Margaret Wight1

(30 May 1798 - 5 March 1873)
FatherWilliam Wight1 b. 29 Nov 1767, d. 12 Sep 1847
MotherElizabeth Richardson1 b. 11 May 1773, d. 15 Jun 1831
Relationship2nd great-grandaunt of Lorna Henderson

BMDB data

     Margaret Wight was born on 30 May 1798 Maxton, ROX, SCT.1 She was christened in Jun 1798 Maxton, Roxburghshire; Entry reads: William Wight indweller in Maxton & his wife Elisabeth Richardson had a child born May 30th 1798 and baptized about 3 weeks after called Margaret.1
     Margaret Wight married James Rankin say 1820 ?St Boswells, ROX, SCT, not found on igi 1810 thru 1840.2
     Margaret Rankine died on 5 Mar 1873 Lessudden, Par. of St Boswells, ROX, SCT; cert reads: Margaret Rankine, widow of the late James Rankine, bootmaker, d. 5 Mar 1873 at Lessenden, St Boswells, aged 74 of cirrhus of the Mamme. D/o William Wight, tenant farmer and Elizabeth m.s. Richardson Inf. Robert Rankine, son.2

Census/Where lived/Occupations

     Margaret Rankin appeared on the census of 1841 Lessudden, Par. of St Boswells, ROX, SCT, with James Rankin, as RANKIN: James 40 shoemaker; Margaret 35; William 15; Elizabeth 14; Jessie 12; Margaret 10; Isabella 8; Robert 3; George 2 (NB enumerators were instructed to round ages down to the nearest multiple of 5).3
     Margaret Rankin appeared on the census of 1851 Lessudden, Par. of St Boswells, ROX, with James Rankin, enumerated as RANKIN: James 54 shoemaker master emp 2 men b Eckford, ROX; wife Margt 53 b Maxton, ROX; Children: William 28 formerly shoemaker, Isabella 18, Robert 13 app shoemaker, George 11 scholar, all b St Boswell's ROX; Also William Watson 10(?) shoemaker journeyman b Libberton, MLN.4
     Margaret Rankin appeared on the census of 1861 Lessudden Hse, St Boswell, ROX, SCT, enumerated as RANKIN: Margaret 63 head shoemakers widow b Maxton, ROX; Children: Robert 23 shoemaker employer, George 21 shoemaker both b St Boswell's, ROX; Isabella (TURNBULL) 28 b St Boswells; Son-in-law: Joseph (TURNBULL), 31 cabinet maker b Jedburgh, ROX; Grddtr Margaret W TURNBULL, 1 b ENG.5 She appeared on the census of 1871 Lessudden, Par. of St Boswells, ROX, as mother of Robert Rankin.6


James Rankin (cir. 1797 - 28 Mar 1861)
     Margaret Wight married James Rankin say 1820 ?St Boswells, ROX, SCT, not found on igi 1810 thru 1840.2 
  • William Rankin7,8
  • James Rankin7
  • Elizabeth Rankin7
  • Jessie Rankin7
  • Margaret Rankin7
  • Isabella Rankin7,9,5
  • John Rankin7
  • Robert Rankin2
  • George John Rankin7,10
  • Mary Scott Rankin7
Last Edited1 Jun 2015


  1. Births baptisms burials: Maxton, ROX (Dist 798), Bap 1798 Margaret WIGHT, p/copy held, taken Sep/Oct 1994/5.
  2. GRO, SCT, BDM searches at GRO SCT: Dth 1873 Margaret RANKINE nee WIGHT, transcr by Stuart H, rcvd Feb 1998.
  3. FreeCensus, UK online at, 1841 St Boswells, ROX SCT1841/804 ED 3 Folio 3 Pg 8, Hsehold of James & Margaret RANKIN, extracted Feb 2006.
  4. 1851 Census transcripts, Scotland, via, Lessudden, St Boswells, ROX Par. 804 ED 1 Pg 12 Sched 49, hsehold of James & Margt RANKIN, extracted Nov 2007.
  5. 1861 Census transcripts, Scotland, via, St Boswell, ROX Reg 804 ED 1 Pg 15 Sched 71, hsehold of Margaret RANKIN, extracted Nov 2007.
  6. 1871 Census transcripts, Scotland, via, Lessudden, St Boswells, ROX Reg 804 ED 1 Pg 8 Sched 51, hsehold of Robt RANKINE, extracted Mar 2009.
  7. Online search: assorted surnames, International Genealogical Index (IGI), RANKIN Batch C118044 1819-1854 1067951, 0102301 Film 6901639 searched Apr 2002.
  8. GRO, SCT, BDM searches at GRO SCT: Mar. cert. William RANKIN and Eleanor BROWN trans. Stuart H. May 2002.
  9. GRO, SCT, BDM searches at GRO SCT: Mar. cert. Isabella RANKIN and Joseph TURNBELL trans. Stuart H. May 2002.
  10. GRO, SCT, BDM searches at GRO SCT: Mar. cert. George RANKIN and Isabella LAIDLAW trans. Stuart H. May 2002.

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