Children of William Burns firstly with Sarah Harridge Bell and latterly with Elizabeth Sclanders

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Children of William Burns and Sarah Harridge Bell.

William Burns and Sarah Harridge Bell had one known child -

William Burns born on 29 Sep 1857, Ayr, Ayrshire.

For the census of 1861 William was recorded along with his step-mother Jane Burns, nee Sclanders. He was recorded with the middle initial H. which one might assume stood for Harridge, the middle name of his mother.

For the census of 1871 there is a William H. Burns, aged 13. recorded as a scholar in the household of a Mr James Mudie at 14 Buccleugh Street, Hawick, although this William was identified as born in Ayr, Ayrshire. However the inclusion of the middle initial "H." leads me to suspect this is indeed "our" William and it is possible that erroneous place of birth may suggest he was brought up by relatives in Ayr rather than with is father and step-mother in Glasgow. As to the household he was resident in, James Mudie was recorded as a "Teacher of Ancient and Modern Language and English Literature" and there are two other teachers recorded in the household, Mary A. Shearer, a Teacher of English and Modern Industrial Work" and a Harriet M. Smith a "Teacher of Music", along with four other scholars, and two servants, so it would seem likely therefore that this was a small boarding educational establishment.

For the census of 1881 what is again almost certainly William was recorded as lodging in the house of Henry Garnett and his wife Hannah in Grange Road West, Middlesbrough, in the North Riding of Yorkshire. William was recorded as William H. Burns, aged 22, an Iron merchant's clerk, born in Scotland. Henry Garnett was the head of the household and recorded as aged 52, a Tailor, born in Marton, Yorkshire, and his wife Hannah was recorded as aged 52, born in Nent Head, Cumberland. Also recorded in the household was Henry and Hannah's son, William Garnett, listed as aged 18, a Grocer, born in Hartpool, Durham and a second lodger, Andrew T Rutherford listed as aged 23, and, like William, a Clerk in an Iron Merchant's, born in Scotland.

There is a record of William Harridge Burns marrying a Marjorie MacPherson in the Jul-Sep quarter of 1886 for the registration district of Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire. Marjory Macpherson was the daughter of Angus Macpherson, a Civil Engineer, and Jane Templeton Holmes and was born 11 October 1862, in Bothwell, Lanarkshire. It would seem her family moved to Yorkshire pre 1871 as they were recoded at Ormesby, Yorkshire for the 1871 census, and at Linthorpe, Yorkshire for the 1881 census. Linthorpe was a village on the outskirts of Middlesbrough, but is now part of the suburbs of that town. This would fit with the record or what is assumed to be our William in the 1881 census for Middlesbrough.

William Burns and Marjorie MacPherson had 4 known children -

For the census of 1891 William was recorded as resident with his family at 5 Bentinck Terrace, Coatham, in the North Riding of Yorkshire. William was identified as William H. Burns, aged 33, employed as a merchants clerk, born in Scotland, and included in the household were his wife Marjory, aged 28, born in Scotland, his three children Cecil H. Burns, aged 3, Marjory M. Burns, aged 2, and William A. Burns aged under a year, all identified as born in Yorkshire. Also included in were two servants, Mary Deachew, aged 24, born in Scotland, and Louisa Turner aged 21, born in Yorkshire.

For the census of 1901 William was still recorded as resident with his family at 5 Bentinck Terrace, Coatham. William was identified as William H. Burns, aged 42 employed as a merchants clerk, born in Glasgow, Scotland, and included in the household were his wife Marjory, aged 36, born in Bothwell, Scotland, two daughters, Marjory M. Burns, aged 12, born in Middlesbro, Yorkshire, and Dorothy Burns aged 7, born in Redcar, Yorkshire. Again included in were two servants, Eva M. Passmore aged 25, born in Skelton, Yorkshire, and Jenny Thompson, aged 25, born in Sheldon, Durham.

I believe Marjory died in 1904 as there is a death of a Marjory Burns, aged 42, recorded in the Oct-Dec quarter of 1904 in the registration district of Guisborough Vol 9d Page 350.

For the census of 1911 William was yet again listed as resident in at 5 Bentinck Terrace, Coatham, and in this census the house was identified as having 7 rooms with more than one window. Importantly he was recorded with his full name, William Harridge Burns, and identified as a widow, aged 53, a shipping accountant, born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, and this would seem to confirm that this was "our" William Burns. Included in the household were his two daughters, Marjorie Macpherson Burns aged 22, born in Middlesbrough, Yorkshire, and Dorothy Burns, aged 17, born in Redcar, Yorkshire were still listed in his household. There was one servant Roseline Hare, aged 26, born Normanby, Yorkshire.

