James and Elizabeth McIndoe

James McIndoe(1846-1911) was the third Schoolmaster of Gretna Parochial School to reside at Kirkcroft. He lived here with his wife Elizabeth and their children.


James was born in Falkirk in Stirlingshire to parents James McIndoe(1799-1858) and Janet Whyte(1805-?). In 1861 James is lodging in the Blythswood area of Glasgow where he is in training to be a teacher. In the 1871 census James has moved to Dunbar he is also married to Elizabeth and has an eleven month old son. Both he and Elizabeth were teachers in a charity school in the town.

After the death of William Duff in 1877, James became schoolmaster at Gretna Parochial School. James and Elizabeth were parents to 8 children
James McIndoe(1871
Agnes H McIndoe(1874-1951)
Albert William Mcindoe(1877
Florence J McIndoe(1877
Elizabeth M McIndoe(1879
Robert W McIndoe(1881
David B McIndoe((1883
Alfred Victor McIndoe(1888

James and Elizabeth moved from Gretna Green to the schoolhouse at Springfield (about half a mile away) in 1898. This was due to the Education Act being introduced, entitling every child to an education, therefore a larger school had to be built. James remained in Springfield until his death 3rd March 1911.
James is buried at Rigg cemetery and has a rather grand headstone paid for by ex scholars and friends.

Elizabeth McIndoe(1845-1912) was born in St Cuthberts near Edinburgh.She was the daughter of John Murray(a cabinet maker) and Agnes Murray (Nee Hall). She met James McIndoe in North Berwick where she was a dressmaker and James was a teacher at the Burgh School. On the 13th September 1869 she married John McIndoe. In the 1871 census they were both teachers at a charity school in Dunbar. Elizabeth taught sewing.
She and James moved to Kirkcroft (Gretna Green) in 1877.
Elizabeth died on 12th September 1912 and is buried with her husband in Rigg cemetery.