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Archibald Prentice of Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland

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Archibald Prentice of Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Fall 2003 and Revised 13 Nov 2009

In reviewing the IGI and Ancestry.com, we find the following Prentice family in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland:

A. John Prentice, b. c. 1700-1726, m. Jean Wardrobe c. 1730-34 at an unknown location. Children:

  1. Elizabeth Prentice, chr. 24 Aug 1735, Whitburn.
  2. Margaret Prentice, chr. 25 Sep 1737, Whitburh.
  3. James Prentice, chr. 19 Aug 1739, Whitburn.
  4. Agnes Prentice, chr. 23 Aug 1741, Whitburn.
  5. John Prentice, chr. 12 Jun 1743, Whitburn.
  6. Agnes Prentice, chr. 9 Jul 1745, Whitburn.
  7. Archibald Prentice, chr. 1 Sep 1746, Whitburn , West Lothian. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [1]
  8. David Prentice, chr. 18 Nov 1750, Cramond.
  9. William Prentice, chr. 14 Sep 1752, Cramond.

1. Archibald Prentice, chr. 1 Sep 1746, Whitburn , West Lothian.

He married Elizabeth Anderson on 4 Feb 1759. She was b. c. 1746. Children (per IGI):

  1. James Prentice, b. 30 Dec 1759, Edinburgh Parish, Edinburgh. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  2. Alexander Prentice b. 11 Sep 1761, Edinburgh Parish, Edinburgh.
  3. Agnes Prentice, chr. 16 Feb 1766, Edinburgh Parish, Edinburgh.
  4. Thomas Prentice, b. 15 Jul 1768, Edinburgh Parish, Edinburgh. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  5. John Prentice, b. 20 Nov 1769, Edinburgh Parish, Edinburgh. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [4]
  6. Archibald Prentice, b. 8 Jul 1774, Edinburgh Parish, Edinburgh. Probably d. young as a later son has the same name.
  7. Mushett Prentice, b. 7 Feb 1776, Edinburgh Parish, Edinburgh.
  8. Elisabeth Prentice, chr. 24 Oct 1778, Edinburgh Parish, Edinburgh.
  9. Archibald Prtentice, b. 18 Sep 1783, Edinburgh Parish, Edinburgh.

2. James Prentice, b. 30 Dec 1759, Edinburgh Parish, Edinburgh. He might be the James Prentice who m. Marion Halliburton on 19 Nov 1783 at Saint Cuthberts, Edinburgh. For his family and descendants see Prentices of St. Cuthberts, Family 6 in our Fall 2001 issue.

3. Thomas Prentice, b. 15 Jul 1768, Edinburgh Parish, Edinburgh. He may be the Thomas Prentice who m. Helen Kennedy on 15 Sep 1786 at Saint Cuthberts, Edinburgh. For his family and descendants see Prentices of St. Cuthberts, Family 7 in our Fall 2001 issue.

4. John Prentice, b. 20 Nov 1769, Edinburgh Parish, Edinburgh, and d. 2 Dec 1829, Whnitburn, West Lothian, Scotland.

He m. Janet Rennie on 16 pr 1791, in Cambusnethan, Lanarkshire. She was b. 21 May 1769, in Cambusnethan, Lanarkshire and d. 1865, age 96. Children of John and Janet::

  1. Elizabeth Prentice, b. 4 Oct 1792, West Calder, Midlothian, and d. 14 Dec 1871, age 78. She m. James Meek, b. c. 1786 and d in Culbert, on 4 Feb 1869, age 83. They are bur. in the Whitburn churchyard (per Forbes Meek, email, 20 Apr 2008). They had 2 or more children, including:
    1. Isabella Meek, b. 1827, Whitburn, West Lothian, and d. there 19 Jan 1891. She m. David Newton on 12 Jun 1851, Mid Calder, Midlothian. They had 8 boys and 4 girls per Ancestry.com .
    2. John Meek, b. c. 1832 and d. 1876, age 44. Bur. Whitburn churchyard.
  2. Archibald Prentice, chr. 2 Jan 1795, Whitburn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . [5]
  3. Isabella Prentice was born on 31 Oct 1798, in West Lothian, and d. 23 Oct 1882, in Currie, Midlothian, age 83.
  4. Margaret Prentice, chr. 16 May 1802, Whitburn, and d. 1882 in Edinburgh. By email of 21 Mar 2006, Callum Webster, a great-great-great-grandson, adds the following additional information: Margaret m. James Black in 1823. He was b. 1800. They settled at West Calder and had the following children:
    1. Janet Black, b 1825
    2. Jean Black, b 1828, married David Lockerbie in Glasgow in 1855
    3. Margaret Black, b 1831
    4. William Black, b 1833
    5. Agnes Black, b 1835
    6. Elizabeth Black, b 1838, married Thomas Dick in West Calder in 1861
    7. Helen Black, b 1841
    8. John Black, b 1844

