If you have found the information on these pages useful, you might like to contribute to the costs involved (this money comes directly to me)
Or you may wish to give to one of these charities that are close to my heart - please tell them how you found them, if donating this way

William Cobb farmer

M, #17561, b. 25 December 1787
Last Edited: 7 Aug 2022


Father*: David Cobb of Stobswell b. s 1758
Mother*: Matilda Johnston b. s 1758
  • Birth*: William Cobb farmer was born on 25 December 1787 at Mains & Strarthmartine, Forfarshire, Scotland, .1
  • He was the son of David Cobb of Stobswell and Matilda Johnston.
  • (Deceased) Death: William Cobb farmer died on 5 February 1877 at Mains of Fintry, Mains, Forfarshire, Scotland, , at age 89 aged 89.2
  • (Witness) Memorial Inscription: He is commemorated on the headstone erected by David Cobb writer in 1877 at Mains & Strarthmartine, Forfarshire, Scotland, . Inscription reads by David and Matilda Johnston Cobb, in remembrance of their uncle William Cobb, who died at East Mains of Fintry on 5th February 1877, aged 89 years.
    The above Matilda Johnston Cobb died Tay Park West Ferry Dundee, 11th August 1889 and intered here.
    Transcription PCC [April 2021].3

Census & Directory Entries

Head of Household6 June 1841He was listed in the 1841 census at East Mains, Mains, Forfarshire, Scotland, . William     Cobb     Male     50     Farmer 1791     Forfarshire (Angus), Scotland
Margaret     Weir     Female     20     1821     Forfarshire (Angus), Scotland
Jane     Todd     Female     20     1821     Forfarshire (Angus), Scotland.4
Head of Household30 March 1851He was listed as head of household in the 1851 census at Mains of Fintry, Mains, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, . William     Cobb     Head     Unmarried     Male     62     1789     Farmer (Of 600 Acres Employing 19 Labourers)     Mains, Forfarshire (Angus), Scotland
Helen     Turnbull     Servant     Unmarried     Female     20     1831     House Servant     Dundee, Forfarshire (Angus), Scotland
Janet     Cathro     Servant     Unmarried     Female     19     1832     House Servant     Perthshire, Scotland
Ann     Kidd     Visitor     -     Female     8     1843     Scholar     Mains, Forfarshire (Angus), Scotland.5
Principal1853William Cobb farmer appeared in a directory of 1853 living at an unknown place ; William Cobb, Mans of Fintry, factor for Thomas Erskine Linlathen.6
Principal1861He appeared in a directory of 1861 living at an unknown place ; JP list - William Cobb Esq, East Mains of Fintry
Dundee Banking Co 1763 22 castle Street, Ordinary Director William Cobb Esq Mains of Fintry
Scottish National Insurance Co 32 Castle Street, Local Board for Life Assurance Business, Chris Kerr Chairman, William Cobb, Alex Lawson etc
Royal Lunatic Asylum 1812, Ordinary Directors, for the freeholders & commissions of supply of the County of Forfar ... William Cob Esq, Est Mains if Fintry
The Home - an Institution for the reformationof females 17 Paton's Lane Perth Road, Established 1845 under patronage of her Late Royal Highness the Duchess of Kent, Teasurer Wm Cobb, Mains of Fintry.7
Head of Household7 April 1861He was listed as head of household in the 1861 census at Mains of Fintry, Mains, Forfarshire, Scotland, . William     Cobb     Head     Unmarried     Male     73     1788     Farmer Of 540 Acres Employing 16 Men And 3 Boys     Mains, Forfarshire (Angus), Scotland
Jessie     Cameron     Servant     Unmarried     Female     38     1823     House Keeper     Dull, Perthshire, Scotland
Margaret     Kennedy     Servant     Unmarried     Female     21     1840     Domestic Serv     Kettins, Forfarshire (Angus), Scotland
Ann     Keith     Servant     Unmarried     Female     22     1839     Domestic Serv     Ceres, Fife, Scotland.8
Head of Household2 April 1871He was listed as head of household in the 1871 census at Mains of Fintry, Mains, Forfarshire, Scotland, . William     Cobb     Head     Unmarried     Male     72     1799     Farmer (Of 500 Acres All Arable Employing 23 Men & 3 Boys)     Mains, Forfarshire (Angus), Scotland
Ellen     Gordon     Servant     Unmarried     Female     55     1816     Housekeeper     Farnell, Forfarshire (Angus), Scotland
Elspeth     Guthrie     Servant     Unmarried     Female     18     1853     Gen Servt (Domestic)     Rescobie, Forfarshire (Angus), Scotland.9


  1. [S35] Old Parochial Register of pre-1855 (General Record Office of Scotland) OPR birth 1787 Mains & Strathmartine ref 307/30 100 no image held [April 2021].
  2. [S50] General Record Office for Scotland, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, General Record Office for Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland), Statutory Death 1877 Mains 307/1 1 image held [April 2021].
  3. [S21] Headstone Photograph; , PCC [1 Aug 2016].
  4. [S54] Website findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk) Record Transcription
    1841 England, Wales & Scotland Census
    East Mains, Mains, Forfarshire (Angus), Scotland [April 2021].
  5. [S54] Website findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk) Record Transcription
    1851 England, Wales & Scotland Census
    Mains of Fintry, Mains, Dundee, Forfarshire (Angus), Scotland [April 2021].
  6. [S37] Directory Dundee (Dundee:, 1853-54 copy held locally [Apr 2021]. Hereinafter cited as Dundee Directory.
  7. [S37] Dundee Directory, 1861-2 copy held locally [Apr 2021].
  8. [S54] Website findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk) Record Transcription
    1861 England, Wales & Scotland Census
    Mains of Fintry, Mains, The Parish of Mains, Forfarshire (Angus), Scotland [April 2021].
  9. [S54] Website findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk) Record Transcription
    1871 England, Wales & Scotland Census
    Mains of Fintry, Mains, Forfarshire (Angus), Scotland [April 2021].