Christina DICKSON married James JOHNSTON(E) on December 4th 1838 in Carstairs, Lanarkshire, Scotland. She can be found on the 1851 census with James living in Carnwath, Lanarkshire, her birth being recorded as 1820 in Drumblade, Peeblesshire. James is working as a Hand Loom Weaver and was born 1816 in Carnwath. By 1861, James is living in Tarbush Row, Cambusnethan, Lanarkshire and working as a Coal Miner. However, he is now married to a woman named Elizabeth who was born about 1821 in West Linton, Peeblesshire. I know that this is the correct family as the children are the same – dobs and pobs. A bit of detective work has established that Elizabeth’s maiden name was STRUTHERS. I cannot find a death for Christina, which would have happened between 1851 and 1861, nor can I find a marriage between James and Elizabeth - which should have happened between these date as well. It does not help that Civil Registration in Scotland did not start until 1st January 1855. If anyone is able to find these two events, I would be most grateful!