The COX Family - in Angus and Perthshire

27 Mar 1806 in Lochee (out of wedlock)
James Cock 1776-1848
probably Helen Scott 1787-1824
James, David, William, Robert, Henry, Thomas, George, Edward
Helen 1824
5 Dec 1834 at Invergowrie
John McLean
Ellen 1835, Jane 1836, Margaret 1838, Jemima 1840

Jean Cock was born on 27th March 1806. The Parish Register states her father is James Cock Junior of Lochee, indicating he is the son of the James Cock born in 1739 who was also living in Lochee at that time. However, as with most parish registers in those days, no mother's name is recorded.

The baptism took place nearly a year and a half before James married Helen Scott so we can't be certain Helen was the mother of Jean though it seems quite likely she was. Jean's eldest brother James, makes it clear in his journal that she was his sister and eldest daughter in the family, and there's no indication that she was treated any differently from the other children.

James refers to her as Jane or Jeanie and it seems he was very fond of her. He was obviously unclear about her birth date. At one point in his journal he lists the birthdays of all his siblings but the entry against Jane's name is left blank. Writing of the time of his mother's funeral in October 1824 he states she was 'a little over 17 years of age' when in fact she was 18½. So it's not clear whether or not he was aware she was born before their parents married.

In December 1834 when she was 28, she married John McLean, a Saddler from Coupar Angus. They had four daughters, born between 1835 and 1840. In 1842 when Jane was only 36, she died, perhaps in childbirth. Her husband John, was left with the four children aged between two and seven, who he brought up with the help of a housekeeper, until his own death twelve years later. Both Jane and John McLean were buried in Coupar Angus churchyard.

The eldest daughter Helen McLean, married John Henry Luis, a merchant from Dundee and census records show that her youngest sister Jemima McLean, lived in the Luis household until at least 1881. The Census of 1891 shows Jemima living with her uncle Thomas Hunter Cox (by then a widower) in his Dundee house, Duncarse. After Thomas died in 1892, the census records for 1901 and 1911 show that Jemima remained in Duncarse along with another sister, Margaret.

Although Jean was entirely accepted by her immediate family, later generations seem to ignore her existence altogether. She's not mentioned in Harry Cox's book on The Family of Cox, nor is she included in Eileen Cox's family tree.

Jean's record of baptism in the Parish Register
'March 27, James Cock Junior Lochee, Jean'

'A Foxhound' by Abraham Cooper
The monster that pursued Jane and her brother?

A Pebbly Scottish Burn

Coupar Angus Church before its restoration in 1859
Jane and her husband John McLean were buried here.

SOURCE: The James Cox Journal

The Monster

On a Sabbath morning after an early breakfast, I went with the herd that was keeping the cows that day, on a field at some distance from the house, which Father had during the lifetime of old Henry Cock. I was not thinking about Church. Mother however, was and sent sister Jane for me to come home with her quickly.

She took hold of my hand and we ran together through the newly ploughed parks, the nearest way home. We had not run far when a very heavy beast sprang on my shoulders and drove me and sister down to the ground on my face. The cry got out and we could not look behind for very fear, so began again to run but no sooner had we started than we were both down again. This was repeated five or six times when the monster got on before us and the idea we formed of it was that it was the devil come to catch me for not going to Church.

By the time we got home our clothes were like the newly ploughed field. We were covered in mud. Next morning we learned that it was a new dog of great size and of a very peculiar colour which had escaped from the Camperdown Kennels.

SOURCE: The James Cox Journal

The Beautiful Pebbly Stream

These pleasant days I cherish with the greatest delight when with my Sister Jeanie and brother David, both now no more, wandering so happily and cheerfully by the silvery burn rippling along so beautifully and clear on its pebbly bed, so very different from what it is now,According to the Dundee Advertiser of 5th March 1884, Lochie Burn was an offensive nuisance in the centre of Lochie when the Dundee Commissioners of Police are discussing the covering over of the once beautiful stream and converting it into a common sewer, hence so much for our once beautiful stream.