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John Cattanach

M, #324, b. 18 February 1830, d. 29 August 1914
John Cattanach
1834-1914
picture taken at his Diamond Wedding event on 6 February 1913
  • Birth*: John Cattanach was born on 18 February 1830 at Aberlemno, Forfarshire, Scotland.
  • He was the son of Charles Cattanach and Charlotte Fyfe.
  • (Groom) Marriage*: John Cattanach married Mary Stirling, daughter of David Stirling and Jessie Smith, on 6 February 1853 at Dunnichen, Angus, Scotland.
  • (Witness) Birth: John Cattanach witnessed the birth of Charlotte Fyffe Cattanach on 29 January 1855 at Dunnichen Village, Forfarshire, Scotland; certs held; 1855 births in the parish of Dunnichen in the county of Forfar registered by Wm Macfarlane registrar; Catanach Charlotte Fyfe not present, female, January twenty-ninth 10h 0m am Dunnichen Village, John Catanach farm servant 25 years Aberlemno, 1853 Dunnichen 1 boy living, Mary Catanach ms Stirling her 2nd child 20 years Dunnichen, John Catanach father, 9th February 1855 at Dunnichen Wm Macfarlane registrar.
  • Newspaper Article*: John Cattanach and Mary Stirling were mentioned in a newspaper article LETHAM DIAMOND WEDDING
    Mr and Mrs John Cattanach.
    The 60th anniversary of their wedding was celebrated on Saturday by Mr and Mrs John Cattanach, South View, Letham, when there was a family gathering. The only son, Charles, is in America and could not therefore be present. Mr Cattanach was only 9 years old when his father took the farm of East Mains of Dunnichen, and he has spent practically all his days in Dunnichen parish. He was born in Aberlemno in 1830, and is now 83 years of age.
    Mrs Cattanach was born in Letham in the very house where the couple have spent most of their married life. She is her husband’s junior by four years. Her maiden mane was Mary Stirling, and it is an interesting fact that the Stirlings have been in Letham for many generations. They were married at Drummietermont, Dunnichen on 11th February 1853 by the Rev. Alexander Ross, parish minister of Dunnichen.
    Both husband and wife are tall, and the minister remarked at their marriage that while he had married bridegrooms as tall and brides as tall, he had never married a couple where both bride and bridegroom were so tall and handsome.! There have been six of a family, five of whom still survive. There are 16 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
    At the gathering on Saturday all the family who could be present did honour to the old couple. The Rev. Hugh Macmaster presided, and voiced the feelings of all Mr and Mrs Cattanach’s numerous friends. In name of the descendents at home and abroad and other friends he presented the worthy couple with a well-filled purse of sovereigns, expressing the hope that they still be spared to one another for some years. Mr Cattanach feelingly responded, and thanked the family and friends for their kindness. on 8 February 1913 at South View, Letham, Forfarshire, Scotland.1
  • (Deceased) Death*: John Cattanach died on 29 August 1914 at Letham, Forfarshire, Scotland, at age 84 died from cystitis aged 84 years.2
  • (Witness) Memorial Inscription: He is commemorated on the headstone erected in August 1914 at Dunnichen Parish Church, Letham, Angus, Scotland. Inscription reads In sacred memory of John Cattanach died 25th August 1914 aged 84 years and his wife Mary Stirling died 17 November 1914 aged 80 years. Also their daughters Ellen died 25th January 1879 aged 15 years, their son Charles died at Islay, Alberta, Canada 31st July 1930 aged 76 years, Mary died 24th April 1943 aged 83 years, Johanna died 3rd February 1944 aged 73 years, Charlotte wife of John Wilkie, USA, died 16th April 1923 aged 89 years. And their children who died in infancy. Their daughter Ellen died 17th February 1950 aged 71 years.3
    Dunnichen Churchyard John Cattanach Mary Stirling
    Dunnichen Churchyard John Cattanach Mary Stirling

