This becomes even more fascinating to me.
“…divide and apportion the same into seven equal parts or shares and to dispose of them as follows (illegible): To pay one share to the children of Catherine Nicoll or Grig (sic) relict of the said Alexander Alexander Grig…”
Then, he goes on to list the children apparently of his first wife individually, each to get one share, and also Jane, wife of John Scott – Jane being the daughter of his second wife, Ann Scott.
Another point – this Last Will and Testament notes that there could be two spellings of the surname: Greig and Grig.
So, the following appears to be true:
Wife #1: Ann McLaren, probably died about 1846, just after one of the daughters was born.
Wife #2: Ann Scott, mother of Jane, date of death unknown.
Wife #3: Catherine Nicoll, details including any children unknown but it appears there were from the will.
This guy didn’t know when to stop, did he?
Mind you – my great-grandfather, John Scott remarried after his first wife passed away – he actually married his first wife’s sister! There were no children by the second wife.
And my grandfather, Hugh Scott remarried about 1967, a year after his first wife passed away. My grandfather would have been about 68 years old at the time of his second marriage. No further children though.
More research to do on Catherine Nicoll and children – but will have to wait. The “wee man” and I are going for a hike through the Cliffs Of Mono.