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Prentices of Lesmahagow, Lanark, Scotland


Prentices of Lesmahagow, Lanark, Scotland
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 2002 and Revised 8 May 2002

Karina Randall has kindly provided with a listing of Prentices in the 1861 Lesmahagow, Lanark, Scotland census. To that listing we have added additional information from our own database. Here is what we have so far:

Family: 1
Update of 16 Aug 2005: This Family has been replaced by our Spring 2005 article on William Prentice of Gallowgate, Glasgow.

1.   James Prentice was b. c. 1789 in Lanark and appears, age 72, in the 1861 Lesmahagow census. No wife is indicated. James is likely the James Prentice who m. Margaret 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.

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, chr. 18 Dec 1814, Lesmahagow. He is likely the Thomas Prentice who appears in the 1861 Lesmahagow census with his wife, Isabella Meikle, b. c. 1817, Lesmahagow. Children (per census and IGI):

  1. John Prentice, chr. 25 Oct 1840, Lesmahagow. In 1861 census.
  2. Thomas Prentice, chr. 14 Dec 1842, Lesmahagow. Not in 1861 census.
  3. Margaret Prentice, chr. 20 Oct 1844, Lesmahagow. In 1861 census.
  4. Thomas Prentice, b. c. 1847, Lesmahagow. Not in IGI but in 1861 census.
  5. Mary Prentice, chr. 26 May 1849, Lesmahagow. Not in 1861 census.
  6. William Prentice, chr. 25 Aug 1850, Lesmahagow. Not in 1861 census.
  7. Robert Prentice, chr. 19 Jun 1853, Lesmahagow. In 1861 census.

Person: 2

1. Mary Prentice, b. c. 1845, Douglas and shown in 1861 Lesmahagow census as living alone, age 16.

By email of 6 May 2002,Christine Hadden has suggested she might be the daughter of Thomas Prentice and Mary Scott of Lesmahagow, b. 30 Nov 1845. Or, she might be the daughter of Thomas Prentice and Janet Gold of Carmichael, b. 28 Aug 1844.

Person: 3

1. James Prentice, b. c. 1854, Lesmahagow and shown in 1861 census as living alone. By email of 6 May 2002,Christine Hadden has suggested he may be the son of Thomas Prentice and Jean Muir, b. 4 Jun 1854 in Lesmahagow. He appears as part of Family 4, below.

Family: 4

For this family, see our Summer 1999 article about Margaret Prentice of Lesmahagow, Scotland .

Family: 5

1. William Prentice, b. c. 1832, Lanark, and shown in the 1861 Lesmahagow census with his wife, Agnes, b. c. 1829, Lesmahagow, and his children:

  1. Mary Prentice, b. c. 1855, born Lanark.
  2. David Prentice, b. c. 1857, Lesmahagow.
  3. Catherine Prentice, b. c. 1859, Lesmahagow.

Given the names of his children, William is almost certainly the William Prentice who was chr. 29 Jul 1831 in Lanark, son of David Prentice and Catherine Robison. The IGI shows David and Catherine were m. 15 Jul 1827 in Lanark. We checked our database to see whose son David Prentice might be. The only David Prentice we found in an appropriate time frame was David Prentice, chr. 19 Jul 1808 near Carstairs. He was the son of William Prentice and Grizzel Alexander. For more on them, see William Prentice of Carstairs in our Spring 2002 edition. Whether that is the correct family remains to be determined.

Family: 6

1. John Prentice, b. c. 1825, Lesmahagow, and shown in the 1861 Lesmahagow census with his wife, Elizabeth, b. c. 1820, Lesmahagow. Elizabeth is probably the Elizabeth Wilson who m. a John Prentice on 15 Nov 1845 in Lesmahagow. Children:

  1. John Prentice, b. c. 1846, Lesmahagow.
  2. Jane Prentice, b. c. 1848, Lesmahagow.
  3. Robert Prentice, b. c. 1850, Lesmahagow.
  4. William Prentice, b. c. 1853, Lesmahagow.
  5. George Prentice, b. 29 Apr 1855, Lesmahagow. In 1861 census.
  6. Duncan Prentice, b. 13 Oct 1857, Lesmahagow. In 1861 census.

In addition, the IGI shows the following children born to a John Prentice and Elizabeth Wilson, presumably the same couple:

  1. Agnes Prentice, b. 25 Jun 1862 Dalserf, Lanark
  2. Elizabeth Smith Prentice, b. 20 Feb 1864 Hamilton, Lanark
  3. Thomas Wilson Prentice, b. 4 Aug 1865 Hamilton, Lanark
  4. John Robertson Prentice, b. 23 Mar 1867 Hamilton
  5. Henry Hamp Prentice, b. 11 Mar 1869 Hamilton, Lanark
  6. James Prentice, b. 17 Jan 1871 Hamilton, Lanark
  7. Elizabeth Close Hamp Prentice, b. 29 Sep 1872 Hamilton
  8. Christina Johnston Prentice, b. 27 Sep 1874 Hamilton

For John's ancestry, see our Su,mmer 2000 article on Thomas Prentice of Lesmahagow .

Family: 7

1. Henry Prentice, b. c. 1807, Lanark, and shown in the 1861 Lesmahagow census with is wife, Elizabeth Millar (per IGI), b. c. 1820, Berwick BEW, and children:

  1. Jane Gordon Prentice, b. 4 Sep 1857, Lesmahagow (per IGI). In 1861 census.
  2. Elizabeth Henrietta Prentice, b. 5 Jul 1860, Lesmahagow. She does not appear in the 1861 census.
  3. Henry Stewart Prentice, b. 6 Apr 1864 Lesmahagow. After 1861 census.

Henry also appears in our Spring 2001 article about Henry Prentice of Lesmahagow .

Individual: 8

1. Jean Prentice, b. c. 1811, Carmichael, and shown in the 1861 Lesmahagow census living alone. She may either be a spinster or a widow.

If you have any information about the folks mentioned in this article, please contact us at dewald@prenticenet.com.


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