MATTHEW SEMPLE was born at Springfield of Carnduff Farm, East Kilbride, on the 10th of October, 1871.

Son of John Semple and Agnes Dickie.

Matthew is at Craighead Farm, Blantyre, on the 1881 census. He is possibly at West Carnduff, East Kilbride, on the 1891 census. On the 1901 census he is at High Whitehills Farm, East Kilbride.

MARGARET JOHNSTON was born at Roseholm Farm, Dreghorn, on the 12th of April, 1874.

Daughter of John Johnston and Helen Strang.

Margaret appears at Roseholm on the 1881 census and at Nook Farm on the 1891 and 1901 census.

Matthew and Margaret were married at Chapelside Farm, East Kilbride, on the 17th of June, 1903.

Witnessed by James Semple and Mary Johnston.

Officiated by Edward Erskine Anderson, Minister of the United Free Church.


  1. John Semple, born at High Whitehills on the 8th of February, 1905.
    John latterly lived in London.
  2. Matthew Semple, born at High Whitehills on the 28th of January, 1906.

    Matthew married Elizabeth Warnock (b.c.1908), daughter of Robert Warnock and Marion Leiper, at East Law Farm, Carluke, on the 27th of October 1936. (GROS Ref. (M) 1936, 629, 63) He died at Hawbank Farm, East Kilbride, on the 7th of April 1948. (GROS Ref. (D) 1906, 643, 66)

  3. Helen Strang Semple, born at High Whitehills on the 15th of October, 1907.

    Helen married Robert Struthers, son of Gavin Struthers and Isabella Morrison Craig.

  4. Agnes Dickie Semple, born at High Whitehills on the 16th of June, 1910.

    Agnes married Francis Lambie (b. 1907). son of Thomas Lambie and Elizabeth Leggate, at East Law Farm on the 2nd of June 1936. He was her third cousin, a descendant of James Semple, son of Andrew Semple and Jane Young. Francis (Frank) and Agnes (Nancy) lived at Drumbuie Farm, Glassford. Agnes died in 2003.

  5. Margaret Johnston Semple, born at East Law Farm, Carluke, on the 21st of October, 1912.
    Margaret was at one time a Teacher. She married John Harvie (b.c. 1915) of East Dykes Farm, Avondale, son of James Harvie and Mary Struthers, at 91 Kirk Street, Strathaven on the 27th of July 1945. She died in Avonpark Nursing Home on the 8th of April 1995. Her usual place of residence is given as 4 Bankfoot Place, Strathaven.

Margaret died at East Law Farm on the 20th of March, 1920.

Matthew later married Jeannie Kennedy at Law Parish Church Manse, Carluke, on the 8th of February, 1921.

Jeannie Kennedy was the daughter of John Kennedy and Jeanie Harvey. She was born about 1879 and is at Crawfordston Farm, Kirkmichael, Ayrshire, on the 1881 census.

There were no children from this marriage.

Matthew died at 91 Kirk Street, Strathaven, on the 24th of January, 1957.

Jeannie died at Barlairs, East Kilbride, on the 19th of August, 1966.