McCulloch One Name Study

James Murray McCullochAge: 89 years17681857

Name
James Murray McCulloch
Birth April 13, 1768 28 27
Birth of a brotherDavid McCulloch
1769 (Age 8 months)
Birth of a brotherRoss McCulloch
July 31, 1770 (Age 2 years)
Death of a brotherRoss McCulloch
1771 (Age 2 years)

Birth of a brotherAlexander McCulloch
February 23, 1772 (Age 3 years)
Baptism of a brotherAlexander McCulloch
March 6, 1772 (Age 3 years)
Death of a brotherRobert McCulloch
May 3, 1772 (Age 4 years)
Burial of a brotherRobert McCulloch
May 4, 1772 (Age 4 years)
Death of a paternal grandmotherJanet McCulloch of Kirkclaugh
1773 (Age 4 years)
Birth of a brotherRobert McCulloch
July 13, 1775 (Age 7 years)
Birth of a sisterElizabeth McCulloch
1776 (Age 7 years)

Education
'I was twice at school, in the gay town o’ Dumfries, And nearly all my scholastic learning did here begin and cease Three-score and ten years ago, in the Kirkgate, I went to school...'
1778 (Age 9 years)
Occupation
James went to sea at the age of 14 in 1782. He spent three months in the coasting trade as a seaman and, in that capacity, spent the following nine months on a voyage to Oporto. In 1783 he made his first voyage to India and China in the ‘Contractor’.
1782 (Age 13 years)
Occupation
In 1791, perhaps as the result of his studies under the scientific Thomas White, he rose to be 3rd Mate and made his third voyage to India in the Consborne’.
1791 (Age 22 years)
Death of a fatherDavid McCulloch 2nd of Ardwall
January 3, 1794 (Age 25 years)
Death of a sisterPenelope McCulloch
May 17, 1794 (Age 26 years)

Burial of a sisterPenelope McCulloch
1794 (Age 25 years)
Death of a brotherEdward McCulloch
June 22, 1796 (Age 28 years)
Occupation
In 1793, he was Chief Mate of the ‘Queen’ and in 1796 he purchased jointly with Messrs Caldcleugh and Boyd of London the command of the ‘Walter Boyd’ and his prospects seemed rosy. In this ship he is recorded as sailing to Calcutta on the 25th April 1796.
1796 (Age 27 years)
Residence
On his return to England in 1798, James, partly owing to bad health, and partly to his succession to the estate, retired from the service of the East India Company and settled at Ardwall. It was an obviously foolish decision and James often regretted it.
1798 (Age 29 years)
MarriageChristian RobisonView this family
September 19, 1803 (Age 35 years)
Birth of a daughter
#1
Agnes Mcculloch
August 6, 1804 (Age 36 years)
Birth of a son
#2
David McCulloch
June 27, 1806 (Age 38 years)
Birth of a son
#3
Walter McCulloch
November 21, 1807 (Age 39 years)
Occupation
In 1807 James was commissioned a Deputy Lieutenant for the Stewartry by Thomas, Earl of Selkirk and in 1814, was appointed by the Commissioners of Supply to be the convener of a committee to examine, with representatives of other counties...
1807 (Age 38 years)
Birth of a daughter
#4
Janet McCulloch
March 4, 1809 (Age 40 years)

Birth of a son
#5
Edward McCulloch
July 30, 1810 (Age 42 years)

Birth of a son
#6
James Robison McCulloch
June 20, 1812 (Age 44 years)

Birth of a son
#7
Alexander McCulloch
February 15, 1814 (Age 45 years)

Birth of a daughter
#8
Christina McCulloch
December 30, 1815 (Age 47 years)

Residence
James found by 1815 that he could no longer afford the life of a country gentleman, and was compelled to seek some remunerative employment.
1815 (Age 46 years)
Residence
The family therefore moved into Edinburgh in that year and in October James was living at 13 Frederick Street: the following March the family was at 26 Charlotte Square, and in February 1817 at 2 Melville Street.
March 1816 (Age 47 years)
Death of a daughterJanet McCulloch
June 22, 1816 (Age 48 years)
Death of a daughterChristina McCulloch
July 9, 1816 (Age 48 years)
Death of a sonEdward McCulloch
July 10, 1816 (Age 48 years)
Residence February 1817 (Age 48 years)
Birth of a daughter
#9
Janet McCulloch
May 17, 1817 (Age 49 years)

Residence
In May they moved to 5 Shandwick Place, which James appears to have rented for two years as he only bought the house in 1819. The family remained there till their return to Ardwall in 1828.
May 1817 (Age 49 years)
Birth of a son
#10
Robert McCulloch
November 28, 1818 (Age 50 years)

Death of a sonRobert McCulloch
January 28, 1819 (Age 50 years)

Birth of a daughter
#11
Christina McCulloch
March 13, 1820 (Age 51 years)

