Second Generation


Citizen Skirving, Secretary to the British Convention

A tried patriot and an honest man.

2. Martyr William2 Skirving (William1 Skirving of Nether Liberton) was born abt 1745. William died March 19, 1796 Port Jackson, Sydney, at 50 years of age, His body was interred March 19, 1796 St Philip's Church, Sydney.

He married Rachel Abercrombie Midlothian, Edinburgh, January 8, 1775. Rachel, born 1748 was the daughter of Andrew Abercrombie and Janet Mackleron. Rachel died aft 1790. She was christened Kirkcaldy, June 17, 1748.

" William Skirving, was born 17--, the son of a prosperous farmer (William Skirving of Nether Liberton) attended Haddington Grammer School and was educated at Edinburgh University for the Church -- according to Cockburn the "Secession Church" -- but became a tutor in the family of Sir Alexander Dick of Presonville (i.e.Prestonfield). Later he began farming in Kinross-shire, and wrote articles on agriculture (e.g. the Husbandman's Assistant). He was once a candidate for the Chair of Agriculture in the University of Edinburgh. On 6th and 7th January 1794 William Skirving of Strathruddie, (just north of the village of Auchterderran, in Fife) lately tenant of Damhead, described as Secretary to the British Convention, was tried before the High Court of Justice for sedition, "a crime of a heinous nature and severely punishable". On the bench sat Lord Blaxfield, who on finding him guilty, pronounced "that the said William Skirving be transported beyond seas .... for the space of 14 years from this date", and he should be found at large with any part of Great Britain during that time he should suffer death.

{I have considerable information on the 'Scottish Martyrs', and would be pleased to hear from anyone who has a similar interest, particularly in William Skirving and his descendants.}

William's occupation: Farmer & political martyr in Midlothian & Fife.

Martyr William Skirving and Rachel Abercrombie had the following children:

child + 11 i. William3 Skirving was born October 23, 1779.

child 12 ii. Alexander Skirving was born 1782. Alexander died in Glasgow ?. He was christened St Cuthbert's, Edinburgh, July 20, 1782. Alexander's occupation: Auchtioneer, in Glasgow.

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