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                                      Robert Kinnaird 1820-1890 married Elizabeth McCleary 1829-1890
Robert Kinnaird was born in Ireland 1820,and is of Scottish decent connected to KINNAIRD ancestors of Perthshire,Scotland .On Robert’s death certificate states his father was a stonemason  Mr Kinnaird and does not have  his mothers name. It is unknown when Robert migrated to Girvan, Scotland 
 He worked as a weaver of cotton in Girvan .He married Elizabeth McClearie /McCleary  on 12th Dec 1845 in Cirvan, Ayrshire, Scotland. Elizabeth was born 1820 Ireland she was the daughter of Joseph and  Jane McCleary nee Fisher her father was a  weaver of Cotton in Girvan.
Elizabeth was aged 7 yrs when her family migrated to Girvan, Scotland in 1827 from Ireland .

Robert and Elizabeth both worked as cotton weavers in Girvan, going by the electoral roll in Girvan Scotland in 1850 and lived with Elizabeth’s father and stepmother  as they are at the same address at Wilson Street Girvan,until they set sail for New Zealand in 1864. Their Eldest daughter was Mary Kinnaird she was born in 1846 Girvan, Ayrshire, Scotland she died , and two years after they arrived in New Zealand  they had a daughter (their last child born) in 1866 and they named her Mary Stirling Kinnaird sadly this Mary died aged 21.The first of their son named Robert born 1858 in Girvan died in 1861 in Girvan , in the same year 1861 ,Elizabeth had another son and they called him Robert also .
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Census records in Girvan Scotland, in 1850 :Wilson Street Girvan , Scotland :

Joseph McCleary - Head of house - aged 62 - born in Ireland - pensioner & Weaver cotton
Helen McCleary - Wife - aged 70 - born in Ireland (2nd marriage of Joseph)
Robert Kinnaird - Son In-law - aged 30 - Weaver cotton born Ireland
Elizabeth - Daughter - aged 30 married - born Ireland - Married, Weaver, cotton
Mary Kinnaird -aged 5 - born Girvan Scotland 
Margaret Kinnaird - Grand Daughter - aged 3 - born Girvan Scotland 
James Kinnaird - Grand Son - aged 2 - born Girvan Scotland                 
Jane Kinnaird - Grand Daughter - aged 1 - born Girvan Scotland                    
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Some documents have Elizabeth as McCLEARY and some McCLEARIE
Robert and Elizabeth (Eliza) came to New Zealand  with 7 of their children on the ship "Sevilla " in 1864.Robert worked as a laborer in NZ
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How they came to New Zealand 
While livening in Girvan, Robert and Elizabeth worked as a cotton weaver how they came from Girvan to Bluff in 1864 and settled in Invercargill South Island NZ .They were part of a group from Girvan who were sponsored by the Southland Provincial Council & known as the 'Girvan Weavers', although there is no record of any of them carrying on that occupation after they arrived in NZ. There is a full passenger list of the 'Sevilla' on . the list shows Robert Kinnaird, Mrs. Kinnaird & 7 Kinnaird children.”  The ship Sevilla  sailed from Glasgow on the 23rd May  (1864)  Arrived at Bluff 4th September 1864, Sevilla, 800 tons, Captain Kerr from Glasgow - Morrison, Law & Co, agents. 
You can look this up on the web sight on the internet  :www.angelfire.com/ok2/cbluff/sevilla1864.html . 

From Pages Past on the internet:  On 8 August 1863 the following was printed in the Southland times 
[ From the General Government Gazette.]
The following memorial has been received by the General Government :-
The Petition of the Girvan Hand-loom Weavers’
             Emigration Society,
           Humbly sheweth---
That your petitioners are hand-loom weavers in the town of Girvan, Ayrshire, Scotland, and owing to the depression of the trade , and the hourly rate of wages (being on a average four shillings and sixpence per week), and only partially employed for the last three past years past , makes our position very deplorable; and on account of these circumstances we are forced to apply to you for assistance to enable us to emigrate to your colony.
Our district being a rural one we are all less or more acquainted with field operations, in the seed time and Harvest; but being necessitated by the depressions of trade, we are accustomed at all times of the year to out-door labor, namely such as making of roads, and 
all other useful employments .
Your petitioners consider that they would be useful employments.
Your petitioners consider that they could be useful to the colony in a general way by endeavoring to advance it in prosperity and wealth and at the same time raising themselves in the social scale, and becoming useful members of society.
Under the above-mentioned circumstances, we  humbly beg that you will take our case into your favorable consideration , and  grant us free passages, or in any other way, to you seeming most fit and convenient , further to the object we have in view.
We are also willing to come under obligations and directions which you may consider not only for our interest but also for the benefit of the colony, and under the regulations formed by the different associations therein for the purpose of emigration
And your humble petitioners , as in duty bound will ever pray.
                                  Samuel Lyons, treasure,
                                   William John Hervey Chairman,
                                     William Stead ,Secretary.
      Signed by eight ministers and Gentlemen of Girvan,
      Knowing the circumstances of the petitioners to as
      Set forth in the forgoing petition .
It would appear that the officials of Southland NZ were the only persons sufficiently moved to offer the hand of fellowship to the needy residents of the Scottish seaside township.
The costs for the passage of the Giravn weavers , one thousand, one hundred pounds
 and thirteen shillings were meet by Southland provincial Council  
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 Robert and Elizabeth :
Robert and Elizabeth settled  in Invercargill New Zealand he worked as a laborer, Going by the Electoral Rolls in the South Island of NZ they lived in Galla Street and then to Leet street . Robert and Elizabeth died within months of each other . 
Elizabeth died at her residendants in Leet Street 12 th May of abdominal cancer, Robert died 4 months after Elizabeth, on the 18th Sept 1880 at his residendants Leet Street, Invercargill, and very sad to read on his death certificate he died of Cold and exposure and cystitis, buried 20 September 1890 in Invercargill.
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Southland times News Paper 20 Sept 1890
Obituary : Mr. Robert Kinnaird 
Another old identity has passed away in the person of Mr Robert Kinnaird 
who arrived with his wife and seven children from Scotland in 1864 
and made his home in Southland. He was an old public servant, 
having served the country as surfacesman for nearly 20 years. 
He was a hard-working and respectable citizen, his family are settled (with one exception) in Southland. 
Since Mrs Kinnaird's death he gradually broken down and strange to say he died at the same age (70 years and 3 months) as his wife.
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