William Simpson

ID# 412, (17 Aug 1870 - 21 Jan 1953)
Grandpa Simpson
photo courtsey of Alex Lees & Marie Brown


William Simpson was born on 17 Aug 1870 at West Byres, Ormiston, East Lothian, Scotland ,

William Simpson
At 3am
Parents: George Simpson, Coal Miner & Margaret Stewart
Married 3 June 1870 Ormiston

George Simpson, Father was the informant.1,2

He was the son of George Simpson and Margaret Stewart.

William appeared on the 1871 Scottish Census of 2 Apr 1871 in the household of George Simpson at House of Muir, Ormiston, East Lothian, Scotland ;
SIMPSON George, Head, M, 22, Coalminer, Pencaitland, Haddington, 1 window
SIMPSON Margaret, Wife, M, 20, Coal Miners Wife, Tranent, Haddington
SIMPSON William, Son, 7 mths, Ormiston, Haddington.3



William appeared on the 1881 Scottish Census of 3 Apr 1881 in the household of Francis Smith at House of Muir Village, Ormiston, East Lothian, Scotland ;
SMITH Francis, Head, M, 24, M, Coal Miner, Gladsmuir, Haddington
SMITH Margaret, Wife, M, 29, F, Tranent, Haddington
SIMPSON William, Son, U, 10, M, Scholar, Ormiston, Haddington
SMITH Helen, Dau, 2, F, Ormiston, Haddington.4



William lived at Bothwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland , c 1881

Family story is that after William's Mother died in 1881, William who was only about 11yrs of age, went to live with an Aunt. This Aunt most likely may have been his actual cousin Helen Wilson who was married to Thomas Shaw.
Helen's Mother was Helen Stewart sister to William's Mother Margaret.
Due to Helen Stewart having married Andrew Watt who was a widower in 1879 and they then lived in Midlothian and that Helen was helping with bringing up his children, it is uncertain if William was cared for by her.
The fact that young children went to work around the age of 11/13, means that William most likely started his working life in the Coal Mining industry at a very young age.



William posed for a photo c 1890.
William Simpson
photo courtsey of Alex Lees & Marie Brown


William appeared on the 1891 Scottish Census of 5 Apr 1891 in the household of Thomas Shaw at Thorniewood Row 10, Bothwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland ;
SHAW Thomas, Head, Mar, 36, Coal Miner, employed, Dreghorn, Edinburgh, 2 rooms with windows
SHAW Ellen, Wife, Mar, 32, Haddington
SHAW Moses, Son, 11, Scholar, Ormiston
SHAW Ellen, Dau, 9, Scholar, Bothwell,Lanark
SHAW Andrew, Son, 7, Bothwell
SHAW Agnes, Dau, 6, Bothwell
SHAW Maggie, Dau, 3, Bothwell
SHAW, Alice, Dau, 1, Bothwell
SIMPSON, William, Boarder, Unm, 21, Coal Miner, employed, Haddington.5



William Simpson married Mary Laird, daughter of William Laird and Mary Gardiner, on 24 Jun 1891 at The Victoria Hall, Uddingston, Lanarkshire, Scotland ,

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

William Simpson,
Coal Miner, Bachelor,
Aged 21
Usual Res: 10 Dunlops Row, Thornwood
Parents: George Simpson, Colliery Engine Keeper (dec) & Margaret Smith, previously Simpson MS Stewart (dec)
Mary Laird,
Domestic Servant, Spinster
Aged 20
Usual Res: 2 Dunlops Row, Thornwood
Parents: William Laird, Coal Miner and Mary Laird MS Gardiner

Witnesses: Olive Crichton and Lizzie Laird.1,6



William Simpson witnessed the birth of George Simpson on 16 May 1892 26 Dunlops Row, Thorniewood, Lanarkshire, Scotland ,

George Simpson
At 7 AM
Parents: William Simpson, Coal Miner & Mary Simpson MS Laird
Married: 1891 June 24th, Bothwell

William Simpson, father was present at the birth.1,7



William Simpson witnessed the birth of William Laird Simpson on 30 Jul 1894 29 Single Row, Thorniewood, Lanarkshire, Scotland ,

William Laird Simpson
At 8 PM

Parents: William Simpson, Coal Miner & Mary Simpson MS Laird
Married: 24th June 1890, Bothwell.