I believe William died in 1933 as there is a death of a William H Burns, aged 76, recorded in the Oct-Dec quarter of 1933 in the registration district of Settle Vol 9a Page 10. He was buried in the graveyard of St Margaret's in Bentham village with a headstone bearing the inscription "In loving memory of William Harridge Burns born - 1857 died - 1933". (I suspect his married daughter Marjorie was living in the area at the time as she and her husband Harold C. Greenep were recorded in Settle district for the 1939 register.)


Children of William Burns and Elizabeth Sclanders.

William Burns and Elizabeth Sclanders had 10 known children -

Elizabeth Alexander Burns born 7 May 1861, Govan, Lanarkshire.

The death of Elizabeth Burns was recorded in 1863, in Milton, Glasgow, aged only 2.

Mary Louisa Wilson Burns born 27 November 1862, Govan, Lanarkshire.

With her parent(s) for the 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901 and 1911 censuses. The death of Mary Louisa Wilson Burns was recorded in 1943, in Govan, Glasgow, aged 80. It is believed that she never married.

Alexander Sclanders Burns born 22 August 1864, Milton, Lanarkshire.

With his parent(s) for the 1871, 1881, and 1891 censuses.

Alexander married Elizabeth Woodburn Paton Neil on 19 August 1897, Glasgow, Lanarkshire. On the certificate Alexander was identified as a bachelor, aged 32, resident at 2 Windsor Terrace, Langside, Glasgow, employed as a Mercantile Clerk, and the son of William Burns, an Iron Merchant, (deceased) and Jane Burns, maiden name Sclanders. Elizabeth was identified as Lizzie W. P. Neil, a spinster, aged 25, resident 6 Maxwell Drive, Pollokshields, Glasgow, the daughter of George Neil, a Master Jeweller, and Elizabeth Woodburn Neil, maiden name Paton, neither identified as deceased. The witnesses were Nell O. P. Lindsay and Chrissy C. Neil. Elizabeth was born 21 May 1872 in Govan, Lanarkshire.

Alexander and Elizabeth had one known child -

For the census of 1901 Alexander was living at 6 Maxwell Drive, Govan, Kinning Park, Glasgow with his in-laws, George and Elizabeth Neil. He was recorded as son in law, aged 36, a clerk, born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, and his wife Elizabeth was recorded as daughter, aged 28, born in Glasgow, Renfrewshire, and their son, William N. Burns, recorded as grandson, aged 1, born in Glasgow, Renfrewshire. Also included in this household were his father in law who was the head of the household, George Neil, aged 75 a Jeweller Manager, born in Partick, Lanarkshire, George's wife, Elizabeth, aged 60, born in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, their unmarried daughter Christina C Neil, aged 23, Glasgow, Renfrewshire, and a household servant, Jeanie Robertson, aged 36, born in Perth, Perthshire.

For the census of 1911 Alexander was recorded at St Nicholas, Conway Road, Southgate, Middlesex, a house identified as having 7 rooms with more than one window. He was listed as Alexander Burns, aged 46, a Timber Broker, born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, and included in the household were his wife identified as Lizzie Burns, aged 38, born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire along with their son William Burns, aged 11, also born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire.

The death of Alexander Sclanders Burns was registered in 1926 in Cathcart, Lanarkshire, aged 62, and the death of his wife Elizabeth Woodburn Burns, nee Neil, was registered in 1935 in Monkton and Prestwick, Ayrshire, also aged 62.

Andrew Burns born 1 March 1867, Milton, Glasgow.

Andrew Burns died on 13 Jun 1868 in Shafton Terrace, Dunoon, Argyll. He was identified as aged 2, and the son of William Burns, an Iron Broker, and Jane Burns, maiden name Sclanders. The informant was William Burns, father, who was present.

Alice Jane Burns born 17 December 1868, Govan, Lanarkshire.

With her parent(s) for the 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901 and 1911 censuses. The death of Alice Jane Burns was recorded in 1946, in Govan, Glasgow, aged 77. It is believed that she never married.

Arthur Burns born 6 April 1871, Govan, Lanarkshire.

With his mother for the 1881, 1891, 1901 and 1911 censuses.

Arthur Burns married Frances Elsie Smith on 1 Aug 1918 in Fairmount, Bothwell, Lanarkshire. On the certificate Arthur was identified as a bachelor, aged 47, resident at 268 Albert Road, Langside, Glasgow, employed as an Iron and Steel Manufacturer's Agent, and the son of William Burns, an Iron Merchant, and Jane Burns, maiden name Sclanders, both listed as deceased. Frances was identified as a spinster, aged 41, resident at Fairmount, Bothwell, the daughter of Francis Smith, a Master Cabinet Maker, and Janet Allan Smith, maiden name Smith, neither identified as deceased. The witnesses were Herbert Allan Smith and Bertha Burns. Frances was born in 1877 in Glasgow, Lanarkshire.

