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Isabella Watson & Family
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Isabella Watson & Family

Barbara says "Catherine Watson's sister Isabella Watson, my great aunt. My Cousin Hugh Penney of Fortrose wrote that she was his great grandmother, she married John "Jock Dhu" McLeman in 1860, a fish curer in Cromarty. With her in this picture (at the age of 90) is her great grandaughter, Shona on her knee and Shona's mother Mrs. Annie Fry on the right and grand aunt Mrs. Finlayson known in Cromarty as "Bella Dhu" on the left."
Picture added on 30 November 2006
Barbara Tocher,
Thank you for this picture of my great-great-great grandmother (Isabella Watson: married name: MacLeman), my great-great grandmother (Isabella MacLeman: married name: Finlayson), my great-grand-aunt (Ann Finlayson: married name: Fry) and my cousin twice removed Shona Fry: married name: Hawes.

I think that this picture could actually be 1931 or 1932, but I am not too sure. Just by looking at the people in the picture, the date has to be between 1930 and 1935, since Shona Fry was born in 1930 and Isabella Watson died in 1935. Isabella Watson might therefore be a bit older than 90, maybe as old as 92-95 in this picture.

I know you sent me this picture last August (August 2005) and I have it somewhere at home, along with the accompanying article about Hugh Penney.
Added by Ian Roberts on 30 November 2006
Just so that the facts are straight.Isabella Watson (Married name McLeman) is my grand aunt not my great aunt.
Added by Barbara Tocher on 02 December 2006
Hi Barb and Ian
I have this picture and it was taken in 1930 as it is Shona {Janet} on her great- grandmother's lap. Shona was born June 23 1930 and it appears she is only about two or three months old at the time of the picture. Shona gave me a copy of this picture with names and date on the back.
It's great to see you on this site, Barb. I'll write you soon.
Nancy Finlayson
Added by Nancy Finlayson on 02 December 2006
Remarkably Isabella Watson had 16 children!
Added by Andrew Bathie on 02 December 2006
Hi. I have just come across this picture and I am not sure if this Isabella Watson is a relation or not. My grandfather's sister was Isabella and she had a sister Catherine, and three brothers, Isaac, William and John. Is this the same person?
Added by Sheena Reid on 28 September 2009
The Isabella you are looking for could be Isabella, born 1893 Cromarty to John Watson (b. 1866) and Margaret Finlayson (b. 1865).

-siblings of this Isabella - listed as Jane, Isaac, John and William - pretty close to yours - except I have Jane instead of Catherine
Added by Ian Roberts on 29 September 2009
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