Mary Gardner Laird Simpson

ID# 279, (26 Nov 1903 - 28 Apr 1929)
Mary Gardner Laird Simpson taken c 1923/25
photo courtsey of Alex Lees

Mary Gardner Laird Simpson was born on 26 Nov 1903 at Young's Land, Thornwood, Bothwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland ,

At 1.30am
Parents: William Simpson, Coal Miner & Mary Laird
Married: June 24th 1891, Bothwell

Father William Simpson was present at her birth.1,2

She was the daughter of William Simpson and Mary Laird.

Mary appeared on the 1911 Scottish Census of 2 Apr 1911 in the household of William Simpson at 17 Donaldson Place, Tannochside, Lanarkshire, Scotland ;
SIMPON William, Head, 40, Mar, Coal Miner/Hewer, Worker,Ormiston Haddington
SIMPON Mary, Wife, 40, Mar, married 19yrs, 10 Children, 10 Living, Old Monkland Lanark
SIMPON George, Son, 18, Single, Coalminer Hewer, Worker, Bothwell Lanark
SIMPON William, Son, 16, Single, Coalminer Hewer, Worker, Bothwell
SIMPON Charles, Son, 14, Coalminer Hewer, Worker, Bothwell
SIMPON Thomas, Son, 12, School, Bothwell
SIMPON Alex, Son, 11, School, Bothwell
SIMPON Robert, Son, 9, School, Bothwell
SIMPON Mary, Dau, 7, School, Bothwell
SIMPON Maggie, Dau, 5, School, Bothwell
SIMPON Ellen, Dau, 3, Bothwell
SIMPON Elizabeth, Dau, 10mths, Bothwell

(The surname is recorded on the census as SIMPON instead of SIMPSON.)3

Mary Gardner Laird Simpson married Neil Fairholm Scott, son of Adam Scott and Marion Pickard Farm, on 7 Mar 1924 at United Free Church Manse, Aitkenhead, Bothwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland ,

After Publication According to the Forms of the United Free Church of Scotland.

Neil Fairholm Scott
Commercial Motor Driver, Bachelor, aged 23
Usual Res: Provident Place Tannochside
Parents: Adam Scott, Pitheadman & Marion Pickard Scott MS Fairholm
Mary Gardner Laird Simpson
Domestic Servant, Spinster, aged 20
Usual Res: 2 Birkenshaw Terrace Tannochside
Parents: William Simpson, Coal Miner & Mary Gardner Simpson MS Laird

Witnesses: Alex Smith, Birkenshaw Gardens Uddingston & Maggie Simpson, County Houses, Birkenshaw Uddingston.1,4

As of 7 Mar 1924,her married name was Scott.

Mary immigrated on 23 Oct 1925 from Southampton via the "Remuera" to Auckland, New Zealand, with Neil Fairholm Scott

Remuera Sailed 23 Oct 1925 and arrived in Auckland 30 Nov 1925.

Ticket No A161, 3rd Class
SCOTT Neil, last address: PO Tannochside, Motor Driver, aged 24
SCOTT Mary, Housewife, aged 21
SCOTT Adam, aged 1

They were part of the assisted immigration scheme.

Adam was dressed up as Cupid when they crossed the equator.
Mary was pregnant with Isabel during the voyage and was not well.

They arrived in Auckland on the 30 Nov 1925 and being part of the 380 passengers heading for the South, which left by the two evening expresses.5,6

Mary was also in the "Auckland Star", New Zealand , newspaper

Settlers from Britain


A fine lot of new settlers for New Zealand arrived by the New Zealand Shipping Company's steamer Remuera this morning from London. There were about 500 people on board, of whom 287 were assisted by the Government under the immigration scheme. Probably a third of the newcomers are from Scotland. They are a good type of people on the ship, and the amount of money they changed showed that they had not come empty-handed. Auckland takes 94 of the total, Wellington 86, Dunedin 22, and Lyttelton 20. Mr V Mills, of the Immigration Department, was in charge of the arrangements for the reception of the newcomers, and as usual everything worked like clock-work. The people for the South are leaving this evening by special train.
Except for the first few days after leaving England the trip was made in fine weather, and the passengers thoroughly enjoyed the run. Captain Cameron, who is so well and favourably known in New Zealand ports, endeared himself to his passengers by the keen interest he took in their welfare. In addition to looking after their material comforts, the versatile captain gave three lectures - on Pitcairn, the Panama Canal and on New Zealand. His address on life in the new land was full of excellent advice. The ship's officers assisted as usual in helping to make the large number on board enjoy the trip. Concerts, dances and lectures were frequent, and an energetic sports committee carried through an excellent programme on the voyage.

