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Jean Jeffrey McTaggart

This picture is of Jean Jeffrey, my Great Great Grandmother, (sometimes spelt Jeffray or Jeffries) who was married to Neil McTaggart and lived at 13 Dennyholm Street, Kilbirnie, by the mill on the site of what is now Dennyholm Wynd, Her Mother was Mary Jeffrey who married Andrew Stevenson, whose family were coal merchants in the town.

There is a family story that Neil was a twin with a brother Malcolm but I have not been able to prove that from any government records.

Jeanie had a very large family, including my Great Grandfather Neil as well as a daughter Elizabeth. Elizabeth married Samuel Cairns and two of their children are sitting on Jean´s lap. Jean was red haired and used to walk from the Dennyholm out to Glengarnock barefoot to visit some of her children

Jean died in 1927. I estimate this photo to have been taken around 1923.

2 thoughts on “Jean Jeffrey McTaggart”

  1. Thank you for sharing the story of Jean. Remembering folk is Important.
    Folks were once hardy to have walked the distances the did in all weathers. Mum told me of a lady helped look after. Her and here sisters walked from Beith to Kilbirnie Mill each day to work a 10-12 hr shift.

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