Kin & Roots

My Great Grandparents
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David & Catherine

My Great Grandfather on my mothers side - David Galt* - was a whitefisher. He was born in 1836, and lived and worked in the small fishing village of Portknockie in the northeastern part of Scotland. On the 20th of November 1858 - at the age of 22 - he married Catherine Wood, the daughter of boat builder Alexander Wood and Isobella Mair. Catherine gave birth to four boys and one girl during the period 1861 to 1872. Unfortunately their firstborn - David - died 4 years old from pain in the chest. It seems Catherine herself did not recover from her last childbirth, and died on 21 March 1872.

David remarried my Great Grandmother - Catherine Mair - on the 28th of september that same year. She was the daughter of fisherman Alexander Mair of Portknockie. Together they raised 12 children - 8 of their own and 4 from the marriage with Catherine Wood. One of them was my Grandfather George Gault (born 1875). By the 1881 Census of Seafield it seems David and Catherine had settled down in Banff, where they lived at 3 Fountain Street - 8 people sharing 3 rooms.

David died from enteritis at home in 1917 at the age of 80 - Catherine in 1925 at the age of 83. Cause of death was cholecystitis. David was nicknamed "Old Daisy" by his contemporaries and descendants.

The family name of Gault is alternately spelt Gaut or Galt. It seems the spelling changed from Galt to Gault sometime during the end of the 19th century. See "Origins of the family name Gault". In older times it was also customary to write names the way they sounded in peoples' ears. Illiteracy was not uncommon at the time, as one can see from the signing of some marriage and death certificates. ("He/she signed with an X").