William MCMATH was born in Scotland circa 1764. He was a Stocking Weaver in Portsburgh, Edinburgh and died in Scotland. He Married Janet PURDIE on the 27th June 1783 at St. Cuthbert’s Church in Edinburgh. Janet was born on the 28th August 1763, West Calder, Midlothian to Robert Purdie, Carrier and Mary Walker. William and Janet had the following four children:
William is listed in the Edinburgh Post Office Directories as a Stocking Maker at Sciennes Street, Edinburgh for the years 1810 to 1822. After 1822 he disappears ....
Little is known about William and Janet McMath, but they both died before the census was taken in 1841.
Robert MCMATH - the oldest son of William MCMATH and Janet PURDIE was born on the 29th Feb 1784 in Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland. He married Janet SCOTT on the 8th Aug 1819 in Arbroath, Angus. Janet was born on the 8th Oct 1786 in Wilton, Roxboroughshire to John Scott and Betty Martin. Robert was a Stocking Manufacturer and Spirits Dealer in Dundee, and they had the following four children:
Robert and Jannet lived in Arbroath and then moved to the Blackscroft area of Dundee. On the 1841 census they are listed as living at Blackscroft Creighton’s Land, Dundee. Robert died at Blackscroft on the 18th Dec 1845 of paralysis aged 64 years. He was buried on the 21 Dec 1845 at the New Howff Cemetery, Dundee, Plot 1356 Section A. Janet died at Blackscroft on the 31st August 1853 from inflammation of the bowels aged 72 years. She was buried on the 4th September 1853 at the New Howff Cemetery, Dundee, Plot 785, Section B.
Sadly the New Howff Cemetery was built on in the 1960’s and a car park now stands in its place.
January 1847 the Will & Testament of Robert McMath, Stocking Manufacturer & Spirits Dealer at Blackscroft, is read that he left Jannet £20 (in todays money). Upon talking to a Scottish will expert, this was an inventory of Robert McMath’s estate. Robert died without making a will, and Janet was appointed by the court as executor. The inventory simply consists of Robert’s household furniture and possessions. This is unusual as the deceased mentions no debts or anything owing or owed, nor money invested in some form. Janet it would seem was in need of money.
John Scott MCMATH– The third child and second son of Robert McMath and Jannet Scott was born on the 15th Apr 1823 in Arbroath. John was a Spinning, Flax and Jute Mill Overseer, later to become a Bakers Shopman in partnership with his son William trading as “John McMath & Son“ at 6 Blackscroft, Dundee. He married Ann MORTIMER, Mill Spinner, daughter of William Mortimer and Ann Malcolm, on the 11th Aug 1843 in Dundee. Ann was born on the 27th May 1821 in Dundee. They had the following eleven children:
John and Ann lived in the Blackscroft area of Dundee for over 50 years. John and William’s Bakery business was declared bankrupt in February 1885. Ann died on the 23rd Nov 1886 at 6 Blackscroft. She died of apoplexy (stroke) aged 65 years, and is buried with her sister Helen Mortimer and brother William Mortimer at the Eastern Cemetery in Dundee, section F, lair 114.
John died on the 12th June 1896 at 48 Constable Street, Dundee. He died from cardiac disease aged 71 years, and is buried with his son William McMath and daughter Elizabeth McMath at the Eastern Cemetery in Dundee, section FF, lair 1036. John was buried on the 15th June 1896.
Robert MCMATH – The fourth eldest child of John MCMATH and Ann MORTIMER was born on the 20th July 1849 at Blackscroft, Dundee. Robert was a Jute Mill Worker, Power Loom Mechanic and an Iron Turner. He married Jessie FYFE, factory worker and daughter to George Fyfe, Linen Manufacturer, and Mary Doig, on the 6th Aug 1874 in Forfar, Angus. Jessie was born in 1851 in Forfar, Angus. They had the following children:
After their marriage in 1874, Robert & Jessie lived at 17 Backwynd, Forfar. The road name was then changed to Queen Street and they lived here for over 30 years. Robert died on the 7th Feb 1929 at 6 Canmore Street, Forfar. He died of an aneurism of the aorta and angina aged 79 years. He is buried in the Newmonthill Cemetery, Forfar with his wife Jessie, Plot A/488/1.
|McMath family in 1901|
|Top row, left to right - Mary Ann,
Robert, George & David
Bottom row - left to right - Isabel, Robert McMath, Jessie McMath ( Fyfe ), Charles & Euphemia
Jessie died on the 23rd Feb 1936 at 6 Canmore Street, Forfar. She died of a coronary thrombosis aged 85 years. She is buried at the Newmonthill cemetery in Forfar with her husband Robert.
