Ralston in Ayrshire
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They came down from Renfrewshire in 1755.

Gavin Ralston, a stockingmaker from Paisley, moved down to the parish of Dreghorn in 1755. Gavin, the second son of William Ralston in Seedhills, Paisley, was born in 1731. He learnt his trade in Hamilton, Lanarkshire where his mother Jean, also a Ralston, had come from, and where his grandfather, Robert Ralston, was a merchant.

Gavin married at Paisley in 1754 to Hannah Heywood, said in some sources to be an Englishwoman. In Dreghorn they had six sons and four daughters.

By 1791 they had moved several miles west to the coastal parish of Ardrossan. Hannah probably died before 1810.

In his last years Gavin moved south to join two of his sons in Wigtonshire. He died at the Aird in Inch on 23 May 1818 and was buried across Loch Ryan in Kirkcolm several days later.

Gavin and Hannah had many descendants (at least 60 grandchildren) from their 10 children. Of these children nothing is known of the fate of Alexander, the youngest, who went to New Orleans.

Each of the daughters married, and three had large families. The fourth, Agnes, married a cousin William Henry Ralston of Warwickhill.

 

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Obituaries

Alexander Ralston, Lagg 1808-1861