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Robert Fisher McKenzie Conway

M, #533, b. 30 May 1883, d. 24 August 1947
7 June 1911 Golden Wedding of James Conway and Agnes McKenzie Fisher
8 June 1921 Diamond Wedding of James Conway and Agnes McKenzie Fisher
  • Occupation*: Robert was Dentist & Baptist Minister.
  • Birth*: He was born on 30 May 1883 at 4 Rosebank Street, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland; 1883 births in the district of St Clement in the burgh of Dundee; 406; Robert McKenzie Fisher Conway; 1883 May Thirtieth 3h 30m pm, 4 Rosebank Street Dundee; m; James Conway bakers' van driver, Agnes Conway ms Fisher, 1861 June 7th Troon; Agnes Conway mother; 1883 June 13 at Dundee Thomas Scott assistant registrar DS.1
  • He was the son of James Conway and Agnes McKenzie Fisher.
  • (Witness) Marriage: Robert Fisher McKenzie Conway witnessed the marriage of Samuel Meney Conway and Jane Lamberton on Monday, 11 June 1906 at 3 Charles Street, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland; 1906 marriages in the parish of Kilmarnock in the County of Ayr; ref 142; 1906 on the eleventh day of June at 3 Charles Street Kilmarnock after publication according to the forms of the Evangelical Union Church; S M Conway grocer bachelor, 24, 4 Byres Road Kilwinning, James Conway retired bakers vanman Agnes Conway ms Fisher; Jane Lamberton spinster, 29, 3 Charles Street Kilmarnock, William Lamberton missionary Helen Lamberton ms Cuthbertson; Alex McNair minister, M Lamberton, R F Conway witnesses; 1906 June 11 at Kilmarnock Martin W Steven registrar.2
  • (Groom) Marriage*: Robert Fisher McKenzie Conway married Elizabeth (Lizzie) Miller Morrison, daughter of Richard Russell Morrison and Elizabeth Miller, on 29 August 1906 at Mather's Hotel, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland; 1906 marriages in the district of St Mary in the Burgh of Dundee, ref 251; 1906 on the twenty-nineth day of August at Mather's Hotel Dundee after publication according to the forms of the English Presbyterian Church; signed Robert Fisher McKenzie Conway dental operator bachelor, aged 23 residing 5 Rustic Place Dundde; parents James Conway jute mill night watchman and Agnes McKenzie Conway ms Fisher; signed Elizabeth Miller Morrison antique dealer's assistant spinster, aged 23 residing 11 Reform Street Dundee; parents Richard Russell Morrison antiquarian and Elizabeth Morrison ms Miller; signed Rev John Conway Hammersmith Presbyterian Church of England assisted by T W Lister minister of Frederick Baptist Church Glasgow, signed James Conway, Jessie Miller, Janet Conway witnesses; registered 1906 August 31st at Dundee John K Stirten assit regsitrar initialled TM (Thos Meek registrar.)3
  • Address*: As of 1911, Robert Fisher McKenzie Conway lived at Sinclair House, 75 Nethergate, Dundee, Angus, Scotland; Conway, R M F, Dental Anaesthetist, Sinclair House, 75 Nethergate (tel no 420) (h. Ravenscout, 28 Albany Terrace.)4
  • Address: As of 1911, Robert Fisher McKenzie Conway lived at Ravenscourt, 28 Albany Terrace, Dundee, Angus, Scotland; Conway, R M F, Dental Anaesthetist, Sinclair House, 75 Nethergate (tel no 420) (h. Ravenscout, 28 Albany Terrace.)4
  • (Witness) Event-Misc: He was present when James Conway and Agnes McKenzie Fisher were celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary on 7 June 1911 at Mathers Hotel, Dundee, Angus, Scotland.5
    Mathers Hotel Dundee
  • (Witness) Newspaper Article: Robert Fisher McKenzie Conway was mentioned in a newspaper article about Samuel Meney Conway on 1 December 1915. BOWHILL MINISTER FOR DUMFRIES.
    The Rev. S. M. Conway, pastor of Bowhill Baptist Church, is about to leave the district, having received a unanimous call to the Baptist Church, Dumfries.
