Robert Masson Lees

ID# 5037, (5 Sep 1903 - 14 Feb 1953)
Robert Lees photo taken at his wedding
courtsey of Alex Lees & Marie Brown

Robert Masson Lees was born on 5 Sep 1903 at Dunnottar, Kincardineshire, Scotland ,

Parents: Alexander Lees and Jessie Masson.1,2

Bellman's Head, Dunnottar, Kincardineshire
Photograph by Colin MacAlpine

Robert Masson Lees married Ellen Gardner Laird Kyle Simpson, daughter of William Simpson and Mary Laird, on 18 Dec 1936 at 14 Holmbrae Road, Uddingston, Lanarkshire, Scotland ,

After Banns according to the Forms of the Church of Scotland.

Robert Masson Lees, Male Nurse (Bachelor) aged 33.
Usual Res: Mental Hospital, Hartwood
Parents: Alexander Lees, White Fisherman, & Jessie Lees MS Masson.
Ellen Gardner Laird Kyle Simpson, Hospital Nurse, (Spinster), aged 28
Usual Res: 297 Old Edinburgh Road, Tannochside.
Parents: William Simpson, Coal Miner (Hewer) & Mary Simpson MS Laird

Witnesses: Alexander Lees, 1 Old Pier, Stonehaven & Isabella Adair, 25 Stenton Row, Wishart.

No notice in the Glasgow Herald.3,4

Ellen & Robert Lees on their wedding day
photo courtsey of Alex Lees

Robert died on 14 Feb 1953 at 11 Bowhousebog Road, Hartwood, Lanarkshire, Scotland , at age 49 years, 5 months and 9 days

Robert Masson Lees
Male Nurse, (Married to Ellen Gardner Laird Kyle Simpson)
at 5.30AM aged 49

Parents: Alexander Lees, White Fisherman (Dec) & Jessie Lees MS Masson (Dec)

Alexander Lees, Brother, 1 Old Pier , Stonehaven was the informant.3,5

Robert's cause of death on 14 Feb 1953 was from Coronary Thrombosis - suddenly.

Robert's death notice appeared on 17 Feb 1953 in the "Glasgow Herald", Scotland ,

Suddenly, at 11 Bowhousebog Road, Hartwood, on 14th February 1953. Robert M Lees, dearly beloved husband of Ellen Simpson.
Funeral today (Tuesday) at 2.45 PM to Bothwell Park Cemetery.6

Robert was buried on 17 Feb 1953 at Bothwell Park Cemetery, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland ,

In Loving Memory of
Robert Masson Lees,
Beloved Husband of
Ellen Simpson,
Died 14th February 1953,
Aged 49 Years.
Also the Above
Died 24th April 2001
Aged 92 Years.7

Robert Masson Lees and Ellen Simpson
Bothwell Park Cemetery
Photo taken by Issy Cuthbert July 2017 for the Find A Grave project.

Robert and Ellen had 2 children, living.

Family: Robert Masson Lees and Ellen Gardner Laird Kyle Simpson


  1. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online, 1903 Dunnottar Kincardine, 255/00 0060. Hereinafter cited as Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes.
  2. [S194] Letter or email from Alexander Lees (Scotland) to Ailsa Corlett, Various letters or emails; Held by Ailsa Corlett (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia) email and pdf chart March 2014.
  3. [S1] Certificate held on file, Held by Ailsa Corlett, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Hereinafter cited as Certificate held on file.
  4. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online, 1936, Bothwell Lanark, 625/01/ 0118.
  5. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online, 1953 Calderhead Lanark, 626/0B 0028.
  6. [S10] Newspaper, Various Papers, The Glasgow Herald, Feb 17 1953 - 171 st Year No 40. Hereinafter cited as Newspaper Article.
  7. [S43] Cemetery Records , Photograph taken July 2017 by Izzy Cuthbert for the Find A Grave project and sent to me personally.. Hereinafter cited as Cemetery Records.