William Forlong of Wellshott was born 22 January 1762 in Scotland, United Kingdom to James Forlong (1722-1797) and Agnes Campbell (c1740) and died 24 January 1827 Wellshot, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom of unspecified causes. He married Mary Maria Fleming (1766-1852) 4 June 1786 in Glasgow, Scotland.


Offspring of James Forlong (1722-1797) and Janet Boyle (c1717-)
Name Birth Death Joined with
James Forlong (c1744-1806) 1744 Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom 18 May 1806 Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom Margaret Auchincloss (c1744-1787)
John Furlong (1746-)
Janet Forlong (1752-1797)
Jean Furlong (1754-1836)
Thomas Forlong (1755-1758)
William Forlong (1757-1761)
Christina Furlong (1759-1762)
William Forlong of Wellshott (1762-1824) 22 January 1762 Scotland, United Kingdom 24 January 1827 Wellshot, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom Mary Maria Fleming (1766-1852)

Offspring of James Forlong (1722-1797) and Agnes Nielsen (c1760-)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Elizabeth Furlong (1784-1844)
Thomas Forlong (1785-) 14 August 1785 Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom Mary Jamieson (c1790-)
Margaret McLachlan (c1790-)
Margaret Furlong (1789-1858)
John Forlong (1792-)

Biographical snippets

William FORLONG - International Genealogical Index Gender: Male Birth: 1762 , , Scotland

Possibly the "spirit dealer, Gallowgate, shop No 21" in the First Glasgow Directory (1787), where there was also a James, manufacturer, Havannah. Robin has or had more listings for them from later directories and listings (even more useful - with dates of commencement and relationships) from photocopied records of the Burgesses and Guild Brethren of Glasgow.

Later snippets include Caledonian Mercury of 7 April 1814[1]:

IMPORTS. Ziemiew[spg?], from Rotterdam, with ... 10 puncheons Geneva, for William Forlong and Son ... Helen from ditto, with ... 10 pieces Geneva ... 6 hams, for William Forlong and Son

See also from the Glasgow Digital Library. The notes there about ownership strongly suggest that William was not born at Wellshot (as the "of" would earlier have implied).


Offspring of William Forlong of Wellshott and Mary Maria Fleming (1766-1852)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Jeanie Forlong (1787-1787)
James Forlong (1788-1789)
William Forlong of Erins (1790-1878) 28 March 1790 Scotland, United Kingdom 5 July 1878 Argyllshire? (Mount Erins, Loch Fyne, North Knapdale?) Crawfurd Pollok Gordon (1788-1880)
George Forlong (1791-1809)
James Forlong (1793-aft1850)
Margaret Forlong (1794-1800)
Malcolm Forlong (1796-1829)
Mary Maria Forlong (1799-)
Margaret Finlay Forlong (1801-1849) 20 September 1801 29 September 1849 William Ross (c1801-1874)
Jane Inglis Forlong (1803-1875)
Agnes Lisle Forlong (1805-1889)
Robert Stein Forlong (1807-1884)
Elizabeth Forlong (1808-)

Children - extended notes

James's wedding was reported thus in the Perthshire Advertiser of 7 July 1842[2]:

On the 15th ultimo, at Toronto, Canada, Lieutenant-Colonel James Forlong, commanding the 43d light infantry in that garrison, Knight Companion of the Royal Guelphic Order, and second son of the late William Forlong, Esq., of Wellshot House, Lanarkshire, to Sophia, second daughter of Henry Bolton, Esq. late Chief Justice of the island of Newfoundland.

Agnes's wedding: shows the London Evening Standard of 13 September 1843 reporting thus:

Sept. 12, at St. Mary's, Paddington, Lieutenant Colonel Alan T. Maclean, to Agnes, daughter of the late William Forlong, Esq.

Jane's wedding has a report on Findmypast, from the 26 September 1827 issue of the Aberdeen Journal, machine-transcribed as "Edward Marih. tould SO of J. Mllarsh, Esq. of Boxgrove, county of Sussex. i-s that Jane Inglis, daughter of the late William Forlong, Et l. Ider. f I± Wehlshot.

This Findmypast machine-transcription may be a death notice for Elizabeth: 01 May 1848 - Glasgow Herald: "At 130 Bath Street. on the27 th uitinio, Eliza Stewart, youngest daughtetr of the late William Forlong, Esq. of Glespin"

The four sons who reached adulthood were parties to, or mentioned in, the court case Forlong v. Forlongs in 1851.


Footnotes (including sources)

‡ General
  • This was where the Forlong line was thought to go underground below a brick wall. William's father had long been a mystery. We were not 100% sure how William was related to Rev. James Forlong/Furlong of Rutherglen, William's marriage celebrant in 1786 and ancestor of the Forlonges of Australia. Here we initially showed him as a brother just for convenience; Sir Nicholas Mander, an almost certain descendant through a hushed-up apparent illegitimacy, believes they were brothers. JANUARY 2017 free weekend at Findmypast produces a James Forlong baptised 27 May 1722 at Stirling (parents James Forlong and Isobell Campbell) and a James Forlong (quite possibly the same one but residing in Glasgow) marrying Janet Bogle on 9 Sep 1743 at "Associate Session, Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland"; both of those were "Used by permission of FamilySearch Intl".
  • IGI, parish records, Findmypast, family tradition.
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