Is your surname Reid?

Research the Reid family

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!

Agnes Reid

Birthplace: Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Andrew Reid, Maltman in Glasgow and Isabella Niven
Wife of John Orr, Bookbinder in Glasgow
Mother of Andrew Orr, Bookseller in Glasgow; Isobell Orr; James Orr; Elizabeth Orr; John Orr and 3 others
Sister of Patrick Reid; Margaret Reid; Isobel Reid; Elizabeth Reid; Mary Reid and 1 other

Managed by: Private User
Last Updated:

About Agnes Reid


Agnes Reid, here treated, is the daughter of Andrew Reid and Isobell Niven. She was born before 10 March 1728, the date upon which her baptism was registered at Glasgow in Lanarkshire, Scotland. [National Records of Scotland, Glasgow Baptisms, 1719-28, reference OPR.644/1/10] Image of Baptismal Record

The Four Daughters of Andrew Reid and Isabella Niven

Andrew Reid (1696–1741) was a maltman (or brewer) in Glasgow, the son of Patrick Reid and Agnes Mitchell. On 17 February, 1777, he married Isabella Niven (1701–1739), the daughter of William Niven and Margaret Sheils. A printed family tree suggests Margaret was the granddaughter of another William Niven, the covenanter, who was imprisoned and then banished to the American plantations in 1684. Andrew and Isabella appear to have had seven children, but it is their four surviving daughters who prove to have led well-documented and interesting lives.

Agnes was the eldest of the daughters, born about 1728; Isabella, the third daughter, was born about 1732; Elizabeth, my 4x great-grandmother, was baptized 10 February, 1734 and the youngest daughter, Janet, was baptized 13 February, 1739, her mother dying immediately after birth.[i] Their father died in 1741, leaving four orphans aged between two and 13.

The four are described at this time as keeping house together at the south corner of Cow Loan (now Glasgow’s Queen Street). Robert Reid, Elizabeth’s son, who became a well-known historian of Glasgow, gives a vivid description in his autobiography of one episode in the Reid sisters’ lives there. It was December 1745, when Prince Charles Edward Stuart, the Young Pretender or Bonnie Prince Charlie, arrived in Glasgow after his retreat from Derbyshire. Two highland soldiers were billeted on these unprotected young girls.

The soldiers so quartered on the said misses were two poor ragged creatures without shoes or stockings, who could not speak a word of English; but, fortunately, they were very civil, and gave little trouble to the misses, who, on their part, treated them kindly. All that these soldiers required was a bed, and liberty to dress their meals at the kitchen fire, which meals consisted almost wholly of oat meal porridge and barley bannocks.[ii]

The girls had the opportunity to watch the various regiments as they marched daily along the Westergate and turned up the Cow Loan right before the door of their home. Elizabeth recounted years later to her son that once, when Prince Charles was marching at the head of one such detachment of soldiers, she stood so close to him that she could have touched him with her hand.

She also stated that he was a handsome good-looking man, but that his countenance appeared rather sombre and melancholy.[iii]

None the worse, apparently, from this experience, the Reid daughters went on to marry and to live to the grand age of 83, 82, 82, and 84 respectively.

[i] Senex. [ii] Glasgow Past and Present, p. 165. [iii] Glasgow, p. 166.


  1. Glasgow Past and Present by Senex. In three Volumes. Volume III (Da...
  2. The Four Daughters of Andrew Reid and Isabella Niven
view all 12

Agnes Reid's Timeline

March 10, 1728
Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
March 10, 1728
Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
June 22, 1754
Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
December 13, 1755
Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
June 1, 1757
Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
December 16, 1758
Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
June 12, 1760
Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
July 11, 1762
Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
March 5, 1765
Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
September 6, 1766
Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland