Following on from yesterday’s post, it turns out that Penelope Thomson, widow of George Robb, married for the second time as early as 1813 – only eight years after her first marriage. It also means that George died before this date, and that their three children, George junior, Jean and Elizabeth, were born in a short space of time. If George senior was born, as we suspect, in about 1767, then he would have been nearly 40 when he married Penelope, and in his mid-40s when he died.

Penelope’s second marriage took place on 27 June 1813 at Cardross, to John Young, described as ‘Receiver General in Jamaica’. Penelope’s father is described as ‘John Thomson, Sadler in Glasgow’.

In December, 1816, John and Penelope, now living in Meadow Park, had a daughter, Janet, and in December, 1819, they had a son, John. Henry Thomson, presumably Penelope’s (half) brother, was one of the witnesses at the baptism.

So far, I’ve been unable to provide a record for the birth of their third child, Penelope, who would later marry William Meikleham (of whom more another time). However, the fact that John Young and Penelope Thomson married much earlier than I had thought, raises the intriguing possibility that it was their daughter Penelope Young who, in 1832, married John Thomson, son of Henry Thomson. After all, the record of that marriage, which also took place at Cardross, describes the bride as daughter of the late John Young of Meadow Park. This would mean that John married his (half?) cousin – something that seems to have been a family habit! It also means that Penelope senior was a widow for the second time by 1832 at the latest, and that the 1841 census record that I described in my earlier post shows her living not with her niece, but with her daughter – like her a widow, as we know that John Thomson was dead by the 1840s.



Penelope Young married William Meikleham in Glasgow on 9 June 1844. Penelope, who was ‘residing at Helensburgh’, is said to be the ‘relict’ – i.e. widow – of John Thomson, ‘late merchant in Glasgow’, and eldest daughter of the late John Young of Meadow Park. This confirms that her marriage to William was Penelope’s second marriage – and, just as importantly, that the Penelope Young who married John Thomson was in fact the daughter of John Young and Penelope Thomson.

Incidentally, Meadow Park is not, as I thought, a district, but the name of a grand country house owned by John Young, in an area where there were many similar houses belonging to merchants who had grown rich on trade in the West Indies.

A final point: William’s profession of ‘writer’, shared by Henry Thomson and by George Robb junior (before he became a vet), seems to have  been synonymous with clerk, copy-writer, law writer, and in some cases accountant. So it was probably similar to the work undertaken by Charles Edward Stuart Robb, both when he was an accountant/engraver in Yorkshire, and when he was a ‘law clerk’ in London.

There’s a picture of Meadow Park House here.