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Scottish Notes and Queries
A periodical started in 1887


ALEXANDER MACDONALD MUNRO, the first editor of 'Scottish Notes And Queries' in Aberdeen in 1887, was born on the 13th of August, 1861 in Old Machar, Aberdeen to Adam Munro (Merchant Seaman - Ship Master) and Christina Niven, who married in St Nicholas, Aberdeen on the 29th of November, 1860. Alexander had two brothers, John Niven Munro and Adam Munro, and a sister Helen Munro.

In the 1871 Census the children were living with their mother at 54 College Street, Old Machar, but their father Adam was then at sea . Tragically on January the 10th, 1872 Adam died aged 31 years, after, as his death notice states, being very ill with rheumatism and heart disease from July, 1871. Further grief afflicted the young family on the 19th of December, 1874 when their mother Christina died of bronchitis.

We then find in the 1881 Census that Alexander is living with his Aunt Jane Mearns at 35 Broomhill Place, Old Machar, and is employed as a Clerk in the City Chamberlain's Office, but in 1884 he marries Catherine H. Stewart in Old Machar.

By the 1891 Census at 24 Broomhill Place, Alexander and Catherine have three children, Catherine 5, Alexander 4 and Julia 2 months, and Alexander is now an Accountant in the City Chamberlain's Office.

The 1901 Census, with both Alexander and Catherine at 26 Desswood Place, Rubislaw, suggests that Julia may have died young as the children listed are Catherine 15, Alex 14 and Christina 7. Alexander is then still an Accountant in the City Chamberlain's Office. But apart from this he has also been writing and editing books about local and national Scottish history for the Spalding Club and other agencies. Sadly, at this time, his wife Catherine has been suffering for two years from Chronic Nephritis, and on the 4th of May that same year, she succumbs to her illness.

On the 9th of September, 1903, Alexander as a widower, marries a Mary Stewart. The marriage record shows that Alexander is by then the Assistant City Chamberlain.

ALEXANDER MACDONALD MUNRO, now Aberdeen City Chamberlain, dies eight years later from Cancer on the 26th of January, 1911, aged a mere 49 years, after a productive life, but one dogged by the death of so many of his nearest and dearest at very young ages.

Here is some of his genealogy...

1911 MUNRO ALEXANDER MACDO M 49 ST MACHAR ABERDEEN CITY/ABERDEEN 168/02 0103

ALEXANDER MC DONALD MUNRO
Birth: 13 AUG 1861 Old Machar, Aberdeen, Scotland
Father: ADAM MUNRO
Mother: CHRISTINA NIVEN
Extracted birth or christening record for the locality listed in the record.

1. HELEN MUNRO - International Genealogical Index
Gender: Female Birth: 23 MAY 1864 Old Machar, Aberdeen, Scotland

2. ADAM MUNRO - International Genealogical Index
Gender: Male Birth: 02 AUG 1868 Old Machar, Aberdeen, Scotland

3. JOHN NIVEN MUNRO - International Genealogical Index
Gender: Male Birth: 19 NOV 1865 Old Machar, Aberdeen, Scotland

4. ALEXANDER MC DONALD MUNRO - International Genealogical Index
Gender: Male Birth: 13 AUG 1861 Old Machar, Aberdeen, Scotland

ADAM MUNRO
Spouse: CHIRSTINA NIVEN
Marriage: 29 NOV 1860 Saint Nicholas, Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland
Extracted marriage record for locality listed in the record.

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Marriage
1884 MUNRO ALEXANDER M STEWART CATHERINE H ST NICHOLAS ABERDEEN/ABERDEEN 168/01 0128

1901 Scotland Census
Name: Alexander Mcd Munro
Age: 39
Estimated birth year: abt 1862
Relationship: Head
Spouse's name : Catherine H
Gender: Male
Where born: City, Aberdeen
Registration Number: 168/2
Registration district: St Machar
Civil parish: Aberdeen Rubislaw
County: Aberdeenshire
Address: 26 Desswood Pl
Occupation: Accountant To City Chamberlain
ED: 43
Household schedule number: 133
Line: 13
Roll: CSSCT1901_59
Household Members: Name Age
Alexander Mcd Munro 39
Catherine H Munro 39
Catherine Jane Munro 15
Alex Stewart Munro 14
Christina Munro 7
Elizabeth I Chalmers 19
David Whyte Hardie 5
Margaret S Hardie 4
Mary Jane Massie 26
Margaret Whyte 50

Catherine H Munro
Age: 39
Estimated birth year: abt 1862
Relationship: Wife
Spouse's name : Alexander Mcd
Gender: Female
Where born: City, Aberdeen

