Jeanie Hepburn Laird

ID# 8220, (4 Aug 1904 - 7 Jul 1994)
Jean Hepburn Black MS Laird taken 1951
photo courtsey GailNancyJ - Ancestry Munro Family Tree

Jeanie Hepburn Laird was born on 4 Aug 1904 at Lee's Land, Thornwood, Lanarkshire, Scotland ,

Jeanie Hepburn Laird
AT 5.20 AM
Parents: Peter Laird, Coal Miner & Georgina Laird MS Hepburn
Married: 1903 December 31st, Cambuslang

Peter Laird, Father was present at the birth.1,2

She was the daughter of Peter Gourlay Laird and Georgina Hepburn.

Jeanie appeared on the 1911 Scottish Census of 2 Apr 1911 in the household of Peter Gourlay Laird at 2 Lee's Building, Tannochside, Lanarkshire, Scotland ;
LAIRD Peter, Head, Mar, 31, Fireman Miner, Worker, Thorniewood Lanark
LAIRD Georgina, Wife, Mar, 31, Married 7 years, 3 Children born and living, Hamilton Lanark
LAIRD Jeanie, Dau, 6, School, Thorniewood Lanark
LAIRD Mary, Dau, 2, Thorniewood Lanark
LAIRD William, Son, Under 1 mth, Thorniewood Lanark.3

     Research Note: in 1922
Empire Settlement Act of 1922

The British settlement schemes were based on the Empire Settlement Act (1922), with which the British government entered into agreements with various members of the Commonwealth to resettle female domestics, agriculturalists (farmers and farm labourers) and juveniles. This initiative differed significantly from all previous emigration schemes because the British government itself was involved in the recruitment of potential emigrants, in subsidizing ocean passage and in providing the skills and training that women, juveniles and others would need to settle elsewhere in the Empire

In 1924, the program expanded with the 3,000 British Families Settlement Scheme, an ambitious plan to bring thousands of British farm families to Canada. Farm families received assisted passage, training, credit to purchase a farm, and supervision. In addition, British subjects in Canada could nominate people in the United Kingdom for emigration to Canada. Farm workers were encouraged to come to Canada under the Empire Settlement Agreement. Collectively, the Empire Settlement Act and the schemes that flowed from it were designed to assist those who wished to start anew in the dominions and, at the same time, to strengthen the bonds of the British Empire.

By the end of the decade, about 170,000 men, women and children had been resettled in Canada, not nearly as many as had been envisioned by officials in Britain. No effort was spared to attract potential emigrants -- passage funds, already subsidized, were further reduced, training was improved and an aftercare program was initiated in Canada.

One part of the program offered female domestic workers from Britain assistance with their passage and guaranteed work at standard wages.

The ESA failed to attract the desired number of British immigrants to Canada. Approx 165,000 British immigrants arrived in Canada as participants in various settlement schemes, far less than the millions originally envisioned. With the onset of the Great Depression and the election of a new Conservative government in 1930, the programs of assisted settlement effectively came to an end.4

Jeanie Hepburn Laird immigrated on 29 May 1926 from Glasgow Scotland via " SS Athenia" to Quebec, Canada,

Sailed from Glasgow 29 May 1926 and arrived in Quebec 7 June 1926.

A number of immigrants to Canada were assisted by the E.S.A and offered lodgings etc with the Salvation Army.

No relationships in Canada
Aged 21
Born Uddingston Scotland
Not in Canada previously
Passage Paid by E.S.A. (Empire Settlement Act)
Occupation: Factory Girl
To be a Domestic in Canada
Address in Canada you are going to: 480 Jarvis Street, Toronto, Ontario. Salvation Army
Nearest Relative: Mr Peter Laird (Father), Birkenshaw Gardens, Birkenshaw, Uddingston.5

SS Athenia 1923 - 1939
via Ancestry Ship Pictures

Jeanie Hepburn Laird married Alexander Black on 19 Oct 1927 at 113 Hiawtha Road, Toronto, Ontario, Canada,

On the 8th Oct 1927, both Alexander Black and Jean Heburn Laird, stated their current residence.
this is 15 days prior to the marriage.
This was when the License was issued.

