Another episode in a series of blog posts as part of the A to Z Blogging Challenge for 2019. I’m using this to write about some of the thousands of Heenans I’ve found in my research.
Today we’re travelling to Scotland to meet one of the people I researched to mark the centenary of the end of World War 1.
Since writing that article I’ve found a further record relating to Laurence.
In 1911 he was living with his father, married sister and her family at 198 Broad Street, Denny, Scotland at the time of the census. The two men are recorded with the surname HANNAY rather than HEENAN, which is why I missed this when I did my initial research.
The occupants are:
- Patrick McNally, Coal Miner Hewer, age 38, born West Calder, Linlithgowshire
- Ann McNally, Wife, age 35, born Denny, Stirlingshire
- Maggie McNally, daughter, age 16, born Denny, Stirlingshire
- Patrick McNally, son age 14, Pithead Worker in Colliery, born Denny, Stirlingshire
- Lawrence McNally, son, age 12, Scholar, born Denny, Stirlingshire
- Thomas McNally, son age 10, Scholar, born Denny, Stirlingshire
- Anne McNally, daughter, age 8, Scholar, born Denny, Stirlingshire
- James McNally, son, she 7, Scholar, born Denny, Stirlingshire
- Owen McNally, son age 5, born Denny, Stirlingshire
- Catherine McNally, daughter, age 3, born Denny, Stirlingshire
- Peter McNally, son, age 2, born Denny, Stirlingshire
- Laurence HANNAY, Father-in-law, age 64, Coalminer Hewer, born Ireland
- Laurence HANNAY, Brother-in-law, age 28, Coalminer Hewer, born Broxburn, Linlithgowshire
Ann, wife of the head of the household, is Laurence’s elder sister. She was the fourth of ten children born to Laurence Heenan (senior) and his wife Margaret Currens.
A few things about this record interested me.
One was the spelling of Laurence’s first name – it varies in different records between Lawrence and Laurence. The second piece of information of note is that Laurence is said to have been born in Broxburn, Linlighgowshire. This is consistent with information given for the 1891 census but differs from the birthplace details given in the 1901 census and recorded on Laurence’s army service records which both state he was born in Dunipace, Stirlingshire.
A map of the area provides a possible explanation for this apparent inconsistency. Dunipace is a village just on the northern fringe of Denny. It may have become absorbed into the greater Denny area as the latter grew and expanded.
One other puzzle remains with this family. The Scotsman newspaper announced Laurence’s death, on Nov 4, 1915:
Lawrence Heenan, 10th A and S H, was killed in action about 15th October. Official intimation was received by his father Mr Lawrence Heenan, Herbertshire Street. Pte Heenan was 25 years of age and, previous to joining the army a year ago, worked in Woodyet Pit, Denny. Mr Heenan has five sons in the army.
I know the names of all five sons said to have been serving as soldiers in World War 1:
James, born 1872
John, born 1874
Patrick, born 1879
Laurence, born 1881
Thomas, born 1887
Laurence’s brothers are all listed as next of kin on his army record dated 1920 but the text is so faint it is almost impossible to read.
All I can make out is that James, then 48 years old, was with the Egyptian expeditionary force. John and Patrick are living in Denny and Thomas is living in Glasgow. So far I haven’t found any service records or medal entitlement records for these brothers.