William Hunter Mills Blair

ID# 6279, (c 1866 - 5 Jan 1942)

William Hunter Mills Blair was born c 1866 at Ramsey, Isle of Man.

William Hunter Mills Blair married Mary Anne Corlett, daughter of William Corlett and Elinor Cowley, on 19 Oct 1890 at Lezayre, Isle of Man,

Parents listed as:
William Blair and William Corlett.1

William appeared on the 1891 Isle of Man Census of 5 Apr 1891 at 10 Waterloo Rd, Ramsey, Isle of Man, also listed in the household was Mary ;
BLAIR William, Head, m, 25, Jobing Fitter, Ramsey
BLAIR Mary A, Wife, M, 22, Andreas.2

William appeared on the 1901 Isle of Man Census of 31 Mar 1901 at 9 Lezayre Terrace, Ramsey, Isle of Man, also listed in the household was Mary ;
BLAIR William, Head, Married, 35, Mech Engineer, worker, Ramsey
BLAIR mary, Wife, Married, 32, Jurby
ALLEN Louis, Boarder, Single, 36, Grocers Warehouseman, worker, Douglas.3

William appeared on the 1911 Isle of Man Census of 2 Apr 1911 at Seacliff Ballure Road, Ramsey, Isle of Man, also listed in the household was Mary ;
BLAIR William Head, 45, Married, Engineer, General worker, Ramsey IOM
BLAIR Mary, Wife, 42, Married 20 yrs, no children, Jurby
ALLAN Louis, Boarder, Single, M, Warehouseman, Grocery worker, Douglas IOM.4

William Hunter Mills Blair was the administrator of Eleanor Corlett's estate on 13 May 1912 at Ramsey, Isle of Man;
Request for Probate to be granted was actioned by Petitioner William Craine of Glenauldyn in the parish of Lezayre, Builder and Elizabeth Catherine Craine his wife.5

William Hunter Mills Blair recorded William Corlett's death on 12 Oct 1936 "Holly Bank" Glen Auldyn, Ramsey, Isle of Man,
William Corlett,
84, A retired farmer

Informer, W H M Blair, Brother in Law, of 9 Lezayre Terrace, Ramsey on the 12/10/1936.6

William died on 5 Jan 1942 at Altdale Terrace, Lezayre Road, Ramsey, Isle of Man.7

William's death notice appeared on 6 Jan 1942 in the "Mona's Herald", Isle of Man,

A death occurred yesterday morning, at his home in Altdale Terrace, Lezayre Road, Ramsey, of Mr William Blair, at the age of 76 years. Mr Blair, for upwards of 50 years, had been foreman of the engineering and foundry department of Messrs J Clague and Son, of Parliament Street, Ramsey. He was a director of Ramsey Amusements, Ltd. He leaves a widow but no family.8

William was buried on 7 Jan 1942 at Lezayre Churchyard, Lezayre, Isle of Man.9

William's death notice appeared on 9 Jan 1942 in the "Ramsey Courier", Isle of Man,


On January 5th 1942 at 9 Lezayre Road, Ramsey, William Hunter Mills Blair, beloved husband of Mary Ann Blair, aged 74 years.
Interred at Lezayre Churchyard on January 7th.


The death on Monday morning of Mr William H M Blair, removes one of Ramsey's best-known personalities of bygone days. Mr Blair, who was 74 years of age, was for 59 years in the employ of Messrs J Clague and Sons at their foundry in Ramsey and for the greater part of that period he was their foreman engineer and fitter. His advice in regard to all kinds of machinery, boiler installations, etc, was often sought and he was invariably the man to be called in when a breakdown occurred and was known throughout the north of the Island as an expert engineer. For some years, with his wife, he ran cinema shows at the Old Cross Hall, and later, when the Ramsey Amusements Company was formed, he became one of their directors. During the past year or two his health had not been good and his condition became more serious a short time ago. He is survived by his wife, with whom much sympathy will be felt.