David Fyfe MCMATH– the seventh eldest child of Robert McMath and Jessie Fyfe. David Fyfe McMath was born on the 24th Oct 1889 in Forfar and became a Minister at St David’s Church, Kirkintilloch, Glasgow. He married Christina Jamieson CARGILL (Ina), daughter of Alexander Cargill, Master Builder, and Jane Callendar, on the 6th August 1915 at Forfar. They had the following children:
David went to school at the Forfar Academy,
and later went on to St Andrew's University where he was awarded a
Master of Arts in 1911, and a Batchelor of Divinity in 1914.
He trained to be a Minister and was licensed by the Presbytery of Forfar in 1914.
During WWI David was a Captain in the Royal Field Artillery 1914-1919. He joined the Gordon Highlanders in 1914 as a Combatant Officer and was awarded the Military Cross on the 31st July 1917. In 1919 David was ordained and living at Kirkside House in Sorn, Ayrshire with his family. He was inducted to the charge of St David’s Church, Kirkintilloch in 1924, and was the Minister here for 36 years living at the Manse, Bellvue Road. Overall he was a Minster and Servant for 42 years, Baille at Kirkintillioch, and a member of the Town Council for 17 years,
"One of the most eloquent and engaging preachers the burgh has ever seen "
|Wedding of Christina Jamieson Cargill and David Fyfe McMath|
David died on the 4th September 1962 at Kirkintilloch, Glasgow. Ina moved to Wiltshire and resided in an old peoples home in Semington, so she was near to her son Forbes ( who lived in Trowbridge at the time ). Ina died in 1977 and was interred at Haycombe Cemetery, Bath.
John Fife ( birth unknown ), married Ann Torn on the 5th June 1773 in Forfar. Ann was born on the 3rd Feb 1754 in Forfar to James Torn. John was a Maltman by trade in Forfar and with Ann had the following ten children:
James – born 19th February 1777, Forfar.
Margaret – born 8th February 1780, Forfar.
John – born 7th December 1781, Forfar. Linen Manufacture. Married Elizabeth Milne in 1806, and died on the 18th November 1845 in Forfar.
Archibald – born 28th December 1784, Forfar. Died in 1789, Forfar.
Robert – born 4th May 1786, Forfar, Died 12th December 1825, Forfar.
Jannett – born 17th June 1788, Forfar.
Alexander – born 19th December 1790, Forfar.
Archibald – born 19th December 1790, Forfar.
George – born 16th November 1792, Forfar. Died 1794, Forfar.
George – born 2nd December 1795, Forfar. Died 1834 in Edinburgh.
John Fyfe was born on the 7th December 1781 in Forfar to parents John Fife and Ann Torn. John was a Linen Manufacturer by trade and married Elizabeth Milne on the 13th December 1806 in Forfar. Elizabeth was born on the 17th November 1779 in Forfar to parents Robert Milne and Elizabeth Roch. John and Elizabeth had the following ten children:
James – born 2nd September 1807, Forfar. Died 7th May 1810 in Tannadice.
Robert – born 2nd September 1807, Forfar. Died 6th March 1812, Tannadice.
Charles – born 5th October 1809, Forfar. Died 25th December 1869, Tannadice. Farmer of 460 acres at Nether Balgilo.
John – born 6th May 1811, Forfar. Linen Manufacturer. Died 24th November 1846, Tannadice.
Elizabeth – born 11th March 1813, Forfar. Died 9th March 1816, Tannadice.
Mary – born 11th March 1813, Forfar. Died 5th April 1818, Tannadice.
