Further Details of Robert Thomson and Elizabeth Smart and their children where known.

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Further Details of Robert Thomson and Elizabeth Smart and their children where known

Although no record of Isabella Thomson's birth or baptism has been found, her death certificate records her as being the daughter of Robert Thomson and Elizabeth Smart. The marriage of Robert Thomson, a shoemaker, and Elizabeth Smart was recorded on 23 August 1789 in the parish register of Stirling. There are also records of eight other children born/baptised to Robert Thomson and Elizabeth Smart in the Stirling parish register.

Robert and Elizabeth had the following known children:

From the date of her marriage we can assume that Isabella, was one of the youngest children of Robert Thomson and Elizabeth Smart, if not their youngest.

The death and burial of Elizabeth Smart is recorded in the register of Burials for Stirling Parish Churh. She was recorded as Elizabeth Smart, the wife of Robert Thomson, aged 60, having died on 18 July 1826, and having been interred on 21 July 1826 in the lair of James Smart. Cause of death was given as "Unknown". One would assume that James was a relation, possibly her father or brother.

The death and burial of Robert Thomson is also recorded in the register of Burials for Stirling Parish Churh. He was recorded as Robert Thomson, shoemaker of Bakers Wynd, aged 64, having died on 19 August 1831, and having been interred on 21 August 1831 in the lair of John Taylor. The cause of death was given as suffocation. One might assume that John Taylor was possibly a relative?


Further details of Robert Thomson, mason, born 22 October 1793, Stirling.

Robert Thomson married Grace Grant, latterly identified on her death certificate as the daughter of Gregor Grant, a soldier in the 74th regiment, and Janet Maxwell. According to the 1841 census her birth was "not in Stirlingshire" and her later death certificate names Edinburgh as her place of birth. Her age of 40 given in the 1841 census and her age of 55 given on her 1855 death certificate would give a date of birth around 1800.

Robert and Grace had the following known children: (Note: The first four children were all recorded "en-bloc" in the parish register of Stirling.

For the censuses of 1841 Robert and his family were living in Baker Street, a few doors up from the Star Inn run by Ebenezer Hendry and his sister Isabella Thomson. Included in the household is what is assumed to be Grace's father, Gregor Grant, listed as a "pauper".

1841 Census (7th. June) Stirling (490) Book 8 Page 2

Baker Street, Stirling, Stirlingshire

Name Age Occupation Born in County
Robert Thomson 45 Masson Yes
Grace Thomson 40   No
William Thomson 17 Masson Yes
Elisabeth L. Thomson 15   Yes
Grace Thomson 13   Yes
Robert Thomson 11   Yes
Grant Thomson 9   Yes
James Thomson 7   Yes
Maxwell Thomson 5   Yes
Mary Thomson 3   Yes
Agness Thomson 9 months   Yes
Gregor Grant 70 Pauper No

The death and burial of Robert Thomson is recorded in the register of Burials for Stirling Parish Churh. He was recorded as Robert Thomson, a mason, aged 47, having died on 5 March 1842 and having been interred on 8 March in the Lair of "Mr. Hendry". The cause of death was given as "Fever". I would assume the lair refered to was the family lair of Ebenezer Hendry and Isabella Thomson, Robert's sister, and that he was buried alongside his nephew, the baby Ebenezer Hendry who had died the year previously. The headstone marking this garve has fallen although an image is available. The inscription records the infant Ebenezer and his two siblings, Robert and John, who also died in infancy but does not include any mention of Robert Thomson.

Despite extensive searching I have been unable to locate Grace in the 1851 census.

Grace Thomson, nee Grant, died on 11 November 1855 in Dumbarton. As is the case with the 1855 death certificate a great deal of extra information was supplied. She was identified as having having been born in Edinburgh, but having lived in Dumbarton for the last 3 years. Her parents were identified as Gregor Grant (deceased), a soldier in the 74th regiment, and Janet Maxwell (deceased), and her husband as Robert Thomson, a mason (deceased). Details of their 12 children were included along with their details\current ages. (See below). Her place of death was given as College Street, Dumbarton, having died suddenly with no medical attendant, and her place of interment as Dumbarton Chuchyard. The informant was Robert Suter, her son in law, husband of her daughter Janet.

Transcription of Robert and Janet's Children from the 1855 Death Certificate.

  • Jessie - 35
  • Robert deceased at 9 years 1831
  • William - 32
  • Elizabeth - 30
  • Grace - 28
  • Alexander deceased at 14 mnths 1830
  • Robert - 26
  • Grant - 24
  • James - 22
  • Maxwell - 20
  • Mary - 18
  • Agnes - 16

This is not entirely accurate but pretty close!.

