The Heddles late 1800's; John is the bearded man on the left.
John Heddle was born on September 19, 1829 in St. Andrew's Parish, Orkney, Scotland. He was the first of seven children born to Peter Heddle (week 14) and Margaret Smith (week 26). John is found in the Scotland Census every ten years between
1841-1891; his listed occupation shows that he worked at various farm labour jobs most of his life from at least age 11 in St. Andrew's and later in Kirkwall, Orkney. In the mid-1890's John Heddle and most of his family left the Orkneys and moved
to Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland.
From their marriage certificate, on November 13, 1865: "marriage of John Heddle (36) of the farm, Cleat, Kirwall, Orkney (farm servant, bachelor) and Mary Stickler (25) of Young St. Kirkwall, Orkney (domestic servant,
spinster) at Young St., after Banns, according to the forms of the U.P. Chuch. John's parents: Peter Heddle (labourer) and Margaret Smith Heddle. Mary's parents: Thomas Stickler (labourer, deceased) and Mary Shearer Stickler). Officiatng Minister: Robert Paterson
D.D. U.P. Church, Kirwall; witnesses: William Leask and R. Eunson."
John and Mary had seven children together; their second child, Fanny Armit Heddle, died before her fourth birthday of unknown causes. John and Mary's daughter Mary (week 5) was
my great-grandmother, the mother of my maternal grandfather, Harold (week 22).
John Heddle died Feb 15, 1900 of pneumonia and bronchitis at 1 Iona St., Leith at the age of 70. He is buried in Rosebank cemetery in Edinburgh. Unfortunately
this is a common ground burial so the grave is unmarked.