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1. Margaret THOMSON


  • Christened: 13 Jan 1741, Terregles, Kirkcudbrightshire 3
  • Marriage (1): Margaret THOMSON on 2 May 1765 in New Abbey, Kirkcudbrightshire 1
  • Died: 22 Dec 1828, Southpark, Borgue, Kirkcudbrightshire 4
  • BuriedMale: 25 Dec 1828, Borgue Kirkyard, Kirkcudbrightshire 4 5

bullet  Notes:

Known as 'The Old Laird', John farmed at Barncleugh in the Parish of Irongray, then at Southpark, one of his brother William's properties in the Parish of Borgue. He had seven children with his wife Margaret Thomson: all married and had children. Three of his sons emigrated to the US with their families, where they were pioneer farmers funded by their brother Adam (qv). John jnr was a farmer at High Banks near Kirkudbright, and was the first to emigrate in 1819, founding Corrieville (later named Orio) in Wabash County, Illinois. The log cabin he built was home for three generations until it burnt down in 1896. William farmed in Mossyard in Anwoth Parish, moved to Largs in Twynholm Parish in 1812, then in 1823 emigrated to join his brother John in Illinois. The youngest brother Robert was a lace dealer in Wellingborough and Cranfield in England, married the daughter of a lace merchant in Olney in Buckinghamshire, and emigrated in 1826 to join his two older brothers, and also became a farmer.

John and Margaret's only daughter Margaret married John Sproat, who farmed at Borness, next to Southpark: two of their sons emigrated to Ontario in Canada. James Corrie succeeded his father at Southpark, and was the only one of the sons to remain in Scotland. Andrew was a lace merchant in Wellingborough, and married the widow of his cousin William: their children settled in Bedford.

Additional source:
James D Corrie (1983). Families descended from William Corrie in Clunie. Unpublished: Wellingborough Museum.


John married Margaret THOMSON on 2 May 1765 in New Abbey, Kirkcudbrightshire.1 (Margaret THOMSON was born in 1740,6 died on 6 Nov 1812 in Southpark, Borgue, Kirkcudbrightshire 4 and was buried in Borgue Kirkyard, Kirkcudbrightshire 4.)



1 Church Register, New Abbey, FHL(L) ref Mf 1068033.

2 GRO (Scotland), OPR Births ScotlandsPeople GROS 867 0010 0013 (son Adam).

3 Church Register, Terregles, FHL(L) ref Mf 102344.

4 Monumental Inscription, The Stewartry of Kirkudbright Vol 1 p66. Scottish Genealogy Society.

5 Church Register, Borgue, FHL(L) ref Mf 102336.

6 Inference, The Stewartry of Kirkudbright Vol 1 p66. Scottish Genealogy Society.

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