Maggie Downie Patrick


1910 Maggie Downie Patrick wmJim Cochrane shared this photo and told me, “Maggie Downie Calderside Row ,Auchintibber. No Relation but maybe somebody on here is related. There is no date on the photograph but could be the 1910s or a bit earlier. Think she may have been friends with my Great Granny”

Now, I always like to add some detail to a photo, especially if not a lot is known about it, and in this case, it was a delight to research and tell Maggie’s story, as follows.

The photo is indeed Margaret Downie of Calderside Row, Auchentibber. Maggie, as she was known was born on 12th April 1882. As Jim mentioned it is Maggie Downie and not her married name of Patrick, I think the photo predates 1915, likely taken between 1910 to 1915. She was daughter to John Downie of Blantyre, a joiner by trade and Elizabeth Stobie an incomer to the area. When she was born in 1882, John was 35 and Elizabeth was 36. However, she was not the first daughter to be born. In 1876, shortly after the couple had married, they gave birth to another girl, called Margaret. She is noted on the 1881 census, as being the eldest daughter and was aged 5 that year. The fact that the couple named another daughter Margaret just one year later in 1882, would suggest little Margaret had sadly died aged 5 around 1881/882.

Maggie had an older brother Robert, born on 11th August 1879 – 1963 and a younger brother James born on 27th June 1885 – 1975. In 1891, the family lived at Walkman House, Calderside, which may have been the name of one of homes on Calderside Row. Little Maggie shortly after would suffer some personal tragedy when her mother, Elizabeth passed away on May 26, 1895, at the age of 49. Maggie was only 13 when she lost her mum, suddenly finding herself in an all male household. It is likely here schooling was done at Auchentibber and later at High Blantyre Primary School.

Margaret Downie married John Patrick on April 7, 1915, in High Blantyre, Lanarkshire, when she was 32 years old. John Patrick may have seen no army service for in his 30’s he may have escaped conscription. It would appear the couple initially lived at Auchentibber beside Maggie’s family, for her daughter Georgina Day was born on March 2, 1916, in High Blantyre, Lanarkshire. A first of 3 children.

Her daughter Elizabeth Sorbie (named after her mother) was born on December 18, 1918, in Cambuslang, Lanarkshire. Tragedy struck Maggie once again and like her own mother, little baby Elizabeth was to leave this earth far earlier than normal. Indeed, baby Elizabeth died in 1918, the same year that she was born.

Maggie and John would go on to have a third child, at their new residence in Cambuslang. Her daughter Margaret Downie was born on June 23, 1920, in Cambuslang, Lanarkshire. However, once again, for the third time, tragedy struck Maggie when her husband John passed away on October 21, 1926, in Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, at the age of 41. They had been married 11 years. Maggie was 44, a widow and now a single mother of 2 children.

Like many people in Blantyre in the 1920’s, opportunity of a new life beckoned in the Americas and Canada. Maggie, may have felt there were not many ties left to Lanarkshire for she took daughters Margaret and Georgina across the Atlantic to Canada, settling in Calgary in January 1927.

Maggie Downie died on June 4, 1959, in Calgary, Alberta, when she was 77 years old. Her brothers were to join her in Calgary. Brother Bobby (Robert) died in 1963, James in 1975, both in Calgary. Her daughters Margaret passed away in 1988 and Georgina in 1994.

The Patrick family still live in Calderside and are related to the Downies and MacFarlanes. Maggie’s granddaughter is Norma Lawrence Marr, a reader of Blantyre Project and I hope both her and Jim find this insight interesting.

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Norma Lawrence Marr She was an amazing woman. It seems she was a bit of an adventurer as she came to Calgary, Canada as a young single woman (accompanied by her brother James) — her older brother Robert had moved to Calgary in 1910. She worked in Calgary at a hotel as a maid at the Windsor Hotel and lived here for a couple of years, returning to Blantyre around the time of WW1. She then married our grandfather John Patrick. She then returned to Calgary as a widow with her daughters, my mom and aunt. She lived a far more interesting life than we ever had imagined and our family is so proud of her.

Chris Ladds Amazing research!

Jim Cochrane How far back have you researched the Patricks Norma Lawrence Marr as it looks like i have a 5th generation back Grandmother who was Marion Patrick in blantyre born 1774.

Norma Lawrence Marr I don’t really know a lot about the Patricks, Jim Cochrane — I know my grandfather was the last of 13 children and was known as “wee Johnnie” but I don’t even have all the names of his brothers and sisters. He lived with his mother at 3 Calderside andSee more

Norma Lawrence Marr Jim Cochrane — The formal photograph of Maggie Downie Patrick that you posted previously — the one that we both have copies of — I can now confirm the date — it was taken in 1904 and she was 22 years old.

Chris Ladds I would imagine that given the available primary documents in this district and then habits, the it will be unlikely to track down further back than say 1660 if lucky. Those records will be Edinburgh from the old Blantyre and Hamilton church records. Earlier would only be possible where tenants or occupiers were listed on an earlier proprietor document, but that is a rare occurence in this district. Some early sasines show witnesses. Your best bet would be early Blantyre Sasines kept in Edinburgh, and the Glasgow abstract of Protocol books, and charters and documents relating to the city of Glasgow books, most of which can be got in pdf format online from these shiw earlier legal documents handled by legal representatives in Glasgow and covering this district. The Glasgow university records with Blackhouse Charters also sometimes contain early gems. 

Norma Lawrence Marr I’m thinking that at some point I will have to make a trip to Edinburgh and do some digging…

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