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Christina and Donald McLEAN from Scotland 1837
1799 - 1882 (83 years)
||William (snr) RANKINE |
||19 Jan 1799
||Dalblair Barr Ayr UK 
- MyHeritage has William's birth place as Auchinleck which is 3 kms north of Cumnock whereas the OPR has it at Dalblair which 9 kms east of Cumnock. In fact, Dalblair is the locality where William's parents were living. And Dalblair is a locality within the parish of Auchinlech - ie Auchinlech is the name of the parish as well as the name of the town.
(This note by Don Gordon in June 2021)
||Dalblair, Ayr, Scotland 
|William commenced farming at Dalblair about 1826. |
||30 Apr 1839
|William (1799-1882) emigrated from Dalblair, Ayrshire Scotland on the 'Fairfield' to arrive on 30th April 1839. He was accompanied by a large party of relatives consisting of his bachelor brother James Gemmell Rankine, his brother Dr John and wife Mary (nee Watson), his own wife Jane (nee Paterson), their six children, nieces and nephews John and Jane Paterson, Marion Muir, Elizabeth Paterson and Melville Walker. There were servants, one named John Glen, and a great many goods and chattels. |
||INHERITANCE OF GLENBARR: Old William Rankine, though he must have 'frequent and oft' bemoaned his 'baby boy's' (Gemmell's) fallings away from grace, almost worshipped him, and when the time came for him to settle his affairs he showed that love by leaving the old homestead of Glenbarr to young Gemmell, providing, however, in his 'canny Scot' way against alienation of it, the titles passing on at Gemmell's death to his sons, Gavin, Arthur, and Harry. That these lads were bound to under the will I don't know, but now that Gavin has gone it may be that the pioneer homestead will pass to another branch of the family. .....|
The above was quoted from the following article.
A correspondent writing from Clare says: - "I noticed in your last issue reference to the death of Mr Gavin Rankine, who, as all old residents of your district know, was the eldest son of the late Mr Gemmell Rankine (a son of pioneer William Rankine, one of the two founders of the town of Strathalbyn), and the announcement of the death reminded me of the fact that there are now living none of the original family, all of them having 'passed out', John of that ilk having been the last to succumb to the inevitable destiny of all of us.
"The late Mr. Gemmell Rankine in his youthful days was one of the most popular of the family, and certainly the most jovial. The eldest son of the clan, Matthew, was always of somewhat austere nature on the surface, though really of kindliest disposition at heart; James was a fine character too, but a bit fiery; William and John were more retiring in type than any of their brothers, keeping themselves aloof a good deal from public or social matters; Andrew was in his youthful years a regular "good fellow" but even in his jolliest times a trifle hasty-tempered and apt to get misunderstood; but Gemmell never anybody's enemy but his own, was loved by all, and the wife he married won equal popularity and equal love from all classes of the community.
"It was Gemmell who was the 'pet lamb' of his parents and his uncle, Dr. Rankine; it was Gemmell who was the mischievous, happy-go-lucky young daredevil of the family; Gemmell who was the only one of the clan who lacked the 'austerity' of the 'severe Highland Presbyterians' from whom he sprang.
"Old William Rankine, though he must have 'frequent and oft' bemoaned his 'baby boy's' fallings away from grace, almost worshipped him, and when the time came for him to settle his affairs he showed that love by leaving the old homestead of Glenbarr to young Gemmell, providing, however, in his 'canny Scot' way against alienation of it, the titles passing on at Gemmell's death to his sons, Gavin, Arthur, and Harry. That these lads were bound to under the will I don't know, but now that Gavin has gone it may be that the pioneer homestead will pass to another branch of the family. .....
The late Mr. Gavin Rankine inherited the characteristics of both his mother and his father, and so shared the natures of each that it was difficult to say which predominated! He, like both, made friends wherever he went, never had an enemy but himself, and never was there a better illustration of the poet's words :- 'If to his lot some common errors fall Look in his face and you'd forget them all!'
