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James DUFF
Isobel NEILL
(1771-Bef 1839)
David KERR
James DUFF
Agnes KERR
William DUFF


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1. Sarah Ferguson WIGHT

William DUFF 2

  • Born: 18 Nov 1829, East Greenock, Renfrewshire 3
  • Marriage (1): Sarah Ferguson WIGHT on 29 Aug 1865 in Auchtergaven, Perthshire 1
  • Died: 8 Mar 1868, Greenock, Renfrewshire 4

bullet  Notes:

William was a brassfounder, following the trade of his father and two of his brothers. He did not join the family firm in Greenock, but formed a partnership with Robert Low in Dundee, dissolved shortly before William's death when he was 39.

William married Sarah Wight (qv), the daughter of a baker in Aberdeen. They had two children, brought up after William's death by their mother in Aberdeen. Their son John was educated at the University of Aberdeen and Pembroke College Oxford, where he studied classics. An outstanding scholar, he was appointed Professor of Classics at the University of Newcastle, and was the author of the standard text A Literary History of Rome in the Silver Age. John married Lizzie Mackay, the daughter of a carpet manufacturer from Aberdeen, and had two children, neither of whom married. William and Sarah's only daughter was Williamina (qv).

Additional source:
William Johnston (1906), Roll of the Graduates of the University of Aberdeen 1860-1900.


William married Sarah Ferguson WIGHT, daughter of John WIGHT and Helen Moir FERGUSON, on 29 Aug 1865 in Auchtergaven, Perthshire.1 (Sarah Ferguson WIGHT was born on 28 May 1841 5, christened in Old Machar, Aberdeen,6 died on 2 May 1903 in Aberdeen 7 and was buried in St Nicholas, Aberdeen 8.)



1 GRO (Scotland), Marriage ScotlandsPeople GROS 330/00 0009.

2 GRO (Scotland), OPR Birth ScotlandsPeople GROS 330/00 0012 (daughter Williamina).

3 Church Register, East Parish Greenock, SoG Mf 1344 (baptism).

4 GRO (Scotland), Death ScotlandsPeople GROS 564/03 0160.

5 Church Register, Old Machar Aberdeen, New Register House Edinburgh ref 168 (baptism).

6 Church Register, Old Machar Aberdeen, New Register House Edinburgh ref 168.

7 GRO (Scotland), Death ScotlandsPeople GROS 168/02 0027.

8 Monumental Inscription, Recorded by Sarah Jeffrey-Gray.

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