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Andrew Young of Edinburgh (1807-1889)
Teacher of English and Poet


Andrew Young only published one book of poems and hymns, and that was in 1876 when he was sixty-nine years of age and retired from teaching. His selection comprises one lengthy work, 'The Highlands of Scotland', that runs to eighty-one nine-line stanzas, some hymns, and many elegiac offerings. From among these last the reader can share Andrew's grief from the loss of his young wife Maria on the 7th of December, 1847, and then their daughter, also Maria, on the 26th of December, 1847, aged three and a half years.

Andrew Young Family Elegies (pdf)

The revelations surrounding these sad events in a number of the elegies provide clues for an exploration of Andrew and his wife Maria's origins via genealogical birth/marriage/census/death data and post-1855 registration images. These provide snapshots of Andrew's subsequent life until it ends in 1889, when his death registration image in Edinburgh in 1889 confirms, not only previous findings about his parentage, but also his second marriage in 1851. There is no explicit mention in his poems about events during this thirty-eight year-long marriage, although he and his wife Christina Allan had one child, a daughter Catherine, born in 1852.

Andrews parents' marriage is recorded thus,
DAVID YOUNG
Spouse: MARGARET MIRRAYLIES
Marriage: 06 MAR 1804 Canongate, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Extracted marriage record for locality listed in the record.

Andrew Young's birth does not appear in the Old Parish Records, but an anonymous source gives it thus,
23 APR 1807 Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Father: David Young

Andrew's wife Maria's birth in London is recorded thus,
MARIA SOPHIA ISABELLA MIVART
Birth: 12 MAY 1821
Christening: 24 AUG 1821 Saint James, Westminster, London, England
Father: JOHN MIVART
Mother: MARIA
Extracted birth or christening record for the locality listed in the record.

The 1841 Census for Marylebone shows the Mivart family with Head of Family, John, aged c. 40, employed as an 'Upholder', Maria his wife, a teacher of music, also aged c. 40, daughter Maria, also a music teacher, aged 19, plus three more younger children, Emma, Alfred and Edmund.

In his first elegy on his wife's death, Andrew states that she was 26 years old when she 'slept' away, and this equates well with Maria's birth date, and her age given in the 1841 Census.

With Andrew not appearing to be recorded in the 1841 Census for Scotland, the next we hear of him is his marriage in St Andrews, Scotland in 1844 .....
ANDREW YOUNG
Spouse: MARIA ISABELLA MIVART
Marriage: 20 APR 1844 St. Andrews And St. Leonards, Fife, Scotland
Extracted marriage record for locality listed in the record.

Then, the 1847 Old Parish Records reveal the following .....
Death: 07/12/1847
MARIA [MIVART] YOUNG .... Spouse: ANDREW YOUNG
F ST ANDREWS AND ST LEONARDS /FIFE
Extracted death record for locality listed in the record

Death: 26/12/1847
MARIA SOPHIA MIVART YOUNG .... Father: ANDREW YOUNG
F ST CUTHBERT'S EDINBURGH CITY CITY/MIDLOTHIAN
Extracted death record for locality listed in the record

What Andrew had been doing in St Andrews emerges in the 1851 Census ...

After four years he marries again ....
ANDREW YOUNG
Spouse: CHRISTINA LOTHIAN ALLAN
Marriage: 07 AUG 1851 Saint Cuthberts, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Extracted marriage record for locality listed in the record.

He is clearly still teaching in St Andrews as his banns were called there ...
ANDREW YOUNG
Spouse: CHRISTINA LOTHIAN ALLAN
Marriage: 02 AUG 1851 St. Andrews And St. Leonards, Fife, Scotland
Extracted banns record for locality listed in the record.

and they soon have a child ....
CATHERINE MARGARET YOUNG
Birth: 06 OCT 1852
Christening: 06 NOV 1852 St. Andrews And St. Leonards, Fife, Scotland
Father: ANDREW YOUNG
Mother: CHRISTINA ALLAN
Extracted birth or christening record for the locality listed in the record.

The 1861/1871/1881/1891 Censuses show that Christina survived until at least 1891 and that by then daughter Catherine was still a spinster.

The Highlands Of Scotland Poem (pdf)
The Highlands Of Scotland Notes (pdf)

The complete book is available at,
http://www.archive.org/details/scottishhighlan01youngoog

There Is a Happy Land
by Andrew Young

There is a happy land, far, far away,
Where saints in glory stand, bright, bright as day;
Oh, how they sweetly sing, worthy is our Savior King,
Loud let His praises ring, praise, praise for aye.

Come to that happy land, come, come away;
Why will you doubting stand, why still delay?
Oh, we shall happy be, when from sin and sorrow free,
Lord, we shall live with Thee, blest, blest for aye.

Bright, in that happy land, beams every eye;
Kept by a Fatherís hand, love cannot die;
Oh, then to glory run; be a crown and kingdom won;
And, bright, above the sun, we reign for aye.

The words to "There is a Happy Land" were written by Andrew Young in 1838. They were adapted to a Hindustani air (often called "Indian Love Song") by Leonard P. Breedlove in 1850. Andrew Young (1807-1889) was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and was a Scottish schoolmaster and poet who served as the headmaster of the English department of Madras College, St Andrews, Scotland. He wrote "There is a Happy Land" based on the lyrics of a popular parlor song which began: "I've come from a happy land..." because he thought the words could be adapted for Sunday school use.


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