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Margaret Kinnear Adamson

F, #68, b. 4 June 1909, d. 5 August 2003
July 1972
Georgina (Key) Adamson
Margaret Kinnear Adamson
1909
  • (Witness) Anecdote forWeb: Margaret Kinnear Adamson was a witness Margaret Kinnear Adamson Bell recalls being told by her mother, Georgina Key that as a schoolgirl she went to Huntingdon during school holidays to help out with the family there as 'Uncle Will' was married young. He was the oldest of the family and Georgina was the youngest of the four girls. Will's famiily lived later in Catford, London.1
  • Birth*: She was born on 4 June 1909 at 141 Clepington Road (Victoria Terrace), Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland.2,3
  • She was the daughter of James Kinnear Adamson and Georgina Key.
  • Baptism: Margaret Kinnear Adamson was baptised on 15 July 1909 at St Paul's Cathedral, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland; by E L Danson.4
  • Photograph*: Margaret Kinnear Adamson and Georgina Key are one of the infants christened in this gown. On 15 July 1909 at Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, along with James Kinnear Adamson MA and Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP The 'Adamson' christening gown, sewn by 'the girls' from Henderson & MacKay where Georgina (Key) Adamson was a tailoress before her marriage.5
    The 'Adamson' christening gown, sewn by 'the girls' from Henderson & McKie where Georgina (Kay) Adamson was a tailoress before her marriage.
    Believed to be Margaret Kinnear Adamson wearing the 'Adamson' christening gown 1909
  • (Witness) Photograph: Margaret Kinnear Adamson is in this photograph taken circa 1913 at Baxter Park, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, along with James Kinnear Adamson, James Kinnear Adamson MA.7
  • (Witness) Photograph: Margaret Kinnear Adamson is in this photograph taken circa 1917 along with James Kinnear Adamson, Georgina Key, James Kinnear Adamson MA and Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP.7
    James Kinnear Adamson family c1917
    standing at back : James Kinnear Adamson Snr
    sitting : Georgina (Key) Adamson, Margaret Kinnear Adamson
    standing in front : James Kinnear Adamson Jnr, Douglas G Adamson
  • (Witness) Photograph: Margaret Kinnear Adamson is in this photograph taken circa 1917 along with Annie Gibson Ford, Jane Duncan Ford, Edith Margaret Ford, Archibald Hall Ford, Wilhelmina Ford, James Kinnear Adamson MA and Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP Ford and Adamson cousins.8
    Ford & Adamson cousins c1917
    back: Nan/Jean Ford (twin), Mina Ford, Esther Ford, Margaret K Adamson, Jean/Nan Ford (twin)
    front: Somebody, Douglas G Adamson, Somebody, Somebody, James K Adamson
  • Married Name: As of 15 June 1937, her married name was Bell.2
  • (Bride) Marriage*: Margaret Kinnear Adamson married David Albert Bell on 15 June 1937 at Dundee, Angus, Scotland.2,9
  • (Witness) Photograph: Margaret Kinnear Adamson is in this photograph taken circa 1948 along with James Kinnear Adamson, Georgina Key, Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP, James Kinnear Adamson MA, David Albert Bell and Kenneth James Gordon Bell.
    Adamson & Bell families c1948
    sitting at back L-R : James K Adamson, Margaret K (Adamson) Bell, Georgina (Key) Adamson, James K Adamson, (Margaret) Lillian Bell, Douglas G Adamson
    in front L-R: Kenneth G Bell, David D Bell, David A Bell
  • Photograph*: Margaret Kinnear Adamson is in this photograph taken on 1 July 1950 at St Paul's Church, Nethergate, Dundee, Angus, Scotland.10
  • Photograph*: Margaret Kinnear Adamson and David Albert Bell are in this photograph taken on 1 July 1950 at St Paul's Church, Nethergate, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, along with Kenneth James Gordon Bell.10
    1st July 1950, St Pauls' Church, Nethergate, Dundee
    L-R: David Bell, Kenneth Bell, Margaret Adamson Bell, David Bell
  • Anecdote forWeb*: Margaret Kinnear Adamson Bell recalled being told about her Key relatives: "Now, about the name TESCO as told to my cousin (Mrs Mina Edward nee Ford) - Margaret Key (we called her Maggie) married Tom Torring and he had a tea merchants business in London under the name of Torring & Stockwell.
    How the Cohen came into it we do not know unless he also worked there and decided to branch out in provisions but they must have all been known to each other. A name for the new venture had to be found and they came up with :- T and S CO the initials of all three.
    We do know that our cousin Maggie Key was a wealthy person when Tom Torring died as she had shares in TESCO and was very friendly with the Cohen family and was at all their family weddings.
    The Torrings had two sons, William (Billy) and Alan but neither Mina nor I know anything about them."

