Patrick Coull born c 1722, died 4/1784 Cullen, Banffshire, Scotland
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This is the great grandfather of Thomas Coull born c 1800 - see his blog page. See separate blog page for Patrick's Will/Inventory.
As always, thanks go to experienced members of FTF, especially Moggie, for their perseverance and interest in finding out as much as we have done about the Scottish roots of the Antiguan Coulls.
Patrick Coull was born about 1722 and died end of April 1784 Cullen. Fortunately, his year of birth can be deduced from age given in ‘The plundering of Cullen House by the rebels: an incident in the rebellion’ (see below).
His wife: Ann Ogilvie born c 1721 , died 29/10/1764 aged 43, Cullen.
Family Search IGI Batch: Most likely birth and bap date for his wife: 10/7/1721 Cullen.
'This stone is erected by Patrick Coull, Merchant in Cullen, to the memory of his beloved wife, Ann Ogilvie, who died the 29th Oct, 1764, aged 43.
Also, Ann Coull, their daughter, who died in her infancy.'
(Patrick does not seem to be in this plot).
The Coull pedigree (not always accurate) is given in 'The History of Antigua' by Vere Langford Oliver, page 178. The biggest error, probably founded on family myth, links Patrick's wife, Anne, to the Earl of Findlater:
1. (Rev) James ( M.A.) (IGI) born 21/6/1748. Bap: 22/6/1748 Cullen. Died 1/1825 - 12/1827 Antigua a/c to slave register of 1827.
Bap Cert: 22/6/1748 Patrick Coull, Merchant of Cullen, by his wife, Anne Ogilvie(1). Child born the 21st, named James, after James Earl of Findlater (2), James Lord Deskford, James Lawton of Cullen, James B Bailli, (3) *name mothers (4) Margaret Ogilvie of Airdoch, (5) Jane Grey.
Extracted from the record of Births and Baptisings kept at Cullen 21/7/29.
(1) Anne was daughter of Earl of Findlater (incorrect)
(2) Brother of Mrs Coull (this is incorrect)
(3) Cousin (Bailli was possibly linked incorrectly via the Earl of Findlater)
(5) Airdoch, a farm near Cullen.
NB: Margaret Ogilvie is either unmarried sister or sister-in-law to Patrick’s wife, Ann, or another red herring in Oliver's account. According to the Family Search IGI bap records, Ann only had two brothers.
*Name mothers definition: Nairn. c.1890 Gregor MSS: ‘The mother did not give the infant into the father’s arms to be presented for baptism. This was commonly done by the “name-mother” and if she was not present by the midwife.’
It is possible that James Lawton has been mistranscribed and is James Lawtie of Cullen, the minister of the kirk from 1717 -1751. The Lawties were also a significant family.
2. Jean Coull IGI: born 6/2/1750. Bap: 8/2/1750 Cullen. Single in 1784.
3. Margaret born 2/2/1752 Cullen. Bap: 7/2/1752. Still alive in 1815 (brother William’s administration entry). Married Patrick Gordon.
Jean bap 30/8/1792 Fordyce, Banff.
Patrick bap 30/8/1793 Fordyce.
Their marriage appears to be on Scotlands People website – payment required to view.
A possible will for her husband on there: Gordon Patrick 7/04/1794 Excise Officer in Portsoy TD&I. Aberdeen Commissary Court CC1/5/57.
4. William (IGI) b 2/12/1753. Bap: 5/12/1753 Cullen. Died 30/9/1815 Cullen.
Administration to his 3 sisters. Left Scotland with James and settled in St Vincent (Westwood Estate). Must have returned to Scotland, where he died. He appears to have been married but wife’s name not known. Son of that union was Colonel Coull.
5. Isabella (bap name of Isobel) (IGI) [B]born /B]13/4/1756. Bap:15/4/1756 Cullen.
Spinster in 1815 (named in brother, William’s administration entry). ?d Died 1833 Cullen. ScotlandsPeople has a possible will for her:
Coull Isabel Will 23/1/1833 residing in Cullen. Inventory Banff Sheriff Court SC2/40/4. Inventory of her possessions can be downloaded for £5:
6. Ann(e) (IGI) born 4/10/1759. Bap: 7/10/1759 Cullen. Died in infancy. See monumental inscription above.
7. Helen (IGI) born 15/7/1761 Cullen. Bap: 19/7/1761. Married John Runcie.
James Runcie born 10/8/1791, bap: 15/8/1792Cullen.
Thomas Olgilvie Runcie born 2/9/1797, bap: 12/9/1797 Cullen.
One of these 2 sons was said to have died suddenly by the sword in Antigua (Oliver book).
Helen ? died 1845 (ScotlandsPeople) Helen’s will is available to download for £5:
'Runcie Helen, Mrs. Will dated 25/03/1845 alias Coull residing at Cullen. Widow of John Runcie P(l)anter at Island of St Vincent. Banff Sheriff Court. Ref: SC2/40/11':
8. Male ? b 1750 who settled in St Lucia, owned Roseau estate. In Oliver book but not on IGI extracted baps:
IGI (submitted): Coull (a male) Birth: About 1750 Cullen, Banff, Scotland. Death: St Lucia, Antigua.
Possible links to Patrick mentioned in the Oliver book:
Peter Coull in connection with the Admon of Wm Coull who died 1815, son of Patrick.
Sampson Coall, planter. Will 4/3/1740 To my wife, Rebecca, all my estate of St John’s for life, then to my daughter-in-law, Mary Griggs. Daniel Pelloe, Ex’or. Witnessed by Arthur Skelton, Robert Lambert. Recorded.
