Alexander Marr (1833-1916) was a Head Gardener for Bannockburn House.
In 1867, his wife Margaret gave birth to their first child: Peter
Alexander Marr was born in Ashmillburn Cottage, a cottage that once sat alongside the river Teith and nestled in a gentle curve that included Doune castle.
Before he became Head Gardener for Bannockburn House, Alexander Marr served his apprenticeship at Roxborough Castle, County Tyrone, Ireland:
[Roxborough Castle was ‘burned out’ by the Irish Republican Army in 1922. Today, nothing of it survives.]
Following Bannockburn, Alexander Marr, along with his young family, moved to Paisley. They lived at 52 Canal Street. Alexander never ‘retired’ as a gardener.
Alexander Marr died in May 1916 at the age of 81 years. An impoverished and ageing widower, his last days were spent in Paisley Poorhouse:
This wis not me. This is from 1951 and I was born in 1967: