GUNN Mary1862 - 1913
Born 31 Aug 1862 Stevenston, Ayr, Scotland  Gender Female Census 1881 Beith, Ayr, Scotland  Lived at 1881 Burnside Cottage, Beith, Ayr (census data)  Occupation 1881 Daughter  Died 18 Oct 1913 Portencross, Ayrshire, Scotland  Person ID I28700 Ayrshireroots Surname Database Last Modified 25 May 2016
Father GUNN George, b. 26 Nov 1816, Thurso, Caithness, Scotland , d. 1885 Relationship Natural Mother SPEIR Jane, b. 12 Oct 1817, Dalry, Ayr, Scotland , d. Aft 1901 Relationship Natural Married 1837 Family ID F14885 Group Sheet
On 1881 census.
The 1891 census data finds Jane Gunn (widow, 73) and daughter Mary Gunn (unmarried, 26) living with John Craig & family in Beith. Mary is listed as a "Late Telephone Operator" - a high tech occupation for 1891! The census confirms her age & place of birth.
The 1901 census finds Mary (38, sister in law to Alexander McLaren who married Mary's sister Jessie) in Wigton. The address is not listed, though the house was large for the time - 8 rooms with one or more windows. Also in the house are Alexander McLaren (48, self-employed baker, born in Perthshire and a Gaelic/English speaker), his wife Jessie McLaren (48, Mary's sister, born in Stevenston, Ayrshire), Jessie S Gunn (83, mother-in-law of Alexander and mother of Mary, born in Dalry, Ayrshire), and David Craig (son of Robert Marshall Craig).
Mary's birthplace, date and parents names are also confirmed through LDS database records.
Mary was the youngest daughter and was murdered in 1913. The following is taken from George Craigs 1970 family history:
George Gunn's youngest daughter Mary Gunn was murdered in a cottage called North Bank at PortenCross in Ayrshire in 1912 (date in error) and the murder was never solved. Another daughter, my Aunt Jessie, was seriously wounded at the same time, also her husband, but both recovered - the murder was never solved.
Mary was a witness at sister Eliza's wedding.
A local book "Old West Kilbride" by Molly Blyth shows a picture of the cottage and has the caption "Northbank Portencross, was 'the scene of the foul murder of Miss Gunn on 18 October 1913', a shooting for which no-one was ever charged."
CHASE UP CASE IN OLD PAPERS AND POSSIBLY WITH LOCAL POLICE FOR RECORDS
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