Birth of a son
#12
Edward McCulloch
March 27, 1821 (Age 52 years)

Birth of a daughter
#13
Penelope Elizabeth McCulloch
September 5, 1825 (Age 57 years)

Death of a brotherDavid McCulloch
October 17, 1825 (Age 57 years)
Residence
The crisis came in 1830. James tried to make a composition but failed, and, being in danger of imprisonment for debt, was compelled to take advantage of the law of cessio bonorum, a legal device contrived to mitigate the extremely harsh treatment of debtor
1830 (Age 61 years)
Death of a sonJames Robison McCulloch
November 18, 1840 (Age 72 years)
Death of a sisterAgnes “Nancy” McCulloch
1840 (Age 71 years)
Death of a daughterChristina McCulloch
August 1, 1841 (Age 73 years)
Death of a brotherAlexander McCulloch
November 1843 (Age 75 years)
Death of a sisterElizabeth McCulloch
1848 (Age 79 years)
Marriage of a childJohn Gordon BrownJanet McCullochView this family
April 23, 1850 (Age 82 years)
Residence
Relationship: Head
1851 (Age 82 years)
Death of a wifeChristian Robison
March 19, 1853 (Age 84 years)
Death of a daughterAgnes Mcculloch
July 8, 1854 (Age 86 years)
Death December 2, 1857 (Age 89 years)

Burial December 1857 (Age 89 years)
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father
mother
Marriage: April 1761
3 years
elder sister
brother
brother
elder brother
Edward McCulloch
Birth: April 6, 1764 24 23Ardwall
Death: But Edward, unfortunately, especially so for his brother James, was not destined for long to enjoy his retirement and the life of a country laird. He was killed by a fall from his horse when returning from Kirkcudbright, on 22 June 1796.June 22, 1796Kirkcudbright, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland
21 months
elder sister
2 years
elder brother
13 months
himself
21 months
younger brother
David McCulloch
Birth: 1769 29 27Anwoth, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland
Death: In August Sir Walter recorded in his Journal995 that ‘David McCulloch is extremely ill - a paralytic stroke, I fancy’. He died on 17th October of that year and Sir Walter recorded, ‘The death of Mrs. Scott’s brother, Mr. David McCulloch, has put them...October 17, 1825Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
19 months
younger brother
19 months
younger brother
Alexander McCulloch
Birth: February 23, 1772 32 30Kirkclaugh
Death: November 1843Anwoth, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland
3 years
younger brother
18 months
younger sister
Family with Christian Robison - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: September 19, 1803Strathblane, Stirlingshire, Scotland
11 months
daughter
Agnes Mcculloch
Birth: August 6, 1804 36 24Anwoth, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland
Death: July 8, 1854Anwoth, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland
23 months
son
David McCulloch
Birth: June 27, 1806 38 26Ardwall
Death: David was in the midst of preparations for his retirement from India and return home, when he was suddenly taken ill and died on 20 September 1858. He was buried in the Scottish Cemetery in Bombay.September 20, 1858Bombay, Maharashtra, India
17 months
son
Walter McCulloch
Birth: November 21, 1807 39 27Ardwall
Death: In February 1892 he had a bad fall: when recovering from it he got a chill followed by bronchitis, and on 25 March he passed peacefully away in his eighty fifth year.March 25, 1892Ardwall
15 months
daughter
17 months
son
Edward McCulloch
Birth: July 30, 1810 42 30
Death: The last of the three who were carried away within three weeks of each other in the summer of 1816 by an epidemic, it is said, of diphtheria. The other two were his sisters, Janet and Christina, and all three are buried in St. Cuthbert’s Kirkyard in EdinbuJuly 10, 1816Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
23 months
son
James Robison McCulloch
Birth: June 20, 1812 44 32
Death: James did not survive long and his brief but hectic career came to an end at Kingston on 18 November 1840 when he died of yellow fever.November 18, 1840Kingston, Jamaica
20 months
son
22 months
daughter
17 months
daughter
18 months
son
15 months
daughter
1 year
son
Edward McCulloch
Birth: March 27, 1821 52 41
Death: January 16, 1864Anwoth, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland
4 years
daughter

Note

In later days, in one of his poems, James spoke of his childhood with his brothers and sisters at Ardwall. It was a poem written while he lay, a debtor, in the Canongate Gaol, and described a meeting between him and the ghost of his long since departed sister, Penelope. It was perhaps inspired by the fact that Penelope’s grave was only a stone’s throw from the prison. Together, they happily recalled their early days, when ‘We, in childhood roam’d thro’ Ardwall woods; Or, bath’d in Solway’s briny floods, Or, our limbs in summer day did lave, In lovely Fleet’s pellucid wave; Or gather’d Ardwall’s fragrant flowers, To deck our fog-form’d rustic bowers. When shells, or pebbles, we gather’d off the beach, Or nuts from hazel bough, high as young arms could reach.’

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