First posted 28th July 2011
When I found their headstone in Grange Cemetery, I realised that I had the wrong Jane and Isabella Paterson! The parents of the Jane and Isabella who lived at no 14 Dalrymple Crescent were Thomas Paterson, and Anne Swinton. Anne was born Humbie, East Lothian around 1794, and by 1841 she was already a widow. At that time she was living in East Register Street with her five children: Thomas, Elizabeth, Alexander, Jane and Isabella. Thomas, aged 21, was a grocer, and Alexander, 18, was a linen draper journeyman, Elizabeth was 19, Jane, 14 and Isabella 6.
Ten years later they were living in Gayfield square, and David Swinton, Anne’s nephew was staying with them. He was 17, and a grocer’s apprentice.
In 1881, Thomas, Jane and Isabella were all unmarried, and living at 12 Arniston place. Thomas died in 1884, and Jane and Isabella moved to no 14 Dalrymple Crescent in 1888.
The headstone in Grange Cemetery records that Elizabeth died 1st Feb 1877, Thomas on 17 May 1884, Isabella on 25 May 1900, and Jane on 5 July 1904.