NOTE: The death and burial of Gregor Grant, Grace's father, is recorded in the register of Burials for Stirling Parish Church. He was recorded as Gregor Grant, Pensioner, Bridge Street, aged 76, having died on 15 July 1845 and having been interred on the 20 July 1845. The cause of death was given as "Old Age" and he was interred in the Common ground in the graveyard of Stirling parish church.



Janet Thomson born on 13 October 1818, Stirling, Stirlingshire.

Grace was recorded in the Stirling parish register as "born 13th October 1818 and baptized by the Rev'd Mr. Rutlidge of Glasgow".

Janet married Robert Suter on 6 November 1847 in Stirling, Stirlingshire. Janet and Robert had the following known children:

For the 1851 census Janet was recorded with her younger sister Maxwell at Cross Wynd, Dunblane, Perthshire. Janet was recorded as Jessie Suter, head and married, aged 27, a Dressmaker, born in Dunblane, Perthshire. Maxwell was recorded as Maxwell Thomson, aged 12, Sister, born in Stirling, Stirlingshire, and also included in the household were Janet's two daughter's Grace Suter, aged, 2 and Ann Suter aged 4 months, both identified as born in Dunblane, Perthshire. Robert Suter was not included in the household and was recorded lodging in Glasgow at 89 McAlpine Street, in the household of John McDugall. a labourer, and his wife Margaret. Robert Suter was listed as aged 30, a mason, born in Morayshire. John McDugall and his wife Margaret were both listed as aged 48, and born in Luss, Dunbartonshire. Included in the household were their two sons, John McDugall, aged 21 a Boiler Maker, and Walter McDugall, aged 19, a Cork Cutter a Labourer, were both identified as born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire. There were a further four other lodgers - James Craigie, aged 34, Butcher, identified as born in Fife, Archibald McGilvary, aged 23, a Steward, identified as born in Oban, Argyllshire. Agness MacMillan, aged 30, unemployed, identified as born in Fort William, Inverness-shire, and Roderick McKinnon, aged 40, a Labourer, identified as born in Mull, Argyllshire.

Janet was identified as alive and aged aged 35 on her mother's 1855 death certificate.

For the 1861 census the family were recorded in Souters Land Crescent, Bonhill, Dunbartonshire with the family name spelt "Souter". Robert was identified as aged 39, a mason, born in Dyke, Morayshire, and Jessie was identified as aged 39, born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire. Also recorded in the household were four of their children - Grace Souter aged 12, and Ann Souter aged 10, both identified as born in Dunblane, Perthshire, and Robert Louis Souter aged 6, and Isabella Souter aged 2, both identified as born in Dumbarton, Dunbartonshire. Their daughter Jane Leitch Suter born in 1856 had died in the earlier part of the year aged 4.

For the 1871 census the family were recorded as resident in Waltons Crescent, Bonhill, Alexandria, Dunbartonshire. Janet was identified as Jessie Sutar, the head of the household, a widow, aged 46, working as a Wine Merchant and born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire. Included in the household were three of her children, Annie Sutar, aged 19, a Domestic Servant, identified as born in Dunblane, Perthshire, Robert Sutar, aged 16, a Clerk, identified as born in Dumbarton, Dunbartonshire and James Sutar, aged 8, a Scholar, identified as born in Bonhill, Dunbartonshire.

It would seem that Robert Suter had died in 1863 as there is the death of a Robert Suters, a stone mason, recorded on 17 December 1863 in Alexandria, Bonhill. Somewhat strangely he was identified as married to Jessie T. Maxwell, aged 40, an his parentage was recorded as unnknown. The fact that this is inaccurate with reference to his age, and the maiden surname of his wife, as well as the apparent lack of knowledge as to his parents names can probably be ascribed to the fact that the informant was "John Gourley - an acquintance - Not present - Jamestoun". However is unsual that his wife Janet was not the informant.

For the 1881 census Jessie was recorded at 162 Bridge Street, Dumbarton, Dunbartonshire, identified as a widow, aged 56, working as a Publican and born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire. Again included in the household were three of her children, Robert Suter, aged 25, a Commercial Clerk (Timber), identified as born in Dumbarton, Dunbartonshire, Isabella G(ordon) Suter, aged 20, identified as born in Dumbarton, Dunbartonshire, and James Suter, aged 18, a Painter, identified as born in Alexandria, Dunbartonshire.

For the 1891 census Jessie was yet again recorded as resident in Bridge Street, Bonhill, Dunbartonshire. She was identified as Jessie Suter, a widow, aged 66, and a publican, born in Lanarkshire, and included in the household were her son Robert L K Suter, aged 34, a Publican, and her daughter Isabella G Suter, aged 29, a Housekeeper, both identified as born in Dunbartonshire.

