McKILLOP, Margaret 1 2
- Born: 1855, Airdrie, Lanarkshire, Scotland
- Died: 1 July 1918, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland, England 3
- Buried: Ashburton RC Cemetery, Newcastle Upon Tyne, England 4
Other names for Margaret were McKELLOP, Margeret 5 and McKILLOP, Mary Ursula, Sister.4
In 1861 "Margeret McKellop" was a scholar of 7 years of age living at 36 Bell Street Airdrie with her family.
Margaret was employed as a pupil teacher in 1871; she was 16 years old.
In 1881 Margaret was living at 9 Wellgate Street Dalserf, with her mother Isabella, and her great aunt Margaret Hammond. Margaret McKillop was a 'schoolmistress' there, aged 25 years. She was unmarried, but it was she who was listed as the head of the household.
Two somewhat confused references were made to this daughter, or possibly two daughters one of whom was erroneously named, in her mother's Application for Poor Relief in 1886:
"Margt 28, Music teacher, New Castle
Margt 41, Single, Teacher of Music, Liverpool".
The latter probably referred to Catherine McKillop, Isabella's eldest daughter.
The 1891 census for Newcastle England recorded Margaret McKillop, a single woman born in Scotland aged 35 years, living as a member of the community of the Sisters of Mercy at St Anne's Convent in Summerhill Grove.
The 1901 census for a "Nunnery" in Albion Road, North Shields, Tynemouth in Northumberland recorded "Margt. McKillop", aged 47 years, as a teacher in a Catholic School. Her place of birth was Airdrie Scotland.
Margaret McKillop's recorded age at death in 1918 was 64 years.
"The burial place of the Sisters of Mercy of Newcastle on Tyne, Of your charity pray for the repose of the souls of...
1918, Sister Mary Ursula McKillop who died July 1st " 1 2 4 5 6 7 8 9
SISTERS OF MERCY in NORTH-EAST ENGLAND
"Newcastle-Upon-Tyne - St Anne's
The Sisters came to Newcastle-upon-Tyne from Liverpool on 31st May 1855, at the invitation of Dr. Hogarth, the Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle. What was significant about the occasion was that it was the first religious house to be opened in Newcastle since the Reformation. Three years later, in 1858, the Sisters went to Gateshead, weekly, to instruct the children in their faith.
A Convent was opened in Westgate Hill. It was not a large house and the Bishop had requested that the Sisters undertake the work of educating the poor children in the St. Mary's Cathedral Parish. This they began on June 11th 1855, with 80 children in two rooms in the Convent - no school as such available. Another room was used for 5 private pupils whose fees paid for food, pencils and slates for the poor children. The Sisters saw St. Mary's School expand in numbers and into new buildings. Sisters taught in the school until Sr. Ursula retired in 1985.
In August 1859, Fr. Bewick asked if the Sisters could go to North Shields where a house was opened on 6th January 1860. Then in 1870 the Sisters bought "The Priory" (now St. Anne's) in Summerhill Grove. Later Nos. 1 and 2 Summerhill Grove were on the market and the Sisters purchased them as a House of Mercy."
from The Institute of Our Lady of Mercy 10
Noted events in her life were:
• witness to marriage, 26 March 1883, Larkhall, Lanarkshire, Scotland. 11 Margaret, along with Jane Easson, was a witness when her younger brother Arthur married Annie O'Donnell in 1883.