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An 18th century family history mystery: Agnes Stevenson of Stewartstown & the Rev. Mr. Pattison of Edinburgh


Agnes Stevenson was born c.1733-ish in Stewartstown, county Tyrone. She was the daughter of William Stevenson (c.1691–c.1765) and Ann Stewart. Ann Stewart was a daughter of Andrew Stewart (1672–1715), the de jure 7th Baron Castle Stewart, while William was the son of Captain James Stevenson of Stewartstown (d.1747). In about 1750, William Stevenson took his family to Scotland. At Dalhousie, on the banks of the river Esk (south of Edinburgh), he conducted a linen bleaching concern.

At some point, Agnes married a Rev. Mr. Pattison of Edinburgh: his forename is unknown to us. After raising a family, it appears that the Rev. Mr. and Mrs. Pattison were still alive and residents of Edinburgh in the early 1800s. Unfortunately, I have had no success in learning Mr. Pattison's first name, let alone the names of their children.

A Rev. John Pattison of the seceding church lived in Edinburgh, dying there before 1797. However, his wife's name appears to have been Christian. Records for their marriage and respective deaths, and any remarriage John Pattison might have made, have not been found on the Scottish government's genealogy website, Scotland's People.

Rather than recite the very long list of records and archives consulted for all things Stevenson and Pattison, including many newspapers in Scottish, Irish, and English resources, suffice to say that I have not been able to find Agnes Pattison née Stevenson. The purpose of this short blog article, then, is to post this family history mystery, on the very faint hope that a descendant finds this couple by working backwards from the present day. It seems likely that researcher will have difficulty moving farther back than Agnes Stevenson and her husband, the Rev. Mr. Pattison. Hopefully the twain shall meet!

(penned 30th January 2020.)

Source citation: Kilpatrick, Alison. "Agnes Stevenson of Stewartstown and the Rev. Mr. Pattison of Edinburgh." Blog article published to Arborealis, 30th January 2020; online at www.arborealis.ca/blog/2020-01-3.html; accessed [insert date of access].
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