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Joseph Clouston

Joseph Clouston

Male 1816 - 1866  (50 years)

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  • Name Joseph Clouston 
    Born 6 Apr 1816  Stromness, Orkney 28-4 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 13 Apr 1866  Nisthouse, Mirbuster, Harray Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I16502  My Relatives
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2019 

    Father Robert Clouston,   b. 29 Dec 1786, Newcastle-on-Tyne Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Nov 1857, Nisthouse, Mirbuster, Harray Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Janet Smith,   b. 25 Jun 1793,   d. 21 Mar 1869, View Cottage, Misbuster, Harray, Orkney Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 18 May 1815  Stromness Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F6022  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Harriett Wood,   b. Abt 1820, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 20 Nov 1855 
     1. Janet Ann Clouston,   b. 1857, Stromness Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2019 
    Family ID F6029  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Went to Gold Coast (Ghana) about 1834 - 1846

      a Proprietor of Lands
      at 1861 census at Merbister, Harry a Retired Merchant and Farmer

      "The Black Lady of Nisthouse"
      My grandmother Johina Kirkness grew up in Dounby, in the centre of the West Mainland of Orkney. When she was about nine, she and her sister Mary were playing just down the road from their house when a woman dressed in black and wearing a large hat appeared in the ditch near where they were playing and walked into a nearby
      field, where she disappeared again. The two girls seem to have thought this surprising but not particularly disturbing. Several years later, two of my grandmother’s cousins were walking along the same road one evening, going to a meeting of the Scottish
      Women’s Rural Institute. Maggie realised she had forgotten her gloves and went back to the house.When she came out again into the twilight (known as the grimlins in Orkney) she saw a figure a short way ahead and called, “My Charlotte, you’ve no
      got very far.” The walker made no reply and a few yards further down the road, she vanished. A year or two ago, I told these family stories to a friend of my daughter, who came from Dounby. She was amazed, as she had never heard these stories but her grandfather had been driving along the same road a few years ago when he and his passengers were certain he had knocked down a woman dressed in black, wearing a large hat. These sightings are only about a mile away from one of Orkney’s most famous ghosts, The Black Lady of Nisthouse
      A few generations ago, Joseph Clouston, who
      had made his fortune in the West Indies, returned
      his native islands. The story is unclear as to
      whether he brought a native woman back with him
      or whether she followed him uninvited but why
      ever she came, she proved an embarrassment and
      he is said to have killed her and buried in a corner
      of a field near the house.
      Ever since, her ghost is said to haunt the
      Clouston family.
      My grandmother’s cousin Charlotte, men-
      tioned above, married Charlie Clouston and I viv-
      idly remember him telling the story of his sighting
      of the Black Lady.
      When he was in his early teens, he and a few
      of his friends were hunting for rabbits in a field
      near Nisthouse when he became aware of a fast-
      moving black shape. He said he could only describe
      it as a black shape about three feet high, with a
      white streak down the centre, moving in large
      bounds across the field, until it jumped over the
      dyke and disappeared.
      His dog chased it but his friends saw nothing.

      Country Code GB
      Repository Code 241
      Repository Orkney Archives Reference GB241/D40
      Title Clouston of Nisthouse and Holodyke
      Dates 1601-1924
      Access Status Open
      Access Conditions None
      Letters from Joseph Clouston mainly at Cape Coast, Gold Coast (Ghana) to his father, Robert Clouston of Nisthouse, 1834-1846;
      Letters to Joseph Clouston of Nisthouse of a personal and business nature, including letters from his brother, Thomas Smith Clouston 1847-1866;
      Letters to Harriet Wood, (later Harriet Clouston) and her sister, Agnes McGowan, wife of Rev William McGowan, United Presbyterian minister of Sandwick, 1847-1861;
      Letters to Mrs Harriet Clouston from Andrew Gould about the winding up of her father?s estate, 1866-1867;
      Personal letters to Harriet Clouston from various family members including Thomas Smith Clouston, 1870-1889;
      Other family correspondence, 1870-1908; Personal and family papers including extract birth and death certificates, papers relating to trusts, 1832-1901;
      Legal papers and notes relating to wills and settlement of estates of Robert Clouston of Nisthouse (d 1857), Janet Clouston, spouse of Robert Clouston (d 1869), Joseph Clouston of Nisthouse (d 1866), Isabella Traill Clouston of Moar (d 1892), 1856-1924;
      Deeds and accounts relating to the property at Mirbister owned by the Louttit family and other lands in Harray, c1600-1704;
      Notebook kept by Joseph Clouston whilst in the Cape Coast. 1844-1845;
      Cash book of Joseph Clouston of Nisthouse, 1848-1858;
      Notebooks containing household expenses of Mrs Harriet Clouston, 1871-1877;
      Estate, personal and household accounts and vouchers of Mr Joseph Clouston, Nisthouse, 1843-1866;
      Accounts and vouchers for other family members, 1887-1908;
      Extract census returns, birth, marriage and death certificates relating to the family of James Nisbet, solicitor, 1845-1874;
      Journal kept by Dr Tom Ferrier while travelling as part of a mixed British and German party through parts of what is now Ghana and Togo, 1892.

      Mentioned in "Maclean of the Gold Coast" published 1962
      Pages 312,318,326,328,334,339