David's Scottish Ancestry

Modified Register for James Boswell

1. James Boswell -321 was born about 1776 in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland.

James was enumerated with his son Alexander 'Alex' Boswell in 1841 as follows:
    1841 Scotland Census 6 June 1841
    Name: James Boswell
    Age: 60
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1781
    Gender: Male
    Where born: Scotland
    Civil parish: Pencaitland
    County: East Lothian
    Address: Johneston Hale North Todle
    ED: 3; Page: 11; Line: 1310; Year: 1841
    Occupation: M S
    Parish Number: 716


Parish Number: 667
Civil parish: Kirkliston
County: West Lothian
Address: Kilpunt
ED: 3 Page: 9
Household schedule number: 36
Line: 12
Roll: CSSCT1851_173

NameAge Estimated birth yearRelationshipWhere born Occupation
James Boswell75abt 1776HeadMaleDunfermiline, Fife Gardiner 3 Acres
Elizabeth Boswell77abt 1774WifeFemaleDunfermiline, FifeGardiners wife
Janet Boswell50abt 1801VisitorFemaleInverkeithing, FifeButler's Wife
Jane Lyall37abt 1814DaughterAbercorn, LinlithgowGardiner's Daughter
Elvin Lyall16 abt 1835 GranddaughterFemaleKirkliston, Linlithgow Scholar




James married (MRIN:791) Elizabeth "Eliza" Walls -322, daughter of Robert Walls -328 and Janet Harrower (Harrawar) -329 (MRIN:708), on 4 Jun 1799 in Dunfermline Fife. Elizabeth was born 1 Mar 1774 in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland and was christened 6 Mar 1774 inDunfermline, Fife, Scotland. She died 20 May 1859 in Kilpunt, Kirkliston, West Lothian, Scotland.

1774 Robert Walls, wright at the entry of Pitreavie and Janet Harrower, his wife, had a daughter born March 13st [sic should this be 1st] 1774 baptised ditto and named Elizabeth. Witnessess James Guild, innkeeper and John Reid, schoolmaster in Dunfermline. POR Dunfermline

1799 James Boswell in this parish and Elizabeth Wells (sic) in the parish of Dunfermline were married June 7th OPR I nverkeithing

Scotland Census Schedules 6 Jun 1841
Kilpent Parish Number: 667
Civil parish: Kirkliston
County: West Lothian
Address: Kilpent

NameAge Estimated birth yearRelationshipWhere born Occupation
Elisabeth Boswell 60 abt 1781 Female Scotland 
Jane Boswell 25 abt 1816Female West Lothian, Scotland 
Elisabeth Lyall 6 abt 1835 Female West Lothian, Scotland  


On 20th May 1859 at Kilpunt, Kirkliston, Elizabeth Boswell died aged 85 (c. 1774); widow and the daughter of Robert Walls, carpenter and Janet Harrower, both deceased. Informant: Alexander Boswell, son, Ormiston Hall BMD, Kirkliston, West Lothian

They had the following children:

    2 F i. Janet "Jessie" Boswell -307 was born 1801 in Inverkeithing, Fife, Scotland. She died 7 Feb 1876 in Thornhill, Morton, Dumfries, Scotland. Janet married (MRIN:4626) David Burns -306, son of James Burns -313 and Sabina Mc Qualter -314 (MRIN:4602), on 17 May 1822 in Linlithgow, West Lothian, Scotland. David was born 2 Sep 1808 in Colmonell, Ayr, Scotland and was christened 6 Sep 1808 in Colmonell, Ayr, Scotland. He died 7 Aug 1884 in Thornhill, Morton, Dumfriesshire, Scotland.

    she died on the 7th February 1876 at 128 Drumlanrig Street, Thornhill, Morton, Dumfriesshire. According to her death entry, she was then aged 75 formerly a domestic servant, married to David Burns, retired butler, and the daughter of James Boswell, farmers foreman and Eliza Walls both deceased

    3 M ii. Alexander ' Alex' Boswell-323 was born 19 Jul 1805 in Abercorn, West Lothian, Scotland and was christened 28 Jul 1805 in Abercorn, West Lothian, Scotland.

    4 M iii. Robert Boswell-464 was born 16 May 1808 in Abercorn, West Lothian, Scotland and was christened 22 May 1808 in Abercorn, West Lothian, Scotland.

    BOSWELL, Robert Christening Gender: Male Birth Date: 16 May 1808 Christening Date: 22 May 1808 Recorded in: Abercorn, West Lothian, Scotland Father: James BOSWELL Mother: Elisabeth WATTS

    5 M iv. James Boswell-461 was born 29 Mar1810 in Abercorn, West Lothian, Scotland and was christened 3 Apr 1810 in Abercorn, West Lothian, Scotland.

    BOSWAL, James Christening Gender: Male Birth Date: 29 Mar 1810 Christening Date: 3 Apr 1810 Recorded in: Abercorn, West Lothian, Scotland Father: James BOSWAL Mother: Elizabeth WALLS

    6 F v. Jean Cuddie or Jane Boswell-324was born 27 Apr 1812 in Abercon /Kirkliston, West Lothian, Scotland and was christened 3 May 1812 in Abercorn, West Lothian, Scotland. She died 12 Dec 1899 in Kirkliston West Lothian.

    7 F vi. Grizel Boswell-463 was born 24 Nov 1813 in Abercorn, West Lothian, Scotland.

    8 F vii. Elizabeth Boswell-460 was born 20 Feb 1817 in Abercorn, West Lothian, Scotland.

Generated from Personal Ancestral file = 17 Oct 2012

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