- Birth*: Charles Cattanach was born on 11 September 1853 at Dunnichen, Angus, Scotland.
- He was the son of John Cattanach and Mary Stirling.
- (Groom) Marriage*: Charles Cattanach married Mary Ann Peebles Niven on 15 December 1876 at Greenfield, Mains, Angus, Scotland.
- (Witness) Newspaper Article: Charles Cattanach were mentioned in a newspaper article about John Cattanach and Mary Stirling on 8 February 1913. 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.1
- (Deceased) Death*: Charles Cattanach died on 31 July 1930 at Islay, Alberta, Canada, at age 76.
- (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.2
- [S32] Newspaper Article, Unidentified Newspaper 1913 from JS [Jan 2011].
- [S43] PCC photos held.
- [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]
- [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]
Mother*: Mary Stirling b. 9 Aug 1834, d. 12 Nov 1914