It always floors me how genealogy can be so frustrating and surprising. My great-grandmother Kate Kinmond was the daughter of Ernest Fiddler Kinmond of Scotland. His marriage certificate of 1868 clearly states his father as John Kinmond, deceased and mother as Marjory Milne. John Kinmond married Marjory Milne at Arbroath on 19 February 1837. Vital registration began in the United Kingdom (including Scotland) in 1855. Prior to that there are parish records. Using the 1841 and 1851 censuses it was easy to see that John Kinmond died in between. His death record was located (finally) at Aberdeen on 6 March 1850. He was buried at St. Clements. His age was given as 36, hence born in 1814. A John Kinmond was baptized on 24 February 1814 at Liff Benvie, a small town not far from Dundee, the son of an Andrew Kinmond and Elizabeth Kidd. By tracking various parish records, I found nine children for that couple. Andrew Kinmond must have died after the last of these children (about 1828) and before the 1841 census, when his widow is listed alone. I tracked her to the 1851 census and crossed my fingers that she lived beyond the 1855 threshold for vital records. And she did. She died at Aberdeen on 11 August 1857 at age 67 and was also buried at St. Clement's. The way I tie this family together is that both John and Elizabeth are buried at the same church (son and mother); Elizabeth is listed with John and Marjory in the 1841 census and one of John's daughters, Elizabeth Lyon Kinmond had a Joseph Kinmond as a baptismal sponsor. Joseph is one of the nine children of Andrew and Elizabeth (Kidd) Kinmond.
The Andrew Kinmond that is wrong is at least easy to distinguish. He died on 21 January 1830, age 46 and his buried with his wife Jean Kidd who died on 7 May 1859 at age 65 at St. Andrew's Church. Also, they are having children at the same time as the other couple, so Jean is not a transcription error for Elizabeth. They are two separate couples.