  5. Janet Prentice, chr. 1 Feb 1805, Whitburn.
  6. William Prentice, ch. 27 Dec 1807, Whitburn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [6]
  7. John Prentice, chr. 3 Sep 1809, Whitburn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [4.1]

4.1 John Prentice, chr. 3 Sep 1809, Whitburn, West Lothian, and d. 9 Nov 1868, Falkirk, Stirlingshire.

He m. Jane Duncan on 4 Jun 1830, Airth, Stirlingshire. She was b. 1806 Airth, Stirlingshire, and d. 21 Jan 1881, Falkirk, Stirlingshire. Children per Ancestry.com :

  1. Margaret Prentice, b. 6 Apr 1831, Airth, Stirlingshire, and d. 8 Jan 1890, Falkirk, Stirlingshire. She m. Andrew Stevenson on 16 May 1851, Bothkenner, Stirlingshire. He was b. 28 Mar 1831, Linlithgow, West Lothian, and d. 18 Jul 1875, Glasgow. Children per Ancestry.com :
    1. William Stevenson 1851 –
    2. Jane Stevenson 1854 – 1939
    3. John Stevenson 1856 – 1930
    4. Andrew Duncan Stevenson 1858 –
    5. Mary Stevenson 1861 –
    6. Thomas Stevenson 1863 –
    7. Marion Duncan Stevenson 1866 – 1931
  2. Janet Prentice, b. 6 Apr 1833, Airth, Stirlingshire, and d. 13 Jan 1866, Falkirk, Stirlingshire. 1851 at home in Falkirk. She m. George Niven on 8 Jul 1855, Falkirk. Children per Ancestry.com :
    1. William Niven 1855 –
    2. Jane Duncan Niven 1857 –
    3. John Prentice Niven 1859 –
    4. Susan Niven 1861 –
    5. George Niven 1864 –
    6. James Niven 1865 –
  3. John Prentice, b. 4 Oct 1835, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, and d. 12 Nov 1869, Grahamston, Stirlingshire, age 34. He m. Jane Roberts on 4 Dec 1859, Falkirk. She appears as a widow in the 1871 census in Glasgow. 1881, 1891 in Falkirk Burgh, Stirlingshire.Children per Ancestry.com :
    1. John Prentice, b. 19 Aug 1860, Falkirk, Stirlingshire. He may have d before 1861 as a later son has the same name.
    2. John Prentice, b. 7 Jul 1861, Falkirk. He may have d before 1865 as a later son has the same name.
    3. Jane Prentice, b. 13 Jul 1863, Falkirk. 1871 at home in Glasgow. 1881 in Falkirk Burgh, Stirlingshire.
    4. John Prentice, b. 30 May 1865, Glasgow. 1871 at home in Glasgow. 1881 at home as a Pattern Maker in Falkirk Burgh, Stirlingshire. 1891 at home as an Iron Works Pattern Maker in Falkirk Burgh, Stirlingshire. It is unclear whether he is the John Prentice, b. c. 1867, Glasgow, shown in the 1901 census as a Foundry Manager with his wife, Lillias, b. c. 1872, Falkirk with no children shown.
    5. George Prentice, b. 10 Oct 1867, Glasgow. 1871 at home in Glasgow. Not in 1881 and later census.
  4. Andrew Prentice, b. 8 Jul 1838, Falkirk, Stirlingshire. Not in 1851 and later census.
  5. William Duncan Prentice. b. c. 1843, Bothkennar, Stirlingshire, and d. 1877. 1851 in Falkirk, Stirlingshire. Not in 1861 and later census
  6. Jean Prentice, b. c. 1847, Falkirk, Stirlingshire. 1851 in Falkirk. Not in 1861 and later census

5. Archibald Prentice, chr. 2 Jan 1795, Whitburn, Farmer. He is bur. in the Whitburn churchyard with a stone that says:

    Archibald Prentice of Bridge who died 30th Dec1873 age 80
    and his wife Agnes Meek died 3rd Dec 1870 age 72.
    erected by their son William Meek Prentice

    (Ref: Allen Fraser emails of 26 and 28 Jun 2001; Forbes Meek, email, 20 Apr 2008).

