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My Granny,

Winifred Christina Corbet South 1886-1959

Granny South - Tibbles

She came from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire UK.

According to family stories she is said to be a descendant of a Scottish family, possibly Douglas or Corbet.

One of the stories is; a member of the family, a Douglas, was lady in waiting to a Scottish Queen, I presume Mary Queen of Scots. 

Mary Queen of Scots had four ladies in waiting that I can find:- Mary Seton who stayed with her until late in life, Mary Beaton, Mary Livingstone, and Mary Fleming, collectively known as "The Four Mary's" None of these ladies being a Douglas. Did one of them marry a Douglas?

A second story is; A member of the family a Scotsman possibly named Corbet, (my assumption due to it being one of my Granny's middle names) was a Laird who had his own Clan, tartan, etc,. He did something (unknown) to disgrace his Clan and was stripped of his Clan, and everything associated with it.

Any help on how to find the information would be greatly appreciated.

Boxing Day 2003 was a day of note, I found out that Margaret Douglas Watson 1820-1892 according to the 1881 census was born in Glasgow. Later I found that the 1851 census shows her to be born in Edinburgh. The 1861 and 1871 census state she was born in Scotland.

I believe that Edinburgh is the correct birth place due to the fact it is the nearest to her birth, but I have no proof.

1881 Census.

SOUTH, Margaret Douglas.

Mother, Born 1820 Glasgow, Scotland.

Census Place: St Pancras, Middlesex, London, England.

 Dwelling: 42 Roderick Rd

 Source:    FHL Film 1341048     PRO Ref RG11    Piece 0219    Folio 99    Page 38

Tupsley township, Hereford borough,

South? Mill Road

Thomas SOUTH Head Married 34 male Innkeeper b. Hereford Withington

Margaret SOUTH Wife Married 32 female b. Edinburgh, Scotland

She married Thomas South 1807-1880.


SOUTH, Thomas                           Age: 29 years

        Wife:       Margaret Douglas WATSON  Age: 24 years

        Marriage Date:        6 Jan 1844       Recorded in:    All Saints, Hereford, Hereford, England

        Husband's Father:   Richard SOUTH

        Wife's Father:  George Douglas WATSON

Source: FHL Number 992204 Dates:      1819-1844

Her father recorded at their wedding was George Douglas Watson. I now believe that her mother and father were not married. I also think her fathers name was George Watson, at her wedding she added the Douglas name to carry on her mothers family name, her mother’s sir name turns out to be Douglas.


1851 Census.