Walter Davidson1

(28 November 1848 - 27 October 1881)
FatherJohn Davidson1,2 (cir. 1817 - Nov 1900)
MotherAgnes Fairbairn1,2 (cir. 1818 - May 1884)
Relationship2nd great-uncle of Lorna Henderson

BMDB data

     Walter Davidson was born on 28 Nov 1848 Mungos Walls, Par. of Edrom, BEW, SCT, entry reads Davidson: Walter,son of John Davidson hind and of Agnes Fairbairn his wife was born at Mungowalls on the 28 Nov 1848. The preceding entry was for the 1846 birth of his sister Mary, and the following entry lists all his siblings, noting that Adam Davidson born Coldingham, Agnes in Morebattle, John in Chirnside and Helen in Bunkle.1
     Walter Davidson married Jessie McIntyre, daughter of Robert McIntyre and Margaret Steel, on 28 Feb 1873 Juniper Green, Colinton, MLN, SCT, Banns read; Minister Wm Lockhart; Jessie the d/o Robert McIntyre, glassblower and Margaret Steele; Wit: Gilbert Ramage and Janet Lersham; reg. at Colinton 3 March.2,3
     Walter Davidson died on 27 Oct 1881 Chirnside, BEW, SCT, at age 32; 11:30am, cert. by Dr Charles Stuart of Edinburgh, ill for 2 yrs, (cause illegible) inf. John Davidson, brother, present.4

Census/Where lived/Occupations

     Walter appeared on the census of 30 Mar 1851 Harelawside, Par. of Coldingham, BEW, SCT, in the household of John and Agnes Davidson as son of John.5
     The census of 7 Apr 1861 showed James, John, Walter, Adam and George and their sisters Hellen and Mary in the household of their parents John and Agnes Davidson Chirnside, BEW, SCT, enumerated as DAVIDSON: John, head, ag lab, 44 b Chirnside; Agnes wife, 43, b Morebattle; Children: Hellen (sic) 19, paper mill worker, b Buncle; John, 16, paper mill worker b Chirnside; Mary 14 paper mill worker b Edrom; Walter, 12, paper mill worker b Edrom; Adam, 10, scholar b Coldingham; George, 6 scholar, James, 3 both b Dunse.6 By 1881 Walter Davidson was a general labourer Chirnside, BEW.7
     Walter Davidson was shown as the head of the household in the census of 3 Apr 1881 Road (off Kirkgate), Chirnside, BEW, SCT, with Jessie enumerated as (all Davidson): Walter, head, general labourer, 33, b Edrom, BEW wife Jessie, 27 b Barony Glasgow, LKS; Sons: John, scholar, 7 b St Andrews, Edin; Walter, 3 b Chirnside.7

All the other info

     Walter Davidson is possibly the witness to the marriage of William Dodds and Agnes Robertson Davidson on 18 Jun 1869 Chirnside, BEW, SCT.8

External links

     Walter Davidson belongs to a DNA tested line. There may be more information available on DNASurnames under the DNA project for his/her surname/line.


Jessie McIntyre (cir. 1854 - Dec 1915)
Last Edited6 May 2012


  1. Baptism: Edrom, BEW, Birth 1848 Walter DAVIDSON, p145, 1st entry on page FORD/HASTIE 1827 (p/copy 1994/5 misplaced, electronic copy rcvd from Shirley H, Jan 2004).
  2. Shirley Heaton (36523), "EM DAVIDSON/McINTYRE ex Shirley H," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Marr. 1873 Walter DAVIDSON and Jessie McINTYRE, extract rcvd Dec 2003.
  3. DAVIDSON, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Marr. 1873 Walter DAVIDSON and Jessie McINTYRE, batch M116711 (Colinton), extracted Dec 2003.
  4. Shirley Heaton (36523), "EM DAVIDSON/McINTYRE ex Shirley H," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, rcvd Dec 2003.
  5. Census 1851 Coldingham, BEW 732 dist 4, Dist 7 householder's schedule 65, hsehold of John & Agnes DAVIDSON, p/copy held, taken 1994/5.
  6. CENSUS 1861: Borders ROX/BEW, Chirnside Dist 2 Schedule 11, hsehold of John & Agnes DAVIDSON, extracted ?Sep/Oct 1994/5?
  7. 1881 Census transcripts, UK, via Family Search/LDS CDs, FHL Film 0224029 GRO Ref Volume 730 EnumDist 2 Page 12, rechecked Dec 2003.
  8. GRO, SCT, BDM searches at GRO SCT: Marr. 18 Jun 1869 William s/o James DODDS & Jane TAIT, extracted c Aug/Sep 1994/5.

E. & O. E. Some/most parish records are rather hard to read and names, places hard to interpret, particularly if you are unfamiliar with an area.