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Elizabeth (Lizzie) Skinner

1853 – 1911


Relationship to Ron & Ian



John Skinner – 1825 – 1888
Christian (Christina) Ingram – 1823 – 1896


Alexander McNaughton – 1855 – 1916


Charles Dickie Skinner – 1877-
Maggie Ann Skinner – 1880-
Jane Archibald McNaughton – 1882-
Charlotte McNaughton – 1883-
Alexander McNaughton – 1885-
John Grant (Jock) McNaughton – 1888–1957
Ivo McNaughton – 1891–1947


Date Age Event Place
1853 Birth Skene
1861 7 Living in Chapel Brae Hollybank, Banchory Ternan, Kincardineshire
1871 17 Domestic servant in McCann family. 40 Lodge Walk, Aberdeen St Nicholas
31 Oct 1877 Birth of child, Charles Dickie Skinner Aberdeen St Nicholas
20 Apr 1880 Birth of child, Maggie Ann Skinner Ballater
1881 28 Living in Glenmuich (Ballater)
5 January 1882 29 Marriage to Alexander McNaughton Free Church of Scotland, Ballater
1891 38 Living in Aberdeen Old Machar
1901 48 Living in Aberdeen Old Machar
11 February 1911 58 Death Aberdeen

Domestic servant.

This was her life

Lizzie was the second of 10 children born in Skene, a small community just outside Aberdeen, to John Skinner and Christian (later named Christina) Ingram. We can presume the family was poor, as John was a labourer, and moved around, living in Skene in 1851, Banchory Ternan in 1861 and Ballater in 1871.

While still in her teens, Lizzie moved to Aberdeen to work as a domestic servant. Her younger sister Jane did the same, although they worked in different households.

We can guess that young girls on their own were particularly vulnerable, and while in their early twenties and not yet married, both girls had two children.

In the 1881 census, Lizzie, aged 27, is back with her parents in Ballater (Glenmuick) with both her children. Jane’s two children were there too, although Jane is working as a cook in Aberdeen.

A year later, in 1882, Lizzie married Alexander McNaughton and their first child was born 6 months later. She went on to have five children with Alexander, the second youngest being John (Jock), Ron and Ian’s father.

By 1891, the family had moved to Aberdeen, presumably for Alexander to get work, part of a general trend for farm labourers to move to the city to get better paid work.

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