|CHARLES DOBIE : GENEALOGY|
This is transcribed from a photocopy obtained from the Dobie Clan of North America. Following the transcript is a genealogical chart with the information contained in the document.
James Dobie, of Crummock, F.S.A., Scot. Procurator-Fiscal, writer and bank agent in Beith, was eldest son of James Dobie, of Grangevale, merchant and bank agent in Beith, by Janet, eldest daughter of William Wilson, of Bourtrees, in the parish of Lochwinnoch. His great-grandfather, John Dobie, who owned a farm in the parish of Kirkconnell, being involved in the cause of the Covenant, had to flee his country for a time, - having made over his property temporarily to a friend. On his return, his friend, who had turned loyalist, had also converted his temporary trust into permanent posession, and the Covenanter settled in Douglas, where he married Jean Thompson of Glenim.
His son John, born 1693, married Jean White, grand-daughter of James White, of Egerton, in the parish of Douglas, whose family had been occupiers of that farm for about 200 years prior to the Revolution. James White, of Egerton, had also been a sufferer for his Covenanting principles, and was charged as guilty of rebellion at Bothwell, and in 1680 was prosecuted in absence, forfeited, and ordered to be executed whenever apprehended. In 1681 a proclamation was issued for apprehending him and others, and in 1684 he was ordered for transportation to America. After the Revolution he is named in the Act of William and Mary, which rescinded the fines and forfeitures of the preceding reigns of despotism and persecution (vide Wodrow, [sic] App. Vol. II., Note 160).
His son James, who lived in Kennoch-head, married Elizabeth Broadfoot, by whom he had three children, the eldest of whom, Jean, married John Dobie as above. His great-grandson, John White, for many years Resident Surgeon in the Madras Presidency, latterly member of the Oriental Club, died, unmarried, in London, on 13th November 1873.
Wilson Dobie Wilson
Wilson Dobie Wilson, Advocate, F.S.A. and F.R.S.E., married Georgina, fourth daughter of John Bird Sumner, Bishop of Chester, afterwards Primate of England. He died suddenly at Grangevale in 1838, leaving issue, Mary, who died in 1851, and Robert Dobie, Barrister-at-Law, London. An essay on an ancient cross at Kilmory, in Argyleshire, which has been read by him at a meeting of the Society of Antiquaries, was, with a preliminary notice of the author, privately printed at Edinburgh in 1839. James Dobie, of Grangevale, died in 1819. He was of a literary turn of mind, and left, among others, a MS. "History of Beith", quoted by the editor in the article on "Byith Kirk," ante.
James Dobie (the Annotator) married Margaret, second daughter of John Shedden, of Morishill (see Art. "Pedderland"). Besides attending to his public duties, the town and parish were indebted to him for many gratuitous services, more particularly when distress or disease overtook the community, and the inhabitants were not ungrateful. They invited him to a public meeting, and presented him with a silver claret jug, bearing the following inscription:- "Presented to James Dobie, Esquire, writer in Beith, by his fellow Townsmen, as a mark of their gratitude for his many and valuable gratuitous services to the Public during a period of upwards of 20 years. 1835".
In 1836, on the death of William Wilson, of Crummock, Mrs. Dobie's uncle, this property was vested in her and her husband, and became thenceforth his family residence. His leisure hours were almost wholly devoted to literature and antiquarian research, and he was a zealous member of the Maitland and Spalding Clubs. His "Examination of the Claim of John Lindsay Crawfurd to the Titles and Estates of Crawfurd and Lindsay", published by Blackwood, Edinburgh, in 1831, met with a favourable reception from legal critics, and was regarded generally as a complete exposition of the groundlessness of these claims. He was the author of sundry pamphlets on Sabbath Observance, Reform, etc., and he contributed largely to the Statistical Accounts of Beith, Largs, and Milwinning, and in the form of Essays and Reviews to periodicals of the day. His unpublished MSS. are numerous, and on various subjects, - and his "Beith Papers", a collection in MS. and type, of Acts, Law Papers, Inventories, Pedigrees, Pamphlets, Placards, and Broadsides, constitute a grotesque series of eighteen folio volumes. The only work intended for publication, left unfinished, was that on Cuninghame, now published. Since the year 1825 it had occupied his winter evenings, and was long and familiarly known as "Pont". He died at Crummock, suddenly, on 29th June, 1853.Page 361.
Following is a genealogical chart derived from the information
contained in the above document.
John Dobie, occupation: Farmer, m. Jean Thompson. Owned a farm in the parish of Kirkconnell, being involved in the cause of the Covenant, had to flee . . . lost his property. On his return he settled in Douglas. Jean: Of Glenim. I. John Dobie, b. __-___-1693, m. Jean White, (daughter of James White and Elizabeth Broadfoot) John Dobie & Jean White had 2 sons & 2 daughters, of which James was the eldest son. Jean: Grand-daughter of James White of Egerton in the Parish of Douglas. A. James Dobie, m. (1) unknown, m. (2) Janet Wilson, (eldest daughter of William Wilson and unknown; widow of John Fulton). James died __-___-1819, Grangevale. 1. James Dobie (son of James Dobie and Janet Wilson) occupation: Writer and bank agent, m. Margaret Shedden, (second daughter of John Shedden and unknown). James died 29-Jun-1853, Crummock. "The Annotator" of the Cuninghame document. a. James W. S. Dobie, d. __-___-1840. b. John Shedden Dobie, Of Grangevale -- the editor of "Cuninghame". c. Barbara Wilson Dobie, d. __-___-1845. d. Janet Wilson Dobie, d. __-___-1842. e. William Wilson Dobie, occupation: Author, merchant, d. 14-Dec-1864, Exeter. Author of "Recollections of a Visit to Port Philip, Australia, in 1852-55", and latterly a merchant in Genoa. f. Jane Elizabeth Dobie g. Robert Shedden Dobie, d. __-___-1842, Kilburnie Kirk. Drowned while attempting to cross on hoseback the ford of Garnock, near Kilburnie Kirk, during a sudden flood, on "Brinnan's Day". 2. William Dobie (son of James Dobie and Janet Wilson) d. __-___-1868. Author of "Parish Churches and Burying-grounds of Ayrshire", "Kilbirnie", etc. 3. Robert Dobie (son of James Dobie and Janet Wilson) d. Jamaica. Unmarried. 4. Jane Dobie (daughter of James Dobie and Janet Wilson) m. William Lyons, Capt., occupation: Officer, Royal Navy. Jane died __-___-1867. Left issue. 5. Fulton Dobie (son of James Dobie and Janet Wilson) d. __-___-1813, Honduras. Unmarried. 6. Elizabeth Dobie (daughter of James Dobie and Janet Wilson) d. __-___-1846, Grangevale. Unmarried. 7. Wilson Dobie (son of James Dobie and Janet Wilson) m. Georgina Sumner, (fourth daughter of John Bird Sumner and unknown). Wilson died __-___-1838, Grangevale. Upon the death of his uncle Robert Wilson, Wilson Dobie took the name of Wilson Dobie Wilson, and inherited Robert's estate. a. Mary Dobie, d. __-___-1851. b. Robert Dobie, occupation: Barrister at Law. Practised law in London in 1870's.