William Simpson, father was present at his birth.1,8



William Simpson was on the 1895 Valuation Roll.

House No 29 Single Row, Thorniewood, Uddingston
Proprietor: Haughhead Coal Company (Ltd)
Tenant & Occupier: William Simpson £4 6s pa.9



William Simpson witnessed the birth of Charles Laird Simpson on 30 Jun 1896 57 Single Row, Tannochside, Lanarkshire, Scotland ,

At 2.15 AM
Parents: William Simpson, Coal Miner & Mary Simpson MS Laird
Married: 1890 June 24th Bothwell

William Simpson, father was present at the birth.1,10



William Simpson witnessed the birth of Thomas Shaw Simpson on 1 Aug 1898 Youngs Land, Thorniewood, Lanarkshire, Scotland ,

At 10.30 AM
Parents: William Simpson, Industrial Insurance Agent & Mary Simpson MS Laird
Married: 1891 June 24th, Bothwell

W Simpson, Father was present at the birth.1,11,12



William recorded the birth of Alexander Gardner Laird Simpson on 6 Dec 1900 Thorniewood, Lanarkshire, Lanarkshire,

At 11.50 PM
Parents: William Simpson, Coal Miner & Mary Gardner Simpson MS Laird
Married: 1891 June 24th Bothwell

Wm Simpson, Father was the informant.1,13,12



William appeared on the 1901 Scottish Census of 31 Mar 1901 at Youngs Land, Uddingston, Lanarkshire, Scotland , also listed in the household was Mary, George, William, Charles, Thomas and Alexander ;
SIMPSON, William Head, M, 31, Stone Miner, Worker, Ormiston, Haddington
2 rooms with windows
SIMPSON, Mary, Wife, M, 31, Miner's Wife, Baillieston, Lanarkshire
SIMPSON, George, Son, 8, Scholar, Bothwell, Lanarkshire
SIMPSON, William, Son, 6, Scholar, Bothwell, Lanarkshire
SIMPSON, Charles, Son, 4, Bothwell, Lanarkshire
SIMPSON, Thomas, Son, 2, Bothwell, Lanarkshire
SIMPSON, Alexander, Son, 4 months, Bothwell, Lanarkshire
SHAW, Maggie, visitor, S, 13, Scholar, Bothwell, Lanarkshire
TAYLOR, Thomas, Boarder, S, 16, Coal Miner, Worker, Cadder, Lanarkshire.14



William Simpson witnessed the birth of Robert Laird Simpson on 9 Dec 1901 Thorniewood, Lanarkshire, Lanarkshire,

At 4.45 AM
Parents: William Simpson, Coal Miner & Mary Simpson MS Laird
Married: 1891 June 24th Bothwell

Wm Simpson, Father, was present at the birth.1,15,16



William Simpson witnessed the birth of Mary Gardner Laird Simpson on 26 Nov 1903 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.1,17



William Simpson was on the 1905 Valuation Roll.

House Thorniewood
Proprietor: Robert Young, Grocer
Tenant & Occupier: William Simpson, Miner £8 pa.18



William Simpson witnessed the birth of Margaret Stewart Simpson on 28 Sep 1906 Thorniewood, Lanarkshire, Lanarkshire,

SIMPSON Margaret Stewart
At 4pm

Parents: William Simpson, Coal Miner & Mary Laird, married June 24th 1902 Uddingston

Wm Simpson, Father was present at the birth.1,19



William Simpson witnessed the birth of Ellen Gardner Laird Kyle Simpson on 27 Sep 1908 Paterson Place, Tannochside, Lanarkshire, Scotland ,

Ellen Gardner Laird Kyle Simpson
at 9:45am
Parents: William Simpson, Coal Miner & Mary Laird. Married 24th June 1902 Uddingston

William Simpson father was present at her birth.1,20



William was in the photo with Ellen Gardner Laird Kyle Simpson taken c 1909.

