Zerub Baillie (b. c. 1781)

Birth

Marriage

Death

On ___, c. 1781

To Agnes Taylor, at ___ on ___

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Parents

Siblings

Children

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John Baillie, James Baillie, William Baillie, Robert Baillie, Thomas Baillie, Zerub Baillie, Agnes Baillie, Janet Baillie, Nichol Baillie

 

 

 

Zerub Baillie was a shepherd.  We think it was he to whom John Baillie (1855-1930), missionary to Swaziland, referred as his spiritual guide – viz. John Baillie’s great-grandfather, not grandfather as is recorded in an interview in The South African Pioneer in 1892.

We have neither a birth certificate, nor a death certificate (there is no trace of the deaths of Zerubbabel Baillie or Agnes Taylor in the statutory records, 1855-1858), nor a marriage record for Zerub. (There is no trace of the marriage of Zerub Baillie and Agnes Taylor in the OPR index of Berwickshire or Midlothian.)  Evidence comes from (1) the 1841 census, (2) the children’s birth records, and (3) the death record of son William Baillie.

(1) The 1841 census for Channelkirk shows Zerub Baillie and Agnes Taylor at Hartside, with their youngest son Nichol.  This is the only indication we have of the age of Zerub; he was born around 1781 – only approximate because ages are likely rounded down to multiples of 5.

 

1841 Census    Hartside, CHANNELKIRK, BEW [ref: 729-3-2]

forename

surname

age

occupation

born in Berwickshire?

Zerub

Ballie [sic]

60

agricultural labourer

no

Agnes

Taylor

60

----

yes

Nichol

Baillie

15

----

yes

 

Zerubbabel may have been born in Midlothian, perhaps in the near-by parish of Stow.  The index to the OPR of deaths in Channelkirk (1730-1849) lists only a Robert Ballie in 1751, but it is possible that only those of sufficient means were registered.   Alternatively, Zerubbabel and Agnes may have died in Stow, where their son William was living until at least 1846.

(2) Births of their children recorded in Berwickshire, from OPR & OPR index:

 

name

father

date of birth

date of baptism

parish of record

John (no mother named)

herd in Bruntaburn

25.9.1802

[no date given]

Westruther

James (do)

 

16.3.1804

 

do

William

 

27.5.1806

 

Channelkirk

[gap]

 

 

 

 

Robert

 

23.10.1812

 

do

Thomas

 

27.4.1815

 

do

Zerub

 

22.1.1818

 

do

Agnes*

 

25.5.1820

 

do

Janet**

 

5.12.1822

 

do

Nichol

shepherd, Hartside

8.11.1825

5.2.1826

do

 

Bruntaburn is at NT597508, 4˝ miles NE of the royal burgh of Lauder;   Hartside in Channelkirk is at NT469537, 1˝ miles west of Oxton.

 

(3) Death certificate of son William Baillie (1806 – 1858) provides confirmation that the father was indeed called 'Zerubbabel', and shows that both Zerubbabel Baillie and Agnes Taylor were deceased by 1858:

 

William Baillie, 53, general merchant, d. 21.9.1858 at 23 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh

Married*

Father: decd. Zerubbabel Baillie, shepherd

Mother: decd. Agnes Baillie MS Taylor

Informant of death: his son, Andw Baillie, present

Cause of death: disease of brain, many months

Certified by W. Young M.D., who saw deceased 21.9.1858

Buried Grange Cemetery, Edinburgh, as certified by John Baillie, undertaker

Ref: D-1858-685/3-522 Edinburgh/Castle & Portsburgh MLN

                        * to Margaret Hislop, 8.1.1830 Stow MLN

 

The undertaker was possibly William’s elder brother John, as joiners were often coffin-makers and undertakers.

 

The younger sons of Zerub Baillie and Agnes Taylor, namely Thomas, Zerub and Nichol, became prosperous wholesale provision merchants, as shown by listings in Edinburgh street directories.   The 1870/1 directory lists:

T. & N. Baillie, wholesale provision merchants & hamcurers, 15 Victoria Street [the shop]
Nichol Baillie (T. & N. Baillie), 2 Rillbank Crescent
Thomas Baillie (T. & N. Baillie), 12 Abbotsford Crescent
Zerub Baillie, merchant, Gladstone Villa, Hatton Place

 

Sources:

(1) Census of 1841: kindly furnished on October 7, 2002, by Dr. J.A. Robertson, a genealogical researcher in Edinburgh.

(2) Transcriptions of birth records of the children of Zerub Baillie and Agnes Taylor: kindly furnished on October 7, 2002, by Dr. J.A. Robertson, a genealogical researcher in Edinburgh.

(3) Transcript of the death certificate of Willaim Baillie (1806-1858): kindly provided on October 7, 2002, by Dr. J.A. Robertson, Edinburgh.

(4) Shop and residence records of Zerub’s sons: kindly provided on October 7, 2002, by Dr. J.A. Robertson, Edinburgh.

 

 

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