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McKENNA, William
(About 1780-1841)
McCUTCHEON, Isabella
(About 1785-After 1841)
McKENNA, Isabella
(About 1824-)


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1. HANNAGIN, William

2. SMITH, George

McKENNA, Isabella 3

  • Born: About 1824, Ireland 4
  • Marriage (1): HANNAGIN, William on 10 February 1843 in St John's RC Church, Prior Park, Barrhead, Renfrewshire, Glasgow 1
  • Marriage (2): SMITH, George on 8 July 1849 in Barony Parish, Glasgow, Scotland 2
  • Died: 17 December 1893 at 8.30 pm, 17 Double Row, Thornwood, Bothwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland

   Cause of her death was heart disease over 4 months.

   Other names for Isabella were HANIGAN, Isabella,3 HANNIGAN, Isabella,5 MACKINNIE, Isabella,1 McININY, Isabella,5 McKENNY, Isabella, McKINNEY, Isabella, McKINNIE, Isabella,6 7 McKINNY, Isabella 4 7 and SMITH, Isabella.5

  General Notes:

Isabel and Thomas McKinny were sponsors to James, son of their brother James, and twin of Richard, at the baptism of the twins in 1838.

1861 Census:
Isabella Smith and her two families of children, along with some boarders, were living at 48 Allan Street in the parish of Rutherglen along with Isabella's second husband George Smith, who was head of the household. Their dwelling had two windowed rooms. George Smith, a coal miner, was recorded as aged 36 years and born in Ireland, as was Isabella, who was 37 years old. There were five sons and daughters: Mary, a cotton mill worker aged 18 years and born in Barrhead, and Ellen Hannigan, aged 13 years (actually about 15 years), born in Barony parish Glasgow, a carder in a cotton mill, from Isabella's first marriage; and Joseph, aged 4 years, Isabella, aged 2 years and Thomas, aged just 4 days, from her second. Joseph and Isabella were Glasgow born, Thomas was born in Rutherglen. Lastly the two boarders: Mary McKenna, aged 20 years, born in Barrhead, and like Ellen a carder in a cotton mill, and Thomas McKenna, aged 41 years, born in Ireland, and formerly a collier.
Note: Thomas McKenna (elsewhere McKinny) is probably Isabella's brother. Mary may be the daughter of Isabella's brother James and his wife Rosann McKinney.

In the 1871 census for Bothwell, Lanarkshire, both the family of George and Isabella Smith and that of William Watson and his wife Mary Hannigan, Isabella's daughter by her first husband, appear on the same page, that is they lived next to one another, the Smiths at number 17 and the Watsons at number 20.

In the marriage certificate of Helen Hannigan in 1873, her mother was recorded as 'Isabella Smith previously Hannigan MS McIniny'.

Isabella Smith died in 1893 at the recorded age of 64 years. She was the widow of 1st William Hannagan Stone Quarrier and 2nd George Smith Coal Miner. Her parents were deceased. 5 8 9

  Medical Notes:

Robert Thomson MB CM certified the cause of death.

Isabella's son, Joseph Smith, of Old (? unclear) Double Row, Aitkenhead, who had been present where his mother died, gave notice of her death before the registrar at Bothwell on 18 December 1893.

Isabella married William HANNAGIN, son of John HANAGAN and Rosann MULLIKIN, on 10 February 1843 in St John's RC Church, Prior Park, Barrhead, Renfrewshire, Glasgow.1 (William HANNAGIN was born about 1819 in Ireland 10 and died between 1848 and 1851.)

  Marriage Notes:

Old Parish Register
Neilston Parish Renfrewshire

"Proclamation of Banns and Marriages in 1843

3 days William Hannagin Collier Barrhead & Isabella McKinnie there in this Parish, were booked for Proclamation of Banns 14th Jany - and after being regularly proclaimed and no objections offered were married at Prior Park the 10th of Febry 1843 by the Rev. James Purscell C. C. Kait Park."

Note: According to SCRAN "St. John's School (Barrhead) for Roman Catholics opened in 1912 under Mr Edward Gallagher of Eriskay at Prior Park beside the church of St John the Evangelist, built in 1841, on ground obtained with difficulty from a builder in financial difficulties. In 1841 there were over 2000 Catholics in Barrhead who previously had to travel to St. Mirin's in Paisley, (from)1808. The majority of these people were poor Irish labourers and their families. In 1941 St. John's was destroyed by fire..."
James Purcell was one of the first Irish priests in the 19th century to work in Scotland. In his brief four years in Barrhead he opened a school in Water Road, opened a cemetery, and built the presbytery.

Roman Catholic Registers
St John's parish Barrhead Renfrewshire

William Hanigan and Isabella McKenna (or it may be McKinnie) having presented the required certificate were married by me on the 10th Feb 1843 in presence of Thomas McKenna and Mary Hani g (tails off)" 11 12 13

Isabella next married George SMITH on 8 July 1849 in Barony Parish, Glasgow, Scotland.2 (George SMITH was born about 1825 in Ireland and died before 17 December 1893.)


1 Old Parish Registers, Indexed on Family Search.

2 Old Parish Registers, indexed by Family Search.

3 GRO Scotland, Death certificate 1923 St Rollox Glasgow.

4 1841 UK Census, Neilston parish, Barrhead Village, Renfrewshire.

5 GRO Scotland, Marriage certificate 1873 Glasgow.

6 Old Parish Registers, Indexed by Family Search.

7 GRO Scotland, Indexed by Family Search.

8 St Mirin's RC parish Paisley Renfrewshire, Baptisms.

9 1871 UK census, Bothwell Lanarkshire.

10 1841 UK Census, Barrhead Renfrewshire.

11 Internet Site, SCRAN

12 Internet Site,

13 St John's RC parish Barrhead Renfrewshire, Marriages 1843.

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