Details of the known children of Hugh Law and Susanna Robb
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Details of the known children of Hugh Law and Susanna Robb
Robert Law - born at Guildhouses, Carnwath, on 7th July 1859
Robert Law married Jean Nisbet in 1889 in Torphichen. West Lothian (SRO. Ref 671 008). Jean was born 16th August 1862, in Riccarton, Ayrshire, the daughter of Gavin Nisbet and Margaret Nisbet, and the elder sister of the James Young Nesbit wed by Mary Donald Law, Robert's younger sister, seven years later. (For further details of Gavin Nisbet and Margaret Nisbet and their children - see Appendix F.)
Robert and Jean had no children - confirmed by the 1911 census.
For the census of 1891 Robert Law was farming at neighbouring Snypps (Snipes?) farm, along with his Jean, his wife.
1891 Census ( 6th April) Armadale (662-2) Book 4. Page 22.
Netherhouses Farm, Armadale, near Bathgate.
|Robert Law||Head||31||Farmer||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|Jean Nisbett||Wife||28||Farmer's wife||Loudon, Ayrshire|
For the census of 1901 Robert and Jean had moved to Coatbridge, with Robert listed as a "Dairyman (contract )". The inclusion of a Margaret Jack - Shop Girl (Dairy)" would suggest a dairy shop?
1901 Census (1st April) Coatbridge (652-2) Book 32 Page 32.
27a Coll Terrace, Coatbridge.
|Robert Law||Head||40||Dairyman (contract)||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|Jean Nisbett||Wife||38||Riccarton, Ayrshire|
|Margaret Jack||Servant||23||Shop Girl (Dairy)||Airdrie, Lanarkshire|
|Elizabeth Jack||Servant||21||Domestic Servant||Lanark, Lanarkshire|
We have a copy of an unnamed couple posing for the photographs on a donkey drawn trap which was part of a collection of Law family photographs. The photographers back drop shows Princes Street, Edinburgh and judging by the trams etc. I would hazard a guess that ths would have been circa 1910 and one couple who would fit would be Robert and Jean. This is however surmise.
|? Robert Law and Jean Nisbet of Netherhouses farm, Armadale ?|
For the census of 1911 Robert and Jean were back on the family farm at Netherhouses. One would assume he had taken over in 1895 after the death of his father, Hugh Law. The census includes that information that Robert and Jean had been married for 22 and confirms that they had had no children.
1911 Census (2nd April) Armadale, Bathgate 662/2 Book 5 page 16
Netherhouses Farm, Armadale, Bathgate
|Robert Law||Head - Married 22 years||51||Farmer||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|Janet Law||Wife - No children||48||Gatehead, Ayrshire|
|Agnes Nisbet||Boarder||10||School||Hamilton, Lanarkshire|
|Tom Nisbet||Boarder||8||School||Hamilton, Lanarkshire|
|Elizabeth Jack||Servant||31||Dairymaid||Lanark, Lanarkshire|
|Helen Mills||Servant||20||General Servant - Domestic||Eastfield, Stirlingshire|
Robert Law died on 29th December 1925, aged 65, outlived by his wife, Jean Nisbett, who died ten years later, on 13th August 1935, aged 73. They were laid to rest in the family grave in Bathgate cemetery, along with their daughter Margaret, who had died in infancy and are commemorated on the family headstone there.
Inscription on Hugh and Susanna Law headstone in Bathgate cemetry
The headstone over the family grave records that Jean Nisbett's death was the result of an accident. It would seem she was knocked over and killed by a motor car near Crawfordston farm, Kippen Station, Stirlingshire.
The informant on the death certificate was a "G. N. Walker - nephew, Crawfordston farm, Kippen Station ", and Jean's usual residence is given as "Langsgate, Mill Road, Armadale". Gavin Nisbet Walker was the son of Jean's sister, Janet Nisbet ( born 26 Oct 1857, Loudoun, Ayrshire). Janet had married James Walker, the son of William Walker, a farmer, and Margaret Arthur, on 6 March 1884, Bathagte, Linlithgowshire, and their son Gavin Nisbet Walker was born 13 August 1895 at Harrysmuir, Mid Calder.
It would seem from the report of the accident from Glasgow Herald of 14 August 1935 that Jean was holidaying at Crawfordstone Farmshe and I woudl assume that it was being farmed by James and Janet, more possibly more likely, taking in to account timescales, Gavin himself.
