Research details from General Registry Office, New Register House,
Robert Nimmo, Journeyman Shoemaker of Old Greyfriars Parish and
Elizabeth Brown, his spouse, a son named James. Witnesses James Nimmo
and John Nimmo, Master Wigmaker (Edinburgh Thursday 21/2/1765).
James Nimmo, Mason, of New Greyfriars Parish and Jean
of same parish, daughter of deceased John Blair, Starchmaker, in
Primrose Nimmo by James Nimmo and Jean Blair, his spouse of College
Church Parish, Edinburgh (11/7/1797).
Marriage Primrose Nimmo,
Brassfounder of Allan Close, High Church Parish, Edinburgh to Ann Philip of
Dundas Street, St Maryís Parish, Edinburgh.
James Nimmo, St George Parish, Edinburgh (28/2/1835).
There is a will of 13/2/66 said to be of James Nimmo, Merchant
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
and 1 Shaftesbury Terrace [house] both in Glasgow.
At 39 Abbotsford Place, Glasgow, Primrose Blair Nimmo
The name Nimmo
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.
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
 A journeyman is one who has completed a full apprenticeship
 Leith is a harbour town adjacent to and now a part of Edinburgh.
 Spelling unsure
 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.
 There is a will of 13/2/66 said to be of James Nimmo, Merchant Burgess
 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.
 Burgess is a Freeman, Magistrate and/or Councillor.
 This was a shop and the business closed in 1873.
 He became a Commercial Traveller.