John Black

Male Abt 1727 - Abt 1825  (~ 98 years)


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  • Name John Black  [1
    Born Abt 1727  [1
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Crofter and Lime Master  [1
    Residence Bushdyke, West Calder, West Lothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Died Abt 1825  [1
    Age: 98 
    Person ID I113  Hamilton and Ridley Family Tree
    Last Modified 23 Jun 2013 

    Father William Black,   d. Abt 1742, Whitburn, West Lothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Mary Tod,   d. Abt 1767, Whitburn, West Lothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship Birth 
    Family ID F554  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Helen Steel 
    Married 4 Aug 1754  Whitburn, West Lothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
    +1. John Black,   b. West Calder, West Lothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     2. Black,   b. West Calder, West Lothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     3. Black,   b. West Calder, West Lothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
    +4. William Black,   b. Abt 1757, West Calder, West Lothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown  [Birth]
    +5. James Black,   b. Abt 1761, Bushdyke, West Calder, West Lothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown  [Birth]
     6. Helen Black,   b. Abt 1764, West Calder, West Lothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     7. Hendareta Black,   b. Abt 1767, West Calder, West Lothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     8. Alexander Black,   b. Abt 1769  [Birth]
     9. Mary Black,   b. Abt 1771, West Calder, West Lothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     10. Robert Black,   b. 1775,   d. 1843  (Age 68 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 24 Jun 2013 
    Family ID F560  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Bushdyke, West Calder, West Lothian, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 4 Aug 1754 - Whitburn, West Lothian, Scotland Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • "second Liltie-co-kee son" [1]

  • Sources 
    1. [S-1643032318] Melodies and Memories with a history of the Blacks of Breich Water District, John Black, (Glasgow A. M'Laren & Son), Accessed 23 Jun 2013.
      "Owing to complete lack of information regarding the Black who became a minister, and the fact that his elder brother had no male issue, it is necessary to reckon line of descent through John, second Liltie-co-kee son, who represents the second generation of Breicb Water Blacks. His wife was Helen Steel, of Tumhigh, her grandfather having. been a proscribed Covenanter in the reign of Charles II.

      To John and Helen were born five sons and five daughters. This John was a crofter and lime master, his home being Bushdyke, near Leavenseat; where the limekilns were situated. In these days, when artificial manures were unknown, lime as a fertilizing agent, especially (or stiff heathland newly broken up with the plough, was very important. For lack of wheeled vehicles and roads, lime,
      like some other commodities, was carried in bags or creels on horseback.

      Before taking leave of John, it may be told that when a youth of 18 years he stood on some favourable height and saw the battle of Falkirk in 1745. He died aged 98 years. Doubtless simple living, with pure air and little worry, contributed to longevity in the less feverish days long past.

      Levenseat Hill, over 1,200 feet above sea level,and so named because in Covenant times a Presbytery of eleven sat there, is slightly south-west of Bushdyke. From the summit, in clear weather, a varied and extensive all-round view can be obtained.

      On the rough moorland, traces of the old-time home are still plainly observable, though in the interval a second Bushdyke has been built, and is now crumbling into ruins."

    2. [S-1643032357] Scotland Old Parish Registers Births & Christenings 1538-1854, General Register Office for Scotland, (brightsolid).
      Eight baptism records for children of John Black and Helen Steel in West Calder, West Lothian between 1754 and 1776.

    3. [S-1643032355] Scotland Old Parish Registers Marriages & Proclamations of Banns 1538-1854, General Register Office for Scotland, (brightsolid).
      Not yet purchased on Scotland's People.