Report in the Glasgow Herald of 14 August 1935
of the death of Jane Law, nee Nisbit
James Law - born at Upper Guildhouses, Carnwath, on 12th April 1861
For the census of 1881 James Law was lodging in Aberdeen, working as an Exciseman.
1881 Census (4th April) Aberdeen - Old Machar (168-2) Book 16. Page 48.
24 Gordons Court, Aberdeen.
|Mary Howie||Head - Widow||37||Lodging Mistress||Newhills, Aberdeenshire|
|Alexander||Son||17||Mercantile Apprentice Clerk||Newhills,Aberdeenshire|
|William||Son||14||Apprentice Clerk Advocate||Newhills, Aberdeenshire|
|James Murray||Boarder||27||Signalman Railway||Alvah, Aberdeenshire|
|James Law||Boarder||19||Assist 2nd Class Excise||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
James Law married an Elizabeth Waddell on 14 January 1886 in Shotts (Shotts (East) SRO. Ref 655-2 003). Elizabeth Waddell was born 29 March 1860 in Shotts, and was the daughter of John Waddell and Jane Gardner who farmed at Southrigg Farm, Shotts.
James and Elizabeth only had one child:
For the census of 1891 the family had moved to Wales and were resident at Parkfield, Holyhead, Anglesey. James was identified as a 2nd Class officer - Inland Revenue, and included in the household was James and Elzabeth's young daughter Jane Gardner Waddell Law aged 4.
1891 Census (6th April) Holyhead, Anglesey RG12/4681 Book 17 Page 4
Parkfield, Holyhead, Anglesey
|James Law||Head||29||2nd Class officer - Inland Revenue||Scotland|
|Jane Gardner Waddell Law||Daughter||4||Scotland|
|Helen Scott||Servant||15||Domestic Servant||Carnarvon, Conway|
Sadly James and Elizabeth's daughter and only child, Jane Gardner Waddell Law died, aged only 11, on 21st January 1898, in Newton Stewart where she was buried.
|Jane Gardner Waddell Law
Died 21st January 1898, Newton Stewart
For the census of 1901 James and Elizabeth were resident at 6 Dryburgh Gardens, Glasgow, Maryhill. james is still in the employment of Customs and Excise but has moved up the ranks now being identified as an "Inland Revenue Officer (Excise) 1st Class officer".
1901 Census (1st April) Maryhill, Glasgow 622/1 Book 2 Page ?
6 Dryburgh Gardens, Glasgow, Maryhill, Lanarkshire
|James Law||Head||39||Inland Revenue Officer (Excise) 1st Class officer||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|Elizabeth Law||Wife||40||Shotts, Lanarkshire|
For the 1911 census James and Elizabeth have moved again and were resident at Airlie, Weelsby Road, Grimsby, Lincolnshire (8 rooms with 1 or more windows). It would seem from a clipping from a ?local? newspaper covering a diner in his honour on his leaving Grimsby in 1913 that the couple had been resident in Grimsby since sometime in 1907. Yet again James has gained advancement now being identified as "Supervisor of Customs and Excise".
1911 Census (2nd April) Grimsby, Lincolnshire 422 Book 2 Schedule 539
Airlie, Weelsby Road, Grimsby, Lincolnshire (8 rooms with 1 or more windows)
|James Law||Head - Married 25 years||49||Supervisor of Customs and Excise||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|Elizabeth Law||Wife - 1 child - 0 alive||49||Harthill, Lanarkshire|
|Elizabeth Lusby||Servant||49||General Servant - Domestic||Ulceby, Lincolnshire|
James left Grimsby in the April of 1913 to take up a new post in Leamington. A diner waas held in his honour wwhere he was presented with Rose Bowl engraved "Presented as a token of esteem to James Law Esq. Surveyor of Customs and Excise, by the officers of Grimsby and district and personal friends on his leaving Grimsby, April 1913". This diner and the many compliments paid to both James and his wife was covered by a ?local? newspaper. The initial few paragraphs are included below.
|Article from ?local Grimsby Paper?
for James Law leaving his position
in Grimsby in 1913.
