William Laird Simpson

ID# 2513, (30 Jul 1894 - 24 Jun 1956)
William Laird (Willie) Simpson
photo courtsey of Alex Lees & Marie Brown
Photograph by Alex


William Laird Simpson was born on 30 Jul 1894 at 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.1,2

He was the son of William Simpson and Mary Laird.

William Laird Simpson was also known as Willie Simpson.



William appeared on the 1901 Scottish Census of 31 Mar 1901 in the household of William Simpson at Youngs Land, Uddingston, Lanarkshire, Scotland ;
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.3



William 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.)4



William Laird Simpson was on the 1915 Valuation Roll.

House Thorniewood
Proprietor: Robert Young, Grocer Ferndean Uddingston
Tenant & Occupier: William Simpson Jnr, Miner £8 10s pa.5



Willie was in the photo with William Simpson taken c 1920.

William Laird Simpson married Nellie Grant Matthews on 17 Sep 1920 at Lessen Public Hall, Uddingston, Lanarkshire, Scotland ,

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

William Laird Simpson, Colliery Fireman (Bachelor) aged 26
Usual Res: Youngs Land, Thornwood
Parents: William Simpson, Coal Miner & Mary Laird
Nellie Grant Matthews, Saleswoman (Spinster) aged 20
Usual Res: 21 Greenrig Street, Uddingston
Parents: William Matthews, Coal Miner & Elizabeth Grant.

Witnesses: Charles Simpson & Mary Matthews

No notice in Glasgow Herald.1,6



William Laird Simpson witnessed the death of Helen Simpson on 19 Jan 1926 21 Greenrig Street, Uddingston, Lanarkshire, Scotland ,
Helen Simpson, married to William Laird Simpson, Underground Fireman, aged 26yrs.
Usual Res: 19 Greenrig Street, Uddingston.
Parents: William Henry Matthews, Pit Lamp Attendant & Elizabeth Grant.

William Simpson, Widower was present at her death. 19 Greenrigh Street, Uddingston

No notice in Glasgow Herald.1,7



William witnessed the marriage of Betsy Simpson Stevenson and Alexander Gardner Laird Simpson on 27 Apr 1928 30 May Street, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland .1,8

William Laird Simpson married Clarice Whitehead on 10 Apr 1929 at United Free Church Manse, Aitkenhead, Lanarkshire, Scotland ,

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

William Laird Simpson, Underground Fireman (Widower) aged 34
Usual Res: 19 Greenrig Street, Uddingston
Parents: William Simpson, Coal Miner & Mary Laird
Clarice Whitehead, Confectionery Worker (Spinster) aged 24
Usual Res: 13 Blair Street, Shettleston, Glasgow
Parents: Robert Whitehead, Furnaceman & Helen Stavely (dec)

Witnesses: Thomas Simpson, 6 Donaldson Place, Tannochisde & Jenny Simpson, 6 Donaldson Place, Tannochside.1,9



William witnessed the marriage of Allister Richardson and Janet Fleming Simpson on 4 Jul 1930 The Manse, Aitkenhead, Lanarkshire, Scotland .1,10

William Laird Simpson recorded George Simpson's death on 2 Dec 1934 Polkemmet Colliery, Whitburn, West Lothian, Scotland ,
George Simpson, Coal Miner, Married to Elizabeth Elaine Thomson
At 6pm aged 42 yrs.
Usual Res: 26 Murrays Gate Crescent, Whitburn
Parents: William Simpson, Coal Miner & Mary Laird.

W L Simpson, Brother, 21 Greenrig Street, Uddingston was the informant.

No notice in Glasgow Herald.1,11



Willie posed for a photo.
Aunt Clarice, Uncle Willie, Aunt Meg
photo courtsey of Alex Lees & Marie Brown


William Laird Simpson recorded William Simpson's death on 21 Jan 1953 6 Donaldson Place, Tannochside, Lanarkshire, Scotland ,
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.1,12



Willie and Clarice Simpson posed for a photo on 10 Apr 1954
Perhaps their 25th Wedding Anniversary.13


Uncle Willie, Aunt Clarice - Motherwell
photo courtsey of Alex Lees & Marie Brown


William died on 24 Jun 1956 at Law Hospital, Carluke, Lanarkshire, Scotland , at age 61 years, 10 months and 25 days

William Laird Simpson, Colliery Underground Fireman, married to
1st: Nellie Matthews
2nd Clarice Whitehead
Usual Res: 5 Queens Street, Motherwell
Aged 61yrs
Parents: William Simpson, Coal Miner (dec) & Mary Laird (dec)

Fred Lawercemore (sic), Friend, 3 Thorn Street, Motherwell was the informant

No notice in Glasgow Herald.1,14



William's cause of death on 24 Jun 1956 was from Coronary Occlusion
Myocardial Infarction
Cardiac Aneurysm.



William and Helen had 1 child, still living.



William and Clarice had 1 child, still living.

Family: William Laird Simpson and Nellie Grant Matthews

Family: William Laird Simpson and Clarice Whitehead

FatherWilliam Simpson (17 Aug 1870 - 21 Jan 1953)
MotherMary Laird (6 Sep 1870 - 2 Jan 1940)

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, 1894, Bothwell Lanark, 625/01 0284. Hereinafter cited as Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes.
  3. [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.
  4. [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.
  5. [S184] Valuation Rolls, Scottish Valuation Roll (n.p.: Scotlandspeople.gov.uk), 1915 Bothwell Lanark, VR107/ 306 / 559. Hereinafter cited as Scottish Valuation Roll.
  6. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, 1920 Bothwell, Lanark, 625/01 0125.
  7. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, 1926 Bothwell, Lanark, 625/01 0013.
  8. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, 1928, Hamilton, Lanark, 647/00 0093.
  9. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, 1929 Bothwell, Lanark, 625/01 0030.
  10. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, 1930 Bothwell, Lanark, 625/01 0045.
  11. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, 1934 Whitburn, West Lothian, 673/01 0032.
  12. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, 1953 Bothwell Lanark, 625/01 0015.
  13. [S194] Letter or email from Alexander Lees (Scotland) to Ailsa Corlett, Various letters or emails; Held by Ailsa Corlett (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia) email family photos March 2014.
  14. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, 1956, Carluke, Lanark, 629/00 0316.