Showing posts with label Carham. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Carham. Show all posts

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Anthony Cleghorn and Margaret Jane Murray

The River Tweed at Carham
cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Walter Baxter - geograph.org.uk/p/270077
Viewed from England at Carham, the village of Birgham in Scotland is on the left

Anthony Cleghorn married Margaret Jane Murray on 15 Sep 1770 at the Parish of St Paul, Shadwell. Not the current church that was built in 1821, but the old parish church, traditionally known as the Church of Sea Captains. At the time of the marriage they were both "of this parish", of St Paul, Shadwell. It was the first marriage for both of them - listed as bachelor and spinster, respectively - and both were able to sign their names. Witnesses to their marriage were George Cleghorn (undoubtedly a relative) and Andrew Hedly. 

Anthony Cleghorn was baptised at Carham, Northumberland on 17 Mar 1745, the son of John Cleghorn. There is a marriage, in Carham, of a John Cleghorn to an Isabel Edmiston, on 27 Mar 1733, who may well be his parents.

It isn't possible to go any further north than Carham, without going over the border into Scotland and with a name like Murray, there's an enormous probability that was where Margaret Jane was originally from. Sadly, trying to find the right Murray in Scotland is like trying to find the right Jones in Wales or Sweeney in Ireland! So, I wonder what brought them south and when? 

The couple had at least three children, baptised at St Paul's, Shadwell: 
  1. Isabella Cleghorn, born 7 Jul 1771, bap. 28 Jul 1771
  2. William Guthrie Cleghorn, born 1772
  3. Ann Phillis Cleghorn, born 1777
On the baptism record for the 21 day old Isabella Cleghorn, daughter of Anthony and Margaret Jane, in 1771, it gives the family's address as Farmer Street, Shadwell and Anthony's occupation as a Baker.

St Paul's Church, ShadwellJ Shepherd, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons