Alexander Thomson COLSTON

Male 1805 - 1875  (69 years)


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  • Name Alexander Thomson COLSTON 
    Born 16 Nov 1805  Duddingston, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 02 Dec 1805  Duddingston, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Census 06 Jun 1841  Aberdeen, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Union Street

      1) COLSTON Alexander M 35, Teacher Of Music, born outside Census County
      2) COLSTON Helen F 30, Dressmaker, born Aberdeenshire
      3) TAYLOR Robert M 40 Music Seller, born outside Census County
      4) DAVIDSON Jane F 25 Female Servant, born outside Census County
    Census 31 Mar 1851  Aberdeen, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • 11 Diamond St

      1) COLSTON Alexander, head, married, M 45, Teacher Of Music, born Duddingston, Midlothian
      2) COLSTON Helen, wife, married, F 43, Dressmaker, born Inverury, Aberdeenshire
      3) MORRISON Jessie, niece, unmarried, F 19, Dressmaker, born Alford, Aberdeenshire
      4) MORRISON Mary, niece, unmarried, F 16,  Dressmaker, born Alford, Aberdeenshire
      5) TAYLOR Ann, servant, unmarried F 17, Domestic Servant, born Tarves, Aberdeenshire
    Census 07 Apr 1861  Banchory Devenick, Kincardineshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Woodbine Cottage

      1) Alexander Colston, head, married, 55, Teacher of Music, Farm of 14 acres, born Portobello, Midlothian, Scotland
      2) Ann Burness, servant, unmarried, 19, Domestic Servant, born Banchory Devenick, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
    Died 08 Feb 1875  Aberdeen, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Cause: Congestion of Lungs 
    • At Woodbine Cottage, Cults, on the 8th inst., ALEXANDER COLSTON, aged 69 years. Friends will please accept of this intimation.

      1875 Deaths in the Parish of Peterculter in the County of Aberdeen
      No. 4; Alexander Colston (Farmer), (married to Helen Morrison), died 1875, February Eighth at 7h 15m pm at Woodbine, Parish of Peterculter, male, age 69 years. Parents: James Colston, Contractor, (Deceased) & Mary Colston ms Cunningham (Deceased). Cause of Death: Congestion of Lungs, as certified by James Moir, Surgeon. Informant: Hellen Taylor, Nurse. Registered 1875, February 10th at Peterculter by John Smith, Registrar.
    Obituary 10 Feb 1875  Aberdeen, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Aberdeen Journal 

    • DEATH OF MR ALEXANDER COLSTON   This well-known gentleman died at his residence, Bieldside, on Monday last, in his sixty-ninth year. Mr Colston came to Aberdeen about 1830, having been appointed precentor of the West Church   an office which he held till 1855, discharging his duties faithfully and acceptably. During his incumbency, he had in the choir, at various times, not a few of the gentlemen who afterwards became precentors in the city and neighbourhood, and who have since taken an active interest in the promotion of psalmorly amongst us. By these gentlemen, as indeed by all his old pupils, deceased was much respected, for he had a kind heart and an obliging nature. Mr Colston was a native of Edinburgh, where he held a situation similar to that he came to fill here. He had, say thirty years ago, a tenor voice of great range and power, and having received lessons in his early days from Mr John Wilson, who became the famous exponent of our Scottish songs, knew how to use it with effect. Mr Colston was for many years teacher of music in Gordon's Hospital, and indeed taught in some of our educational institutions till within a fortnight past.
    Obituary 1906  [8
    Reporting Reminiscences 

    • 1875 ABERDEEN REMINISCENCES, WEST CHURCH PSALMODY

      Alexander Colston, the buirdly retired precentor of the West Parish Kirk, was no more seen : he departed in his seventy-second year. He came from Leith, possessed a full baritone voice, was a mason, and had been a pupil of John Wilson, the first of Scottish vocalists. The new precentor could sing a capital song, and was popular at public dinners, but did not perplex himself about psalmody : its time was not yet. He taught the "Sillerton loons" music, and they led him a sad life. Several of them sang in the West Kirk choir when I was a member of the body   1843. I once got into disrespect with Colston through a silly bit of pencil work. The choir observed that our Benedict leader was much attracted by a bonny young servant-maid who attended the church, and they wickedly were the cause of putting the following lines from A Lay of the Laterom into our precentor's mouth. The name of the fair one (I knew her well) was Helen Ord.

