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Ochiltree Families

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Date: 20 Dec 2021 [unknown]
Location: Ochiltree, East Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdommap
Surname/tag: Murdoch
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Introduction

To capture information about the families in the Parish of Ochiltree over time.

Murdoch Families

William Murdoch

*William Murdoch -opened a subscription for the erection of a monument in Ochiltree.[Love,27]

John Murdoch

  • John Murdoch – teacher of Robert Burns.[Love,33]

xxxxxxxx Murdoch and --------

  • had the following children:
  1. Alexander Murdoch (

Alexander Murdoch & Helen Peden

  • Alexander Murdoch married Helen Peden (daughter of -----
  • Alexander was the son of ----- and -------
  • Helen Peden was the daughter of ------ and -------
  • Alexander and Helen had the following children:
  1. William Murdoch (c1811-1893)
  • Alexander Murdoch builder in Ochiltree and his wife Helen Peden of Knowe Farm Auchinleck
  • Son - William Murdoch [Love,41]
  • William was the eldest son of Alexander Murdoch builder in Ochiltree and his wife Helen Peden of Knowe Farm Auchinleck.
  • William was born in Nov 1811.
  • William Murdoch left Ochiltree in 1831 for America.
  • He settled in US where he established a building business in Charleston, South Carolina.

[Love,41]

son-William Murdoch (c1811-1893)
  • son of Alexander Murdoch builder in Ochiltree and his wife Helen Peden of Knowe Farm Auchinleck.
  • William was the eldest
  • William was born in Nov 1811.
  • William Murdoch left Ochiltree in 1831 for America.
  • He settled in US where he established a building business in Charleston, South Carolina.
  • He was involved with the Confederacy during the war.
  • He died in Salisbury, North Carolina on 30th Dec 1893.[Love,41]

Andrew Murdoch (c1816-1906)

  • Andrew was the son of ------
  • Andrew Murdoch was born in -------- in Ochiltree
  • In early 1850’s, Andrew Murdoch built a large house for himself at the western end of Ochiltree village. The house was named “Gallowlea" and was built on the north side of the main road next to the access road that leads to the Gallowlea Well.
  • Andrew was the local stone mason and quarymaster responsible for many of the erected buildings in the parish of Ochiltree. Including the Lugar Bridge and Ochiltree gas works.
  • He was known as a “strongest” man in Ayrshire. [Love,42]
  • Andrew M sold the cottage in 1881.
  • Andrew M was born in O and trained as a “cork” mason.
  • Around 1860, he obtained the lease of the Coalburn Quarries (New Cumnock) from the Marquis of Bute, moving from O at that time. Stone from these quarries was used to build many buildings in the region as well as Glasgow.
  • Andrew died on 14th July 1906, aged 90 years and was buried in O.
  • One of his sons was:
  • Alexander Murdoch (author of the History book – )
(Son) - Alexander Murdoch (c1847-1929)
  • Alexander Murdoch (author) was the son of AM, mason.

– author [9]

  • He was born at Gallowlea, Ochiltree and was educated in the village school.
  • He trained to be a teacher and taught in Fife etc……
  • Became master at a school in Paisley. He retired from teaching in 1913, but had settled in Paisley where his house was also named Gallowlea, after his birth place.
  • Alexander Murdoch was an author - wrote a detailed history of Parish and Village of Ochiltree ("Ochiltree – its History and Reminiscences")– which was published in May 1921.
  • it looked back to his childhood days in the village, and gives details of Ochiltree House, the landowners, early history of area, description of the parish churches, place names and biographical details of many of the older residents. [Love,50-51]
  • He died at home on 10th July 1929 at the age of 82.

David Murdoch

Ochiltree Mill [Lane,225]

  • Operated by David M following death of Andrew Paterson (1803-1876).
  • Mill then purchased by McGill & Smith, grain merchants of Ayr.

John Murdoch (1770-1844) and Janet Murdoch (1765-1840)

Children:

  1. William Murdoch (c -1811)
  2. James Murdoch (c1807-1829)
  • James Murdoch (1807-1829) - son of John Murdoch
  • In 1829 John Murdoch was a flax, or lint miller and mason in the village.
Ochiltree Lint Mill
  • A lint mill was established to the north of Ochiltree village sometime in the 18th century.
  • Located to the west of the larger corn mill, the lint mill used water in the same lade as the corn mill.
  • The mill may also have operated as a waulkmill either simultaneously or at different times.
  • At a later date, the mill was used for dyeing cloth, and it became known as the Dye Mill thereafter. David Reid (1757-1817) known as “Reid” the Dyer”, second cousin of William Tennant in Ochiltree Mill, operated the mill at the turn of the 19th cen.[Lane,225]
  • The Dye Mill was later converted into a sawmill.
son-William Murdoch (c -1811)
  • A gravestone in the old churchyard marks the burial place of William Murdoch (john's son), who died in 1811.
son-James Murdoch (c1807-1829)
  • James Murdoch was the son of John Murdoch, lint miller in the parish, and Janet Murdoch.
  • James became an accomplished portrait painter.
  • James died young on 16th august 1829, aged 22. [Lane,298]




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