The Jamiesons of Maybole
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Click here for the story of the clock restoration.Three Letters: Jessie Jamieson was born on the 20th of September, 1801 in Maybole, the fourth of eleven children of Quintin Jamieson, a clockmaker in Maybole and Katharine Bone. Quintin Jamieson was also born in Maybole on the 7th of July, 1772 and was a respected member of the community as evidenced by his admission to the town council in June, 1802. Quintin's children prospered as well, with two of them becoming medical doctors. One son, Quintin, born the 8th of August 1795, served as a doctor with the British Army in India. Another son, John Jamieson, born about 1813, was in Glasgow in the early 1830's, probably at the university. It was while John was in Glasgow that his older sister Jessie wrote to him on at least three occasions, from her home in Maybole. These letters were passed down to Elizabeth Knowles, (see note on this below) a descendant of the Jamiesons of Maybole and are presented with her generous permission below. While the content of the letters is fairly mundane, they do provide a small first hand account of the concerns and cares of a woman in the early 1830's and her desire to visit her brother in the "big city" - Glasgow. Although in her 30's, it is worth noting that even at that age she looked for approval from her father to make the trip. One of the letters dated 16th Dec 1833 is transcribed below.

Invitation to a Funeral
With the three letters that survive is an invitation to a funeral dated 10 September, 1832 and addressed to John Jamieson. It was written by Agness Campbell for the burial of her son John at the Dalrymple churchyard. Such an invitation appears to be unusually but maybe other site visitors have similar documents passed down to them from their ancestors. If so we would like to hear about them or anyone that can tell us more about Agnes Campbell and her son John.

A Hidden Pathos
Following the three letters and funeral invitation below are other items documenting the Jamieson's Maybole origins and their emigration to America in the mid 1830's. As it turns out, Jessie's declaration in her letter to her brother John, that "it is a warning to us to to live as we ought to do and prepare for that dreadful event that sooner or later awaits us all. We should leave nothing to the last as a Death bed as often enough to do with itself" was slightly prophetic. Jessie died about 1840 in the US. As one writer of the family's history described it …."there is a pathos hidden in this record, for the daughter Jessie, ... died of homesickness. Even though the Allegheny valley was just as beautiful then as now, yet the daughter who had been a social leader …'with dresses that stood alone' was unable to meet the severe chilling contrast."

Transcription of a Letter from Jessie to her Brother John.

Mr. John Jamieson
                                                                                                                                                                        Maybole 16th Dec 1833

My Dear John,

You will learn from my fathers letter that I was in Ayr this last three weeks staying with Mrs Jamieson. They are such a respected famaly indeed. Mr. Jamiesons Death was so unexpected. Yes John it is a warning to us to live as we ought to do and prepare for that dreadful event that sooner or later awaits us all. We should leave nothing to the last as a Death bed has often enough to do with itself. It was a most heart rendering scene to see Mrs. Jamieson suffering her dear Husband in his last moments and with that calm resignation of a true Christian she closed his eyes and mouth with her own hands and resigned him to his God. Mrs. Jamieson says he and you were a long time together before you when to Glasgow. She thinks he was giving you a good advice which she hopes you will keep in mind. I don't know whether to go to Glasgow or not. My Father says nothing against it. Be sure to write me by return of carrier what you think about it and if you could get a bed in your own lodgings or I was to get yours. I would like much to go as it is the last winter you will be in Glasgow. I may not have a opportunity of seeing it again. Have you seen Mrs. Smith since Hellen left Glasgow. Old Mrs McJanet Died this morning. Mr Hellson is very ill. Dr. Girven says he never saw him so bad. He is confined close to his bed. I was very sorry to hear of William Stewart been ill. I hope by this time he is getting well. The young ladies here are much concerned about him. Mrs. Senne_y sends love to you. Gilbert has I suppose given you all the news. Mrs Mas__ has sent you and William Stewart a piece of brides cake so I hope you will all dream of your sweet heart. So write me this week and give me all the news of Glasgow. We have had no letter from Quinten since you left. I hope you have written to him often. It is something strange that James never writes. I am happy to hear William is doing better. Agnes sends best respects to you and Stewart with best. Love to yourself, I am your ever attached sister Jessie.


Click on the images below to view them full size. Contributed by Elizabeth Knowles.

Funeral Invitation Funeral Invitation 17 Jan 1831, page 1 17 Jan 1831, page 2 17 Jan 1831, page 3

16 Dec 1833, page 1 16 Dec 1833, page 2 16 Dec 1833, page 3 3 Mar 1834, page 1 3 Mar 1834, page 2


Jamieson Family History Documents. Contributed by Elizabeth Knowles.