William Simpson witnessed the birth of Elizabeth Laird Wood Simpson on 9 May 1910 Tannochside, Lanarkshire, Lanarkshire,

at 5.20am
Parents: William Simpson, Coal Miner & Mary Laird
Married 24th June 1891 Uddingston.

William Simpson, Father was present at her birth.1,21



William appeared on the 1911 Scottish Census of 2 Apr 1911 at 17 Donaldson Place, Tannochside, Lanarkshire, Scotland , also listed in the household was Mary, George, William, Charles, Thomas, Alex, Robert, Mary, Margaret, Ellen and Elizabeth ;
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.)22



William Simpson witnessed the birth of Janet Fleming Simpson on 13 Jun 1911 Thorniewood, Lanarkshire, Lanarkshire,

Janet Fleming Simpson
at 11.15 PM
Parents: William Simpson, Coal Miner & Mary Simpson MS Laird.
Married: 24 June 1891, Uddingston

William Simpson, Father, was present when Janet was born.1,23



William Simpson witnessed the birth of Peter Laird Simpson on 1 Jun 1913 Thorniewood, Lanarkshire, Lanarkshire,

Pater Laird Simpson
At 4.30AM
Parents: William Simpson, Coal Miner & Mary Simpson MS Laird
Married: 24 June 1892, Uddingston

William Simpson, Father was present at his birth.1,24



William Simpson was on the 1915 Valuation Roll.

House Thorniewood
Proprietor: Robert Young, Grocer Ferndean Uddingston
Tenant & Occupier: William Simpson, Miner £11 pa.25



William posed for a photo c 1920.
Grandfather Simpson, Willie, Alex & Bobby Simpson
photo courtsey of Alex Lees & Marie Brown


William Simpson was on the 1920 Valuation Roll.

House Thorniewood
Proprietor: Robert Young, Grocer Ferndean Uddingston
Tenant & Occupier: William Simpson, Miner £12 2s pa.26



William posed for a photo in 1922
William Simpson was extremely high within the Masonic Lodge. He most likely was a Grand Master and perhaps even higher.Some of his Life Memberships commence around 1916 with the most Prestigious being signed in 1921 as a Knight Companion.

There are two versions of the same photo. William rushed to the photographers but forgot to take his Masonic Apron with him. Photo was taken and then later the apron was later added to the photo.


William Simpson in his Masonic Robes 1922 St Enoch's Lodge Tannochside
photo in possession of Ailsa Corlett
William Simpson, Masonic Robes 1922 St Enoch's Lodge Tannochside
with his apron.
photo courtsey of Alex Lees & Marie Brown


William posed for a photo c 1935
Lodge St Enouch No 1288, Tannochside, Uddingston.
unsure of actual date the photo would have been taken.
William was their 1st Secretary.


Lodge 1288 St Enoch, Tannochside
William Simpson 1st Row, 1st on the Right
Photo held by Ailsa Corlett


William Simpson witnessed the death of Mary Simpson on 2 Jan 1940 297 Old Edinburgh Road, Tannochside, Lanarkshire, Scotland ,
Mary SIMPSON
At 0.35AM aged 69 years
Married to William Simpson, Coal Miner Repairer.
Parents: William Laird, Coal Miner (dec), & Mary Laird MS Gardner (dec)

William Simpson, Widower was present at her death

No notice in Glasgow Herald.1,27



William posed for a photo c 1950.
Grandfather Simpson, Bobby & Bill Simpson
photo courtsey of Alex Lees & Marie Brown


William died on 21 Jan 1953 at 6 Donaldson Place, Tannochside, Lanarkshire, Scotland , at age 82 years, 5 months and 4 days

William Simpson,
Coal Miner (Underground) Retired
(Widower of Mary Laird),
at 8.30am aged 82 years.
Parents: George Simpson, Collery Engine Keeper (dec) and Margaret Simpson afterwards Smith MS Stewart (dec)

William Simpson, Son, 5 Queen Street, Motherwell was the informant

No notice in the Glasgow Herald.1,28



William's cause of death on 21 Jan 1953 was from Senile Decay.



