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William Fisher hand loom weaver cotton, engine driver

M, #643, b. 19 August 1811, d. 16 September 1888
Last Edited: 16 Oct 2019

Parents:

Father*: William Fisher nailer b. 1790, d. 5 Mar 1861
Mother*: Agness McWilliam b. c 1792, d. 17 Feb 1861
  • Birth*: William Fisher hand loom weaver cotton, engine driver was born on 19 August 1811 at St Quivox & Newton, Ayrshire, Scotland, ; Fisher William lawful son of William Fisher and Agnes McWilliam born 19 & baptised 25 August 1811.1,2
  • He was the son of William Fisher nailer and Agness McWilliam.
  • (Groom) Marriage*: William Fisher hand loom weaver cotton, engine driver married Marion McKenzie, daughter of Robert McKenzie and Marion Pollock, on 19 November 1836 at Monkton, Ayrshire, Scotland, ; Fisher and M.Kenzie : William Fisher and Marion Mackenzie, both in this parish, gave in their names to be proclaimed in order to marriage, 19th November 1836, and after being three times proclaimed, were married.3
  • (Groom) Marriage*: William Fisher hand loom weaver cotton, engine driver married Elizabeth Hendry on 31 January 1851 at Monkton / Dundonald, Ayrshire, Scotland, ; Fisher & Hendrie William Fisher of this parish and Elizabeth Hendrie in the parish of Dundonald gave in their names to be proclaimed in order to marriage 11th Jan 1851, & after having been three times proclaimed were married by the Rev Mr Fleming of Troon on the 31st day thereafter.4,5
  • (Deceased) Death*: William Fisher hand loom weaver cotton, engine driver died on 16 September 1888 at 1 ... Street, Kinning Park, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, , at age 77 1888 deaths in the district of Kinning Park in the County of Lanark; William Fisher engine keeper widower of 1st Marion McKenzie 2nd Elizabeth Hendry, 1888 September 16th 10h 30m am 1 ... Street Glasgow, m, 77 years, fath William Fisher nailmaker master (dec), moth Agnes Fisher ms McWilliam (dec), cerebral haemorrhage senile decay as cert by Will Gordon MRCM, signed Robert Fisher son 1 Bute Place Paisley, reg 1888 September 17th at Glasgow Jas Cameron assistant registrar.6
  • Occupation*: William was Carpenter.
  • (Witness) Memorial Inscription: He is commemorated on the headstone erected by Robert Mackenzie Fisher the Ayrshire Poet after 16 September 1888 at St Nicholas Churchyard, Prestwick, Ayrshire, Scotland, . Inscription reads by Robert McKenzie in memory of his father William Fisher d Sep 1888 aged 77; and his mother Marion McKenzie d Apr 1845 aged 32; also his g-father Robert McKenzie.7
    Headstone Prestwick St Nicholas

Census & Directory Entries

Head of Household6 June 1841He was listed in the 1841 census at Troon Harbour, Dundonald, Ayrshire, Scotland, . Wm Fisher, 25, labourer, Ayrshire (along with other labourers - John Weir, John McKenzie, Robert & Alex Cunningham.8,9
Head of Household30 March 1851He was listed as head of household along with spouse Elizabeth Hendry in the 1851 census at Kirk Street, Monkton, Ayrshire, Scotland, . William Fisher, head, mar, 39, hand loom weaver (cotton) Newton Ayrshire; Elizabeth Fisher, wife, mar, 34, weaver's wife, Ireland; also in the household were Robert Mackenzie Fisher the Ayrshire Poet, Agnes McKenzie Fisher kitchen maid and Jean Carson.10
Head of Household7 April 1861He was listed as head of household, along with spouse Elizabeth Hendry in the 1861 census at 6 Temple Hill Street, Dundonald, Ayrshire, Scotland, . William Fisher, head, mar, 49, labourer at harbour, Ayrshire, Ayr; Elizabeth Fisher, wife, mar, 44, Tyrone Ireland; 2 rooms with windows; John Gibson, lodger, inm, 40, labourer at harbour, Ayrshire Mauchline; Hugh Trimble, lodger, unm, 21, labourer at harbour, Tyrone Ireland; also in the household were Robert Mackenzie Fisher the Ayrshire Poet, William Fisher and Mary Fisher.11
Head of Household2 April 1871He was listed as head of household along with spouse Elizabeth Hendry in the 1871 census at 9 James Street, Govan, Lanarkshire, Scotland, . William Fisher, head, mar, 59, engine driver, Ayrshire Ayr; Elizabeth Fisher, wife, mar, 55, Ireland; 1 room with window; also in the household were William Fisher and Mary Fisher.12
Principal3 April 1881William Fisher hand loom weaver cotton, engine driver appeared in the 1881 census at 56 South Kinning Place, Govan, Lanarkshire, Scotland, . William Fisher, head, widower, 69, formerly enginekeeper, Ayr.13

