Staying in Scotland, I turn to Jessie Allison’s father, George Allison.

He was born on 16 October 1832 in Edinburgh, son of George Allison and Janet Simpson, the eldest of six (known) children.

In 1841 he was living with his parents and two brothers at 27 Giles Street, Leith, Midlothian (or Edinburgh). Naturally, the original building is no longer there.

In 1851, George was living with his mother, four brothers, and a sister at Old Physic Gardens (although quite what they were doing living at the equivalent of the botanical gardens, I don’t know). His father isn’t listed but his mother is listed as a wife not a widow.  I haven’t been able to find him.  George is listed as a plumber’s apprentice.  Interestingly, one “Georgiana Pattalla” is lodging with them.  Two years his senior, Georgiana, or Georgina, was to marry George just four years later.

George married Georgina Pattulo (various spellings) on 22 April 1855 in Edinburgh.  However, their first child is listed in census returns as being born in 1853.  I have not been able to find her birth record, either under the name of Allison or Pattulo.

The couple had three more children by the 1861 census.  George was a plumber, and the family lived at William Street in Glasgow, so sometime in 1858 or 1859 they moved from Edinburgh to Renfrewshire (where a son was born), then to Glasgow.  The family had a young boarder, John Muir.

By the time of the next census in 1871, the couple had another three children and were still living in William Street, at number 9.  What’s there now is a newer block of flats.

Sadly, George’s wife died in 1874. By the 1881 census George was boarding with the Strang family at 393 Garscube Road.  Robert Strang was a foreman labourer with a wife and two baby girls.  Needless to say there’s nothing there now.  (Honestly, it won’t be worth visiting Glasgow to see where any ancestors lived – it’s all gone.)

George died on 29 October 1890, aged just 58.

Sources: scotlandspeople, familysearch, Google

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