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Robert Mackenzie Fisher

M, #871, b. 13 February 1840, d. 24 July 1910
  • Birth*: Robert Mackenzie Fisher was born on 13 February 1840 at Prestwick, Ayrshire, Scotland; Robert McKenzie Fisher lawful son of William Fisher and Marion McKenzie, spouces, was born in Prestwick 13th February and baptised 4th March 1840.1,2
  • He was the son of William Fisher and Marion McKenzie.
  • (Groom) Marriage*: Robert Mackenzie Fisher married Jean Watson, daughter of John Watson and Janet Buchanan, on 25 November 1864 at 4 Glencairn Street, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland; 1864 marriages in the district of Kilmarnock in the county of Ayr, ref 162; 1864 on the 25th day of November at 4 Glencairn St Kilmarnock after banns according to the forms of the Church of Scotland; signed Robert Fisher ship carpenter bachelor, aged 24, residing 27 Govan Street Glasgow, parents William Fisher labourer and Elizabeth Fisher ms Henry; signed Jean Watson dressmaker spinster, aged 23, residing 27 Govan Street Glasgow, parents John Watson labourer and Jane Watson ms Buchanan; signed Thomas Martin minister of St Andrews Church Kilmarnock, wit William Fisher, Jessie Watson; reg 1864 November 28th at Kilmarnock Jas McDonald assistant registrar initialled JSG (Jas S Gregory.)3
  • (Informant) Death: Robert Mackenzie Fisher registered the death of William Fisher on 17 July 1865 at Byres, Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland; 1865 deaths in the parish of Kilwinning in the county of Ayr, ref 77; William Fisher single, 1865 July seveneteenth 5h 30m am at Byres Kilwinning; male aged 2 days, parents Robert Fisher carpenter and Jane Fisher ms Watson; debility from premature birth 40 hours as cert by David D Service MD surgeon; signed Robert Fisher father present; reg 1865 July 19th at Kilwinning John Service regstrar.
  • Anecdote*: On the Death of "Wee Willie."

    A SON OF THE AUTHOR'S.

    OUR faces are pale and our hearts are sad,
    While our inmost emotions we smother;
    We have laid him down in the quiet churchyard
    Far away from the breast of his mother.

    We faithfully tried his disease to subdue,
    And soothe his young life while it lasted;
    But little we knew that his hours were so few,
    And our hopes were so soon to be blasted.

    We toss to and fro on our cheerless bed,
    And our dreams are disturbed with a ringing-
    In fancy we hear falling soft on our ear-
    'Tis the voice of our little one singing.

    We start in our sleep for our nerves are unstrung,
    And the pangs of bereavement still hold us;
    We scarce could believe we should lose him so soon,
    Though an angel from heaven had told us.

    His feeble spark has so suddenly fled,
    Though we nurs'd it with warmest attention;
    But his mem'ry still strays in our pensive thoughts,
    While his dear name we lovingly mention.

