Ferguson Family

FERGUSON, Goldie (Goudie), Campbell and Bowman (of Cumnock and Ayr); Phillips and Hornebrook (of Cork, Ireland).
McKERROW, Hodge, Hannah, Mitchell and Samson (of Auchinleck and Old Cumnock).
HARDMAN, Frankland, Butterworth and Warburton (of Middleton, Lancashire).


When Thomas Barr Galt married Margaret McKerrow Ferguson in Brisbane, Queensland, in 1905, the two main branches of Robyn’s family finally came together. Our earliest Fergusons can be found in Cumnock, Ayrshire, in the 1700s, and James Ferguson married Katharin Goldie in 1765:

1765 SCOTLAND MARRIAGES: Parish of Old Cumnock, Ayrshire

James Fergusson indweller in Cumnock
and Katrine Goldie were allowed the privilege
of proclamation in order to marriage –
Febry 2d 1765 married 19th

“Sweeter after difficulties.”

Kathrine had been born in the “auld toon” of Ayr in 1744 — her father, William, was a cooper, while her mother, Elizabeth, was the daughter of a flesher. James and Kathrine had five children, and the youngest, Walter [1] Ferguson, married Anne Phillips, the daughter of a “revenue boatman” in Cork, Ireland. Walter joined the army in 1799, and with his wife Anne in tow as an ‘on-service wife’, served for six years throughout Ireland (where they had and lost four children), and 14 years in the Cape of Good Hope, Mauritius and Calcutta. During their time in South Africa and India, they had six more children, before returning to Cumnock in 1820. The story of Walter [1] Ferguson and Anne Phillips can be found here.

Walter [1], who was a sergeant when discharged, spent the rest of his life as a Chelsea out-Pensioner. His son Walter [2] Ferguson, who had been born as an army brat on Mauritius in 1814, married Margaret McKerrow in 1836, and had nine children between 1836 and 1858. Margaret’s family had lived in Holmhead, Auchinleck, and later at Woodhead — her parents were John McKerrow and Jean Hodge, who married in 1796. However, in 1862, Walter [2] and Margaret boarded the “Jessie Munn” — and, with 7 of their 9 children, sailed for Queensland. Walter [2] Ferguson and Margaret McKerrow have their own story on this page.

This family settled in Cedar Creek in the Gold Coast hinterland, where Walter [2] worked as a timber-getter. Their son David married Emma Alice Hardman at Brisbane in 1877. Emma was from Middleton in Lancashire, and had migrated to Queensland with her parents and five siblings in 1863 aboard the S.V. “Wanata”. Her father, James Hardman, had married Mary Ann Frankland, daughter of a clogger (shoemaker), in 1828. You can start reading about the Hardman family by clicking on this link.

Emma and David only had two children, and the youngest was Margaret McKerrow Fersuson, born at Boobican (Nerang Creek) in 1879. When she married Thomas Barr Galt in 1905 at Kyabra Street, Fortitude Valley, the two branches of Robyn’s family were finally brought together, and the current generations were founded.


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