Saturday, April 6, 2013

Jean aka Jane Linklater

The only surviving sister of my great grandfather, James Linklater, was born on the 26 Dec 1834 in Couper St, North Leith, she was baptised in the same church as her siblings on the 15 Feb 1835.

Name:          Jean Linklater
Christening Date:     15 Feb 1835
Birth Date:     26 Dec 1834
Father's Name:    Magnus Linklater
Mother's Name:    May Mckay
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C19506-5
System Origin:     Scotland-VR
GS Film number:     1067767
Reference ID:     2:18T59TK

In 1841 & 1851 she was at home with her mother & siblings in Shore, South Leith. On the 14 Jul 1854 in the South Leith church she married Crighton Clark also of South Leith.


A few years later he also became a Master Mariner, being presented with competency certificates in the years 1856, 1859 & 1864.




On the last one is a stamp to say that a Telescope had been presented to him by the British Government for services to shipwrecked seaman of the ‘Globe’ of Newcastle on 5 Dec 1863.

Crighton was the son of Crighton Clark & Isabella Rennie, born on the 31 May 1827 in Leith. By now Jean’s name was Jane, the two names seem to have been interchangeable in Scotland.

Jane & Crighton had seven children:- Crichton 1855; John McKay 1857; May 1859; Isabella Rennie 1862; Jane 1864; James 1868 and Margaret McKay 1871-1923.

On the 1st day of Nov 1885 Crighton Clark made a will in which amongst other things he left his gold watch to his second eldest son John McKay Clark. It is not known if Jane ever received her brother, Captain John McKay Linklater’s gold watch he left her in his will dated 1871 but possibly the two gold watches are one and the same.

goldwatch johnswilldated7-10-1871

Jane had earlier died on 5 Mar 1883 aged 48, so she may have passed the gold watch onto her husband. Crighton succumbed a year after he wrote his will, passing away on the 1 Dec 1886 at 6 Union St, Leith.

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