    His tender stem has been quickly cut down,
    In spite of our care and protection;
    But we trust that in love it's transplanted above,
    And shall bloom in the realms of perfection.4
  • (Informant) Death: Robert Mackenzie Fisher registered the death of Jean Watson on 9 October 1871 at 26 Hamilton Street, Govan, Lanarkshire, Scotland; 1871 deaths in the district of Govan Church in the county of Lanark, ref 560; Jane Fisher married to Robert McKenzie Fisher shipwright, 1871 October 9th 8h 45m am at 26 Hamilton Street Govan; female aged 30 years, parents John Watson labourer and Janet Watson ms Buchanan; phthisis some time as cert by W M Gilmour MD, signed Robert McK Fisher widower present, reg 1871 October 10th at Govan Thomas Steel registrar.5
  • (Groom) Marriage*: Robert Mackenzie Fisher married Janet Watson Cullen, daughter of William Cullen and Janet Watson, on 29 October 1874 at 78 High Street, Aidrie, Lanarkshire, Scotland; 1874 marriages in the burgh of Airdrie in the county of Lanark ref 131; 1874 on the 29th day of October at 78 High Street Airdrie New Monkland after banns according to the forms of the Free Church of Scotland; signed Robert McKenzie Fisher shipwright jouneyman widower, aged 34, residing Barrow in Furness England, parents William Fisher engine worker and Marion Fisher ms McKenzie (dec); signed Janet W Cullen confectioner spinster, aged 22, residing 70 High Street Airdrie, parents William Cullen farmer (dec) and Janet Syme previously Cullen ms Watson; signed R M Lawson Free High Church Airdrie, wit Robert Dunlop, Christina Cullen; reg 1874 October 30th at Aidrie Will Whyte registrar.6
  • (Informant) Death: Robert Mackenzie Fisher registered the death of William Fisher on 16 September 1888 at 1 ... Street, Kinning Park, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland; 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.7
  • (Erector) Memorial Inscription*: A Headstone was erected by Robert Mackenzie Fisher 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.8
    Headstone Prestwick St Nicholas
  • (Informant) Death: He registered the death of William Fisher on 4 April 1896 at 2 Darlington Place, Newton, Ayrshire, Scotland; 1896 deaths in the district of Ayr in the county of Ayr, ref 147; William Fisher ship-wright married to Jessie McMillan, 1896 April 4th 8h 30m pm 2 Darlington Place Newton Ayr, male aged 50 years, parents William Fisher cotton weaver (dec) and Marion Fisher, ms McKenzie (dec), acute pneumonia 8 days as cert by John Riddall surgeon, signed Robert M Fisher brother Allanvale Cottage Prestwick, reg 1896 April 6th at Ayr Arthur Morgan registrar.9
  • (Deceased) Death*: Robert Mackenzie Fisher died on 24 July 1910 at Flowerbank, 21 Castlehill Road, Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland, at age 70 1910 deaths in the district of Ayr in the burgh of Ayr, ref 315; Robert McKenzie Fisher shipwright married to 1st Jane Watson 2nd Janet Watson Cullen, 1910 July 24th 10h 40m am Flowerbank 21 Castlehill Road Ayr, male aged 70 years, parents William Fisher engine worker (dec) and Marion Fisher ms McKenzie (dec), cirrhosis of liver ...eites as cert by R Morton MD, inf William Cullen Fisher son present, reg 1910 July 25th at Ayr D Macdonald assistant registrar initialled WA (Wm Aitken registrar.)10

Census Events

Member of Household6 June 1841Robert Mackenzie Fisher was listed in the 1841 census at Prestwick Proper, Ayrshire, Scotland. Marion Fisher, 25, Ayrshire; Robert Fisher, 1, Ayrshire.11
Member of Household30 March 1851They was listed as a member of the household of William Fisher and Elizabeth Hendry in the 1851 census at Kirk Street, Monkton, Ayrshire, Scotland. Robert Fisher, son, 11, scholar, Prestwick Ayrshire; William Fisher, head, mar, 39, hand loom weaver (cotton) Newton Ayrshire; Elizabeth Fisher, wife, mar, 34, weaver's wife, Ireland.12
Member of Household7 April 1861They was listed as a member of the household of William Fisher and Elizabeth Hendry in the 1861 census at 6 Temple Hill Street, Dundonald, Ayrshire, Scotland. Robert Fisher, son, unm, 21, ship carpenter, Ayrshire Monkton; 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.13
Head of Household2 April 1871He was listed as head of household along with spouse Jean Watson in the 1871 census at 26 Hamilton Street, Govan, Lanarkshire, Scotland. Robert McKenzie Fisher, head, mar, 31, ship joiner, Ayrshire Prestwick; Jane Fisher, wife, mar, 30, Ayrshire Kilmarnock; James Carson, visitor, 12, store keeper, Ayrshire Prestwick; also in the household were William Pollock Fisher.14
Head of Household3 April 1881He was listed as head of household along with spouse Janet Watson Cullen in the 1881 census at 12 Greyfriars Street, Dumfries, Dumfriesshire, Scotland. Robert McKenzie Fisher, head, mar, 41, bookseller & stationer employing 2 men, Prestwick Ayr; Janet Fisher, wife, mar, 29, Old Kirkpatrick Dunbarton; Agnes Syme, serv, unm, 16, domestic servant, Glasgow Lanark; also in the household were John Watson Fisher, William Cullen Fisher, Mary Cullen Fisher and Robert McKenzie Fisher.15
Head of Household5 April 1891He was listed as head of household along with spouse Janet Watson Cullen in the 1891 census at Bute Place, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland. Robert Fisher, head, mar, 51, shipwright, employed, Ayrshire Prestwick; Janet Fisher, wife, mar, 39, shipwright's wife, Renfrewshire Paisley; 4 rooms with windows; also in the household were William Cullen Fisher, Mary Cullen Fisher, Robert McKenzie Fisher, Marion Fisher, James Fisher, David Fisher and Walter Fisher.16
Head of Household31 March 1901He was listed as head of household along with spouse Janet Watson Cullen in the 1901 census at Flowerbank House, 21 Castlehill Road, Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. Robert Fisher, head, mar, 61, ship carpenter, worker, Ayrshire Prestwick; Janet Fisher, wife, mar, 48, Renfrewshire Paisley; 5 rooms with windows; also in the household were William Cullen Fisher, Mary Cullen Fisher, Robert McKenzie Fisher, Marion Fisher, James Fisher, David Fisher and Walter Fisher.17
Last Edited: 11 Sep 2015

