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Lillian Boyd

James Boyd

Robert Mcgee Boyd

John Noel Boyd

William Miller Boyd (b.1927)

William Miller Boyd (1915-1923)

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The Boyd family ancestry and history of Scotland.

"Robert Boyd was said to be the first of the Boyds. He took on the surname of Boyd which became a surname to all of his descendants. Robert's Grandfather was said to be Alan Fitz Flaald, (Stewart of Dol, Brittany) who went to the Holy Land with Godfrey de Rouillon in the first crusade of the year 1097. He died in the year 1153 leaving three sons: Walter - who succeeded him Adam - who is designed Filius Alani in the Charters of COLDINGHAM, MELROSE AND COLDSTREAM. Simon - who is in Charters designed Brother to Walter Dapifer, Simon was the father of Robert, designed in the Register of PAISLEY; NEPOS Alani DAPIFERI, Robert's uncle was Walter Stewart, the youngest son of Alan Fitzflaald, went to Scotland where he received land in Renfrew, including Paisley, and the hereditary dignity of High Steward or Seneschal of Scotland, from David I of Scotland. Robert's cousin was Alan ( son of Walter), who as a Commander under Richard the Lionheart on the Third Crusade in 1191. He was a patron of the Knights Templar, adding considerably to their strength and possessions in Scotland both before and after his return from the Crusade. This is their direct ancestry traces back to the Royal House of Stewart through Alan Fitzflaad, father of Walter who became the High Steward of Scotland and was said to be uncle to the first Boyd".

Boydtown (Australia)

(Thanks to Claire Layfield for some of the information on the Boyd family)



Thomas Boyd (Stone Mason).
 Was said to have been involved in the building of the stone gates  (Cnr Park Rd east & park Rd South) in

Birkenhead Park. (Photo)

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Notes: Dad said stone mason was from Scotland. Dalbeatie?
(Born in Donaghadee?
(Lived here before moving to Birkenhead)?
Nth England Champion Wrestler ?
- Information from my dad, Robert McGee Boyd

NB Dad may have been talking about John, below)





Son John Boyd
do not yet know of other siblings

(probably Elizabeth)

(name of spouse on son John's Christening register in
Donaghadee, Ireland)

John Boyd was born in 1839 in Ireland.
Boilermaker (Striker)
Christened 20th September, 1839
Donaghadee, Down, Ireland
Click here to view Christening certificate
He died in 1901 in Birkenhead.
In 1862 lived at 21 Hamilton Terrace

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14th April 1862
aged 22 yrs
 St Marys, Birkenhead
he married
Click here to view marriage certificate.
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Marriage certificate says 'Parish Church' so may not have been St Marys
 Isabella Lewis.
Domestic Servant
She was born 10.6.1839 (Monmouth, Gwent, Wales)
She died in Birkenhead in 1912.
Click here for more information about Isabella Lewis
(aka hibbert)

Louise Lewis' tree says born in Cardiff Rd, Newport, Gwent)

Children: Robert Magee (c1862), William Henry (1864-1940), Thomas (1866), Grace? (1869), Lucy (c1870-1893), Isabella (Sept 1875-June 1937), Eliza (1878), Elizabeth (1880), John (1883).
NB Not sure that all this information re the children is correct. Longbone Family Tree has same information. NB See McDonough family tree more more information re William Henry Boyd

1871  (Census) Click here to view the 1871census
They had 9 (10?) children. Living at 4 Alma St, Birkenhead with 3 children & 2 Hibbert children & 2 Lewis children. Mother-in-law's house. 
- Carol Smith's tree

In 1871 Census, showing relationship to head of household
Stephen Hibbert (son 25 clerk), Melrose Hibbert (daughter 14)
Next group had a 2 under the address ie 2 Alma St (maybe flats in one house?)
John Lewis (son 20 Apprentice boilermaker born Birkenhead), Thomas Lewis (son 18 Apprentice
boilermaker born Birkenhead),
NB John & Thomas were Isabella's brothers.
John Boyd (son-in-law 31 Boilermaker Born Ireland), Isabella Boyd (wife 31 Born Monmouth Newport) Thomas (4 scholar Born B'head) Grace (2), Lucy (7months)
There were also 2 lodgers - James brown (22 Groom) James McMenning (20 machinist)

1881  (Census) -  John & Isabella were 42 and lived at 39 Ivy Street, Birkenhead
Also living there were:
Robert (19), (below) Labourer; William Henry (17), apprentice Boiler Maker; Thomas (15) apprentice Boiler Maker; Lucy (11); Elizabeth (1); Isabella (6).
(Library 1341855) national Archives  Folio 3574/54 Page 43RG11

1891  (Census) - 14 Lorn Street, Birkenhead. John & Isabella were 52. In the house were; Elizabeth (10) scholar; John (8) Click here to see census

1901  (Census) - 14 Lorn Street, Birkenhead. John & Isabella were 62. In the house were; John (17), James Smart (boarder) and Isabella Boyd (5) (niece). Click here to see census.

 Robert Magee Boyd
b. 1863).
Occupation -
Chipper And Caulker
in the shipyards.
 on 28th August, 1887
in St Nicholas Liverpool Parish Church
he married
Sarah Thomas Miller
 Sarah Thomas Miller
(1864 - 25.12.1944)
Father was William Miller
Sister was Susan Miller
(found this in my notes from Mum & Dad)
 Click on the picture to see an enlargement

(NB Previously I had thought this to be Sarah Davies)
Many thanks to Claire Layfield, great -great granddaughter of Robert and Sarah, for the information, marriage certificate  and photograph of Sarah Thomas Miller.
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Click here to view marriage certificate
Click here to view copy from 1911 Census

The family lived at 27 Leicester Street, Birkenhead

Total children born alive - 12.
Total children still living - 7. (Had 2 more in 1901 Isabella & Sarah)

William (23) , Robert (21), James (18), George (14), John (12) , Edmund (9),
Lilian (5) 
(see Census below)

Number of children who died before 1911 - 5.

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Some of the second names and other notes came from dad.
DOB & first name from
1911 census. Click here to see the 1911 census

1888 William Miller
(29.3.1888 - 15.2.1963)
(In 1911 worked in the shipyard)
1890 Robert Cadman
killed in WWI 1918 Click here for WWI information.
(In 1911 worked in the shipyard as Holder Up)
1892 James Thomas
killed in WWI (In 1911 worked in the shipyard)
1897 George Abbott
(1896 -  1972)
sniper in WWI (In 1911 worked as an errand boy for a shop)
Married Florence Edwards
1899 John Noel
(25.12.1898 - 1972)
NB He was 12 in 1911
sniper in WWI Married Ellen Jones
1902 Edmund N H
(1902 - 1973)
Errand boy for Provisions shop in 1911 Married Lilian M Parker
(1904 - 1931)??? Had 6 children???
1906 Lilian
(1906 -     )
Aged 5 in 1911
1901 Isabella & Sarah They were one month old on the 1901 Census
Other Sisters?: Nellie, May, Emily ,  (unsure)
Claire Layfield's tree mentions an Isabella and a Sarah both born 1901

Click here to see Household Census - 1911

Second names and other notes came from dad. (Robert McGee Boyd)
D.O.B. & first name from 1911 census.

Living at 27 Leicester Street, Birkenhead

William Miller Boyd (b.1888)  married Elizabeth Ann Hastings
(my grandparents)

Thanks to Steve Jones and Carol Greer for much of the above information.