Mary Mutch was born c.1804 in the parish of Methlick.She married Alexander Scroggie on 7th November 1822 in the parish of Old Deer (extracted entry in the IGI).According to the entry in the IGI Alexander was born on 13th December 1801 in the parish of Old Deer, a son of George Scroggie and Barbara Cumming.
Nine children are known of the marriage; Isabella 1824, George 1826, Margaret 1829, Mary 1831, Robert Alexander 1834, Alexander 1836, John Mackie 1838, James Johnston 1842 and Elspet 1845.
In 1841 Mary and Alexander were living at Mains of Elrick, Old Deer (1841: 228 Old Deer 13:11).Alexander was an agricultural labourer aged 39, Mary was 35, and three children were present, Mary aged 9, Alexander 4 and John 2.All were given as born in Aberdeenshire.
In 1851 the family were still at this address (1851: 228 Old Deer 10:10).Alexander was 48, still an agricultural labourer, born in Aberdeen;Mary was 46, born at Methlick and three children were at home, all born at Old Deer; John 12, James 8 and Elspeth 6.Also present was a grandson Alexander Mess aged 1, born at Old Deer.
In 1861 the family was at Slampton, Savoch (1861: 237b Savoch 3:1)Alexander was now a general labourer aged 59 and Mary was 58, given as born at Old Machar.There was also a grandson in the house, Alexander Huss, aged 12, born at Old Deer.This is probably the ‘Alexander Mess’ from 1851 although who he actually was is still a mystery.
In 1871 Alexander 69 and Mary 67 were living on their own at Moss-side of Elrick (1871: 237b Savoch 6:1).
Mary died aged 74 on 15th November 1878 at Quartalehouse, a water mill, in the parish of Old Deer (1878: 228 Old Deer 50).
Alexander died on 28thJune 1880 at Quartalehouse, Old Deer (1880: 228 Old Deer 38).The death certificate records that Alexander died by falling into a brook. The Register of Corrected Entries adds that this was the burn at Quartalehouse and that the death was considered to have been suicide.Alexander’s father George was said to have been a toll keeper.The death was notified by Alexander’s son-in-law John Clark: This was probably John, second husband of Alexander’s daughter Isabella.