Mary Croskery (née Gilmour)

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Mary Croskery (née Gilmour)
(1843-01-04 – 1899)
c. 1890
Parents: Boyd Gilmour
    ? – ?
Jean Gilmour (née Dunsmore)
Siblings: Mary Croskery (née Gilmour)
    1843-01-04 – 1899
Joseph Gilmour
    5 July 1840 – aft. 1910
Partners: Samuel Maxwell West Croskery
Children: Marian Gilmour Hancox (née Croskery)
    1879-12-08 – 1970-12-08
Jeanie Elenora Dunsmuir MacConnal (née Croskery)
Wikitree: Gilmour-1427
FamilySearch: 9MNV-NPL

Mary was born in about 1841[1] to Boyd and Jean Gilmour.

She married Samuel Maxwell West Croskery on 13 August 1874 in Troon, Ayrshire.[1]

Mary Gilmour was born on 4 January 1843 in Riccarton, Ayrshire, to Boyd Gilmour and Jean Gilmour (née Dunsmore).[2] She had six siblings: Jean Gilmour (1836--?), Joseph Gilmour (1840--?), Marion Gilmour (1847--1928), Boyd Gilmour (1849--?), Allan Columbia Gilmour (1851--?) and John Gilmour (1854--1856).

On 9 December 1850, aged seven, Mary sailed on the ship Pekin with her family, bound for Fort Vancouver, and the journey took 191 days. On 18 July 1851 they sailed to Fort Rupert, on Vancouver Island where her father took up a contract to develop a new coal mine. She experienced living in very basic conditions at Fort Rupert, but when they moved south to Nanaimo, her mother refused to stay and took the children to Victoria, Vancouver Island. They returned to Scotland in 1854, and her mother Jean died in 1856.

In the 1861 Census, Mary is 18 years old, living in Old Hurlford, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire with her father Boyd, sister Marian, and brothers Boyd and Allan Columbia. (Later that year Boyd remarried, to Elizabeth Howatson.)

Mary married Samuel Maxwell West Croskery on 13 August 1874 in Troon, Ayrshire (when she gave her age as 29, although she was in fact 31).[3] They had two daughters: Jeanie Elenora Dunsmuir MacConnal (née Croskery) and Marian Gilmour Hancox (née Croskery). They lived in Troon until 1878, when they moved to Birkenhead, Cheshire.

Mary died in the first quarter of 1899 in Birkenhead at the age of 54.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Marriage record of Samuel Croskery and Mary Gilmour
  2. Riccarton Parish records: Parish Ref No: 611-00
  3. Marriage record of Samuel Croskery and Mary Gilmour
  4. FreeBMD index to births, marriages, and deaths (death in Birkenhead, March 1899), Index entry p.360, volume 8a. Published by ONS.
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