Archibald m. Agnes Meek. Their children included:

  1. James Prentice, b. c. 1822, Whitburn (per 1861 and 1881 census) and d. Jun 1881 in Edinburgh at the age of 59. His Death Certificate says he was a carter and also a vanman. He m. Mary Dykes on 29 Oct 1841. Mid Calder. . She was b. c. 1824, Kirknewton, Edinburgh. He appears in the 1861 census in Edinburgh St. Cuthberts, Midlothian. Children (per IGI):
    1. Archibald Prentice, b. c. 1842, Kirknewton, Edinburgh. At home in 1861.
    2. Elizabeth Prentice, b. 1843
    3. John Prentice, b. 1846. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [7]
    4. James Prentice, b. c. 1849, Currie, Edinburgh. At home in 1861.
    5. Thomas Prentice, b. c. 1851, St. Cuthberts, Edinburgh. At home in 1861.
    6. Agnes Prentice, b. c. 1853, St. Cuthberts, Edinburgh. At home in 1861.
    7. Willam Meek Prentice, b. 1855 Not home in 1861.
    8. Mary Prentice, b. 1857, St. Cuthberts, Edinburgh. At home in 1861.
    9. Isabella Prentice, b. 1862 (per 1881 census)

  2. Archibald Prentice, Labourer, b. c. 1825. He m. 1st Helen Meek 12 Oct 1846 at Whitburn. Helen was b. c. 1828, Whitburn, Linblithgow (per 1851 census), and d. 1867. Children:
    1. Archibald Prentice, b. c. 1848, Whitburn, Linlithgow. At home there in 1851 and 1861.
    2. James Prentice, b. c. 1850, Whitburn, Linlithgow. At home there in 1851 and 1861.

    Archibald m. 2nd Mary, b. c. 1834, Whitburn, Linlighgow. Children:

    1. Helen Prentice, b. c. 1848, Whitburn, Linlighgow. At home in 1861.
    2. Janet Prentice, b. c. 1860, Whitburn, Linlighgow. At home in 1861.

    Archibald Prentice, as a widower, age 42, m. 3rd Barbara Neil, on 8 Jul 1867 at Dalkieth. She was a domestic servant. In 1877 he was a Store Keeper. Son of Archibald and Barbara:

    1. George Prentice, b. 27 Mar 1877, Shotts. He m. Euphemia O. Anderson on 12 Jun 1903 at Prestonpans. George was an Underground Manager at the time of his marriage.

  3. Isabella Prentice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [8]

6. William Prentice, b. c. 1808, Whitburn, Linlithgow per the 1851 Census

He m. Elizabeth Brown in Lanark (per David Millan, email, 18 Aug 2005). She was b. c. 1822 in Ireland (per 1851 census). They appear in the 1851 census in Whitburn, Linlithgow. Children shown in the IGI and 1851 census (except as to William) at Ancestry.com : William, Elizabeth and some of their children appear in the 1881 census in Livingston, Linlithgow, which lies only about 5-6 miles to the east of Whitburn ( see Fn. 1 )

  1. John Prentice, chr. 24 Mar 1844 Whitburn, West Lothian. At home 1851, Whitburn.
  2. Archibald, b. c. 1845, Whitburn. At home 1851, Whitburn.
  3. Agnes Prentice, chr. 9 Nov 1845 Whitburn, West Lothian, Scotland. At home in 1851 census.
  4. William Prentice, b. c. 1848, Whitburn (per 1881 census). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [9]
  5. Elizabeth Prentice, b. c. 1850, Whitburn, Linlithgow. At home in 1851 census.
  6. James Prentice, b. 31 Aug 1856 Whitburn, West Lothian, Scotland
  7. Isabella Prentice, b. 26 Sep 1857 Whitburn, West Lothian, Scotland
  8. David Prentice, b. 5 Feb 1861 Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland
  9. Archibald Prentice, b. 29 Feb 1864 Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland

7. John Prentice was b. 1846. At home in 1861. John was called a shop-porter on his marriage certificate in 1866. When his son James was married in 1885, John was called a maltster.

