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1855 Death Records*

Recorded by Meg Greenwood and Compiled by Randy Chapple
March 2003




*Note: This is a work in progress. All Wigtownshire deaths that appear in the 1855 register are listed in this index, but not all have been transcribed. Return to the intro page to read more about the register. [Back to Intro]



Rankin, Elizabeth 43y - Inch - #46 - Elizabeth RANKIN, 43years, Born: Ardwell, Stoneykirk. Lived in Inch 13 years. Parents: Daniel McMILLAN, agricultural labourer & Ann STEWART, deceased. Married: Wm RANKIN, farmer. Children: Ann, 15. Thomas, 14. Deborah, 11. Elizabeth, 9. Mary, 7. James, 5. Alexander, 3. Margaret, 2. Died on Nov 3, 1pm at Ochtrilure, Inch, of Abortion, 6weeks, certified by John Orgill, Surgeon, Stranraer- last saw deceased Nov 1. Buried in Inch Churchyard, certified by John Brown, Sexton. Signed: Wm RANKIN, husband. Registered on Nov 5 at Inch, James Lawrie, Registrar.

Rankin, Isabella McWilliam 4y - Portpatrick - #34 - Isabella McWilliam RANKIN, 4 years. Born in Portpatrick, lived in there since birth. Parents: John RANKIN, Tailor & Marion AULD. Died on Oct 30, 9:30pm at Portpatrick Village, of Consumption, 11 weeks, certified by H. Robertson, Surgeon - last saw the deceased on 29 Oct. Buried in Portpatrick Churchyard, certified by Henry Dugan, Sexton. Signed: John RANKIN, father. Registered on Nov 3 at Portpatrick, Andrew Niven, Registrar.

Raynolds, Catherine 15m Kirkmaiden #22 - Catherine RAYNOLDS, 15 months. Born Grennan, Kirkmaiden. Parents were Michael RAYNOLDS, Agricl Labourer & Margaret RAYNOLDS ms RAYNOLDS. Died May 31, 7pm at Low Currachtrie of Dentition Fever, 2 weeks duration. Not certified. Buried Church Yard of Kirkmaiden. Certd by Geo. McCrackan, Undertaker. Signed Michl RAYNOLDS, Father. Regd June 1st at Kirkmaiden. Anthony Parker, Regr.

Reid, Elizabeth 3m

Reid, John 1y

Reid, Moses 40y
Old Luce #29, Moses REID, aged 40y, Toll-Keeper & Farm Labourer born Crosshill, Ayrshire, lived Old Luce 20 years.  Parents were Moses REID, Weaver deceased and Mary REID maiden surname WILSON.  Wed to Janet GRACIE.  Children were Hugh 18.  Janet 16.  Mary 14.  Jean 12.  Agnes 10.  James 8.  Died June 28, 8am at Park Toll, Old Luce.  Manner of death was described "I beg to intimate to you tht reports have been sent to me by the Police of the death of Moses Reid at Park Toll on 28 June by hanging." Signed Alex'r McNEAL laird? Procurator Fiscal, Stranraer 2 July, 1855.  Buried Glenluce churchyard, certified by John McKIE, Undertaker.  Informant was Hugh REID, Son.  Registered June 28 at Glenluce.  John ROSS, Registrar.

Rennie, Hugh see McKennie 20y - Inch - #3 - Hugh RENNIE - Apprentice Joiner, 20 years. Born in Ballyfiries, Co. Down, Ireland and lived in Inch for 3 years. Parents: George RENNIE, Labourer & Jane SPROTT. Died on Jan 19, 2:15pm at Hirkland of Smallpox, 14 days as certified by John Orgill, Surgeon who last saw the deceased on Jan 20. Buried in Kirkmadrine Churchyard as certified by James McCreadie. Signed: William Crawford, Occupier. Registered on Jan 22 at Inch, James Lowrie, Registrar.