Source: Jottings by JWE in Southern Argus, 17 Nov 1921, p3
||Jane ANTHONY/STRYPE/RANKINE's maiden surname was ANTHONY. She married a Mr STRYPE, who died, leaving Jane a widow. She subsequently married William RANKINE (William was born in Scotland in 1799, and migrated to South Australia in 1839 with his wife, Jane PATERSON who died about 1870). After three decades in Australia, William visited England where he married Jane STRYPE,nee ANTHONY in 1771. After being married to William for about 6 years, Jane died in London in 1877. Later that year, William married Sarah Elizabeth ROBERTS who was Jane's niece. [Research: When and where did Sarah die?] William died in South Australia in 1882.|
(This note by Don Gordon in June 2021) 
||William acquired much land, as far as Milang, Point Sturt and Hindmarsh Island. His first 'Glenbarr' was of local timber, pise and reed thatching, followed by the substantial two-storeyed stone house in 1842.|
He married three times. Jane was the mother of his children but she died in 1870. The second, Jayne Strype (nee Anthony) whom he married in Norwood in 1871 died in London in 1877 during one of his several trips back to the United Kingdom. He married in Scotland and same year a widow, Sarah Elizabeth Roberts, who died in North Adelaide in 1905. William died at 'Glenbarr' aged 83 on 5th September 1882. 
||2 Nov 1882
||Belalie Hindmarsh Island SA 
- Nancy Gemmell's book (p15) has him dying at 'Glenbarr' on 5th Sept 1882.
||Strathalbyn SA 
||Christina and Donald McLean
||25 Jun 2021 |
||James RANKINE, b. 1765, d. 15 Jun 1850, Barr Village Ayr Scotland (Age 85 years) |
||Jane GEMMELL, b. 1770, d. 6 Apr 1854, Barr Village Ayr Scotland (Age 84 years) |
|Children of marriage
||They had 8 children. Three of them migrated on the Fairfield in 1839 - Dr John, Matthew, & James Gemmell.  |
||A Wikipedia entry for their son (Dr John Rankine) has the father as James Rankine - that is correct. But the entry has the mother as Jane Paterson - which is wrong because there is an OPR confirming that John's brother, William, married Jane Paterson in 1826 in Barr, Scotland.|
(This note by Don Gordon on 26th June 2021)
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
||Jane PATERSON, b. 1802, Scotland , d. 1870, South Australia (Age 68 years) |
||4 Mar 1826
||White Clauchrie Barr Ayr Scotland
| ||1. Mary RANKINE, d. 10th Jan 1828, Ayr Scotland |
|+||2. James RANKINE, Captain, b. 26 Jun 1828, Ayr Scotland , d. 8 Sep 1897, Hindmarsh Island SA (Age 69 years) |
|+||3. Matthew RANKINE, b. 29 Nov 1829, Barr Village Ayr Scotland , d. 29 Oct 1917, Braemar Strathalbyn SA (Age 87 years) |
|+||4. Susan RANKINE, b. 1833 |
| ||5. John RANKINE, b. 1835, Dalblair Barr Ayr UK , d. 19 Oct 1914, St Peters SA (Age 79 years) |
|+||6. William (jnr) RANKINE, b. 16 Apr 1837, Dalblair Barr Ayr UK , d. 3 Nov 1889, Belalie Hindmarsh Island SA (Age 52 years) |
| ||7. Andrew RANKINE, b. 1841, Strathalbyn SA |
|+||8. Gemmell RANKINE, b. 11 Jan 1846, Strathalbyn SA , d. 30 Oct 1884, Strathalbyn SA (Age 38 years) |
||25 Jun 2021 22:35:24 |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
- [S-28] PUBLICATION "Old Strathalbyn" Nancy Gemmell, page 15.
- [S-264] 'Rankine Family' - in the Library directory on Don Gordon's computer, Rankine Family 1839-1982 cowritten by Jan Stephenson, Page 3.
- [S-263] Pam Revell - ID 9351, FaceBook to Lorna McLean in May 2021.
- [S-28] PUBLICATION "Old Strathalbyn" Nancy Gemmell, Page 15.
- [S-75] http://www.genealogysa.org.au requires login, https://www.genealogysa.org.au requires log in , 23 Feb 2021 Researcher Lorna McLean.
Found in 'Biographical Index of South Australians"RANKINE Given Names:William Death 2.11.1889 Sth Belalie Hindmarsh Island SA. Burial Strathalbyn SA.
- [S-75] http://www.genealogysa.org.au requires login, https://www.genealogysa.org.au requires log in , 23 Apr 2021 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
RANKINE Given Names:William Event Date: 02-Nov-1889 Occupation:Farmer Will Publication Date:1889 Notes: Ref=Vol2p1973. Source: Gazette Notice: Deceased Estate Event Year:1889