Chart 10149

Alexander Brownlee and Agnes Boyd in Antrim, Ireland

Alexander Brownlee married Agnes Boyd. Alexander died prior to 1849.

They had issue:

Alexander Brownlee born c1828 in (Antrim) Ireland. Alexander was married in 1849 at Dunaghy Presbytery in Ireland to Ann Lawrie (Lowry). They lived at Artnacrea and moved to Scotland between 1851 and 1853. Ann Lawrie (Lowry) died on 18 Dec 1858 and Alexander married again on 2 April 1861 to Mary Kelly. Alexander died in 1869. Mary Kelly died in 1890 at Dundee Royal Lunatic Asylum, Liff[1], Scotland from "general paralysis of the insane" 2 years 2 months.

They had issue:

1. Alexander Brownlee born c1851 in Ireland.

2. James Brownlee born c1854 in Scotland.

3. Robert Brownlee a twin born 11 November 1856 and died 11 November 1856.

4. William Brownlee a twin who was born 11 November 1856. He may have died as a child because he does not appear on the 1861 Census.

5. Robert Brownlee born 1858 born 15 December 1858 who died on 26 July 1859.

Alexander Brownlee married secondly to Mary Kelly and had issue:

1. Neill Brownlee born 27 August 1862 who died on 13 May 1865.

2. Agnes Brownlee born on 1 August 1864 at Monkland who lived until 1944

3. Andrew Brownlee born 26 August 1866 at Monkland (Caroline Day’s great grandfather) who died in 1952.

4. Martha Brownlee born 1868 at Monkland and died in 1942.


Email 3/1/2006: My great-great grandfather Alexander BROWNLEE was married at Dunaghy Presbytery. In Antrim in 1849 (I have a poor copy of the marriage cert from the Mormon site. Does anyone know where I can get a better copy?). It looks as though he was married with an address from Artnacrea. I next found him in Scotland Lanarkshire with his wife Ann LAWRIE (or Lowry). I never knew if Alexander originated from Antrim or Scotland until I eventually found him on the Scotland 1861 census showing his birthplace as Ireland and also showing a son Alexander age 10 born Ireland (so born about 1851) and another son James born Scotland c1854 aged 7 in the census.   I also found further children on Scotland’s People:

Robert born 11 Nov 1856 who died same day, a twin William who I have never found anywhere else but does not show in 1861 census so assume died?  There was a further son Robert born 1858 born 15 December 1858 who died on 26 July 1859. Ann LOWRY (or Lawrie) died on 18 Dec 1858 and Alexander married again on 2 April 1861 to Mary KELLY.  They had a son Neill born 27 Aug 1862 who died on 13 May 1865, a daughter Agnes born on 1 Aug 1864 who lived until 1944, a son Andrew b 26 Aug 1866 (my great grandfather) who died in 1952 and a daughter Martha born 1868 who died in 1942.

I know from Alexander's death certificate (in 1869) that his parents were Alexander BROWNLEE and Agnes BOYD and he was born about 1828.

Alexander Senior was showing as deceased by the look of it on the 1849 marriage cert.

After Alexander died in 1869 not sure what happened to Mary Kelly in 1871 census but found children lodging: 

Census entry - 52 New Street, Eastwood, Barony of Pollokshaws

Elizabeth Riley - Head - age 40 - Ireland

John Coppall - Lodger - age 15

Frances Coppall - Lodger - age 13

Charles Coppall - Lodger - age 5 and my family

Agnes Brownlee - ditto under lodger - 6  - Scholar Lanark, Monkland

Andrew Brownlee - ditto under lodger - 4 - Lanark, Monkland

Martha Brownlee - ditto under lodger - 3 - Lanark, Monkland and then

Peter Stewart - looks like 73 - Ireland.

Then found them again in 1881 census as Inmates at Glasgow Poorhouse (Barony, Lanark) with mother Mary Kelly or Brownlee - Agnes wasn't with them but presume by then she was 17 and old enough to fend for herself.

Mary Kelly died 1890 at Dundee Royal Lunatic Asylum, Liff[1], Scotland from "general paralysis of the insane" 2 years 2 months.

Has anyone any idea how I can move any further forwards (or backwards!) from here?? Any help much appreciated.

If you have managed to read down this far I admire your strength of character - especially after the New Year!

Kind regards.

Caroline Day

(from a gloomy South of England) 

[1] Liff, Scotland is a small hamlet northwest of Dundee in Scotland. It was the site of Royal Dundee Liff Hospital, a large psychiatric institution, which was situated in the grounds of an expansive estate. The hospital has recently closed and the area is now being developed as prime building land for up-market house building. The psychiatric unit has moved to a new building beside Ninewells Hospital. The placename features in the title of a bestselling book by Douglas Adams and John Lloyd, The Meaning of Liff. It is defined there as "a book, the contents of which are totally belied by its cover". However, to people in the Tayside region of Scotland the name is virtually synonymous with "the local mental hospital". Taken from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia online.