Catherine Dempster

13 October 1829–27 March 1898 (Age 68)
Muirkirk, East Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life of Catherine

When Catherine Dempster was born on 13 October 1829, in Muirkirk, East Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, her father, James Dempster, was 46 and her mother, Katherine Shaw, was 42. She married Francis Marshall. She lived in Muirkirk, Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1829. She died on 27 March 1898, in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, at the age of 68.

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Francis Marshall
Catherine Dempster

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Age 1

Eclectic Period (Art and Antiques).
1832 · The Scottish Reform Act

Age 3

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.
1854 · Great North of Scotland Railway

Age 25

Being one of the two smallest railways in 1923, the Great North of Scotland Railway carried its first passengers from Kittybrewster to Huntly in 1854. In the 1880s the railways were refurbished to give express services to the suburban parts in Aberdeen. There were junctions with the Highland Railway established to help connect Aberdeenshire, Banffshire and Moray counties. The railway started to deliver goods from the North Sean and from the whisky distilleries in Speyside. With the implementation of bus services and the purchase of the British Railway the Great North of Scotland Railway was discontinued.

Name Meaning

1 Scottish, Manx, and English: occupational name for a judge or arbiter of minor disputes, from Old English dēm(e)stre, a derivative of the verb dēmian ‘to judge or pronounce judgement’. Although this was originally a feminine form of the masculine dēmere, by the Middle English period the suffix -stre had lost its feminine force, and the term was used of both sexes. The surname is not common in England, where the term was early replaced by Anglo-Norman French juge ( see Judge ), but relatively frequent in Scotland, where until 1747 every laird of a barony could have certain offenses within his territory tried by his dempster, and on the Isle of Man, where deemsters also played an important part in the administration of justice.2 Irish (especially County Down): as 1, but also occasionally used instead of Dempsey .

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  • Catharine Dempster, "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
  • Death Record
  • Catharine Dempster, "Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"

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