brian mckay's family tree
I discovered Isobel through her son, John Moffat. As explained in John's own record, he may or may not be my direct descendant. I know that Mary Moffat's father was a John Moffat and I have good circumstantial evidence to show that the John I have discovered is the correct one, but it is not definitive. So, the case for this Isobel being my direct descendant is on slightly shaky ground. And, of course, when you go this far back, it becomes even more difficult to be wholly confident of what you find. However, based on John Moffat's birth record, his parents were called Alexander Moffat and Isobela Noble. I found a marriage record for Alexander and Isobel and given the rarity of 'Noble' as a surname, it seems safe to assume this is the right couple. That record gave the Parish that Isobel lived in as Eddlestone and that, in turn, led me to a birth record for Isobell Noble in Eddlestone in 1747. This would have made her 22 when she married in 1769 and so I'm confident I have the correct Isobel Noble.
KEY EVENTS AND DATES
17th April 1747
Isobel was baptised in Eddlestone, Peeblesshire. Her father was James Noble, who was described as a tennant in "Hattinknow" (this should be Hatton Knowe). Unfortunately her mother's name was not recorded, but the baptism was witnessed by Thomas Noble and John Bruton.
23rd June 1769
Isobel married Alexander Moffat in Peebles. The entry shows that Alexander was of 'this parish, whilst Isobel was of the parish of Newlands. They were married by William Dalgleish, minister in Peebles.
8th April 1770
Isobel's daughter, Janet , was born in the county of Peeblesshire. At this stage I have not acquired the actual record, but have this information from ScotlandsPeople.
16th April 1776
Isobel's son, John, was born on the 16th of April and baptised on the 21st of April, in West Linton, Peeblesshire. His parents were recorded as Alexander Moffat and Isobela Noble.
5th November 1777
Isobel's daughter, Mary, was born in West Linton, Peeblesshire. At this stage I have not acquired the actual record, but have this information from ScotlandsPeople.
29th June 1783
Isobel's daughter, Margaret, was born in Eddleston, Peeblesshire. At this stage I have not acquired the actual record, but have this information from ScotlandsPeople.