brian mckay's family tree
It doesn't look as though I am going to get any further back than this on the Brand line. Although we know of Alexander and his wife, Catherine Ross, through their names being recorded on various of their daughter Isabella Brand's records, the only record I have been able to find pertaining to Alexander himself, is the record of his marriage to Catherine Ross, Isabella's mother. I am confident this is the correct record as both it and Isabella's marriage record refer to Alexander as a "Merchant" and it is the only marriage between an Alexander Brand and a Catherine Ross that took place near the time of Isabella's birth. The curious thing, though, is that Isabella's birth record describes Catherine as a spinster ("Sp. a. d. n.").
While I have also found the births of other children to Alexander and Catherine, I have been unable to find Alexander's own birth or death records. I know Alexander died prior to Isabella's marriage as he is described in that record as "the late Alexander Brand". Also, I could not find him in the 1841 Census, so assume that he died before then too. Without these records I cannot go any further back. So the Brand line peters out at Generation 7.
KEY EVENTS AND DATES
20th December 1809
Alexander married Catherine Ross in Canongate, Edinburgh. Alexander is described as a "Merchant". The record showed that Catherine's father was called David Ross, a gardener, (even though later records regarding Catherine, state her father to have been called "John").
18th June 1812
Alexander's son, David, was born in South Leith, At this stage I haven't obtained the actual record, but have seen summarised information on ScotlandsPeople.
1st December 1813
Alexander's son, John was born in South Leith, At this stage I haven't obtained the actual record, but have seen summarised information on ScotlandsPeople.
7th November 1814
Alexander's daughter, Isabella, was born in South Leith to Alexander Brand and Catherine Ross (a spinster). The full record reads:
Alex'r Brand Clothier and Catherine Ross Sp.a.d.n. Isabella, born 7 and
b 24 Nov'r 1814. Wit the congregation.
View the record.
27th March 1817
Alexander's son, George Bell, was born in South Leith, At this stage I haven't obtained the actual record, but have seen summarised information on ScotlandsPeople.
26th December 1820
Alexander's daughter, Catherine, was born in South Leith, At this stage I haven't obtained the actual record, but have seen summarised information on ScotlandsPeople.
7th February 1843
Alexander's daughter, Isabella Brand, married Daniel Campbell in South Leith Parish Church. The full record reads:
Campbelland Brand -
Daniel Campbell, Cooper residing at No. 45 Giles Street, parish of
South Leith, and Isabella Brand residing at 2 Coatfield Lane, Leith,
same parish, daughter of the late Alex'r Brand, Merchant, Leith were
three times proclaimed in order to Marriage in the parish church of
South Leith on the 5th February 1843 & no objections offered, were
married at Leith on the 7th February 1843 by the Rev. Jas. Lewis of
St. Johns, Leith.
4th March 1875
Alexander's daughter, Isabella, died at 8 a.m. at 3 Primrose Place, Abbeyhill, Edinburgh. She was aged 61 and was described as married to Daniel Campbell. Her parents were recorded as Alexander Brand a Clerk and Catherine Brand, M/S Ross.