born at 8 St
James Square to:
William Begbie b.1811*
Jane Begbie b.1816*
Begbie, and possibly both of Thomas Begbie's grandfathers were
Source of dates = 1841 Census. See footnotes in 'Thomas
Vernon Begbie's Edinburgh'.
However, Allan Wilson's research gives dates of 1809 and 1814
It was common for people to 'knock a couple of years off their age when
they completed census returns, so the '1809' and '1814' dates seem
likely to be the accurate ones.
Allan's research also gives the name 'Elizabeth Jane Vernon' for Thomas
Vernon Begbie's mother.
Source: Letter from Samuel Begbie,
pasted inside qYDA1829.9 (860) C43978 in the Edinburgh Room Collection,
Edinburgh City Library. See footnotes in 'Thomas Vernon
Allan Wilson's research gives TVB's grandfather's occupation in early
records = 'Spirit Dealer'.
"I think I have now found out why there was a
misunderstanding about his grandfather's occupation. It seems that from
footnote (2) (in the 'Thomas Vernon Begbie' book, on the page preceding
the plates) it is assumed that William's father (ie Thomas' grandfather)
was John Begbie (a lapidary). But this is NOT the case. According to
William's death certificate and his baptism record his parents were
Archibald Begbie (Spirit Dealer) and Emelia Hutton who married in 1809
just before William's birth."