Family of Samuel CHISHOLM and Margaret PATERSON

Husband: Samuel CHISHOLM (1836-1863)
Wife: Margaret PATERSON (1833-1893)
Children: Mary CHISHOLM (1858-1941)
Alexander CHISHOLM (1860-1931)
Samuel CHISHOLM (1862- )
Marriage 4 Dec 1855 Minnigaff, Kirkcudbrightshire

Husband: Samuel CHISHOLM

Name: Samuel CHISHOLM
Sex: Male
Father: John CHISHOLM (1813-1870)
Mother: Mary HOWATT (1814-1861)
Birth 22 Apr 1836 Rerrick, Kirkcudbrightshire
Occupation Militia Man / Agricultural Labourer / Railway Wagon Driver
Death 28 Jan 1863 (age 26) Blair Atholl, Perthshire

Wife: Margaret PATERSON

Name: Margaret PATERSON
Sex: Female
Father: -
Mother: -
Birth 1833 Minnigaff, Kirkcudbrightshire
Death 1893 (age 59-60) Whitehaven, Cumbria

Child 1: Mary CHISHOLM

Sex: Female
Spouse: John MCDOWALL (1856-1891)
Birth 8 Mar 1858 Blackcraig, Kirkcudbrightshire
Death 8 Sep 1941 (age 83) Crossmichael, Kirkcudbrightshire

Child 2: Alexander CHISHOLM

Name: Alexander CHISHOLM
Sex: Male
Spouse: Jane MARTIN (1859-1927)
Birth 15 May 1860 Minnigaff, Kirkcudbrightshire
Occupation Ploughman / Farm Manager
Death 23 Jan 1931 (age 70) Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire

Child 3: Samuel CHISHOLM

Name: Samuel CHISHOLM
Sex: Male
Birth 1 May 1862 Rerrick
Occupation Shepherd

Note on Marriage

Samuel's family were stone dykers and Samuel was working at this trade by 1851 when he was 14 years old. The family lived in Rascarrel Cottage in the parish of Rerrick, probably in or near the village of Dundrennan.

In 1855, Samuel married Margaret Paterson in Minnigaff, at this time his occupation was given as Militia Man in the Galloway Rifles.


Samuel and Margaret had two Children:

Mary - b. Blackcraig, Minnigaff in 1858 - married John McDowall and lived in Newcastle, Twynholm, Parton and Castle Douglas.

Alexander - b. Blackcraig, Minnigaff in 1860 - Married Jane Martin and lived mainly at Cruichie, Parton.


Samuel had 3 brothers and 3 sisters who were all born in Rerrick.

Margaret had 4 brothers and 1 sister.


In 1863, Samuel was working on the construction of the Pitlochry to Aviemore railway line near Dal-na-mine, Blair Atholl when he died following an accident.

In 1870, Margaret re-married to widower, James Skimming in Blackcraig, Minnigaff. They continued to live in Blackdraig and had 4 children.

The family moved to Whitehaven in Cumbria around 1881, James Skimming does not appear in the 1881 census and Margaret is named as the head of the house. Margaret died in Whitehaven in 1893.


By coincidence, James Skimming's first wife was also called Margaret Paterson and they too married in Minnigaff in 1855.