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John Purvis


JOHN PURVIS, born 17??, probably c. 1735, probably at Ford, Northumberland or possibly 9th June 1728 at Chillingham, Northumberland. Adopted by an aunt (presumably 1.2.) at New Etal, Ford, Northumberland. Resided at Ross, Northumberland, where most of his sons were born. He probably died c. 1770 in Northumberland and his widow emigrated to Fife, Scotland. Alternatively he may have died in January 1804 and was buried in Chatton Churchyard on 11th January 1804 (this seems more likely to be when his widow died and was buried). Apparently he had lost his patrimony through foot rot in his sheep flock. Married (14th November 1754) Elizabeth Thompson (born 1740? or 1730?, died 11th April 1815 or 16th January 1805, aged 75, at Chatton, Northumberland, where she is buried), daughter of Francis Thompson (died 1758), tenant of Chillingham Barns, Northumberland. She was a very strong woman who, despite being a widow in straitened circumstances, moved to Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, educated her seven sons and set them all up in successful careers. (She had a sister, who married a Mr Burridge (cf. Burridge Purvis 1.1.3.7., who was presumably named after him), and a brother Patrick. Mr and Mrs Burridge left two daughters, one of whom died unmarried while the other married George Ord and had a son John Ord of Howtel, Nisbet (near Jedburgh) and Over Whitton, Roxburghshire, Scotland, who was 2nd cousin and close friend of John Purvis of Kinaldy (1.1.3.6.1.) (see "Reminiscenses of Sport and Travel in the Highlands" by Henry Patterson, printed privately (1892) by Rutherford and Craig, Kelso, Roxburghshire), one of whose sons was a "cadet" of Purvis Russell (1.1.3.1.2.3.) at Hatuma, New Zealand, where he died and was buried in Waipukurau Cemetery, New Zealand. George Ord also had a daughter who married a Mr Wallace after 1845. Elizabeth Thompson's brother Patrick married (1747 at Chillingham) Mary White, having two sons - Richard Thompson, who was living at Chillingham, Northumberland, in 1837 when John Purvis of Kinaldy (1.1.3.6.1.) visited, and Robert Thompson, who was living (also 1837) at Embleton, Northumberland, when John Purvis of Kinaldy (1.1.3.6.1.) and Mr and Mrs Heriot (see under 1.1.3.3.) visited there at the same time). They had seven sons, six of whom were educated at Dunfermline High School, Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland:-

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