Robert Armour was born in Montgomery Side, Kilmarnock on the twelfth of June 1799. Although I can't find out exactly where this is, at a guess, I'd say that it's just off Hill Street. Robert's mother was Margaret Craig, b. 19 December 1760 and his father was John Armour, b. 5 July 1761, both Kilmarnock people.
Altogether they had nine children:
- Hugh 1788
- Alexander 1794
- Marion 9 April 1797 - 1855
- Robert 12 June 1799 - 2 May 1877, High Street, Kilmarnock
- Stewart 25 May 1804 - 5 September 1874
- Baby Armour, b. 1805
- John 6 April 1809 - 11 Nov 1868
- James 1812 - 25 September 1878
- Thomas 12 June 1814 - 24 November 1891 in Glasgow
Robert Armour married Helen McLean from Kilmarnock on 30 August 1822. She would have been 20 and Robert 23 at the time. They went onto have nine children together:
- John 1824 - 1877
- Adam 1824 - 1905
- Robert 1827 - 1891
- James 1829 - 1878
- Elizabeth 1831
- Thomas 1834
- Margaret 1835 - 1917
- Helen 1839
- Mary 1842 - 1903
However, by the time of the 1851 census, Helen was already dead in 1844 and in the same year Robert had married his second wife, Janet Cameron on 21 June. A bit hasty! Janet was born in 1811, a younger woman by around ten years to his first wife. Robert was a carter and they lived at Armour's Land, Kilmarnock. Helen, aged around twelve and Mary about nine, his daughters by his first marriage, were employed as bonnet workers, an occupation common in Kilmarnock at this time. Together Robert and Janet had two children:
- Jane 1854
- Janet 1860
Janet, his second wife, died in 1860 and I wonder if perhaps she died in childbirth as by 1861, Robert was left looking after a five month old baby himself. He was still a carter but had moved with his younger children to 24, High Street, Kilmarnock where he had also taken in a boarder, John Higgins, a hand loom weaver.
Robert married for a third time on 14 February 1862 to Margaret Mackie, a woman twenty years his junior. They didn't have any children together and were living alone by 1871 at 2, High Church Lane, Kilmarnock. Robert was now in his seventies and was an unemployed carter. By about the middle of the 18th century Kilmarnock consisted of a few narrow and crooked streets and lanes between the Cross and the site of the High Kirk, including those now known as High Street, Back Street, Fore Street, Soulis Street, Croft Street, Strand Street, and Sandbed Street, High Church Lane would be around the same area.
Lots more to find out about this branch of the family. What happened to all of the children? Mary is my direct ancestor and her daughter is Jeannie Henderson who my mum is named after.