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DOWNIE, Edward
(About 1765-)
(About 1770-)


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1. QUIGLY, James

DOWNIE, Agnes 1 2 3

  • Born: 6 March 1810, Moss Street, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland 2
  • Baptised: 9 March 1810, St Mirin's RC Chapel, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland 2
  • Marriage (1): QUIGLY, James on 26 October 1838 in St Mirin's RC Chapel, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland
  • Died: 1 November 1875 at 9.45 pm, 2 Garthland Lane, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland 4

   Cause of her death was apoplexy over 4 hours.

   Other names for Agnes were DOWNEY, Agnes, MUCKLEDOWNIE, Nancy,2 QUIGLEY, Agnes 3 5 and QUIGLEY, Agness.4 6

  General Notes:

Roman Catholic Records
St Mirin's Parish Paisley

" Baptismal Register 1810
At Paisley 9 March 1810 I baptised Nancy lawful daughter of Edward Muckledownie [sic] pedlar and Nancy Drips [sic], the sponsors being John Murray and Mary Downie.
(signed) William Rattray Vic Apo."

In 1841 Agnes was recorded by the census for Abbey Parish, Paisley, living at East Buchanan Street, in the home of Mrs Catherine G. Gordon, a woman of independent means. Agnes was aged 29 years, and had been born in Renfrewshire.

The 1851 census recorded Agnes living with her two children in the east end of Glasgow in 18 Saltmarker Street. She was 38 years old. With them lived Edward Downie, her nephew, a cloth capper and hot pressor, aged 25 years and born in Paisley.

A Parish Relief application was first made by 'Widow James Quigley', Agnes Downie, on 13 March 1851. She was 38 years old and gave her address as 18 Saltmarket Glasgow. She had married in Paisley and her husband had died of fever the previous January in Glasgow. She had two children living with her: John, aged 8 years, born at 6 Buchanan Street, Abbey parish and Agnes, 6 years old, born in Macausland's Land, Crown Point, Calton, Glasgow.

Her husband was born in Belfast and she was born in Simsland (?), Moss Street, Paisley. He was a teacher and latterly a Sherriff Officer [sic]. She was applying for her children all of whom were healthy. Her husband was a teacher in the Roman Catholic school in Paisley for ten years prior to 1843. Her parents were Edward Downie and Agnes Drapes [sic], both dead. She could read and write. She had never been chargeable before.

6 Buchanan Street Abbey 5 yrs 1839-44
Bridgeton Barony 5 mos
Kirk Street Gorbals 10 mos 1844-45
Macauslan's Land, Crown Point, Mile end Barony 1845-46
Muse Lane Barony May 1846-Nov 1847
Gallocher's Land, Soho Street Barony Nov 1847-May 1849
7 High Street Glasgow 1849-50
18 Saltmarket Glasgow 1850-51

Her brothers Edward Downie and ( ) Downie were residents in Paisley and they recollected applicant's birth in Moss Street, Paisley, and can swear that she was born there. Quigley's parents, it appeared, left Glasgow and went to Belfast 3 weeks before the birth of the applicant's deceased husband and continued there for 3 years when they again removed to Scotland.

A second Parish Relief application was made by 'Widow James Quigley', Agnes Downie on 28 October 1853. Her address was 41 Wellmeadow Street, Paisley. She had been married in Paisley by Mr Bremner in October 1838. Her husband was a teacher who had died in Saltmarket, Glasgow in January 1851.

She had a son, John, 10 years of age, born in East Buchanan Street in Abbey parish, and a daughter Agnes, aged 8 years, born in Mile End in Barony parish, Glasgow. She herself was born in Moss Street, Paisley and her husband was born in Belfast. She was aged 42 years, and worked as a sewer to Mr Thorp, a wheeling merlin (?)

Her own health and that of her children was very good; having two children under age was the problem for her. As far as earnings went, John got employment in Stewart's paper reading shop for 2/- and her own earnings came to 4/-

As for parents, James Quigley was dead and Mary Duncan alive, Edward Downie and Agnes Dripps were dead. She had no other children. She could read. She was of the church of Rome, a member. She was chargeable to the city of Glasgow and Barony on account of her children since her husband died.

