Irving- worth a shot on the Irvine board
I am searching for information on the family of my great grandfather Matthew Stanley Shaw Irving. He was born Aug 1880 in Dornock, Dumfries, Scotland, the son of (I believe) Matthew Irving (b. 25 Dec 1832, Annan, Dumfries, Scotland- d. ?) and Lucy Shaw (? - ?). He emigrated to Canada sometime @ 1906, as he married Emily Gertrude Butterworth (1883- 1914) in Minnedosa, Manitoba on 8 Nov of that year. Matthew S. S. Irving was killed in Ypres, Belgium during WWI (28 Jul 1917).
The elder Matthew was (again, I think) previously married to Jane Dickson, with four/ five children born between 1866/ 1879. Listed in 1881 Census for Dornock Parish as a ploughman. Matthew, wife Jane and children were living in Burns Cottage (2 rooms w/ one or more windows). Matthew then married Lucy Shaw @ 1880, with Matthew S. S. Irving being their only known issue. (No, I don't know how to reconcile the fact that Matthew and Lucy Shaw were supposedly married a year prior to this census.) I have some questionable notes that Matthew (elder) was the son of William Irving and Margaret Dalgliesh, and that William was the son of Andrew Irving and Mary Graham, but I'm not sure this information is trustworthy.
The only other information I have is the anecdotal family history that our line comes from the Irvings of Bonshaw. This is supported by Matthew S. S.'s possesion of a copy of the "Book of the Irvings" by John Beaufin Irving, inscribed to Matthew S. S. Irving by the author with the words "From your Chief". I realize this is hardly definitive proof, but it's all I've got.
If anyone has any information on either Matthew S. S. Irving, Matthew Irving, or Lucy Shaw, I would be very thankful.