James Law died on 14th October 1948, aged 87, six years after his wife, Elizabeth, who had died on 12th April 1942, aged 82. Both died in Giffnock, but were interred in the grave next to the family lair in Bathgate cemetery. Their only child Ena (Jane Gardner Waddell) Law was also commemorated on the headstone.
Inscription on James Law headstone in Bathgate cemetry
Hugh Law - born Hartfield farm, Cambusnethan, on 28th June 1863
For the census of 1881 Hugh was working on the farm of his late Uncle Andrew, Glenend farm, Muiravonside. Head of the household his his late uncle's widow, Elizabeth Robb, nee Hamilton.
1881 Census (4th April) Carstairs (486) Book 3. Page 21.
Glenend Farm, Muiravonside, Stirlingshire.
|Elizabeth Robb||Head||50||Farmer 22 Acres all arable employing 2 men, 1 girl and 1 boy||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|James Law||Son||23||Farmer's son||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|Andrew Law||Son||17||Farmer's son||Shotts, Lanarkshire|
|Mary Law||Daughter||15||Farmer's daughter||Shotts, Lanarkshire|
|John Law||Son||10||Scholar||Shotts, Lanarkshire|
|Hugh Law||Nephew||17||Farm Servant||Cambusnethan, Lanarkshire|
For more detail of Elizabeth Robb and her late husband Andrew, see ROBB FAMILY HISTORY - Appendix A.
Sometime after 1881 Hugh seems to have left Scotland for south Wales as the next record we have is of his marriage on 25 December 1889 in Newton Nottage parish church in the county of Glamorgan, to a Victoria Adelaide L Rodman. Hugh was recorded as a bachelor and a Draper, aged 26, of Llanhilleth, the son of Hugh Law, a Farmer. His bride Victoria was recorded as a spinster aged 22 of Newton Nottage, the daughter of Charles Rodmand, an ex. Police Inspector. The witnesses were William Law (presumably Hugh's brother) and Florence May Rodman (presumably Victoria's sister). Victoria was born in Newton Nottage, Glamorgan in 1867 (Oct-Dec 1867 Bridgend Vol 11a Page 460) the daughter of Charles Rodman a, a Police Inspector, and Anne Beard (married Apr-Jun 1853 Bristol Vol 6a Page 122).An announcement of the marriage was carried in the Weekly Mail 4 January 1890.
|Weekly Mail 4 January 1890|
Hugh and Victoria had two known children:
For the census of 1891 Hugh and Victoria were living at 3 The Poplars, in Aberystruth, Abertillery, Monmouthshire with Hugh recorded as a Draper. Also included in the census was Hugh and Victoria's infant daughter Victoria E. D. Law, aged 4 months, her birth having been registered in the first quarter of 1891. (Jan-Mar 1891 Bedwelty Vol 11a Page 85)
1891 Cenus (6th April) Bedwelty - Aberystruth Parish, RG12, Piece: 4353, Enum. District: 12, Page: 24.
3 The Poplars, Aberystruth, Abertillery, Monmouthshire
|Hugh Law||Head||27||Draper||Lanark, Scotland|
|Victoria Law||Wife||23||Newton Nottage, Glamorganshire|
|Victoria E.D. Law||Daughter||4 Months||Abertillery, Monmouthshire|
Sadly the baby Victoria died in infancy shortly after this census with her death registered in the following quarter of 1891. (Apr-Jun 1891 Bedwelty Vol 11a Page 67)
Two years after this sad event Hugh and Victoria had a second daughter, Susannah Daisy Law, whose birth was registered in the second quarter of 1893. (Apr-Jun 1893 Bedwelty Vol 11a Page 86).
There is an entry for Hugh Law 1901 Kelly's Directory for Monmouthshire. He was recorded in the Commercial sector for Cwmtillery, lying about a mile and a half north from Abertillery - "Law Hugh B. draper & tea dealer". For the census of that year the family were recorded as living in Abertillery at 18 Cwmtillery Winefield Terrace, although Hugh was recorded as a Sub Post Master. His place of birth was evidently difficult to read even for the originally checker who decided it was LLanarth, Monmouthshire, adding a this to the original (despite Llanarth being in Cardigan). www.findmypast.co.uk managed to transcribe it as Llanarth, Cwmbran, Monmouthshire! It is actually relatively easy to decipher as we have the benefit of knowing where Hugh was actually born. It is "Llanark, Cambusnethan". (Note it follows the same format of all the other "place of birth" records on the page in County then Town.) It is however interesting that Lanark was spelt with a double L ie. Llanark.
