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red mail Rev Alexander Murray & Eliza Hardie
My 2 x great grandfather's sister Elize Isabella Hardie (b 20.5.1835 in Ordiquhill, Banff had an affair with the Rev Alexander Murray who was Church of Scotland minister in Culslmond in the late 1850s - early 1860s. His birthplace is shown on the 1861 census as Aberdeen. At that time the Rev Alexander was aged 31 and already a widower. I haven't been able to trace any details of his deceased wife. In 1861 he was living at Auchinleader? in the parish of Forgue. Eliza Hardie was living with him as a servant. They had an illegitimate child, Alexander George Murray, born 17.1.1862 in Aberdeen. On the birth certificate he is shown as a teacher. They married two weeks after the birth and the baby was subsequently legitimised. All three emigrated to Canada probably before the end of 1862. In Canada Alexander resumed teaching but not apparently the ministry. Was he defrocked or excommunicated? They prospered and Alexander George became a barrister and had numerous descendants. However it is likely that the scandal precipitated the seminal event in my family history; the migration of nearly all of Eliza's brothers and sisters to East Lothian and Edinburgh. Therefore I would be very interested to hear from anyone who has knowledge of this affair or is related to Alexander and Eliza.
red mail Alexander Glennie
Alexander Glennie, formerly slate quarrier, married to Margaret (Littlejohn) Law, d. 7.9.1878 at Woodside of Cairnhill, Culsalmond, aged 78 years. Father of Peter (Wilson) Glennie, weaver, deceased, mother Christina nee Gerrie, deceased, COD - disease of heart. - informant son John Glennie, day labourer, Old Meldrum Culsalmond monumental inscriptions: "Erected in memory of Alexander Glennie, Cairnhill, Culsalmond, died 7 Sept. 1878 aged 78 years; his wife Margaret H. Law died OldMeldrum 1.1.1894 in 93rd year; their daughter Jane died 2 Baker St., OldMeldrum 28 Nov. 1906 aged 78 years."

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