Seatons of Kirkmichael Parish

Kirkmichael

James Stobie's map of Kirkmichael in Perthshire

Firstly a word of caution - this web-page concerns only the Seaton families in the parish of Kirkmichael in Perthshire. It does not include any Seatons from the parish of Kirkmichael in Kirkcudbright.

The earliest Seaton record is the marriage of John Seaton and Anne Robertson, 27th March 1761. The entry in the Kirkmichael OPR is incomplete as the corner of the page has been torn and lost. All that remains says:

"John Seaton in the parish of ..(lost).. contracted to Anne Robertson ..(lost).. Robertson of Balnak..(lost) And married ..(lost).."

Luckily the entry in the Blair Atholl OPR is undamaged.

Blair Atholl OPR, 16th April 1761
John Seaton in Nether Campsie and Ann Robertson, daughter of Bailnakeillie, in Kirkmichael parish (married).

The couple had three children who were all born at Nether Campsie in Glentilt, Blair Atholl parish

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The Children of John Seaton and Ann Robertson in Nether Campsie

Name Born Married Date Residence Died
Jean 15 Feb 1763 . . Nether Campsie h.
w.
John 5 May 1765 . . Nether Campsie h.
w.
Thomas 19 Dec 1767 . . Nether Campsie d.

There is another Seaton marriage linked to Nether Campsie, just a few years earlier. Robert Campbell in Nether Campsie and Beatrice Seaton in Mains of Duntaulich, Dull parish, married 12 Aug 1756. Is Beatrice related to John Seaton, or is this just a coincidence?

It is thought that the family returned to Kirkmichael parish but there is no definite proof. However, there are a number of facts leading to this conclusion:

Firstly, there are no further Seaton births nor marriages linked to Nether Campsie after 1767.
Secondly, Ann's father was a man of importance by being titled as 'of Balnakeillie'. He probably would have held the property in wadsett, that is as security for a large cash loan of several thousand merks, and could choose his own tenants.
Thirdly, there was no establish Seaton family in Kirkmichael parish at this time to explain the appearance of Jean Seaton and John Seaton who were both 'of Kirkmichael parish' when they married in 1789 and 1794, respectively.
Fourthly, Jean would have been 26 years old and John would have been 29 years old when they married, which would fit.
Fifthly, there was only one other Jean Seaton living in this area of Perthshire between 1750 and 1790, and her family were living in the parish of Moulin, not Kirkmichael.
Sixthly, both Jean and John had a son baptised with the name of Thomas. Once again, this is an uncommon forename for the area but Thomas was also the name of their younger brother.

For all these reasons it is thought that the two Seatons who married in Kirkmichael parish are those who were born in Nether Campsie.

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John Seton and (un-named) Stewart

The second Seaton record is the birth of Alexander Seton.

Kirkmichael OPR, 17th July 1765
John Seton, gardener to Baron Reid, and (Isobel) Stewart his spouse had a child baptised, called Alexander.

John Seaton in Faskally, parish of Moulin and Isobel Stewart in Tomnaculag, married 18th September 1764 (Blair Atholl OPR)

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Alexander McIntosh and Jannet Setton

The next Seaton record is the contract of marriage between Alexander McIntosh and Janet Seaton, 1st December 1787. The entry contains little information except that Alexander McIntosh came from Kirkmichael parish whilst Janet Seaton came from the parish of Moulin. They were married on the 12th.

The only Janet Seaton of an appropriate age in Moulin parish was the daughter of James Seaton and McLagan in Loinmarstaig, who was born 26th December 1763. She would have been nearly 24 when she married. Unfortunately the couple do not seem to have had any children and nothing more is known about them, or their whereabouts, after getting married.

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James Small and Jean Seaton in ..............

The fourth Seaton record is the marriage contract for Jean Seton and James Small, 12th September 1789. Although it merely says that both parties were from Kirkmichael parish, as previously mention it is thought that Jean was the daughter of John Seaton and Anne Robertson in Nether Campsie.

The Children of James Small and Jean Seaton in ..............

Name Born Married Date Residence Died
Annie 12 Dec 1790 . . . d.
John 8 Mar 1793 . . . d.
Jean 25 Jun 1796 . . . d.
Thomas 4 Sep 1798 . . . d.

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John Seaton and Margaret Rattray in ..............