Parents:

Father*: William Fisher b. 19 Aug 1811, d. 16 Sep 1888
Mother*: Marion McKenzie b. 4 Oct 1812, d. c May 1845

Family 1:

Jean Watson b. 11 Jan 1840, d. 9 Oct 1871
  • (Groom) Marriage*: Robert Mackenzie Fisher married Jean Watson, daughter of John Watson and Janet Buchanan, on 25 November 1864 at 4 Glencairn Street, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland; 1864 marriages in the district of Kilmarnock in the county of Ayr, ref 162; 1864 on the 25th day of November at 4 Glencairn St Kilmarnock after banns according to the forms of the Church of Scotland; signed Robert Fisher ship carpenter bachelor, aged 24, residing 27 Govan Street Glasgow, parents William Fisher labourer and Elizabeth Fisher ms Henry; signed Jean Watson dressmaker spinster, aged 23, residing 27 Govan Street Glasgow, parents John Watson labourer and Jane Watson ms Buchanan; signed Thomas Martin minister of St Andrews Church Kilmarnock, wit William Fisher, Jessie Watson; reg 1864 November 28th at Kilmarnock Jas McDonald assistant registrar initialled JSG (Jas S Gregory.)3

Children:

William Fisher b. 15 Jul 1865, d. 17 Jul 1865
William Pollock Fisher b. 4 Dec 1866, d. Apr 1875
John Watson Fisher b. 27 Sep 1871

Family 2:

Janet Watson Cullen b. 9 Jan 1851
  • (Groom) Marriage*: Robert Mackenzie Fisher married Janet Watson Cullen, daughter of William Cullen and Janet Watson, on 29 October 1874 at 78 High Street, Aidrie, Lanarkshire, Scotland; 1874 marriages in the burgh of Airdrie in the county of Lanark ref 131; 1874 on the 29th day of October at 78 High Street Airdrie New Monkland after banns according to the forms of the Free Church of Scotland; signed Robert McKenzie Fisher shipwright jouneyman widower, aged 34, residing Barrow in Furness England, parents William Fisher engine worker and Marion Fisher ms McKenzie (dec); signed Janet W Cullen confectioner spinster, aged 22, residing 70 High Street Airdrie, parents William Cullen farmer (dec) and Janet Syme previously Cullen ms Watson; signed R M Lawson Free High Church Airdrie, wit Robert Dunlop, Christina Cullen; reg 1874 October 30th at Aidrie Will Whyte registrar.6

Children:

Citations

  1. [S1] International Genealogical Index (IGI) (Salt Lake City, Utah, USA: International Genealogical Index), LDS member submission after 1991.
  2. [S35] Old Parochial Register of pre-1855 (General Record Office of Scotland) GROS ref 0606/0030 0189 image held.
  3. [S64] General Record Office for Scotland, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, General Record Office for Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland), GROS statutory marriages Kilmarnock ref 162 image held [Nov 2005].
  4. [S43] Poetical Sparks, Robert McKenzie Fisher; 4th edition pub 1906 in the hands of CNM.
  5. [S50] General Record Office for Scotland, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, General Record Office for Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland), GROS statutory deaths 1871 ref 560 image held [Nov 2005].
  6. [S64] General Record Office for Scotland, GROS statutory marriages Airdrie ref 131 image held [Nov 2005].
  7. [S50] General Record Office for Scotland, GROS Statutory death 1888 [Nov 2005].
  8. [S44] Monumental inscription (St Nicholas, Prestwick, Ayrshire) MI transcriptions published by Troon @ Ayrshire FHS, page 9, no 65.
  9. [S50] General Record Office for Scotland, GROS statutory deaths 1896 ref 147 image held [Dec 2005].
  10. [S50] General Record Office for Scotland, GROS statutory deaths 1910 ref 315 image held [Nov 2005].
  11. [S9] Website Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk) Source Citation: Parish: Monkton and Prestwick; ED: 4; Page: 3; Line: 1560; 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]
  12. [S17] General Record Office for Scotland, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, General Record Office for Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland), GROS census 1851 Monkton [Jun 2004].
  13. [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]
  14. [S17] General Record Office for Scotland, GROS census Govan 1871 [Nov 2005].
  15. [S30] LDS 1881 Census.
  16. [S17] General Record Office for Scotland, GROS census Paisley 1891 [Nov 2005].
  17. [S17] General Record Office for Scotland, GROS census Ayr 1901 [Nov 2005].