The Thom Family
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The Thom Family of Burnhead Farm

James Thom & Margaret Watt | James Thom & Janet Martin | James Thom & Agnes Chalmers
Janet Thom & Charles Adam

Index of Official Parish Registries and Statutory Registries for Births, Marriages and Deaths

Map showing Airdrie and Burnhead (upper right), William Forrest, 1816
Map showing Airdrie and Burnhead (upper right), William Forrest, 1816

It appears as though the Thom family was living at Burnhead from at least 1617 (death of Margaret Howie relict of John Thom) and 1769 (the birth of Agnes Thom, daughter of James Thom and Agnes Chalmers). Between these dates we know that John Thom (father of James Thom) filed a Testament in the Hamilton & Campsie Commissary Court on Feb 24, 1725. James Thom's parents were probably John Thom and Bethia Thom (of Burnhead). They had a son John born Nov 30, 1699. The records for births in New Monkland only began in 1693. There was a William Thom "in Burnhead" who witnessed a marriage in 1710.

In the 1841 and 1851 Scotland Census, John Wotherspoon (60 / 71) was living on the Burnhead Farm with his wife Janet Black (daughter of Gavin Black and Agnes Watt) and their children . They were married in Jan, 1822. In the 1851 Census he was a "farmer of 90 acres employing 4 labourers". In the Ordnance Survey Name Books, 1858-1861, Lanarkshire, Volume 48, for Burnhead it's indicated that "This dwelling and offices is the property of and occupied by Mr. John Wotherspoon". Janet Black died on on the Burnhead Farm on March 29, 1868, at the age of 68 (Scotland's People).

 

James Thom & Margaret Watt
Born: about 1682 Born: about 1685
Place: Burnhead, New Monkland, Lanarkshire Place:
Married: about 1707
Place: New Monkland, Lanarkshire
Died: ? Died: ?
Place: ? Place: ?
Buried: ? Buried: ?

James Thom & Janet Martin | William Thom & Grizel Scot | William Thom & Agnes McKechnie | Margaret Thom & John Fairlie
Mary Thom & James Adam | Janet Thom & Charles Handyside

DNA: Glenda Waugh has an Ancestry.com DNA match with S.R. and kauffman6214 who have James Thom and Margaret Watt in their tree. The match for kaufmann6214 goes through James Thom & Janet Martin, William Thom & Janet Auld and Jean Thom & Thomas Cherrie.

James Thom and Margaret Watt had at least eight children born in New Monkland: James (born Dec 28, 1707, in Burnhead); William (born about 1709, died Aug 8, 1790 in Glasgow); Robert (born Dec 24, 1710); Andrew (born Dec 28, 1712); Mary (born Dec 2, 1716); Joseph (born June 22, 1718); Margret (born Dec 25, 1720, in Burnhead); Mary (born April 14, 1723, in Burnhead); and Janet (born June 1, 1727, in Burnhead) - Scotland's People William Thom was probably born sometime between 1707 and 1710 and his birth may not have been recorded.

 

Children Born Place Died Place
JAMES Dec 28, 1707 Burnhead, New Monkland, Lanarkshire    
William about 1709 Burnhead, New Monkland, Lanarkshire Aug 8, 1790* Glasgow
Robert Dec 24, 1710 Burnhead, New Monkland, Lanarkshire    
Andrew Dec 28, 1712 Burnhead, New Monkland, Lanarkshire    
Joseph June 22, 1718 Burnhead, New Monkland, Lanarkshire    
Margaret Dec 25, 1720 Burnhead, New Monkland, Lanarkshire after 1790**  
Mary April 14, 1723 Burnhead, New Monkland, Lanarkshire after 1790**  
Janet June 1, 1727 Burnhead, New Monkland, Lanarkshire after 1790**  

* from University of Glasgow
** from Last Will and Testament of William Thom

 

James Thom's father was probably John Thom of Burnhead

James Thom's father was probably John Thom of Burnhead. John Thom of Burnhead filed a Testament in the Hamilton & Campsie Commissary Court on Feb 24, 1725. In it, he names James Thome "my eldest" as his sole executor (see bottom of page 2). Reference is also made to William Thome "my youngest" (middle of page 3). There was a William Thom born in Cumbernauld on Oct 16, 1690, with parents John Thom and Margaret Watt.

"James Thom, my eldest"

"James Thom my eldest"
"James Thom my eldest"
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There was also a Margaret Howie, relict of John Thome, in Burnheid, parish of Monkland, who died on May 19, 1617.

