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Mary Stirling

F, #323, b. 9 August 1834, d. 12 November 1914
Mary Striling Cattanach
1834-1914
picture taken at her Diamond Wedding event on 6 February 1913
  • Birth*: Mary Stirling was born on 9 August 1834 at Dunnichen, Angus, Scotland.
  • She was the daughter of David Stirling and Jessie Smith.
  • (Bride) Marriage*: Mary Stirling married John Cattanach, son of Charles Cattanach and Charlotte Fyfe, on 6 February 1853 at Dunnichen, Angus, Scotland.
  • Married Name: As of 6 February 1853, her married name was Cattanach.
  • Newspaper Article*: Mary Stirling and John Cattanach 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*: Mary Stirling died on 12 November 1914 at Letham, Forfarshire, Scotland, at age 80 aged 80, intestinal obstruction.2,3
  • (Witness) Memorial Inscription: She 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.4
    Dunnichen Churchyard John Cattanach Mary Stirling
    Dunnichen Churchyard John Cattanach Mary Stirling

Census Events

Member of Household6 June 1841Mary Stirling was listed along with David Stirling in the 1841 census at Guthrie Street, Dunnichen, Forfarshire, Scotland. David Stirling, 36, linen hand loom weaver, Angus; Mary Stirling, 8, Angus.
Member of Household30 March 1851They was listed as a member of the household of David Stirling and Jean Simson in the 1851 census at Drummietermont, Letham, Forfarshire, Scotland. Granddaughter, 16, hand loom weaver (linen), b Dunnichen; David Stirling, head, 73, hand loom weaver (linen), b Dunnichen; Jane Stirling, wife, 70, b Forfar.5
Spouse7 April 1861She was listed in the household of John Cattanach in the 1861 census at 7 Guthrie Road, Dunnichen, Forfarshire, Scotland. John Catanach, head, 31, quarrymaster, Aberlemno; Mary Catanach, wife, 26, Dunnichen. Charles Cattanach, Charlotte Fyffe Cattanach and Mary Kinnear Cattanach were also listed in the household.6
Spouse2 April 1871She was listed in the household of John Cattanach in the 1871 census at Guthrie Road, Dunnichen, Forfarshire, Scotland. John Catanach, head, 41, ag lab, Aberlemno; Mary Catanach, wife, 36, Dunnichen. Charles Cattanach, Mary Kinnear Cattanach, Helen (Ellen) Cattanach, Jane Stirling Cattanach and Johanna Cattanach were also listed in the household.7
Spouse3 April 1881She was listed in the household of John Cattanach 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. Jane Stirling Cattanach, Johanna Cattanach and Hellen (Ellen) Wilkie were also listed in the household.8
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.9
Spouse31 March 1901She was listed in the household of John Cattanach 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. Johanna Cattanach were also listed in the household.10
Last Edited: 3 Aug 2015

Parents:

Father*: David Stirling b. 14 Jun 1805, d. b 1857
Mother*: Jessie Smith b. c 1805, d. b 1857

Family:

John Cattanach b. 18 Feb 1830, d. 29 Aug 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. [S50] Unknown name of person, unknown record type, Dunnichen GROS ref 283/00 0012 (unknown file date), General Record Office of Scotland, New Register House, Edinburgh, Scotland.
  3. [S40] Gladys Leith [Nov 2009].
  4. [S43] PCC photos held.
  5. [S9] Website Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk) Source Citation: Parish: Dunnichen; ED: 5; Page: 5; Line: 14; Roll: 554; 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]
  6. [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]
  7. [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]
  8. [S30] LDS 1881 Census FHL film 0203491 GRO ref vol 283 enum dist 2 page 9.
  9. [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]
  10. [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].