On 28th August …

Mary Amelia Downie, born Mary Emilia Lockhart, was christened in Cambusnethan, Lanarkshire in 1805. Her father, Robert Lockhart, was a minister, and her mother was born Elizabeth Ann Newman. In April 1834 she married Alexander Downie, a merchant who was 12 years older than her. In 1841 they were living at Crossbasket in East Kilbride, with five children. The eldest, Sara, who was aged 14, must have been a daughter of a previous marriage. The other children were Eliza Anne aged six, John aged four, Alexander aged three and Jane Campbell aged five months.

Jane (or Jean) Campbell married Joseph Firmstone in Kensington in 1868, but Joseph died in February of the following year at Abberley House, Worcester Park, Surrey.

In 1875 Mary and Jean were living at No 21, but Mary died there in October. In her will she is described as the “widow of Alexander Downie, a merchant from Glasgow”.

Archibald Oliver was born in Cavers, Roxburgh in 1848 to James Oliver and Mary Hall. In 1881 he was a Law Clerk (Managing), living with his wife Marjory Norris Logan at 9 Warrender Park Terrace. They had two young sons James, three, and Jasper, eight months. By 1891 he had qualified as an SSC[1] and was working with the firm of Davidson & Syme WS, whose premises were at 22 Castle St.

In the 1891 census, Archibald was not at home, but they now had two more sons: Archibald aged nine and William aged five. All the family came from Edinburgh; Archibald was born in 1840, and Marjory in 1850.

In 1894 the family moved to 46 Lauder Road, where Archibald died in September 1901. He is commemorated in the Grange Cemetery, together with Marjorie (died 1899) and James (died 1910).


[1] SSC denotes a member of The Society of Solicitors in the Supreme Courts of Scotland, representing lawyers who practice in and around the College of Justice, which comprises Scotland’s Supreme Courts.

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About Joanne Lamb

I live in a Victorian house in Edinburgh, and started to investigate its history - I then got hooked, and investigated the whole street! the result was a book, which you can read about on my website, www.dcedin.co.uk. I'd love to hear from other people who are interested in local history
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