Penelope Young and John Thomson

Since I recently wrote a post headed ‘Penelope Thomson and John Young’, the reversal of their surnames in the heading to this post may momentarily confuse. Let me explain, before proceeding with this latest post in my series about the Glasgow branch of the Robb family.

Penelope Thomson (1777 – 1847), widow of Glasgow merchant George Robb, married West Indies merchant John Young (1772 – 1827) in 1813. Their eldest daughter, Penelope Young, was born in about 1816. Penelope Young married her half-cousin, John Thomson, on 24 January 1832.

John Thomson was born on 8th November 1811, the eldest child of Glasgow writer (lawyer) Henry Thomson, half-brother of Penelope Thomson, and his wife Jean Sharp.  At the time of his marriage to Penelope Young, John was living in Blythswood Town, Glasgow. He was 21 years old, though Penelope can only have been 16 or 17.

Georgian houses in Blythswood, Glasgow

John and Penelope Thomson had three children. Their first child Penelope was born on 23 January 1834. The couple’s address was given as Meadow Park. The witnesses at her baptism were her mother Penelope’s half-brother George Robb junior, and Archibald Graham Lang, husband of her half-sister Jean.  The parish register describes John Thomson as a wine merchant.

A second daughter Joanna was born on 17 February 1836. The witnesses were Jackson Walton, who had married Penelope’s sister Janet Young in the previous year, and John Burns, who would marry her half-sister Elizabeth Robb in August of that year. A third child, George, was born on 8 March 1838. The witnesses were Penelope’s brother John Young and her half-brother George Robb.

John Thomson died in the following year. He was 28 years old.

According to my fellow family historian Diane Babington, John Thomson had a business partner by the name of John Monteith. This was also the name of the father-in-law of my 3 x great grandfather Charles (younger brother of George Robb senior). If this is the same Monteith family, it suggests one way in which Charles might have met his wife, Margaret Ricketts Monteith.

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