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Thomas LAIDLAW

Thomas LAIDLAW

Male 1832 - 1876  (44 years)

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  • Name Thomas LAIDLAW  [1
    Born 1832 
    • His gravestone has him dying in 1876 at the age of 43 years - so was born about 1832.
    Gender Male 
    Cause of death The BRB p390 has "The general belief in the families was that Thomas was drowned in Lake Alexandrina, however the newspaper notice in the Adelaide 'Observer' reports that he died of pneumonia at Sliding Rock on 23rd Nov 1875"
    Express and Telegraph (Adelaide), 3rd December 1875, p2 & SA Advertiser, 3rd December 1875, p4 - "DIED - LAIDLAW - On the 23rd November, at Sliding Rock, of bronchitis, Thomas Laidlaw, aged 69 years."
    CONCLUSION (note by Don Gordon in Jan 2021): This person was not our Thomas who, according to his headstone, died at the age of 43 (not 69) years old on 7th Feb 1876 (not 3rd Dec 1875), probably at Lake Alexandrina which is 20 kms south of Strathalbyn (not Sliding Rock which is 450 kms north of Strathablyn). Thus the death in Sliding Rock in 1875 was a different Thomas - so maybe it was correct that he died in Lake Alexandrina, but this has not yet been corroborated.

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    Occupation Belvidere SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Blacksmith 
    Residence Angas Plains SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 7 Feb 1876  Lake Alexandrina SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I-3955  Christina and Donald McLean
    Last Modified 10 Jan 2021 

    Family Margaret GOLLAN/FRASER/SUTHERLAND/LAIDLAW,   b. 1826, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Aug 1891, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 10 Jun 1859  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
     1. Janet Elizabeth LAIDLAW,   b. 16th Nov 1859, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1865, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 5 years)  []
     2. Alexander Gollan LAIDLAW,   b. 1861,   d. 1942  (Age 81 years)  []
     3. Margaret Ann Gollan LAIDLAW,   b. 30 Mar 1863, Belvidere SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Aug 1941, Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)  []
    Last Modified 5 Jan 2021 07:26:43 
    Family ID F-1302  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Headstones

    HS STRATH LAIDLAW AND MCRAE families

  • Sources 
    1. [S-3] BRB 'Donald & Christina McLean & Their Descendants', 1995 copies available, Copies of the BRB available Strathalbyn National Trust Museum & Library, several libraries around Australia including State Library SA, and Western Australian Genealogical Society Bayswater WA Request assistance for locating a copy through 'Contact us' on this website. .

    2. [S-3] BRB 'Donald & Christina McLean & Their Descendants', 1995 copies available, Copies of the BRB available Strathalbyn National Trust Museum & Library, several libraries around Australia including State Library SA, and Western Australian Genealogical Society Bayswater WA Request assistance for locating a copy through 'Contact us' on this website. , page 390.

    3. [S-75] http://www.genealogysa.org.au requires login, https://www.genealogysa.org.au requires log in , 9 Jan 2021 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      THIS EVIDENCE OFFERS Janets mother as Margaret nee SUTHERLAND married FRAZER, assume married LAIDLAW,Thomas. Then gave birth to: LAIDLAW Janet Elizabeth Date of Birth:16-Nov-1859
      Gender: F Father:Thomas LAIDLAW Mother: Margaret (fmly) FRAZER (nee) SUTHERLAND Birth Residence:Strathalbyn SA Source:18/8
      PLUS on SAGHS "The Biographical Index of South Australians" reads:- Surname:LAIDLAW Given Names: Thomas Parents: Thos.Life Information:Birth c1833.Death 7.2.1877 Lake Alexandrina SA. Burial Strathalbyn SA. Religion:Presb: Occupn:Blacksmith Residence:Strathalbyn
      Spouse(s):Mgt SUTHERLAND (10.6.1859 Strathalbyn SA) Children:With Mgt SUTHERLAND: Janet (1860-1865), Alexr. Gollan (1861-1942), Mgt. Ann Gollan McRAE (1863-1941).