David Doig of Reswallie was
born about 1620 in
Andrew, when he was about 40 years old married
Elizabeth Isobel Robertson on March 1st 1701 in Brechin. Andrew was
a merchant in Brechin and became Baillie in 1714.
10 children are recorded from this union, all christened in Brechin
on the these dates :-Agnes 24.01.1702, Margaret 13.04.1703, David 6.01.1705,
John 4.10.1706, Andrew 29.10.1708, Christian (Christina) 28.08.1710,
James 27.04.1712, Andrew 17.12.1714 (presumably the first Andrew had
died), Christian 15.10.1716 and finally Robert 10.05.1719.
Andrew senior died in 1728, aged about 67 and his first son declared
heir general on 8th April 1728, the document being recorded on 6th May
1728. David died age 57 in 1762 and his sister Christian
inherited his property. Andrew junior was admitted
burgess of Brechin on 18th October 1736. Andrew,
according to the christening record of his sixth child married a May
Alexander, George's third son, was a crofter who married a Mary Walker on 17th November 1827 at Rescobie, Angus, both residing in this parish. Mary was born in 1800/01 either in Inverkeillor or St. Vigeans. They had a son, again named Alexander who was born on 28th October 1830 at Kirkton and christened on 7th November 1830 at Aberlemno, Angus8. Other children of this marriage were an older sister Janet, born 13th September 1828 in Turnihill christened in Aberlemno on 21st September 1828.
By 1841 Alexander (senior) was a labourer at Maretown (or Marestone), Rescobie where a third child, John was born, christened 2nd October 1834 at Rescobie, then James also born at Marestone was christened at Rescobie on 10th February 1839. In 1841, the family were living at Lunanhead, Forfar, the father still working as a labourer but by 1844 he was a Carter when finally, Mary Ann was born and whose christening was registered at Forfar on 15th June 1844. In 1851 he was still living in Lunanhead as a coal driver but in 1861 was farming 18 acres of land in Lunanhead, employing his niece Ann (the youngest child of his older brother David and his wife Betty Brown). His second son, John lived nearby. He was still farming in 1866 but by 1881 he had retired from farming and lived with his youngest daughter Mary in Forfar.
Alexander (the second) is said to have had 1310 &11 children to his wife, born Mary Matthew or Mathew, the date of their wedding, registered in the parish of Dunnichen, being 14th August 18538. (Note - 15th August is given on Birth Certificate of John Edward on 17.11.1866). Mary was the child of Charles Matthew, a miller and Mary Cable and christened in Dunnichen on 9th May 1834 and so would be 19 years old on her marriage to Alexander who was 22 years old. Alexander became a master boot and shoemaker who carried out his business in Letham, the address in 1871 being in The Square, Letham. (In 1861 he was said to be at 30 Kepty Street, St. Vigeans, a visitor with Ann Irving).
Registered births at Dunnichen following
the date of this marriage are Jessie, born on 21.8.1853, the mothers
name given as Mathew. James followed on 1st January
1855 (Mother -Mathew) and then Arthur on 12th December 1856.
A Mary Ann Catenach's birth was recorded as 3rd August 1858 and Alexander
on 27th November 1859. Margaret followed on 2nd March
1862 and William Kydd on 23rd April 1864. John Edward (Ned or Teddy)
born on 29th October 1866 at five minutes to 8 a.m. He was followed
by twins Marion Galloway (see later notes) and Arthur Matthew on 15th
February1869. Finally Robert Young was born on 14th November 1871 and
a copy of this certificate is held by his son Aikman, the address given
at this time being
N.B. Some of these births , although registered at Dunnichen need checks on birth certificates as the Mothers name varies8, the child Jessie, was born only a week after the wedding and there are two Arthur's recorded. It could be that the first Arthur had died. Two children are therefore unaccounted for and earlier census reports may give more clues.
School records at Letham, which were only recorded from 1874 show the following :- Margaret, date of birth 2.3.1863 (note : one year difference from above); William, date of birth 23.4.1864; Edward, date of birth 29.10.1866; Arthur and Lily, date of birth 15.2.1869 (note : the girl's name differs from above but the birth date is the same). Finally Robert, date of birth 13.2.1872 (note : this birth date is at variance with Robert Young Doig whose birth certificate has been verified).
These records also show another Robert 13.10.1873 whose parent or guardian was Alexander Doig and both Roberts left infant school on 27.5.1881 and one was re-admitted to senior school on 21.11.1881, this birth date being 14.10.1871 (similar date to Robert Young except that October is given not November). It is to be supposed that birth dates were not accurately recorded.
By the time of the 1881 census on 3rd April,
the family were living at
Alexander Doig Head / Married age 50 Shoemaker
John Edward Son age 14 Bakers apprentice
Lillie Mairn Daughter age 11 Scholar * The word Scholar was struck out
Arthur Son age 11 Scholar
Robert Young Son age 9 Scholar
The census shows that all the older children had left or were away from home on census day as was wife Mary as Alexander was not classified as a widower. There are two anomalies compared to the MMF. The twin daughter is named as Lillie Mairn whereas the MMF gives Marion Galloway on this birth date and also the ages of the twins should be given as twelve years if the MMF birth date and school admission records are taken as correct.
It is known that a school photograph had
existed of three of these children, including J. Edward (Ned) who were
Mary Doig (nee Matthew) obtained a certified
copy of her youngest son, Robert Young Doig's birth certificate on 16th
March 1885 and at that time gave her address as 26, Millgate Loan, Arbroath
and her occupation as confectioner. She may
have lived there since before the 1871 census. Her
death is recorded on 8th February 1888, the usual address given as 24,
Millgate Loan, Arbroath but she died age 53 in the Royal Asylum, Morningside,
Edinburgh. The cause of death was stated to be Acute
Mania - 3 weeks, Cardiac Disease and Aortic Incompetence.
Her sister Catherine Murrell notified the death on 15th February 1888.By
1890 another son John Edward ('Ned') was living at
William, who married a Martin, became a ship's
engineer, and lived in
Arthur Matthew Doig kept a grocers shop in Arbroath. He had four children, two boys and two girls. One girl, Mary, married but the oldest son, name unknown, Ann and Arthur junior remained single. The family may have lived in Osborn terrace.
Robert Young Doig remained in Arbroath and
became an agent for the Pearl Assurance Co. He married,
rather late in life, Isabella Smith Hutchison who was born on 7th February
1876 at Gowanbank, near Arbroath. They had a son
Aikman Taylor, born 25th March 1911 and they resided at
Aikman's son Alistair, a solicitor, had four
children, all girls, the first three also born in
Of the large family of Alexander, nothing
is known of the other children except for John Edward who became a footballer
and found fame playing for Arbroath, Sunderland, Liverpool and
Arthur Matthew Doig’s second son, Arthur Alexander Doig (b 1903), was married and had a daughter, Gillian by his wife, Dolina (nee Davidson), b 17.09.1909.