    Mr Conway, who is third son of Mr James Conway, now retired, residing at Blebo Craigs, Cupar, came from Dundee over six years ago, where he carried on business as a dentist along with his brother, Mr R. F. Conway. He succeeded the Rev. James Young, who went to Manchester. At that time the church, which was recently built, was £300 in debt, but through the energies of Mr Conway it now stands free of debt.6
  • (Witness) Marriage: Robert Fisher McKenzie Conway witnessed the marriage of David Simpson and Agnes Fisher Miller on Thursday, 25 December 1919 at Masonic Hall, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland; 1919 marriages in the district of St Clement in the burgh of Dundee ref 686; 1919 on the Twentyfifth day of December at Masonic Hall Rankines Court Dundee after publication according to the forms of the Baptist Church, signed David Simpson school caretaker widower aged 48, residing St Marys Place Dundee, parents John Simpson caretaker (dec) and Susan Simpson ms McInrey (dec); signed Agnes F Miller or Neil housekeeper widow aged 35, residing 9 Forest Park Road Dundee, parents William Miller jute factory overseer and Marion Miller ms Conway (dec); signed Walter Richards Baptist minister, signed Lizzie Conway Miller, Robert F Conway witness; registered 1919 December 29th at Dundee Alex Buchan registrar.7
  • Address: As of 1920, Robert Fisher McKenzie Conway lived at Sinclair House, 75 Nethergate, Dundee, Angus, Scotland; Conway, R F & Co, Dental Anaesthetists, Sincalir House, 75 Nethergate (tel no 420.)4
  • Newspaper Article*: He was mentioned in a newspaper article Newburgh Church Vacancy - Mr R V Conway, Dundee, has been called to be minister of Newburgh Baptist Church, and has accepted the invitation on 30 January 1920.8
  • (Witness) Event-Misc: He was present when James Conway and Agnes McKenzie Fisher were celebrating their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on 8 June 1921 at Masonic Hall, Cupar, Fife, Scotland.5
  • (Witness) Photograph: Robert Fisher McKenzie Conway is in this photograph taken in 1929 at Blebo Craigs, Cupar, Fife, Scotland, along with Agnes McKenzie Fisher, John Conway, William Fisher Conway, James Conway and Samuel Meney Conway.9
    Agnes McKenzie Fisher Conway with all her sons; sitting left John Conway, sitting right William Fisher Conway, standing left-right Robert Fisher McKenzie Conway, James Conway, Samuel Meney Conway; 1929, Blebo Craigs
  • (Witness) Photograph: Robert Fisher McKenzie Conway is in this photograph taken in 1929 at Wonacy, Blebo Craigs, Cupar, Fife, Scotland, along with John Conway, James Conway, Samuel Meney Conway, William Fisher Conway, Jane Hutchison Wilkie, Johnann Ford, Jane Lamberton, Florence Annie Fisher Conway, Samuel Lamberton Conway, Mary McCulloch Alexander, Janie Stewart Conway, Esther Agnes Ford Conway and James Eric Arbuckle Binnie.9
    "Wonacy" (anagram of Conway), Blebo Craigs
    "Wonacy" (anagram of Conway), Blebo Craigs
    People standing at back : John Conway, Samuel Meney Conway, [Florence Conway?], [Johnann Ford Conway or Jane Lamberton Conway?]
    Sitting in the middle row : Robert Fisher Conway, James Conway, [?], [Samuel Lamberton Conway "Young Sam"?] [Jane Hutchison Wilkie Conway?], [Esther Agnes Ford Conway?], [James Eric Arbuckle Binnie?], [Janie Stewart Conway?], hiding behind the trellis [?]
    Front : [?], William Fisher Conway
  • (Witness) Newspaper Article: Robert Fisher McKenzie Conway were mentioned in a newspaper article about Thomas Yule Miller and Bessie Lumsden Ramsay on 23 August 1930. MARRIAGES - MILLER-RAMSAY - At Mathers' Hotel, Dundee on 22nd August, by the Rev John Shearer MA, assisted by the Rev R F Conway, Thomas Yule Miller, Monifieth, to Bessie Lumsden, daughter of the late Andrew B Ramsay, marine engineer, and of Mrs Ramsay, 17 Morgan Street Dundee.11
  • Newspaper Article: Robert Fisher McKenzie Conway was mentioned in a newspaper article CONWAY, REV R F
    Induction social of new Cupar Baptist Church minister on 11 November 1930.12
  • Newspaper Article: He was mentioned in a newspaper article CONWAY, REV R F
