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Research details from General Registry Office, New Register House, Edinburgh, UK


18/12/1763     Marriage         Robert Nimmo, Journeyman [1] Shoemaker and Elizabeth daughter of John Brown, Office HM Customs of Leith [2] in Old Greyfriars Parish, Edinburgh.

16/2/1765       Birth                Robert Nimmo, Journeyman Shoemaker of Old Greyfriars Parish and Elizabeth Brown, his spouse, a son named James. Witnesses James Nimmo Lintdresser [3] and John Nimmo, Master Wigmaker (Edinburgh Thursday 21/2/1765).

27/2/1786       Marriage         James Nimmo, Mason, of New Greyfriars Parish and Jean [4] of same parish, daughter of deceased John Blair, Starchmaker, in Leith.

19/6/1797       Birth                Primrose Nimmo by James Nimmo and Jean Blair, his spouse of College Church Parish, Edinburgh (11/7/1797).

2/3/1829         Marriage         Primrose Nimmo, Brassfounder of Allan Close, High Church Parish, Edinburgh to Ann Philip of Dundas Street, St Maryís Parish, Edinburgh.

15/12/1834     Birth                James Nimmo, St George Parish, Edinburgh (28/2/1835).

28/7/1863       Marriage         At Pitfar Fossoway, County Kinross, James Nimmo [5] (29), Publisher, Glasgow to Susan More (28) nee Anderson, widow of the Reverend John More [6] .

13/2/1866       Death              There is a will of 13/2/66 said to be of James Nimmo, Merchant Burgess [7] of Glasgow. This could possibly be primrose Blairís father who may have died in 1873. Furthermore, James Nimmo had gone from Abbotsford Place by 1867 and was a Bookseller at 36 St Enochís Square [8] and 1 Shaftesbury Terrace [house] both in Glasgow.

4/5/1865         Birth                At 39 Abbotsford Place, Glasgow, Primrose Blair Nimmo [9] (23/5/1865)


The name Nimmo


Many of this name descended from French protestants fleeing from massacre of St Bartholomew (France) in 1572. Earlier Scottish spellings: Newmoch, Memoch, Nemok, Nemo. Also Dutch: Niemer and Nieman.



A possible Ancestor?


James Nimmo 1654 - 1709

Covenantor, only son of John Nimmo, factor and baille on the estate of Boghead, Linlithgowshire, by his wife Janet Muir was born in July 1654. Sent to school at Bathgate whence, because of a quarrel between father and schoolmaster, he was transferred to Stirling. He joined the insurgents at Drumclog and was among the defeated at the battle of Bothwell Brig [or Bridge], 8 miles S.E. of Glasgow in 1679. Here, with a force sent against them by the Duke of Monmouth, 1000 prisoners were taken; from then on there was a time for killing, torturing and putting to death.

James fled to North Scotland and was taken into service by the Laird of Park and Lochloy in Moray. There he married Elizabeth Brodie of Windiehills, granddaughter of John Brodie on 4/12/1682 (by the blessed Mr Hog). Shortly after, due to soldiers assising to search the area, he sheltered in the vaults of Pluscanden. Ultimately, he fled to Edinburgh on 23/3/1683. Thence to Berwick-on-Tweed and then to Holland.

James returned to Scotland in April 1688 during the revolution. He subsequently joined the Customs in Edinburgh and was appointed Treasurer to the City in later years. He died on 6/8/1709.

James had four sons and one daughter. One son, John, like his father was a member of Edinburgh Town Council and Treasurer of the City.


[1] A journeyman is one who has completed a full apprenticeship

[2] Leith is a harbour town adjacent to and now a part of Edinburgh.

[3] Spelling unsure

[4] Jean Blair could have been the widow of John Kenemond, Writer, as a marriage took place on 15/9/1775 and Jean Blair was stated to be the daughter of the deceased John Blair, Merchant of Leith.

[5] There is a will of 13/2/66 said to be of James Nimmo, Merchant Burgess

[6] Susanís father was David Anderson of Rambhill and Pitfar, writer to The Signet, J P and Banker and her mother was Christina Brodie (or Anderson) witnessed also by James Brodie.

[7] Burgess is a Freeman, Magistrate and/or Councillor.

[8] This was a shop and the business closed in 1873.

[9] He became a Commercial Traveller.