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RUSSELL, William Farmer in Newarthill, Lanarkshire DNA linked
(About 1760-Before 1861)
RUSSALL, Elizabeth (DNA Linked)
(About 1765-)


Family Links

1. ADAM, Elizabeth

2. McNEE, Mary

RUSSEL, John 2 3

  • Born: 26 March 1790, Bothwell Parish, Lanarkshire, Scotland 2 4 5 6
  • Baptised: April 1790, Shottsburn, Shotts parish, Lanarkshire, Scotland 2
  • Marriage (1): ADAM, Elizabeth
  • Marriage (2): McNEE, Mary on 21 February 1865 in Airdrie, Lanarkshire, Scotland 1
  • Died: 4 August 1871, Old Stone Row, Calderbank, Old Monkland parish, Lanarkshire, Scotland 4

   Cause of his death was cardiac disease over several months.4

   Another name for John was RUSSELL, John.1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

  General Notes:

Old Parish Registers
Bothwell Parish Lanarkshire
Births and Baptisms

"no day (added as note above the surname)
John Lawful Son of William Russel farmer in Newarthill and of his spouse Elizth Russel - Born 26th March and Baptised by Mr Hisslop Shotts in April 1790"

In 1841 John Russell was recorded as a Blast Engine Foreman living at Calder Bank Iron Works in the parish of Old Monkland, with his wife Elisabeth, and his children Helen, Jean, Elisabeth, William, Robert and Margrate [sic]. John and Elisabeth were recorded as 40 and 39 years respectively, and the children ranged in age from 16 years to 2 years. All were born in Lanarkshire. A 20 year old male Andrew McLaren also lived in the household.

The census of 1851 recorded John Russell, an engine-keeper aged 48 years, as head of a household living at 43 Stone Row, Calderbank in the parish of Old Monkland Lanarkshire. With him lived his wife Elisabeth Russell, who was two years older, and their children William, an iron roller aged 19 years, Robert, an iron straightener aged 14 years and Margaret, aged 10 years, who was at school.

John Russell was recorded in his daughter Margaret's marriage certificate of 1860 and in her death certificate of 1906 as an "engine keeper". In the latter he was noted as deceased.

The 1861 census for Old Monkland parish recorded John and Elisabeth Russell, aged 53 years and 58 years respectively, living along with their son Robert and daughter Elisabeth and Elisabeth's three small children, at 20 Dairy Row Calderbank. John was a blast engine-keeper, Robert was an iron roller, and young Elisabeth was a farm servant.

John Russell, Elizabeth Adam's's husband who had been present where her death occurred, was the informant of her death before the registrar at Coatdyke on 10 October 1863. Elizabeth was recorded on her death certificate as the "Wife of John Russell Engine Keeper".

The census of 1871 recorded John Russell, his wife Mary and their son John, aged 4 years, living at 55 Stone Row, Calderbank in Lanarkshire. A grandson from John's first marriage, John Liddell aged 26 years, also lived in the household. John was noted as 65 years of age, born in Bothwell parish, and a store engine keeper by trade. Mary Russell's age was recorded as 38 years and her place of birth as Glasgow.

When John Russell died in 1871 he was recorded in his death certificate as a "Blast Engine Worker married to Mary McNee". His age was noted then as 70 years. His parents were deceased. The maiden surname of his mother was not recorded, only that her name was "Jane Russell MS not Known".

In the 1873 marriage certificate of his son Robert to Mary White, John Russell was noted as a handloom weaver. He was not recorded in the document as deceased although he had died in 1871. 2 4 5 6 7 8 9 12 13 15

  Research Notes:


"Shotts parish" id the name regularly noted for John's place of birth in census records. The parishes of Bothwell and of Shotts were contiguous.

  Medical Notes:

William Russell, John Russell's son, who was present where his father died, was the informant of his death at Coatdyke on 5 August 1871. 4

John married Elizabeth ADAM, daughter of Robert ADAM and Hellen JOHNSTONE. (Elizabeth ADAM was born about 1800 in Bothwell Parish, Lanarkshire, Scotland 5 6 12 and died on 9 October 1863 in Calderbank, Lanarkshire, Scotland 9 12.). The cause of her death was gastric fever over 8 days.4

John next married Mary McNEE, daughter of Archibald McNEE and Mary SMITH, on 21 February 1865 in Airdrie, Lanarkshire, Scotland.1 (Mary McNEE was born about 1825 1.)

  Marriage Notes:

The marriage was celebrated according to the forms of the United Presbyterian Church, the minister being Robert Walker. The witnesses were William White and Margaret Russell.

John Russell was recorded as a widower of 50 years of age. He was an engine worker living at Calderbank Works in the parish of Old Monkland. Both of his parents were dceased.

Mary McNee, who made her mark, was recorded as an unmarried woman aged 40 years who was a 'house manager'. She too lived at Calderbank Works and her parents were deceased.

The marriage was registered at Airdrie on the 24 February 1865. 1


1 GRO Scotland, Airdrie Burgh Lanarkshire Marriages 1865.

2 Old Parish Registers of the Church of Scotland, Bothwell parish Lanarkshire Births and Baptisms.

3 GRO Scotland, OPR Index of Births and Baptisms (Other Church Registers).

4 GRO Scotland, Eastern District of Old Monkland, Lanarkshire Deaths 1871.

5 1851 UK census, Old Monkland Lanarkshire; ED: 28; Page: 8.

6 1861 UK census, Old Monkland Lanarkshire; ED: 7; Page: 35.

7 GRO Scotland, Airdrie Lanarkshire Deaths 1906.

8 GRO Scotland, Eastern District of Old Monkland, Lanarkshire Marriages 1860.

9 GRO Scotland, New Monkland Lanarksire Marriages 1873.

10, Scotland, Select Marriages, 1561-1910.

11 GRO Scotland, OPR Index of Births and Baptisms.

12 GRO Scotland, Eastern District of Old Monkland Lanarkshire Deaths 1863.

13 1841 UK Census, Old Monkland Lanarkshire; ED: 15; Page: 14.

14, Scotland, Select Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950.

15 GRO Scotland, Old Monkland parish Lanarkshire; ED: 10; Page: 37.

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