The details of the assisted passengers among the new arrivals are as follow:

Dunedin: 6 Men; 10 Women; 6 children - Total of 22.7

Mary was present on the 1928 Electoral Roll Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand , in the household of Neil Fairholm Scott.

SCOTT Neil Fairholm, 12 Islington St, St Kilda, tram conductor
SCOTT Mary Louisa, 12 Islington St, St Kilda, married.8

Mary died on 28 Apr 1929 at Public Hospital, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand , at age 25 years, 5 months and 2 days

Mary Gardner Laird Scott
from 12 Crest Street, Anderson Bay, aged 26
Born Lanarkshire Scotland, in NZ 3 years
Parents: William Simpson, Coal Miner & Mary Simpson MS Laird

Married: Lanarkshire, Scotland when aged 22 to Neil Fairholm Scott

Living children: M: 4 F: 3, 11 months.1,9

Mary's cause of death on 28 Apr 1929 was from Heart Failure and Pericardial effusion Hydro-thorax left Cachexia.
Primary Carcinoma Lung.

Mary's death notice appeared on 29 Apr 1929 in the "Otago Daily Times", New Zealand ,

On April 28 1929 at Dunedin,
Mary dearly beloved wife of Neil F Scott, sister-in-law of Adam G Scott, 12 Swan Street, Dunedin; in her twenty-seventh year.
"A patient sufferer gone to rest"
Private interment
Hope & Kinalton, undertakers.10

Mary was buried on 30 Apr 1929 at Anderson's Bay Cemetery, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand ,

In Loving Memory Of Mary
beloved wife of Neil F Scott
d.28 April 1929 in her 27th year.
Erected by her loving husband and children.

Concrete Sealed. Ceramice Roses set on the Seal.
Purchased by Neil F Scott 1929.11

Mary G L Scott
Anderson's Bay Cemetery

Mary and Neil had 3 children, 1 still living.

Children of Mary Gardner Laird Simpson and Neil Fairholm Scott

  • Adam Gibson Scott
  • Isabella Gardner Laird Scott
FatherWilliam Simpson (17 Aug 1870 - 21 Jan 1953)
MotherMary Laird (6 Sep 1870 - 2 Jan 1940)


  1. [S1] Certificate held on file, Held by Ailsa Corlett, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Hereinafter cited as Certificate held on file.
  2. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online, 1903 Bothwell, Lanark, 625/01 0614. Hereinafter cited as Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes.
  3. [S136] GRO Scotland, 1911 Scottish Census ( New Register House Edinburgh, 2 April 1911), 1911 Bothwell Lanark, 625/01 013/00 039. Hereinafter cited as 1911 Scottish Census.
  4. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online, 1924 Bothwell Lanark, 625/01 0016.
  5. [S61] Passenger Lists, Shipping Records ), Britain: outbound passenger lists 1890 - 1960 "Remuera" pg 11 - via Hereinafter cited as Shipping Records.
  6. [S10] Newspaper, Various Papers, Auckland Star, Vol LVI, Issue 283, 30 November 1925, Page 6 & 7. Hereinafter cited as Newspaper Article.
  7. [S10] Newspaper Article, Auckland Star, Vol LVI, Issue 283, 30 November 1925, Page 8.
  8. [S6] Elections, Electoral Roll (Auckland, New Zealand: BAB Microfilming, 1853 - 1967), 1928 Electoral Roll, Dunedin South - Supplimenty roll
    . Hereinafter cited as Electoral Roll.
  9. [S2] NZRGO, Lower Hutt, New Zealand, NZ BDM Indexes, Held by Ailsa Corlett, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, NZ Online Database: 1929/ 5508 aged 26. Hereinafter cited as NZ BDM Indexes.
  10. [S10] Newspaper Article, Otago Daily Times, 29 April 1929 - as sighted 4 Sept 2002 at McNab Library, Dunedin.
  11. [S3] NZSG, NZ Cemetery Records (Auckland, New Zealand & Online Council Databases: NZSG, 1988), Vol 3 No 2155. Block 111 Plot 83. Hereinafter cited as NZ Cemetery Records.