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Tait in Midlothian


Lawrence Tait Auchinoon Shepherd

Lawrence TAIT was born about 01 July 1801 at Whiteside in the Newlands Parish of Peeblesshire.  He was the son of John TAIT and Margaret MURRAY.  Lawrence was married to Agnes Todd.  Agnes was born about 26 October 1802 in Kelso, Roxburghshire and was the daughter of James TODD and Janet Paterson.

Auchinoon, Kirknewton, Midlothian

Lawrence earned his living as a shepherd and perfected that trade at many farms in the Peeblesshire area.  In the early 1830's he moved to Auchinoon in the Parish of Kirknewton in the East Calder area of Midlothian.  Auchinoon (see photo at right, click for larger image) is a very wild, and barren land where sheep are still tended today.

Photographs on this page appear here due to the kind and dedicated effort of Ian and Irene THOROGOOD.

Lawrence Tait, Headstone Kirknewton Cemetery
Tait Headstone

Lawrence TAIT died on 1 June 1877 at Auchinoon.  His wife Agnes Todd TAIT died at Auchinoon on 22 January 1881.  A photograph of their Headstone in the Kirknewton Cemetery appears at left

Children of Lawrence TAIT and Agnes TODD:

i.  John TAIT who was born about 13 March 1822 in the Newlands Parish of Peeblesshire.

ii.  James TAIT who was born about 06 January 1824 in the Eddlestone Parish of Peeblesshire.

iii.  Jane TAIT who was born about 11 January 1826 in the Eddlestone Parish.  Jane married John BENSON and died in 1913.

iv.  Agnes TAIT who was born about 16 June 1829 at Lamancha in the Newlands Parish of Peeblesshire.  Agnes married Robert HAMILTON a Kirknewton Butcher and Merchant and died on 24 December 1871.

v.  Robert TAIT who was born about 05 February 1833 at Auchinoon.

vi.  William TAIT who was born about 02 April 1839 at Auchinoon.  William was living in Dundarave, Ireland in 1877.