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Liddle Family History

Robert Liddle (1823-1870)

Like his father, Robert Liddle worked as a carter in Coldstream. He married Isabella Kelly on 12 March 1847 in the Coldstream Parish Church. Born in Yetholm in the neighbouring county of Roxburghshire, Isabella was the daughter of a soldier, formerly of the Royal Artillery at Woolwich, Kent, England. The Coldstream Old Parochial Register records that banns was contracted on 28 February 1847 and Robert Liddle and Isabella Kelly, both of this parish, were proclaimed three times and married 12 March 1847. At the time of her marriage, Isabella was 4 months pregnant with her first child. Following the marriage the couple left the Borders region and moved north to Edinburgh in search of better employment prospects and perhaps also to avoid small-town gossip.

Five months later the family was living at Dean Bridge in Edinburgh, Midlothian. The baptismal register of the Parish of North Leith records that Robert Liddle was born on 11 August 1847 to Robert and Isabella Liddle and baptized on 19 September 1847 in North Leith. It states that Robert Liddle senior was a porter from Dean Bridge, Parish of St Cuthbert’s, Edinburgh. By 1850 the family was living at Dock Place, Leith, where Robert continued to work as a porter. The baptismal register of the Parish of North Leith shows that a daughter, Sarah, was born to Robert and Isabella Liddle on 29 July 1850 and baptized on 1 September 1850. It states that Robert Liddle was a porter from Dock Place, North Leith. The census taken 31 March 1851 records Robert Liddle, now a shopkeeper, aged 28, and his family living at Dock Place, North Leith, Midlothian, Scotland. It confirms that he was born circa 1823 in Coldstream. Also living in the same residence was Isabella Liddle’s younger sister, Sarah Kelly, who later that year was to marry Robert Liddle’s brother, William, on 5 December 1851 in the Parish of North Leith. William Liddle had followed (or possibly preceded) his brother and sister-in-law to Midlothian.

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