1901 Census (1st April) Bedwelty - Aberystruth Parish. RG13, Piece: 4936, Enum. District: 21, Folio: 24, Page: 40.
18 Cwmtillery Winefield Terrace, Aberystruth, Abertillery, Monmouthshire
|Hugh Law||Head||34||Sub Post Master||Cambusnethan, Lanarkshire|
|Victoria Law||Wife||30||Newton Nottage, Glamorganshire|
|Daisy Law||Daughter||8||Aberystruth, Monmouthshire|
|John Maysey||Visitor||41||Post Office Clerk||Not Known, Glamorganshire|
For the census of 1911 Hugh and his family had moved to Brynmawr in Brecknockshire where Hugh seems to have become the landlord of the Mitre Hotel in Beaufort Street. There is no doubt that this is the correct family although all their places of birth are given incorrectly as Brynmawr, Brecknockshire. The census records the couple had been married for 19 years and having had 1 child born alive with 1 child still living. This does not take account of the infant Victoria born and died 20 years previously in 1891.
1911 Census (2nd April) Brynmawr, Breconshire.
The Mitre Hotel, Beaufort Street, Brynmawr, Breconshire
|Hugh Law||Head - Married 19 years||40||Publican & Hotel Keeper||Brynmawr, Breconshire|
|Victoria Law||Wife - 1 child born - 1 child still alive||38||Brynmawr, Breconshire|
|Daisy Law||Daughter||18||Brynmawr, Breconshire|
The next record of the family is of the demise of Victoria, Hugh's wife in 1917, aged only 45. This was registered in the Newport District in the third quarter of 1917. (Jul-Sep 1917 Newport M Vol 11a Page 193). Notification of her demise was carried in the Aberdare Leader on 21 July 1917.
|Aberdare Leader 21 July 1917.|
Sadly Hugh himself was to pass away within two years of his wife's death, dying on 10 March 1919 aged only 53. (Jan-Mar 1919 Newport M. Vol 11a Page 396). His will appeared in the probate calendar for that year and recorded his place of death as "Angel Hotel, Baneswell, Newport", granting probate to "Susannah Daisy Hayward (wife of Francis Hayward)", and giving the value of his estate as £800. I would assume he was the landlord of the Angel Hotel at the time of his demise.
Susannah Daisy Hayward was Hugh and Victoria's daughter who had married Francis Hayward in Newport presumably just prior to her father's death as the marriage, was also registered in the first quarter of 1919 (Jan-Mar 1919 Newport M. Vol 11a Page 333).
Notification of the marriage along with a report on the wedding itslef was carried in the was carried in the Abergavenny Chronicle on 28 March 1919.
|Abergavenny Chronicle 28 March 1919.|
I believe that Susannah and Francis had at least one child, a son Donald, whose birth was registered in Newport in the fourth quarter of 1920. (Oct-Dec 1920 Newport M Vol 11a Page 564). I believe that Susannah died aged 54 in 1948, her death being registered in Newport in the first quarter of 1948, (Jan-Mar 1948 Newport Vol 8c Page 250).
John Law - born Hartfield farm, Cambusnethan, on 9th March 1866
John married Anne Marshall on 21st July 1891 in Newbigging, Carnwath, Lanarkshire. Anne Marshall was born about 1867 the daughter of James Marshall, master butcher, and Mary Cunningham. Sadly John died on 17th September 1891 aged 25. He was buried in the family grave in Bathgate cemetery and is commemorated on the family headstone there. Whether there were any children born to John and Annie before John's death is unknown at this time. Whether there is any connection between this Annie Marshall and the Mary Marshall Allison that married Thomas Law, his brother, is unknown.
William Law - born Netherhouses farm, near Armadale, Bathgate, on 23rd May 1868
William Law married Elizabeth Love in 1896 in Armadale (SRO. Ref 662-2 007) Elizabeth Love was born on 6th February 1867 in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, the daughter James Love and Catherine Nicol.
William and Elizabeth had 4 known children:
For the census of 1901 William and Elizabeth were living at Wellbank, High Street, Elgin, with their recently born son, William. The abbreviation "S.S.C." used by the ennumerator to record William's occupation probably stands for Solicitor in the Supreme Court!
