Alexander BurgessAge: 78 years18081886

Name
Alexander Burgess
Birth July 30, 1808
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Christening August 7, 1808 (Age 8 days)
Religious marriageCatherine StorrarView this family
May 2, 1842 (Age 33 years)
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Death of a motherJean Dalrymple
February 14, 1843 (Age 34 years)
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Birth of a son
#1
Alexander Burgess
July 11, 1843 (Age 34 years)
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Birth of a son
#2
James Burgess
April 11, 1845 (Age 36 years)
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Birth of a daughter
#3
Janet Burgess
December 3, 1846 (Age 38 years)
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Birth of a daughter
#4
Jean Burgess
September 25, 1848 (Age 40 years)
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Birth of a daughter
#5
Catherine Burgess
November 23, 1850 (Age 42 years)
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Birth of a daughter
#6
Isabella Burgess
December 5, 1852 (Age 44 years)
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Birth of a daughter
#7
Christina Nicholson Burgess
April 9, 1859 (Age 50 years)
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Marriage of a childAlexander BurgessIsa C. NicolView this family
August 10, 1865 (Age 57 years)
Census April 2, 1871 (Age 62 years)
Address: 125 - Coup-my-horn
Death of a sisterIsobel Burgess
January 10, 1875 (Age 66 years)
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Marriage of a childJohn MastertonJean BurgessView this family
Type: Religious marriage
January 14, 1876 (Age 67 years)
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Death of a wifeCatherine Storrar
before 1881 (Age 72 years)

Census April 3, 1881 (Age 72 years)
Address: Coup-my-horn, Bonnybank, Baintown
Occupation
Teacher Of Music And Dancing

Death August 2, 1886 (Age 78 years)
Cause of death: Suicide
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Note: Reg. of Corrected Entries, Vol I, page 88 Aug 22nd 1886
Family with parents - View this family
father
mother
Marriage: June 9, 1793Kennoway, Fife, Scotland
10 months
elder brother
17 months
elder brother
20 months
elder sister
3 years
elder sister
9 years
himself
Family with Catherine Storrar - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: May 2, 1842Kennoway, Fife, Scotland
14 months
son
21 months
son
20 months
daughter
22 months
daughter
2 years
daughter
2 years
daughter
6 years
daughter

Birth
Birth record entry: Parish / District Name - Number - Entry / Frame Kennoway / Fife - 434/3 - Fr 765 Text of entry Alexander Burgess & Jean Dalrymple his spouse had a son born 30 July bapt. Alexander
Marriage
Marriage record entry: Parish / District Name - Number - Entry / Frame Kennoway / Fife - OPR 434/4 - Fr ? Text of entry Alexander Burgefs and Catherine Storrer both in this parish were duly proclaimed in order to marriage and were married on 2 May 1842
Census1871 Scottish Census - Alexander Burgess - Household

Book ED4, page 18 434 Kennoway

NameRelationMCAgeSexOccupationBirthplaceInfirm
Alexander BurgessHeadM62MMusicianFife, Kennoway
Catherine StorrarwifeM66FMusician’s wifeFife, Kennoway
Christina Nicholson BurgessdaughterS11FScholarFife, Kennoway

Census1881 Scottish Census - Alexander Burgess - Household

Book 004, Page 017, Sched 102 434 Kennoway

NameRelationMCAgeSexOccupationBirthplaceInfirm
Alexander BurgessHeadW72MTeacher of DeportmentFife, Kennoway
Christina Nicholson BurgessdaughterS21FDressmakerFife, Kennoway

Notes: Nbr rooms with one or more windows 4

Death
Death record entry: Parish / District Name - Number - Entry / Frame Markinch / Fife - 447 - 65 Surname BURGESS Sex M/F M Given names Alexander Age 78 yrs Occupation Teacher of Dancing Date and time 2 Aug 1886 - body found on Fourth at 5:30 PM at Whin’s Quarry Markinch Place Markinch Residence (if different from above) Marital status Widower name of spouse Catherine Storrar Father’s name Alexander Burgess if deceased Y/N Y Father’s occupation Fenar ?? Mother’s name Jane Burgess if deceased Y/N Y Mother maiden name & occupation ms Dalrymple Cause of death Drowning Medical attendant Informant’s name C.N. Burgess relationship to deceased dau Residence of informant Registration place Markinch Date 7 Aug 1886 Registrar’s name WF Haxton RCE / other information See Reg. of Corrected Entries, Vol I, page 88 Aug 17th 1886
Death
Reg. of Corrected Entries, Vol I, page 88 Aug 22nd 1886 Name: Alexander Burgess, 78 years, Male, Widowed, Teacher of Music & Dancing When & Where Died: 2 or 3 of August 1886, Pond known as Whin’s Quarry, Newtown of Markinch Residence: Baintown, Kennoway Cause: Drowning, Suicidal Procurator Fiscal’s office, Cupar
Shared note1871 Scottish Census - Alexander Burgess - Household

Book ED4, page 18 434 Kennoway

NameRelationMCAgeSexOccupationBirthplaceInfirm
Alexander BurgessHeadM62MMusicianFife, Kennoway
Catherine StorrarwifeM66FMusician’s wifeFife, Kennoway
Christina Nicholson BurgessdaughterS11FScholarFife, Kennoway

Shared note1881 Scottish Census - Alexander Burgess - Household

Book 004, Page 017, Sched 102 434 Kennoway

NameRelationMCAgeSexOccupationBirthplaceInfirm
Alexander BurgessHeadW72MTeacher of DeportmentFife, Kennoway
Christina Nicholson BurgessdaughterS21FDressmakerFife, Kennoway

Notes: Nbr rooms with one or more windows 4

Note
First 7 children all registered on same day
Sad death of a Fife Poet

The Fife Free Press, Saturday August 7, 1886

Death notice: At Coupmyhorn, Kennoway, on the 2nd inst.,  Alexander Burgess, teacher of dancing.

