Joan Murray Bee

13 May 1814–1878 (Age 63)
Dalkeith, Edinburghshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life of Joan Murray

When Joan Murray Bee was born on 13 May 1814, in Dalkeith, Edinburghshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, her father, William Bee, was 40 and her mother, Johanna Murray, was 38. She married Walter Renton Hunter on 21 November 1847, in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Canongate, Edinburghshire, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1861 and Canongate, Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1871. She died in 1878, at the age of 64.

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Walter Renton Hunter
Joan Murray Bee
Marriage: 21 November 1847
Jean Hunter
Andrew Hunter
Andrew Burnet Hunter

Spouse and Children

21 November 1847
Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom


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World Events (8)


Age 1

The defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo marks the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon defeated and exiled to St. Helena.
1817 · Dryburgh Abbey Bridge

Age 3

Dryburgh Abbey Bridge was a cable-stayed footbridge that connected the villages of Dryburgh and St. Boswells, across the River Tweed. Before its construction, A ferry crossing service had existed here for centuries. It was originally 79 meters long and was undergoing a period of rapid growth in popularity. The Bridge was completed on August 1 but a few months later it collapsed. Very shortly after the collapse, another bridge was built further downstream. A new bridge, which still stands today, was constructed after the first World War.
1832 · The Scottish Reform Act

Age 18

The Scottish Reform Act was introduced by Parliament that introduced changes to the election laws in Scotland. The Act didn’t change the method of how the counties elected members but adopted a different solution for each pair of counties. Ultimately, it brought about boundary changes so that some burghs would have more say for the country than others.

Name Meaning

1 Scottish: reduced form of McBee , a variant of McBeth .2 English: from Middle English be ‘bee’, Old English bēo, hence a nickname for an energetic or active person or a metonymic occupational name for a beekeeper. Compare Beeman 2.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Johana Bebie in entry for Andw Burnet Hunter, "Scotland Presbyterian & Protestant Church Records, 1736-1990"
  • Joan Murray Bee, "British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices"
  • Jean Hunter in household of Walter Hunter, "Scotland Census, 1851"

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