|Booth and Scott Families
The Booths and Scotts in Aberdeenshire
Booths in Aberdeenshire are
fairly common and Scotts even more so. At
this time I have not enquired into the history of those
names in the
Black suggests that Booth is of
local origin from residence at a booth and comes from the
Middle English 'bothe' meaning hut or temporary shelter. Reaney
gives a similar account suggesting the name derives from the
word for a herdsman's hut. He
says it is an occupational name for a cowman or herdsman
identical with the name Boothman. Black
found the name in several parts of
The name Scott is even more
common and widespread in
The Booths in whom I have an interest appear to have been employed on the land and generally as labourers. The same may apply to some of the Scotts with John Scott, born 1797, being described as an Agricultural Labour in the 1841 census and James Scott, born 1809, being described as a Crofter. The earliest Scott I have identified, William born about 1764, was an exception to the above being a Wheelwright or Joiner. Also some of the Scotts living in Turriff seem to have been employed other than on the land with two in one family being Shoemakers and a wife listed as a Boot Closer.
Before 1800, and in many parts
of the country after that date
Dwellings throughout rural
The Aberdeenshire farming country would have been very different from that experienced by the Gunns in Kildonan and Watten and while the quality of the land in Watten parish might have approached that in Aberdeenshire the terrain and the weather would have been somewhat less favourable for livestock and to work in.
Though the early families moved around to find farm work their general movement appears to have been within a parish or the ajoining parish. The earliest Scotts on one side of the family were from Turriff and those in the other line resided in Turriff for many years though they moved there from King Edward parish and may have been born outwith Aberdeenshire.
Turriff was one of the relatively small number of market towns of some size and importance from the earliest times. It had a history going back over a thousand years and served a thriving farming community as a centre for the sale of livestock and produce.
The Scotts who worked on the land would have known the town well and those in the town would have had amongst their customers the prosperous merchants of the town and the visiting farmers if not their labourers and cottars. This knowledge of the town would have resulted not only from visits to take produce to market but also because it was here that a famous 'Feeing' market took place. This market was where farm employees were re-engaged for a new term or changed their employers.
Louisa Scott, born 1843, appears to have been one of at least seven children all born in Turriff. Her first Husband, from Turriff, was John Jamieson but he died before 1875 when Louisa married for the second time to Andrew Booth. Andrew was himself a widower having been previously married to Christina Gibson. Louisa had a son, who died in infancy, to John while Andrew already had two sons to Christina. Andrew later married for the third time to Ursula Malcolmson.
This Ursula Malcolmson was of Shetland origin and was clearly well accepted by existing members of Andrew's family as more than one later included her name in the names of children.
Andrew's father John Booth, a farm labourer, had children to his wife, Margaret Dustan or Dunstan, in Udny, Tarves and Foveran. His grandfather was most probably James or John Booth who was resident in Ellon 1790 at the time of the birth of his son, Andrew's father. In addition to Andrew he had three daughters and two other sons all of whom were born in Ellon parish. By 1841 Andrew himself was a labourer at Fortrie, Ellon.
Ellon has a role now as a
commuter dormitory town for
Margaret Dunstan's ancestors have not yet come to light and neither have any other members of her family. It is not clear from whence she originated and her death date is estimated from census returns. She was married to John Booth in Ellon and so she probably came from there or at least was working in that area.
The name Dunstan is not
particularly common and Dustan, almost certainly a
corruption of Dunstan, even less so. Black
says that it is a surname of
Andrew and his family have been
hard to find on any census after 1841 but no doubt a longer
search in the future will throw up something. It
would appear, however, that as
The move must have taken place
about mid-19th century as Andrew was married to Christina
Gibson in St. Nicholas parish in 1863. At
that time he was residing in St. Andrew's Street and by the
time he married his second wife, Louisa, he was still in St.
Andrew's Street but at a different number. Louisa
was living in
In Aberdeen Andrew worked as a
Railway Carter and members of his close and more distant
family had jobs in industry rather than on the land. Some
became Stone Polishers, another
was described as a Granite Polisher and there was also a
son, George, the next Booth in the direct line, worked as a
Ship's Steward and it was in this capacity that he arrived
in Thurso while working on boats crossing to the
George was born at 1701/2 Gallowgate and with such a precise address I was confident of finding him there on the census of 1871. However, neither George nor his family could be found and neither could the house. The same problem arose 1881 but a further search there and in the 1891 census, which was not available when this part of tree was being researched, might yet be fruitful.
George married Williamina Gunn
in Thurso in 1917 and they resided first at 5 Sutherland
Cottages, then at 14
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