Jamieson Family Group Obit for Gilbert Jamieson Will of Quitain Jamieson


Note about Elizabeth (Beth) Knowles and how these letters came to the Maybole website.
As many a genealogist will attest, serendipity appears with great regularly in the search for our ancestors. (see In Search of Our Ancestors by Megan Smolenyak) and so it has played its part in bringing these letters to the Maybole website. In April of 2001, webmaster for the site, Rich Pettit visited Maybole. On his return to Florida, the St. Petersburg Times featured a story about the visit which was read by St. Petersburg resident Elizabeth Knowles. Imagine her surprise to learn that the webmaster for Maybole, the home of her ancestors, also worked for the same company she did, on the floor below her! In most cases those researching their Maybole ancestry find connections with other researchers by email and across oceans. Happily, this one was almost across the hall! If we needed another reason to treat our fellow coworkers with respect, this serves to show you never know where your next connection or cousin will be found.


Other Jamieson Researchers

I am trying to find information on relatives which lived in Maybole in the late 1700's, early 1800's before immigrating to the United States. My Great, Great, Great, Great Grandfather was Quinton Jamieson, born 1771. He married a Catherine Bone, born 1775. They had 6 children: Jesse, born 1800 John, born 1802 James, born 1804 Robert, born 1808 Cassillis, born Feb. 2, 1811 Gilbert, born 1824 All children were born in or around Maybole. Would you be kind enough to point me in the right direction in order that I might find out about these people and my Scottish heritage of which I am very proud. Also, could you tell me what Clans were in the area of Maybole. I know that Jamieson is a sept of either the Clan Stuart or Clan Gunn. Thank You in advance, John Jamieson, Boardman, Ohio USA
John Jamieson 23 Oct 2000

My dearest friend, Cathi Jamieson, is traveling to find her roots in  March of 2001. Her great grandfather, James Jamieson, was born in Maybole about 1882. He married Elisabeth Young, also born in Maybole in 1887.  Cathi wants to be able to contact any relatives currently living in Maybole so as to arrange a visit when she arrives.  Thank you kindly for any assistance you are able to provide. 
Essie Dube  Wickford, RI 02852 USA

My great-grandfather, William Jamieson (1824 - 1884) was a cloth merchant in Ayr and he was, as far as I can establish,  the eldest grandchild of Quintin Jamieson, clockmaker in Maybole, and Katherine Bone. Quintin and Katherine Jamieson, accompanied by their younger surviving children (not including my great-great-grandfather, James and his elder brother, Quintin) emigrated to the USA in the 1830s and settled near Tionesta, Pennsylvania. Further information on William Jamieson's family is to be found below. I would welcome further information on any other descendants of Quintin Jamieson and Katherine Bone. Thank you  ( February 2004)

David R H Jamieson    drhjamieson @
11 Drummond Rise
FK15 0EX

Family of James Jamieson of Maybole

Because of the limited information given in the Old Parish Records, it is not possible to confirm the descent of the Jamieson family prior to 1800.  However, it does seem likely that the family descends from a James Jamieson and Margaret Bone.  Their son James Quintin Jamieson (b. 22 July 1770) and Katherine Bone had a large family and appear to have been the parents of James Jamieson, who was born at Maybole on 26 March 1799 and who married Marion Hunter b.1796 (from St Quivox, near Ayr) at Maybole on 25 May 1823.  James and Marion had six sons:

William born at Maybole on 14 April 1824 and died in Ayr on 24 June 1884).  William, who was initially a draper or outfitter and latterly a cloth merchant, married Jane McKechnie - who died in Edinburgh on 16 July 1919 - (whose parents were Charles McKechnie and Mary McDougall) at Ayr on 3 May 1875 when he was 51 and she was 29.

They had the following children:

            James George Silver (MD) who was born at 29 Sandgate Street, Ayr on 6 April 1876 and died in Winchester in 1959, aged 83 years.  James married Mabel Alice Perkins, who was a dressmaker and costumier on Broadway, and he practised medicine in USA, latterly in Portland, Maine.  (He was a graduate of Edinburgh University and was class medallist on at least five occasions.)  On his retiral, James and Mabel returned to the UK and lived in Winchester, Hampshire. Mabel died in 1961, aged 73 years.    They had no children.

            William who died 25 June 1879 aged 14 months.

            Charles (Law Student at Edinburgh University) who died 11 November 1901 aged 22 years.

            Andrew (Medical Student at Edinburgh University) who died 18 February  1908 aged 26 years.