Article:

CASE OF DETERMINED SUICIDE BY “POUTE” OF THE People’s Journal

No little stir, excitement, confusion and perplexity were called into action here and round this neighbourhood on Monday last, when it became known that Alex Burgess - well known as “Poute” of the People’s Journal - had left home without his coat, and not at all in dress for appearing publicly. The excitement grew stronger concerning the case as hours passed, and still he was amissing.  He resided with a daughter - the youngest of his family - and her care for her father was great. Naturally, her feelings grew into grief’s lowest point when the well-known sound of her father’s footstep did not break the silence of the evening.  Time passed on, and still he was absent.  The worst fears were realised on Wednesday afternoon, when, on dredging an old, water-filled quarry on the farm of Newton of Markinch, near Star, his lifeless body was recovered.  So determined had he been to extinguish the vital spark that a large heavy stone was attached to the body by means of a rope, thus effectually carrying out the suicide’s intentions.  Throughout Fife the name of “Sandy Burgess” had been a popular reference in connection with the unique rhymes of “Poute” and equally so as teacher of dancing.  Many of his pupils will read this sad and melancholy record of his demise with regret.  He had been in a desponding state of mind for several weeks.  He was in his 80th year.  How rash at such an age!

 

The Fife Advertiser, Saturday August 7, 1886

SAD DEATH OF A FIFE POET

On Monday afternoon Alexander Burgess a teacher of music and dancing, residing at Coupmyhorn, Baintown, Kennoway, went out and not returning his friends became uneasy, gave the alarm, and a search party was instituted, who traced him to the neighbourhood of Whin’s Quarry, near Newton of Markinch, which is filled with water.  It was thought advisable to have the quarry dragged, and the body was brought to the surface.  On examining the body it was found that a violin bag filled with stones, was securely tied to the neck with a cord. Nothing unusual was observed in the conduct of the deceased.  It may be mentioned that Mr. Burgess has contributed to the local journals for a number of years, under the names of “Poute” and “Droner”.

Another account say’s:- He went amissing on Monday; but his daughter who kept house for him, and assisted him in conducting his dancing classes, noticed nothing wrong that morning. He seemed happy and cheerful and humorous, as usual, up to almost the time when he left the house.  She observed him go into the garden, as was his custom on fine days, to enjoy a smoke.  About an hour afterwards he was found to have left the garden; but it was hoped that he would soon turn up.  But as evening came and next morning dawned without any appearance or knowledge of him, it was felt that something was amiss, and a search was at once instituted.  Inquiries were made for miles all around, with the result above stated.  We need not say that much sympathy is felt for his family, and especially for Miss C.N. Burgess, who has been his comfort and stay ever since the death of his wife some years ago - all the other members of the family having left for other parts of the country or got married.  Mr Burgess was one of the oldest teachers of dancing in Fife, and for fully half a century has conducted classes in various villages in the country.  He was to have begun a class in East Wemyss on the very afternoon of the very day he disappeared and had the prospect of meeting many of his old friends there.  In the different villages where he taught, he was a great favourite, and his services were often obtained, and freely rendered, to enliven some social meeting either with his violin, or by reciting or singing some original and mirth-provoking composition of his own.  Being an excellent violinist, he was frequently engaged to supply dance music at house-balls in many of the country mansions, where also he was often employed to give private lessons in dancing to the younger members of the families.  To the local newspapers he was for many years a frequent contributor - generally of grotesquely humorous poetry, and sometimes of prose.  A volume of his productions was published a number of years ago.  It forms a remarkable example of self-taught native talent, and is brimful of broad, quaint fun.  The days of his pilgrimage were nearly fourscore years - certainly a remarkable age for one who was still able to pursue the profession of a teacher of dancing.  His remains were buried yesterday in Kennoway Churchyard.  

The Scotsman, Friday August 6, 1886, Pg 5

SUICIDE OF "POUTE" AT KENNOWAY

Mr. Alexander Burgess, dancing master, who lived at Kennoway (Fifeshire), and was well-known as a contributor to the People's Journal under the nom de plume of "Poute," has committed suicide under somewhat extraordinary circumstances. He had been in a disponding state of mind for some time, and on Monday he left his residence without his coat, and without saying where he was going. He did not return, and nothing was heard of him until Wednesday evening, when his lifeless body was found in a pool of water in Whins Quarry, on the farm of Newton of Markinch. He had by means of a rope attached a large stone to his neck, apparantly to ensure self-destruction. Burgess was a widower, 80 years of age, and lived with one of his daughters.   (Thanks to Colin Harrower for Scotsman article.)