52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

52 Ancestors #16 David Clyne (1787-1866)

This week I decided to look at an ancestor on my ex-husband’s side of the family.  I have been doing some research on Hugh Robert Murray, who married Elizabeth Clyne, so I decided to do my ancestor of the week on her grandfather, and my ex-husband’s ggg grandfather David Clyne.

David Clyne was born in Bower, Caithness, Scotland, around 1787.  A number of entries from this period of time are illegible on the parish registers, so I haven’t been able to find a baptism record for him.  David married Elizabeth Sinclair on 26 November 1824 at Bower.  They had the following children while still in Scotland:

  • David born 1825
  • James born 1827
  • Elizabeth born 1829
  • Catherine born 1831
  • Margaret born 1833
  • George born 1836
  • John born 1838
  • Janet born 1840
  • Henry born 1843
  • Ann born 1846

Elizabeth’s parents were listed as James Sinclair and Elizabeth Meiklejohn on her death entry.  According to Scottish naming patterns, the second son and first daughter were often named after the wife’s parents, and the first son and second daughter were named after the husband’s parents.  This would indicate that David’s parents were David and Catherine.  There were other baptisms around this period of time for children of David Clyne and Catherine Sinclair in Bower, and David’s age from his death certificate and census records would fit into the gap in the baptisms. It therefore would appear that he was one of their children

On the 1841 Census there was a David Clyne with his family at Newlands, Thurso, Caithness.  His age was given as 50, and he was an agricultural labourer.  Also in the household were Betty aged 35, Elizabeth age 12, Cathrine age 10, Margaret age 7, George age 5, and Jannet age 1.   Given the ages of the children, this appears to be for our family.

The 1851 Census shows the family at Bower Tower, Caithness.  The census shows David was a farmer of 8 acres, and had been born in Bower.  Also in the household was his wife Elizabeth age 47, son David age 25, daughter Elizabeth age 22, daughter Margaret age 17, daughter Janet age 10, son Henrey age 7 and daughter Ann age 5.

The family then migrated to Australia.  The first to come to Australia was the second son, James, who arrived in Melbourne in September 1851.  He had sailed on the “Statesman”.  The next to arrive was the eldest son David, who arrived in Victoria in January 1852 on the “Bride”.  After that came George, who sailed on the “Tasmania”, arriving in Victoria in October 1853.  The eldest daughter, Elizabeth, married in 1852 in Bower to William Finlayson.  Elizabeth and William also came to Australia, It is not yet known on what ship they came, but their daughter Ann was born in 1857 at Bower, and the next daughter Catherine was born in 1859 at Ascot in Victoria, so they came some time between 1857 and 1859.  The next daughter, Catherine, stayed in Scotland, and married David Heddle.

Daughters Margaret and Janet came together in 1857 on the “Echunga”, arriving in August 1857.  The last of the family to arrive were David and Elizabeth, and their youngest two children, Henry and Ann.

The Unassisted Shipping Index has the following entries that appear to be for this family

Family Name First Name Age Month Year Ship Port Fiche Page
CLYNNE ANNE 25 MAR 1860 BEEJAPORE B 174 001
CLYNNE DAVD 25 MAR 1860 BEEJAPORE B 174 001
CLYNNE ELIZA 25 MAR 1860 BEEJAPORE B 174 001
CLYNNE HENRY 25 MAR 1860 BEEJAPORE B 174 001

David died on 29 June 1866 at Tinamba, Victoria, Australia, and he was buried 1 July 1866 at the Sale Cemetery.

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