The Doigs of Fife, Scotland

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  • ID: I4384
  • Name: Alexander DOIG
  • Surname: Doig
  • Given Name: Alexander
  • _AKA: Doeg
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 26 Oct 1811 in Carriden, West Lothian, Scotland
  • Christening: 14 Nov 1811 Carriden, West Lothian, Scotland
  • Death: 1850/1855 in NSW, Australia
  • _UID: FFE3A6916B7BF54AB6B97F8604DFBE2F82D6
  • Note:
    The link to parents is uncertain and based on approx. age, eldest known children named the same as parents, and from Glasgow where siblings Janet, Mary, Jean, and Peter moved to and died there. Against this link is he was recorded a year or two older at immingration and a younger brother Peter Alexander Speirs Murray Doig with repeat of Alexander suggesting the earlier Alexander was deceased.

    Alexander (24 [1812/3] Glasgow, joiner) and his wife Janet (21 Glasgow) departed Dundee on 25 Mar 1837 on the ship "John Barry" and arrived in Sydney, NSW, Australia on 13 July 1837. They reported having no relative living in New South Wales.

    Immigration Report of 1837 for Australia extracted from the British Parliamentary Papers:
    Statement, transmitted from the Quarantine Station, by David Thompson, Esq., R.N., Surgeon Superintendent of the Ship "John Barry," with Emigrants from Scotland, in reply to questions from the Committee. "I am not aware to what extent useful emigrants to these colonies can be procured from Dundee, and other ports in Scotland; but I am of opinion that the port of Leith or of Glasgow would, either of them, be preferable to Dundee, as I think the emigrants would be sooner collected, and from a superior class of mechanics. Of the persons embarked at Dundee, there were 79 married couples, three single men and eight single women, and 150 children of all ages. Three adults have died, one of fever, occasioned by exposure to the hot sun at St. Jago, one of malignant scarlet fever, and lately one of typhus. Twenty-three children have died of various diseases, but mostly of affections of the bowels, arising from unsuitable food. The number of deaths is certainly greater than would likely have taken place had they remained in their native country. The tonnage of the ship is 524 tons; she is an old ship, not particularly leaky, but admitted water both by leakage and down the hatchways, during the run from the Cape of Good Hope to Port Jackson, the weather having been generally boisterous. She was the reverse of comfortable in her 'tween decks, being encumbered with luggage to such a degree, that in bad weather, when most persons were below, it was difficult to pass from one end of the ship to the other. The provisions and water were wholesome, and served in sufficient quantities.

    In 1839 Alexander was a cabinetmaker in Sydney. In 1845 he was a carpenter on Clyde Street, Sydney. In 1851 he lived on Crown Street, Wooloomoolloo. He was a Presbyterian.

    Since Alexander Doig's ancestry is uncertain, the following are the other known recorded Alexanders of appropriate age who are unaccounted for:

    * Alexander born 1808/9 in Meigle, Perth, son of John Doig and Janet McQueen. Alexander Doig, age 26 [1808/9] from Meigle, sailed as a ship's carpenter and Merchant Seaman on 25 Aug 1835 on the "Westmoreland" out of Dundee (Certificate #5644), (File WILL1711).

    * Alexander born 1 May 1811 in Kirriemuir, son of Alexander Doig, farmer, and Catherine Taylor (File DAVE1730).

    * Alexander christened 28 Oct 1812 in Kincardine, Perth, son of Paul Doig, laborer and farmer, and Catherine McCulloch (File DOIGK).

    * Alexander born 30 Aug 1814 in Dundee, son of Alexander Doig, mason, packer, and inn keeper, and Margaret Christie (File ALEX1723).

    Some references:

    -----, Hunter Valley District Register, 1891-1900 - Peter Doig.
    Low, Francis, City of Sydney, Directory for 1844-45, (Sydney: Alcock, 1844), 38 - Alexander Doig.
    Low, Francis, City of Sydney, Directory for 1851, (Sydney: Alcock, 1851), 39 - Alexander Doig.
  • Change Date: 16 Aug 2006 at 01:00:00

    Father: James DOIG b: 17 Jun 1775 in Inveresk with Musselburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
    Mother: Jean RENNIE b: 1776 in Carriden, West Lothian, Scotland c: 15 Sep 1776 in Carriden, West Lothian, Scotland

    Marriage 1 Janet (Jessie) CRAWFORD b: 1814/1816 in Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland
    • Married: 1836 in Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland
    • Note: Marriage date and place taken from death certificate of Jessie (Crawford) Doig.
    1. Has Children James DOIG b: 1837/1838 in Australia
    2. Has No Children Jane DOIG b: 1838 in Sydney, NSW, Australia c: 1838 in St. Laurence’s Presbyterian Church, Sydney, NSW, Australia
    3. Has No Children Peter DOIG b: 13 Oct 1839 in Sydney, NSW, Australia c: 1839 in Scots Presbyterian Church, Sydney, NSW, Australia
    4. Has Children Elizabeth DOIG b: 1842/1843 in Sydney, NSW, Australia
    5. Has Children John DOIG b: 1846/1847 in Sydney, NSW, Australia
    6. Has Children Janet (Jessie) J. F. DOIG b: 1850/1851 in Sydney, NSW, Australia
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