Helen Laird

ID# 6482, (1887 - )

Helen Laird was born in 1887 at Ardrossan, Ayrshire, Scotland .1
She was the daughter of Charles Laird and Mary Knox.

Helen appeared on the 1891 Scottish Census of 5 Apr 1891 in the household of Mary Laird at 82 Raise Street, Ardrossan, Ayrshire, Scotland ;
LAIRD Mary, Wife, Mar, 30, Ireland
LAIRD Mary, Dau, 10, Scholar, Ardossan Ayr
LAIRD John, Son, 7, Scholar, Ardossan Ayr
LAIRD Ellen, Dau, 2, Saltcoats Ayr
LAIRD Charles, Son, 5, Saltcoats Ayr
LAIRD Maggie, Dau, 1, Saltcoats Ayr

Charles is missing from the 1891 Census, was he down the mine that night or had he changed occupation and become the Steamship stoker as stated on Mary's death certificate. ?2

Helen appeared on the 1901 Scottish Census of 31 Mar 1901 in the household of Mary Laird at Arthur Street, Stevenston, Ayrshire, Scotland ;
LAIRD Mary, Head, Mar, 40, Ireland
LAIRD Helen, Dau, S, 13, Scholar, Ardrossan Ayr
LAIRD Margaret, Dau, 11, Scholar, Ardrossan Ayr
LAIRD Charles, Son, 16, (no occupation), Ardrossan Ayr
SMITH James, Boarder, S, 25, Labourer, Ireland

Charles is missing again from the 1901 Census.3

Helen appeared on the 1911 Scottish Census of 2 Apr 1911 in the household of Mary Laird at 27 Ferguslie, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland ;
LAIRD Mary, Head, 58, Widow,
(red line through years married and number of children)
Married 26yrs, 3 children born and 3 living, no occupation, born Ireland
LAIRD Charles, Son, 26, S, General Labourer, Saltcoats Ayr
LAIRD Helen, Dau, 23, S, Twister, Thread Works, Saltcoats Ayr
LAIRD Margaret, Dau, 21, S. Twister, Thread Works, Saltcoats Ayr.4

     Research Note:
Need more research in regards to Helen or Ellen. On when and where she died, if she married, if she went overseas.

FatherCharles Laird (5 Apr 1857 - c 1905)
MotherMary Knox (bt 1851 - 1861 - 9 May 1940)


  1. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, 1887 Ardrossan, Ayr, 576/01 0064. Hereinafter cited as Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes.
  2. [S16] 1891 Scottish Census (www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk: New Register House Edinburgh, 5 April 1891), 1891 Old Ardrossan Ayr, ED1 Pg 25 Reg 576/1 - via Ancestry.co.uk. Hereinafter cited as 1891 Scottish Census.
  3. [S63] 1901 Scottish Census (www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk: New Register House Edinburgh, 31 March 1901), 1901 Stevenston Ayr, 615/00 007/00 045. Hereinafter cited as 1901 Scottish Census.
  4. [S136] GRO Scotland, 1911 Scottish Census (www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk: New Register House Edinburgh, 2 April 1911), 1911 Paisley Renfrew, 573/01 004/00 007. Hereinafter cited as 1911 Scottish Census.