A study of the earliest Gillespies in Scotland is found in NEWSLETTERS – begins page 13 in opening newsletter.
Where did Gillespies live in Scotland? They were most numerous in Lanarkshire (including Glasgow) and Stirlingshire, with none in Shetland. The chart provided below lists the individuals in each country every 10 years between 1841 to 1891. Births vs deaths, and arrival or departure of people affect the total number, as one gets a glimpse of Gillespies over 50 years in Scotland’s history.
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Additional all Scotland records at bottom of page.
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Aberdeen Parish Map (shows location of events in yellow)
Actor, William Gillespie, 1894-1938 born Aberdeen, buried in California.
Started in Hollywood in the silent era, His career spanned 1915 top 1938.
Isle of Islay: Travel Tips
“In the 13th Century, Donald of Islay founded the MacDonald Clan.”
Dubhgall, the eldest son of Somerled, Lord of the Isles, was the founder of the MacDougall clan.”
Note: There are more Scottish Gillespies in Ontario, Canada from the Isle of Islay, than any other Scottish location of origin. Most of them arrived during the 1830s, lessening after 1851. Islay Immigrants to Ontario
Books: Sketches of Islay by William MacDonald, MD; Islay, Biography of An Island, by Margaret Storrie
Edinburgh – see MIDLOTHIAN
Earliest record for the North of Scotland 1649
1841 Glasgow Police Return:
- Mrs C Gillespie born Scotland, age 60, 26 years in city, 16 Gibson Street, widow, 2 children born, weekly earnings 1.0, Parish relief 1.0, meals 1, Dwelling 14’X 10′ In bad health and has no work
- Mrs G Gillespie, born Ireland, age 65, 45 years in city, 109 Old Wynd, widow, monthly parish relief 4.6.temp parish relief 1.0, 1 meal. 12′ x 10′ dwelling size. No bed clothes and in ill health.
City of Edinburgh Births Marriages Deaths Edinburgh Gillespie Biographies
James Donaldson 1751-1830 married Jane Gillespie. Editor of the Edinburgh Advertiser. Left his fortune to found a school for the poor & deaf children.
James Gillespie Graham 1776-1855 s/o Malcolm Gillespie a writer of Dunblane, became an architech, designed churches and country houses.
Portrait of William Gillespie, of Leith, Scotland (Edinburgh). About 1843 -1847
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Birth of James Gillespie Graham, 1776-1855, son of Malcolm Gillespie, witer in Dunblane. His father became Sheriff substitute of Dunblane. His mother was Jane Stewart. James became an architech, designing church and country homes. He married Elizabeth Marjorie Campbell in 1830 in Edinburgh, Scotland. James also became a Justice of the Peace. His residence iwas n Parish of Duddingston, in the east side of Edinburgh, where he had lived for at least 15 years before his death. Buried Greyfriars Churchyard.
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Total Records: 4