Howie, Margaret, relict of John Thome, in Burneheid, par. of Monkland, 19 May 1617
Howie, Margaret, relict of John Thome, in Burneheid, par. of Monkland, 19 May 1617
From Commissariot Record of Hamilton and Campsie, Register of Testaments, 1564-1800

 
1723 ..........

Mary Thom


James Thom of Burnhead and Margret Wat a daughter called Mary, April 14, 1723
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The Rev. William Thom's Last Will and Testament (1790) identified three living sisters: Margaret Thom Widow of John Fairlie farmer in Kilsyth, Mary Thom spouse of James Adam in Banton and him for his interest, And Janet Thom relict of Charles Handyside Brewer in Bridgeness Which Margaret, Mary and Janet Thom are Sisters Germain and nearest in kin of the deceast Mr. William Thom, Minister of Govan... - From the Will of William Thom, 1790

Mary Thom & James Adam

William Thom, Minister of Govan Parish from 1748-1790

 
1737 ..........

Margaret Thom & John Fairlie

Margaret Thom (from Old Monkland) married John Fairlie in New Monkland on Nov 22, 1737. They had at least seven children: George and Janet (twins born Dec 17, 1738); Alexander (born April 16, 1749); Andrew (born March 15, 1752); Margaret (born July 9, 1755); Margaret (born Sept 24, 1758); and Robert (born March 1, 1761), all born in Kilsyth. - Scotland's People

Andrew Fairlie & Jean Bowe | Robert Fairlie & Margaret Eason

 
1748 ..........

Mary Thom & James Adam

James Adam (who may have been James Macdonald) and Mary Thom were married on Feb 6, 1748, in Colziumbea, Kilsyth, Stirlingshire, just three years after The Jacobite Rebellion of 1745. Colziumbea was the site of a Roman Fort. Mary Thom was from "Auchinock in the parish of Wester Lawrie" (although there is an Auchinlock in Kylsyth Parish just to the east of Colziumbea). They had at least seven children: James (born Dec 18, 1748 in Colziumbea); Margaret (born June 29, 1750); Unnamed (July 29, 1753); William (born Sept 7, 1755); CHARLES (born March 20, 1760 in Colziumbea); Janet (born Oct 24, 1762); and Andrew (born Dec 16, 1764). - Scotland's People

Mary Thom & James Adam

 
1748 ..........

 

William Thom (son of James Thom and Margret Watt) married Grizel Scot on Oct 7, 1753, in Govan. They had at least five children born in Govan: James (born Nov 24, 1754); David (born Sept 30, 1755), William (born Dec 9, 1756); Charles (born Jan 3, 1758); and Grizel (born Jan 14, 1760). - from Scotland's People and Family Search Community Trees


William Thom Lawful Son to the Reverend Mr. William Thom & Grisel Scott, Dec 9, 1756
William Thom Lawful Son to the Reverend Mr. William Thom & Grisel Scott, Dec 9, 1756
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1755 ..........

Janet Thom & Charles Handyside

May 31, 1755, Charles Handyside Brewer in Bridgeness in the Parish of Carrin, and Janet Thom, daughter to the deceased James Thom
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May 31, 1755, Charles Handyside Brewer in Bridgeness in the Parish of Carrin, and Janet Thom, daughter to the deceased James Thom of Burnhead in the Parish of East Monkland, and present in this parish, booked their names for proclamation in order to marriage.

Janet Thom (daughter of the deceased James Thom of Burnhead in the Parish of East Monkland) married Charles Handyside in Kilsyth Parish on June 11, 1755. They had at least ten children: James (born Feb 28, 1756); Margaret (born July 31, 1757); William (born Nov 26, 1758); Mary (born June 7, 1761); Janet (born July 8, 1762); Anne (born Nov 4, 1763); Charles (born Jan 6, 1766); Mary (born March 14, 1768); and Agnes & Grizel (twins born May 15, 1769), all born in Carriden (or Carrin) Parish. - Scotland's People

 

1780 ..........

William Thom & Agnes McKechnie

William Thom married Agnes McKechnie in Glasgow on April 7, 1780. The marriage was also recorded in Govan on April 17, 1780.

April 17, Rev. Mr. William Thom & Agnes McKechnie
April 17, Rev. Mr. William Thom & Agnes McKechnie

 

William Thom died in Glasgow on Aug 8, 1790 at the age of 80.