Jessie died on 7 February 1897, aged 76, at 160 Bridge Street, Alexandria, Bonhill, Dunbartonshire. She was identified as the daughter of Robert Thomson, a Sculptor, and Grace Thomson, maiden surname Grant, both listed as deceased, and the informant was R.L. Suter, her son.

Robert Thomson born on 7 January 1820, Stirling, Stirlingshire.

Robert was recorded in the Stirling parish register as the "son of said parents born 7th January 1820 and baptized by the Rev'd Mr. Rutlidge of Glasgow". (said parents being Robert Thomson and Grace Grant).

Robert died on 22 July 1829 in Stirling, Stirlingshire, and was buried on 24 July 1829 in James Smart's Lair Stirling. One would assume that James was a relation of his maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Smart, possibly her father or brother. Identified as deceased at 9 years 1831 on his mother's 1855 death certificate.

William Thomson born on 5 December 1821, Stirling, Stirlingshire.

William was recorded in the Stirling parish register as the "son of said parents born 5th December 1821 and baptized the 6th February 1822 by Mr Bruce." (said parents being Robert Thomson and Grace Grant).

For the 1851 census what is probably William Thomson was recorded as aged 25, a Mason, born in Stirling Stirlingshire, lodging in the household of Marion Archibald, at Colston Row, Maryhill, Glasgow, Lanarkshire. Marion was identified as a thirty-five year old miner's widow, born in Newton, Midlothian and included in the household were her 5 children - Isabella Reid, aged 15, Janet Reid, aged 13, David Reid, aged 7, Elisabeth Reid, aged 5, and Marion reid, aged 2, all identified as born in Tollcross, Lanarakshire. (Marion was listed under her maiden name Archibald although she had married Abraham Reid on 8 November 1835, Barony, Lanarkshire. Hence the disparity between her surname and her children's.) Also included in the household were a further 3 lodgers - Thomas Allan, aged 32, a Miner of Iron, identified as born in Newton, Wales, James Hunter, aged 23, a Miner of Iron, identified as born in New Monkland, Lanarkshire and John Howatt, aged 26, an Engineer, identified as born in Kilmarnock, Lanarkshire.)

William was identified as alive and aged 32 on his mother's 1855 death certificate.

William married Ann Stewart on 28 November 1859 in Stirling, William was recorded as aged 36, a mason journeyman, and the son of Robert Thomson, a mason, and Grace Thomson, maiden surname Grant, both listed as deceased. Ann was recorded as aged 27, the daughter of James Stewart, a carter, and Elizabeth Stewart, maiden surname Duncan. Both parties gave their addresses as simply "Stirling". and the witness were George and Mary Russell.

For the 1861 census William and Ann were recorded in St Mary's Wynd, Stirling. William was listed as a mason, aged 37, and Ann listed as aged 30, with both identified as born in Stirling, Stirlingshire. Also recorded in the household were four children - William Thomson, aged 8, a Scholar, James Thomson, aged 6, a Scholar, Grace Thomson, aged 4, and Robert Thomson, aged 1, all identified as born in Stirling, Stirlingshire. The births of the younger of these 3 children were recorded thus -

It seems reasonable to assume that all four children including the eldest William, born circa 1852, were children of William and Ann. (Note: the couple seem to have got married 3 days after the birth of Robert).

Sadly Ann died aged 35 on 28 July 1868 at 23 St John Street, Stirling. She was identified on the death certificarte as married to William Thomson, a Journeyman Mason, and the daughter of James Stewart, a general carter, and Elizabeth Stewart, maiden surname Duncan, both listed as deceased. William Thomson, husband, was present and the informant.

Nothing more currently known of what became of William thereafter. Should you be able to provide additional information as to William and his children please get in touch using the Contact Form link at the top of the page

Elizabeth Thomson born on 15 February 1824, Stirling, Stirlingshire.

Elizabeth was recorded in the Stirling parish register as the "daughter of said parents born 3rd and baptized 15th February 1824 by the Rev. Mr. Bell of Torphichen." (said parents being Robert Thomson and Grace Grant).

Elizabeth firstly married James Chalmers, a boatman, on 22 August 1847 in Falkirk, Stirlingshire. James was born about 1822 in Falkirk, Stirlingshire. Elizabeth and James had the following known children:

For the 1851 census Elizabeth and James along with their two children were recorded as resident at Rosebank, Falkirk, Stirlingshire. James Chalmers was listed as aged 28, a Labourer, identified as born in Laurieston, Stirlingshire and Elizabeth Chalmers was listed as aged 24, identified as born in Stirling, Stirlingshire. The two children were listed as James Chalmers, aged 3, identified as born in Laurieston, Stirlingshire, and Robert Chalmers, aged 7 months, identified as born in Falkirk, Stirlingshire. Also included in the household was Mary Thomson, Elizabeth's sister, listed as aged 12, identified as born in Stirling, Stirlingshire, and identified as "Sister in law".

