Dastardly Kirkpatricks

Most of the Kirkpatricks I have researched so far were respected, hard-working, family-oriented people who had a sense of humor and a sense of adventure. They were explorers and trail blazers. They were pillars of their communities.

I haven’t heard of too many “bad” Kirkpatricks, but there is the occasional one.

Recently I was searching through old west coast newspapers searching for information on my great-great grandfather, Thomas Gillham Kirkpatrick. He had spent time in California and Oregon during the gold rush, before he moved on to British Columbia, where he stayed.

I didn’t find anything on ol’ TGK, but I did find a fascinating series of 1858 articles about a Kirkpatrick who, along with his wife, poisoned his brother by putting arsenic in a Christmas pie of all things!

I want to transcribe these articles and post them here and in our family newsletter. Watch for them!

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A home-grown British Columbian, I currently live a mobile life, mainly between Nanaimo and Calgary. Nature lover, thinker, CE-5'er and far-seer. Devoted gramma to adorable twin grandchildren. My life just keeps getting richer and better all the time!
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6 Responses to Dastardly Kirkpatricks

  1. Glen Duncan Kirkpatrick, Jr. says:

    Greetings Dawn-Ann:

    Today I came across your web address when searching Google images for Castle Closeburn.

    I live in Solana Beach, CA with my wife Debbie. Our three adult sons, daughter-in-law and grandson also live in San Diego County. My paternal grandfather, who passed away in the 1980’s, was named Gordon Russell Kirkpatrick.

    Take care,


  2. Dawn-Ann Dawn-Ann says:

    Hi Glen. Thanks for commenting, Cousin! Nice to meet you. :)


  3. Hello Dawn Ann, found a link to your Blog from the picture you took of you in the driveway. I wanted to let you know that be careful when you go back to Scotland, there is a Crown Warrant to arrest you for trespassing.
    Just joking, the occupants, The Spanish Kirkpatrick Branch welcome everyone who wants to visit, but if a tour is what you want call ahead and make arrangements. They know that they are the curators of a Kirkpatrick Family Treasure. Nice people.
    John Kirkpatrick

    PS: I have a little information on Thomas Gillham Kirkpatrick’s life in America and Canada.

  4. Dawn-Ann Dawn-Ann says:

    Ha ha! Thanks for writing, John. Yes, I am following the Closeburn Kirkpatricks on Facebook and I believe we have a couple of mutual friends, as well; Tom Caulley and Harold Eddington.

    I have visited your website many times and even contributed my family’s info. What you have on Thomas Gillham Kirkpatrick was contributed by my cousin’s family, I believe. Anyhoo, thanks so much for all your hard work. It has really helped me with my research a lot! (I just wish I had more time for this research these days.)



  5. Skip Wachman says:

    Hi Dawn,
    I travelled to the UK with a family friend, Charles Kirkpatrick, who lives in southern California. We got to spend a couple days at the castle and meet the family that lives there currently for tea, including a very old Spanish gentleman and others. We got an awesome tour, including a dungeon. There are stories of at least one ghost that inhabits the castle and a few of us on the trip claim to have seen her, although the aparatition’s description was not the same across those who saw her. It was a fantastic trip and you should try to spend a few nights at the castle, if you can.

  6. Dawn-Ann Dawn-Ann says:

    Wow! Thanks for the comment, Skip. That sounds like a lot of fun. I have been thinking I need to stay at Closeburn Castle next time I am in Scotland. At the time I went I wasn’t aware they would accept guests. I think ghost stories may be a marketing scheme but what the heck – you never know! :)

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