brian mckay's family tree
It doesn't look as though I am going to get any further back than this on the Ross line. Although we know of Catherine and her husband, Alexander Brand, through their names being recorded on various of their daughter Isabella Brand's records, the only record I have been able to find pertaining to Catherine herself, is the record of her marriage to Alexander Brand, Isabella's father. I am confident this is the correct record as both it and Isabella's marriage record refer to Alexander as a "Merchant" and it is the only marriage between an Alexander Brand and a Catherine Ross that took place near the time of Isabella's birth. The curious thing, though, is that Isabella's birth record describes Catherine as a spinster ("Sp. a. d. n.").
While I have also found the births of other children to Catherine and Alexander, I have been unable to find a birth record for Catherine that I am confident in. I had a notion at one time that I had found Catherine's birth record, even though her father was named as "John Ross" and not David as in her marriage record. Unfortunately, I did not note down why I thought this, although the proximity of her birth to her place of marriage may have had something to do with it. I have kept that record, but for now I have nothing to convince me it is the correct record.
Regarding Catherine's death, once again I have been unable to find a record of her death either in the name of Brand or Ross. Nor have I found her in the 1841 Census. I have to assume, therefore, that, like her husband, she died prior to 1841. So the Ross line peters out at Generation 7?
KEY EVENTS AND DATES
20th December 1809
Catherine married Alexander Brand in Canongate, Edinburgh. The record showed that Catherine's father was called David Ross, a gardener.
18th June 1812
Catherine's son, David, was born in South Leith, At this stage I haven't obtained the actual record, but have seen summarised information on ScotlandsPeople.
1st December 1813
Catherine's son, John was born in South Leith, At this stage I haven't obtained the actual record, but have seen summarised information on ScotlandsPeople.
7th November 1814
Catherine's daughter, Isabella, was born in South Leith to Alexander Brand and Catherine Ross (a spinster). The full record reads:
Alex'r Brand, Clothier and Catherine Ross Sp.a.d.n. Isabella, born 7 and
b 24 Nov'r 1814. Wit the congregation.
27th March 1817
Catherine's son, George Bell, was born in South Leith, At this stage I haven't obtained the actual record, but have seen summarised information on ScotlandsPeople.
26th December 1820
Catherine's daughter, Catherine, was born in South Leith, At this stage I haven't obtained the actual record, but have seen summarised information on ScotlandsPeople.
7th February 1843
Catherine's daughter, Isabella Brand, married Daniel Campbell in South Leith Parish Church. The full record reads:
Campbell and Brand -
Daniel Campbell, Cooper residing at No. 45 Giles Street, parish of
South Leith, and Isabella Brand residing at 2 Coatfield Lane, Leith,
same parish, daughter of the late Alex'r Brand, Merchant, Leith were
three times proclaimed in order to Marriage in the parish church of
South Leith on the 5th February 1843 & no objections offered, were
married at Leith on the 7th February 1843 by the Rev. Jas. Lewis of
St. Johns, Leith.
View the record.
4th March 1875
Catherine's daughter, Isabella, died at 8 a.m. at 3 Primrose Place, Abbeyhill, Edinburgh. She was aged 61 and was described as married to Daniel Campbell. Her parents were recorded as Alexander Brand a Clerk and Catherine Brand, M/S Ross.