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GUNN Mary

GUNN Mary[1]

Female 1862 - 1913

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  • Born  31 Aug 1862  Stevenston, Ayr, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Female 
    Census  1881  Beith, Ayr, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Lived at  1881  Burnside Cottage, Beith, Ayr (census data) Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Occupation  1881  Daughter Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died  18 Oct 1913  Portencross, Ayrshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID  I28700  Ayrshireroots Surname Database
    Last Modified  25 May 2016 

    Father  GUNN George,   b. 26 Nov 1816, Thurso, Caithness, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1885 
    Relationship  Natural 
    Mother  SPEIR Jane,   b. 12 Oct 1817, Dalry, Ayr, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1901 
    Relationship  Natural 
    Married  1837 
    Family ID  F14885  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • [CRAIG.FTW]

      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

  • Sources 
    1. [S412] CRAIG.FTW.