Alexander Black
Aged 23, Bachelor
Res: 56 Firstbrook Road
Born: Scotland
Intended Place of Marriage: Toronto
Parents: William Weir Black & Mary Spencer
Jean Heburn Laird
Aged 23, Spinster
Res: 82 Brandon Avenue
Born: Scotland
Parents: Peter Laid & Georgina Heburn

Witnesses: John Shaw, 46 Robbins Ave & Margaret K Orr, 42 Taylor St, in the City of Toronto in the County of York Ontario.1,6

As of 19 Oct 1927,her married name was Black.

Jeanie was present on the 1957 Electoral Roll 52 Beachview Crescent, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in the household of Alexander Black.

BLACK Alexander, Snr, Chef
BLACK Mrs Jean
BLACK Alexander Jnr, prod. manager.7

Jeanie died on 7 Jul 1994 at Toronto, Ontario, Canada, at age 89 years, 11 months and 3 days.

Jeanie was buried in Jul 1994 at Pine Hills Cemetery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada,

In Loving Memory of
A Dear Husband and Father
Alexander Black
Nov 12 1903 - Aug 4 1962
Beloved Husband of
Jean H Black
Aug 4 1904 - July 7 1994
At Rest.8

Alexander Black & Jean H Black MS Laird
Cemetery Headstone
Courtsey GailNancyJ Ancestry - Munro Family Tree

Jeanie and Alexander had Had 4 Children

William Weir Black 1928 - 2004
Georgina Hepburn Black 1929 - 1982
Alexander Black 1933
Mary Spencer Black 1945 - 1994

Refer to Ancestry Trees of GailNacyJ - Munro Family Tree and make contact for further information about family.9

Family: Jeanie Hepburn Laird and Alexander Black

FatherPeter Gourlay Laird (1 Dec 1879 - 31 Jan 1935)
MotherGeorgina Hepburn (5 Oct 1879 - 27 Mar 1951)


  1. [S1] Certificate held on file, Held by Ailsa Corlett, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Hereinafter cited as Certificate held on file.
  2. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online, 1904 Bothwell Lanark, 625/01 0443. Hereinafter cited as Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes.
  3. [S136] GRO Scotland, 1911 Scottish Census ( New Register House Edinburgh, 2 April 1911), 1911 Bothwell Lanark, 625/01 014/00 003. Hereinafter cited as 1911 Scottish Census.
  4. [S41] Miscellaneous Records , Moving Here, Staying Here. The Canadian Immigrant Experience -
    Also - Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 -…
  5. [S61] Passenger Lists, Shipping Records ), Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865 - 1935 - via Ancestry
    Passenger Lists, 1865–1935. Microfilm Publications T-479 to T-520, T-4689 to T-4874, T-14700 to T-14939, C-4511 to C-4542. Library and Archives Canada, n.d. RG 76-C. Department of Employment and Immigration fonds. Library and Archives Canada Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.. Hereinafter cited as Shipping Records.
  6. [S119] Canadian Vitial Statistics Agency, Canadian BDM Record, Canadian Indexes, unknown repository address, 1927 Ontario Canada, Marriages, 1801 - 1928, County of York Toronto Reg No 1482
    Archives of Ontario; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Registrations of Marriages, 1869-1928; Series: MS932; Reel: 800
    via Ancestry. Hereinafter cited as Canadian BDM Record.
  7. [S246] Elections, Canada, Voters List, 1935 - 1980 : Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Library and Archives Canada:, 1935 -1980 , 1957 Electoral District of Danforth, City of Toronto, Canada - via Ancestry. Hereinafter cited as Canada, Voters List, 1935 - 1980.
  8. [S139] Ancestry Public Member Trees, online, GailNacyJ - had the Munro Family Tree on Ancestry - email from Gail as well Jan 2017. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry Public Member Trees.
  9. [S139] Ancestry Public Member Trees, online, GailNacyJ - had the Munro Family Tree on Ancestry.