    The TESCO website says this "1924 The first own-brand product sold by Jack [Cohen] was Tesco Tea - before the company was called Tesco. The name comes from the initials of TE Stockwell, who was a partner in the firm of tea suppliers, and CO from Jack's surname."

    So - are we related to Tesco via the Torrings, or was the 'T' in actual fact part of the TE Stockwell name?1,11
  • (Spouse) Death: Her spouse David Albert Bell died in 1995 at Dundee, Angus, Scotland.12
  • (Deceased) Death*: Margaret Kinnear Adamson died on 5 August 2003 at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, at age 94.13,14
  • Announcement*: She Deaths: BELL - Margaret Kinnear (Adamson), beloved wife of the late David, peacefully, at Ninewells Hospital, on Tuesday, August 5, 2003. Funeral services at Dundee Crematorium on Tuesday, August 12, at 10.15 am., to which all friends are respectfully invited. on 7 August 2003.15

Census Events

Member of Household31 March 1911She was listed as a member of the household of James Kinnear Adamson and Georgina Key in the 1911 census at 143 Clepington Road, Mains & Strathmartine, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland. Margaret Adamson, daug, 1, Dundee; James Adamson, head, 32, mar, commercial teacher, school board, worker, Forfar Forfars; Georgina, wife, 31, mar 2 years, 1 child born, 1 living, Dundee; 2 rooms with windows, 3 people in household.16
Last Edited: 4 May 2018

Parents:

Father*: James Kinnear Adamson b. 1 Jun 1878, d. 27 Jun 1956
Mother*: Georgina Key b. 29 Mar 1880, d. 24 Aug 1972

Family:

David Albert Bell b. 1910, d. 1995
  • (Bride) Marriage*: Margaret Kinnear Adamson married David Albert Bell on 15 June 1937 at Dundee, Angus, Scotland.2,9

Child:

Kenneth James Gordon Bell+ b. 15 May 1938, d. 29 Sep 1969

Citations

  1. [S6] MKAB via DDB [July 2004].
  2. [S43] Family Bible held by CNMA.
  3. [S14] General Record Office for Scotland, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, General Record Office for Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland), GROS Statutory Births 1909 Angus, Mains & Strathmartine, ref 307/00 0074 [Nov 2014].
  4. [S43] Adamson Family Bible in the care of CNM.
  5. [S130] Held by FP.
  6. Personal Photo Archives PCC
  7. [S43] PCC.
  8. [S43] PCC.
  9. [S64] General Record Office for Scotland, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, General Record Office for Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland), GROS Statutory Marriages 1937 Dundee St Andrew ref 282/3 155 no image held [March 2018].
  10. [S133] Interview with unknown informant (unknown informant address). Unknown repository (unknown repository address), CNM DGA Wedding Album [1950].
  11. [S49] Website Web Site online (www.) http://www.tescoplc.com/index.asp?pageid=11 [Sept 2013].
  12. [S50] Interview with General Record Office for Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland). General Record Office of Scotland (New Register House, Edinburgh, Scotland), GROS Statutory Deaths 1995 Dundee 350/ 252 no image [Mar 2018].
  13. [S6] PCC [Aug 2003].
  14. [S50] Interview, General Record Office for Scotland, GROS Statutory Death 2013 Dundee, 351/00 0346 no image [Nov 2014].
  15. [S20] Unknown author, 'article', Dundee Courier & Advertiser, unknown date (DC Thomson, unknown repository reference) Tursday, August 7, 2003.
  16. [S17] General Record Office for Scotland, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, General Record Office for Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland), GROS census 1911 307/00 002/00 015 [Apr 2011].