As with my Craig ancestors, my Brown lineage goes back to the 1660s, when my 8g-grandmother Margaret Borland was born in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire. Margaret had an illegitimate daughter, Jean Caddel who was a servant, and then a wife, to glove maker Alexander Harper, who she married in 1706. Alexander had been born in Kilmarnock in 1684. Eventually, after several generations, the Harper family joined with the Wyllie family that had come to Kilmarnock from Lochwinnoch in Renfrewshire. Ann Wyllie was born around 1810, and first married Daniel Noble; they had two children before Daniel died. Ann then married James Pinkerton, and his family had come from Collellan near Troon. Ann and James had six children, and their daughter Ann Pinkerton married James Brown in 1869, and this is our our main Brown line.
After having two children in Kilmarnock, this family moved around a bit: first to Paisley, then Dalkeith (near Edinburgh), and finally to the melting pot of Glasgow — it was here that their daughter Annie Brown married a completely unrelated Alexander Brown, and they had five children; but later Annie had two illegitimate children — one of them my Grandmother Mary Templeton Brown. The Brown story starts here.


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