James Boyd was born in Inchyra village on the River Tay on December 27, 1827. His parents were James Boyd, a weaver and fisherman and Mary Brown. James had six full siblings, Mary, John, Janet, Ann, Catherine and Alexander and one older half-brother David. Tragically his father and two older sisters, Mary and Janet died in a six week period. Mary was buried on 25 December 1840, aged 22, Janet was buried on 1 January 1841 and his father James on 7 February 1841. They were all buried in Kinfauns cemetery which overlooks their village of Inchyra and the Tay.
Joseph John Baldwin and his wife Maria Roberts migrated toAustralia in 1852 with their seven week old son, Henry and Maria’s daughter from her first marriage Lottie (Charlotte). I’ve had contact with a member of Maria’s sister Martha’s family who shared some photos that Maria had sent back to London to her sister Martha. They had been handed down through Martha’s family and have now been given to me. Martha Elizabeth Roberts married James Dartnall. There was also a photo of their brother William John Roberts who was an actor and comedian. My contact remembered seeing a playbill that one of his uncles had. I haven’t been able to source any information about William John Roberts yet, beyond the normal census records etc. Perhaps someone out there knows more?
Since writing my earlier posts on John George Dunlop I’ve had descendants of members of the Dunlop family contact me. George (as I believe he was known) must have been a prolific writer. Letters have turned up from Australia and Ireland that he wrote to family members, along with more poems that he wrote and additional photos of him.