At this stage I have not been able to locate a birth or death/ burial for William Gardner. Research is still being carried out and as further records in the Glasgow area become available to search via online, hopefully I will be able to update this one day.
When William married in 1792 his occupation was listed as a SMITH, this was also his occupation on his first 2 children's baptisms.
From 1796 - 1817, which is covering a time period of about 21 years, his occupation is listed as a CARTER and the baptisms of his children during that time occured around the Shettleston area.
On the baptism of his last child Alexander in 1819, his occupation is listed as a Coalier. I think this still indicates he was carting coal, rather than a Collier who was working done the mines.
A very interesting article to read all about Shettleston by Dan McAleer Oct 1930 regarding past memories and details of Old Shettleston.
There is reference to a William Gardiner who was a Carter living in the area. I am uncertain if this would be my William Gardner but could well be, due to the time period.
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"The Palace Pit was opposite where now stands York Terrace, now the entrance to the house of the late Mr Wm Burnside, butcher. Where Doctor Davidson's house is built, there used to be a small row of houses owned by Wm. Gardiner, wife and family and about 30 years to the west of Gradiners there were a clachan of houses called Crown Hall. Gardiner had 14 horses and he carted the coals from the Palace pit, No 2 and No 9 pits to Parkhead Forge. There were no railways then. There was then Broad-Rails laid down from Sandyhills to Parkhead Cross. The three pits that I have mentioned were all worked in the "Truck System". The Colliers received no maney. There was a store in Sandyhills and the miners got goods fro their work.