Re: Brand/Brands of Birse, Aberdeenshire
Information I have on the William Brand birth is as follows:
Christened in Birse 31 January, 1847.
Parents were: Alexander Brand and Margaret Lighton/Leighton
Alexander and Margaret were apparently not married.
Margaret Lighton was christened Birse in 1826.
Alexander Brand later married Jane Couper/Cooper in Birse in 1848.
William was raised by his grandpaents, William and Margaret (Rawer) Brand.He is shown living with them in both the 1851 and 1861 census.
Margaret Lighton/Leighton later married Peter Mitchell in Aberdeen in 1871, though her name is shown as Margaret Mitchell in William's marriage record in 1869.
Hope that helps,