Old photograph of Leuchars Main Street looking north.
118 . JAMES CUNNINGHAM was born at Leuchars on 1st June 1796. He was a master blacksmith. He married Mary Simpson on 10th February 1821 at Leuchars. In 1855 the valuation Rolls show him living at Pendicle (a piece of land) owned by Major General James Lindsay (1791-1855), of Balcarres and Leuchars. A local landowner and member of Parliament, at the cost of £6 5s 5d. He died on the 9th February 1861 at Leuchars of organic disease of the stomach.
119 . MARY SIMPSON was born at Leuchars on 11/5/1797. She was baptised on the same day by Rev. T Kettle and witnessed by Andrew and David Simpson, her father and uncle. The 1861 census was taken on 7th April, just after the death of James and records Mary having her sisters Elizabeth and Margaret and her brother David staying with her. Also in the household were the domestic servant Elizabeth Taylor aged 17 and John Smith aged 20, a blacksmith and 2 apprentices, John Fernie and Thomas Wilson both aged 19. Mary's son William was residing a few doors away with his family when the census was taken. She died on 7th November 1878 of nervous debility sometimes! According to the death certificate.
James Cunningham b. 1822
David Cunningham b. 1823
Anne Cunningham b. 1826
59. Elizabeth Cunningham 1828
William Cunningham b. 1831
William took over as the village blacksmith after the death of his father.
Same spot today looking south
The family gravestone at St Athernaise Church Leuchars.
236. JAMES CUNNINGHAM was born at Forgan on 22/8/1773 and he married Margaret Nicoll at Leuchars on 2nd January 1790. He was a Blacksmith.
Children all born at Leuchars
Agnes b. 12/2/1792
Margaret b. 15/12/1793
118 . James b. 5/6/1796
Christian b. 16/3.1800
Andrew b. 16/55/1802 died 1827 aged 22
William b. 29/7/11804
Catherine b. 25/1/1807
David b. 16/4/1809
237 . MARGARET NICOLL spelt NUCKLE on the marriage certificate, was born 15/1/1768 at Milltown, Leuchars and baptised 18/1/1768 by Rev. Walker. Milltown was a small hamlet just south of Leuchars village. The railway station was built on the site and is called Milton Junction. Margaret died aged 76 in 1845.
Her parents were Andrew Nicol and Elizabeth Pearson who married at Leuchars on 24/ 10/1766 and at Largo the next day. They also had a son, David, born 14/8/1769. He was baptised 16/8/1769 by Mr John Adamson the Minister in Kilmainy (Kilmany).