George – born 10th March 1815, Fordar. Linen Manufacturer. Married Mary Doig in 1845, died in Forfar on the 28th August 1878.
Isabella Barry - born 25th February 1820, Forfar. Died 18th March 1907 at Milne Hall, Forfar.
James – born 21st November 1822, Forfar. Died 1st March 1827, Tannadice.
Janet – born 4th September 1816, Forfar. Died 24th February 1857, Tannadice.
Five out of John and Elizabeth’s ten children died under the age of six. The age of the industrial revolution led to over crowding and a dramatic rise in infant mortality.
In 1841, John and Elizabeth were living with their family at Backwynd in Forfar. John was listed as a Linen Manufacturer.
Elizabeth died on the 2nd June 1842 and is buried in Tannadice. John died on the 18th November 1845, and is buried in Tannadice with his wife.
George Fyfe was born on the 10th March 1815 in Forfar, to parents John Fyfe and Elizabeth Milne. George was a Linen Manufacturer and Cattle Dealer by trade and married Mary Doig, Linen Hand Loom Weaver, on the 28th December 1845 in Forfar. Mary was born on the 25th April 1823 to parents Charles Doig & Mary Hay. George and Mary had the following 10 children:
John – born 1847, Backwynd, Forfar. John died on the 28th May 1859 at 7 Backwynd, Forfar of Scarlatina. His father George was the informant. Buried at Newmonthill, Cemetery Forfar.
Charles – born 1849, Backwynd, Forfar. Charles died on the 26th December 1867 at 7 Backwynd, Forfar of Pulmonary Consumption. His father was the informant. Buried at Newmonthill, Cemetery Forfar.
– born 1st August 1851, Backwynd, Forfar. Jessie was a factory
worker and married Robert McMath on the 6th August 1874 in
Forfar. Jessie died on the 23rd Feb 1936 in Forfar.
See McMath Genealogy.
See McMath Genealogy.
Elizabeth – born 1853, Backwynd, Forfar. Elizabeth died on the 7th June 1856 at 7 Backwynd, Forfar of Pneumonia. Her father George was the informant. Buried at Newmonthill, Cemetery Forfar.
Robert – born 1855, Backwynd, Forfar. Law Clerk.
George – born 8th May 1857, Backwynd, Forfar.
Isabella – born 22nd October 1859, Backwynd, Forfar
Mary Ann – born 7th April 1862, Backwynd, Forfar. Died 28th April 1906 at Hownam Manse, Kelso. Buried at Newmonthill, Cemetery Forfar.
Thomas – born 20th May 1864, Backwynd, Forfar. Died on the 13th September 1865 at 7 Backwynd, Forfar of disease of the brain and convulsions. His father George was the informant. Buried at Newmonthill, Cemetery Forfar.
Elizabeth – born 24th November 1866, Backwynd, Forfar. Died on the 27th December 1869 at 7 Backwynd, Forfar from Scarlatina. Her father George was the informant. Buried at Newmonthill, Cemetery Forfar.
Five out of ten of George and Mary’s children died at a young age, again due to the high mortality rate of this time.
For over 30 years George and Mary lived at 7 Backwynd in Forfar. George’s occupations included a Warper, Cow Feeder and a Tow & Flax Weaver.
George died on the 28th August 1878 at 8 Backwynd, Forfar. He died of Bright’s Disease of the Kidneys aged 60 years. George is buried at the Newmonthill Cemetery in Forfar, Plot A/488/1 with his daughter Jessie Fyfe and many McMath family members. Mary lived with her daughter Jessie and Robert McMath at 17 Queen Street, living on private means. Mary died on the 19th August 1908 at 13 New Road, Forfar, She died of a cerebral thrombosis aged 79 years and is buried with her husband at the Newmonthill Cemetery in Forfar, Plot A/488/1.
The gravestone at Newmonthill, Forfar reads as follows:
“George Fyfe, Manufacturer of Forfar, died 18th August 1878 aged 62, also his children John, Betsy, Isabella, Thomas and Elizabeth who died in infancy. Also Charles who died 1869, George who died 1877, Marianne who died 1906 and his wife Mary Doig who died 29th August 1908”.
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