The Will of William Thom, 1790, Hamilton & Campsie Commissary Court

 

James Thom & Janet Martin
Born: Nov 28, 1707 Born: about 1710
Place: Burnhead, New Monkland, Lanarkshire Place:
Married: April 17, 1732
Place: New Monkland, Lanarkshire
Died: Died:
Place: Place:
Buried: Buried:

James Thom & Agnes Chalmers | John Thom & Ann Forsyth | William Thom & Janet Auld

James Thom (son of James Thom and Margret Watt born Nov 28, 1707) married Janet Martin (daughter of James Martin and Jean McGie) on April 17, 1732, in New Monkland. James Thom and Janet Martin had at least six children born in New Monkland: James (born July 1, 1733, in Burnhead); John (born Feb 1, 1736); William (born Jan 14, 1739); Robert (born Jan 23, 1743, in Burnhead); Andrew (born Aug 4, 1745); and Joseph (born July 24, 1748). - Scotland's People One of the witnesses for the birth of Robert Thom in Burnhead was John Thom.

 

Children Born Place Died Place
JAMES July 1, 1733 Burnhead, New Monkland, Lanarkshire    
John Feb 1, 1736 Burnhead, New Monkland, Lanarkshire    
William Jan 14, 1739 Burnhead, New Monkland, Lanarkshire after 1779  
Robert Jan 23, 1743 Burnhead, New Monkland, Lanarkshire    
Andrew Aug 4, 1745 New Monkland, Lanarkshire    
Joseph July 24, 1748 Burnhead, New Monkland, Lanarkshire    

James Thome and Margaret (should read Janet) Martin in Burnhead a son named James
James Thome and Margaret (should read Janet) Martin in Burnhead a son named James
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1761 ..........

James Thom & Agnes Chalmers

James Thom (son of James Thom and Janet Martin) and Agnes Chalmers were married in Dec, 1761, (ancestry.com) and had at least four children: John (born April 19, 1763, in Burnhead); Robert (born March 10, 1765); Janet (born March 3, 1767, in Burnhead); and Agnes (born July 9, 1769). - Scotland's People

 
 
 
1763 ..........
 
William Thom (son of James Thom and Janet Martin) married Janet Auld in New Monkland in about 1763. They had at least seven children born in Airdrie, New Monkland: John (born July 29, 1764); Jean (born Feb 4, 1766); William (born June 28, 1767); James (born March 19, 1769); Robert (born June 10, 1770); Andrew (born June 27, 1773); and David (born June 15, 1779). - Scotland's People
 
Jean Thom & Thomas Cherrie
 
 
1768 ..........

John Thom & Ann Forsyth

Sept 9, 1764, John Thom & Ann Forsyth from Old Monkland
Sept 9, 1764, John Thom & Ann Forsyth from Old Monkland

John Thom (son of James Thom and Janet Martin, born Feb 1, 1736) and Agnes Forsyth (daughter of John Forsyth and Anne Thom) had at least one child: Janet (born Sept 9, 1764); and may have had at least four other children born in Old Monkland (but the mother's name was not indicated for the birth): Andrew (born Aug 6, 1758); Hugh (born Sept 26, 1762); Isobel (born  Sept 7, 1760); and John (born Oct 13, 1776). There was also  a John Thom and Barbara Mack in Fidlersland who were having children at this time. - Scotland's People

Isobel Thom & John Hamilton

 

James Thom & Agnes Chalmers
Born: July 1, 1733  Born:
Place: Burnhead, New Monkland, Lanarkshire Place:
Married: Dec, 1761
Place:  
Died: Died:
Place: Place:
Buried: Buried:

Janet Thom & Charles Adam

James Thom (son of James Thom and Janet Martin) and Agnes Chalmers were married in Dec, 1761, (ancestry.com) and had at least four children: John (born April 19, 1763, in Burnhead); Robert (born March 10, 1765); Janet (born March 3, 1767, in Burnhead); and Agnes (born July 9, 1769). - Scotland's People

 

Children Born Place Died Place
John April 19, 1763 Burnhead, New Monkland, Lanarkshire    
Robert March 10, 1765 Burnhead, New Monkland, Lanarkshire    
JANET March 3, 1767 Burnhead, New Monkland, Lanarkshire    
Agnes July 9, 1769 Burnhead, New Monkland, Lanarkshire    

 

Janet Thom & Charles Adam

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