James Ferguson born 8.10.1815 Muirkirk. He married Margaret Gilmour on 15.9.1837 "James Ferguson in Low Glencairn Street and Margaret Gilmour in Grange Street, after being proclaimed the extract was called for." In 1841 he was a tinsmith journeyman living in Sandbed St Kilmarnock. In 1851 he was a tinsmith employing 5 men in Portland St, Campbells, Kilmarnock. He later lived at 11 Dundonald St Kilmarnock.

 

James and his brother Thomas established T & J Ferguson in 1854, later expanding the factory. "The new mill, like the older one, is one storey in height, lighted from the roof, and was built from designs prepared by Mr Thomas Ferguson, Jr. All the works were erected under the personal superintendence of Mr James Ferguson, to whose shrewdness, industry and perseverance the success of the Nursery Mills must in a great measure be attributed, while his brothers attended to the practical inside management. The works consist of two large weaving sheds, besides stores and a two storey building in which the warps are prepared. The machinery is of the best description, and the looms are fitted with all the latest improvements. They are driven by two pair of massive engines of upwards of 200 horse power. The huge smoke stack, 135 feet high, if not the highest is certainly the most handsome and best proportioned in Ayrshire. Some idea of the extent of these works can be formed when we mention that in the two weaving sheds there is a floorage of 10,000 square yards on which stand 1,083 looms giving employment to upwards of 600 girls, beside a competent staff of male superintendents. Although other fabrics are sometimes made, the looms generally, and at present, are entirely employed in the production of grey cotton for different purposes and of various widths, ranging from 28 to 45 inches. The average production of cloth per day is about 25 miles."

 

Margaret died in Kilmarnock on 13.5.1882, of Elmgrove, Kilmarnock and James Ferguson died on 1.1.1888 of Dundonald Rd, Kilmarnock.

 

1. Mary Ferguson christened 31.10.1838, married John Nimmo on 2.11.1864 in Kilmarnock. John lived in Hospital St, Glasgow and was a handle manufacturer. In 1891, Mary was a widow and lived at 12 Clifford St Lanark with her sister Maggie, brother John, brother in law William Fraser and Rachel Murray, a companion. She died on 16.3.1894 of Thorwood Terrace Partick, “wife of John Nimmo and daughter of James Ferguson” leaving investments in her brother’s mill in Kilmarnock to her sister Margaret.

 

          2. & 3. daughters

 

4. James Ferguson born 1841 aged 3 months in census died infancy

 

5. John Ferguson born 7.3.1843, "5th child and 2nd son of James Ferguson, tinsmith and Margaret Gilmour his wife, was born in Kilmarnock on the 7th day of March 1843." A tape dresser in 1881

 

6. James Ferguson born 5.6.1845, "6th child and 3rd son". He married Annie Hay Andrew on 26.11.1876. In 1901 he was a cotton cloth manufacturer at 5 Princes St, Kilmarnock. As a cricketer, he "developed exceptional powers as a left-hand medium bowler, and was recognised by competent judges to be one of the finest bowlers in the West of Scotland. This is borne out by the fact that he not only won the Club prize for bowling but that the Clydsedale team, which in those days was the most prominent and strongest combination in the West, invited him to accompany them as a bowler while on tour in Ireland, but the honour was declined. While the two brothers were not very conspicuous as batsmen, still they got valuable runs for their side on many occasions by the perfect understanding between them in playing the tip and run style of game. Not only in cricket has Mr James Ferguson proved himself as an adept. As a ped, as a quoiter, and on the bowling green he has carried off prizes, and he was a member of the rinks of the Kilmarnock Bowling Club that won the Scottish Championship two years in succession in 1894 and 1895." His wife died in 1925 and James on 28.8.1938 at 6 Dundonald St

 

1. Robert Candlish Ferguson born 1878 Kilmarnock, a power loom tenter. He died 6.9.1938 in Kilmarnock

 

7. Thomas Ferguson born 27.8.1847 Kilmarnock. He was a cashier in the family business and designed new buildings for T & J Ferguson. In 1901 he was a cotton cloth manufacturer. He married Agnes Jean Workman McKie on 26.11.1870. In 1871-81, they lived at 7 Princes St. In 1884, Thomas built a new home, “Clifton Cottage” at 3 Seaford St, Kilmarnock. The brass letterbox still carries the name Ferguson. He built an aviary at the rear and the family had live in servants.

