Davidson / Allan Family

Thomas Sorbie, the first child of Tom Sorbie and Mary Currie was born 11th February 1830 in Glassford, the adjoining Parish to Stonehouse. Tom Snr. was indeed a prodigious man, fathering 20 children with two wives over a span of 43 years. Mary, his first wife produced 10 children between 1830 and 1850 before her early death in September 1851 at the age of 41. 

Entry in Parish register for the birth of Thomas

Tom then remarried Isabella Brown who was 24 years younger than himself,  in January 1854. Isabella went on to have another 10 Sorbie offspring between 1854 and 1873. Tom's exploits were put to an end the following year when he died in Lawrie Street, Stonehouse on 17th November 1874 aged 67. In total he fathered 9 sons and 11 daughters and did more than anyone to boost the population of Sorbies in Lanarkshire. 

The family of Thomas and Mary Sorbie, taken from the 1851 Census of Stonehouse.

Tom Junior., a Silk Weaver was living in Newtown Street, Stonehouse when he married Ann Wilson in November 1853. They moved to Cam'nethan Street and there had a family of 9 children, consisting of 7 boys and 2 girls. Mary, was born on 30th June 1859. She became a 'pirn winder' and then a domestic servant. The 1891 Census shows her working on Cornhills Farm, near Hamilton as an employee of the 'Frame' family.  Later that year, in December, Mary married Thomas Davidson, a Coal Miner from the neighbouring hamlet of Lower Quarter.

Thomas and Mary had two boys and two girls before she died at the age of 39 in June 1900. The eldest daughter was Lily Sorbie Davidson, born 14th January 1895.

Lily Davidson born 1895

Lily married John Allan from Larkhall on 30th August 1918. John, a miner from Larkhall and had served at a young age in the Cameronian Scottish Rifles in WWI. After enlisting early in the 'Territorials' in Hamilton aged 20, he took part in numerous battles including those at The Somme and Ypres. At the former he was bayoneted when his trench was over-run by the enemy. Having being left for dead he managed to escape, although most of his comrades were killed. He was then moved into the South Wales Borderers and onto the King's Own Scottish Borderers as regiments were patched together. Finally he returned to serve out the war with the 6/7th Cameronians.

A young John Allan (right) with a friend.

John and Lily had seven children, their 3rd being Lilian, born in March 1924. Lilian had numerous jobs including domestic maid and looking after the children of a doctor. During WW2 she worked long hours in an ammunition factory in Hamilton. 

Lilian Allan born 1924

In March 1948 she married Bobby Rodgers who was born and raised in Saltcoats on the Ayrshire Coast. Bobby was a Cemetery Superintendent and he was appointed to manage a Cemetery in Dreghorn, Ayrshire. Here they had seven children, before Bobby received a transfer to Darvel in East Ayrshire in November 1959. Here another four children were born, including Avril, their youngest daughter.

Avril Rodgers pictured in August 1970

Avril studied to be a teacher at Glasgow University and took up a post at Darvel Primary school in 1988. In July 1992 she married Andrew Potts in Prestwick, Ayrshire. She moved south to Manchester, England where Andy hails from and they now have two children, Aidan and Vhairi.

The full Rodgers clan at Andy and Avril's wedding 1992

Lilian and Bobby now have eighteen grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. That's a lot of Christmas presents..!!


Andy, Avril with children in May 1999

Vhairi Potts in January 2001

Vhairi, born in June 1998 is the next in the Sorbie lineage which has been passed down through the female line.