Elizabeth was identified as alive, aged 30 on her mother's 1855 death certificate.

For the 1861 census Elizabeth and James were recorded as resident at Abbotshaugh, Falkirk. James Chalmers was recorded as aged 39, a Boatman, and Elizabeth Chalmers was recorded as aged 34, with both identified as born in born in Falkirk, Stirlingshire. Also included in the household were their children: James Chalmers, aged 12, a scholar, identified as born in Falkirk, Stirlingshire, David Chalmers aged 6, a scholar, identified as born in Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Grace Chalmers aged 8, a Scholar, identified as born in Muiravonside, Stirlingshire, and Jane Chalmers, aged 2, identified as born in Falkirk, Stirlingshire.

James Chalmers died aged 39 on 15 May 1862 at Dalderse, Falkirk. He was recorded as a Boatman, married to Maxwell Thomson, and the son of James Chalmers, a shoemaker, and Jean Chalmers, maiden surname Hamilton. The informant was Alexander Chalmers, his brother.

Elizabeth secondly married John Henderson, a Cab Driver, on 10 March 1868 in Tradeston, Glasgow, Lanarkshire. John was born about 1815 in Paisley, Renfrewshire. He died in 1871/1881 in Glasgow, Lanarkshire.

For the 1871 census Elizabeth and John were recorded as resident at 184 Hospital Street, Hutchesontown, Glasgow. John Henderson was listed as aged 56, a Cab Driver, identified as born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, and Elizabeth was listed as Elizabeth Thomson, aged 43, identified as born in Stirling, Stirlingshire. Included in the household were 2 of Elizabeth's children from her previous marriage, David Chalmers, aged 16, a Moulder's Apprentice, and Jean Chalmers, aged 12, both identified as born in Polmont, Lanarkshire. (Should be Stilrlingshire?)

For the 1881 census Elizabeth was recorded at 106 Govan Street, Govan, Glasgow, resident in the household of her married daughter Jane Phillips. She was recorded as Elizabeth Henderson, mother in law, a widow, aged 55, an Office Cleaner, identified as born in Stirling, Stirlingshire. The rest of the household consisted of her son in law, William Phillips, aged 21, a Spirit Shopman, identified as born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, his wife, (Elizabeth's daughter), Jane, aged 22, identified as born in Stirling, Stirlingshire, along with Jane's daughter Elizabeth Phillips, aged 1, identified as born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, and Jane's illegitimate daughter, Elizabeth Chalmers, aged 4, identified as born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire. It is unknown who was the father of Elizabeth Chalmers.

For the 1891 census Elizabeth Henderson was recorded in the household of her married daughter Elizabeth Gibb. She was listed as Elizabeth Henderson, mother in law, a widow, aged 65, identified as born in Stirlingshire. The rest of the household consisted of her son in law, Charles Gibb, aged 31, a Retail Draper, identified as born in Lanarkshire, her daughter, Elizabeth Gibb, aged 30, identified as born in Lanarkshire, and her granddaughter Agnes Gibb, aged 1, identified as born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire.

The whereabouts of Elizabeth Henderson for the 1901 census is currently unknown.

Elizabeth Henderson, nee Thomson died on 26 August 1908 in 186 Stobcross Street, Glasgow, Lanarkshire. She was identified on the death certificate as initially married to James Chalmers, a canal boatman, and laterly to John Henderson, a cab driver, and as the daughter of Robert Thomson, a mason, and Grace Thomson, maiden surname Grant, both listed as deceased. The informant was Jane Riddell, daughter. (Jane Ridddel was Elizabeth's daughter, Jane Hamilton Chalmers. I believe Jane originally married a William Phillips in 1880 in Dennistoun, Glasgow. I suspect William died in 1884 with the death recorded in Kinning Park, Glasgow, and Jane latterly married a James Riddell in 1900 in Blythswood, Glasgow.)

Grace Thomson born on 29 October 1825 in Stirling, Stirlingshire

The birth of Grace on 29 October 1825 and subsequent baptism on 13 November 1825 was recorded in the Parish Register of Stirling, Stirlingshire.

