origins on my father’s
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.
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.
Henderson and Elspeth (Ingles) Henderson had seven children
including my Fourth Great Grandfather Andrew Henderson in Wemyss,
Fife in 1735.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Third Great Grandfather John Telfer (Block Cutter)
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
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.
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.
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’
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,
preeze ma Gweed Almichty,
Wha me sae muckle blessed.
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,
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,
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