The Perston Family
An historical and photographic perspective
 
 
Map showing Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, Thomas Richardson, 1795
Map showing Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, Thomas Richardson, 1795
Reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland
 
John Pierston & Elizabeth "Bethia" McMath
Born: Born:
Place: Place:
Married:  
Place: Lanarkshire, Scotland
Died Died:
Place: Place:
Buried: Buried:
 
John Pierston and Elizabeth McMath may have had at least ten children born / baptised in Rutherglen: Thomas (b. about 1771, died Jan 3, 1857); John and Elizabeth (died in Jan, 1781); Archibald (b. Jan 28, 1781); John (b. Nov 17, 1782, died June 22, 1857); Marion (b. April 3, 1785); Andrew (b. Feb 24, 1788); Sarah (b. Dec 27, 1789); William (b. April 29, 1792); and Hugh (b. July 6, 1794). - Scotland's People
 
Children Born/Baptised Place Died Place
Thomas about 1772 Rutherglen, Lanarkshire Jan 3, 1857 Rutherglen, Lanarkshire
John   Rutherglen, Lanarkshire Jan, 1781 Rutherglen, Lanarkshire
Elizabeth   Rutherglen, Lanarkshire Jan, 1781 Rutherglen, Lanarkshire
Archibald Jan 28, 1781 Rutherglen, Lanarkshire    
John Nov 17, 1782 Rutherglen, Lanarkshire June 22, 1857 Rutherglen, Lanarkshire
Marion April 3, 1785 Rutherglen, Lanarkshire    
Andrew Feb 24, 1788 Rutherglen, Lanarkshire    
Sarah Dec 27, 1789 Rutherglen, Lanarkshire    
William April 29, 1792 Rutherglen, Lanarkshire    
Hugh July 6, 1794 Rutherglen, Lanarkshire Sept 13, 1876 Rutherglen, Lanarkshire

Elizabeth McMath's parents were NOT John McMath and Elizabeth Bowman. They had at least eleven children b. in Rutherglen between 1748-1765: Andrew (b. Sept 4, 1748); William (b. March 4, 1750); Elizabeth (b. July 21, 1751, died Jan 18, 1773); Helen (b. April 1, 1753); John (b. Dec 22, 1754, died July 5, 1755); John (b. June 22, 1756); James (b. March 7, 1758); Marion (b. July 3, 1760); Thomas (b. May 30, 1762); Margaret (b. Jan 22, 1764); and Mary (b. Nov 10, 1765, died Nov 27, 1765). - Scotland's People

 
1793 ..........

Thomas Perston & Jane Rankin

Thomas Perston (son of John Perston and Elizabeth McMath) married Jean Rankin (died Oct 23, 1861, daughter of John Rankin and Agnes Craig) in about 1793. They had at least two children born / baptised in Rutherglen: Janet Agnes (b. April 20, 1794) and John (b. March 10, 1796).
 
 
1815 ..........

Hugh Perston (son of John Perston and Elizabeth McMath) married Mary Merilees in about 1815. They had at least five children: John (b. Sept 24, 1815 in Barony, Glasgow); George (b. Aug 24, 1817); Mary (b. about 1820, died Feb 19, 1856); Elizabeth (b. July 25, 1824, in Rutherglen, died July 21, 1897. See corrected entry); and Beatrice (b. about 1826).

 
 
 
1841 ..........

1841 Scotland Census - Rutherglen, Lanarkshire
Thomas Perston & Jane Rankin

Name: Thomas Perston
Age: 65
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1776
Gender: Male
Where born: Lanarkshire, Scotland
Civil parish: Rutherglen
County: Lanarkshire
Address: East Side Of Millwynd
Occupation: Weaver H L
Parish Number: 654
Household Members Age
Isabel Demer 70
Thomas Perston 65
Jean Perston 60
Agnes Hosie 5
Robert Hosie 4

Source Citation Parish: Rutherglen; ED: 8; Page: 1; Line: 490; Year: 1841 Source Information Ancestry.com. 1841 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: 1841 Scotland Census. Edinburgh, Scotland: General Register Office for Scotland. Reels 1-151. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description The 1841 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 6 June 1841. The following information was requested: name, age, gender, profession, and birthplace.