    St Andrews
    New minister of St Andrews Baptist Church in 1931.13
  • Newspaper Article: He was mentioned in a newspaper article CONWAY, REV R F
    St Andrews
    Pastor of St Andrews Baptist Church. Celebrating Silver Wedding in 1932.14
  • Newspaper Article: He and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Miller Morrison were mentioned in a newspaper article CONWAY, REV R
    Rev R and Mrs Conway were given a farewell social as Rev R Conway leaves St Andrews Baptist Church to take up an appointment in Hamilton on 25 September 1934.15
  • Newspaper Article: Robert Fisher McKenzie Conway was mentioned in a newspaper article CONWAY, REV R F
    St Andrews
    Minister of St Andrews Baptist Church called to Hamilton Baptist Church.
    Biography in 1935.16
  • (Father of Bride) Marriage: His daughter Hope Myra Morrison Conway married Joseph Stanley Andrews on 21 June 1937 at Baptist Church, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland; 1937 marriages in the district of Hamilton in the county of Lanark, ref 162, 1937 on the Twenty-First day of June at Baptist Church Hamilton after banns according to the forms of the Baptist Church, signed Joseph Stanley Andrews Baptist Church Minister bachelor aged 25, 18 Mount Stewart Street Carluke, parents James Smith Andrews Baptist Church minister and Janet Andrews ms Lees; signed Hope Myrra Morrison Conway chiropodist spinster aged 22, 13 Bent Road Hamilton, parents Robert Fisher Conway Baptist Church minister and Elizabeth Miller Conway ms Morrison; signed John Conway minister emetrius Free Church of England Bristol, signed Ruth Fisher Conway Chrystal Bank Hamilton, Douglas Cameron Smith 5 Manse Crescent Stirling witnesses; registered 1937 Jane 22nd at Hamilton James Frame registrar
    [and from photograph provided by their grand-daughter].17,18
    Hamilton Baptist Church June 1937
  • (Deceased) Death*: Robert Fisher McKenzie Conway died on 24 August 1947 at Broughty Ferry Baptist Church, Angus, Scotland, at age 64.19
  • Obituary: The obituary of Robert Fisher McKenzie Conway was was published on 25 August 1947. Obituary in Dundee "Courier" Monday 25th August 1947 reads :
    Collapsed in Pulpit
    A Dundee minister collapsed in the pulpit yesterday. He died shortly afterwards in the infirmary.
    He was Rev. R. F. Conway, minister for five years of Broughty Ferry Baptist Church.
    Two weeks ago, while addressing an open-air service for children on Broughty sands, Mr Conway declared he wished to die in his pulpit talking to children.
    Yesterday he had just finished his talk to the children and was offering prayer when he collapsed. A deacon and two members ran to his assistance. They carried him to the vestry and a doctor was summoned.
    Later he was removed to the infirmary, where he died.
    Mr Stephen Ponsford closed the service. The evening worship was cancelled.
    Mr Conway, who was 64, lived at 28 Albany Terrace, Dundee. His wife, a life-long member of Rattray Street Baptist Church, was not in her husband's congregation when he collapsed. She was informed of his illness at the close of service at Rattray Street.
    Mr Conway was for a time a popular dentist and leading lay preacher. Twenty-six years ago he became minister of Newburgh Baptist Church and subsequently held pastorates in Abbeyhill, Edinburgh, and in St Andrews and Hamilton.
    He is survived by Mrs Conway and four daughters.20
  • Newspaper Article: He was mentioned in a newspaper article CONWAY, REV R F
    Died in Aug 1947 at Broughty Ferry, at the age of 64. A native of Dundee, he was minister of various Baptist Cjurches in East Fife, and was formerly a dentist. on 28 August 1947.21
  • Newspaper Article: He and Ruth Agnes Fisher Conway were mentioned in a newspaper article CONWAY, REV R F
    Minister of Newburgh Baptist Church 1919-1923.
    Reports of service in the church conducted by his daughter, Dr Ruth Russell. on 31 October 1979.22