David MacDougall (Chartered Accountant) who was born at 5 Dalbair Road, Ayr on 12 April 1882 and died in Alexandria, Egypt on 11 January 1931 aged 49 years.  At the time of his death, David was resident partner at Alexandria in the accountancy firm Price Waterhouse.  He married Mary Elizabeth McWilliam (born 9 October 1881 - died 11 January 1960) in Edinburgh in 1911.  They had one daughter, Margaret Jean (31 July 1912 – 17 January 1913), and three sons, Andrew William (7 February 1915 - 6 November 1981), David Bruce (20 October 1918 - 14 September 1996) and James Gordon (14 April 1922 -    )

            John who died 31 May 1884 aged 13 months

Robert born at Maybole on 28 December 1827 and lived ca.1895 at 74 Elba Street, Ayr.

James born at Maybole on 31 March 1832

Andrew  born at Maybole 9 January 1834

John born at Maybole on 29 March 1836

Allan born at Maybole on 31 October 1840 and died at 27 Garden Street, Wallacetown, Ayr on 5 September 1895.  He married Jane Blac


On the distaff side, the Jamieson Family descends from two of the children of John McDowall, farmer,  of Laight, near Cairnryan, Wigtownshire, and Anne Beggs, daughter of Thomas Beggs, Innkeeper of Cairnryan -

(1) Elizabeth McDowall (1798 - 1890) who married Andrew McWilliam, Farmer of Bridgebank, thereafter Mains of Airies, and latterly Greenfield, all near Stranraer and (2) Rev Peter McDowall (1800 -1878) -a former Moderator of the United Free Church of Scotland - who married Mary Baird (d 1847), the elder daughter of Alexander Baird, Merchant and Shipowner in Alloa.

James McWilliam (1829 - 1883), third son of Elizabeth McDowall and Andrew McWilliam, was a merchant in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.  He married his first cousin, Margaret McDowall (1845 - 1925), the fourth daughter of Rev Peter McDowall and Mary Baird. They had one daughter, Mary Elizabeth (1881 - 1960), who was only 2 years old when her father died.  Margaret McWilliam moved to a flat in Gillespie Crescent in Edinburgh.  Mary was educated at St George’s School, Edinburgh.

In 1911 MARY ELIZABETH McWILLIAM married DAVID MacDOUGALL JAMIESON (1882 - 1931), who was a Chartered Accountant, the son of William Jamieson, a drapery merchant in Ayr.  David and Mary moved to Alexandria in Egypt (where David was Resident Partner with Price Waterhouse) and each of their three sons was born in Egypt.  (A daughter, Margaret Jean died in 1913 before reaching her first birthday.)  When their father died in 1931, Andrew and Bruce were at Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh.  Andrew finished his education at Merchiston, but Bruce was sent to George Watson’s College and was followed there by his younger brother, Gordon. The youngest child of David MacDougall Jamieson and Mary Elizabeth McWilliam was James Gordon Jamieson, who married Patricia Mary Johnston and had two sons. He was sometime with Sudan Mercantile and, prior to his retirement, was Assistant Registrar of Heriot-Watt University, Edinbugh.

Andrew William JAMIESON (1915 - 1981) completed his C A apprenticeship with Graham, Smart & Annan, Edinburgh.  He joined the Royal Artillery and rose to the rank of Captain.  He was wounded during the retreat from Tobruk and was taken prisoner and held in Italy.  At the surrender of Italy, when for a day or so there were no guards on duty, along with many others he was able to walk out of the prison camp.  A small group of prisoners made their way south down the Apennines and some of them, Andrew included, managed to hole up in a cave in the mountains during the winter.  They were supplied with simple rations by the inhabitants of a neighbouring village.  He was recaptured by the Italian State Police and spent the final year of the war in a prison camp in Germany.  After the war Andrew was Company Secretary for Andrew Cowan & Son, Paper Makers, Penicuik and from ca. 1970 to 1980 was Partnership Manager with Messrs Tods Murray & Jamieson, solicitors in Edinburgh.  He was a former Chairman of the Edinburgh Royal Choral Union and a High Constable of Edinburgh.  He was a keen golfer and tennis player.  In 1948, Andrew married Helen Evelyn Mary Cowie, b.1924, educated at Harrogate Ladies College, daughter of Thomas Purdie Cowie (who was formerly with Charles R Cowie Ltd, Merchants in Burma) and Gladys Seymour, both sometime of Deneholm, Biggar and Tanglewood, Dunblane.  Andrew and Evelyn had two daughters:

