m. John Craigie, Hullion on 28.3.1851      The ‘young laird’.

 

Issue

John Inkster Craigie

b. 01.07.1853

Rousay

 

Anne Marwick Craigie

b. 27.03.1855

Rousay

 

James Mainland Craigie

b. 19.07.1858

Rousay      Twin of Margaret

 

Margaret Marwick Craigie

b. 19.07.1858

Rousay      d. 1858, age 0

 

Sarah Craigie

b. 29.09.1861

Rousay

 

Hugh Craigie

b. 06.11.1863

Rousay      d. age 26 in USA

 

Robert Craigie

b. 29.06.1867

Rousay      Went to USA.  Unmarried

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Isabel Sinclair    Tratland  

F. John Sinclair

b.19.10.1828 in Rousay      d.1867 in Rousay

M. Magdalene Craigie

 

m. John Wood, Castlehall, Wyre on 16.3.1854 in Rousay 1854. His first marriage.

 

Issue

John Wood

b. 5.1.1855

Wyre

    d. 19.4.1920 York, Ontario, Canada
       

 

Hugh Wood

b. 5.8.1856

Wyre

    d. 28.10.1931 York, Ontario, Canada
       

 

James Wood

b. 29.8.1858

Wyre

       

 

David Wood

b. 1860

Wyre          "Imbecile" per 1881 Census

    d. 1884 (Age 23) Rousay
       

 

William Wood

b. 3.5.1863

Wyre

    m. Sarah Hill on 22.6.1893 in Wayne, Michigan, USA
       

 

Mary Wood

b. 10.5.1865

Wyre

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Margaret Sinclair    Swandale   b. 1820

F. Robert Sinclair

 

M. Betty Mowat

m. Hugh Marwick, Woo    Went to Australia

 

Issue See entry for Hugh Marwick

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Barbara Sinclair   Swandale    b.1824

F. Robert Sinclair

 

M. Betty Mowat

m. Sinclair Harrold     Went to New Zealand in 1846.  No issue.  See

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Betsy Sinclair            Swandale  

F.  Robert Sinclair

b. 19.2.1831 in Rousay

M. Christian Inkster

d. 1896 (age 66) in Rousay

m. John Craigie, Joiner, Fa’doon in 1861 in Rousay

 

Issue

Christina Craigie

b. 26.03.1862

Rousay

 

David Craigie

b. 21.12.1863

Rousay

d. 6.5.1884 Red Sea, on his way to Australia

 

Elizabeth Craigie

b. 07.02.1871

Rousay

 

Before her marriage, Betsy Sinclair had a son, John Harrold, who went to Melbourne, Australia. After his half brother, David Craigie, died on his way to join him, nothing more was heard from John.

David Craigie died of sunstroke in the Red Sea on his way to Australia in 1884.  RCM wrote an article in 1993 entitled Son of Fa'Doon for the Orkney View magazine (now defunct) about David's voyage and death.   To read it click here.

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Robert I Sinclair    Swandale    1838 -1922

F.  Robert Sinclair

 

M. Christian Inkster

m.  Jean Mutch in New Zealand in 1885

 

Issue

Robert Sinclair

b. 1886

 

  James Sinclair b. 1888  
       

 

A son of James Sinclair  is a High Court Judge in New Zealand (1988).

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Thomas Sinclair, Swandale, Hurtiso  See

F.  Robert Sinclair

 Later at Melsetter. 

M. Christian Inkster

 

m. Mary Gibson, Broland in 1873.

 

Issue

Jane Sinclair

b. 11.09.1873

 

 

Thomas Sinclair

b. 28.12.1876

 

 

Annabella Sinclair

b. 25.11.1879

Died young

 

Mary Marwick Sinclair

b. 20.03.1884

Unmarried

 

Jessie Sinclair

b. 02.11.1890

Unmarried

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Samuel Sinclair   Swandale      b. 1846

F.  Robert Sinclair

 

M. Christian Inkster

m. Mary Louttit, Faraclett in 1869

 

Issue

William Louttit Sinclair

b. 15.07.1859

 

 

Mary Sinclair

b. 15.09.1872

 

 

(girl) Sinclair

b. 1880

 

 

(boy) Sinclair

b. 1882

 

 

Mary’s uncle, John Louttit, was postmaster in Coatbridge and later in Edinburgh. Through his influence, Samuel obtained work in the Post Office in Edinburgh.

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David Gibson   Knarston, later Kilmarnock

F. NK

 

M. Isabella Gibson

m. Janet (Nettie) Orr, Kilmarnock

 

Issue

Corra Gibson

 

 

 

David was the father of Fred Gibson.       