 

Thomas was a talented photographer. The Kilmarnock Standard noted in 1913 he "has carried off the premier honours in a number of important competitions as an amateur photographer." His family donated 5,000 of his photographic plates to the Dick Institute. When Alistair Leslie bought the Ferguson house in 1977, his son found a large collection of frames, faded photographs and plates in the cellar, including a photo of the Ferguson factory and its workforce. 

 

Cricket was another interest. The Kilmarnock Standard of 1909 included "Kilmarnock Willow Wielders - A Notable Family" "it is questionable if a cricket match has been played in Kilmarnock during the last 40 or 50 years without a representative of the Ferguson Family on the team. In the early sixties the first connection with the club was formed, when Mr Tom Ferguson became a playing member on the Glebe Park, near the end of Robertson Place.  There was no boundary limit, batsmen having to run for all their counters. Under such conditions smartness in fielding was as much an essential of the game as batting and bowling, and it was in the department that Mr Ferguson particularly excelled, his speed as a runner serving him well. Mr Ferguson was appointed Secretary and Treasurer, and discharged those duties for a number of years." Kilmarnock Cricket Club paid tribute; he "proved his loyalty to the willow by withstanding the temptations of the bowling green. These were the days of trial when only the staunchest remained. Conditions were difficult, finance was a constant worry and the outlook was far from rosy. But Tom Ferguson was true to his love.  Perhaps his cricket was not of the highest order, but of his zeal, there can be no question." Thomas Ferguson was widowed when he died on 15.2.1932, of 5 Golf Crescent, Troon. His brother Andrew was the informant.

 

1. Agnes Jean Crawford Ferguson born 13.2.1871 Kilmarnock, married Robert Easton Cunningham a stockbroker on 19.6.1896 at her home. Robert died on 4.1.1900 of Prestwick. Agnes died on 3.2.1936, of 2 Golf Crescent, Troon.

 

2. Maggie Gilmour Ferguson born 2.7.1873 Kilmarnock. She died on 19.7.1954, of Middlemass Drive, Kilmarnock.

 

3. James Ferguson born 1877 died at home on 17.2.1898

 

8. William Ferguson christened 3.11.1849 Kilmarnock. He was a wool sorter living at 333 London Rd, Glasgow and a widower when he married Elizabeth Robertson, a grocers assistant on 28.11.1878 at 79 Roselea Drive, Dennistoun.  In 1881, he was a railway traffic manager living 18 William St, Workington, Cumberland, England. In 1891, he was a wood merchant living at 138 Gathland Drive, Glasgow

 

1. James Ferguson born 1871 USA, a hatter at home 1891

 

2. Anne S Ferguson born 1873 USA, at home in 1881

 

3. Robert Candlish Ferguson born 1880 married Helen McFadyen. A commercial traveller, he died on 9.1.1948. Son: William Ferguson living at 27 Loretta St Glasgow 1948-53

 

4. George Harvey Ferguson born 1882. He was a steel works manager. He married Mary Craig Smith and lived at 60 Eglinton Rd, Ardrossan.  He died on 9.3.1953

 

5. Jessie Ferguson born 1884

 

6. William Ferguson born 1886

 

7. Thomas Ferguson born 1890

 

9. Jane Ferguson “Jeanie” born 21.11.1851 Kilmarnock, "9th child and 4th daughter of James Ferguson, tinsmith." She married William Fraser, an accountant of 4 Bellevue Square, Scarborough on 9.7.1879 at he parents home Elmgrove, Dundonald Rd, Kilmarnock. In 1891, he was an estate agent and lived with her sisters Mary and Maggie

 

10. Robert Candlish Ferguson born 5.11.1855 in Kilmarnock. He died on 10.4.1875 of “Elmgrove” Dundonald Rd, Kilmarnock, aged 19.

