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David Lowson Adamson1,2

M, #4404, b. 1878, d. 10 October 1917
Last Edited: 7 Aug 2022


Father*: William Adamson carpenter b. 22 Jun 1840, d. 24 Jul 1900
Mother*: Isabella Lowson b. c 1847, d. 26 Jun 1928
  • Birth*: David Lowson Adamson was born in 1878 at Forfar, Forfarshire, Scotland, .3,2
  • He was the son of William Adamson carpenter and Isabella Lowson.
  • (Deceased) Death*: David Lowson Adamson died on 10 October 1917 at 184 East High Street, Forfar, Forfarshire, Scotland, , 1917 deaths in the district of Forfar in the county of Forfar, ref 129; David Lowson Adamson engineer fitter No 72150 Private 27th Battalion Winnipeg 2nd Canadian Expeditionary Force, single, died 1917 October 10th 8h 10m am at 184 East High Street Forfar, male aged 39 years, parents William Adamson railway surfaceman (dec) and Isabella Adamson ms Lowson, cause tumour of pancreas, asthenia as certified by Jno Cable LRCP, signed Jas Moir brother-in-law present, registered 1917 October 10th at Forfar signed John F Craik registrar

    Service Number 72150
    Died 10/10/1917
    Aged 39
    27th Bn. Canadian Infantry
    Son of William and Isabella Lowson Adamson, of Forfar.1,4,5
  • (Witness) Anecdote forWeb: He was a witness William Lowson Adamson 1898-1916 is the son of Andrew Adamson my G Grandmothers brother who moved to Argentina with the railways early 1900s. He volunteered in Buenos Aries and enlisted in Dundee before being killed in Army Cyclist Corps at 18 years according to military records online. Quite poignant with Andrew in the Canadian forces his uncle and himself both represented on the grave. Two generations lost in the conflict.6
  • (Witness) Marriage: He witnessed the marriage of James Gamley Moir tripe dresser and Martha Adamson on Friday, 1 April 1898 at Kirkton Hall, Forfar, Forfarshire, Scotland, ; 1898 marriages in the district of Forfar in the county of Forfar, ref 32; 1898 on the First day of April at Kirton Hall Forfar after banns according to the forms of the Established Church of Scotland, signed James Moir quarry labourer bachelor aged 23 residing at 10 Charles Street Forfar parents John Moir general labourer and Eliza Gamley factory worker afterwards married to Thomas Fyfe labourer; signed Martha Adamson factory worker spinster aged 20 residing 43 North Street Forfar, parents William Adamson railway fencer and Isabella Adamson ms Lowson; signed John Weir MA minister of Parish of St James Forfar, signed David Adamson, Isabella Langlands witnesses; registered 1898 April 4th at Forfar signed W H Thomson registrar.7
  • (Witness) Photograph: David Lowson Adamson is in this photograph taken say 1915 at Canada, , along with Elizabeth D Adamson factory worker, George C Mackenzie printer, Elizabeth Jane Mackenzie and Alexander Archibald Mackenzie.8,9
    Standing L-R: David Lowson Adamson, George Makenzie, Elizabeth Adamson Mackenzie; unsure of others
    children sitting L-R: Alexander Mackenzie, unknown, Elizabeth Mackenzie, unknown
  • Photograph*: David Lowson Adamson and Alexander Archibald Mackenzie are in this photograph taken in 1915 at Winnipeg, Canada, .6
  • (Erector) Memorial Inscription: A Headstone was erected by David Lowson Adamson in August 1900 at Newmonthill Cemetery, Forfar, Forfarshire, Scotland, . Inscription reads Erected by Isabella Lowson and David her son in loving memory of her husband William Adamson who died 24th July 1900 in his 60th year; also her children Jennie died 22nd May 1876 aged 6 years, Betsy died 1st July 1876 aged 5 years
    On the reverse And of the said David L Adamson who died at Forfar 10th October 1917 aged 39 years; the said Isabella Lowson died 26th June 1928 aged 78 years.6
    William Adamson Isabella Lowson family Newmonthill Forfar
    William Adamson Isabella Lowson family reverse Newmonthill Forfar