Glen Street, Paisley, Oct 1838-May 1839
8 Buchanan Street, Paisley, May 1839-March 1844
Gorbals, May 1844-May 1845
McAusland's Land, Crown Point, Mile End, Calton, May 1845-May 1846
Mews Lane off McLachlan Street, Cowcaddens, Barony, May 1846-Jan 1848
Soho Street, Mile End, Calton, Barony, Jan 1848-May 1849
High Street, Glasgow, May 1849-May 1850
18 Saltmarket, Glasgow, May 1850-Sep 1852
41 Wellmeadow Street, Paisley, Sep 1852-Oct 1853

Agnes applied to the City soon after her husband died and got relief for four months. After this she was referred to Abbey parish for John and to the Barony parish for Agnes. She got nothing after for John except that Abbey offered to receive him into the Poorhouse. From Barony she received 4/- per month which she received till (unclear) when she got nothing and received a letter from the City inspector whom she did not then see and on calling today was refused in respect that she lived in Paisley.

20 July 1855 Again applies. 1 Wellmeadow Street. self idle. John working 2/-

1 Dec 1856 Again applies at 1 Wellmeadow Street. self compl illness

26 Jan 1858 Again applies. idle 14 weeks. 2 children- John 15 in Gutta Perch (?) work 2/6 Agnes 12 embroiderer idle 14 weeks. Residence still at 1 Wellmeadow Street.

The 1871 census for Abbey Paisley recorded Agnes Quigley, aged 58 years, living at 2 Garthland Lane with her son John, aged 29 years, and her daughter Agnes, aged 23 years. She had been born in Paisley and was a seamstress. A visitor, John Leary, born in Devonshire, also lived there.

Agnes Quigley died in 1875. Her death certificate recorded her as the widow of James Quigley schoolmaster, and her age as 55 years (on the low side certainly). Both of her parents were already deceased. 1 2 4 5 6 7 8

  Medical Notes:

J. B. Hunter MD certified the cause of death.

Agnes Quigley, daughter of the deceased who had been present where the death occurred, gave notice of her mother's death before the registrar at Paisley, R. Waterston, on 3 November 1875. 4

Agnes married James QUIGLY, son of James QUIGLY and Mary Magdalane DUNCAN, on 26 October 1838 in St Mirin's RC Chapel, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland. (James QUIGLY was born in 1812 in Belfast, County Antrim, Ireland 9 and died in January 1851 in 18 Saltmarket, Glasgow, Scotland.). The cause of his death was fever.

  Marriage Notes:

The banns of marriage were recorded as having taken place at Paisley Middle parish on 7 October 1838.

In her parish relief application of 1853, Agnes Downie stated that she and her husband James Quigley had been married in Paisley by Mr Bremner in October 1838.

Roman Catholic Records
St Mirin's Parish Paisley

"Matrimonial Register 1838
James Quigly and Agnes Downie having presented the required certificate from the (blank) parish were regularly married by me the 26th October 1838 in presence of Hugh Quigly and Jane Quigly Witnesses
(signed) John Bremner" 1 10


1 Poor Law records, Paisley Central Library Statement No 6780 1853.

2 National Archives of Scotland, Paisley Baptismal Register 1808 on.

3 GRO Scotland, Paisley Renfrewshire Marriages 1887.

4 GRO Scotland, Death certificate RDS 559/1 No 371 Abbey Burgh Paisley 1875.

5 1871 UK census, Abbey Burgh Renfrewshire; ED: 8; Page: 14.

6 1841 UK Census, Abbey Paisley vol 559 en d 5 page 12 East Buchanan Street.

7 Poor Law records, Paisley Central Library Statement No 4588 1851.

8 1851 UK census, GWSFHS surname index.

9 1841 UK Census, Abbey Paisley vol 559 en d 5 page 16 East Buchanan Street.

10 LDS Family Search, IGI.

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