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(1764 - 1833) 04RAG0
Mother : HEYWOOD Hannah
Siblings : John *
Jean William Hannah
Agnes Elizabeth Alexander
Married (1): Unknown (Possibly Mary)
Issue : *
Married (2): HUTCHI[N]SON
Sarah (Variants: McCUTCHESON
Sara, McCUTCHEON Sally)
Issue : Agnes Sarah Hannah
Gavin Alexander Adam
Gavin Ralston is as important as his brother Robert
because it is through Gavin's son David that the Ralston surname
continues to my mother's generation.
An article by Antoinette Ralston.
used to be a common name in the Ralston family; but Gavin Ralston (1764 – 1833)
can be distinguished from others with the same name, by key dates, locations and
kinship. I used
Maybole (Ayrshire, Scotland) for Gavin, as this is where
numerous events concerning him are recorded. All these are appropriate methods,
contemporary with Gavin. For example, then, a place name could be given after a
person’s name as a means of identification; thus, in documents concerning his
father, Gavin is recorded as in Castlehill, Maybole, Ayrshire.
born August 1764, Crosshillhouse,
Dreghorn Town, Ayrshire, and baptised 24
August 1764 Dreghorn, Ayrshire (OPR 589/1). He was a younger son of Gavin
Ralston (born 1731), of (or in) ‘Auchengrammont’ near Hamilton, Lanark,
‘Burnfoot, Ardrossan, Ayrshire and other places. His mother was Hannah Haywood,
said to be an English lady, but this might refer to descent. Gavin Ralston (i.e.
the son born 1864) died 12 January 1833, Dunduff, Ayrshire aged 68. He was
buried in the Ralston family grave, Old Cemetery, Maybole.
Gavin married (recorded 30 June 1800 Dreghorn and
Kirkmichael, Ayrshire) Sarah Hutchison. She is said to be born 31 October 1777
Kirkmichael, daughter of Andrew Hutchison and Agnes Stewart. Sarah died 30
August 1858 at Lagg Parish of Maybole, Ayrshire and was buried 1 September
1858 in the Ralston family grave, Old Cemetery, Maybole. Sarah is also found
as Sally McHutchon or McHutcheon.
Gavin also had a child by a woman, possibly named Mary
(name as given on Death Certificate of David Ralston). David Ralston who was
born around. 1800 to 1802, is referred to half-brother of Gavin Ralston (b.c.
1806) and cousin of Janet Ralston (daughter of Robert Ralston). Mary is given
on David’s Death Certificate as his mother’s name, his father being Gavin
Ralston. There is no way of knowing whether the details on the death
certificate are all correct. An OPR entry for Ayr, 19 September 1800, lists
natural son David born to Gavin Ralston and Jean Urie. To assume he is son of
Gavin Ralston (1764 - 1833) would be to do so on circumstantial evidence.
The Disposition and Deed of Settlement of Gavin Ralston was
written 9 Jan 1827, with later codicil, and recorded 14 Feb 1833, when the
family were listed thus – ‘I Gavin Ralston farmer in Drumbain…my wife Sarah
Hutchison…my children…Gavin, R, daughters…’ The trustees were Mrs Sarah
Hutchison or Ralston, Alexander Hutchison in Woodstone, William Caldwell in
Geenan and William Ralston in Culmore. There is no mention of David, however
there are a number of reasons why a child might not appear on such a document
– illegitimacy, out of favour, lack of knowledge, settlement taken care of
other ways, and so. The trustees were kin.
Gavin’s children by Sarah are: Agnes (Nancy) born 1801 –
1803; Hannah born about 1804, Gavin born 1806 – 1807, Margaret born 8 May
1805, Alexander born 1808, Adam born 1815 – 1816, and Sarah whose birth date
is not known to me."
Gavin's eldest son (Gavin 05RAG4) was born in Ayrshire
c1805 and came to Tasmania on the Greenock arriving at Hobart Town from
Leith, Scotland on 28/04.
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