Thomson,  Andrew I

Thomson, Andrew I

Male 1712 - 1792  (80 years)

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  • Name Thomson, Andrew  [1
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    Born 05 Feb 1712  Nethernock, Westerkirk, Dumfries-shire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Find A Grave Memorial 115054981 
    Died 21 Dec 1792  Nethernock, Westerkirk, Dumfries-shire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Westerkirk, Dumfries-shire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Westerkirk Old Churchyard - Bentparth, Dumfries and Galloway in Worldwide Cemeteries
      Posted by: flipflopnick
      N 55° 12.169 W 003° 04.899
      30U E 494803 N 6117364
      Quick Description: This is the very old Cemetery in Bentpath a short distance away from Westerkirk Parish Church, in Dumfries and Galloway. There are no small headstones. All are around six feet high and made from local sandstone. Grade B listed site.
    • Westerkirk Old Churchyard
    Person ID I268  Sullivan Burgess Family Tree
    Last Modified 1 Jan 2017 

    Father Thomson, William,   b. 14 Mar 1680, Westerkirk, Dumfries-shire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 30 Sep 1720, Westerkirk, Dumfries-shire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 40 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Beatie, Helen,   b. 1687, Westerkirk, Dumfries-shire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 30 Sep 1720, Dumfries-shire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 33 years) 
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    Married 09 Jul 1704  Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3612  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Scott, Janet,   b. 1716, Westerkirk, Dumfries-shire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Feb 1802, Nethernock, Westerkirk, Dumfries-shire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 22 Aug 1746  Nethernock, Westerkirk, Dumfries-shire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Thomson, William,   b. 06 Sep 1747, Nethernock, Westerkirk, Dumfries-shire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1837, Westerkirk, Dumfries-shire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)  [natural]
    +2. Thomson, Archibald,   b. 07 May 1749, Westerkirk, Dumfries-shire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jan 1819, Scarborough, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)  [natural]
    +3. Thomson, Andrew II,   b. 25 May 1751, Westerkirk, Dumfries-shire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 Aug 1823, Scarborough, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)  [natural]
     4. Thomson, John,   b. 13 May 1755, Nethernock, Westerkirk, Dumfries-shire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jun 1776, Nethernock, Westerkirk, Dumfries-shire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 21 years)  [natural]
     5. Thomson, Christopher,   b. Bef 20 Jul 1755, Nethernock, Westerkirk, Dumfries-shire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Westerkirk, Dumfries-shire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     6. Thomson, Helen,   b. 01 Jan 1758, Nethernock, Westerkirk, Dumfries-shire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Jan 1844, Nethernock, Westerkirk, Dumfries-shire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)  [natural]
     7. Thomson, Richard,   b. 21 Apr 1760, Nethernock, Westerkirk, Dumfries-shire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Nov 1776, Nethernock, Westerkirk, Dumfries-shire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 16 years)  [natural]
    +8. Thomson, David,   b. 30 Sep 1763, Nethernock, Westerkirk, Dumfries-shire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jun 1834, Scarborough, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 1 Jan 2017 
    Family ID F184  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 05 Feb 1712 - Nethernock, Westerkirk, Dumfries-shire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 22 Aug 1746 - Nethernock, Westerkirk, Dumfries-shire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 21 Dec 1792 - Nethernock, Westerkirk, Dumfries-shire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Westerkirk, Dumfries-shire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
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  • Headstones
    Final Resting Place Westerkirk Old Churchyard
    Final Resting Place Westerkirk Old Churchyard

    Family Crest
    Thomson Family Crest
    Thomson Family Crest
    This famous surname is regarded as being of "Crusader" origins, and found in every European country. That is to say it is a name associated with the Christian Faith, and one whose popularity followed the twelve Crusades by the knights of St John, under the command of various European kings in particular Richard, Coeur de Lyon, of England, to free the Holy Land from the Muslim. All the Crusades were unusuccessful, but it was not for want of gallantry, on either side. Returning knights, as a reminder of their efforts, gave their children names associated with the Bible. One of the most popular was Thomas. This was an Aramaic byname meaning "twin", and borne by one of Christ's disciples. Prior to the Crusades the name Thomas was found only as a priest name, but thereafter became one of the most popular male personal names, generating a wide variety of surnames. The patronymic forms from diminutives, such as Thomson (the Scottish form) and Thompson, found mainly in England and Northern Ireland, appear firstly in the 14th Century, the first recording being from Scotland. The intrusive "p" of the English and Irish forms was for easier pronunciation, and the wild fable about "p" meaning prisoner, is total rubbish. If "p" did imply prisoner, every name would have one! One of the earliest recordings is that of John Thompson in the charters of the Abbey of Whitby, Yorkshire, in 1349, whilst amongst the early church recordings is the marriage of David Thompson and Mary Clarke on May 29th 1664 at St. Giles Cripplegate, in the city of London. The first recorded spelling of the family name in any spelling is believed to be that of John Thomson, which was dated 1318, in the Annals of Scotland. This was during the reign of King Robert 1st of Scotland, known as "The Bruce", 1306 - 1329. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop", often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

  • Notes 
    • From the book 'A Backward Look at the Forefolk of LORD THOMSON of Fleet and North Bridge'. It was published in London in 1976. Printed in Great Britain by the Westerham Press, Westerham, Kent.