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Corra Gibson    Kilmarnock

F. David Gibson

 

M. Janet (Nettie) Orr 

m. Bert Chisholm, Catrine, later Milngavie, Glasgow

 

Issue

Roderick Chisholm

d. 1998, unmarried

 

 

Louise Chisholm

Married

 

 

Frances Chisholm

Married

 

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Malcolm Corsie                 Nears   

F. Hugh Corsie

b. 17.11.1798 in Rousay

M. Christian Sinclair

d. 1878 (age 79) in Rousay

m. Isabella Louttit, Skaill, Westside  in 1827 in Rousay

 

Issue

William Corsie

b. 24.08.1830

Rousay 

 

John Corsie

b. 12.09.1828

Rousay

d. 1913 (age 84) Peterhead

 

James Corsie

b. 14.08.1832

Rousay

 

Isabella Corsie

b. 07.04.1835

Rousay

 

George Corsie

b. 1839

Rousay

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Anne C Sinclair    Newhouse  b. 1848  d.1919

F. James Sinclair

 

M. Mary I. Craigie

m. David Gibson, Langskaill, later Hullion in 1868

 

Issue See entry for David Gibson  

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James Hugh Sinclair    Newhouse  1854 -1934

F. James Sinclair

 

M. Mary I. Craigie

m. Margaret McKinlay, Sound, Egilsay in 1880. Margaret died 1939 aged 81.

 

Issue

Hugh Sinclair

b. 13.12.1882

Went to USA   See

 

James Sinclair

b. 13.04.1885

 

 

John William Sinclair

b. 18.04.1887

Died in Regina in 1906

 

Harry Hourston Sinclair

b. 06.10.1989

Later at Knarston

 

Rober Sinclairt

b. 13.09.1892

Farmer

 

Mary Ann Sinclair

b. 30.06.1896

Teacher

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Isabel Corsie (Bell)         

F. Alexander Corsie

b. 23.8.1850 in Rousay

M. Ann Sinclair

d. 1925 (age 74) in Rousay
 

m. James Johnston, Breek, Frotoft in 1877 in Rousay          His second marriage

 

Issue

Alexander Johnston

b. 1879

Rousay

 

William Johnston

b. 1882

Rousay

 

Agnes (Aggie) Johnston

b. 1892

Rousay

 

Before her marriage, Bell Corsie had a daughter, Annabella Scarth, who later married John Craigie.

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Lydia Hutchison    Evie    b. 1875

F. James Hutchison

 

M. Mary Mainland

m. A Gunn

 

Issue

Lillian Gunn

 

 

 

Ada Gunn

 

 

 

James Gunn

 

 

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Mary Mainland      Bu, Wyre    b.1847   d. 1881

F. John Mainland

 

M. Mary Sinclair

m. James Hutchison, Evie

 

Issue

Lydia Hutchison

b. 1875

 

 

Mary Hutchison

b. 1878

 

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Lydia Mainland   Bu, Wyre    b.1850  d. 1885

F. John Mainland

 

M. Mary Sinclair

m. David Sinclair, Onzibist, Wyre     His first marriage

 

Issue See entry for David Sinclair  

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Janet Mainland    Bu, Wyre    b. 1852

F. John Mainland

 

M. Mary Sinclair

m. David Wood, Rusness, Wyre, latterly Orquil, Rendall.  His third marriage.

    No issue

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Anne Mainland    Bu, Wyre     b. 1854

F. John Mainland

 

M. Mary Sinclair

m. Alexander Miller, Helzigatha, Wyre

 

Issue

Mary Miller

 

 

 

James Miller

 Africa(?) N.Z. (?)

 

 

Maggie Miller

 

 

 

Annie Miller

 

 

  Jessie Miller Unmarried  
       
  Maggie Miller m. A Johnson, Breek.

 

Annie Miller   m. Donald McKenzie, Aberdeen.

 

 

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John Mainland     b. 1857   d. 1923

F. John Mainland

 Westness

M. Mary Sinclair

 

m. 1) Annie Louttit    No issue      Died in 1893 aged 29. 

m. 2) Isabella Stevenson, Kirbist, Egilsay    Died 1928 aged 61

 

Issue See entry for Isabella Stevenson  

 

Anne was a daughter of John Louttit and Jane Wilson of Reedlums

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Margaret Mainland     Bu, Wyre     b. 1859

F. John Mainland

b. 11.9.1859 in Wyre

M. Mary Sinclair

d. 1906 (age 46) in Firth
 

m. James Craigie, Hullion in 1884 in Rousay.  Later at Grips.   Postman

 

Issue

Adelaide Craigie

b. 28.12.1884

Rousay

       
  Maggie Craigie b. 01.11.1885 Rousay

 

 

d. 1901 (age 15)

Firth

 

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