Census Events

Member of Household5 April 1891They was listed as a member of the household of James Conway and Agnes McKenzie Fisher in the 1891 census at 11 Dons Road, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland. Robert Conway, son, aged 7, scholar, born Forfarshire, Dundee; James Conway, head, married, aged 55, Vam Driver,m employed, born Ireland, Co Down; Agnes Conway, wife, married, aged 49, born Ayrshire, Prestwick.23
Member of Household31 March 1901They was listed in the 1901 census at 119 1/2 Hilltown, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland. Robert Conway, son, single, aged 17, Dentist, working, born Forfar, Dundee; James Conway, head, married, aged 66, Lodge Keeper (night), working, born Ireland.24
Head of Household31 March 1911He was listed as head of household along with spouse Elizabeth (Lizzie) Miller Morrison in the 1911 census at 27 Albany Terrace, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland. 6 rooms with windows, 5 people in household; Robert F Conway, head, 27, married, dental anaeshetist, employer, born Dundee, Forfarshire; Elizabeth A Conway, wife, 27, married, 4 years, 2 children born, 2 children living, born Dundee Forfarshire; also in the household were Muriel Elizabeth Conway, Ruth Agnes Fisher Conway and Mary Holland.25
Last Edited: 8 Nov 2016

Parents:

Father*: James Conway b. 1837, d. 27 Jun 1923
Mother*: Agnes McKenzie Fisher b. 14 Mar 1842, d. 14 Dec 1938

Family:

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Miller Morrison b. c 1885, d. a 1947
  • (Groom) Marriage*: Robert Fisher McKenzie Conway married Elizabeth (Lizzie) Miller Morrison, daughter of Richard Russell Morrison and Elizabeth Miller, on 29 August 1906 at Mather's Hotel, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland; 1906 marriages in the district of St Mary in the Burgh of Dundee, ref 251; 1906 on the twenty-nineth day of August at Mather's Hotel Dundee after publication according to the forms of the English Presbyterian Church; signed Robert Fisher McKenzie Conway dental operator bachelor, aged 23 residing 5 Rustic Place Dundde; parents James Conway jute mill night watchman and Agnes McKenzie Conway ms Fisher; signed Elizabeth Miller Morrison antique dealer's assistant spinster, aged 23 residing 11 Reform Street Dundee; parents Richard Russell Morrison antiquarian and Elizabeth Morrison ms Miller; signed Rev John Conway Hammersmith Presbyterian Church of England assisted by T W Lister minister of Frederick Baptist Church Glasgow, signed James Conway, Jessie Miller, Janet Conway witnesses; registered 1906 August 31st at Dundee John K Stirten assit regsitrar initialled TM (Thos Meek registrar.)3

Children:

Muriel Elizabeth Conway+ b. 1908, d. 1987
Ruth Agnes Fisher Conway+ b. 1911, d. 1992
Hope Myra Morrison Conway+ b. 1915, d. 6 Jan 2000
Grace McKenzie Conway+ b. 1919, d. 2008
  • (Witness) Note for Web: Robert Fisher McKenzie Conway and Agnes McKenzie Fisher, Marion McKenzie Conway, John Conway, William Fisher Conway, Jeannie Conway, Elizabeth Conway, Agnes Fisher Conway, James Conway, Janet Meney Conway and Samuel Meney Conway was mentioned with Mary Fisher Conway in 1983. From the pen of Marion C Miller (1983) :