1901 Census (1st April) Moray (135) Book 8 Page 1.
Wellbank, High Street, Elgin
|William Law||Head||33||S.S.C.||Bathgate, Linlithgowshire|
|Georgina Fraser||Servant||23||Cook - Domestic||Duffus, Elgin|
|Ellie G. Fraser||Servant Domestic||16||House & Table Maid||Bisuie, Elgin|
For the census of 1911 William and Elizabeth were lodging in the Haymarket area of Edinburgh at 58 Melville Street, in the house of Kenneth P. McKenzie. As there were 7 other lodgers it would seem this was possibly a private hotel.The census provides the additional information that the couple had been married for 15 years and had had 4 children, all still living.
1911 Census (2nd April) Haymarket, Edinburgh 685/1 Book 6 page 22
58 Melville Street, Edinburgh.
|Andrew Law||Head - Married 15 years||42||Solicitor - Supreme Court of Scotland||Bathgate, Linlithgowshire|
|Elizabeth Lwa||Wife - 4 children born - 4 children alive||42||Riccarton, Ayrshire|
The children were at home in Elgin, presumably being looked after by the two servants, Jane Ann Ingram and Christina Sutherland.
1911 Census (2nd April) Elgin 135 Book 8 page 13
West Bank, Elgin.
|William Law||Son||11||School||Elgin, Morayshire|
|James Love Law||Son||9||School||Elgin, Morayshire|
|Catherine Alice Law||Daughter||7||School||Elgin, Morayshire|
|Hugh MacNaughton Law||Son||1||Elgin, Morayshire|
|Jane Ann Ingram||Servant||25||Cook||Boharm, Banffshire|
|Christina Sutherland||Servant||33||Nurse||Hopeman, Morayshire|
|Mary Douglas||Visitor - Married 28 years- 6 children born - 4 children alive.||49||Monthly Nurse||Glenlivet, Banffshire|
William Law Snr died on 16 Sep 1923 in Greystones, Forteath Av, Elgin and was buried on 19 Sep 1923 in Elgin Cemetery. Elizabeth died on 31 May 1955 in Liberton, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Mary Donald Law - born Netherhouses farm, near Armadale, Bathgate, on 25th September 1870
Mary Donald Law married James Young Nisbet in 1896 in Armadale (SRO. Ref 662-2 003). James Young Nisbet was born on 3rd October 1866, in Felton, Kirkcudbrightshire, the son of Gavin Nisbet and Margaret Young, and the younger sister of the Jean Nesbit wed by Robert Law, Mary Donald's elder brother, seven years earlier. (For further details of Gavin Nisbet and Margaret Nisbet and their children - see Appendix F.) For the census of 1901 they were farming at Barrhill Farm, High Blantyre, with their children Gavin Nisbet, Susannah Robb Nisbet, and Hugh LawNisbet.
Mary and James had the following known children:
1901 Census (1st April) High Blantyre (624-3) Book 1 Page 56.
Barrhill Farm, High Blantyre.
|James Young Nisbet||Head||34||Farmer||Felton, Kirkcudbrightshire|
|Mary D. Nisbet||Wife||30||Bathgate, Linlithgowshire|
|Gavin Nisbet||Son||4||Armadale, Linlithgowshire|
|Susannah Robb Nisbet||Daughter||3||Armadale, Linlithgowshire|
|Hugh Law Nisbet||Son||9 months||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|Janet McE. Livingston||Servant||15||General House Servant||Rutherglen, Lanarkshire|
For the census of 1911 the family were resident at Malcolmstone, Currie, Midlothian. James Young Nisbet was recorded now as simply a ploughman, and the family has grown with the addition of James Young Nisbet Junior born in 1907 Fauldhouse, Linlithgowshire. The census provides the additional information that the couple had been married for 15 years and had had 4 children, all still living.