      Aye in the kirk I think on her
      When weel my choir doth chord ;

      For a' that's sweet in harmonie
      Combines in Helen Ord.

      And if the line within the psalm
      By chance should end wi' " Lord,*'

      I grip the L atween my teeth.
      And only murmur   " Ord ".

      Colston was an honest, a good-hearted man, to whom fortune was not over-kind, and I had the opportunity of being of some service to him as the end drew near. What a fine manly appearance he had when leading the psalmody from the lateran.

      [Definition of buirdly:
      adjective: muscular and heavily built
      Example: "`buirdly' is a Scottish term"]
    Occupation Music teacher 
    • This was the occupation given on the census in 1841, 1851 and 1861
    Notes 
    • In a letter to his nephew, William Edward Colston in Australia in 1872, he says he has a small farm within five miles of the city of Aberdeen and his rent is three pounds the acre. He gives his address as Woodbine Cottage, Bielside, Cults, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
    Person ID I464  Colston & Wenck families in Australia
    Last Modified 26 Apr 2016 

    Father James COLSTON,   b. Abt 1778, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jun 1826, Portobello, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 48 years) 
    Mother Mary CUNNINGHAM,   b. Abt 1774, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1826, Portobello, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 52 years) 
    Married 10 Nov 1797  South Leith, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F6  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Helen MORRISON,   b. 04 Sep 1807, Inverury, Aberdeenshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jun 1885, Aberdeen, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 30 Apr 1835  Old Machar, Aberdeen, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Last Modified 17 Jul 2008 
    Family ID F10  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 Nov 1805 - Duddingston, Midlothian, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 02 Dec 1805 - Duddingston, Midlothian, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 30 Apr 1835 - Old Machar, Aberdeen, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 06 Jun 1841 - Aberdeen, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 31 Mar 1851 - Aberdeen, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 07 Apr 1861 - Banchory Devenick, Kincardineshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Congestion of Lungs - 08 Feb 1875 - Aberdeen, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsObituary - Aberdeen Journal - 10 Feb 1875 - Aberdeen, Scotland Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S151] Old Parochial Records, Midlothian. Film 1066683 (V3. Baptisms 1781-1819 Duddingston, Scotland), 1805 page 90.

    2. [S247] FreeCEN 1841 Scotland Census [database on-line], (http://www.freecen.org.uk), Piece: SCT1841/168, folio 3, page 1, ED 2, Aberdeen Burgh-Aberdeenshire.

    3. [S248] FreeCEN 1851 Scotland Census [database on-line], (http://www.freecen.org.uk), Piece: SCT1851/168, folio 140, page 34, ED 21, Aberdeen Burgh-Aberdeenshire.

    4. [S764] Scotland 1861 Census, (findmypast.com), Parish: Banchory Devenick; ED: 4; Page: 10; Line: 4; Roll: CSSCT1861_34 Household of Alexander Colston.

    5. [S759] The Buffalo News, (http://buffalonews.com/), Death notice, page 5, 10  February 1875.

    6. [S766] Ancestry Message Boards, (http://boards.ancestry.com.au/), Message Boards > Surnames > Colston > Alexander Colston (Edinburgh & Aberdeen, Scotland).

    7. [S759] The Buffalo News, (http://buffalonews.com/), Obituary, 10 Feb 1875.

    8. [S767] Reporting Reminiscences, 1906. Vol. 2., Carnie, William, (Reprint. London: Forgotten Books, 2013. 144-5. Print. http://www.forgottenbooks.com/readbook_text/Reporting_Reminiscences_1906_v2_1000728103/145), 1875 ABERDEEN REMINISCENCES, WEST CHURCH PSALMODY.

    9. [S5] International Genealogical Index [IGI], (FamilySearch), FHL Film 6901059.