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Recounting Blessings

From a Full Life Enriched by Sport

My origins on my father’s Henderson side can be based authentically on this electronic image of the certificate of the marriage in Wemyss, Fife on the sixth of August, 1698, of my Sixth Great Grandparents Andrew Ingles and Catherine Auchmuty. Their daughter, my Fifth Great Grandmother Elspeth Ingles, married my Fifth Great Grandfather James Henderson in Wemyss, Fife in 1731.



My origins on my mother’s Telfer side can be based authentically on this electronic image of the GRO registration of the death in Dovehill, Renfrewshire on the twenty-fifth of May 1860 of my Third Great Grandfather John Telfer (Block Cutter) aged 78 years, son of my Fourth Great Grandparents William Telfer (Carter) and Agnes Buchanan.





James Henderson and Elspeth (Ingles) Henderson had seven children including my Fourth Great Grandfather Andrew Henderson in Wemyss, Fife in 1735.


Andrew Henderson married Janet (Fife) Henderson in Markinch, Fife in 1763 and they had nine children including my Third Great Grandfather James Henderson (Farm Servant at Pitcairn) in Markinch, Fife in 1774.


James Henderson married Janet (Patrick) Henderson in Markinch, Fife in 1801 and they had eight children including my Second Great Grandfather John Mitchell Henderson (Ploughman) in Kennoway, Fife in 1814.


John Mitchell Henderson married Agnes (Hunter) Henderson in Leslie, Fife, in 1845 and they had six children including my Great Grandfather James Hunter Henderson (Jobbing Gardener) in 1850.


James Hunter Henderson married Jessie (Alexander Nicoll) Henderson in Brechin, Angus in 1879 and they had five children including my Grandfather John Henderson (Railway Stationmaster) in Newtyle, Angus in 1885.


John Henderson married Janet (Kerr) Henderson in Stirling, Stirlingshire in 1907 and they had four children including my Father James Nicoll Kerr Henderson (Headteacher) in Dunblane, Perthshire in 1908.


James Nicoll Kerr Henderson married Agnes (Telfer) Henderson in Falkirk, Stirlingshire in 1934 and they had two children including my sister Elizabeth Walker Henderson in 1936, and myself, John Henderson (Headteacher) in 1939 – both births in Causewayhead, Stirling, Stirlingshire.




My Third Great Grandfather John Telfer (Block Cutter) married twice.

After the death of his first wife Agnes (McKechnie) Telfer in 1818 John Telfer married Janet (Smith) Telfer in 1824 in Paisley, Renfrewshire and they had seven children. The earlier marriage of John Telfer in 1805 in Neilston, Renfrewshire to Agnes (McKechnie) Telfer had produced eight children including my Second Great Grandfather William Telfer (Patternmaker) in Barrhead, Renfrewshire in 1811.


William Telfer married Jean (Rennie) Telfer in Paisley, Renfrewshire in 1834 and they had five children including my Great Grandfather John Telfer (Ships’ Engineer and Foundry Manager) in Newton Mearns, Renfrewshire in 1835.


John Telfer married Janet (WALKER) Telfer in Falkirk in 1857 and they had ten children including my Grandfather John WALKER Telfer (Foundry Cashier) in Falkirk in 1859.


John WALKER Telfer married Elizabeth (Waddell Walker) Telfer in Falkirk in 1902 and they had four children including my mother Agnes (Telfer) Henderson (Schoolteacher) in Falkirk in 1905.



‘Recounting My Blessings from Heredity in Verse’



I aft syne think oan ma kin,
Fit-wyes them yased tae live.   
Three hunner years ago noo,
An’ fit they hid tae give.

Yon times wir shairly hard syne,
Fur earnin’ crusts tae raise,
Mair aincestors gein time tae
Fesh-me thim muckle days.

I cert’nly am sae gratefu’ fur
Ma heritage they wean’d.
Alloo’in’ me noo’s pleesures,
Jist ‘cos they interven’d.

A aft gies prayer o’ thenkyees ,
Fir  them wha’s speerits rest,

An’ preeze ma Gweed Almichty,
Wha me sae muckle blessed.



The Author:

John Henderson


I was born on the sixteenth of June, 1939 in the shadow of the Wallace Monument in Causewayhead, Stirling, and I have been a 'lad o' pairts' ever since. As the son of JNK Henderson, a Stirlingshire teacher – later a village dominie - I chose first to be a physical education teacher but soon decided to follow in my father's professional footsteps. After a few years being a village dominie I eventually ‘escaped’ from the rural classroom environment to spend my last twenty years of service tutoring intending primary schoolteachers at Moray House College of Education in Edinburgh. However, after marrying in 1963, and with my wife Olive’s ready agreement, we chose never to become city residents again – as fine as the happy times spent in studentship days in Hillhead, Glasgow had been for me, and as growing up in Glasgow had been for Olive.

Over the last sixty-five years, I have lived in eighteen homes, namely,

17 Easter Cornton Road, Causewayhead, Stirling.

13 Watson Street, Falkirk,

47 Alma Street, Falkirk,

Schoolhouse, Banknock,

Schoolhouse, Cambusbarron,

Schoolhouse, Bannockburn,

21 Leven Street, Glasgow,

298 Byers Road, Glasgow,

34 Cecil Street, Glasgow,

5 Hillhead Street, Glasgow,

(then after marriage)

29 Springwood Avenue, Stirling,

10 Graffham Avenue, Giffnock,

Schoolhouse, St. Cyrus,

Schoolhouse, Gargunnock,

10a Argyle Avenue, Stirling,

1 Moray Place, Gargunnock,

(and, in retirement)

1 Eve Court, Acheritou Street, Paphos, Cyprus

23 Tassou Izaak, Emba, Paphos, Cyprus


Always an active sportsman, as well as a constant contributor to the social and spiritual lives of communities in which we lived, I have gathered lots of memories of people and events in rural and urban settings over the years, and especially in and around sports grounds nationwide. Some of these of course involve sadness, but I have others enough that may alone be worth relating in order to illustrate the ups and downs of competition, to honour many of the characters who contributed to off-the-field camaraderie after each, as opponents on it, had tried to stifle the power of ‘enemy’ skills and strengths, and to picture incidents which caused injury or provoked frustration or led to either quiet amusement or uncontrolled hilarity.


JH - June 2004

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