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At this time we do not know a lot about Ann Scott. There is very strong, circumstantial evidence that she was the mother of George Sutter (5). George (5) had a daughter, born in 1854, who he named 'Ann Scott Sutter. Also, at the time of the 1891 Census there was a William Scott staying with George Sutter (4). William was described as George's cousin. If this evidence is accepted as persuasive, then we know that Ann married George Souter (6) on 15th October 1825.
In looking further for George Sutter (5), I searched in the 1841 Census. There I found a record for a George aged 13 living in Blantyre with an Ann Souter. Now, Blantyre is very close to Strathaven and George's age is about right; at the age of 13 in June 1841, George would have been born in either 1827 or 1828, which is close to what we learned from George (5)'s 1851 Census entry. At that time he was recorded as being 22, which would suggest a birth year of 1828 or 1829. However, given that the 1851 Census was held in March, it looks as though he was probably born somewhere between 31st March and 5th June 1828. The one fly in the ointment of all this is that Ann's age is given as 28, meaning that in 1828 when she gave birth to George, she was only 15 and at the time of her marriage, would have been just 12 (or maybe 13). None of this was illegal in Scotland in the early 19th Century, in fact up until 1929, Scots law followed Roman law in allowing a girl to marry at twelve years of age and a boy at fourteen, without any requirement for parental consent. So dodgy, maybe, by modern standards, but perfectly possible.
Further investigations have thrown very speculative records that could be for our Ann, but are not worthy of being recorded on this page. However, if you would like to indulge yourself, click her to enjoy my 'speculation.
KEY EVENTS AND DATES
And that's all we know about Ann Scott at this stage.1812 / 13
If we have the correct Ann in the 1841 Census, then she must have been born around this period and most likely in Lanarkshire. However, I have been unable to find her birth record.
Ann married George Soutar in the Parish of Avondale, County of Lanark. The entry provides no more information than that however.
If we have correctly identified that George Sutter (5) is Ann's son, then from the ages attributed to him in the 1841 and1851 Censuses, Ann must have given birth to him in 1828, shortly after her marriage. That being the case, this would have taken place in Strathaven, Lanarkshire. Ann was, of course, married in Avondale and given that Avondale is a name associated through street names in modern day Strathaven, this provides more circumstantial evidence that she is George (5)'s mother and my forbearer.
The 1841 Census records Ann Souter as living at Stonefield, Blantyre (in Lanarkshire). She was aged 28 and shown as having been born in Lanarkshire. Ann's employment was recorded as "Cotton P L W". Not sure yet what the PLW stands for. Living there with her were her children - George, aged 13, William aged 11 and Elizabeth aged 9. Interestingly, both William and Elizabeth are recorded as being employed in the Cotton industry, but there is no employment shown against George. I wonder if he was a sickly child?
And that's all we know about Ann Scott at this stage.