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DONALDSON, John in Blackshouse, Pettinain parish
BERTRAM, Margaret
WILKINSON, Claud Weaver
BRYCE, Elizabeth
(About 1742-)
DONALDSON, Alexander Weaver in Hallcraig
DONALDSON, Jane (DNA Linked)
(About 1801-Before 1851)


Family Links

1. GARTSHORE, John (DNA Linked)

DONALDSON, Jane (DNA Linked) 1 2 3

  • Born: About 1801, Lanarkshire, Scotland 4
  • Marriage (1): GARTSHORE, John (DNA Linked) in September 1820 in Airdrie, Lanarkshire, Scotland 1
  • Died: Before 30 March 1851

   Other names for Jane were DONALDSON, Jean,5 DONALDSON, Jeanie,6 7 GARTSHORE, Jean 4 and GARTSHORE, Jeanie.6 7

  General Notes:

The 1841 census recorded Jean Gartshore's place of birth as Lanarkshire, and her age in the 40 to 44 years age group. 4

  Research Notes:


No birth or baptism record has been uncovered for Jane as yet in Scottish records.

A possibility that she might be the child Jane Sarah Donaldson, born 19 March 1801 in London and baptised 19 April 1801 at St Martin in the Fields, Westminster, London, to Alexander Donaldson and his wife Jane, whose surname was not noted, no longer seems feasible. Their children, all baptised in St Martin in the Fields, Westminster, London, were:

Robert George Alexander Donaldson baptised 27 December 1797
Mary Ann Elizabeth Donaldson born 6 October 1799, baptised 29 December 1799
Jane Sarah Donaldson born 19 March 1801, baptised 19 April 1801
Thomas Hunter Charles Donaldson born 2 November 1804, baptised 26 May 1805

Another child born to Alexander Donaldson and Jane (MS not recorded), and baptised in Petworth, Sussex, England, possibly the same couple, possibly not, was Alexander Donaldson born 19 April 1806, baptised 20 April 1806.

We know of the Jane, also called Jean, Donaldson who married John Gartshore primarily from their 1820 marriage entry:
DONALDSON JANE JOHN GARTSHORE/FR1672 (FR1672) 00/09/1820 651/ 70 11 Airdrie or New Monkland (Lanarkshire, Scotland)
in which the record notes they were "both in this parish".
John Gartshore's death certificate of 1861 (651/2 118 New Monkland Landward) recorded him as "Widower of Jean Donaldson". The 1851 census (651/ 44/ 31 Airdrie or New Monkland) recorded John Gartshore as a widower living with his children, the youngest child being recorded as 5 years of age.

The 1841 census (Airdrie; ED: 9; Page: 24) recorded Jean Gartshore in what, from other information, suggests a family group, though the 1841 census does not name the relationships, living at "Hallcriag St or Baillies Lane" in Airdrie:
John Gartshore 45
Jean Gartshore 40
George Gartshore 18
Alxr Gartshore 15
Betheah Gartshore 12
Janet Gartshore 9
John Gartshore 6
Willm Gartshore 3
Alexr Donalson 60
All those listed were born in the census county, Lanarkshire Scotland. The 1841 census generally attributes age grouping to adults. So 40= 40 to 44 years old; 45=45-49 years old; 60=60 to 64 years old.

The presence of "Alexr. Donalson aged 60" suggests he may be Jean's father, though he could be an uncle. Jean's age is in 40-44 years age band, making her younger than her husband John Gartshore, but at least 40 years old. So her possible year of birth may have been 1797-1801.

The first birth or baptism after 1790, listed in the GRO Scotland index, in Airdrie or New Monkland parish, where the father is Alexander Donaldson, is in 1803, and two more entries follow, with the same couple as parents:


Compare these birth/baptism dates with those of the children baptised in St Martin in the Fields, Westminster, London. They are not impossible to match in terms of pregnancy times, but it would have required the couple to travel between London and Airdrie, Scotland, more than once. The multiple first names of the children in the southern group do not seem to correspond easily with the tendency to the one single first name of each of the Airdrie children. Two of the Airdrie children are recorded in Church of Scotland records as births only, without baptisms. So, on balance of probability, it seems to be a different family. Moreover there was a Jane Donaldson in Westminster who married about the same time as the Jane Donaldson in Airdrie:
At St. Anne's, Westminster, Middlesex, England Jane Donaldson and Thomas Jones Binnington, banns called 20 December 1818, marriage 1 March 1819.

The texts of these three Airdrie baptisms identify Alexander Donaldson, the father, as living in Hallcraig, Airdrie, and as being a weaver by occupation. The first child's record in1803 does indicate a baptism by the date, but the other two do not, noting only the birth date of the child. So the Alexander Donaldson in the 1841 census living at the home of John and Jean Gartshore and whose occupation was noted as HLW or handloom weaver, may very well be the same Alexander Donaldson who was the father of the three boys. This would make Jane/Jean his daughter and their sister.

No marriage record has been uncovered for Alexander Donaldson and Jane Wilkinson. This, together with the non-baptism record of two of their sons in the registers of the Established Church, suggests they may have been non-conformists, perhaps attending a non-conformist church locally whose records are not available through GRO Scotland. 1 8 9 10 11

Jane married John GARTSHORE (DNA Linked), son of George GARTSHORE (DNA Linked) and Beththea THOMSON (DNA Linked), in September 1820 in Airdrie, Lanarkshire, Scotland.1 (John GARTSHORE (DNA Linked) was born on 24 November 1793 in New Monkland parish, Lanarkshire, Scotland 2 4 12, baptised on 24 November 1793 in New Monkland parish, Lanarkshire, Scotland 2 and died on 21 August 1861 in Poorhouse, New Monkland parish, Lanarkshire, Scotland 5 6 12.). The cause of his death was incipient insanity, two days in hospital.

  Marriage Notes:

Old Parish Registers
Airdrie or New Monkland parish, Lanarkshire

"Collected September 1820
3d Sabbath
John Gartshore & Jane Donaldson
both in this parish 3 3 6"


1 Old Parish Registers of the Church of Scotland, Airdrie or New Monkland Lanarkshire Marriages 1820.

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

3 Old Parish Registers of the Church of Scotland, Airdrie or New Monkland parish Lanarkshire Baptisms.

4 1841 UK Census, Airdrie Lanarkshire; ED: 9; Page: 24.

5 GRO Scotland, New Monkland parish Lanarkshire Deaths 1861.

6 GRO Scotland, Bothwell parish Lanarkshire Marriages 1870.

7 GRO Scotland, Airdrie Lanarkshire Marriages 1858.

8 Internet Site,

9 1841 UK Census, Airdrie Lanarkshire 651/ 12/ 23.

10 GRO Scotland, New Monkland Landward Lanarkshire 651/2 118 1861.

11 GRO Scotland, OPR Index of Births and Baptisms.

12 GRO Scotland, Deaths Index.

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