When Joseph Legree was born in 1814, in Selkirk, Selkirkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, Jean Baptiste Joseph Legry, was 40 and his mother, Mary Spiers, was 27. He married Elisabeth Inglis on 14 April 1837, in Melrose, Roxburghshire, Scotland, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 6 daughters. He immigrated to Canterbury, New Zealand in 1841 and lived in Melrose, Roxburghshire, Scotland in 1871 and Melrose, Selkirkshire, Scotland in 1881. In 1861, at the age of 47, his occupation is listed as woollen dyer. He died on 5 December 1888, in Roxburghshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, at the age of 74.
Altered form of French Legris . Compare Lagree .