1911 Census (2nd April) Currie 682 Book 3 page 18
Malcolmstone, Currie, Midlothian
|James Young Nisbet||Head - Married 15 years||44||Ploughman||Kelton, Kirkcudbrightshire|
|Mary Nisbet||Wife - 4 children born - 4 children alive||40||Bathgate,Linlithgowshire|
|Gavin Nisbet||Farm labourer||14||Armadale, Linlithgowshire|
|Susannah Robb Nisbet||Daughter||13||School||Armadale, Linlithgowshire|
|Hugh Law Nisbet||Son||10||School||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|James Young Nisbet||Son||4||Fauldhouse, Linlithgowshire|
Mary Donald Law died aged 77 on 15 August 1948 at Kaeside Farm, Melrose, Roxburghshire. The informant was her son Gavin Nesbit, of The Beeches, 352 Mossvale Road, Garthamlock, Steeps, Lanarkshire. James Young Nisbet died in 1935 in Eccles, Berwickshire.
Janet Spence Law - born Netherhouses farm, near Armadale, Bathgate, born on 8th April 1873
Janet Spence Law died shortly before her sixteenth birthday, on 29th May 1889. She was buried in the family grave in Bathgate cemetry and is commerated on the family headstone there.
Andrew Law - born Netherhouses farm, near Armadale, Bathgate, born on 14th September 1875
Andrew Law married Margaret Eadie Gordon Robertson in 1898 in Bathgate (SRO. Ref 662-1 032). Margaret was born on 12th December 1872 in Cockpen, Midlothian, the daughter of Edward Robertson and Isabella Gordon.
Andrew and Margaret had at least four known children: -
For the census of 1901 they were living at St Agnes' Cottages, South Street, Armadale, with their first child Hugh, and with Andrew working as a farm grieve.
1901 Census (1st April) Armadale (662-2) Book 3 Page 55.
St Agnes' Cottages, South Street, Armadale, near Bathgate.
|Andrew Law||Head||25||Farm Grieve||Armadale, Linlithgowshire|
|Maggie Law||Wife||27||Cockpen, Midlothian|
|Hugh Law||Son||1||Armadale, Linlithgowshire|
For the census of 1911 Andrew, Margaret and their family were resident in Queenstownbank, Direlton, Haddingtonshire, with Andrew again employed as a farm grieve. The family has grown with the addition of Isabel Gordon Law born about 1901 in Whittington, Haddingtonshire, Susan Donald Robb Law born 5 October 1903, and Margaret Law born about 1909, the last two both born in Direlton, Haddingtonshire. The census provides the additional information that the couple had been married for 12 years and had had 4 children, all still living.
1911 Census (2nd April) Direlton 705 Book 3 page 8
Queenstownbank, Direlton, Haddingtonshire
|Andrew Law||Head - Married 12 years||35||Farm Grieve||Armadale, West Lothian|
|Margaret Law||Wife - 4 children born - 4 children alive||37||Cockpen, Midlothian|
|Hugh Law||School||11||Armadale, West Lothian|
|Isabella Law||Daughter||9||School||Whittington, Haddingtonshire|
|Susan Law||Daughter||7||School||Direlton, Haddingtonshire|
|Margaret Law||Daughter||1||Direlton, Haddingtonshire|
Andrew seems to have ended his days as a farmer and died on 4 Jan 1938 in Bankrugg, Bolton, East Lothian. His wife Margaret Eadie Gordon Robertson died on 13 Nov 1939 in Worthing, possibly living with their son Hugh. All this detail is from a headstone in the graveyard of Bolton parish church.
"Erected by ANDREW LAW, farmer at Bankrugg, in loving memory of his second daughter SUSAN DONALD ROBB born 5 Octr. 1903, died 7 Feby. 1922. Also the above ANDREW LAW who died at Bankrugg 4 January 1938 aged 62 years. Also his wife MARGARET E GORDON ROBERTSON who died at Worthing 13 November 1939 aged 66 years. Also his son HUGH who died at Hatfield Heath, Essex, 7th March 1977 aged 77 years. Also his daughter ISABEL GORDON DODDS who died at Worthing 13 April 1985 aged 83 years."
Thomas Law - born Netherhouses farm, near Armadale, Bathgate, born on 16th September 1878
Next generation in Law Family History - See Main Text.
Alexander Law - born Netherhouses farm, near Armadale, Bathgate, on 7th February 1883
For the 1901 census Alexander was recorded, along with his older brother Thomas, in the family home, Netherhouses farm, near Bathgate in West Lothian. He was identified as aged 18 and employed as a Bank Clerk.