Ritchie, Margaret 56y - Kirkcolm - #10 - Margaret McMECHAN or RITCHIE, female, 56 years. Born in Kirkcolm, lived there all her life. Parents: John McMECHAN, deceased & Elizabeth AGNEW deceased. Married Robert RITCHIE of Kirkcolm Village. Children: Eli-[rest unclear], 34. Mary, 33. Robert deceased at 21 [unclear age] in 1828. Jane deceased at 2 years in 1824 [?]. Grace, 22. Agnes, 20. Robert, 18. Andrew, 16. Died on Mar 9, 5:45am at Kirkcolm Village, of Phthisis, some years. Certified Robert Wilson, Esq, Surgeon-last saw deceased Feb 27. Buried Old Churchyard Kirkcolm. Certified by Thomas Watson, Sexton. Signed: Robert RITCHIE, husband. Registered Mar 9 at Kirkcolm, James Wallace, Registrar.

Ritchie, Mary 53y - Stranraer - #54 - Mary RITCHIE, Dressmaker, 53 years. Born in Stoneykirk and she lived in Stranraer for 30 years. Parents: Colin RITCHIE, Farmer deceased & Helen McDONALD deceased. Died on May 23, 6pm at Princes St, Stranraer, of Consumption, 6 months, certified by John Orgill, Surgeon. Buried in Stoneykirk Churchyard, certified by James McCreadie, Church Officer. Signed: Malcolm McFARLANE, Brother-in - law. Registered on May 28 at Stranraer, Wm Galbraith, Registrar.

Robbs, Elisabeth 2y 5m - Penninghame - #36 - Elizabeth ROBBS, 2 years 5 months. Born in Newton Stewart. Parents: Robert ROBBS, Carter & Mary McLURG. Died on 25 Apr, 3:20pm at Newton Stewart, of Measles 14 days, certified by Dr [unclear] - last saw deceased on 25 Apr. Buried in Penninghame New Churchyard, certified by Hugh McCandlish, Beadle. Signed: Robert ROBBS, father. Registered on 30 Apr at Newton Stewart, Wm Dill, Registrar.

Robertson, Elizabeth 72y

Robison, Grace 23y

Rodie, Daniel 86y - Kirkmaiden - #10 - Daniel RODIE, Agricultural Labourer, 86 years. Born in Logan Mill, Kirkmaiden. Parents: Alexander RODIE, Woollen weaver deceased & Elizabeth McBRIDE deceased. Married: none. Died on April 11, 10:30am at Portlogan, of Natural Debility 6 months. Certified by George McBride, Surgeon-last saw deceased April 2. Buried in Kirkmaiden Churchyard, certified by George McCrackan, Undertaker. Signed: Hamilton WALLDER [?], Occupier. Registered on April 12 at Kirkmaiden, Anthony Parker, Registrar.

Rogers, James 80y
Old Luce #13, James ROGERS, Hawker of Earthenware aged 80 years born Newry, Ireland. Lived Glenluce 2y. Parents were Edward ROGERS, Ag Labourer deceased and Hannah ROGERS maiden surname GALLACHAN deceased.  Wed to Mary DORRANS.  Children were Edward 44.  Joseph 42.  James 40.  William 38.  Mary 36.  Sarah 34.  Agnes 32.  Janet 30.  Hannah dead age 9m in 1832.  'Margret' 22.  Hannah 20.  Died  Mar 2 at Glenluce of Influenza duration 11d.  Certified by William McCORNACK, Surgeon who saw Deceased 1 Mar.  Buried Glenluce churchyard, certified by John McKIE, Undertaker.  Informant was Mary ROGERS, her mark, X Witnessed by Thomas DOUGLAS and Robert KELLY.  Registered Mar 3 at Glenluce.  John ROSS, Registrar.