The next marriage contract in Kirkmichael parish is between John Seaton and Margaret Rattray, 30th August 1794, and both were from Kirkmichael parish. Once again it is thought that John was the son of John Seaton and Anne Robertson in Nether Campsie.

The Children of John Seaton and Margaret Rattray in ..............

Name Born Married Date Residence Died
(un-named) 1 Sep 1795 . . . d.
Thomas 14 Jun 1798 1w. Elizabeth Small
2w. Anne Stewart
30 Nov 1828

14 Aug 1835
. h. by 1861
1w. 1832-35
2w. after 1875
James 7 Sep 1802 . . . d.

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Thomas Seaton and Elizabeth Small in ...............

Kirkmichael OPR, 30th November 1828
Thomas Seaton in (Cottartown?) and Elizabeth Small, there, were proclaimed three times on Sabbath 30th November 1828 in order to be married.

The Children of Thomas Seaton and Elizabeth Small in ..............

Name Born Married Date Residence Died
James 8 Mar 1830 Jane Campbell 1862 Middleton h.
w.
John 3 Jul 1832 Barbara Cameron 1867 Tomlea h.
w.

Elizabeth Small died shortly after the birth of John, and Thomas Seaton re-married in 1835.

Kirkmichael OPR, 10th August 1835
Thomas Seaton in Balnauld and Anne Stewart in Stronamuck, both in this parish, were duly proclaimed this day in order to be married. Married the 14th of the same month.

Margaret, 14th June 1837............ to be added.

William, 14th May 1840............ to be added.

The 1841 census lists the children from both marriages.

Dwelling Name Age Occupation Birthplace
Thomas Seaton 40y . Perthshire
Ann Seaton 30y . Perthshire
James Seaton 11y . Perthshire
John Seaton 8y . Perthshire
Margret Seaton 4y . Perthshire
William Seaton 1y . Perthshire

Kirkmichael OPR, 20th March 1842
Alexander...................................................needed.

Kirkmichael OPR, 7th January 1847
Thomas, lawful son of Thomas Seaton, farmer in Brae of Dounie, and Anne Stewart his wife, born the 14th December 1846, baptised 7th January 1847.

Kirkmichael OPR, 8th May 1851
Daniel, lawful son of Thomas Seaton, farmer in Middle Dounie, and Anne Stewart his wife, born the 8th April, baptised 8th May 1851.

The 1851 census...............

Dwelling Name Related Status Age Occupation Birthplace
Thomas Seaton head marr 52y . Kirkmichael
Ann Seaton wife marr 41y . Kirkmichael
James Seaton son u/m 21y . Kirkmichael
John Seaton son u/m 18y . Kirkmichael
Margaret Seaton dau u/m 13y . Kirkmichael
William Seaton son u/m 10y . Kirkmichael
Alexander Seaton son u/m 9y . Kirkmichael
Thomas Seaton son u/m 4y . Kirkmichael

The 1881 census...............

Dwelling Name Related Status Age Occupation Birthplace
Ann Seaton head widow 71y housekeeper Kirkmichael
Alexander Seaton son u/m 39y farmer of 20 acres Kirkmichael
Catherine Seaton g.dau u/m 6y scholar Moulin

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The Children of Thomas Seaton and Anne Stewart in Mains of Dounie

Name Born Married Date Residence Died
Margaret 14 Jun 1837 . . . d.
William 14 May 1840 1w. Ann Gow
2w. Bella McKinlay
16 Aug 1861
1880
Tullochcurran Mill h.
1w. by 1880
2w.
Alexander 20 Mar 1842 . . . d.
Thomas 14 Dec 1846 Marion Campbell 30 Jul 1875 Loch Kennard h.
w.
Daniel
(Donald)
8 Apr 1851 Betsy McLaren 1878 Kindrogan h. after 1901
w.

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James Seaton and Jane Campbell in Middleton

James Seaton and Jane Campbell married in 1862.

The 1881 census...............

Dwelling Name Related Status Age Occupation Birthplace
Middleton James Seaton head marr 51y farmer of 36 acres Kirkmichael
Jane Seaton wife marr 49y Kirkmichael
Thomas Seaton son u/m 18y Kirkmichael
John Seaton son u/m 14y scholar Kirkmichael
Elizabeth Seaton dau u/m 13y scholar Kirkmichael
Alexander Seaton son u/m 12y scholar Kirkmichael
Mary Seaton dau u/m 10y scholar Kirkmichael
Colin Seaton son u/m 8y scholar Kirkmichael

Elizabeth Seaton married John MacFarlane. She died at Caenghline (Ceannaghlinne in Glengirnaig?), 29th November 1931

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John Seaton and Barbara Cameron in Balmyle House, Tomlea

John Seaton and Barbara Cameron married in 1867.