 

 
1845 ..........
 
Mary Perston (daughter of Hugh Perston and Mary Merilees) married William Cameron in about 1844. They had at least four children born / baptised in Rutherglen: William (b. Dec 22, 1844); Mary (b. May 2, 1847); Elizabeth (b. June 3, 1849) and Bethia (b. Dec 7, 1851). - Scotland's People
 
 
 
1851 ..........

1851 Scotland Census - Rutherglen, Lanarkshire
Thomas Perston & Jane Rankin

Name: Thomas Parston
Age: 79
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1772
Relationship: Head
Spouse: Janet Parston
Gender: Male
Where Born: Rutherglen, Lanark
Parish Number: 654
Civil Parish: Rutherglen
Town: Rutherglen
County: Lanarkshire
Address: N 80 Mill St
Occupation: Hand Loom Weaver Chelsea Pensiorser
ED: 7
Page: 13
Household Schedule Number: 45
Line: 8
Roll: CSSCT1851_172
Household Members:
Name Age
Thomas Parston 79
Janet Parston 76

Parish: Rutherglen; ED: 7; Page: 13; Line: 8; Roll: CSSCT1851_172; Year: 1851 Source Information Ancestry.com. 1851 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: Scotland. 1851 Scotland Census. Reels 1-217. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description The 1851 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 30/31 March 1851. The following information was requested: place, name, relationship to head of family, marital status, age, gender, profession, birthplace, and whether blind, deaf, and dumb.

 

1851 Scotland Census - Rutherglen, Lanarkshire
Hugh Perston & Mary Merilees

Name: Hugh Perston
Age: 56
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1795
Relationship: Head
Spouse: Mary Perston
Gender: Male
Where Born: Rutherglen, Lanarkshire
Parish Number: 654
Civil Parish: Rutherglen
Town: Rutherglen
County: Lanarkshire
Address: 7 Hamilton Road
Occupation: Carter
ED: 15
Page: 5
Household Schedule Number: 22
Line: 19
Roll: CSSCT1851_172
Household Members:
Name Age
Hugh Perston 56
Mary Perston 55
Bethia Perston 25
Elizabeth Meralees 56

Parish: Rutherglen; ED: 7; Page: 13; Line: 8; Roll: CSSCT1851_172; Year: 1851 Source Information Ancestry.com. 1851 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: Scotland. 1851 Scotland Census. Reels 1-217. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description The 1851 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 30/31 March 1851. The following information was requested: place, name, relationship to head of family, marital status, age, gender, profession, birthplace, and whether blind, deaf, and dumb.

Elizabeth Merilees is sister-in-law

1851 Scotland Census - Rutherglen, Lanarkshire
Mary Perston & William Cameron

Name: William Cameron
Age: 37
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1814
Relationship: Head
Spouse: Mary Cameron
Gender: Male
Where Born: Rutherlgen, Lanark
Parish Number: 654
Civil Parish: Rutherglen
County: Lanarkshire
Address: 2 Main St
Occupation: Carter
ED: 4
Page: 12
Household Schedule Number: 41
Line: 1
Roll: CSSCT1851_172
Household Members:
Name Age
William Cameron 37
Mary Cameron 31
William Cameron 6
Mary Cameron 4
Elisabeth Cameron 2

Parish: Rutherglen; ED: 7; Page: 13; Line: 8; Roll: CSSCT1851_172; Year: 1851 Source Information Ancestry.com. 1851 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: Scotland. 1851 Scotland Census. Reels 1-217. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description The 1851 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 30/31 March 1851. The following information was requested: place, name, relationship to head of family, marital status, age, gender, profession, birthplace, and whether blind, deaf, and dumb.

 

 
1856 ..........

Mary Perston
1820 - 1856

Mary Perston (daughter of Hugh Perston and Mary Merilees and wife of William Cameron) died in Bridgeton, Glasgow on Feb 19, 1856, st the age of 36. William Cameron, husband, was the informant.

 

 
1861 ..........