Family 1:

Marion McKenzie b. 4 Oct 1812, d. c May 1845
  • (Groom) Marriage*: He married Marion McKenzie, daughter of Robert McKenzie and Marion Pollock, on 19 November 1836 at Monkton, Ayrshire, Scotland, ; Fisher and M.Kenzie : William Fisher and Marion Mackenzie, both in this parish, gave in their names to be proclaimed in order to marriage, 19th November 1836, and after being three times proclaimed, were married.3

Children:

Robert Mackenzie Fisher the Ayrshire Poet+ b. 13 Feb 1840, d. 24 Jul 1910
Agnes McKenzie Fisher kitchen maid+ b. 14 Mar 1842, d. 14 Dec 1938
William Fisher+ b. 8 Apr 1845, d. 4 Apr 1896

Family 2:

Elizabeth Hendry b. c 1817
  • (Groom) Marriage*: William Fisher hand loom weaver cotton, engine driver married Elizabeth Hendry on 31 January 1851 at Monkton / Dundonald, Ayrshire, Scotland, ; Fisher & Hendrie William Fisher of this parish and Elizabeth Hendrie in the parish of Dundonald gave in their names to be proclaimed in order to marriage 11th Jan 1851, & after having been three times proclaimed were married by the Rev Mr Fleming of Troon on the 31st day thereafter.4,5

Child:

Mary Fisher b. 14 May 1855

Notes

  • (Witness) Residence: William Fisher hand loom weaver cotton, engine driver lived at Troon, Ayrshire, Scotland, ; Today, Troon is most famous for its golfing associations and as a holiday resort, but owes its origins to coal and the railways.
    In the Second Statistical Account written in 1841 by The Rev. Alexander Willison, The Rev. James Fleming, Troon, and The Rev. David Wilson, Fullarton, the village of Troon in the parish of Dundonald is described as having a population of 1,409 souls that appears to have been a significant rise over the previous count in 1831. The reason is to be ascribed to general causes; but particularly of late years to the erection of the harbour … and the consequent increase of its trade; and also to its becoming a favourite place of resort for sea-bathing quarters.
    The Account describes the turnpike roads from Irvine to Ayr and Irvine to Dalmellington, along with the Kilmarnock to Troon road as the roads in every direction are good. Indeed there are few parishes of equal extent so well accommodated in this respect. … In addition to these, there are parish roads in every direction kept in tolerably good repair, and affording every requisite means of communication. The only thing that the mounted traveller has reason to complain of is the abundance of tolls; but as the toll seems to be indigenous to the county, let us pay and pass on; for in this case we fear there is very little hope of writing them down. The harbour for depth of water and readiness of entrance, is one of the best in the neighbourhood. … A wet dock is in the course of excavation from the solid rock. There are two dry docks. … The trade is chiefly in coal and timber. Timber was imported; coal exported via the Kilmarnock railway.
    The Account also notes the harbour has a good lighthouse supported from its own funds. A Church (of Scotland) was built in Troon in 1837 – previously the parishioners had to travel four or more miles which would have rendered anything like a regular attendance upon ordinances altogether impracticable. Elementary schooling was available at a cost of from 2s to 4s 6d per quarter.
    Commenting on the arrangements for poor relief, the writers say that the good old spirit of Scottish independence, which once spurned the kirk-box, as almost worse than starvation, is fast dying away, and that few indeed now think it any degradation to have their wants so supplied. This is surely a symptom of change not for the better, and as it is, from accounts, very generally manifested, we trust it will meet with due consideration from those whose special business it is to provide and legislate for the poor. So, are things much different today, one wonders?
    All in all, these gentlemen seem fairly pleased with the progress made since the First Statistical Account some 60 or so years previously. Referring to the parish as a whole they say the condition of all classes, even the poorest, has very much improved. … An entire new town and harbour have risen up at Troon; two railroads have been constructed; common roads have been formed, and all much repaired; what were little better than mud-walls have given place to substantial stone and lime, and in many places to elegant architecture. The comfortable, but unstable, thatch has been supplanted by slate; the fertility of the soil, by a better system of culture, has been inconceivably improved. Money with all ranks is much more abundant; and all these things tell upon the comfort, as we would hope upon the gratitude, of those who enjoy them.14

