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Rankin in Australia


I have a colleague whose family came here to Australia from Scotland. Her great grandfather brought with him two lithographic portraits, which she has in her possession.

One is of an ancestor, one Rev Alexander Rankin DD. She has looked him up in the FASTI of the Church of Scotland (which I do not have knowledge of myself) with the following results:-

Born Edinburgh 28th February 1755. Educated at Edinburgh University.
Licensed by the Presbytery of Edinburgh 28th April 1779. Assistant at St Cuthbert's, Edinburgh.
Ordained to Cambusnethan 17th August 1781, translated and admitted to St David's (or Ramshorn) Glasgow 8th September 1785.
DD from University of Glasgow April 1801.
Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, 16th May 1811.
Died 23rd February 1827.
Married Euphemia Thomson 12th November 1782. Widowed 31st March 1822.
Daughter Margaret Born 5th November 1783, died 5th February 1786.
Son Andrew of Ashburn Merchant and Baillie, Glasgow Born 10th February 1785, died 1851.

Publications by Dr Rankin
Three Occasional Sermons (Glasgow).
The Importance of Religious Establishments (Glasgow 1799)
The History of France from the Time of its Conquest by Clovis to the Death of Louis XVI (9 volumes London 1801-1822)
The Nature of Baptism Briefly Stated (Glasgow 1803)
Institutes of Theology (Glasgow 1822).

His grand-children erected a commemorative window at Ramshorn (Outer High) Church, Ingram Street Glasgow. The church is now closed, but is used by the University of Strathclyde.

The other is a lithograph from a portrait painted by Tavernor Knot W.S.A. and dated 23rd November 1852 It is of a portly Rev A.O.Beattie MD DD. It isn't clear if he is a relative of hers.

I had hoped to find these in your "Significant Scots", but couldn't see them listed.

The lady's grandfather was Alexander Stuart Rankin, born Glasgow 27th July 1851 and arrived in Melbourne Australia in 1879. He had 2 brothers who stayed in Scotland. One was James Rankin, born Glasgow 22nd October 1843, who resided at 1 Beauly Terrace, Kelvinside North, Glasgow. He was in business at James Rankin and Tod, Lithographers of 27 Oswald Street, Glasgow, circa 1886. He was also with Rankin and Gray, Lithographers, 52 Gordon Street, Glasgow.

James Rankin had 8 children as follows:-
(Details included for reference)

Malcolm - Army Captain 1917
Margaret Isabella - married Dr Lambie
Jane - married - Mrs Campbell
James - Lance Corporal in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders died WWI 5th August 1917
Marion - married - Mrs Thomson, husband in Scots Guards
Eveline - teacher of languages
Ethel - married - Dr WM Buchanan MB ChB RAMC

The other brother was Robert Rankin born Glasgow 17th April 1853, who had 3 sons Malcolm, Thomas and Robert.

Is there any way she can get more information about any of the above, particularly on the gentlemen in the portraits? I thought you might be able to get something about them useful for inclusion in your web pages. I leave it up to you.

Ian S. Douglas
President - Croydon Citizens' Bands Inc
Vice-President - Victorian Bands' League Inc
email: idouglas@melbpc.org.au


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