(1748 - 1825)

Mungo THORBURN(1248) was born in the parish of Bowden, probably at Midlem, on 15 Nov 17481. My reading of this entry is:

Robert Thorburn in Midlem and Helen Park had the following children born (word illegible) William was born Apr. 6th 1743 Robert was born July the 15. 1747 Mungo was born November the 15th 1748 Christian was born Augst the 2d 1750 John was born April 5th 1752 Helen was born July 19th 1760.

Thus the Bowden register records the births of the six children of Robert THORBURN (1250)and Helen PARK(1251), of which Mungo was the third.

Mungo was baptised at Galashiels on 11 Dec 17482, and my reading of this baptismal entry on the page headed 1748 is:

Robt Thorburn & Helen Park had A S B Novembr 15 bap Decembr 11th called Mungo.

Presumably A S B stands for "a son born". Why the baptism took place at Galashiels and not Bowden is unknown, but the family may have disagreed with the incumbent at Bowden in the fissiparous way of Scottish presbyterians at that time.

In about 1782 Mungo married Isabel REDFORD(1249) of Lilliesleaf, though no record of this marriage has appeared so far. If the marriage took place in Lilliesleaf the lack of a record may be because the Old Parish Records for that parish exist only for the period 1817-1854. Midlem and Lilliesleaf are on opposite sides of the Ale Water, with Lilliesleaf to the south and Midlem to the north.

Mungo and Isabel had 11 children3 .

The baptismal information for these 11 children can be found in the Old Parish Records4. These records indicate that the first eight children were born in the parish of Lilliesleaf while their father was a tenant in Friershaw, in a part of the Lilliesleaf parish which lies north of the Ale Water adjacent to the boundary with Bowden parish5. The last two children were baptised at Legerwood, Berwickshire, and Mungo THORBURN was then described as a tenant in Birkhillside. This was at the western edge of the parish, on the north side of the Legerwood Burn not far from its confluence with the Leader Water6. Presumably, therefore, the family moved from Friershaw in Lilliesleaf parish to Birkhillside in Legerwood parish around 1804.

Mungo died on 30 Oct 1825, aged 77, and was buried in Bowden church yard. There is a MI in Bowden churchyard which, as transcribed, reads7:

Sacred to the memory of Mungo THORBURN late tenant in --- who died 30.10.1825 aged 77 years and also Isabella REDFORD his wife who died 27.9.1896 (I think this should read 1826) aged 65 years also Isabella THORBURN their daughter who died 28.6.189- aged 20 years also Betty THORBURN their daughter who died 20.2.1897 (I think this should read 1807) aged 19 years and William THORBURN their son who died 7.12.1818 aged 20 years.


1) Scottish OPR births Bowden, 783/00 0010 0193, on two consecutive pages, through, accessed 19 Jan 2015.
2) Scottish OPR births, Galashiels, 775/00 0010 0075, through, accessed 28 Sep 2013.
3) Originally communicated to me in an attachment to an email from Tony Black on 21 May 2011.
4) The birth dates of nine children are recorded all on one page of the Lilliesleaf parish register, OPR Births, 795/00 0010 0058, through, accessed 18 Jan 2015. This does not record the dates of their baptisms, simply saying that all these were baptised by the Revd. Mr. Campbell. The births and baptisms of the remaining two children are recorded in the register for Legerwood, OPR Births 749/00 0010 0169,, accessed 28 Sep 2013.
5) The parishes are shown on Matthew Stobie's 1770 Map of Roxburghshire or Tiviotdale, available to view through the website of the National Library of Scotland. Good maps are also available through the website of the Borders Family History Society.
6) John Blackadder's 1797 Map of Berwickshire, viewable through the website of the National Library of Scotland.
7) The monuments and their inscriptions have been recorded by the Borders Family History Society, and the inscriptions for Bowden are in Roxburgh Monumental Inscriptions, vol.22, which is available on cd.

© John Stowell 2015             This file last edited on 6 February 2015.