The Reid Family

William Reid and Catherine Shields

No birth, death or marriage records or other details for either William or Catherine have been found so far. Their family would consist of three sons and seven daughters, born over a period of twenty-four years.

Their first child named Helen, is recorded as born on 9th and baptised at Abercorn on 17th July 1739. 1 This daughter may have died in infancy, as there is a second daughter named Helen born later.

Their second child, another daughter named Jannet, is recorded as born on the 14th and baptised at Abercorn on 23rd December 1740. 2 This daughter may have also died in infancy, as there is a second daughter named Helen born later.

Their first son, and third child named James, is recorded as born on 28th of March and baptised at Abercorn on 3rd April 1743. 3

Another daughter named Helen, their fourth child, is recorded as born on 18th and baptised at Abercorn on the 23rd of June 1745. 4

Another daughter named Katherine, their fifth child, is recorded as born on 9th and baptised at Abercorn on the 16th of May 1748. 5

A sixth child named Isobel Reid was the 5th daughter of born on 28th May at Philpstoun village and baptised on 3rd June 1750 at Abercorn Church. 6

Another son, and seventh child - William (jnr), is recorded as born in Abercorn parish on 24th of December 1752. 7

The eight child is also a son named Hugh, recorded as born on the 2nd and baptised at Abercorn on 8th of June 1755. 8

Yet another daughter and ninth child named Jean is recorded as born on 11th and baptised at Abercorn on 18th June 1757. 9

Their final and tenth child was also named Janet, possibly in honour of the loss of an earlier daughter of a similar name, is recorded as born on 9th and baptised at Ecclesmachan on 17th April 1763. 10

It is believed that father William, a blacksmith, and wife Catherine were living in (Old) Philpstoun village and working in the local area for the majority of the time between the births of their first and last child.

William and Catherine's ten known children were -

  1. Helen REID (1739-?)
  2. Jannet REID (1740-?)
  3. James REID (1743-?)
  4. Helen REID (1745-?)
  5. Katherine REID (1748-?)
  6. Isobel REID (1750-1819) married Robert BYRES (c1750-1814) circa 1775
  7. William REID (1752-?)
  8. Hugh REID(1755-?)
  9. Jean REID (1757-?)
  10. Janet REID (1763-c1829) married Archibald MEIKLE (c1764-c1841) in 1804
  • 1. GROS : OPR Births 661/00 0020 0238 - Abercorn - Witnesses were John Young and Henry Lowrie (Laurie ?)
  • 2. GROS : OPR Births 661/00 0020 0246 - Abercorn - Witnesses were John Young and Henrie Lowrie (Laurie ?)
  • 3. GROS : OPR Births 661/00 0020 0259 - Abercorn - Witnesses were John Young and Andrew Nimmo
  • 4. GROS : OPR Births 661/00 0020 0271 - Abercorn - Witnesses were John Young and Andrew Nimmo
  • 5. GROS : OPR Births 661/00 0020 0284 - Abercorn - Witnesses were John Young and Robert Arkly
  • 6. GROS : OPR Births 661/00 0020 0293 - Abercorn - Witnesses were Robert Arkly and John Thomson
  • 7. GROS : OPR Births 661/00 0020 0304 - Abercorn - Witnesses were James Merchant and John Thomson
  • 8. GROS : OPR Births 661/00 0030 0013 - Abercorn - Witnesses were John Young and Robert Arkly
  • 9. GROS : OPR Births 661/00 0030 0020 - Abercorn - the Congregation as Witnesses
  • 10. GROS : OPR Births 666/00 0010 0063 - Ecclesmachan - Witnesses were John Young and John Dortlock (?)