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The Grays of Stonehouse Cross

John Gray the 1st and Grace Tudhope.

From the book "The Grays of Stonehouse Cross" by John Gray III. Reproduced here by kind Permission.

 John Gray was born at Stonehouse in 1820. There is no record of his early years, though the preceding chapter supplies the general background. What we do know is that he became a Weaver like his father, and doubtless was highly skilled by the time he began to think seriously about the future, around the age of twenty-five. We can guess what was on his mind, for, shortly after, he began “coortin’ ” as the Scots have it. The custom still survives.


Now, about ten miles north of Stonehouse, lies the town of Hamilton, then the domicile of a very respectable citizen, Thomas Tudhope J.P., meaning that he was a Justice of the Peace. Now, this does not mean the same thing as in the United States, where anyone at loose ends, or woman for that matter, can get elected ‘to levy fines on motorists, to keep the town solvent. Here, a ].P. was an important functionary, appointed, not elected, and with a lawyer’s grasp of the Law. He was a judge in the true sense of the word. The family of Thomas Tudhope included two lively, high-spirited daughters with the inestimable gift of a sense of humor, if judged by their immediate descendants. Their names were Margaret and Grace. There was also a boy, Thomas (the Baker), whose children will appear in a minor role in this history. Margaret Tudhope married Robert Scott ].P. who later founded the well-known Glasgow firm of lawyers, Scott, Craig and Brown.

This firm was intimately concerned with our family affairs, carried on after the death of the senior partner by Iames Craig, and was still in existence twenty years ago.The sons of Robert Scott and Margaret Tudhope engaged in fruit growing in the Clyde valley in conjunction with a jam and jelly factory in Carluke, Lanarkshire, and their products today can be found on supermarket shelves in Colorado, albeit at outrageous prices, no fault of theirs.

In addition to those descendants who attended to this family enterprise, there was a medical missionary to foreign parts, and a relative who was a Member of Parliament. Grace Tudhope, our paternal grandmother, married John Gray I. Just how Johnnie Gray (this is how he was known in Stonehouse), the industrious, unassuming weaver, contrived, not only to cast his roving eye in an unhoped-for direction, well above his humble station, but to overcome every obstacle, we can only imagine; for the Tudhope family did not approve.

It was all-important in those days of class-consciousness, that the children should not marry beneath their assumed station in life. But Grace, apparently, did not subscribe to this; she wanted her Johnnie, and . . . to the family.  (view the family tree)


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