Saturday, August 4, 2007


My interests lie with the Davidson family (my father's side) who lived in Inchcape, Rogart until 1916. I have got as far back as James and Isobella (who was a Sutherland) in the late 1770s. Family memories are that James Davidson came from Cantray, although this has not been proven as yet.

James and Isobella had five children – Ann (b. 1800), John (b. 1801) Hugh (b. 1804) Alexander (b. circa 1805) and Elspet (b. 1807). John married Mary Mackay (born 1813 Rhiandoggie) and Alexander married Jane Macdonald (b 1822 to Roderick Macdonald and Janet Sutherland of Ardachu). These two brothers lived in the two houses at Inchcape. Hugh left Inchcape to train as a marine engineer, marrying Ann Mackay from Acheilidh in Glasgow in 1835. They had 6 children; the youngest Hugh William Davidson, married Isabella Liddell Ramsay in Gourock – they had 8 children, one of whom (James Ramsay Davidson) was my grandfather.

I am also interested in Ann Mackay from Acheilidh in Rogart who married my g-g-grandfather Hugh Davidson. Ann’s parents were George Mackay and Elspet Matheson from Acheilidh (later Rossal).

I would also like to know more about Mary Mackay from Rhiandoggie, who married John. Mary’s parents were Alexander Mackay and Marian (Mary) Mackenzie.

The picture above shows Inchcape with the Davidson home in the forefront.
Fiona Perry

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