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Margaret Scott Key

F, #4253, b. 10 March 1891, d. December 1979
Last Edited: 19 May 2019

Parents:

Father*: William Key commercial traveller tea b. 15 Oct 1867, d. 5 Mar 1927
Mother*: Annie Fielding Doig b. c 1865, d. Mar 1939
  • Birth*: Margaret Scott Key was born on 10 March 1891 at Brotchie Place, Broughty Ferry, Forfarshire, Scotland, ; 1891 births in the parish of Monifieth in the county of Forfar; Maggie Scott Key, 1891 March tenth 3h 30m pm Brotchie Place Broughty Ferry; f, William Key commercial traveller, Annie Fielding Key ms Doig, 1886 December 22 Dundee; William Key father present.1
  • She was the daughter of William Key commercial traveller tea and Annie Fielding Doig.
  • (Bride) Marriage*: Margaret Scott Key married Thomas Waller Torring, son of John Henry Torring and Mary Elizabeth Wilkinson, between 1 July 1919 and 30 September 1919 at Southampton, England, .2,3
  • Death*: Margaret Scott Key died in December 1979 at Bournemouth, Dorset, England, , at age 88.3
  • Married Name: As of between 1 July 1919 and 30 September 1919, her married name was Torring.2,3
  • (Spouse) Death: Her spouse Thomas Waller Torring died on 15 February 1962 at Cuckfield Hospital, Sussex, England.4,3
  • 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?5,6

Census & Directory Entries

Member of Household5 April 1891They was listed as a member of the household of William Key commercial traveller tea in the 1891 census at Broughty Place, King Street, Broughty Ferry, Forfarshire, Scotland, . Maggie Key, daug, under 1 ..., Forfarshire Broughty Ferry; William Key, head, mar, 24, commercial traveller tea, employed, Forfarshire Dundee; Annie Key, wife, mar, 25, Rossie Island, Craig; 3 rooms with windows.7,8
Member of Household31 March 1901They was listed as a member of the household of William Key commercial traveller tea in the 1901 census at 25 Park Road, Ilford, Essex, England, . Maggie S Key, daug, single, 10, Scotland; William Key, head, mar, 34, commercial traveller, Scotland; Annie Key, wife, mar, 35, Scotland.9
Member of Household31 March 1911They was listed as a member of the household of William Key commercial traveller tea and Annie Fielding Doig in the 1911 census at 40 Colfe Road, Forest Hill, Lewisham, London, England, . Maggie Key, daughter, 20, single, at home, Forfarshire, Scotch; W Key, head, 43, married, Fish Company Manager, Forfarshire, Scotch; A Key, wife, 45, married 24 years 6 children born, 5 living, one died, Forfarshire, Scotch; seven rooms.10
Witness1925Margaret Scott Key witnessed the electoral roll of Thomas Waller Torring and Thomas Edward Stockwell in 1925 at 10 Beer lane, Ward of Tower, City of London, England, ; Register of Electors 1925, Parliamentary Borough of the City of London, Polling District of Tower (X), Parish of the City of London; No X12, Torring, Thomas Torring, abode 8 Auckland Road Upper Norwood, Business Premises Occupation; No X10, Stockwell, Thomas Edward, abode 107 The Avenue Higham's Park, Business Premises Occupation.11
Witness1934Margaret Scott Key witnessed the electoral roll of Thomas Waller Torring and Thomas Edward Stockwell in 1934 at 10 Beer lane, Ward of Tower, City of London, England, ; Register of Electors 1934, Parliamentary Borough of the City of London, Polling District of Tower (X), Parish of the City of London; No X8, Torring, Thomas Torring, abode 8 Auckland Road, Upper Norwood SE9, Business Occupation; No X6, Stockwell, Thomas Edward, abode 107 The Avenue Higham's Park E4, Business Occupation.11
Principal1963Margaret Scott Key appeared in a directory of 1963 living at 60 Adastra Avenue, Brighton, England, ; Torring Mrs M S 60 Adastra av, Hassocks 3825.12
Principal1969She appeared in a directory of 1969 living at 60 Adastra Avenue, Brighton, Sussex, England, ; Torring Mrs M S 60 Adastra av, Hassocks 3825.12
Principal1976She appeared in a directory of 1976 living at 60 Adastra Avenue, Brighton, Sussex, England, ; Torring Mrs M S 60 Adastra av, Hassocks 3825.12

Citations

  1. [S14] General Record Office for Scotland, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, General Record Office for Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland), GROS Statutory Births 1891 Monifieth ref 310/00 0062; image held [May 2008].
  2. [S9] Website Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk) Source Information: Ancestry.com. England & Wales, Marriage Index, 1916-2005 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc, 2010. Original data: General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes. London, England: General Register Office. © Crown copyright. Published by permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Office for National Statistics. You must not copy on, transfer or reproduce records without the prior permission of ONS. Indexes created by the General Register Office, in London, England. [Aug 2013]
  3. [S9] Website Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk) Source Information: Ancestry.com. England & Wales, Death Index, 1916-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes. London, England: General Register Office. © Crown copyright. Published by permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Office for National Statistics. You must not copy on, transfer or reproduce records without the prior permission of ONS. Indexes created by the General Register Office, in London, England. [Aug 2013]
  4. [S9] Website Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk) Source Information: Ancestry.com. England & Wales, Death Index, 1916-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes. London, England: General Register Office. © Crown copyright. Published by permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Office for National Statistics. You must not copy on, transfer or reproduce records without the prior permission of ONS. Indexes created by the General Register Office, in London, England. [Aug 2013]
  5. [S6] MKAB via DDB [July 2004].
  6. [S49] Website Web Site online (www.) http://www.tescoplc.com/index.asp?pageid=11 [Sept 2013].
  7. [S17] General Record Office for Scotland, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, General Record Office for Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland), census 1891 310/00 003/00 023 [May 2008].
  8. [S9] Website Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk) Source Citation: Parish: Monifieth; ED: 3; Page: 23; Line: 5; Roll: CSSCT1891_103. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1891 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Scotland. 1891 Scotland Census. Reels 1-409. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. [Nov 2012]
  9. [S49] Website Web Site online (www.) 1901 census online [May 2008].
  10. [S9] Website Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk) Source Citation: Class: RG14; Piece: 2829. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1911 England Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: Census Returns of England and Wales, 1911. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA), 1911. [Aug 2013]
  11. [S9] Website Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk) Source Information: Ancestry.com [Aug 2013].
  12. [S9] Website Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk) Source Information: Ancestry.com. British Phone Books, 1880-1984 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: British phone books 1880-1984 from the collection held by BT Archives. Images reproduced by courtesy of BT Archives, London, England. [Aug 2013]