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Thomas Purvis

Biographical Information: THOMAS PURVIS of Lochend, Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, born c.1756/7 at Ross, Northumberland, England, died 14th March 1841, aged 84, at Lochend (Luscar Eviot). Memorial stone in Dunfermline Abbey graveyard, Dunfermline (next to Queen Margaret's shrine). He was tenant of Waukmill (or Waulkmiln or Waulkmill), Charlestown, Fife, where his children were born. Succeeded (22nd November 1798) to his uncle Joseph's (see 1.1.2. above) property of Lochend after the death (1796) of his uncle Alexander (see 1.1.1. above) and purchased Warroch, Kinrossshire, Scotland, Moreland, Kinrossshire, and South Lethans, near Dunfermline, in 1800. Lochend was situated "in the country between Inverkeithing and Dunfermline" according to Robert Raaff Purvis (see below) who visited there frequently as a child. Thomas Purvis purchased North Lethans, near Dunfermline, in 1812 when he was known as "of Waulkmill". After his wife died (1824), he was looked after at Lochend by his unmarried daughters Agnes Purvis (Nancy) (see below) and Jessie Purvis (see below). (Lochend apparently passed to or, perhaps, was rented after 1820 to the eldest illegitimate son William Purvis (but see below) of his younger brother William Purvis (see below) when (1820) Alexander Purvis (see below) lent 3,800 on its security to Thomas and his son John (see below), but the farmhouse was still occupied (1851) by Thomas Purvis' two unmarried daughters Agnes Purvis (Nancy) (see below) and Jessie Purvis (see below)). Through business losses, connected with the Tallyallan Distillery, Kincardine-on-Forth, Fife (formerly Perthshire), his trustees had to sell Warroch, Moreland and South Lethans in 1843. [Note: His daughter Helen Purvis (see below) married James Bruce, who was a distiller at Tulliallan, Perthshire, Scotland]. On 16th June 1801 he won, with his dog "Spring", the cup of the King's Coursing Club (this cup was (1989) in the possession of his great-great-great-great-granddaughter Andrea Suzanne Griffith or Palamarczuk (see below)). He married (15th December 1785 in Dunfermline) Agnes (or ? Ann) Hunt (born 1764, died 25th December 1824, aged 60), 11th and youngest child of William Hunt (born 1710, married 21st April 1742, died 25th February 1788, memorial tablet in the North West porch of Dunfermline Abbey, Dunfermline), merchant in Dunfermline, and of Helen Young, and sister of William Hunt (born 1746, died 1807) of Pittencrieff, Dunfermline, whose portrait by Sir Henry Raeburn (1756-1832) was sold 1st June 1989 for $110,000 as Lot 91 by Sothebys, New York City, New York, in the dispersal of the estate of Walter P. Chrysler Jr, (this portrait was previously the property of Christina Hunt, another sister of William and Agnes (Ann) Hunt, who married James Harrowar of Inzievar, Oakley, Fife, then of their daughter Mrs James MacFarlane of Dunfermline, then of her son James MacFarlane of Dunfermline, procurator fiscal for Fife, then of W. A. Coats, Dalskairth, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, whose estate sold it at Christies auction, London, in 1927), having eight children:-

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