1861 Scotland Census - Rutherglen, Lanarkshire
Hugh Perston & Mary Merilees

Name: Hugh Perston
Age: 66
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1795
Relationship: Head
Spouse's Name: Mary Perston
Gender: Male
Where born: Rutherglen, Lanark
Registration Number: 654
Registration district: Rutherglen
Civil parish: Rutherglen
Town: Rutherglen
County: Lanarkshire
Address: 24 Wardlawhill St
Occupation: Colliery Lab
ED: 12
Household schedule number: 7
Line: 8
Roll: CSSCT1861_119
Household Members Age Relationship
Hugh Perston 66 Head
Mary Perston 64 Wife
Bethia Perston 32 Daughter
Bethia Cameron 9 Grandaughter (Granddaughter)
Elizabeth Mirrlees 66 Sister-in-law

Parish: Rutherglen; ED: 12; Page: 2; Line: 8; Roll: CSSCT1861_119 Source Information Ancestry.com. 1861 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: Scotland. 1861 Scotland Census. Reels 1-150. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description The 1861 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 7/8 April 1861. The following information was requested: place, name, relationship to head of family, marital status, age, gender, profession, birthplace, and whether blind, deaf, and dumb.

 

 
1871 ..........

1871 Scotland Census - Rutherglen, Lanarkshire
Hugh Perston & Mary Merilees

Name: Hugh Pearston
Age: 45 (should be 77)
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1826 (should be abt 1795)
Relationship: Head
Spouse's Name: Mary Pearston
Gender: Male
Where born: Rutherglen, Lanarkshire
Registration Number: 654/1
Registration district: Rutherglen Burgh
Civil parish: Rutherglen
County: Lanarkshire
Address: Smithy Lyr Hamilton Rd
Occupation: Forman G Apr Labourer
ED: 13
Household schedule number: 42
Line: 9
Roll: CSSCT1871_150
Household Members Age Relationship
Hugh Pearston 45 Head
Mary Pearston 73 Wife
Batrice Pearston 45 Daughter
Mary Cameron 23 Grandaughter (Granddaughter)
Elizabeth Cameron 21 Grandaughter (Granddaughter)
Alexander Mcknight 19 Grandson
Bathies Mcknight 19 Grandaughter (Granddaughter)
Mary Mcknight 8 Mo Grandaughter (Granddaughter)

Parish: Rutherglen; ED: 13; Page: 9; Line: 9; Roll: CSSCT1871_150 Source Information Ancestry.com. 1871 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Scotland. 1871 Scotland Census. Reels 1-191. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description The 1871 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 2/3 April 1871. The following information was requested: place, name, relationship to head of family, marital status, age, gender, profession, birthplace, and whether blind, deaf, and dumb.

 

 
1876 ..........

Hugh Perston
July 6, 1794 - Sept 13, 1876

Hugh Perston (son of John Perston and Elizabeth "Bethia" McMath) died in Rutherglen of Sept 13, 1876 at the age of 82. Elizabeth Cameron, granddaughter was the informant.

 
1881 ..........

Elizabeth Cameron & John Thomson

Elizabeth Cameron (daughter of Mary Perston and William Cameron) married John Thomson in about 1880. They had at least one child: Mary Pearston (b. 1880) - Scotland's People.

? Mary Pearston Thomson & James Grant Webster ?

 

1881 Scotland Census - Rutherglen, Lanarkshire
Elizabeth Cameron & John Thomson

Name: Eliz Thomson
Age: 32
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1849
Relationship: Wife
Spouse's Name: John Thomson
Gender: Female
Where born: Rutherglen, Lanarkshire
Registration Number: 654
Registration district: Rutherglen
Civil parish: Rutherglen
County: Lanarkshire
Address: 200
ED: 12
Household schedule number: 84
Line: 14
Roll: cssct1881_268
Household Members Age Relationship
John Thomson 32 Head
Eliz Thomson 32 Wife
Mary Thomson 10 Mo Daughter

Parish: Rutherglen; ED: 12; Page: 17; Line: 14; Roll: cssct1881_268 Source Information Ancestry.com. 1881 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Scotland. 1881 Scotland Census. Reels 1-338. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description The 1881 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 3/4 April 1881. The following information was requested: place, name, relationship to head of family, marital status, age, gender, profession, birthplace, and whether blind, deaf, and dumb

 

 
1891 ..........

