In a surprise move my ancestors have sprung a puzzle on me. I recently realised that my ggfather Robert, contrary to my long held belief, may have been married four times. If this is true then the main marriage is the third. It took place in the 1890's and should be the marriage that produced my Grandfather.
I have found a marriage in 1892 (freebmd) between one Robert Rayner and a Jane McFie in Lambeth, London England. The time and place are exactly right. My grandfather , Donald Duncan Rayner would have been the third child of this marriage b1898 in Lambeth. Next I checked for a death of a Jane Rayner c1895-1900. The latter date was the year of my ggfathers marriage to his last wife. I found a death in 1899 of one Jane M Pherson Rayner in Lambeth. I think I can take it as read that this should be Jane McPherson Rayner.
There has long been a tradition that my family had a Scottish arm and given my grandfathers name (Donald Duncan) and my fathers (Donald Kenneth), this seems to be the case. I feel that Jane may be the link. So to my questions.
Is Mcfie a contraction of McPherson? If not it may be a transcribers attempt to decipher an unreadable signature.
Is McPherson a name of Scottish extraction or are there any McPherson families outside Scotland?
Does anyone have a Jane McPherson/Robert Rayner link in London at this time?