James GRAY


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2. Catherine LAUGHTON

James GRAY 2

  • Born: Roeberry, South Ronaldsay, Orkney 3
  • Christened: 25 Oct 1751, St Peter, South Ronaldsay, Orkney 4
  • Marriage (1): Ann SCOLLAY on 3 Jul 1777 in Kirkwall And St Ola, Orkney 1
  • Marriage (2): Catherine LAUGHTON
  • Died: 17 Dec 1812, Of, Roeberry, South Ronaldsay, Orkney 5
  • Buried: St Peter, South Ronaldsay, Orkney 5

bullet  Notes:

James farmed at Roeberry in South Ronaldsay, and married Ann Scollay (qv), the daughter of David Scollay of Kirkwall. They had six chidren. Their eldest and youngest daughters Isabella and Jane did not marry, and lived at Roeberry Farm and then nearby at Quindry. Their second daughter Barbra married James Cromarty, variously described as Proprietor of Blanster and fish curer of Sandwick. James and Ann's eldest son John died in his 20s. Their other daughter Euphemia married James McCulloch, an exciseman in South Ronaldsay, and retired to Quindry after her husband died. The youngest son was Malcolm (qv).
After James's wife Ann died James had a daughter Margaret with Catherine Laughton: Margaret married William Hay, a stone mason from Sanday who worked in Orkney and Edinburgh.

Additional source:
Gray, P. (2004) Howe Saga. Bristol: Hoxa Press.
Census returns


James married Ann SCOLLAY, daughter of David SCOLLAY and Euphemia BALLENDEN, on 3 Jul 1777 in Kirkwall And St Ola, Orkney.1 (Ann SCOLLAY was born in 1751 in Kirkwall, Orkney 2 and died on 18 Mar 1784 in Roeberry, South Ronaldsay, Orkney 2.)


James next had a relationship with Catherine LAUGHTON. (Catherine LAUGHTON was born in 1777 in South Ronaldsay, Orkney 6 and died on 6 Feb 1863 in Quindry, South Ronaldsay, Orkney 7.)



1 Church Register, Kirkwall and St Ola, FHL(L) ref Mf 0990504.

2 Gladys Gray, "Gray Family History" (Unpublished notebook).

3 Church Register, North Parish, South Ronaldsay, FHL(L) ref Mf 0990512 (baptism).

4 Church Register, South Ronaldsay and Burray OPR, Orkney County RO Mf 29/2.

5 Monumental Inscription, St Peter South Ronaldsay.

6 Census, 1861 Census (ScotlandsPeople) - GROS 029/00 002/00 006.

7 GRO (Scotland), Death ScotlandsPeople GROS 029/00 0004.

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