1901 Census (1st April) Armadale(662/2) Book 4 Page 16.
Netherhouses Farm, Armadale, near Bathgate.
|Susan Law||Head||64||Farmer||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|Alexander Law||Son||18||Bank Clerk||Bathgate, Linlithgowshire|
|Thomas Law||Son||22||Clerk in Timber Trade||Bathgate, Linlithgowshire|
|Robert Martin||Servant||23||Farm Servant||Barrhead, Renfrewshire|
|Helen Easton||Servant||19||Dairy Maid||Bathgate, Linlithgowshire|
Sometime after the 1901 census Alexander moved south to London, presumably to follow his career in Banking, as for the 1911 census he was recorded boarding in the household of a Henry Thacker and his wife Margaret at 109 Ferme park Road, Hornsey, London. He was identified as aged 28, born in Armadle, Linlithgowshire and again employed as a Bank Clerk.
1911 Census (2nd April) Hornsey, London.
109 Ferme park Road, Hornsey, London
|Henry Thacker||Head - Married 42 years||76||Wholesale Stationer||London Middlesex|
|Margaret Thacker||Wife - 4 children born - 3 children still alive||60||Corsham, Wiltshire|
|Charles H. Thacker||Son||37||Potter's Clerk||New Barnet, Hertfordshire|
|Alexander Law||Boarder||28||Bank Clerk||Armadale, Linlithgowshire|
|Bernard Squire||Boarder||35||Seed Salesman||Silsoe, Bedfordshire|
I believe Alexander married an Elizabeth Davidson in the April-June quarter of 1913 in Islington, London, (Volume 1B Page 525 Line Number 70). This couple had a daughter Marjorie Isabella Edith Law, whose birth was recorded in Edmonton, London, in the BMD index in the July-September quarter of 1914, with the mother's maiden name identified as Davidson . (Volume 3A Page 1017 Line Number 18).
The belief that this Alexander Law who married Elizabeth Davidson is based on an intimation and and article in the Dumfries & Galloway Standard & Advertiser, reporting on the marriage of their daughter, Marjorie Isabella Edith Law, to Captain Norman Henry Rogers of the Royal Signals on 27 October 1945, in West Church, Maxwelltown, Dumfries. She was identified as "Miss Marjorie Isabella Edith Law, A.R.D.S., only daughter of Mr. Alexander Law, agent of the National Bank of Scotland, Dumfries, and Mrs Law, Glenview, Dumfries" which fits with the records of his previous employment.
|Dumfries & Galloway Standard & Advertiser - 3 November 1945|
Marjorie and Norman had become engaged in the January of 1943 as announced in the Scotsman but presumably had waited for the outbreak of peace before finally tying the knot..
|The Scotsman - 13 January 1943|
Sadly it would seem possible that Marjorie died only two years after the marriage as there is the death of a Marjorie E Rogers aged 32 recorded in the BMD index for the April-June quarter of 1947 back in Surrey, which would fit. (Surrey Mid Eastern, Surrey - Volume 5G Page 187 Line Number 47).
It is possible that Alexander Law died in the January-March quarter of 1959 in Surrey as there is an entry in the BMD index to the death of an Alexander Law aged 76 which would fit. (Surrey North Eastern, Surrey - Volume 5G Page 864 Line Number 36). Probate of the will for this individual identifies him as "of White Lodge, Buckingham Way, Wallington, Surrey, died 15 March 1959 - Admministration.(with Will) London 6 July to the National Bank of Scotland Limited. Effects £6163 8s 4d.". Details from the Gazette describe Alexander as a "Retired bank Manager" and this along with the fact that the address matches with the location of his daughter's mother-in-law, as per the 1945 report of the wedding, and the administration was to the National Bank of Scotland may add some wait to this possbility.
It is possible that Elizabeth Ann Law, nee Rogers, passed away in the October-December quarter of 1973 in Surrey as there is an entry in the BMD index to the death of an Elizabeth Ann Law with a birth date given of 1 October 1882 which would fit. (Surrey Mid Eastern - Volume 5G Page 316 Line Number 45).
It would seem possible that Majorie's husnband and Alexander's son-in-law Norman Henry Rogers died in 1988 in Surrey as there is a death of a Norman Henry Rogers with a date of birth of 11 June 1911 recorded in the July-September quarter of 1988, which would fit. (Croydon, Surrey - Volume 11 Page 1627). Probate of the will for this individual identify him as "of 18 Lynden Hyrst, Addiscombe Road, Croydon died 22 September 1988".