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William Carruthers Of Guileburn
(Abt 1684-1774)
Mary Bell
(Abt 1696-1729)
John Carruthers Of Guileburn
(-Abt 1755)
William Carruthers of Soriesyke


Family Links

1. Unknown

2. Ellen Bell

William Carruthers of Soriesyke 134

  • Born: May 1753, Guileburn, St Mungo, Dumfries, Scotland
  • Christened: May 1753, St. Mungo, Dumfries, Scotland
  • Marriage (1): Unknown before 1782 in Scotland
  • Marriage (2): Ellen Bell before 1806 in St. Mungo, Dumfries, Scotland
  • Died: 4 Apr 1827, Sorrysyke, St Mungo, Dumfries, Scotland aged 73
  • Buried: 1827, St. Mungo, Dumfries, Scotland

bullet  General Notes:

William inherited the farm of Guileburn from his father viz his fathers will dated 14 Mar 1810. Value of the inheritance was 206 13s 3d.

Memorial inscription at St. Mungo Cemetery: William Carruthers in Soriesyke d. 4 Apr 1827 age 75 yrs also Helen Bell d. 7 Mar 1841 age 67 yrs also Phyllis Carruthers their daughter d. 15 Feb 1809 age 18 yrs. Brothers George and James are buried in the plots on either side.

While not proven on paper (no source records can be found), we believe William Carruthers of Soriesyke was the father of our James, born about 1806. There is clear evidence that Scottish naming traditions were used by James' family, which would imply that James' father's name was William. Scottish naming traditions are to name the first son after the paternal grandfather, the second son after the maternal grandfather, the third son after the father, and 4th and subsequent son after uncles or other close relatives. James and Elizabeth's oldest son was William, second son David, and thrid son James. We know for sure that Elizabeth's father was David Wilson, so the tradition is followed on the 2nd and 3rd sons. Close relatives are definitely indicated on the subsequent sons name, and an interesting one is the youngest son, Oswald. Before coming to Canada, James and Elizabeth lived at Kilnpotlees Farm in St. Mungo where their first son was born. An Oswald Ker lived at the same place some years before, and there are inklings that he was an uncle of sorts. So, all of this would imply that since naming traditions were used, and their first son was William, that our James father's name must be William.

According to a genealogist at Dumfries & Galloway Council, only one William CARRUTHERS was having children in St. Mungo at the time that our James' was born (abt 1806). That was William CARRUTHERS of Soriesyke and his 2nd wife, Ellen BELL. It is clearly evident that despite his age, William and Ellen did have children, as Phyllis is buried in St. Mungo with her parents, and daughter, Ellen, and son, John, both have their parents named on their death records. There are no paper records for our James, but we do believe that he is the oldest child of this union.

The DNA results of 2 of James' descendants would also imply that William Carruthers of Soriesyke is the likely father. The descendants match very closely with 2 other Carruthers of the Guileburn line, both of whom have a paper trail to their ancestors. William Carruthers of Soriesyke was the son of John Carruthers of Guileburn.

As a result, I have linked William Carruthers of Soriesyke into the tree. Should any information ever be presented to disprove this likely theory, this tree will be corrected.


William married Unknown before 1782 in Scotland. (Unknown died before 1806 in Scotland.)


William next married Ellen Bell, daughter of William Irving Bell and Unknown, before 1806 in St. Mungo, Dumfries, Scotland. (Ellen Bell was born about 1774 in Dumfries, Scotland, died on 18 Mar 1841 in St. Mungo, Dumfries, Scotland and was buried on 20 Mar 1841 in St. Mungo, Dumfries, Scotland.)

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