The Stevensons originate from another parish in Wigtownshire,
Stoneykirk. Stoneykirk lies in the middle of the Rhinns of Galloway,
that double headed peninsula that forms the westernmost part of the
Shire, and since the 1600s this large parish has included Toskerton and
The pastures of its hilly green farms run from the Irish Channel where
in corners protected from the winds subtropical gardens flourish, to
where Freugh flattens out to the sands of Luce Bay. It is flat enough
in this hilly county to have been the home of a Royal Air Force
station, and also arable enough that in 1791 it was reported as the
premier grain exporting parish of Wigtownshire.
Stranraer, to the north, is the nearest town, while Stoneykirk itself
is just a village with its kirk and kirkyard on the main road south to
Port Logan, Drummore and finally the Mull of Galloway. Doon Castle with
its thirteen foot thick walls is a prehistoric broch or fortification
at Ardwell Bay, while in the south of the parish, in Kirkmadrine, are
to be seen the oldest Christian monuments in Scotland outside Whithorn,
inscribed standing stones dating probably from the 5th century AD.
Fishing was once an industry of tiny ports on the rocky West Coast,
which is also noted for many caves, one of which might have been the
retreat of the mythical Scots cannibal rogue Sawney Bean!
The earliest Stevenson we have is Samuel who married Elizabeth
McAnully. Between them they had at least one child, a boy, Charles born
around 1845 in Stoneykirk.
Charles went onto marry Janet Spiers, daughter of James Spiers and
Elizabeth Purdie, on 23rd June 1870 in Stoneykirk, and possibly in the
church above. The IGI record shows this and also their approximate
How many children they had I do not know but for sure one of them was
Isabella Ross Stevenson, born in 1880 and who went onto marry John
Isabella Ross Stevenson
The wedding and subsequent descendants can be found in the McCamon section
Samuel Stevenson Descendants Chart Samuel Stevenson Family Tree 4 Generations