Genealogical Record of Robert Scott and Isabel Douglass
of Beckwith Township, Ontario

Dull Parish (marriages)
2nd December 1804. Robert Stewart and Isabel Douglas both in this parish gave up their names to be proclaimed in order to marriage.

According to the Dull OPR, their first two children Peter and Janet were born in Rossie Hill, parish of Forgan, although they were baptised in the parish church of Dull. Rossie Hill in the parish of Forgan does exist, and is in the Carse of Gowrie between Dundee and Perth. However, the two children were in fact born at Rossie Ochil, in the parish of Forgandenny. How such an error was recorded twice in the Dull OPR is hard to understand, but such is the case.

Dull Parish (baptisms)
31st August 1805.
Peter, son to Robert Scott and Isabel Douglas in Rossie Hill, parish of Forgan (was baptised).

Forgandenny Parish (baptisms)
8th September 1805
Born, Peter, lawful son to Robert Scott, tenant in the Backfield of Rossie Ochil and Isabel Douglas his wife – the said Peter was baptised on the 22nd current before the congregation.

Dull Parish (baptisms)
22nd November 1806.
Janet, daughter to Robert Scott and Isabel Douglas in Rossie Hill, parish of Forgan (was baptised).

Forgandenny Parish (baptisms)
November 9th 1806.
Born, Janet, lawful daughter to Robert Scott, tenant in the Backfield of Rossie Ochil and Isabel Douglas his wife – the said Janet was baptised on the 23rd current before the congregation.

Robert Scott and his wife Isabel Douglas returned to the parish of Dull by 1808 and farmed at Netherton of Duntanlich, where the rest of their children were born.

Dull Parish (baptisms)

16th July 1808.
James, son to Robert Scott and Isabel Douglas in Nether Duntaulich (was baptised).

22nd November 1810.
Ann, daughter to Robert Scott and Isabel Douglas in Nether Duntaulich (was baptised).

16th March 1814.
John, son to Robert Scott and Isabel Douglas in Nether Duntaulich (was baptised).

1st May 1817.
Robert, son to Robert Scott and Isabel Douglas in Nether Duntaulich (was baptised).

7th May 1819.
Margaret, daughter to Robert Scott and Isabel Douglas in Nether Duntaulich (was baptised).

26th May 1821.
Robert, son to Robert Scott and Isabel Douglas in Nether Duntaulich (was baptised).

27th October 1823.
Jean, daughter to Robert Scott and Isabel Douglas in Nether Duntaulich (was baptised).

There was another Scott family living at Rossie Ochil, Forgandenny - that of John Scott and Margaret Ferguson, who were married in Dull parish on 24th July 1805. Their children were as follows:

Forgandenny Parish (baptisms)

26th August 1806.
Born, Alexander, lawful son to John Scott, tenant in the Backfield of Rossie Ochil and Margaret Ferguson his wife – the said Alexander was baptised on the 21st September before the congregation.

11th December 1807.
Born, Robert, lawful son to John Scott, tenant in the Backfield of Rossie Ochil and Margaret Ferguson his wife – the said Robert was baptised on the 3rd January 1808 before the congregation.

12th September 1809.
Born, John .........

30th April 1811.
Born, Isabel, lawful daughter to John Scott, tenant in the Backfield of Rossie Ochil and Margaret Ferguson his wife – the said Robert was baptised on the 12th May before the congregation.

This evidence would point towards Robert Scott and John Scott as being brothers or cousins. John Scott stayed at Backfield of Rossie Ochil until at least 1811, but by 1841 the family had gone. (The John Scott who was working as an agricultural labourer in nearby Condie Farm is not the same person. This is John Knight Scott the son of James Scott and Barbara Knight of Collessie, Fife, who was married to Agnes Thomson.)

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Robert Scott and his wife Isabel Douglas returned to the parish of Dull and farmed at Netherton of Duntaulich, where the rest of their children were born.

(Generation 2) The Children of Robert Scott and Isabel Douglas of Duntaulich and Beckwith Township, Ontario.

Name Born Married Date Residence Died
Peter Aug 31 1805 Margaret Douglas c1837 . h.
w.
Janet Nov 22 1806 Donald McDonald Aug 1 1828 . h.
w.
James Jul 16 1808 Janet Douglass . . h.
w.
Ann 14 May 1810 . . . h.
w.
John Mar 16 1814 Elizabeth Ferguson Jul 4 1855 Beckwith
township
h.
w.
Robert May 1 1817 unmarried . . h. before 1821
w.
Margaret May 7 1819 Peter Clark Oct 28 1842 . h.
w. Aug 16 1902
Robert May 26 1821 Janet Stewart c1861 Beckwith
township
h. Nov 4 1870
w. Jan 9 1920
Jean Oct 27 1823 William Lackey . . h.
w. Apr 22 1886

It is said that Robert Scott was on his own when he went to Ontario in 1830 where he purchased Lot 20, Concession 6 in Beckwith Township. Presumably the rest of the family followed at a later date. By the time that the family left for Canada, his daughter Janet was married to Donald McDonald (Aug 1 1828, Dull parish).

They had two daughters: Ann christened 9th November 1828 and Grizel christened 1st October 1830. Donald and Janet were living at Netherton at the time. Donald McDonald and his wife Janet farmed Lot 17 East, Concession 5, although there is no record of purchase in the land titles. In the 1851 census they appear to be farming part of Lot 4 (18?), Concession 6, with a family of seven children.

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Robert’s son, John, purchased Lot 18 East and Lot 19 West, Concession 5 in Beckwith Township on 27th February 1837. He married Elizabeth Ferguson.

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Robert’s son, Robert, married Janet Stewart, the daughter of Alexander 'Big Sandy' Stewart and Margaret Stewart of Beckwith township, whose family had come from Balintochich, Borenich, Blair Atholl.

(Generation 3) The Children of Robert Scott and Janet Stewart of Beckwith Township, Ontario.

Name Born Married Date Residence Died
Robert 1862 Margaret Ann Campbell Jun 30 1915 . h. 1946
w. 1948
Alexander c1865 unmarried . . d. Jan 10 1893
Margaret 1867 Thomas Riley Jan 1 1895 . h. 1935
w. 1952
Ellen c1869 . . . d.
Isabella Jane c1870 John Clark Oct 29 1923 . h. Dec 16 1924
w.