 

11. Andrew Gilmour Ferguson born 29.4.1858 Kilmarnock, married Ellen Rowat 13.12.1877. In 1881, he was a power loom tenter at 9 Nursery St, Kilmarnock. In 1891-1901, he was a cotton cloth manufacturer at 5 Charles St. Andrew joined the Kilmarnock Cricket Club in 1875.  "He learned the rudiments of the game with the junior clubs that existed in the town at the time, and when he came to the senior combination his innate gift as a batsman proved a decided acquisition to the club.  In 1833, he was first elected a Director and for the next 4 seasons, 1883-7, he had the unique distinction of carrying off the leading batting honours of the club. In 1833 his average was 33, and his prize was a bat presented by Captain Sneddon, the donor handing over the gift at the annual supper. In this season Mr Ferguson realised the aim and ambition of every batsman by scoring a century, the exact figures being 104, against a very strong Clydesdale club. In 1884, he was Vice-Captain of the team, and, for the next 4 years, 1885-8, he was Captain, being also Treasurer in the first three. In 1886, Mr Jas Dickie, seedsman, was President of the club and at the annual general meeting intimated that he would give a special prize that season, and selected the match on June 5th as the test to decide the winner, the prize to be awarded to the batsman who made 50 runs. Mr Ferguson secured the prize with a score of 68, and Mr Dickie presented him with a beautiful gold scarf pin mounted with wickets, bat and ball - a gift Mr Ferguson still retains in his possession." Andrew was again Captain of the 1st X1 from 1899-1900, often scoring the highest batting average, with his son James serving as Vice-Captain. Andrew "proved himself a real club man until his playing days ended in 1902 - aye, and a tower of inspiration to every Kilmarnock player to the end of his life.  He was a familiar figure at Kirkstyle, always to be found gazing lovingly from the dressing room window, following every game, senior or junior with great interest. When he finally retired from the Committee of Management in 1904 he was created the first Life Member of the Club in appreciation of the long and valuable services rendered to the club over 25 years as Vice-President, Captain, Treasurer, Vice-Captain and director." He died on 12.1.1940, of 5 Charles St Kilmarnock.

 

1. James Ferguson born 1878 Kilmarnock, a power loom tenter then warehouseman. He married Isabella Barnes Harris in 1905. The Kilmarnock Standard noted in 1913, "for well nigh twenty years Mr James Ferguson was a regular playing member of the 1st X1, and during the time he played in the 2nd X1 he acted as a fast right-arm bowler, while in the season before he joined the 1st X1 he had the highest score in competition with second eleven cricket in Kilmarnock.  In the middle of the same season his services were requisitioned as a "sub" for the 1st X1, and in his first game against Cathcart, when he was 14 years of age, he scored 31 not out.  It was only natural that after such a promising opening he should become a regular playing member of the first eleven. In seasons 1899-1900 he was Vice-Captain to his father, and in the latter season he made the best bowling average. 

 

For the next four seasons, 1901 to 1904, he was the club's enthusiastic Captain, and when Colonel Denny opened the new ground in 1904 he had the honour of catching the first ball, which was thrown by the Colonel.  In 1906, Mr Ferguson's best performance was 68 not out, and in 1908 he gathered 207 runs, his highest score being 55 not out and his average 12.9.  In 1909 his highest score was 52, and in 1910, 53 not out.  During the last and throughout all the intervening years he retained his place, latterly as a wicket keeper, having few equals in the west of Scotland." The club history noted, "Brockie McCulloch, Killie's famous fast bowler, was at his fastest in those days and it was no surprise that Jimmy's hands were badly distorted in his later years."

 

"In the management of the club he was always a most indefatigable worker. In 1896, he acted as joint Secretary, and during the last few years the club was on Holm Quarry, Mr Ferguson and a few others worked strenuously to keep the old ship floating till its prospects improved with the acquisition of Kirkstyle."  When games were played away from home in 1903-4, James "and the other members of the Ferguson family, including the girls, played their part in the club's struggle for survival. All the playing material was kept at their home in Charles St where the pads were cleaned, umpires coats laundered and repaired by female members, bats and pads repaired and balls cleaned and repolished after each game by the younger male members, all to save expense." 

 

James lived at 12 Fairyhill Rd Kilmarnock. He died at 10 am on 28.4.1923 of pneumonia. "It is difficult to realise that never again shall we see the familiar, alert, quick-moving form of Mr James Ferguson crouching behind the wickets watching vigilantly the interests of his side, or never again hear his pungent criticisms, or benefit from the cheery optimism that never seemed to desert him even when the affairs of the club were at their lowest ebb. Mr Ferguson was laid aside with an attack of pneumonia, and though it was thought he had got the turn for the better he succumbed on Monday last, to the regret of a wide circle of friends and admirers, for whom will go forth sympathy for his sorrowing widow and 4 young children, the youngest of which is only 5 weeks old."

