David McHardie1

(say 1770 - 28 October 1816)
FatherDavid McHardie2,3 (say 1745 - say 1835)

BMDB data

     David McHardie was born say 1770 ?Clyth, Par. of Latheron, CAI, SCT.1,2
     David McHardie married Margaret Johnston say 1800.1
     David McHardie died on 28 Oct 1816 nr Stonehaven, ABD, SCT; thrown from horse while en route to Urie house to repair bells and locks.2
     Either this David, or his father, apparently came from Clyth, Caithnes with his brother John to set up as blacksmiths in Aberdeen. A MacADIE tree in the Dunbeath Heritage Centre, based on work by Ralph McADIE of Aberdeen, d. 1898, links this family to his family, that of John MacADIE & Elspeth SUTHERLAND who marr. 1732 Watten. If there's a direct male line descendant interested in testing relationships with the Caithness McADIEs, do consider joining the McADIE Surname DNA Project (http://worldfamilies.net/surnames/mcadie/.)4

Census/Where lived/Occupations

     By 28 Jul 1797 David McHardie and John McHardie were Aberdeen, ABD, SCT, An article on the Hammermen of Old Aberdeen 1699-1879, appeared in the Aberdeen and NE Scotland Family History Journal No. 38 back in March 1991 with details on five of the McHARDY hammermen.
The transcription online shows:
McHARDY, David Blacksmith 1812
Came with brother John from Clythe, Caithness and began business in Aberdeen 28 July, 1797; killed through being thrown from his horse while riding to Urie House, Stonehaven to repair bells and locks, 28 October, 1816; survived by his wife Margaret Johnstone and two sons the late Baillie David McHardy of Cranford and John McHardy, blacksmith Back Wynd.
McHARDY, David Blacksmith 1824
Eldest son of David McHardy; served apprenticeship with David Carter blacksmith, engineer and mill-wright, Chronicle Lane; on completion embarked for London (on smack which took 14 days on passage) with James Sherriffs, and with him secured employment with Maudsley, Son and Field, Lambeth; after about 3 years returned to Aberdeen and took over his father's business; for long period a leading member Aberdeen Town Council, also a magistrate and J.P.)
McHARDY, David Jnr Blacksmith 1866
(Eldest son of David (1824) and grandson of David (1812); became a partner in 1862 in business of David McHardy, later David McHardy and Son, taken over entirely by him in 1873; possesses exceptional artistic taste; present proprietor of Cranford; last table-member of Hammermen Trade; Convener since 1903; J.P. for the County and City of Aberdeen.)
McHARDY, John Blacksmith 1815
McHARDY, John Blacksmith 1824
(Immediated younger brother of David (1824) and son David (1812); served apprenticeship with Messrs Bonnyman, Loch Street; sometime in partnership with brother, but afterwards in business on his own account in Back Wynd, where he died; had a son John who died about 1864 and a daughter Margaret, who married Mr McDonald, druggist, Fraserburgh.)2


Margaret Johnston (say 1780 - )
  • David McHardy1 (cir. 1804 - )
  • John McHardy2 (cir. Dec 1806 - )
Last Edited18 Jul 2013


  1. FamilySearch Labs Record Search (LDS) online at http://search.labs.familysearch.org/recordsearch/, Bap. 20 Feb 1805 David s/o David McHARDIE & Margaret JOHNSTON, St Nicholas, Aberdeen, ABD, from Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950 batch C11168-7 film 991137, extracted Jun 2013.
  2. Www McADIE searches and miscellaneous correspondence by LornaHen (1) Hammermen of Old Aberdeen 1699-1879, transcr. from the Aberdeen and NE Scotland Family History Journal No. 38 - MARCH 1991 Sent in by Member S. Connon No. 12, online at http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mwi/hammer.txt, extracted Jun 2013.
  3. William Macadie, "FT MacADIE ex Dunbeath Heritage Centre", Sighted Jul/Sep 1994 and again in Jul/Sep 1995, I'm mistakenly recorded as Lorna McKENZIE on the bottom of one of the pages, but accurately recorded as being interested in Robert MacADIE & Margaret SINCLAIR, and George MacADIE & Margaret COTTAR., Birth 1782 Dth 1807 (75 - sic) David s/o David MacHARDY; m. Margaret JOHNSTONE, extracted Jun 2013.
  4. Rootsweb Msge Board online at http://boards.rootsweb.com, Annotations to a 1932 letter from A A McHARDY, Brothers David and John McHARDY from Clythe, CAI to Aberdeen as blacksmiths, from posting Jun 2000 by Andrew McHARDY on McHARDY board, extracted Jun 2013.

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