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William Prentice of Gallowsgate, Glasgow, Scotland

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William Prentice of Gallowgate, Glasgow, Scotland
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Spring 2005 and Revised 15 Aug 2014

Update of 22 May 2012: For James' family and descendants, see James Prentice of Carluke .

We are helping Amanda McDougall in trying to trace her Prentice roots. Here is what we have so far:

1. James Prentice was b. c. 1789 in Lanark and appears, age 72, in the 1861 Lesmahagow census.

He m. Margaret Christina Dunlop on 8 Apr 1810 in Lanark. They had 2 or more children, including the following:

  1. Thomas Prentice, chr. 18 Dec 1814, Lesmahagow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  2. James Prentice, chr. 21 Mar 1813 in Lesmahagow, and d. there 11 Mar 1828, age 15 years per Ancestry.com.
  3. John Prentice was b. c. 1815-1825. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]

James Prentice, b. c. 1789 in Lanark according to the 1861 census, is quite likely the James Prentice who was chr. 19 Apr 1789 in Lanark son of Robert Prentice and Janet Liddle of Lanark. However, there is also a chance that James is the one who was chr. 14 Mar 1790, son of John Prentice and Betty Tod of Lanark.

2. Thomas Prentice, b. 12 Dec 1814 and chr. 18 Dec 1814, Lesmahagow. Died 19 Nov 1900, Hamilton, OH. He is likely the Thomas Prentice who appears in the 1861 Lesmahagow census with his wife,

He m. Isabella Walker Meikle, b. 28 Jul 1816, Lesmahagow, and d. there 15 Jun 1896. She was the dau. of John Meikle and Marggaret Plenderlith. Children (per census and IGI):

  1. James Prentice, b. 1838 and d. 1857, age 19 years.
  2. John Prentice, chr. 25 Oct 1840, Lesmahagow, and d. 1869, age 29 years. In 1861 census.
  3. Thomas Prentice, b. 29 Oct 1842, Bothwell, Lanarkshire, chr. 14 Dec 1842, Lesmahagow, and d. there 5 Sep 1905. He m. Elizabeth Nicol Boyd who was b. 25 Jan 1853 and d. 5 Nov 1939. .Ancestor Chart: Ancestry.com. Children per Ancestry.com:
    1. Jane Anderson Prentice, b. 10 Oct 1873, Tarbolton.Ayrshire. 1891 at home.
    2. Mary Meikle Prentice, b. c. 1876, Tarbolton. 1891 at home.
    3. Thomas Boyd Prentice, b. c. 1878, Tarbolton. 1891 at home.
    4. David Prentice, b. c. 1880, Tarbolton. 1891 at home.
    5. John Brown Prentice, b. 20 Aug 1884, Tarbolton, Ayrshire. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .[2.10]
    6. James Alexander Prentice, b. c. 1887, Tarbolton. 1891 at home.
    7. Alexander McWhirter Prentice, b. c. 1890, Tarbolton. 1891 at home. He m. Helen in Oct 1922.
  4. Margaret Prentice, chr. 20 Oct 1844, Lesmahagow. In 1861 census.
  5. Thomas Prentice, b. c. 1847, Lesmahagow. Not in IGI but in 1861 census.
  6. Mary Prentice, chr. 26 May 1849, Lesmahagow. Not in 1861 census.
  7. William Prentice, chr. 25 Aug 1850, Lesmahagow. Not in 1861 census.
  8. Robert Prentice, chr. 19 Jun 1853, Lesmahagow. In 1861 census.

2.10 John Brown Prentice, b. 20 Aug 1884, Tarbolton, Ayrshire, and d. 9 Jul 1913, age 29 years. 1911 census in Niagara Falls, Welland District, Ontario, showing b. Apr 1884.

He m. Mary Wilson, b. 23 May 1882 and d. 30 Dec 1981. Children:

  1. Hannah Grace Prentice, b. Oct 1910, Ontario. 1911 at home.
  2. Robert Wilson Prentice, b. 14 Feb 1913. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .[2.20]

2.20 Robert Wilson Prentice, b. 14 Feb 1913 and d. 2011, Comox, British Columbia.

He m. Edith Adeline Hill, b. 26 Oct 1915 and d. 21 Jul 2011, Niagara Falls, Ontario. An Ancestor Chart for her can be found at Ancestry.com .

  1. James Clifford Prentice, b. 31 Mar 1942 and d. 19 Aug 1961, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. He m.Joy Hudson and had 2 daughters.
    1. Diana Prentice. She m. and had 3 sons: Bradley, Brent and Aaron per Ancestry.com.
    2. Barbara Prentice per Ancestry.com. he m. 1st Darren Patterson. Daughter:
      1. Caroline Prentice-Patterson. She m. Mr. Muth.
      Barbara m. 2nd. Glenn Romanishen. They had a daughter, Ca.
      Barbara m. 3rd. Gerry Kovalik.
  2. Son Prentice.

3. John Prentice was b. c. 1811 and d. 5 Dec 1869, age 50 (per Death Certificate information from his widow and provided by Amanda McDoughal, email, 17 Aug 2005). The 1861 census shows them living in Bridgton. He does not appear in the 1881 census and was either missed or was deceased.

He m. Martha Hamilton on 1 Jun 1845, Shotts, Lanark, Scotland. The IGI shows her as b. c. 1821 and calls her "of Chapelhall, Lanark. She was living in 1869. Children listed in the IGI for them are:

  1. James Prentice, b. 19 Aug 1849, Chapelhall, Lanark. He may, or may not, be the James Prentice shown in the IGI who m. Isabella Bain and had a son, James Prentice, b. 25 Mar 1868, Bridgeton. James and Isabella had at least the following children (per IGI):
    1. James Prentice, b. 22 Aug 1859, High Church, Glasgow, Lanark. He may have d. before 1868 (see below).
    2. Alexander Prentice, b. 24 Sep 1865, Calton, Glasgow, Lanark.
    3. James Prentice, b. 25 Mar 1868, Bridgeton, Glasgow, Lanark.
  2. William Prentice, b. 17 Dec 1851, Glasgow, Lanark. . . . . . . [4]
  3. John Prentice, b. 28 Apr 1853, Barony, Lanark.
  4. Margaret Prentice, b. 15 Jun 1859, Bridgeton, Glasgow.
  5. Martha Prentice, b. 18 Sep 1861, Bridgeton.
  6. Jane Prentice. b. 13 Aug 1864, Bridgeton, Glasgow.
  7. Thomas Prentice, b. 15 Apr 1867, Bridgeton, Glasgow.

4. William Prentice, b. 17 Dec 1851, Glasgow, Lanark (per Glasgow Records and his parents marriage certificate).

He m. Anne/Annie Cunningham on 28 Jul 1885 in Dennieston, an area in central Glasgow. Annie was born c. 1855. For more on the Clan Cunningham, see Appendix 1. They had 1 or more children, including:

  1. William Prentice, b. 4 May 1899, Gallowgate, Glasgow, Scotland. . . . . . [5]

5. William Prentice, b. 4 May 1899, Gallowgate, Glasgow, Scotland, and d. 1966. He moved to Hardgate, Duntocher, where he married Amanda's grandmother, Margaret Chalmers, in 1932. He served in the army in WW II. He also worked in a Singer factory in Clydebank. They had 3 children:

  1. William Chalmers.
  2. Ann Chalmers.
  3. Jane Chalmers.

Who are James Prentice's Parents?

We found 2 possibilities in Glasgow Records for a James Prentice b. c. 1789 in Lanark:

  1. James Prentice, chr. 19 Apr 1789, Lanark, son of Robert Prentice and Janet Liddle.
  2. James Prentice, chr.14 Mar 1790, Lanark, son of John Prentice and Betty Todd

Investigation is continuing.

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Appendix 1: The Clan Cunningham
    * Badge: A unicorn's head, argent, crined and armed, or
    * Motto: Over fork over
    * Tartan: Cunningham
    * Gaelic Name: MacCuinneagain
    * Origin of Name: Place-name, Ayrshire

* Branches: Cunningham of Auchinharvie; Cunningham of Coreshill; Cunningham of Craigends; Cunningham of Kilmaurs; Cunningham of Robertland

The family Cunningham take their name from the district of Cunningham in northern Ayrshire. The land of Kilmaurs of that area was granted by Hugo de Moreville, Constable of Scotland to a vassel named Warnebald in the 12th century and it is from his descendants that the Cunningham family originate.

Harvey de Cunningham of Kilmaurs was amoung those who fought against the King of Norway at the Battle of Largs in 1263 and for his bravery his possession of Kilmaurs was confirmed by Alexander II. Robert the Bruce granted further lands and through the marriage of Sir William Cunningham to Margaret, daughter of Sir Robert Dennieston the Cunninghams extended their possessions further to include Glencairn. His grandson Sir Alexander de Cunningham was created Lord Kilmaurs in 1462 and then Earl of Glencairn in 1488 by James III. However he died with James at the Battle of Sauchieburn in that year.

William, 3rd Earl was captured at Solway Moss but released in exchange for support of the marriage of Mary Queen of Scots to King Edward VI of England. Alexander, 5th Earl of Glencairn was a supporter of the Reformation and responsible for the destruction of the chapel at Holyrood, his Protestant sentiments fuelled the longstanding feud between the Cunninghams and the Montgomeries, Earls of Eglinton. However the 9th Earl returned to the Stewart side leading the rising of 1653 for Charles II. The rebellion was defeated but he was made Lord Chancellor after the Restoration in 1660. The 14th Earl, John was a friend of Burns and on his death in 1791 Burns wrote "Lament for the Earl of Glencairn".

On the death of the 15th Earl who died without issue in 1796 the Earldom became dormant although the undisputed claimant to the chiefship today descends from the Cunninghams of Corsehill. Other important cadet branches are the Cunninghams of Caprington, Craigends and Robertlane.

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