He m. Janet Lindsay on 21 Sep 1866 in Newington, Edinburgh. Children (per IGI):

  1. James Prentice, b. 1866 in Edinburgh. . . . . . . . [10]
  2. Robert Lindsay Prentice, b. 1869.
  3. Thomas Prentice, b. 1871.
  4. Margaret Symington Prentice, b. 1873-75.
  5. John Prentice, b. 1876

8. Isabella Prentice. She m. David Pringle. They had 1 or more children, including:

  1. Elizabeth Pringle. She m. William McLauchlan. They had 1 or more children, including:
    1. Agnes Meek McLauchlan. She m. Angus Martin. They had 1 or more children, including:
      1. Elizabeth Pringle Martin. She had 1 or more children, including:
        1. Liz Davis (per her email, 12 Aug 2004)

9. William Prentice, b. c. 1848, Whitburn, West Lothian, Scotland and d. after 1903 (per David Millan, email, 18 Aug 2005).

He m. Janet Potter who was b. c. 1849 in Linlithgow, Scotland. The 1881 census says William is a Ploughman and shows them living at East Craigie Cottage, Cramond, Edinburgh. Children (per Ancestry.com and David Millan, email, 18 Aug 2005):

  1. Janet Prentice b: 1877 in Midcalder, Edinburgh, Scotland
  2. Isabella Prentice b: 1878 in Linlithgow, Scotland. . . . . . . [8]
  3. Agnes Prentice b: 1880 in Cramond, Edinburgh, Scotland
  4. Margaret Trotter Prentice b: 1882 in Lanark, Scotland

10. James Prentice was b. 1866 in Edinburgh and died 1916 in Edinburgh. He m. Annie Ross on 27 Feb 1885 in Newington. James was a confectioner. Two of his sons were killed in WW1. Children:

  1. Janet Lindsay Prentice, b. 1885 and d. 1942. . . . . . . [12]
  2. Jane Walker Prentice, b. 1888.
  3. Peter Ross Prentice, b. 1890 and d. 1915.
  4. John Prentice, b. 1892 and d. 1925.
  5. James Alfred Prentice, b. 1898 and d. 1917. WW I military death records show him as a Private, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders), 4th/5th Bn., who d. at age 19 on 24 Nov 1917, son of James and Annie Prentice of 25 Cardwell Rd., Gourock, Renfrewshire, Native of Edinburgh. His memorial is at IV. L. 10., Hooge Crater Cemetery. A Google search found the following information:

      Location: Hooge Crater Cemetery is 4 kilometres east of Ieper town centre on the Meenseweg (N8), connecting Ieper to Menen. From Ieper town centre the Meenseweg is located via Torhoutstraat and right onto Basculestraat. Basculestraat ends at a main crossroads, directly over which begins the Meenseweg. The cemetery itself is located 3.5 kilometres along the Meenseweg on the right hand side of the road.

      Historical Information: Hooge Chateau and its stables were the scene of very fierce fighting throughout the First World War. On 31 October 1914, the staff of the 1st and 2nd Divisions were wiped out by shell fire in the chateau. From 24 May to 3 June 1915, the chateau was defended against German attacks and in July 1915, the crater was made by a mine sprung by the 3rd Division. On 30 July, the Germans took the chateau, and on 9 August, it and the crater were regained by the 6th Division. The Germans retook Hooge on 6 June 1916 and on 31 July 1917, the 8th Division advanced 1.6 kilometres beyond it. It was lost for the last time in April 1918, but regained by the 9th (Scottish) and 29th Divisions on 28 September.

      Hooge Crater Cemetery was begun by the 7th Division Burial Officer early in October 1917. It contained originally 76 graves, in Rows A to D of Plot I, but was greatly increased after the Armistice when graves were brought in from smaller cemeteries in the area and from the battlefields of Zillebeke, Zantvoorde and Gheluvelt. There are now 5,924 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 3,578 of the burials are unidentified but special memorials record the names of a number of casualties either known or believed to be buried among them, or whose graves in other cemeteries were destroyed by shell fire. The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

  6. Anne Prentice. She has descendants in S. Africa as of 2001.

11. Isabella Prentice, b. 1878 in Linlithgow, Scotland, and d. 24 Aug 1955 in Uphall, West Lothian, Scotland.

She m. David Steedman on 12 Jun 1903 in Colinton, Edinburgh. He was b. 31 Mar 1874 in Currie, Edinburgh, and d. 14 Nov 1944 at 103 Middleton Place, Uphill,WLN,Scotland. He was the son of William Steedman and Mary Lamb. They had 1 or more children, including (per Ancestry.com):

  1. David Steedman, b. c. 1904 and d. after 1953.

12. Janet Lindsay Prentice, b. 1885 and d. 1942. She m. Earle Fraser in 1909 in Fife. They are Allen Fraser's grandparents. Allen lives in Liverpool, UK.

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