Ronald, Thomas 90y
Leswalt #4 - Thomas RONALD, Leswalt #4, 90y. Born Derry, Ireland, lived Leswalt 25y.  Parents were Daniel BANKS, Farmer deceased and Janet RONALD maiden surname WRIGHT deceased.  Wed to Janet GALLOWAY deceased.  Children were William RONALD died at 64 in 1849. Henry RONALD died at 53 in 1847.  James RONALD died at 33 in 1822.  Elizabeth RONALD 57.  Margaret RONALD 55. Thomas RONALD 53.  Daniel RONALD 46.  Janet RONALD 40.  Died Feb 9, 9am at Goldenoch, Leswalt of Unknown causes, no medical attendant.  Buried Churchyard of Leswalt, certified by Robert RODIE, Undertaker.  Signed Daniel RONALD, Son.  Registered Feb 12 at Leswalt.  William Main, Registrar.

Ross, Andrew 4m - Stranraer - #88 - Andrew ROSS, 4 months. Born in Leswalt. Parents: Thomas ROSS, Ploughman & Jane McDONALD. Died on Oct 10, 5am at Baidge Street, Stranraer, of Unknown causes, 4 days. No medical attendant. Buried in Leswalt Churchyard, certified by Robert Rodie, Undertaker. Signed: Thomas ROSS, father. Registered on Oct 17 at Stranraer, Wm Galbraith, Registrar.

Ross, David 2-1/2y
Old Luce #30, David ROSS, aged 2-1/2y, Illegitimate birth, born Bankfield, Old Luce to David ROSS, Ag Labourer and Janet DORANS, Farm Servant.  Died July 12, 2am at Bankfield, Old Lucew of Tabes Mesenterica duration 1-1/2y, certified by William McCORNACK, Surgeon who saw Deceased 10 July.  Informant was Jannet DORANS, Mother.  Registered July 12 at Glenluce.  John ROSS, Registrar.

Leswalt Ross, James 26d [*remove the 'Leswalt' at beginning of name on WIG Pages]
Leswalt #17 - James ROSS, 26 days old born Glenstockadale, Leswalt.  Parents were John ROSS, Farm Servant and Janet ROSS maiden surname BIGGAM.  Died Aug 25, 10:30pm at Glenstockadale of Gastritis duration 4d.  Certified by H. ROBERTSON, Surgeon, Portpatrick who saw deceased 24 Aug.  Buried Churchyard of Portpatrick, certified by James JESS.  Signed James ROSS, Father.  Registered Aug 24th.  William Main, Registrar.

Leswalt Ross, James 26d

Ross, Jane 37y - Kirkcolm - #15 - Jane ROSS, female, 37 years. Born in Weirston, Kirkcolm. Lived 36 years in Dinduff, Kirkcolm. Parents: William ROSS, farmer & Marjorie McCULLOCH. Married: none. Died on Apr 4, 7am in Dinduff, of Unknown causes, continuing 1year. No medical attendant. Buried at Reformed Presbyterian Church of Stranraer, certified by William Thomson who was "not the regular undertaker for that burial place". Signed: William ROSS, father, registered on Apr 11 at Kirkcolm, Thomas Park, Registrar.

Ross, Maria 12y - Stranraer - #109 - Maria ROSS, 12 years. Born in Leswalt and she lived Stranraer for 3 years. Parents: Joseph ROSS, Shoemaker & Janet HOUSTON. Died on Dec 15, 5:45am at Backrampart, Stranraer, of Consumption, 6 months, certified by Robert Wilson, Surgeon. Buried in Leswalt Churchyard, certified by Robert Rodie, Undertaker. Signed: Joseph ROSS, father. Registered on Dec 11 at Stranraer, Wm Galbraith, Registrar.

Ross, Sarah 30 minutes

Rouchan, George of unknown age - Glasserton - #14 - George ROUCHAN, no age given. Found exposed at Rouchan, “13 March, 1853, 8pm”. Married: none. Died on Oct 22, 4:30pm at Rouchan, Glasserton, of Unknown causes, 14 days, no medical attendant. Buried in Glasserton Churchyard, certified by George Douglas, Person in charge of the funeral. Signed Anne DOUGLAS, Nurse. Registered on Oct 30 at Glasserton, James Gifford, Registrar.