1891 Scotland Census - Dennistoun, Galsgow Barony, Lanarkshire
Elizabeth Cameron & John Thomson

Name: Elizabeth Thomson
Age: 41
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1850
Relationship: Wife
Spouse's Name: John Thomson
Gender: Female
Where born: Rutherglen, Lanarkshire
Registration Number: 644/3
Registration district: Dennistoun
Civil parish: Glasgow Barony
County: Lanarkshire
Address: 27 Cumbernauld Rd
ED: 42
Household schedule number: 58
Line: 6
Roll: CSSCT1891_250
Household Members Age Relationship
John Thomson 42 Head
Elizabeth Thomson 41 Wife
Mary Thomson 10 Daur (Daughter)
Thomas Liddell 44 Visitor

Parish: Glasgow Barony; ED: 42; Page: 11; Line: 6; Roll: CSSCT1891_250 Source Information Ancestry.com. 1891 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Scotland. 1891 Scotland Census. Reels 1-409. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description The 1891 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 5/6 April 1891. The following information was requested: place, name, relationship to head of family, marital status, age, gender, profession, birthplace, and whether blind, deaf, and dumb.

 
1901 ..........

1901 Scotland Census - Dennistoun, Galsgow Barony, Lanarkshire
Elizabeth Cameron & John Thomson

Name: Elizabeth Thomson
Age: 51
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1850
Relationship: Wife
Spouse's Name: John Thomson
Gender: Female
Where born: rutherghen, Lanarkshire
Registration Number: 644/3
Registration district: Dennistoun
Civil parish: Glasgow Springburn
County: Lanarkshire
Address: 16 Roslea Dr
ED: 49
Household schedule number: 44
Line: 10
Roll: CSSCT1901_275
Household Members Age Relationship
John Thomson 52 Head
Elizabeth Thomson 51 Wife
Mary Thomson 20 Daur (Daughter)

Parish: Glasgow Springburn; ED: 49; Page: 9; Line: 10; Roll: CSSCT1901_275 Source Information Ancestry.com. 1901 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Scotland. 1901 Scotland Census. Reels 1-446. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description The 1901 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 31 March/1 April 1901. The following information was requested: place, name, relationship to head of family, marital status, age, gender, profession, birthplace, and whether blind, deaf, and dumb.

 

 

 
Archibald Pierston & Helen Menzies
Born: Jan 28, 1781 Born: Nov 23, 1787
Place: Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, Scotland Place: Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Married: about 1810
Place: Lanarkshire, Scotland
Died Died: March 2, 1861
Place: Place: Rutherglen, Lanarkshire
Buried: Buried:
 
Christian Perston & Thomas McCall | Archibald Perston & Jean ? | Helen Perston & David Currie | Helen Perston & Archibald McEwen
William Perston & Isabella Barrowman

DNA: Jeff Waugh has an Ancestry.com DNA match with Natalie Lush who has William Perston b. 1851 in her tree. This William is the son of William Perston and Isabella Barrowman. William is the son of Archibald Pearston and Helen Menzies. See death certificate for William Pearston. Jeff also has an Ancestry.com DNA match with Carina Miller who has Isabella Pearston in her tree (daughter of William Perston & Isabella Barrowman). Glenda Waugh also has an Ancestry.com DNA match with Helen Davies who has Archibald Pearston and Helen Menzies in her tree through William Pearston and Isabella Barrowman.

Archibald Perston (son of John Perston and Elizabeth McMath) and Helen Menzies (daughter of John Menzies and Christian Scott) were married in about 1810. They may have had at least seven children born / baptised in Rutherglen: Elizabeth and Christian, twins (b. Feb 12, 1811); John (b. May 19, 1813); Thomas (b. April 10, 1815); Archibald (b. June 6, 1817); and Helen (b. March 5, 1820, died March 9, 1874, in Campsie, Stirling). - Politano Family Tree on Ancestry.com and Scotland's People The informant on Helen Menzie's death certificate was William Perston, son. He would have been born in about 1825 and died Aug 16, 1885.

