On May 14, 1991, while visiting Edinburgh, we met May HOPKIRK, the then oldest living member of this branch of the family.
She lived at 23 Spring Valley Terrace, I believe.
May Hopkirk let me write down all the information from her family bible, which was way over 100 years old. Much of the information which follows comes from that family bible. We also would like to thank David Teague for supplying more information on this family.
The first listing in the bible was that of William HOPKIRK, born 30 Jan
1814. Also listed in the bible was his marriage on 21 May 1841 to Eliza
STEWART. She was born on 16 Nov 1819, the daughter of John STEWART,
a farm servant, and Eliza.
William(1) was a gardener. William died on 22 June 1875 and is buried in Edinburgh & Leith Cemetery, Edinburgh. Eliza STEWART died 30 June 1886, 93 St. Leonards Street, Edinburgh. They were married in the Parish of Liberton.
William and Eliza had the following children:
Jannet HOPKIRK, born 30 Mar 1842. Jannet married James More of Edinburgh.
Helen HOPKIRK, born 4 Nov 1843. In 1891 she was single,
greengrocer, and living at 89 St. Leonards St., Edinburgh.
In 1901 Helen was living at 26 Blackwood Crescent, Edinburgh, with younger brother John.
James HOPKIRK, born 2 Oct 1845. On 14 Oct 1870 James married Jane EMSLIE at Edinburgh Parish, Edinburgh
William HOPKIRK, born 18 Dec 1847, Liberton. William
died 17 Dec 1874, at Sciennes Street, Edinburgh.
William was listed as a jobbing gardener by trade.
Memo: It should be noted that inside the family bible was a certificate noting the completion of apprenticeship
as a brassfinisher from Greenside Brass Foundry & Metal Mfg. on October 8, 1864, in the name of
John HOPKIRK, born 1 Feb 1849, Lasswade, Edinburgh.
John died 21 Apr 1855 and is buried at Rosebank Cemetery.
The family was living at 32 Kirkgate, Leith at this time.
Eliza HOPKIRK, born 4 Jan 1851, Lasswade. Eliza died 23 Nov 1918.
Margret HOPKIRK, born 10 Sep 1854, Leith. Margret died 25 Nov 1854 or 1855. Buried at Rosebank Cemetery.
Agnes HOPKIRK, born 10 Sep 1854, South Leith. She married John Thomson MILLER.
Robert HOPKIRK, born 27 Sep 1856 in South Leith.
Margret HOPKIRK, born 14 Nov 1858 in South Leith.
John HOPKIRK, born 6 Jun
1863, St. Cuthberts, Edinburgh.
Note: Edinburgh and Leith Cemetery and Rosebank Cemetery are the same.
From the 1841 Census this family consists of William 25, agricultural
labourer, Eliza 20, Agnes HOPKIRK 20 (sister), at St. Catherine's,
From the 1851 Census this family consists of William, age 36, a gardener, born in Peebles, and his wife Eliza, age 31, and
children Janet, age 9, Helen, age 7, James, age 5, William, age 3, and John, age 1.
The family is leaving at Mount Esk Gate, Lasswade, Midlothian.
From the 1871 Census William is mistakenly listed as age 35, born in Peebles, a jobbing gardener,
and his wife is Eliza, age 50, born at St. Cuthbert.
children are: William, age 22, a carter, Eliza, age 18, domestic servant, Agnes, age 16,
Robert, age 14, blacksmith, Margaret, age 12, a message girl, and John, age 7.
The family was living at 85 East Causewayside, Newington, Edinburgh.
Mystery to be solved: Who created this beautiful brass stand? The caption
reads: "Pirin Stand...Circa 1880 Scottish William Hopkirk
Helen Stewart Hopkirk(1886), the daughter of James(1845) Hopkirk, above,
always talked about how her grandfather was a brassfinisher and made it.
Her father was also a brassfinisher. Her grandfather was a gardener, but It should be noted that inside the family bible was a certificate noting the completion of apprenticeship as a brassfinisher from Greenside Brass Foundry & Metal Mfg. on October 8, 1864, in the name of
William HOPKIRK. I had assumed it was for the son William born in 1847, but in 1871 his trade is listed as "carter." William Hopkirk(1814) was listed as a "jobbing gardener" in the 1871 census. But a daughter should know whether something was created by a father or a grandfather. So it would appear that William the elder had become a brassfinisher, in addition to being a gardener.
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