 

2. Andrew Ferguson born 14.9.1887 at 2.30am at 22 Clark St, Kilmarnock. The Kilmarnock Standard noted in 1909 "young Andrew" as he is popularly known, is only blossoming forth as a willow wielder. Last year as a member of the 2nd XI his best performance was 31 against Kelburne. In the 8 games played he was 4 times not out, and his average was 15.2. This season he has been introduced into the 1st X1, but so far the "tail" has had few opportunities of showing its real value to the side. A nice straight bat, "young Andrew" is promising well." The club history comments he "played regularly for the 1st XI for a few years prior to the Great War and on occasions deputised for his elder brother James, behind the stumps. While he made many useful contributions with the bat he never attained his father's proficiency as a run getter. He was one of only two regularly playing members prior to the Great War who returned to the fold on the cessation of hostilities and again took his place in the team, captaining the side in 1920-1 Unfortunately a slight arm displacement sustained while serving with the Royal Field Artillery in France, proved rather a handicap and this resulted in his early retiral from playing.”

 

3. Agnes Ferguson born 1881 Kilmarnock, at home 1901

 

4. Maggie Ferguson born 1883 Kilmarnock, at home in 1891

 

5. Jeannie Ferguson born 1886 Kilmarnock, at home 1901

 

6. Ellen Ferguson born 1890 Kilmarnock, at home in 1901

 

7. Thomas Ferguson born 1893 Kilmarnock, served in the Highland Light Infantry. "Beginning as a lad before the First World War and losing 4 vital years of cricketing life to military service, he was the pivot on which the Club swung during the difficult and disheartening post-war years. From 1920-37 he gave fully of his time, his thought, his organising ability and his skill to KCC. He knew the game well, he was a neat and most attractive batsman, who when he could curb his impetuosity, played many excellent innings for his side. His fielding at cover point was a delight to watch, nimble, smart and clean cut in all he did. He captained the Club in seasons 1926-28 and 1934-36. On and off the field he was a gentleman. As Captain, Vice-Captain, President, director and a host of other things, he has served the club well, so much that when he finally retired he was elected a Life Member."

 

1. Andrew G Ferguson "who in the juniors of 1933-4 gave great promise of things to come.  Perhaps he has not fulfilled that early promise - he lost several vital years in the Forces - but Drew is the happy cricketer to whom averages mean very little, and pleasure, much.  He is a gay cavalier with the bat, thirsting to produce the old-fashioned square cut, and a fielder who leaves you no doubt that he is enjoying the game." Son: Thomas Gilmour Ferguson "a small son" in 1952

 

8. Winifred Ferguson born 1897 Kilmarnock. She sang for several decades in the choir at St Andrews Glencairn church and died in a nursing home circa 1980. Gabrielle McCracken, remembered her as "a dear, the oldest resident of the street." 

 

12. Margaret Gilmour Ferguson born 11.2.1860. She lived with her sister Mary until her death in 1894. She married John Kennedy Fraser on 29.1.1895 at her brother George’s home. Her sister Jeanie had married his brother William in 1879. John was a ship’s chandler based at Glencairn House, Barry Dock South Wales. 

 

13. George Harvey Ferguson born 14.5.1862. A bank clerk in 1881 and master photographer of 11 Dundonald Rd Kilmarnock, when he married Agnes Haddow on 8.4.1885 at New City Rd Congregational Church, Glasgow, witnessed by his cousin James Dalglish Urquhart. By 1888, he was an iron merchant. In 1891, he lived at 12 Stewart St, Shawlands, Renfrew and in 1901 at 34 Battlefields, Cathcart. In 1912, he was a chemical merchant of 20 Waverly Gardens, Glasgow and manager of agricultural supply in 1915

 

1. John Ferguson born 1885, plumbers apprentice in 1901

 

2. Agnes Jane Main Ferguson born 1887 Glasgow. She married Alexander Brown Marr on 28.9.1915 in Glasgow. He served in the 5th Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders in WW1. A machine repairman and loomfixer, he was hired by JP Coats to help in a new plant in the US. In 1923 he went to Rhode Island to work on the new Central Falls facility, sending for his wife and two sons in 1925. In the 1930 census, he was “fixer” at a thread mill, living at 105 Oakland Ave Pawtucket and paying $26 a month rent. Alexander died on 24.10.1938. Agnes died 7.5.1954 Seekonk, MA, both buried in Central Falls Providence.

