The COX Family - in Angus and Perthshire

Born:
1776 in Lochee
Christened:
16 Nov 1777 at Invergowrie
Father:
James Cock 1739-1816
Mother:
Helen Smith 1750-1826
Brothers:
none
Sisters:
Helen 1771, Rachel 1781, Isobel 1784
Married:
3 Sep 1807 in Dundee
Spouse:
Helen Scott 1787-1824
Sons:
James, David, William, Robert, Henry, Thomas, George, Edward
Daughters:
Jane 1806 (out of wedlock), Helen 1824
Died:
16 Jul 1848 in Lochee
Buried:
Invergowrie Old Churchyard


'Following the Plough' by Albert Dunnington


A Two-Wheeled Gig


A Mastiff Dog
The same breed as the bleachfields guard dog Hector.

SOURCE: The James Cox Journal

The Horses

Two horses were kept for working the traffic on the greens. They were named Sharp and Dick. The former was a well made black Irish cob, bought from a Minister when twelve years old and I was told he lived in our family thirty-three years, making him altogether 45 years old. At last he met with an accident in the year 1818 and had to be shot. His work was light and he was very seldom on a hard road.

The latter was a powerful white horse and old as well. There was another for saddle or the two wheeled gig or for working the side of the plough when required. These, together with four or five cows for the use of the family and domestics, completed the Beastial.presumably this means livestock

SOURCE: The James Cox Journal

The Gig

Father kept a two-wheeled gig which carried only two people with a little child on a small movable seat between. At this period no conveyance was to be had to hire. I knew of only one private carriage in Dundee which belonged to Mr Andrew Pitcairn, who resided in the Nethergate. He also enjoyed a country-house, known as the Millburn in Lochie.

The horses were used for the double purpose of working the few acres of agricultural land and the carriage when required. From what I have said you will see how very isolated my Father's family were from all society. My Mother was a great stayer at home and enjoyed herself in the midst of her family.

SOURCE: The James Cox Journal

Hector the Guard Dog

At this time Father kept a powerful Mastiff dog, very large and of a dark branded colour, named Hector, a remarkably sensible dog indeed. Hector was kept on the chain from six o'clock morning to six evening. The twelve hours of night he was loose and his work was to watch the cloth bleaching on the greens. When he was let loose at six evening he started off at once at full speed round the greens for he was so trained and he continued the same track until six morning, unless he saw anyone amongst the cloth.

One night early in Spring, he noticed a man crossing the greens through the cloth, when Hector went and got behind him, took hold of the leg of his trousers and kept him in the same spot until six o'clock morning when the workmen came and relieved William Cameron of Belgarthno Farm from his antagonist.

Soon after that Hector was missed and when barley harvest approached and a field on the farm of Belgarthno cut down, poor Hector was discovered lying dead in the middle, shot through the heart. The shearers when they came upon him exclaimed 'Poor Hector' (for he was a great favourite with all who knew him) 'we know now what became of you when you were wanted.'