      Andrew (Thomson's) first born, William, was baptised at Netherknock on September 6th, 1747, and his second, Archibald (Lord Thomson' great-great-Grandfather), on May 7th 1749. A third son, Andrew, was baptised at Netherknock on May 25th, 1751, and a fourth John, who was baptised on May 13th 1755, died in Netherknock on January 24th, 1776, in his 22nd year. Andrew's only daughter, Helen, baptised on New Year's day 1758, ultimately married Peter Little and died at Netherknock in 1844 at the age of 86. Andrew's fifth son, Richard, baptised on April 21st, 1760, died of pneumonia at the age of 16. David, youngest of the Thomson children, was baptised at Netherknock on November 2nd, 1763.

      By the time Andrew Thomson moved to the Farm of Bonese in 1780 most of his sons had married and were rearing their own families. It was customary in those days to have large families and the Thomson brothers were no exception to the rule. Between them, the 4 brothers ultimately produced 49 children and accumulated close on 300 grandchildren. Archibald, Lord Thomson's great-great-Grandfather, had 11 children and 79 grandchildren. William, who remained in Scotland after the others emigrated, had the largest family of all - 6 children by his first Wife and 8 by his second.

      What of the eldest of the Thomson brothers, William, to whom it remained to maintain the family line back in rural Westerkirk? A line which petered out only in the second half of the 20th century, bringing toan end an unbroken association with the little Scottish valley stretching back more than 450 years with certainty, and into the mists of early time in all probability.

      William Thomson was 26 years of age when younger brother Archie struck out for Canada. (Archibald was in Kingston, Fort Detroit and Niagara, before coming to York). And by the time brothers Andrew and David set forth for York, Upper Canada, he was in his 50s.

      William's first Wife, Margaret Anderson, bore him six children. Their first child, Joan, was born on January 14th 1776 at Netherknock. Four years later, on July 19th 1780 twins George and Andrew arrived on the Netherknock scene. When his Father died at Bonese on February 13th 1857. George was to take over the tenancy. A fourth child Anne born at Craig in December 1782 died in infancy. A fifth Archibald who was born at Bonese on May 18th 1785 later emigrated to Canada. The existence in Westerkirk of a headstone to Archibald Thomson who died in the parish on November 22nd 1819 suggests that Archibald returned from Canada, probably due to ill health, to die in his native parish at the age of 35.

      William's sixth child Margaret born in the winter of 1789, also died in infancy. And William's Wife did not recover from the birth, herself dying a few weeks later. With four young children to rear - the eldest
      Joan was only 13 at the time of her mother's death - William's thoughts turned towards remarrying and his second marriage to Ann Little took place on January 10th 1794. This was the year of Lord Howe's great victory over the French fleet off Brest, the defeat of Robespierre and the end of the Reign of Terror in France.

      The first child of the marriage, Christopher born on August 31st 1796 married Mary Thomson his first cousin in York, Upper Canada. (Mary was the daughter of the emigrant Andrew in Scarborough Township).

      William's eighth child, named after himself, died at Bonese on December 15th 1866 at the age of 69. A ninth child David born on July 18th 1799 married Jane Edgar in Scotland and like so many Thomson?s before him sailed for Canada in the early 1850s and settled in Orillia, Upper Canada.

      A tenth child Janet was born in the summer of 1801 and an eleventh Margaret in April 1803. Margaret married James Glendinning in Bonese but died in 1823 at the age of 20 after the birth of two sons. A
      twelfth child Ann born in 1805 married Thomas Telfer the schoolmaster at Westerkirk. Mr Telfer died at Kirtounhill in 1830 but Ann outlived him by 49 years, dying at Bonese in 1879 at the age of 74. Of William's thirteenth and fourteenth, children, John and Simon, little is known in Westerkirk and it is probable that they too emigrated. (Simon came to Scarborough Township, York, Upper Canada)

      Westerkirk Old Churchyard - Bentparth, Dumfries and Galloway in Worldwide Cemeteries N 55° 12.169 W 003° 04.899 30U E 494803 N 6117364
      This is the very old Cemetery in Bentpath a short distance away from Westerkirk Parish Church, in Dumfries and Galloway. There are no small headstones. All are around six feet high and made from local sandstone. Grade B listed site.

      Inscription: In memory of John Thomson son to Andrew Thomson in Netherknock who died 24th June 1776 aged 22 years. Also Richard Thomson son of the said Andrew Thomson who died 24th November 1776 aged 16 years. Also Andrew Thomson in Netherknock died December 21st 1792 aged 80 years. Also Janet Scott his spouse who died February 22nd 1802 aged 85 years.

  • Sources 
    1. [S167] FindAGrave, (Name: www.findagrave.com;), Westerkirk Old Churchyard - Bentparth, Dumfries and Galloway in Worldwide Cemeteries Posted by: flipflopnick N 55° 12.169 W 003° 04.899 30U E 494803 N 6117364 Quick Description: This is the very old cemetery in Bentpath a short distance away from Westerkirk Parish Church, in Dumfries and Galloway. There are no small headstones. All are around six feet high and made from local sandstone. Grade B listed site.
      Record for Andrew Thomson