The 1881 census...............

Dwelling Name Related Status Age Occupation Birthplace
Balmyle House,
Tomlea
John Seaton head marr 48y shepherd Kirkmichael
Barbara Seaton wife marr 46y laundress Inverness

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William Seaton, carpenter

On 16th August 1861 at Guay in the parish of Dowally, William Seaton, bachelor and joiner aged 21 years residing at Middle Dounie, Kirkmichael, married Ann Gow, spinster domestic servant at Guay aged 24 years. His parents were given as Thomas Seaton, deceased farmer, and Ann Stewart. Her parents were given as John Gow, blacksmith, and Grace Reid. The witnesses were Margaret Seaton and Alexander Seaton (William's siblings).

William Seaton, son to William Seaton, journeyman joiner, and Ann Gow, was born at Kindrogan in the parish of Moulin, 26th April 1869. His parents were married at Dowally, 16th August 1861.

Ann Gow in Moulin parish died in 1875, aged only 35 years. In 1880 William Seaton remarried, this time to Bella McKinlay in Little Dunkeld.

The 1881 census...............

Dwelling Name Related Status Age Occupation Birthplace
Balnald William Seaton head marr 40y carpenter Kirkmichael
Bella Seaton wife marr 32y . Little Dunkeld
Margaret Seaton dau u/m 13y scholar Moulin
William Seaton son u/m 11y scholar Moulin
Donald Seaton son u/m 10y scholar Moulin
Alexander Seaton son u/m 8y scholar Moulin

Monument 60 in Dowally churchyard is a low marble stone carved in the shape of an open book and records that William Seaton died 19th November 1912 aged 43 years, and that aunt Margaret Gow died 15th June 1913. Grace Seaton died 28th August 1949 (aged 83 years) and Annie Seaton died 4th May 1954 (aged 90 years).

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Thomas Seaton and Marion Campbell in Loch Kennard

On the 30th July 1875 at Wester Coshville (Coshiveil) of Grandtully, Thomas Seaton bachelor and gamekeeper at Lochtummel aged 26 years married Marion Campbell, spinster and farmer's daughter at Wester Coshville aged 19 years. His parents were given as Thomas Seaton, deceased farmer, and Anne Stewart. Her parents were given as Alexander Campbell, farmer, and Janet McPhail. The witnesses were Donald Seaton (his brother Daniel) and Grace Campbell.

The 1881 census...............

Dwelling Name Related Status Age Occupation Birthplace
Loch Kennard Thomas Seaton head marr 32y gamekeeper Kirkmichael
Marion Seaton wife marr 23y Dull
Jessie Seaton dau u/m 4y Dull
Annie Seaton dau u/m 2y Dull

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Donald Seaton and Betsy McLaren in Kindrogan

Donald Seaton and Betsy McLaren married in 1878. In the 1881 census he was employed as a butler at Kindrogan

Dwelling Name Related Status Age Occupation Birthplace
Kindrogan Donald Seaton head marr 28y butler Kirkmichael
Betsy Seaton wife marr 22y Dull
John Seaton son u/m 1m Moulin

Another daughter, Katie, was born three years later. By 1901 John Seaton was a footman for John, Duke of Atholl, his father was butler for the Maitland family at Hazel Hall on the Perth Road, while Katie was a draper's assistant in Dunkeld.

The last Kirkmichael OPR marriage which has not been dealt with already is that of Thomas Ferguson and Elspith (Elizabeth) Seaton, who was the youngest daughter of James Seaton and Jean McLagan, born 2nd October 1776.

And the last Kirkmichael OPR birth which has not been dealt with already in that of Isabell, illegitimate daughter of John Seaton, Cottartown of Straloch, parish of Moulin and Margaret Shaw, here, born the 24th and baptised the 31st of October 1843.

The 1841 census for Cottartown of Straloch shows that John Seaton was an agricultural labourer working for Robert Farquharson who was the tenant farmer. John's age is given as 20 but as the 1841 census tended to round the ages down to the nearest 5 or 10, then he could have been anything from 20 to 25 years old.

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