Margaret "Bessie" Speir

4 December 1670–1770 (Age 99)
Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland

The Life of Margaret "Bessie"

Margaret "Bessie" Speir was born on 4 December 1670, in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. She married Thomas Bryson on 6 June 1691, in Govan, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. She died in 1770, in Scotland, United Kingdom, at the age of 100, and was buried in Scotland.

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Thomas Bryson
Margaret "Bessie" Speir
Marriage: 6 June 1691
Robert Bryson
William Bryson
Robert Bryson
Agnes Bryson

Spouse and Children

6 June 1691
Govan, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom


Name Meaning

Scottish and northern Irish: possibly, as Black suggests, an occupational name for a watchman from Old French espier ‘to watch’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Margaret Speir in entry for Agnes Bryson, "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
  • Bessie Speir in entry for Robert Brysson, "Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
  • Ancestry Family Trees

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