Census Events

Member of Household6 June 1841John Cattanach was listed along with Charles Cattanach in the 1841 census at East Mains, Dunnichen, Forfarshire, Scotland. Catanach Charles m 45 agricultural Angus; Catanach Charlotte f 40 Angus; Catanach John m 11 Angus.4,5
Member of Household30 March 1851They was listed as a member of the household of Charles Cattanach in the 1851 census at East Mains, Dunnichen, Forfarshire, Scotland. John Cattanach, son, 21, farmer's son, Aberlemno; Charles Cattanach, head, mar, 61, farmer of 91 acres employing 5 labourers, Aberlemno; Charlotte Cattanach, wife, 51, Rescobie.6,7
Head of Household7 April 1861He was listed as head of household, along with spouse Mary Stirling in the 1861 census at 7 Guthrie Road, Dunnichen, Forfarshire, Scotland. John Catanach, head, 31, quarrymaster, Aberlemno; Mary Catanach, wife, 26, Dunnichen; also in the household were Charles Cattanach, Charlotte Fyffe Cattanach and Mary Kinnear Cattanach.8
Head of Household2 April 1871He was listed as head of household along with spouse Mary Stirling in the 1871 census at Guthrie Road, Dunnichen, Forfarshire, Scotland. John Catanach, head, 41, ag lab, Aberlemno; Mary Catanach, wife, 36, Dunnichen; also in the household were Charles Cattanach, Mary Kinnear Cattanach, Helen (Ellen) Cattanach, Jane Stirling Cattanach and Johanna Cattanach.9
Head of Household3 April 1881He was listed as head of household along with spouse Mary Stirling in the 1881 census at Guthrie Road, Dunnichen, Forfarshire, Scotland. John Catanach, head, mar, 51, general labourer, Aberlemno; Mary Catanach, wife, mar, 46, domestic duties, Dunnichen; also in the household were Jane Stirling Cattanach, Johanna Cattanach and Hellen (Ellen) Wilkie.10
Head of Household5 April 1891They was listed as head of household in the 1891 census at Guthrie Road, Dunnichen, Forfarshire, Scotland. John Cattanach, head, 61, gen lab, Aberlemno; Mary Cattanach, wife, 57, Dunnichen; also in the household were Mary Kinnear Cattanach, Johanna Cattanach, Hellen (Ellen) Wilkie and James Forman.11
Head of Household31 March 1901He was listed as head of household along with spouse Mary Stirling in the 1901 census at Guthrie Road, Letham, Forfarshire, Scotland. John Cattanach, head, mar, 71, general labourer, working on own account, Aberlemno Forfarshire; Mary Cattanach, wife, mar, 66, Dunnichen Forfarshire; also in the household were Johanna Cattanach.12
Last Edited: 3 Aug 2015

Parents:

Father*: Charles Cattanach b. 22 Aug 1789, d. 15 Jun 1860
Mother*: Charlotte Fyfe b. 18 Mar 1800, d. 17 Sep 1882

Family:

Mary Stirling b. 9 Aug 1834, d. 12 Nov 1914

Children:

Charles Cattanach+ b. 11 Sep 1853, d. 31 Jul 1930
Charlotte Fyffe Cattanach+ b. 29 Jan 1855, d. 16 Apr 1923
Mary Kinnear Cattanach b. 22 Dec 1859, d. 24 Apr 1943
Helen (Ellen) Cattanach b. 21 Nov 1863, d. 25 Jan 1879
Jane Stirling Cattanach+ b. 14 Jun 1867, d. 1 Feb 1933
Johanna Cattanach b. 15 Nov 1870, d. 3 Feb 1944

Citations

  1. [S32] Newspaper Article, Unidentified Newspaper 1913 from JS [Jan 2011].
  2. [S40] Gladys Leith [Nov 2009].
  3. [S43] PCC photos held.
  4. [S13] Website FreeCEN UK Census Online Project (http://www.freecen.org.uk/) SCT1841/283 Dunnichen Angus Enum Dist 5 folio 0 page 1 East Mains; [Aug 2007].
  5. [S9] Website Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk) Source Citation: Parish: Dunnichen; ED: 5; Page: 1; Line: 1131; Roll: ; Year: 1841. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1841 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: 1841 Scotland Census. Edinburgh, Scotland: General Register Office for Scotland. Reels 1-151. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. [Jan 2011]
  6. [S22] E-mail message , lee walmsley [Sept 2007].
  7. [S9] Website Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk) Source Citation: Parish: Dunnichen; ED: 2; Page: 5; Line: 17; Roll: 534; Year: 1851. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1851 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: Scotland. 1851 Scotland Census. Reels 1-217. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. [Jan 2011]
  8. [S9] Website Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk) Source Citation: Parish: Dunnichen; ED: 2; Page: 21; Line: 6; Roll: CSSCT1861_42; Year: 1861. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1861 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: Scotland. 1861 Scotland Census. Reels 1-150. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. [Jan 2011]
  9. [S9] Website Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk) Source Citation: Parish: Dunnichen; ED: 2; Page: 17; Line: 2; Roll: CSSCT1871_55; Year: 1871. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1871 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Scotland. 1871 Scotland Census. Reels 1-191. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. [Jan 2011]
  10. [S30] LDS 1881 Census FHL film 0203491 GRO ref vol 283 enum dist 2 page 9.
  11. [S9] Website Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk) Source Citation: Parish: Dunnichen; ED: 2; Page: 12; Line: 1; Roll: CSSCT1891_98; Year: 1891. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1891 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Scotland. 1891 Scotland Census. Reels 1-409. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. [Jan 2011]
  12. [S17] General Record Office for Scotland, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, General Record Office for Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland), GROS census 1901 283/00 002/00 012 [Oct 2007].