Census & Directory Entries

Member of Household3 April 1881They was listed in the 1881 census at 8 Bell Place, Forfar, Forfarshire, Scotland, . David Adamson, son, 2, Forfar; William Adamson, head, mar, 40, railway labourer, Forfar; Isabella Adamson, wife, mar, 33, Dunnichen.12,13
Member of Household5 April 1891They was listed as a member of the household of William Adamson carpenter and Isabella Lowson in the 1891 census at Bell Place, Forfar, Forfarshire, Scotland, . Andrew Adamson, son, male, 12, scholar, Forfar; William Adamson, head, married, male, 50, general labourer, Forfar; Isabella Adamson, wife, married, female, 43, Dunnichen.14
Member of Household1911They was listed as a member of the household of George C Mackenzie printer and Elizabeth D Adamson factory worker in the 1911 census at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, . David Adamson, brother-in-law, male, 32, single, Apr 1879, Scotland; George Mackenzie, head, male, 30, Scotland; Elizabeth MacKenzie, wife, female, 27, Scotland.15

Military Service

  • Military Service*: David Lowson Adamson served with the Canadian Infantry between 1915 and 1917 First name(s)     David Lowson
    Last name     Adamson
    Birth year     1878
    Age     39
    Death year     1917
    Death date     10 Oct 1917
    Number     72150
    Rank     Private
    Unit     27Th Bn.
    Regiment     Canadian Infantry
    Grave reference     J. 44 (2).
    Cemetery or memorial     Forfar Cemetery
    Burial country     United Kingdom
    Additional information     Son of William and Isabella Lowson Adamson, of Forfar.
    War     First World War, 1914-1918
    Record set     Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt Of Honour
    Category     Military, armed forces & conflict
    Subcategory     First World War
    Collections from     Great Britain, UK None.4


  1. [S40] DC headstone photo front [Jun 2016].
  2. [S14] General Record Office for Scotland, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, General Record Office for Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland), Statutory Births 1878 Forfar ref 288/00 0288 no image held [Jun 2016].
  3. [S30] LDS 1881 Census.
  4. [S54] Website findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk) Record Transcription:
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt Of Honour [Jun 2020].
  5. [S31] Website Commonwealth War Graves Commission (http://www.cwgc.org/) https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/327405/adamson,-david-lowson/.
  6. [S40] DC [Jun 2016].
  7. [S54] Website findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk) British Army Service Records 1914-1920 Transcription, URL of this page: http://search.findmypast.co.uk/record?id=gbm%2fwo363-4%2f7392033%2f42%2f707 [Jul 2016].
  8. [S40] DM via Genes on the Web Facebook Group [Nov 2020].
  9. [S40] DC via Ancestry [Dec 2020].
  10. [S1] International Genealogical Index (IGI) (Salt Lake City, Utah, USA: International Genealogical Index).
  11. [S1] International Genealogical Index (IGI), DC [Jun 2016].
  12. [S30] LDS 1881 Census 0203492 288 20 15 [Aug 2008].
  13. [S54] Website findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk) 1881 England, Wales & Scotland Census Transcription, URL of this page: http://search.findmypast.co.uk/record?id=gbc%2f1881%2f0027111793 [Jun 2016].
  14. [S54] Website findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk) 1891 England, Wales & Scotland Census Transcription, URL of this page: http://search.findmypast.co.uk/record?id=gbc%2f1891%2f0035802927 [Jun 2016].
  15. [S56] International Genealogical Index (IGI) (Salt Lake City, Utah, USA: International Genealogical Index), CANADA CENSUS, 1911 District Winnipeg, Household ID 104, Line Number 44, GS Film Number 002417673, Digital Folder Number 007526729, Image Number 00432
    "Recensement du Canada de 1911," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-V21C : 2 March 2015), David Adamson in entry for George Mac Kenzie, 1911; citing Census, Winnipeg Sub-Districts 75-91, Manitoba, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,673. [Jul 2016]