I am descended fromGavin McColl, son of Hugh McColl of Avondale's first marriage. He was married three times. James McColl was a son of this marriage, I believe his mother must have died in childbirth or similar as she died on 8 May 1841, and in the census of 1851, which was taken on 31 March 1851 James is aged 9. Janet Wiseman is named as his mother on his death certificate, which was witnessed by his son, Hugh.
There is a gravestone in Strathaven, Lanarkshire with the following inscription:
Hugh McCollHookhead Avondale in memory of Janet Wiseman, His wife, who died 8th May 1841 aged 36 years also of Janet Morrison, his wife who died 5th June 1859 aged 35 years also of Jane Strang, his wife who died 20th June 1880, aged 67 years also of the above Hugh McColl who died at Hookhead 25th April 1883, aged 81 years also of William McColl. His son who died 13th June 1847, aged 9 also of William McColl. His son who died 11th January 1858 aged 6 years also of James McColl. His son who died 1st October 1868. Aged 33 years also of Mary Fleming (beloved wife of James McColl, son of the above) who died at Hookhead 24th March 1889, aged 51 years. James McColl died 29th March 1911 at Hookhead in his 70th year.
Hookhead was a farm in Avondale parish, Lanarkshire.
As you can see James took over this farm from his father.