Grace married Archibald Ure on 14 July 1848 in Stirling, Stirlingshire. I believe Archibald was born 9 April 1826 in Falkirk, Stirlingshire, the son of James Ure and Margaret Watt. Grace and Archibald had the following known children:

For the 1851 census Grace, her husband Archibald and their family were recorded in Grahamston, Falkirk, Stirlingshire. Archibald Ure was recorded as aged 24, a Moulder of Iron, identified as born in Falkirk, Stirlingshire, and Grace Ure as aged 21, identified as born in Stirling, Stirlingshire. Included in the household were their two infant children Grace G. Ure aged 1, identified as born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, and baby James Ure, aged 1 month, identified as born in Falkirk, Stirlingshire. Also recorded in the household were James Thomson, recorded as brother in law, aged 14, an Apprentice Moulder of Iron, and Agnes Thomson, recorded as sister in law aged 9, a scholar, with both identified as born in born in Stirling, Stirlingshire, who were Grace's younger siblings.

Grace was identified as alive and aged 28 on her mother's 1855 death certificate.

For the 1871 census Grace, her husband Archibald and their family were recorded at Leamouth Whark, Poplar, London, Archibald Ure was recorded as aged 45, a Manager of Wharf, and Grace Ure as aged 40, with both identified as born in Falkirk, Stirlingshire. Included in the household were their children James Ure, aged 20, an Iron Moulder at Wharf, identified as born in Falkirk, Stirlingshire, David Mitchell Ure, aged 11, a Scholar, identified as born in Calton, Glasgow, Agnes T. Ure, aged 9, a Scholar, identified as born in Calton, Glasgow, Grant Grace Ure, aged 5, a Scholar, identified as born in Calton, Glasgow, and lastly Archilbald Ure aged 4, a Scholar, identified as born in Gorbals, Glasgow. There was on further individual listed with them, a George Bantan, married, aged 51, Employed at the Works as a Clerk and Time Keeper, and identified as born in St. Mary's Woolwich.

For the 1881 census Grace, and her family were recorded at back in Glasgow, at 37 William Street, Barony. Archibald Ure was recorded as aged 58, an Iron Moulder, identified as born in Falkirk, Stirlingshire, and Grace Ure as aged 52, a Fitter, identified as born in Stirling, Stirlingshire. Included in the household were three of their children, David Ure, aged 22, a Cotton Mill Marker Fitter, Grace Ure, aged 15, a Cotton Mill Worker, and Archilbald Ure, aged 14, a Flesher, all identified as born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire.

For the 1891 census Grace was recorded as resident at Govan Street, Govan, Glasgow. She was recorded as aged 59, identified as born in Stirlingshire, and two of her children were listed in the household with her - David Mitchell Ure, a Widower, aged 31, working as an Engine Fitter, and Archibald Ure, aged 23, working as a Flesher, with both identified as born in Lanarkshire. Also included in the household was a Hugh Crawford, aged 3, a Boarder, identified as born in Lanarkshire. Archibald Ure, her husband, missing from the household was recorded boarding in the household of a Martha King, in Main Street, Calton, Glasgow. Archibald was listed as married, aged 65, an Iron Moulder, identified as born in Stirlingshire. Martha King, his landlady, was listed as married, aged 50, a Boarding House Keeper, identified as born in Ireland and included in the household was her daughter, Ann King, aged 16, a Mill Worker, identified as born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire. There were a further 6 boarders included in the household - George Griffiths, aged 60, a Gold Beater, identified as born in England; Charles McFee, aged 46, a Blacksmith, identified as born in Lanarkshire; Samuel McFee, aged 32, an Iron Grinder, identified as born in Lanarkshire; Mary McFee, aged 25, a Millworker, identified as born in Ayrshire; Herbert McMahon, aged 30, a General labourer, identified as born in Ireland; James Fox, aged 20, a General labourer, identified as born in Ireland.

Grace Thomson died aged 66 on 28 August 1897 at 192 Rottenrow Street, Glasgow. She was identified as married to Archiblad Ure, a Retired Foreman Iron Moulder, and the daughter of Robert Thomson, a Mason, and Grace Thomson, maiden surname Grant, both listed as deceased. The informant was Grace Crawford, daughter, of 56 Northpark Street, Glasgow. I believe Archibald Ure died aged 74 in 1900 with the death recorded in the Blythswood district of Glasgow, Lanarkshire.

Alexander Thomson born about 1826 in Stirling, Stirlingshire.

Alexander died on 18 December 1831 in Stirling, Stirlingshire, and was laid to rest in "common ground" in the Stirling cemetery, and was identified as deceased at 14 Months 1830 on his mother's 1855 death certificate.

Robert Thomson born on 5 July 1830 in Stirling, Stirlingshire.

For the 1851 census there is a recrd of what is probably Robert Thomson on his own, resident in St Marys Wynd in Stirling, identified as aged 20, born in Stirling, Stirlingshire, and listed as working as a mason.

Robert was identified as alive, aged 26 on his mother's 1855 death certificate.

