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ROBERT McKILL [Born About 1800 Died 12 April, 1876]
William McKill, a farmer, and Janet McKill [nee Grierson] were the parents of Robert McKill. Robert was born around 1800 in Keir, Dumfriesshire.
[There is a record of Janet Grierson, born 9 March, 1773 in Kirkpatrick Durham, the daughter of John Grierson and Margaret McGuffey. This may be Robert McKillâ€™s mother.]
Nicholas Boddan was born about 1803 at Crossmichael, Kircudbrightshire, the daughter of James Boddan, a farm labourer, and Janet Boddan [nee Shaw]. James and Janet were married in Crossmichael on 7 April, 1791.
[This may be James Boddan, who was christened in Parton on 17 October, 1768. He was the son of Robert Boddan in Over Dalling.]
Robert McKill and Nicholas Boddan married and prior to the 1841 Census had the following children:
Â· Jannet McKill, born 2 November, 1827, Kircudbrightshire
Â· Mary McKill, born 24 September, 1829, Kircudbrightshire
Â· James William McKill, born 10 February, 1832, Kircudbrightshire
Â· Robert McKill, born 4 March, 1834, at Kirkpatrick Durham, Kircudbrightshire
Â· Nicholas McKill, born 4 February, 1836, at Kirkpatrick Durham, Kircudbrightshire
Â· John McKill, born 24 April, 1838, at Kirkpatrick Durham, Kircudbrightshire
Â· George McKill, born 2 August, 1840, at Kirkpatrick Durham, Kircudbrightshire
In the 1841 Census the family were living in Old Bridge of Urr, with Robertâ€™s job described as a male servant. Two more children then appeared:
Â· Alexander McKill, born 18 December, 1842, at Kirkpatrick Durham, Kircudbrightshire
Â· Peter McKill, born 2 June, 1846, at Kirkpatrick Durham, Kircudbrightshire
In 1851 the family had moved to Borgue and lived at the Knockbrecks [Knockbrex?] Coachhouse. Robertâ€™s occupation was coachman. Living with Robert at the coachhouse were his wife Nicholas, sons Robert, John, George, Alexander, Peter and daughter Nicholas.
Son Robert was seventeen and employed as a mason. Daughters Jannet, Mary and son James William were not listed.
At the 1871 Census Robert, wife Nicholas and daughter Nicholas were living at Church Street, Castle Douglas. All the rest of the family had left home. Robert was described as a retired gardener.
Robert and Nicholasâ€™ son, James William McKill, a mason died on 4 November, 1873.
[8 November, 1873 Dumfries and Galloway Standard - Death Notice. â€œAt Church Street, Castle Douglas, on the 4th instant,Mr James William McKill, mason aged 41, eldest son of Mr Robert McKill - much regretted.â€]
Robertâ€™s wife, Nicholas, died on the 30 January, 1876, at Church Street, Castle Douglas.
[1876 Kelton Death Register - 869 - 11. â€œNicholas McKill, aged 73, wife of Robert McKill, lately a gardener. Died 30 January, 1876 at Church Street, Castle Douglas. Parents - James Boddan, farm labourer, deceased, & Janet Boddan, m.s. Shaw, deceased. Cause of death - caries of the vertebrae several years. Informant - Peter McKill, son.â€]
Robert died on 12 April, 1876, at Church Street, Castle Douglas.
[1876 Kelton Death Register - 769 - 32 â€œRobert McKill, aged 76, gardener, widower of Nicholas Bodden. Died 12 April, 1876 at Church St, Castle Douglas. Parents - William McKill, farmer, deceased, & Janet McKill, m.s. Grierson, deceased. Cause of death - old age. Informant - Peter McKill, son.]