South Leith Parish Church, Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland, site of Cockburn marriage in 1851. (photo taken in 2009)
My 2nd great-grandfather on my mother's side of the family was John Cockburn Sr. who was born around 1825 in Ireland to Robert and Ann Cockburn. Records about John cannot be found until his 1851 marriage. The old Parochial Register in
the Parish of Leith South, Edinburgh states "after proclamation of banns and marriage, John Cockburn, labourer, residing in Catskin Close, Leith, and Catherine Cockburn residing in Vinegar Close, Leith, daughter of Samuel Cockburn, there, were three times
proclaimed in order to marriage in the Parish Church of South Leith on June 29th 1851 and were married on July 8, 1851 by Reverend Valentine G. Faithful."
John and Catherine Cockburn had six children together, all born in Leith between 1860-1869. Unfortunately
two of their daughters died as toddlers from Scarlatina (Scarlet Fever). Their youngest child, John Jr. (week #4) became my maternal great-grandfather.
For some unknown reason the Cockburns do not appear in the 1851 or 1861 Scotland
census, however John is recorded every ten years between 1871 and 1891; his occupation is listed as toll collector for 1871 and 1881 and then gardener by 1891.
John died on Jan 13, 1899 in the District of Newington, Edinburgh (at the Royal Asylum,
Morningside) - his death certificate states: John Cockburn (75, gardener) married to Catherine Cockburn. Usual residence 93 Marchmont, Edinburgh. Parents: Robert Cockburn and Ann Cockburn (m.s. Cockburn) both deceased. Son John Cockburn, present. Cause of
death: cerebral apoplexy, acute pneumonia. John and Catherine are both buried in North Merchiston cemetery, Edinburgh.