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Grant Thomson born about 1832 in Stirling, Stirlingshire.

For the 1851 census possibly the Grant Thomson recorded as a Dryster, aged 16, and identified as born in Stirling, Stirlingshire, listed in the household of Catherine McDarmid, at Nather Mill, Ardoch, Dunblane, Perthshire. Catherine was listed as aged 60. a Housekeeper, identified as born in Glen Lyon, Perthshire. Also included in the household was Margaret Anderson, a House Servant, aged 26, identified as born in Glen Lyon, Perthshire, James Armstrong, a Miller, aged 29, identified as born in Crieff, Perthshire, and John McInray, a Labourer in a Starch Works, identified as born in Dowally, Perthshire.

Grant was identified as alive, aged 24 on his mother's 1855 death certificate.

Grant married Emily McConnell on 31 May 1858 in 71 Parson Street, Glasgow. Grant Thomson was recorded as aged 22, a mason, the son of Robert Thomson, a Mason, and Grace Thomson. maiden surname Grant, both listed as deceased. Emily McConnell was recorded as aged 19, the daughter of Robert McConnell, a Mason, and Ann McConnell, maiden surname Gaff. Both parties gave their address as 29 Gallowgate, Glasgow, and the witnesses were George Duncan, and Margaret Gaff.

Grant and Emily had the following known children:

For the 1861 census Grant and Emily were recorded as resident in the High Street, Glasgow, Lanarkshire. Grant was listed as Grant Thomson, aged 25, a Stone Mason, identified as born in Stirling, Stirlingshire, and Emily was recorded as Emily McConnel or Thomson, aged 22, identified as born in Ireland. They would seem to be running a boarding house as there were six other residents in the household all listed as "boarders" - Francis Owens, aged 25, a Collier, identified as born in Ireland; Margaret McAnnon or Owens, age 20, a Housekeeper, identified as born in Ireland; William McGill, aged 50, a Printer Compositor, identified as born in Johnston, Renfrewshire; Matthew Morton, aged 45, a Cattle Dealer, identified as born in Galston, Ayrshire; William Riddle, aged 23, a Baker, identified as born in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire; Isabella Riddle, aged 22, identified as born in Ayr, Ayrshire.

For the census of 1871 there is a record of a Grant Thomson, aged 34, a Lodging House Keeper, identified as born in Stirling, Stirlingshire, along with a son James Thomson, aged 10, a scholar, identified as born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, which would seem to be ths Grant Thomson. He is recorded as married, but there is no wife included in the household. There whereabouts of Emily has not yet been identified.

There is a record of the death of a Grant Thomson, a stone cutter, on 15 April 1875 in Gartnavel Royal Lunatic Asylum. Unfortunately the details on the record are somewhat vague with this Grant Thomson's age listed as "about 30" and with his parents recorded as Unknown. This dearth of detail is possibly due to the fact that the informant was an A. Skene, an Asylum Attendant. However on the basis of the unusual forename Grant, the fact that he was identified as a stone cutter, along with the lack of any other obvious later records of the demise of a Grant Thomson, a mason, I would be inclined to believe this was Grant Thomson, somn of Robert Thomson and Grace Grant.

For the 1881 census the whereabouts of Emily is again a mystery, and the next record is that of her death aged 54 on 24 July 1890, at Wood Lane, Glasgow, Lanarkshire. She was identified on the death certificate as Emily Thomson, the widow of Grant Thomson, a Mason Journeyman, and the daughter of Robert McConnell, a mason, and Ann Gough, both listed as deceased. The informant was Catherine Reilly, her sister, of 12 Princes Street, Glasgow. It was a "sudden" death and as such was the subject of a precognition. Sadly the cause of death was given as "Coma - produced by an overdose of alcohol.". There is a recorded in the Scottish Index of Wills - 30/10/1890 - Thomson Emily or M'Connell, Boarding House Keeper, 4 Wood Lane, Broomielaw, Glasgow, d. 24/07/1890 at Glasgow, intestate.

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Maxwell Thomson born about 1834 in Stirling, Stirlingshire.

In the 1851 Census Maxwell was recorded resident with her sister Jessie and her family.

Maxwell was identified as alive and aged 20 on her mother's 1855 death certificate.

For the 1861 census Maxwell was recorded lodging in the household of Ann Falconer, in Tureen Street, Calton, Glasgow, Lanarkshire. Maxwell was listed as unmarried, aged 20, a Delf Worker, and identified as born in Stirling, Stirlingshire. Her landlady Ann Falconer, was listed as a 54 year old widow, identified as born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, and included in Ann's household were three other individuals - her son, James Falconer, aged 14, a Brewer's Boy, her married daughter Janet Brisbone, aged 26, a Delf Worker, and her grandson James Brisbone, aged 2, all also identified as born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire.

