I have some exciting news for you.I think I may have the answers you are looking for.I am a descendant of Robert Beattie, a mariner from Kirkcudbright Scotland.He had several children.I believe two of his children moved to Birkenhead around 1860-1870.Once was Charles Belford Beattie, the other was WIlliam Beattie.I am currently researching a William and Charles Beattie in Birkenhead and am attempting to positively track them back to Robert Beattie and Elizabeth Gordon through either death records or other such legal records.
I have Census records for both of these Beatties ranging from 1860 to 1911.Two of these Census record clearly identifies Charles as coming from Kirkcudbright, Scotland, so a I am 90% sure I have the right two Beatties.We do know for a fact that one of the other children of Robert whose name was John, went to Everton, Liverpol. He was a mariner, just like the other two Beattie's I am researching.His father, Robert,was a mariner back in Scotland too.
The Charles that I am researching had a son, John who was born in Birkenhead in 1884 and was a dock laborer in 1901.
If you would like to learn more, I'd be happy to share my info with you.Maybe you could even help me prove the connection.
I have a blog where I have document some of the Beattie Family,