Name: Catherine Jane Munro
Age: 15
Estimated birth year: abt 1886
Relationship: Daughter
Father's Name: Alexander Mcd
Mother's Name: Catherine H
Gender: Female
Where born: City, Aberdeen

Name: Alex Stewart Munro
Age: 14
Estimated birth year: abt 1887
Relationship: Son
Father's Name: Alexander Mcd
Mother's Name: Catherine H
Gender: Male
Where born: City, Aberdeen

Name: Christina Munro
Age: 7
Estimated birth year: abt 1894
Relationship: Daughter
Father's Name: Alexander Mcd
Mother's Name: Catherine H
Gender: Female
Where born: City, Aberdeen

Name: David Whyte Hardie
Age: 5
Estimated birth year: abt 1896
Relationship: Son
Father's Name: Alexander Mcd
Mother's Name: Catherine H
Gender: Male
Where born: City, Aberdeen

Name: Margaret S Hardie
Age: 4
Estimated birth year: abt 1897
Relationship: Daughter
Father's Name: Alexander Mcd
Mother's Name: Catherine H
Gender: Female
Where born: City, Aberdeen

Name: Margaret Whyte
Age: 50
Estimated birth year: abt 1851
Relationship: Visitor
Gender: Female
Where born: Rescobie, Forfarshire

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1891 Scotland Census
Name: Alexander M Munro
Age: 28
Estimated birth year: abt 1863
Relationship: Head
Spouse's name : Catherine H
Gender: Male
Where born: Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
Registration Number: 168/2
Registration district: Old Machar
Civil parish: Aberdeen Old Machar
County: Aberdeenshire
Address: 24 Broomhill Place
Occupation: Accountant - City Chamberlain's Office
ED: 25
Household schedule number: 57
Line: 21
Roll: CSSCT1891_53
Household Members: Name Age
Alexander M Munro 28
Catherine H Munro 29
Catherine J Munro 5
Alexander S Munro 4
Julia L Munro 2 Mo

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Dwelling: No. 35 Broomhill Place
1881 Census Place: Aberdeen Old Machar, Aberdeen, Scotland
Source: FHL Film 0203450 GRO Ref Volume 168-2 EnumDist 41 Page 15
Marr Age Sex Birthplace
Jane MEARNS M 39 F Aberdeen, Scotland
Rel: Head
Occ: Wife Of Sailor (Merch Serv)
George M. MEARNS 11 M Aberdeen, Scotland
Rel: Son
Occ: Scholar
Alexr. M. MUNRO U 19 M Aberdeen, Scotland
Rel: Nephew
Occ: Clerk City Chamberlains Office

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1871 Scotland Census
about Alexander Munro
Name: Alexander Munro
Age: 9
Estimated birth year: abt 1862
Relationship: Son
Mother's Name: Christina
Gender: Male
Where born: Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
Registration Number: 168/2
Registration district: Old Machar
Civil parish: Old Machar
County: Aberdeenshire
Address: 54 Cottage St
Occupation: Scholar
ED: 17
Household schedule number: 43
Line: 16
Roll: CSSCT1871_35
Household Members: Name Age
Christina Munro 32
Alexander Munro 9
Adam Munro 2


Name: Christina Munro
Age: 32
Estimated birth year: abt 1839
Relationship: Head
Gender: Female
Where born: Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
Registration Number: 168/2
Registration district: Old Machar
Civil parish: Old Machar
County: Aberdeenshire
Address: 54 Cottage St
Occupation: Seamans Wife

Name: Adam Munro
Age: 2
Estimated birth year: abt 1869
Relationship: Son
Mother's Name: Christina
Gender: Male
Where born: Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
DEATH
1874 MUNRO CHRISTINA NIVEN F 36 OLD MACHAR ABERDEEN BURGH ABERDEEN CITY/ABERDEEN 168/02 0844
1872 MUNRO ADAM M 31 OLD MACHAR ABERDEEN BURGH ABERDEEN CITY/ABERDEEN 168/02 0041

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1861 Scotland Census
about Christina Munro
Name: Christina Munro
Age: 22
Estimated birth year: abt 1839
Relationship: Wife
Gender: Female
Where born: St Nicholas, Aberdeen
Registration Number: 168A
Registration district: St Nicholas
Civil parish: Aberdeen St Nicholas
County: Aberdeenshire
Address: 13 Carmelite Lane
ED: 37
Household schedule number: 127
Line: 19
Roll: CSSCT1861_25
Household Members: Name Age
Catherine Munro 22


There seems to be a lot of duplication between the Scottish Notes and Queries, The Scottish Antiquarian, the Scottish Historical Review and Northern Notes and Queries. Also the first few scans of this particular publication are not particularly good and some pages have cut of some of the right hand side of the text.  And so we make these available as they do contain some good information but whether unique or not we can't say.

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