 
 
Children Born / Baptised Place Died Place
Elizabeth Feb 12, 1811 Rutherglen, Lanarkshire    
Christian "Christina" Feb 12, 1811 Rutherglen, Lanarkshire    
John May 19, 1813 Rutherglen, Lanarkshire    
Thomas April 10, 1815 Rutherglen, Lanarkshire    
Archibald June 6, 1817 Rutherglen, Lanarkshire    
Helen March 5, 1820 Rutherglen, Lanarkshire March 9, 1874 Campsie Stirling
William about 1825 Rutherglen, Lanarkshire? Aug 16, 1885 Rutherglen, Lanarkshire

Helen Menzies parents were John Menzies, weaver in Glasgow, and Christian Scott. They were married in Glasgow on Sept 24, 1786.

 
1811 ..........

Christian & Elizabeth Perston

 
Perston, Christian & Elizabeth daughters of Archibald Perston & Helen Menzies born 12th and batised 17th Feb (1811)
Perston, Christian & Elizabeth daughters of Archibald Perston & Helen Menzies born 12th and baptised 17th Feb (1811)
See original document
 
 
1831 ..........

Christian Perston & Thomas McCall

"Christian" Christina Perston and Thomas McCaw / McCall may have had at least seven children: Helen (b. Dec 14, 1831); Sarah (b. Feb 28, 1833, died April 2, 1906); Isabella (b. June 7, 1835, died July 22, 1902); Christina Scott (b. Sept 10, 1837); Jean (b. about 1841); Margaret (b. about 1844); and Elizabeth (b. Oct 16, 1844, died Feb 15, 1922).

Christian "Christina" Perston & Thomas McCall

 
1846 ..........

William Perston & Isabella Barrowman


William Perston & Isabella Barrowman, Oct 18, 1846
William Perston & Isabella Barrowman, Oct 18, 1846
Rutherglen kirk session, Minutes (1839-1863), CH2/315/7
 
William Perston (son of John Perston and Helen Menzies) married Isabella Barrowman (daughter of William Barrowman and Jane McFarlane) in Rutherglen on July 3, 1846. They had at least ten children born / baptised in Rutherglen: Jane (b. about 1847); Archibald (b. about 1849); William (b. June 18, 1851); John (b. about 1854); Thomas (b. about 1856); David Dunn (b. 1857, died Aug 21, 1858); Helen (b. June 25, 1859, died 1885); Isabella (b. Aug 1864, died Aug 31, 1864); Isabella (b. about 1867, died June 3, 1939 in Glasgow); and Alexander Barrowman (b. March, 1868, died April 11, 1868) - Glenda Waugh
 
Jane Perston & Peter Clark | Archibald Perston & Agnes Robertson | Archibald Perston & Elizabeth Barrowman | William Perston & Marion Spiers
Isabella Perston & David Miller
 
 
1851 ..........

1851 Scotland Census - Rutherglen, Lanarkshire
Helen Menzies with McCaw grandchildren

Helen Menzies, widow (62), Christina McCall (10) and Margaret McCall (7)
Helen Menzies, widow (62), Christina McCall (10) and Margaret McCall (7)
see original document

Helen Menzies (Betsy's grandmother who may have raised her?) was married twice. On her death certificate she is listed as Helen Dunn, widow of David Dunn. Her son, William Perston is the informant. Betsy probably thought her mother's maiden name was Dunn. - Glenda Waugh, Nov 15, 2021

 

1861 ..........

Helen Menzies
1787 - 1861

Helen Menzies (daughter of John Menzies and Christian Scott and widow of Archibald Perston and David Dunn) died in Rutherglen on March 2, 1861, at the age of 76.

Helen Menzies (daughter of John Menzies and Christian Scott and widow of Archibald Perston and David Dunn) died in Rutherglen on March 2, 1861, at the age of 76. The informant was William Perston, son.

Helen Menzies (Betsy's grandmother who may have raised her?) was married twice. On her death certificate she is listed as Helen Dunn, widow of David Dunn. Her son, William Perston is the informant. Betsy probably thought her mother's maiden name was Dunn. - Glenda Waugh, Nov 15, 2021

 

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