Citations

  1. [S35] Old Parochial Register of pre-1855 (General Record Office of Scotland) GROS ref 612/001 0010 0200: Saint Quivox Register of Births & Baptisms 1811; image held [Jan 2007].
  2. [S1] International Genealogical Index (IGI) (Salt Lake City, Utah, USA: International Genealogical Index), LDS member after 1991 [Nov 2005].
  3. [S36] Old Parochial Register of marriage,pre-1855 (General Record Office of Scotland) GROS ref 606/0030 0351 image held [Jan 2007] Monkton & Prestwick.
  4. [S36] OPR pre-1855 GROS ref 606/0030 0393 image held [Jan 2007] : Monkton & Prestwick parish.
  5. [S1] International Genealogical Index (IGI), LDS Monkton M116064 Dundonald M115905 [Nov 2005].
  6. [S50] General Record Office for Scotland, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, General Record Office for Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland), GROS Statutory death 1888 [Nov 2005].
  7. [S44] Monumental inscription (St Nicholas, Prestwick, Ayrshire) MI transcriptions published by Troon @ Ayrshire FHS, page 9, no 65.
  8. [S9] Website Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk) (Ancestry lists with many others; seaman, master, apprentice, labourer + feamles & children; some of those have addresses which suggest they are ships, so possibly this is the docks/harbour at Dundonald)
    Source Citation: Parish: Dundonald; ED: 12; Page: 2; Line: 414; Roll: ; Year: 1841. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1841 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: 1841 Scotland Census. Edinburgh, Scotland: General Register Office for Scotland. Reels 1-151. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. [Aug 2011]
  9. [S13] Website FreeCEN UK Census Online Project (http://www.freecen.org.uk/) Piece: SCT1841/590 Place: Dundonald -Ayrshire Enumeration District: 11 Civil Parish: Dundonald Ecclesiastical Parish, Village or Island: - Folio: 11 Page: 5 Address: Troon Harbour [Aug 2011].
  10. [S17] General Record Office for Scotland, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, General Record Office for Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland), GROS census 1851 Monkton [Jun 2004].
  11. [S9] Website Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk) Source Citation: Parish: Dundonald; ED: 5; Page: 3; Line: 3; Roll: CSSCT1861_84; Year: 1861. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1861 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: Scotland. 1861 Scotland Census. Reels 1-150. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. [Aug 2011]
  12. [S17] General Record Office for Scotland, GROS image held, 1871 Govan Glasgow.
  13. [S30] LDS 1881 Census.
  14. [S49] Website Web Site online (www.) http://stat-acc-scot.edina.ac.uk/sas/sas.asp/?monospace=&twoup=&nohighlight=&account=2&transcript=&session-id=0eb5a1951110fc447daf8f49002ce21f&naecache=5&accountrec=4533&navbar=&action=publicdisplay&parish=Dundonald&county=Ayrshire&pagesize=