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James Gibson

M, #576, b. 1881, d. 1952
7 June 1911 Golden Wedding of James Conway and Agnes McKenzie Fisher
8 June 1921 Diamond Wedding of James Conway and Agnes McKenzie Fisher
  • (Witness) Residence: James Gibson lived at Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland; Kilwinning is described in a directory published by Pigot & Co in 1837 as … an ancient and thriving little manufacturing town … 24 miles from Glasgow, 3 nw of Irvine, 4 ne of Saltcoats, the like distance s of Dalry, 10 nw of Kilmarnock and 5 from Ardrossan; situate on rising ground about 2 miles from the sea; stretching westward from the right bank of the Garnock, and approached through long ambrageous paths, skirted by beautiful fields. It consists chiefly of one street and bye-lanes, with a few rows of modern houses. The weaving and manufacture of gauzes, muslins, shawls, etc are carried on, to an important extent, for the Glasgow and Paisley markets, to which they are conveyed by the local agents. The agricultural produce of the parish is likewise considerable; and coals, which are obtained in abundance, are conveyed by a railway passing from east to west across the parish. …
    Kilwinning was the first place in Scotland where free masonry was established; it is said to have been introduced by the foreign architect who was employed in erecting the monastery here.
    The abbey is thought to have been built about 1140. Briefly, free masonry is accepted as having been born out of the guilds of craftsmen of the middle ages, in particular the masons. A mason often had to travel the length of the county to seek work. He had to prove his rank and ability to his prospective employer. This he did by showing that he was in possession of certain secrets that he had learnt from his guild.
    The Statistical Account written by the Rev. Archibald Blair Campbell in April 1842 describes Kilwinning in great ecclesiastical detail, but includes gems such as (describing the population of around 630 families in the town): There are three individuals deaf and dumb in the parish, two fatuous, and two blind. … There is no smuggling. Poaching is carried on to a small extent. He continues: The male inhabitants of Kilwinning are chiefly employed in weaving and mining; the females in sewing. The only individuals found necessary for keeping the peace are one of the county police and a sheriff-officer. … Formerly there were several stagecoaches, which passed through Kilwinning to Glasgow and other places, but they have all given up since the opening of the Glasgow and Ayr Railway, about two years ago, which affords the greatest facilities, both for travelling and the conveyance of goods, and farm produce.
    He is highly critical of the 27 licensed Inns or Alehouses in the parish – Their effect on the morals of the people, especially the miners and inhabitants of the town, is of the most pernicious description. In his conclusion he observes The inhabitants are, we believe, more industrious than they were towards the end of last century; but they are more extravagant both in regard to their clothing and mode of living, and it is to be feared, less contented with their circumstances. … The desire for luxuries is, in many instances, too prevalent, and a want of prudence, foresight, and economy, often appears. The inhabitants of the parish, in general, are intelligent and well informed, and many of them are exemplary in the discharge of all the duties of their station.1,2
  • Birth*: He was born in 1881 at Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland; from 1891 census.3
  • He was the son of James Gibson and Agnes McPhail.
  • (Witness) Event-Misc: James Gibson 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.4
    Mathers Hotel Dundee
  • (Groom) Marriage*: James Gibson married Janet Meney Conway, daughter of James Conway and Agnes McKenzie Fisher, on 7 June 1911 at Mathers Hotel, Dundee, Angus, Scotland; 1911 on the 7th day of June at Mathers Hotel Dundee after banns and publication according to the forms of the Presbyterian Church of England James Gibson slater master bachelor, 30, 76 Main Street Kilwinning, fath James Gibson insurance agent, moth Agnes Gibson ms McPhail (dec), and Janet Meney Conway housekeeper spinster, 34, 20 Bank Aveue Downfield, fath James Conway jute mill night watchman, moth Agnes Conway ms Fisher, signed John Conway, S M Conway, A H Charlton ministers Dundee, wit Janie Conway, Mary F Conway, James F Conway, reg 1911 June 9th at Dundee Thos Meek registrar.5
  • (Witness) Event-Misc: James Gibson 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.4
  • (Informant) Death: James Gibson registered the death of Janet Meney Conway on 28 January 1946 at 3 Park Avenue, Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland; Janet Meney Gibson married to James Gibson slater master retired 1946 January 28th 9h 45m am 3 Park Avenue Kilwinning, f, 68 years, fath James Conway bakers salesman (dec), moth Agnes Conway ms Fisher (dec), cerebral haemorrahge 1 day as cert by Carrick McDonald MBChB, inf James Gibson widower present, reg 1946 January 28th at Kilwinning R Jamieson assist registrar.6
  • (Deceased) Death*: James Gibson died in 1952.

Census Events

Member of Household5 April 1891They was listed as a member of the household of James Gibson and Agnes McPhail in the 1891 census at Abbey Square, Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland. James Gibson, son, 9, scholar, Kilwinning; James Gibson, head, mar, 37, parish church officer & insurance agent, employed, Kilwinning; Agnes Gibson, wife, mar, 36, Stevenston.3
Last Edited: 8 Nov 2016

Parents:

Father*: James Gibson b. c 1853
Mother*: Agnes McPhail b. c 1854

Family:

Janet Meney Conway b. 24 Feb 1877, d. 28 Jan 1946
  • (Groom) Marriage*: James Gibson married Janet Meney Conway, daughter of James Conway and Agnes McKenzie Fisher, on 7 June 1911 at Mathers Hotel, Dundee, Angus, Scotland; 1911 on the 7th day of June at Mathers Hotel Dundee after banns and publication according to the forms of the Presbyterian Church of England James Gibson slater master bachelor, 30, 76 Main Street Kilwinning, fath James Gibson insurance agent, moth Agnes Gibson ms McPhail (dec), and Janet Meney Conway housekeeper spinster, 34, 20 Bank Aveue Downfield, fath James Conway jute mill night watchman, moth Agnes Conway ms Fisher, signed John Conway, S M Conway, A H Charlton ministers Dundee, wit Janie Conway, Mary F Conway, James F Conway, reg 1911 June 9th at Dundee Thos Meek registrar.5

Child:

James Conway G Gibson+ b. 7 Mar 1913, d. Apr 1988

Citations

  1. [S49] Website Web Site online (www.) http://www.ayrshireroots.com/Towns/Kilwinning/Kilwinning%201837.htm
  2. [S49] Website Web Site online (www.) http://stat-acc-scot.edina.ac.uk/sas/sas.asp/?monospace=&twoup=&nohighlight=&account=2&transcript=&session-id=0e6ad3fbea8061a21f0cb372871b1e9b&naecache=5&accountrec=4685&navbar=&action=publicdisplay&parish=Kilwinning&county=Ayrshire&pagesize=
  3. [S17] General Record Office for Scotland, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, General Record Office for Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland), GROS census 1891 Kilwinning [Sep 2005].
  4. [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.
  5. [S64] Unknown subject, General Record Office of Scotland, New Register House, Edinburgh, Scotland, GROS statutory marriage 1911 Dundee [Jun 2004].
  6. [S50] Unknown subject, General Record Office of Scotland, New Register House, Edinburgh, Scotland, GROS statutory death 1946 Kilwinning [Jul 2004].