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John Prentice of Carluke, Lanark, Scotland

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John Prentice and Margaret Smith of Carluke, Lanark, Scotland
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Spring 2003 and Revised 8 Nov 2004

Update of 8 Nov 2004: This article is now replaced by our later Winter 2004 article on John Prentice of Carluke .

By email of 11 and 13 Mar 2003, Euan McVicar who grew up in Carluke Parish, has provided us with information about his Prentice line:

1. John Prentice was likely b. c. 1770-79, perhaps in, or near, Carluke According to an old Carluke parish extract, a John Prentice, probably Euan's ancestor, married Margaret Smith, of Carstairs Parish, on 2 Jan 1797. He was a farmer. They had 1 or more children, including:

  1. Marion Prentice. . . . . . . . [2]

2. Marian Prentice was b. c. 1801, d. 1869 at the age of 69. She m. Hugh McMinn who d.in 1881 at the age of 87. Born in Ireland and an Ironmonger, he was the son of Robert McMinn (a land steward) and Margaret Bell. Marian and Hugh are buried in Carluke Old Church Yard. They had lived on High St., Carluke. Children:

  1. Isabella McMinn. . . . . . . . [3]
  2. Robert McMinn. According to the 1881 Census Robert was living on High Street Carluke and was an Irongmonger employing 2 assistants.
  3. John Prentice McMinn, b. c. 1837. At the age of 41 in 1878, he m. Mary Forest, dau. of William Forrest, a grocer in Carluke. They moved to Cambusnethan and opened a Chemists business which operated for several generations of McMinn chemists.
  4. Jemima Bell McMinn. Unmarried in 1881 and living at home. She died, unmarried, in 1924, in her 80s, in her niece's house in Thankerton/Covington Parish, although her usual residence is listed as London.
  5. Agnes McMinn. Unmarried in 1881 and living at home.

3. Isabella McMinn, Euan McVicar's 3xGreat Grandmother, m. John Thomson in 1844 in Carluke; Isabella's banns were proclaimed in the Church of the United Original Seceders in Carluke. John Thomson was a wood merchant and John's father was an orchard owner in Cambusnethan; John's mother was Elizabeth Reid from Carluke; they lived in Cambusnethan Parish and Isabella died in 1906 in the house built by her son in law and Euan's great great grandfather, James Fraser. The house remained in the family until around 10 years ago. They had 1 or more children, including:

  1. Jeannie McMinn Thompson Thomson. She m. James Fraser. They had 1 or more children, including:
    1. John Fraser.
      1. Christina Martin Fraser. She m. Mr. Forbes.

Who are John Prentice's Parents?

We reviewed our database as well as christening records provided by the Glasgow Records Office.

If John Prentice m. 1797 in Carluke, it seems more likely than not that he was probably born in the period 1770 to 1777 which would make him somewhere between 20 and 27 at the time of his marriage. Also, in that period people tended to marry close to home, so it is more likely than not that John was living in Carluke at the time of his marriage.

The only John Prentice located so far who was born in Carluke in the period 1765 to 1777 was the John Prentice who was b. 1770 in Carluke, son of John Prentice and Euphemia Scott. For their family and descendants, see John Prentice and Euphemia Scott of Carluke .

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