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Margaret Strang Craig Gilmour

Birthdate: (93)
Death: September 18, 2008 (93)
Kingsgate Care Home, East Kilbride, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Place of Burial: Lanarkshire, Scotland
Immediate Family:

Daughter of James Gilmour and Margret Fleming
Wife of James Coats Reid of Wester Kittochside
Sister of <private> Melvin; <private> Ried and Hamish Gilmour

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About Margaret Strang Craig Gilmour


is the daughter of James Gilmour and Margaret Fleming.

She is the first cousin, twice removed, of Sir Alexander Fleming (1881-1955) Sir Alexander Fleming, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1945 A drop-line pedigree chart for the Fleming family and their Gilmour cousins was among the personal possessions she left behind when she gifted Wester Kittochside Farm to the National Trust for Scotland. The name of the researcher who drew-up this chart is not known but it seems reasonable to give the author credit for this work by highlighting Sir Alec's relationship with Margaret Strang Craig Gilmour, Mrs. James Coats Reid of Wester Kittochside.


Margaret Strang Craig Gilmour married James Coats Reid of Wester Kittochside.


Margaret died on the eighteenth of September 2008. Her Obituary was published in the Herald, a Scottish newspaper, on the twenty-second of September 2008. The Herald also published an acknowledgement and thanks by the surviving members of her family on the twenty-fourth of February 2009. Her obituary with notice of the commital servicereads as follows: REID - MARGARET STRANG CRAIG. Peacefully, at Kingsgate Care Home, on Thursday, 18th September, 2008, Margaret (Meg), beloved wife of the late James Reid of Wester Kittochside, dear sister of Anne and much loved aunt to all the family. A committal service will take place on Friday, 26th September, at East Kilbride Cemetery, Mavor Avenue, Nerston, at 11.30 am, thereafter a Service of Thanksgiving will be held at Carmunock Parish Church, Kirk Road, at 12.15 pm."



See Wikipedia article about the National Museum of Rural Life at

It says, in part, "The 69 ha (170 acre) farm was gifted in 1992 to the National Trust for Scotland by Mrs. Margaret Reid who had run the farm for many years with her late husband James, the last of ten generations of Reids. The Reids, as Lairds of Kittochside, farmed the property over a period of 400 years from 1567 to 1992."

In an article about the opening of the museum, published in the Scotsman (Edinburgh, Scotland), Oct 9, 2000, Tom Gordon reported that "Mrs. [Margaret] Reid, 85, who lives with her sister in nearby Carmunnock, missed the topping out but hopes to attend the re-opening ceremony next July." [downloaded 2010 from]


In the spring of 1980, American Stephen Delahunt, set out to visit the Scottish home of his Reid ancestors, and was excited to encounter two fifth cousins four times removed. Steve wrote the following report to his brother, Michael:


Did I ever hit paydirt. Have you heard from Central of my discovering not only the Reid homesteads, but also the Reids? What a thrill — I was so wishing at the time that you were there also — you would have split The map you sent me was what made it possible, I set off on the search one Saturday, along with one Ann Ramsey. East Kilbride turned out to be a good sized community. Heading west from there I could find little that correlated with the map, but enough that I knew where to explore. Driving up one of the roads I saw up ahead what I knew right away was Castlehill. Sure enough, sign posted on a tree in the yard identified it. Chap working in the yard, so I strolled over, presented my Reid portfolio, and off to the grand tour he took me. First the yard — big old trees (sycamore and something else), crocuses sprouting up all over the yard, and a gorgeous little homemade pond — a perfect oval, with precisely stacked field stones forming the walls. The pond was built for curling in the winter. Next, to the garden, which is to the right of the house as you look at it from the pond. Six foot high stone walls around, "to keep out the deer in the old days." Precisely laid out garden, true British fashion. Marvelous stone, walk-in bee house. Narrow slits in the stone for the bees to enter, little stone ledges on which the bees can "sun." Got a few goose bumps entering the house. Tall, tall ceilings, rooms not terribly big. Walls thick enough to withstand a grade 50 Richter. Heavy, solid stone stairway leading upstairs. Wilson (current owner) showed me a large closet where he had just taken off some plaster, down to the bare stone, and what was on the stones but a drawing made many years ago by a Reid child, of a Napoleonic soldier. It was too much, Michael, simply too bloody much.

"You must be sure to go up the road to meet the Reids who are living in the other family house," says Wilson. "You are kind of tall, like the Reids, but not as tall as your great uncle."

"Really. How tall is he?"

"6 feet ten inches." Oh my God!

Off we set for Wester Kittochside, 1/2 mile up the road. Entering an area enclosed by house, various worksheds — kind of an open courtyard — a fancy farm type courtyard though. An old timer pops out of one of the buildings and ambles over. This is John Reid. 85-ish, bit dottery — shorter than I, so I knew there had to be more. Into the shed we went, and there sitting asprawl on the floor tinkering with a door lock was a huge, I mean huge man — James Reid. 80-ish. He had Grandaddy [George Manierre III] facial features all the way. Grandaddy's blue eyes, well just the whole face I guess. James was alert and sharp and intrigued with this new "Reid." He knew that I was a "Castlehill Reid," and he pulled out his Reid family book and showed me how he came from John Reid, we from William. James incidentally, is the tenth laird, which you had written on the genealogy. James's wife Margaret then appeared — lively, friendly, talkative gal. No children, unfortunately, as they were married in 1958 [The National Museum of Rural Life's Mr. Duncan Dornan said 1957 in a 2010 email to MRD] — on in years. Nice chat, stayed for lunch, snapped some pictures, and then off to Glasgow for the Covenanters [a look for the flag, which turned out not to be on display.]

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Margaret Strang Craig Gilmour's Timeline

September 18, 2008
Age 93
Lanarkshire, Scotland
September 26, 2008
Age 93
Lanarkshire, Scotland