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Janet Skinner, nee Sutherland, my Grandmother, daughter of Donald Sutherland and Betsy Patience, who was one of those who died in the Droonins of 1871. Photo taken late 1800's.
Picture added on 05 April 2014 at 08:17
Hi, Kathleen. This is a wonderful photo. Donald Sutherland was my great-grandfather's brother; we may share great-great grandparents in David Sutherland b. 1819 and Jane Patience (are you still with me?). Donald's sister, (also called Janet 26) was another victim in the Droonin - a terrible time for the family. Your grandmother is identified (aged 2)in the 1871 census as living on the High Street with her brother David aged 2. Donald left the Merchant Service presumably to be near the children, went to the fishing and remarried in July 1872 - to Janet Patience . . . I have more information about Donald and his parents if you are interested.
Added by David Sutherland McCartney on 14 August 2014
Hi David,
Good to hear from you, and yes, we would appreciate more info. on Donald's parents. Who was your great grandfather? We only have info. on Donald and sister Janet so far. You can contact us via e-mail if you wish.
Added by Kathleen McGeorge nee Skinner on 16 August 2014
Donald and Janet were two of ten brothers and sisters! My great-grandfather was David Sutherland 1850-1916. He was child number 4. He became a skipper and he also married a Jane Patience. She lived until 1940 and was (I think) the granny bedridden up in Gowanbrae (now renamed) whom my mother (Mamie McCartney nee Sutherland) sat with when she was a girl and teenager before World War II.
Added by David McCartney on 30 October 2014
Hi David, thanks for the info, much appreciated!
Added by Kathleen McGeorge nee Skinner on 31 October 2014
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