Arthur Burns died on 20 Feb 1948 in 120 Hill St., Glasgow, with his usual address given as 70 Kilmarnock Road, Giffnock. He was identified as aged 76, an Iron and Steel Manufacturer's Agent, married Frances Elsie Smith, and the son of William Burns, an Iron Merchant, and Jane Burns, maiden name Sclanders, both listed as deceased. The informant was Frances Elsie Smith, widower, of 70 Kilmarnock Road, Giffnock. The death of Frances Elsie Burns, nee Smith, was recorded in 1968 in Logie, Stirlingshire. It would seem likely that there was no children born to this couple.

Bertha Sclanders Burns born 26 November 1872, Govan, Lanarkshire..

With her mother for the 1881, 1891, 1901 and 1911 censuses. The death of Bertha Sclanders Burns was recorded in 1945, in Springburn, Glasgow, aged 72. It is believed that she never married.

Frederick William Burns born 1 October 1874, Govan, Lanarkshire..

With his mother for the 1881, 1891, and 1901 censuses

Frederick Burns married Nicholas Jessie McClure on 27 Aug 1901 at the Queens Park East Church. On the certificate Frederick was identified as Fred W., a bachelor, aged 26, resident at 17 James Gray Street, Glasgow, employed as a Calico Warehouseman, and the son of William Burns, an Iron Broker, (deceased) and Jane Burns, maiden name Sclanders. Nicholas was identified as Nicholas Jessie McClure, a spinster, aged 22, resident 281 Alison Street, Glasgow, the daughter of Samuel McClure, Timekeeper (Corporation Tramways), and Jane McClure, maiden name Hetherington, neither identified as deceased. The witnesses were Walter L. Fraser and Lily McClure.

Frederick and Nicholas had two known children -

For the census of 1911 Frederick William Burns was recorded in Stretford, Manchester, Lancashire, boarding in the house of Joseph Hancock and his wife Josephine, identified as married, aged 40, a Calico Warehouseman, born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire. However for the same census his wife Nicholas Jessie Burns and his daughter Hilda M. Burns were recorded in Hammersmith, West London, as visitors in the house of George Thomson and his wife Josephine. Nicholas was identified as Nicholas Jessie Burns, married, aged 28, born in Dumfries, Dumfriesshire and Hilda as Hilda McClure Burns, aged 8, born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire.

It is unclear what happened to Frederick as there is a record of his wife, Nicholas Jessie Burns marrying a William Roskell Charnley in the Jul-Sep quarter of 1917 in the registration district of Chorlton. That it is one and the same is confirmed by the entry in the local BMD index where her surname is recorded both as McClure and Burns. No obvious record of Frederick's demise can be found prior to 1917, although it is possible he lost his life in the Great War. However it is also possible that Frederick and Nicholas had gone their separate ways, as there is a death of a Frederick W. Burns aged 54 registered in the Apr-Jun quarter of 1929 in the registration district of Manchester South which would fit. Nicholas would seem to have died in 1942 as there is a death registered for a Nicholas Jessie Charnley aged 59 in the Oct-Dec quarter of 1942 in the registration district of Manchester (Manchester Withington Hospital). Her second husband William would seem to have precedeased her by a 3 years as there is a record of the death of a William R(oskill) aged 56 in the Apr-Jun quarter of 1939 in the registration district of Manchester South.

Hilda Burns birth registered in 1878 in Tradeston, Glasgow.

With her mother for the 1881, 1891, 1901 and 1911 censuses.The death of Hilda Burns was recorded in 1930 in Cathcart, Glasgow, aged 50. It is believed that she never married.

Ethel Burns birth registered in 1880 in Tradeston, Glasgow.

With her mother for the 1881, 1891, 1901 and 1911 censuses.

Ethell Burns married Andrew Elvin Hart on 26 Nov 1919 in 268 Albert Drive, Langside, Glasgow. On the certificate Ethel was identified as a spinster, aged 40, resident at 268 Albert Road, Langside, Glasgow, and the daughter of William Burns, an Iron & Steel Merchant, and Jane Burns, maiden name Sclanders, both listed as deceased. Andrew was identified as Andrew Elvin Hart, a bachelor, aged 30, the minister of Cookney Parish, resident The Schoolhouse, Cookney, Stonehaven, and the son of Archibald Hart, an Inspector of Sewing Machine Parts, and Agnes Hart, maiden name Elvin, neither identified as deceased. The witnesses were Hilda Burns and Jas Hart. Andrew was born on 16 Feb 1889 in Glasgow, Lanarkshire.

The death of Ethel Hart, nee Burns was recorded in 1939 in Coylton, Ayrshire, aged 60. The death of Andrew Elvin Hart, was recorded in 1981 in Ayr, Ayrshire, aged 92.