Jean Whitecross

Dates: 
d November 1840

Jean Whitecross was born in Kirriemuir. She lived with William Thom, enduring extreme poverty, and journeying with him when he sought work. The couple had four children; Elizabeth (Betsy), William, James and Jeanie. Jeanie died during a period when the family had little food, and had slept outside on a cold, wet night.

William Thom wrote of her dark eyes and sweet singing voice.

Jean Whitecross died at 23, North Street, Inverurie, in childbirth. She is buried in an unmarked grave in Inverurie.

"Far from her native Tay she sleeps, and other waters lave
The markless spot where Ury creeps around my Jeanie's grave."

from "Jeanie's Grave" by William Thom.

Sources
Rhymes and Recollections of a Hand Loom Weaver
by William Thom