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SHAND, George
(About 1790-Before 1868)
REID, Jane
(About 1795-After 1868)
SHAND, William
(About 1810-004/1868)


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1. ROBSON, Christian

SHAND, William 2

  • Born: About 1810, Inverkeithny, Banffshire, Scotland 3 4
  • Marriage (1): ROBSON, Christian on 22 May 1836 in Alford parish, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 1
  • Died: 2 February 1868 at 4.00 am, Hillhead, Keig, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 3 5

   Cause of his death was abdominal tumour over 4 months.3

   Another name for William was SHANDS, William.6

  General Notes:

In 1841 the Shand family, or Shands family as they were referred to then, were recorded by the 1841 census for Inverurie Aberdeenshire. William and Christian Shands lived at Blackhall with three little girls: Isobel Shands, Margaret Shands, and Christian Shands. William was recorded as being in the 30-34 years age group and was an agricultural labourer. The question about place of birth was answered 'Yes' in all cases, that is, that all five individuals were born in the county where they were dwelling ie Aberdeenshire.

The 1851 census for Aberdeenshire recorded William Shand as head of a household living at Hillhead in the parish of Keig. William's birthplace was noted as Inverkeithny Banffshire and his age as 40 years. He was a labourer and farmer of 6 acres. With him in the household lived his wife and their 6 sons and daughters.

Annabella, William's granddaughter, was registered as Annabella Shand. No father's name was recorded. Her mother was William's daughter,Christian Shand, a domestic servant. The informant of the birth was William Shand himself, the child's grandfather who gave notice of her birth before the registrar Walter Milne at Keig on 29 November 1860. Christian Shand later married the child's father.

The 1861 census for the parish of Keig in Aberdeenshire recorded William Shand as the head of the household living at Hillhead in that parish. he was a crofter of 14 acres and was aged 50 years. His place of birth was Inverkeithing (sic, instead of Inverkeithny) in Banffshire. In the household along with William Shand lived his wife, their five children, and a granddaughter Annabella Dawson aged 4 months. Their house had three windowed rooms.

When William Shand died in 1868 his death certificate recorded him as a 'crofter married to Christina Robson'. It noted he was illegitimate. His recorded age at death was 58 years. His reputed father was deceased.

In the 1881 census for Alford, Christina Shand, William's wife, was noted as being a widow.

In 1914, William Dawson was recorded in the death certificate of his daughter, Christina, as being a farmer.

William Shand was a farm servant according to the death certificate of his daughter Helen in 1921. 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

  Medical Notes:

James Doig, surgeon, certified the cause of death.

Isabella Shand, daughter of the deceased man, of 4 Golden Square Aberdeen, gave notice of her father's death before the registrar, George Chree, at Keig on 6 March 1868. 3

William married Christian ROBSON, daughter of George ROBSON and Anne ANGUS, on 22 May 1836 in Alford parish, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.1 (Christian ROBSON was born in Skene parish, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 5, baptised on 9 March 1813 in Skene parish, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 1 and died after 3 April 1881 5.)


1 LDS Family Search, IGI.

2 GRO Scotland, Death St Machar 168/2 no 64 1921.

3 GRO Scotland, Deaths Keig Aberdeenshire 205 no 2 1868.

4 1861 UK census, Keig Aberdeenshire 205 en d 1 Hillhead.

5 1881 UK census, Alford parish Aberdeenshire 171/ 5/ 9.

6 1841 UK Census, Inverurie Aberdeenshire en d 2A page 1.

7 1851 UK census, Keig Aberdeenshire 205 en d 3 page 6 Hillhead.

8 GRO Scotland, Births Keig 205 no 21 1860.

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