Re: [Peterhead] Alexander Finnie
- Mauree [sic!] wrote:
> Thanks for your information about Alexander Finnie. I am wonderingif there can be two different Alexander Finnie's born around the same
time, marrying two different people i.e. Margaret Craib & Sarah
> As my Alexander was born, I believe, 2 Oct 1794,in Rathen, died in 44Mid Street, Fraserburgh on 6 October 1883, he married Sarah
McCastles, bc 1801, died 23 March 1877. Although saying that I have
a notice about his death and the ages don't add up - said he died at
the age of 96. It ties in with being born in 1786 !!!
> I have a Grand Aunt Sarah Cardno b 6 October 1883, with the middlename of McKaskill, possibly a spelling error of the above McCastles.
> I have the parents of Alexander Finnie as being William Finnie &Elizabeth Third.
> Can anyone shed light on this confusing Finnie, Craib, McCastlesaga.
Are you aware of Alexander FINNIE's entry in the 1881 Census?
He was living at 44 Mid St, Fraserburgh as father-in-law of John
CARDNO - your g-aunt's name, so this must be the right man.
In the Census his occupation is "Sawyer" & he is aged 93, widower,
born Rathen. This would make him 96 in 1883 & born c. 1787/8.
The Alexander FINNIE born in Rathen 2 Oct 1794 was the son of
Willm FINNIE & Elisth THIRD. Presumably you have Alexander's
death certificate from Scotland's People, in which case are these
the recorded parents? If they are, then 6 or 7 years must have
been added to his age at some stage.
Such a variation was not uncommon although usually men reduced
their age to ensure they continued in employment [Dare I say that
women may have had another agenda?]. It may be that Alex didn't
know exactly how old he was. Alternatively perhaps John CARDNO
didn't know Alex's age - and maybe just guessed for a Census entry.
The first check must be AF's death certificate.
Incidentally, on another point, I notice that you say
"name of McKaskill, possibly a spelling error of the above McCastles".
The alternative spelling should not be viewed as an error! The spelling
of names was quite variable prior to Victorian times and this continued
well into the 20th century. It was usually left to the recording clerk to
spell names as he [always "he" in those days] felt fit. With the strong
accents in the north east - and with Buchan often being the first language
for local folk, variations in spellings are legion.
Note, for instance, that the mother of Alexander FINNIE [born 1794] was
named Elisth. It is most likely this was Elisabeth which others might
spell "Elizabeth". It is also possible that the baptismal name was
Elspeth/Elspet. If this is your line and it looks certain, then you should
be aware that the mother's name could be spelt a number of different ways.
On my Forenames website I'm trying [desperately] to encompass all these
variations. See http://tinyurl.com/evexz for Elisabeth and links to many
other names. You might find any of these in the relevant records.
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