Partnership | Walter & Catherine Murray 1847-1907
- This page: A timeline of Walter & Catherine Murray's family life
- Status: In preparation 80% complete
- First Published: 14 January 2019
There are no known photographs of this family/
Walter and Catherine both came from families in the Scottish Borders. Walter from the wider Jedburgh area and Catherine from the Yarrow Valley near SelkirkThey had to move to find work and started life together near Hawick in 1847.
|Walter Murray||Born 1824 [TBC]||Cotfield, Lilliesleaf, Roxburghshire|
|Catherine Dalgliesh||Born 1822 [TBC]||Tinnis, Yarrow, Selkirkshire|
They lived in farm cottages, which were very small eg 2-4 rooms but the census often records 8-10 people living together at any one time.
|Married||1847||In Eldinhope thou. Banns in Roberton [Walter wkg at Mains & Catherine in Kirtown Ph.|
|No of children||from 1848 to 1867||Eight children also a step daughter & adopted son|
The table below records events in the life of Walter & Catherine Murray. It has been recovered entirely from public records.
Walter was a farmworker and in those days these people had to seek work each year. Sometimes they stayed on in the same location but they often moved, mostly in the same general area. The map at the foot of the page records [some of] the places where the events below took place.
However it is most likely incomplete because they could have moved at times when no event was recorded. There is no evidence, so far, that they ever went back to a location they had once lived & worked.
There would not have been any pensions at that time - hence Walter was still classed as working and moving around up until his death. Their income would have been supplemented by those "children" still at home. Both Walter and Catherine lived into their 80's - perhaps a testament to their country way of life.
The second half of the 19thC saw a massive population movement from the land to the town and city, largely driven by the children of this generation seeing that their parents way of life was no longer sustainable. This shift was often at the cost of a shorter life in the city which more often involved factory work.
|1847||Married||Chruch Banns in Roberton Ph.||Eldinhope ||OPR; Roberton where Walter was working at Mains.|
|1847||Child||Catherine Dalgliesh||<||Catherine's daughter 1846|
|1848||Birth of child||William Murray||Eldinhope , Yarrow||OPR:births|
|1850||Birth of child ||Walter Murray||Hassendeanbank, Minto||OPR:births|
|1851||Resident at||Walter = John ||Denholm, Cavers||CEN: record page|
|1853||Birth of child||Margaret Murray||Nether Tofts, Kirktown||OPR:births|
|1855||Birth of child||James Murray||Hallrule, Hobkirk||SR: births|
|1858||Birth of child||Robert Murray||Hallrule, Hobkirk||SR: births|
|1861||Resident at||Hallrule, Hobkirk||CEN: record page|
|1863||Birth of child||Andrew Murray||[TBC]||SR:births|
|1864||Birth of child||Janet Murray||[TBC]||SR:births|
|1867||Birth of child||Jane Murray||[TBC]||SR:births|
|1870||Child adopted||Thomas Minto||Billerwell, Hobkirk||SR:births|
|1871||Resident at||Billerwell, Hobkirk||CEN: record page|
|1881||Resident at||Bonjedward Mill, Crailing Ph.||CEN: record page|
|1891||Resident at||Baittens, Crailing Ph.||CEN: record page|
|1901||Resident at||Bedrule, Bedrule Ph.||CEN: record page|
|1904||Death||Catherine Murray||Spittal on Rule, Cavers Ph.||SR: deaths|
|1907||Death||of Walter Murray||Ruecastle, Bedrule Ph.||SR: deaths|
- PR: Parish Records
- SR: Statutory Records
- CEN: Census
Notes & References:
- Catherine Dalgliesh had a child (of the same name) born 1846 - a step daughter to Walter Murray, her name was later changed to Catherine Murray
- This was Catherine's parents home
- All subsequent births are assumed to be at their current residence.
- Walter recorded his forename as "John" in this census record.
Last Updated: 30 Jan 2019