Maxwell married Joseph Wilson, a shoemaker, on 20 February 1863 in Falkirk, Stirlingshire. Maxwell was recorded as aged 29, a Domestic Servant, the daughter of John Thomson, a Mason, and Grace Thomson, maiden surname Grant, both listed as deceased. Joseph was recorded as a widow, aged 39, a Shoemaker, the son of John Wilson, a Labourer, and Jane Wilson, maiden surname ?Banton?, both listed as deceased. Maxwell was identified as resident in Grangemouth, and Joseph as resident at Baxter's Wynd, Falkirk. The witnesses were John ?Kerry? and Margaret McPherson. (Joseph was previously married to a Janet Chalmers\Chambers, the daughter of Livingston Chalmers and Janet Leishman, on 29 August 1847, in Falkirk, Stirling. I believe Joseph and Janet had 5 children, Joseph, Livingston, Janet, Jane, and Charlotte. Janet died on 12 March 1862, aged only 32.)

Maxwell and Joseph had the following known children:

Sadly Joseph Wilson the father never saw his youngest son as he died on 13 June 1868 at High Street, Falkirk, aged 45, seven months prior to the birth. He was recorded as a Shoemaker, married to Maxwell Thomson, the son of John Wilson, and Jane Wilson, maiden surname unknown, with the informant being Maxwell Thomson. For the 1871 census the widowed Maxwell Wilson was recorded resident in Pleasance Square, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, aged 26, identified as born in Falkirk, Stirlingshire, working as a Polisher. Included in the household were her 4 children - John Wilson aged 7, a Scholar, Robert Wilson aged 5, a Scholar, Grace Wilson aged 3, and Joseph Wilson aged 2, all identified as born in Falkirk, Stirlingshire. Also listed in the household was a Mary Downie, aged 24, a Domestic Servant, identified as born in Stirlingshire.

Maxwell remarried on 1 June 1873 in Falkirk to a John Craig (born approx 1836 in Edinburgh). Maxwell was recorded as a widow, aged 32, an Iron Foundry Labourer, the daughter of Robert Thomson, and Grace Thomson, maiden surname Grant, both listed as deceased. John was recorded as a widower, aged 39, an Iron Foundry Labourer, the son of John Craig, a ?Baker?, and Janet Craig, maiden surname Brown, both listed as deceased. The witnesses were Jane Nimmo and Jane ?McMaster?.

Maxwell had at least a further three children with John Craig:

For the 1881 census Maxwell, her husband and her family were recorded resident in Howgate, Falkirk. Maxwell was recorded as aged 34, born in Stirling, Stirlingshire, and John Craig, her husband, was recorded as aged 44, a Foundry Labourer, born in Edinburgh, Midlothioan. Also recorded in the house hold were Maxwell's four children by her first husband - John Wilson, aged 17, an Iron Moulder, Robert Wilson, aged 16, an Iron Moulder, Grace Wilson, aged 12, a Scholar, and Joseph Wilson, aged 10, a Scholar., and her three children by John Craig - Alexander Craig aged 6, James Craig, aged 4, and Rebecca Craig, aged 4 months. All the children were identified as born in Falkirk, Stirlingshire.

For the 1891 census Maxwell and her husband John were recorded resident in Howgate, Falkirk, Stirlingshire. John Craig was listed as aged 57, a Foundry Labourer, identified as born in Midlothian, and Maxwell was listed as aged 40, identified as born in Stirlingshire. Also included in the household was one of John and Maxwell's children, Alexander Craig, listed aged 15, an Apprentice Iron Moulder, and one of Maxwell's son's from her previous marriage, Joseph Wilson, listed as aged 20, an Iron Moulder, along with a boarder, Elizabeth Gemmells, aged 66, all identified as born in Falkirk, Stirlingshire.

For the 1901 census Maxwell was once again recorded as resident in Howgate, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, however her husband John had died sometime since the 1891 census as she was recorded as a widow, aged 49, identified as born in Stirlingshire. Included in the household were her two children from the previous census - Joseph Wilson, listed as aged 26, an Iron Moulder, and Alexander Craig, listed aged 21, also an Iron Moulder, both identified as born in Falkirk, Stirlingshire.

Maxwell Craig, nee Thomson, died aged 71 in Howgate, Falkirk, 23 January 1919. She was recorded as the widow of firstly Joseph Williams, a Shoemaker, and secondly of John Craig, a Labourer, and the daughter of John Thomson, a Builder, and Elizabeth Thomson, maiden name Grant, both listed as deceased. The informant was Joseph Wilson, her son, who it would seem got the forenames of both his maternal grandparents wrong.