[NB: If Mary Griggs was his daughter-in-law, why wasn’t her surname Coall? Perhaps she had remarried?]
Rachel Lovely. Will dated Nov 1779. To my nephew, Tho. Bridges, certain plate.
To Rebecca Bridges, my silver sugar basket. To my sister, Ann Sanderson, silver knives, tea chest, etc, after her death to John Bridges, and silver slop basin afterwards to Rebecca Bridges. To my sister, Ann, silver cans. To my sister, Sarah Bridges, plate.
My books and pictures equally between my two sisters and my two nephews, Tho. and John Bridges, and Jas. Coull. To my nephew, John Bridges, certain furniture, and the remainder to my sisters, Sarah Bridges and Ann Sanderson, also my dwelling house, and after their death to my grandnephew and godson, William Coull, also my turret, a negro room in my yard and a pail of water daily.
In consideration whereof his father, Jas. Coull, to pay my nephew, John Bridges, £50 c. 1 year after my death, and £50 c. to my grandnephew, Tho. Coull. To my sisters, Ann and Sarah, each a miniature. Residue of plate to my grandnephews, Tho. and William Coull. To Mary Monteigne £10.
Geo. Leonard, Esq., and Rev. James Coull, Ex’ors. Sworn to by Jas. Coull 1/3/1787. Recorded 20/8/1787.
[NB the ‘c’ stands for currency, probably refers to Jamaican pounds. A will is sworn at probate I think and that could have been many years after she died, the delay being for various reasons. I would think though that generally, a will goes to probate pretty fast after someone dies. So can date Rachel Lovely’s will c 1787.]
In Vol 3 of The History of Antigua, Oliver corrects his assumption in Vol 1 that Rachel Lovely was Patrick Coull’s sister and says her maiden name was Sanderson.
This contradicts the will of Rachel Lovely where she leaves bequests to her grand-nephews and nephew, James, all part of the Coull family. Her executor was Rev James Coull. One of Rachel’s sisters was called Sanderson and the author might have discovered/thought she was single.
However, it is clear that Rachel is the aunt of Rev James Coull so her maiden name must have been Coull - or Ogilvie, if related to James’s mother, Ann. Have not found a Rachel in Ann Ogilvie’s revised family tree.
This is the most likely for Ann:
Family Search IGI: Ann Ogilvie. Birth: 10/7/1721 Bap: 10/7/1721 Cullen.
Fa: Walter Ogilvie Mo: Jean Jame(i)son
Thomas Ogilvie. Birth and Bap: 21/7/1722 Cullen. Same parents.
Robert Ogilvie Birth and Bap: 28/9/1729 Cullen. Same parents.
? Marriage of parents: Walter Ogilvie & Jean Jamison 3/12/1720 Auchindoir & Kearn, Aberdeen.
? Fa’s bap: Walter Ogilvie 5/5/1680 Cullen. Parents: Thomas Ogilvie & Agnes Brookie.
Patrick's occupation: From his inventory, he was not a wealthy merchant by the time of his death. During his earlier working life, was he a merchant for produce from the West Indies? His sons owned sugar plantations in Antigua and St Vincent.
He lived for another 20 years after the death of his wife. His daughters, Jean, Margaret and Isobel (Isabella) remained in Banff. As Jean was his executrix and single at the time of his death, aged 34, she probably lived with him. His grandson, Dr Thomas Coull, was 9 years old when he died. It would appear he lived in Cullen all his life, through very troubled times in Scotland’s history.
From: ‘The plundering of Cullen House by the rebels: an incident in the rebellion – An Incident in the Rebellion Of 1745-46’ - page 32:
'Patrick Coull, Merchant, Cullen, aged 25 years:
That Tuesday morning, hearing that the rebels threatened to kill everybody they met in the street, deponent kept close to home. He observed among them on their way home a thick folio written book, which he saw concerned the estate of Boyne, and he has since understood it to be the decreet of ranking the creditors of that estate; so deponent saying it was only of use for snuff papers the fellow gave it rather than be troubled carrying it. He also got the catalogue of the books in the library.
Several more deponents' evidence given, then:
'The Lords of Sessions find that “a most clear and distinct proof of these facts has been led”. Their Lordships, considering the foregoing and the petition of James, Earl of Findlater and Seafield, of date 27th June 1747, and their interlocutor, signed 26th January 1748, find proved the executions of intimation and registration of said petition and executions aforesaid orderly proceeded, and find it proved that the petitioner, James, Earl of Findlater and Seafield, continued dutiful and loyal to His Majesty during the late rebellion, that the petitioner’s house of Cullen House was invaded and rifled, and a great part of his writs destroyed or carried off by a party or parties of the rebels in April 1746, and therefore find petitioner is entitled to the benefit of the Act,
and the Court found and declared that all claims and grounds of actions competent to His Majesty, or to any other person, or persons, bodies politic or corporate, upon whatever ground, cause, or occasion, preceding the first of August, which was in the year of our Lord 1745…'
NB: Soon after this hearing, Patrick’s first child, James, born in June 1748 was named after James, Earl of Findlater (amongst others). See his bap record above. Patrick probably put himself at risk by rescuing the Earl’s papers from the rebels and one can only surmise that the Earl was grateful for his support.
‘The Jacobite Rebellions: The Stewart claim to the throne was not about to go away and thus began a period of 'Jacobite' rebellions. The first attempt in 1715 to restore James Edward ended swiftly in defeat and was followed shortly afterwards by the 'little rising' of 1719. New attempts were made to control the unruly North as roads were built, new regiments raised. However, by 1745, unrest was growing again and Charles Edward Stuart 'Bonny Prince Charlie' arrived to carry on his father's work.’