This is Family Line Reference [J71], details known are ......

John Mutch - died 1847 at Blackhills in the parish of Peterhead


His parent is not known.


Had a relationship with Jean/Jane Leggat.

Her mother was Jane Rennie. The 1841 census shows Margaret and her sister Jean staying with their grandmother, Jane Rennie.
Children were:
  1. Jean born 1833. Married James Lawrence/Laurence
  2. Margaret born 1836 in the parish of Cruden - died 1927. Married John Kemp

Spouse Isobel Mackie born 9 February 1805 in the parish of Foveran. They married 23 December 1827 in the parish of Foveran.

Her father was James Mackie and her mother was Elspet Stott who were married 11 September 1803 in the parish of Foveran.
Children were:
  1. James born 1828 christened 29 July 1828 in the parish of Foveran
  2. Alexander [A19] born 1831 - died 10 September 1870 at Corskelly in the parish of Lonmay. Married Ann Clark
  3. Robert born 1833
  4. Mary born 2 February 1838 in the parish of Cruden
  5. John Murray born 1843 - died 3 May 1910 in the parish of Glasgow, Lanark. Married Christian Murcar
  6. Barbara born 1845 christened 2 May 1845 in the parish of Peterhead - died 11 November 1888 in the parish of Aberdeen. Married George Archibald Shirran

Last updated: Wednesday, 1st March 2023

Webmaster's notes:

Details of son John come from his death register entry in GRO which was found thanks to David Cann who is descended from him.
David has since added the following information:

1) Their Son John Mutch Married Christina Murchar. They had a Daughter ' Barbara Sherridan Mutch' Born in Peterhead 1873, but hailed from Buchan. Barbara was an active member of the Scottish Episcopalian Church. Barbara Married an 'Alexander Gray Thorpe' in Glasgow in 1897. Barbara died in Glasgow in 1929 aged 56. Alexander was Born Glasgow in 1872 and Died in Glasgow in 1948. Both are burried at 'Riddrie Cemetery' in Glasgow. They lived at 6 Rogart Street, Glasgow. 'Sandy', as Alexander was known, worked at Templeton's carpet factory. He was a Freemason.

2) Barbara & Alexander had four Children. John Thorpe, James Thorpe, Christine Thorpe & Robert Thorpe ( who is My Grandad).

3) Robert was Born on 21st May. He Died on 23rd Sept 1968 approx. 56 years old. He is Burried in 'Dalbeth Cemetery' in Glasgow.

4) Robert married Elizabeth Currie on 26th Feb, but not sure of year yet.

5) Elizabeth was Born on 7th October, again not sure of year. 'Liza', as she was known, passed away on 6th Dec 1976 and was about 62 years old when she passed. 'Liza' is also burried at Dalbeth as well.

This family living can also found as crofters at Cavemoss, Peterhead in the 1841 census. Robert and Henereta are listed here along with Mary.
Jim Allan has provided more details of this Family Line and the family of daughter Barbara. He has a lot of additional information which can be viewed on his website (click here or see Links page)
Elaine Harvey has contacted me to say that she is the great grand daughter of Barbara (daughter of John and Christian Murcar) and Sandy Thorpe. Their daughter Christine was her grandmother.
John Mutch is also related to this family line and has posted the following information on the forum:

John Mutch and Christian Murcar had a son John b.1863. He married Christina Burnett and they had a son Robert b.1886 in Aberdeen. Robert married Helen Keir (b. 1885 at Riggend, Lanark). Their children were John, William, Robert, Agnes and Ella. Agnes had a son James Mutch who married Margaret Geddes. They had five sons (William, Robert, me, James and Donald) and a daughter (Caroline).

Cait McPhee has identified the illegitimate daughters, Jean and Margaret Mutch, fathered by John with Jean/Jane Leggat. Cait is descended from Margaret and has confirmed the link to John through DNA. She wrote:

"J71 John marries Isobel Mackie and I think fathers Jean Leggat's children (from whom I am descended) as well, before dying in 1847 in Blackhills, Peterhead. I have the parish record of his death including the location.

In 1851 Isobel is in the census as "Widow Mutch", still in Blackhills, Peterhead, with children including John Murray Mutch, from whom I can trace DNA cousins, among others from this lineage.

Margaret Mutch was born in ~1836 in Cruden and in the 1841 census is living with her sister Jean, her mother Jean/Jane Leggat and her grandmother Jane Rennie. I can't find baptisms for either girl, but I did find mention of both of them in the kirk sessions: their father was a John Mutch, married man. John and Jean Leggat both got thoroughly told off - twice. Margaret's death certificate also gives John Mutch as her father.

My DNA results suggest that this John Mutch is the one that married Isobel Mackie, i.e. your J71, as I can trace cousins through both Margaret Mutch, my direct ancestor (who married a John Kemp), but also John Murray Mutch through the legitimate side of J71's family."