Robert Davidson & Margaret Murray
The Family of Robert & Margaret Davidson
 
G4 Robert Davidson
(ca 1783 - )
=
Margaret Murray
(ca 1783 - )
 
 
G3 Isobel Davidson
(12 Dec 1804 - )
Alexander Davidson
(22 Apr 1808 - 17 Mar 1890) 3
Margaret Davidson
(17 May 1816 - )
Robert Davidson
(5 Aug 1818 - )
Isabella Innes Davidson
(17 Jul 1821 - )
 
The Davidson family lived in Findhorn, Moray, Scotland, where Robert Davidson was a sailor. His wife Margaret appears to have come from nearby Forres. Apart from Alexander, the children's births were all registered in Kinloss Parish. Alexander was registered in Forres as it appears that his father was working as a seaman in Aberdeen at the time.

It is interesting to note that the witness names largely align with Margaret's siblings names.

I have found a number of records which could be for the children, for example Russell's Morayshire register of 1852, has two Robert Davidsons in Findhorn in the Kinloss parish, one a baker and the other a wood merchant.

IGI Records:

There were several Robert Davidsons in Findhorn at the time, and so at this stage we cannot be sure that this record from the IGI is the correct one.

NameROBERT DAVIDSON
Birth31 OCT 1783
Christening11 NOV 1783
PlaceKinloss, Moray, Scotland
FatherROBERT DAVIDSON
MotherISABELL ROY
Batch No.C111382
Again I have no proof that this is the correct Margaret, but she fits well with the evidence:
  • the Innes name recurring in one of their children's names
  • she is the only one on record as born in Forres at the right time
  • her siblings name closely match witnesses at the children's christenings
NameMARGARET MURRAY
Birth08 OCT 1783
Christening21 OCT 1783
PlaceForres, Moray, Scotland
FatherJOHN MURRAY
MotherISOBEL INNES
Batch No.C111372
Robert Davidson's death:
From the IGI:
IGI Reference No.:NM072779
Surname:DAVIDSON
Forename(s):ROBERT
Occupation:TAILOR (note typo)
Date of Death:21 MAR 1839
Place of Death:FINDHORN
Parish Register:MF A Ki1
 
And from the Kinloss Parish Register:
Robert Davidson, Sailor, died at Findhorn on the 26th and was buried on the 28th March 1839.
IGI references for children's births:
NameBirthChrParishBatch
ISOBEL DAVIDSON12 DEC 180428 DEC 1804KinlossC111382
ALEXANDER DAVIDSON22 APR 180825 APR 1808ForresC111372
MARGARET DAVIDSON17 MAY 181621 MAY 1816KinlossC111382
ROBERT DAVIDSON5 AUG 181813 AUG 1818KinlossC111382
ISABELLA INNES DAVIDSON17 JUL 182125 JUL 1821KinlossC111384

Parish registers:

Kinloss"Isobel L Daughter to Robt Davidson and Margt Murray in Findhorn was born the 12th and baptized the 28th December 1804. Witnesses John Rhind P of Dyke and Thos Murray P of Forres."
Forres"Alexander lawful son to Robert Davidson seaman at Aberdeen and Margaret Murray his spouse was born 22nd and baptized 25th April 1808. Witnesses Alexr Murray Senr and Junr Mills of Forres."
Kinloss"Margaret L Daughter to Robert Davidson and Margt Murray in Findhorn was born the 27th and baptized the 21st may 1816. Witnesses John and Robert Murray in parish of Forres."
Kinloss"Robert L son to Robert Davidson and Margaret Murray in Findhorn was born the 5th Augt and baptized the 13th August 1818. Witnesses Robert Bain in Findhorn and Robert Murray in P of Forres."
Kinloss"Isabella Innes L Daughter to Robert Davidson and Margaret Murray in Findhorn was born the 17th and baptized the 28th July 1821. Witnesses John and George Murray both in Forres."
There was only one Robert Davidson in Kinloss in the 1841 and 1851 censuses.

Keeping in mind the rounding to the nearest 5 years in birth date in the 1841 census, this fits with Robert and his mother. Robert snr had died 2 years earlier.

Surname First names Sex Age Occupation Where Born
DAVIDSON Robert M 20 Baker Morayshire
DAVIDSON Margaret F 50 Widow Morayshire
DAVIDSON Isabella F 15 Morayshire
1841 Census (Free BMD)
Piece: SCT1841/138 Place: Kinloss -Morayshire
Civil Parish: Kinloss, Folio: 3 Page: 4, Address: Findhorn
Surname First names Rel Age Occupation Where Born
DAVIDSON Robt Head 31 Master Baker Findhorn Kinloss
DAVIDSON Isabella Wife 31 Baker's Wife Drainie
DAVIDSON Margt Dau 8 Scholar Findhorn Kinloss
DAVIDSON Isabella Dau 5 Scholar Findhorn Kinloss
DAVIDSON Ann Dau 3 Findhorn Kinloss
DAVIDSON Robt Son 11m Findhorn Kinloss
CAMERON Margt Servnt 18 General Servant Findhorn Kinloss
1851 Census (Free BMD)
Piece: SCT1851/138 Place: Kinloss -Morayshire
Civil Parish: Kinloss Ecclesiastical Parish, Village or Island: Kinloss
Folio: 106 Page: 1 Schedule: 1, Address: Findhorn
Notes & References
  1. International Genealogical Index
  2. Scotlands People.
  3. Moray Online database.
  4. Ancestry.com Census records, English Census's for 1881, 1891 and 1901.
  5. History of Kinloss Abbey
  6. Kinloss Abbey
  7. Kinloss, from 'A Vision of Britain through Time'