 

1. Robert Brown Marr born 22.5.1922 Cathcart, married Ethel Eva Spink 6.3.1943 Rhode Island. 

 

1. Sandra Ann Marr married Jerold Wayne Reichert. Children: Kathleen Reichert, Mark Alan Reichert, Kristina Noel Reichert and Steven Marr Reichert

 

2. Robert Wallace Marr married Sandra Lynn Coward. Children: Robert Wallace Marr married Tammy Dawn Stawiasz (Children: Nicholas Daniel Marr, Nathan C Marr)  David Kenneth Marr married Julie Ann Martin, then Vicky Lynn Wilson (Children: Brendan B Marr, Ashley E Marr)

 

3. David Charles Marr married Nordeen Marie Bartlome, then Nancy Susan Bellman. Children: Jennifer E Marr, Meghan R Marr

 

4. John Alexander Marr

 

5. Nancy Jane Marr married David Robert Crawford. Children: Jonathan Crawford, Jacob Robert Crawford, Jessica Claire Crawford

 

2. George Harvey Ferguson Marr born 18.9.1923 married Loretta O’Brien on Rhode Island. Children: George Dennis Marr, Cheryl Marr married Dan Pottmeyer (Daughter: Kristen Pottmeyer) Jeff Marr

 

3. Margaret Mary Gilmour Nimmo Ferguson “Pie” born 25.10.1888 at 5.20pm 128 Gartland Drive, Glasgow

 

4. George Harvie Ferguson born 15.7.1890, mercantile clerk died 7.6.1912 at 20 Waverly Gardens, Glasgow of tuberculosis

 

5. Fraser Ferguson born 2.9.1892 Glasgow. A seaman, he married Margaret Black Clark, a machinist on 1.7.1917 “at private residence of Peter Alexander Clark, Onewa St Northcote.” In 1917, he appealed to be released from military service on the basis of his occupation as ships greaser. His wife died “On July 12, 1957 (suddenly) at her residence, 78 Eversleigh Road, Takapuna.” Fraser was then a storeman

 

1. George Harvie Ferguson a carpenter in Auckland. A notice in 1993 in the New Zealand Herald was from “George, Harvie, Leanne and Amanda Ferguson”

 

2. Jeanie Greive Ferguson married Noel Carter, lived in Takapuna in 1957. In 1993, the New Zealand Herald noted the deaths of “loved great nephews of Jean and Noel Carter, and George Ferguson, and second cousins of Noelene Wilson, Tricia Smith, and Leslie Hannaford.”

 

3. Fraser Ferguson an oil company representative of 23 Killarney St, Hamilton in 1957.

 

1. Larry Ferguson “Ferg” married Leonie Hill. He owns Nestead Country garage in Newstead, Hamilton. Their sons were killed in 1993. The NZ Herald reported "16yr old Larry Ferguson and his 13yr old brother Darren died after they fell 150 metres off a cliff into Skippers Canyon near the Whakapapa ski fields on Mt Ruapehu on Saturday morning. The boys, Venturer scouts, were visiting the mountain. National park police said they had been skiing when they decided to take off their skis and do some sliding in an area near Skippers Canyon. The boys slid to the top of the gorge and then apparently slid to the edge to have a look over. “They were doing a bit of adventuring like teenagers do,” said a police spokesman.” The Herald carried a notice “Larry (Ferg), Leonie and Michelle wish to sincerely thank our parents and especially our brother Murray (Tahle) without whose devotion and dedication we would never have survived this ordeal.” Children: Larry Fraser Ferguson “Junior” born 23.10.1977, taken to Waikato Hospital by helicopter, but died an hour later on 16.10.1993 Darren George Ferguson “Monkey” born 1.6.1980, died 16.10.1993, Michelle Ferguson

 

6. Eva Ferguson born 17.11.1893 married Joseph Sutherland Marr on 19.11.1915 at St Stephen’s Manse, Hill St. Joseph was an electrical engineer and a gunner in the RGA. Eva was a clerk, living with her parents. Joseph died in 1945 in Cathcart.

 

14. Ann Gilmour Ferguson born 24.12.1864 Kilmarnock, died 1867

 

15. Anne Gilmour Ferguson born 1867 Kilmarnock