James Thomson born on 30 April 1836, Stirling, Stirlingshire.

The birth of James on 30 April 1836 and his subsequent baptism on 14 May 1836 were recorded in the Parish Register of Stirling, Stirlingshire.

For the 1851 census James was recorded as resident with his married sister Grace and her husband Archibald Ure at Grahamston, Falkirk, recorded as an Apprentice Iron moulder, identified as born in Stirling, Stirlingshire.

James was identified as alive, aged 22 on his mother's 1855 death certificate.

Sometime thereafter he joined the Royal Engineers. James married Ellen Scott in 1861 in Freemantle, Australia. Ellen was born about 1842 in Dublin, Ireland. The "Sappers" website includes details and an image of the couple plus James's headstone in Fort George https://sappers-minerswa.com/sappers-index/sappers-n-z/thomson-james/

James and Ellen had the following known children: (For further details of James, Ellen and their daughters click here.)

James Thomson died on 17 February 1888 in Fort George, Ardersier, Moray. He was identified aged 49, (actually 51) as an Army Pensioner and a Barrack Sergeant, married to Ellen Scott, and the son of Robert Thomson and Grace Thomson, maiden surname Grant, both listed as deceased. The informant was Frederick Cooke, Colour Sergeant 2nd Camerons.

Mary Thomson born about 1838 in Stirling, Stirlingshire.

For the 1851 census Mary was recorded as resident with her married sister Elizabeth and Elizabeth's husband James Chalmers at Rosebank, Falkirk.

Mary was identified as alive, aged 18 on her mother's 1855 death certificate. Nothing more currently known. Should you be able to provide additional information as to this Mary Thomson please get in touch using the Contact Form link at the top of the page

Agnes Thomson born on 12 August 1840 Stirling, Stirlingshire.

The birth of Agnes on 12 August 1840 and her subsequent baptism on 6 September 1840 were recorded in the Parish Register of Stirling, Stirlingshire.

For the 1851 census was recorded as resident with her married sister Grace and her husband Archibald Ure at Grahamston, Falkirk, recorded as a Scholar, identified as born in Stirling, Stirlingshire.

Agnes was identified as alive, aged 16 on her mother's 1855 death certificate.

Agnes married William Thomas Alexander, on 29 December 1865 at 3 Abbotsford Place, Glasgow. Agnes was recorded as aged 23, a Cotton Power Loom Weaver, the daughter of Robert Thomson, a Mason Journeyman, and Grace Thomson, maiden surname Grant, both listed as deceased. William was recorded as aged 28, a Baker, the son of Thomas Alexander, a Coachman (Domestic Servant), and Agnes Alexander, maiden surname Hill. Both parties gave their addresses as 184 Gallowgate Street, Glasgow, and the witnesses were Alexander Allan and Grace Suter.

William and Agnes had the following known children:

For the 1871 census Agnes and Alexander were recorded resident at 10 Young Street, Calton, Glasgow. William was listed as aged 33, a Baker, and Agnes as aged 28, a Housekeeper, both identified as born in Stirling, Stirlingshire. Included in the household were their 3 children, Agnes G. Alexander, aged 4, Thomas Alexander aged 2 and Grace Alexander aged 0, all identified as born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire.

For the 1881 census Agnes was recorded at 17 Annfield Street, Govan, Glasgow, along with her husband William and their 5 children. William was recorded as aged 43, a Baker, identified as born in Ireland, and Agnes was recorded as aged 39, identified as born in Stirling, Stirlingshire. The children were listed as Agnes Alexander, aged 14, a Thread Mill Worker, Thomas Alexander, aged 12, a Scholar, Grace Alexander, aged 10, a Scholar, Robert Alexander, aged 7, a Scholar, and William Alexander, aged 5. All the children were identified as born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire.

For the 1891 census Agnes and Alexander were recorded resident at Brandon Street, Dennistoun, Glasgow. William was listed as aged 50, a Baker, identified as born in Ireland, and Agnes as aged 49, a Baker's Wife, identified as born in Stirling, Stirlingshire. Included in the household were their 5 children, Agnes Alexander, aged 24, a Thread Machinist, Thomas Alexander aged 22, a Blacksmith, Grace Alexander aged 20, a Thread Machinist, Robert Alexander, aged 17, an Apprentice Biscuit Baker, and William Alexander, aged 15, an unemployed Iron Monger's Shopman, all identified as born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire.

Agnes died aged 87 on 27 January 1928 at 158 Thomson Street, Camlachie, Glasgow. She was recorded as the widow of William Thomas Alexander, a Baker, and the daughter of Robert Thomson, a mason, and Grace Thomson. maiden surname Grant, both listed as deceased. The informant was R. Alexander, her son.

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