ROBERT HOWIE was born in Shawhill, Mearns, on the 26th of February, 1804 and baptised on the 4th of March. (Transcribed from OPR Ref. 571/1, FR73)

Son of Allan Howie and Janet Findlay. It is possible that he was the second son to be named Robert, the first having died in infancy.

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ISABELLA CRAIG was born at Flender Farm, Mearns, on the 30th of November, 1809 and baptised on the 17th of December. (Transcribed from OPR Ref. 571/1, FR96)

Daughter of John Craig and Jean McFarlane.

Robert and Isabella were married on the 26th of March, 1830, in Mearns. (Transcribed from OPR Ref. 571/2, FR226)


  1. Jean (Jane) Howie, born at Shiels, Mearns, on the 23rd of September, 1830 and baptised on the 17th of October. (Transcribed from OPR Ref. 571/2, FR149)

    Jean never married. She died at 45 Eglinton Street, Glasgow, on the 9th of December 1869. Her brother Allan was the informant. Jean's occupation was Milk Retailer.

  2. Allan Howie, born at Muirshiel, Mearns, on the 8th of May, 1832 and baptised on the 27th of May. (Transcribed from OPR Ref. 571/2, FR152)

    Allan worked as a Distiller's Store Keeper. He married Mary Currie (b.c.1831), daughter of Duncan Currie, Stone Breaker, and Mary Campbell. They had at least two children. Allan died of injuries caused by burns to his face and arms (an industrial accident?) in the Royal Infirmary in Glasgow on the 24th of September 1871. His address is given as 45 Eglinton Street. The informant was Robert Brown, an Acquaintance. Mary died in the Govan Parochial Lunatic Asylum in Merryflatts on the 12th of December 1889. Her daughter Mary was the informant.

  3. Thomas Howie, born at Shiels, Mearns, on the 16th of February, 1834 and baptised on the 16th of March. (Transcribed from OPR Ref. 571/2, FR155)

    Thomas does not appear to be on any of the Statutory Registers for Marriages or Deaths, and so it is possible that he may have died prior to 1855.

  4. JANET HOWIE, born about 1838 in Mearns, but does not appear to be in the OPRs.

    Janet's year of birth may be anywhere between 1835 (according to the 1841 Census) and 1840 (1881 Census). Married Alexander Imrie, son of Alexander Imrie and Janet Miller.

Jean and Janet are at Cleugh Farm with their grandparents John Craig and Jean McFarlane on the 1841 and 1851 census.

Robert definitely died prior to his daughter Janet's marriage in 1861. It is also possible that he died before his wife's remarriage in 1839.

Isabella married John Gilmour (b.15/8/1819 at Carsewell, Neilston) in Glasgow on the 19th of June 1839. They had six children -

  1. Isabelle Gilmour b. Mearns 1839, d. Kendall City 8th February 1908
  2. John Gilmour b. Mearns 15th October 1841, d. Aurora, Kane County 19th March 1926. Married to Janet Nelson.
  3. Mary Gilmour b. Glasgow 20th January 1845, d. 22nd February 1927. Married to Andrew Armour on the 29th of June 1864.
  4. James Gilmour b. Glasgow 1846, d. Glasgow 1849. MArried to William Anderson on the 9th of January 1869.
  5. Ann Gilmour b. Glasgow 22nd September 1850, d. Kendall County 5th OCtober 1935
  6. James Gilmour b. 14th March 1853, d. California 28th September 1938. Married to Mary Campbell on the 28th of February 1878.

John and Isabella emigrated to America and appear to have settled in Kendall City, Illinois. At least four of their children went with them.

Isabella died in Kendall City on the 12th of November 1869. She is the only direct ancestor of mine known to have died outside of Scotland.

John Gilmour (entered as GILMORE) is on the 1880 U.S. Census in Oswego, Kendall, Illinois. He is widowed and has a daughter, Isabel, born in Scotland c.1839.

John died in Oswego Township, Kendall City on the 8th of July 1900.