William was buried in Jan 1953 at Bothwell Park Cemetery, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland ,

In Memory of
Mary Laird
Beloved Wife of
William Simpson
Who Died 2nd Jan 1940
Aged 69 Years.
Also the Above
William Simpson
Who died 21st Jan 1953
Aged 84 Years.
Also Their Daughter
Margaret
Who Died 27th June 1991
Aged 84 Years.

Erected by her Husband & Family.29

Mary Laird & William Simpson plus daughter Margaret
Bothwell Park Cemetery
Photo Taken by Izzy Cuthbert July 2017 for the Find A Grave Project


William and Mary had 12 children.

Children of William Simpson and Mary Laird

FatherGeorge Simpson (c 1848 - 21 Nov 1871)
MotherMargaret Stewart (c 1850 - 14 Jun 1881)

Citations

  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 www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, 1870 Ormiston Haddington, 715/00 0022. Hereinafter cited as Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes.
  3. [S76] 1871 Scottish Census (www.scotlandspeople.co.uk: New Register House Edinburgh, 2 April 1871), 1871 Ormiston Haddington East Lothian 715/00 002/000 009. Hereinafter cited as 1871 Scottish Census.
  4. [S15] 1881 Scottish Census (www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk: New Register House Edinburgh, 3 April 1881), FHL Film 0224027 GRO Ref Vol 715 EnumDist 2 Page 7. Hereinafter cited as 1881 Scottish Census.
  5. [S16] 1891 Scottish Census (www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk: New Register House Edinburgh, 5 April 1891), Bothwell Lanark, 625/01 008/010 035/036. Hereinafter cited as 1891 Scottish Census.
  6. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, 1891 Bothwell Lanark, 625/01 0082.
  7. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, 1892, Bothwell Lanark, 625/01 0337.
  8. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, 1894, Bothwell Lanark, 625/01 0284.
  9. [S184] Valuation Rolls, Scottish Valuation Roll (n.p.: Scotlandspeople.gov.uk), 1895 Bothwell Lanark, VR107/ 153 / 164. Hereinafter cited as Scottish Valuation Roll.
  10. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, 1896, Bothwell, Lanark, 625/01 0258.
  11. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, 1898, Bothwell Lanark, 625/01 0317.
  12. [S194] Letter or email from Alexander Lees (Scotland) to Ailsa Corlett, Various letters or emails; Held by Ailsa Corlett (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia) email family chart March 2014.
  13. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, 1900, Bothwell, Lanark 625/01 0556.
  14. [S63] 1901 Scottish Census (www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk: New Register House Edinburgh, 31 March 1901), 1901 Bothwell, Lanark, Page 6. Hereinafter cited as 1901 Scottish Census.
  15. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, 1901, Bothwell Lanark, 625/01 0634.
  16. [S33] Birth Marriage and Burial Entries, International Genealogical Index & Family Search Web Site (IGI) : Family Search Web site, From 2000), 7733433/99.
  17. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, 1903 Bothwell, Lanark, 625/01 0614.
  18. [S184] Scottish Valuation Roll, 1905 Bothwell Lanark, VR107/ 225 / 182.
  19. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, 1906 Bothwell, Lanark, 625/01 0500.
  20. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, 1908 Bothwell, Lanark, 625/01 0548.
  21. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, 1910 Bothwell, Lanark, 625/01 0314.
  22. [S136] GRO Scotland, 1911 Scottish Census (www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk: New Register House Edinburgh, 2 April 1911), 1911 Bothwell Lanark, 625/01 013/00 039. Hereinafter cited as 1911 Scottish Census.
  23. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, 1911 Bothwell Lanark, 625/01 0311.
  24. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, 1913 Bothwell Lanark, 625/01 0289.
  25. [S184] Scottish Valuation Roll, 1915 Bothwell Lanark, VR107/ 306 / 559.
  26. [S184] Scottish Valuation Roll, 1920 Bothwell Lanark, VR107/ 341 / 234.
  27. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, 1940 Bothwell Lanark, 625/01 0004.
  28. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, 1953 Bothwell Lanark, 625/01 0015.
  29. [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.