Colin McLaren

My Maternal 3rd Great-Grandfather

Kinnoull Parish Church where Colin McLaren was baptised in 1819. Photo taken in 2009

Colin McLaren was born on May 16, 1819 and baptised on May 23, 1819 in the parish of Kinnoull, Perthshire Scotland. Colin was the fourth of eight children born to Janet Gardner and Duncan McLaren who were married December 15, 1811 in Scone, Perthshire Scotland.

On July 28, 1838 Colin McLaren married Margaret Kinmount in Errol, Perthshire, her home community and parish.  Together they had ten children, including my 2nd great-grandmother, Jean (aka Jane) McLaren (week 12).  One of their sons, Duncan, eventually moved to New Zealand, however the others remained in the Perthshire area.  Colin worked on farms all of his life as an agricultural labourer.

Colin McLaren appears in the Scotland census every ten years between 1841-1871:

1841 Census - Colin McLaren, Agriculture Labourer (20) with wife Margaret(20) and son Thomas (8 months) living in Inchture, Perthshire.

1851 Census - Colin McLaren (31), Head, born abt 1820 in Kinnoull, Perthshire, parish of Kinfauns. Address: Mounthoolie; Occupation: Ag Labourer. Living with: wife Margaret (32), sons Thomas (10), Duncan (6), Charles (4), daughters: Jean (8), Margaret (1)

1861 Census - Colin McLaren (40), Head, born abt 1821 in Kinnoul, Perthshire. Occupation: ploughman. Living at Lawhill, Trinity Gask, Perthshire with wife Margaret (41), sons Charles (14), Colin (8), William (6), daughters Margaret (10) and Isabel (2). Servants: John Duncan (25), Robert Farmer (21), William Sterling (43).

1871 Census - Colin McLaren, Head, farm servant, (49) born abt 1822 in Kinnoul Parish, Perthshire, living at Lawhill, Trinity Gask with wife Margaret (51) born abt. 1820 in Errol, Perthshire. Also, daughter Margaret (30) born abt 1841, occupation: outdoor work; daughter Isabella (12) born about 1859; grandchild Janet McDougle (4) born abt.1867 in Errol Perthshire.

 On December 7, 1878, Colin died of pneumonia at the age of 59. 

Lawhill Farm, Perthshire where Colin McLaren lived and worked as a ploughman at the time of the 1861 Scotland Census. (photo taken in 2009)

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Muggs | Reply 25.10.2014 18.52

So very interesting

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