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Marriage

Scipio married a local woman, Margaret Gray, and they had at least eight children. His son Douglas later provided his gravestone. It is very likely that Scipio and Margaret have descendants.

Further research, by Professor Michael Moss, suggests that Scipio and his wife took to the weaving trade. Also, like many people in the area, Scipio became involved in smuggling.

Smuggling was rife in the Carrick area and people from all classes were involved. At one stage, in the Kirkoswald Kirk Session Book of that period, several people were admonished for this – not because they were doing something illegal but because they did it on the Sabbath!

On Scipio's gravestone, it is stated that he died 'aged 80 years'. Though it is doubtful that he knew his definite age, it is clear that he lived a long life for those times