The death took place on Monday morning of a well known townsman in the person of Mr W H M Blair, Altdale Terrace, Lezayre Road, Ramsey, in his 75th year. He had been ill for some weeks and his condition had progressively grown worse towards the end.
Mr Blair was for the long period of 60 years employed with the firm of Messrs John Clague and Son, Ramsey, practically fifty years of that time in the capacity of foreman mechanic. He was a born mechanic, and highly skilled in his trade. Since their inception he took the keenest interest in the business of moving pictures, and was identified with one of the first movie shows in Ramsey, and later showing pictures himself in the far-away silent days at the Old Cross Hall. He was one of the body of local men who in later years formed the Ramsey Amusements syndicate, which took over the Simming Pool, the Cimema House and the old Palace Cinema, converting it into a modern cinema. He took a great interest in this concern, and his practical knowledge was of great value to his co-directors. A quiet and unassuming man he possessed many fine qualities and he enjoyed the good opinion and respect of his fellows. Much sympathy will be felt for his wife in her great loss. There are no children.


The funeral took place on Wednesday, when a number of townspeople attended to pay their last tribute of respect. The mourners included relatives, his fellow directors of Ramsey Amusements Ltd, Messrs W E Lace, J F Hughes and H E Kneale, and Messrs J Clague and Sons Ltd, were represented by Mr A S Claque and several members of the staff who had been fellow workers of Mr Blair. Canon M W Harrison conducted the last rites at Lezayre.10

23 Jan 1942 William Hunter Mills Blair was mentioned in the "Ramsey Courier", Isle of Man, newspaper


The late Mr Wm Hunter M Blair, Lezayre Road, Ramsey, left £2,000. Executrix, Mrs Mary A Blair.

Wills Proved at the Rolls Office

Mr William Hunter Mills Blair, 9 Lezayre Road, Ramsey, left £2.000. Executor, Mrs Mary Ann Blair.11

William and Mary had No children - 1911 Census states No children.

Family: William Hunter Mills Blair and Mary Anne Corlett


  1. [S33] Birth Marriage and Burial Entries, International Genealogical Index & Family Search Web Site (IGI) : Family Search Web site, From 2000), Isle of Man, Parish Registers, 1598 -1950, digital folder 004493982 image no 00053.
  2. [S174] 1891 Isle of Man Census (www.ancestry.co.uk: PRO England, 5 April 1891), 1891 Ramsey Ramsey Isle of Man, RG121/ 4685 pg8. Hereinafter cited as 1891 Isle of Man Census.
  3. [S175] 1901 Isle of Man Census (www.ancestry.co.uk: PRO England, 31 March 1901), 1901 Town of Ramsey, Lezayre Isle of Man, RG13/ 5307 Pg 1. Hereinafter cited as 1901 Isle of Man Census.
  4. [S176] PRO England, 1911 Isle of Man Census (www.Findmypast.co.uk: National Archives England, 2 April 1911), 1911 Ramsey Isle of Man, RG14PN34725 RD635 SD3 ED21/4 SN30. Hereinafter cited as 1911 Isle of Man Census.
  5. [S83] Registry IOM, IOM Registers, Will indexes via LawsonsBMD web site - 1912 - GB England - Ref 107 Film 0106572
    Film viewed and copied 13 Sept 2013 at the Logan Central Library.. Hereinafter cited as IOM Registers.
  6. [S83] Registry IOM, IOM Registers: Research done at the Douglas Registry, Finch Rd, Douglas, IOM, Pg 703 Item 476, for Lezayre.
  7. [S83] Registry IOM, IOM Registers: ManxBMD.com site: 1942 District Ramsey, Vol 72 Pg 781.
  8. [S10] Newspaper, Various Papers, Mona's Herald, 6 Jan 1942, Pg 4. Hereinafter cited as Newspaper Article.
  9. [S83] Registry IOM, IOM Registers: LawsonBMD web site: Burial 7 Jan 1942 aged 74, Lezayre.
  10. [S10] Newspaper Article, Ramsey Courier, 9 Jan 1942 Pg 1 & 4
    Isle of Man Examiner, 9 Jan 1942, Pg 7.
  11. [S10] Newspaper Article, Ramsey Courier, 23 Jan 1942 Pg 4
    Isle of Man Times, 24 Jan 1942, Pg 6.