David Bruce JAMIESON (1918 - 1996) was School Captain (1936/37), Captain of Rugby and Captain of Cricket at George Watson’s College, gained a B.Sc (Agriculture) degree from Edinburgh University, (having been awarded a double blue for rugby and cricket) and thereafter studied Tropical Agriculture at Imperial College, Port of Spain, Trinidad, before taking up an appointment in the Agriculture Department in Lagos, Nigeria, where he remained for nearly ten years.  In 1949 he returned to Scotland, initially to manage Barnultoch and Drumdoch farms near Stranraer for James McCaig.  In 1953 he secured the tenancy of West Glenstockadale, near Stranraer and, in 1963 purchased the property from the Earl of Stair.  During his time in Wigtownshire, Bruce took an active part in local affairs, was an elder of St Andrews Church (the church erected on the site of the old Ivy Place Church, with which his McDowall forebears had been so strongly connected) and was a Justice of the Peace.  He retired from farming in 1969, when he moved to Dunblane to take up an appointment as Adviser with the West of Scotland Agricultural College in the Stirling office.  In 1983, at the age of 65, he retired from the College, and became Estate Manager at Crieff Hydro, in charge of the farm, gardens and leisure facilities.  He retired finally in 1994.  Throughout his life he was a keen sportsman, playing tennis, golf and squash even into his seventies.  (He was President of the Scottish Squash Racquets Association in 1980/81, was manager of the Scottish Veterans Squash Team for five years during the 1980s and was the oldest player at the Pringle World Masters Squash Championships held in Edinburgh in 1993.)  In 1943, in Lagos, Nigeria, Bruce married Anne Buchanan Sharp, b.1915, daughter of David Sharp and Anne Reid of Dunblane.  Anne Sharp, a former dux medallist at McLaren High School, Callander, Perthshire, was a teacher of commercial subjects.  Bruce and Anne had three children:

The following notes of related families have been prepared, along with associated family trees, and copies are available from David Jamieson:

1.         The descent of Mary Baird (1809 - 1847), wife of Rev Peter McDowall (1800 - 1878), from John Mackenzie of Alloa (c. 1650) and Robert Haig of St Ninians (c.1610), showing her connection with the Haigs of Bemersyde, Blairhill, Bonnington, Roebuck and Seggie, the Steins of Kennetpans and Kilbagie, the Jamesons of Windfield and Montrose (Ireland), the Hendersons of Alloa and the Smiths of Stirling.


2.         The descent of the McDowall family from Patrick McDowall of Galdenoch (1688 - 1769) and biographical notes on the 13 children of John McDowall of Laight (1756 - 1839) and Anne Beggs of Cairnryan (1765 - 1831), with separate notes on Anne Beggs’ parents and siblings.


3.         The family of Margaret McDowall (1788 - 1867) and John Steven of New Luce

(b 1787).  Margaret McDowall was the eldest child of John McDowall and Anne Beggs.  She and John Steven had a family of 8 sons and 2 daughters, and their descendants married into several prominent Scottish families (e.g the Bilslands, Colvilles, Ures and Rodgers) involved in the steelmaking and ironfoundry industries.


4.         The McWilliam/McCurrich families, descendants of Hugh McWilliam (1822 - 1876), eldest son of Elizabeth McDowall

(1798 - 1890) and Andrew McWilliam (1793 -      1862).


5          The family of Mary McWilliam (1837 - 1892) and Matthew Crawford (1822 - 1887).

            She was the fifth daughter of Elizabeth McDowall and Andrew McWilliam.


6.         The family of Elizabeth McDowall (1840 - 1921) and Thomas Hannay (1841 - 1916).

            She was the third daughter of Rev Peter McDowall and Mary Baird.


JAMES GORDON JAMIESON (1922- ) went to St Andrews University in 1939 where he obtained in 1942 a Wartime MA Degree in Economics and Mathematics. In 1942 he went into the Sudan Customs Department where he spent twelve and a half years. After Sudanese independence he stayed on in the Sudan Mercantile Co. being a company director in both Khartoum and Port Sudan.


In 1955 in Khartoum Cathedral he married Patricia Mary Johnston (1924- ) the daughter of Donovan Johnston and Joan Gaussen. Her parents ran a preparatory school, Little Appley, in Ryde, Isle of Wight, but Mr Johnston moved in 1933 to be Headmaster of Cheltenham College Junior School. Mary went to Cheltenham Ladies College and volunteered for active service in the WRNS in 1944. After demobilisation she went to Trinity College, Dublin where she graduated in Modern Languages.


Mary and Gordon left the Sudan in 1966 and settled in Edinburgh, where Gordon joined Heriot-Watt University, retiring as Deputy Registrar in 1987. Mary was Principal Teacher of English at Oxenfoord Girls School, Pathhead.


Mary and Gordon have two sons, Alasdair and Ian, and four grandchildren, Matthew, Rachel, Theo and Molly.

(Information for James Gordon Jamieson contributed by Ian Jamieson - ijamieson @ )