This is Family Line Reference [A27], details known are ......

Alexander Mutch born 1797 - died 18 March 1873 at Auchreddie in the parish of New Deer


His father was Robert James Mutch [R1]


Spouse Isabella Brown born 1805 - died 1892. They married 27 March 1823 in the parish of New Deer.

Her father was Alexander Brown and her mother was Margaret Conon who were married 17 June 1800 in the parish of New Deer. Details of this couple come from the entry in the booklet "Clock & Watchmakers of Aberdeen & NE Scotland 1453-1900" by D Whyte and published by the Aberdeen and North East Scotland Family History Society.
Children were:
  1. Alexander* born 1822 - died 1893. Married Jean Grant
  2. Jane born 1823
  3. Alexander born 1825 - died 1830
  4. Mary born 1827
  5. Alexander Brown born 1829 - died 15 February 1863 in the parish of New Deer. Married Jessie McKenzie
  6. Margaret born 1832 - died 1905. Married Alexander Fraser
  7. George Smith born 1834 - died 1 December 1896 in the parish of St Nicholas, Aberdeen. Married Alexandra Patterson. Married Elizabeth Black
  8. Elspet born 1837 - died 1926. Married David Crighton
  9. John born 1845. Married Elizabeth Buchan
  10. James born 19 January 1848 in the parish of New Deer - died 1927. Married Jane Gray

Last updated: Sunday, 28th January 2024

Webmaster's notes:

Details of the family of Alexander are taken from the 1929 Genealogy of the Mutch Family where he is listed as E3. Alexander is also said to have been a watchmaker. His parents are given as Robert + Isabel Norie.

* This son Alexander is said in the above book to be the child of a prior marriage and to have emigrated to Canada in 1853. His family details are listed under E11 in the above book.
Futher information has been supplied by Grahame Mutch who is descended from son George.

The family are shown as living at Kirktown (Eastside), New Deer in the 1841 census. Alexander's occupation is given as watchmaker and Jane, George and Elspet are listed in the household together with an Isobel aged 1.
ANESFHS Ancestor Chart 5626 gives details of a daughter of son George's second marriage to Elizabeth Black.
Jim Irvine has written with details of the family of son John and Elizabeth Buchan. He wrote:

"Elspet Chrichton Mutch married Alexander Leith in 1891 and had quite a large family. Their 6th (I think) child Williamina Leith, born in 1908, was my wife's Grandmother.

I found the death registration for son Alexander Brown in Scotland's People which gave me his wife's name. Marriage and children details come from IGI and need to be verified.
Alexander is referenced in a booklet published by the Aberdeen & N.E.Scotland Family History Society called "Clock & Watchmakers of Aberdeen & NE Scotland 1453-1900" (ref. AA524) written by D Whyte.

Here is a transcript of the relevant entry:

MUTCH, ALEXANDER. Self-taught WM in Ellon ABD, 1841-71. He was s/o James M., labourer, and ------ Norrie. {His parents were Robert James Mutch and Isobel Norie} Alexander m. Isabella, d/o Alexander Brown and ------ Connon. ......

His son George was also was a clock & watch maker. Part of his entry says:

MUTCH, GEORGE. C & WM, Ellon, ABD ca. 1860-85. .........

Annette Ward contacted me about a Long Case clock she has with the signature Alexander Mutch, Ellon on the face. She provided these photographs:

Jacqui Crighton has contacted the site with details of the family of daughter Elspet.

...Found my great great grandmother and grandfather (David Crighton and Elspet Mutch, daughter of Alexander Mutch (A27)...

I have a record of the 1881 census where my great grandfather is included Charles Gordon S Crighton it says he was 3 yrs old which makes sense as he was born on 21 January 1878 in the parish of New Deer. ... There is mention of David Crighton on the 1881 census being age 7 m (which I take to mean months)...

Charles Gordon Crighton married Elizabeth Margaret Urquhart in 1903 and later died in April 1923. The S in Charles Gordon S Crighton is hard to make out on his birth certificate but found it on another site entered as Saumir.

Clive Mutch also has a Long Case clock made by Alexander Mutch, with a picture of Udny Castle on the face. He provided these photographs:

Clive said:

The clock was purchased by me (at great expense) in an antique shop in Warwickshire near where I now live. The painted illustration is of Udny Castle. After over 200 years and all original it can gain or lose 2 - 3 seconds per week.

Details from the Royal Museum in Edinburgh show that son George moved to London and that he became a master clock maker, in the true sense of the word in that he employed two apprentices

Roanna Schrader after a lot of research has linked her ancestry to both this family line and G8 through Annie Fraser and George Forgie.

1. George Mutch (G8) - Majorie Mutch (Married William Forgie) - George Forgie (married Isabella Mitchell) - George Forgie (married Catherine Daniels) - George Forgie (married Janet Gray) - George Forgie (married Annie Fraser)

2. Alexander Mutch (A27) - Margaret Mutch (married Alexander Fraser) - George Fraser (relationship with Anne Bruce) - illegitimate daughter Annie Fraser (married George Forgie)

She has provided further details of daughter Margaret's family, with an emphasis on Margaret's son George the father of Annie Fraser.