    Under the Rose

    'Under the rose, Kate, under the rose', my great aunt Mary would frequently whisper to my mother. Many years were to elapse before I understood that information imparted subrosa (under the rose) was only intended for tried, tested and trustworthy ears. At the advance of avid young listeners, X-certificate conversation would come to an abrupt halt. My great aunt would suck her teeth back into their normal position with a sharp, resounding and final click. As age had withered her fuselage, the teeth no longer fitted snugly into the contours of her mouth. With the porcelain in position she was quite unable to chew. Always allocated prime position next to my father at the head of the table, she removed her teeth just after grace and before demolition commenced. She was not given to secreting her discarded treasures in the folds of her lavender-laced handkerchief. No ... she was a forthright sort of person. Her teeth, both sets, were planted on her side plate where they glared relentlessly at my father, assaulting his appetite and inducing temporary anorexia.
    There was no wine at table in my childhood, and glasses for water or lemonade were only in evidence on high occasions. There was always a glass of water for great aunt Mary. No ... she didn't drink it ... but she liked to rinse her teeth before returning them to the ill fitting aperture, when the repast was over.
    At that time we thought she must be very old, but she was in fact still in her lively seventies and had many a tale to tell. She had been an upper crust 'howdie' before trained midwives were commonplace. Entering the homes of the renowned and rich prior to the event, she supervised the birthing process, hurrying the event along with her own secret concoction of raspberry leaf tea. She would remain in residence for at least a month after delivery and often for much longer. If her departure was at all delayed there was every chance that there would be another child on the way soon to guarantee her continued employment.
    Great aunt Mary liked to dress in black and indeed it showed off her pure white hair to greatest advantage. She also used her sombre dresses as a backcloth against which she could display her many swinging chains of beads, multi-coloured neckerchiefs, and large brooches set with precious or semi-precious stones, all donated by thankful parents.
    'When I was with Sir Andrew and Lady X', she would commence and you knew you were about to have a glimpse of life in a society in which you were never likely to mingle. She had been accustomed to a life of refinement, but she was wiling to share her treasured memories with those in humbler circumstances. But she was not all prim and proper. She loved a party and she could jangle her beads in a neat-ankled Charleston which left mouth agape. Nowadays she would have been accorded the title of 'great old swinger'.
    If we thought she was old, what of the ancient monument? Her mother was still alive and maintained in a state of semi preservation by another spinster daughter in a rambling house in the country. My great grandmotther was open for viewing between the hours of 3 and 4pm. The old lady was like a mechanical toy which had seen better days, there being residual movement in her head, one arm and those searching piercing eyes where ambition still flickered. She might be dessicated almost mummified, but when her hand beckoned from within the folds of her many shawls the recipient of the gesture approached with a degree of trepidiation and a touch of reverence.
    The eyes below the lace-capped head would search for evidence of her genetic contribution. These eyes had seen a lot of life. The offshoot of an immigrant Irish family fleeing from the potato famine she had been fortunate to find work as a "tweenie" in an Ayrshire mansion. Crossed with my great grandfather of similar peasant origin she was to produce a brood of thirteen children of whom nine survived. The unashamed ambition which hovered behind her eyelids had seen three of her sons launched into the ordained ministry. In her lifetime she had seen the strength of her genetic contribution raise her descendants from menial tasks in the dusty mills to solid middle class. As she started to fadde into insignificance heer off shoots embraced the church, the law, medicine and commerce. She missed her hundredth birthday and her royal telegram only by a short head. If she knew her great great grandson whilst still a schoolboy had been selected because of his inate talent in communication to sit next to a royal prince at a private dinner ... she would have been pleased, but not I think surprised. I doubt whether she would have subscribed to the theory that the stars govern your fate ... I think she knew that she handed something on ... and if it's the blarney ... it's genetically dominant.
    What was it that reminded me of great aunt Mary ... it was a word association! It's quite a popular party game but the technique is also used by psychiatrists to probe the mysteries of the mind. You may reveal too much by a straight swift answer, so I always allow the word to linger in my cerebral pathways until multiple cross connections have suitably disguised my tortuous mental process.
    I know ... I was in the kitchen waiting for the beans to heat. Lovely to think that the good old 57s are enjoying a comeback in the high fibre diet. The radio was muttering away in the background, but I heard only one word 'ROOTS'. My first thought was teeth, because that canine has been knawing away for months, then followed swiftly the thought of origins and ancestors ... finally there was the closing snap reminiscent of gnashing dentures and my brain had solved the equation Roots + Teeth = Great Aunt Mary.
    Sometime I must sweep some more of the dust from my cerebral computer and write more of my forebears ... or is it all too confidential? Could I perhaps just whisper it to a few of my friends ... 'Under the rose' of course.26

Citations

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  2. [S64] General Record Office for Scotland, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, General Record Office for Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland), GROS statutory marriage 1906 Kilmarnock, ef 142 [Jun 2004].
  3. [S64] General Record Office for Scotland, GROS Statutory marriage 1906 Dundee St Mary ref 251 image held [June 2004].
  4. [S37] Directory Dundee (Dundee:. Hereinafter cited as Dundee Directory.
  5. [S4] James Conway - Agnes McKenzie Fisher, Autograph Book, 7 Jun 1911 & 1921, PC Carson, 2 Gillburn Road, Dundee, Scotland, Golden Wedding & Diamond Wedding Autograph Book.
  6. [S54] Website findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk) Newspaper & Periodicals 1915-12-01 Dundee Courier [Oct 2015].
  7. [S64] Unknown subject General Record Office of Scotland, GROS Statutory Marriage 1919 Dundee St Clement ref 686 [July 2004].
  8. [S32] Newspaper Article, Scotsman 30 January 1920; [Sept 2007].
  9. [S43] PCC - AC photograph album.
  10. PCC - AC photograph album
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  12. [S32] In Courier and Advertiser 11 November 1930 ,p.3 via Ancestry.co.uk [Aug 2011].
  13. [S32] In Fife News Almanac 1931 via Ancestry.co.uk [Aug 2011].
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  18. [S64] Unknown subject General Record Office of Scotland, GROS Statutory marriage Hamilton 1937 647/00 0162 image held [Aug 2011].
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  20. [S20] Unknown author, 'article', Obituary in Dundee "Courier" Monday 25th August 1947.
  21. [S32] In East Fife Observer 28 August 1947, p.3 via Ancestry.co.uk [Aug 2011].
  22. [S32] In Fife Herald News 17 Oct 1979, p.5, 31 Oct 1979, p.5 via Ancestry.co.uk [Aug 2011].
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  26. [S33] Interview , MCM Copyright 1983.