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May 1854


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[01] The Scotsman
[02] Glasgow Herald
[03] The New York Times
[04] The Paisley Herald & Renfrewshire Advertiser ( The Paisley Herald & Renfrewshire Gazette for listings from 20th May 1854)
[05] Glasgow Saturday Post &Paisley and Renfrewshire Reformer
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    06 May 1854

    CHOLERA AT JOHNSTONE [abbreviated] [04] ...since the 5th of April, there has occurred about 60 cases of Cholera in Johnstone, about 30 of which have proved fatal.
    BIRTHS [04]
    At 76 Douglas Street, Glasgow, on the 28th ultimo [April], Mrs Alexander Cochrane, a daughter.

    At 5 Whitevale, Glasgow, on the 2d instant, Mrs Alexander Rintoul, a daughter.

    At Lancefield House, Glasgow, on the 2d instant, Mrs James R Napier, a son.

    At 11 Monteith Row, Glasgow, on the 1st instant, Mrs Andrew Tod, a daughter.

    At Cairnhill, Lanarkshire, on the 30th ultimo [April], the Lady Agnes More Nisbet, a daughter.

    At 33 Montague Street, Edinburgh, on the 30th ultimo [April], Mrs Chisholm, a son.
    MARRIAGES [04]
    At 13 Royal Terrace, Glasgow on the 28th ultimo [April] by the Rev. Archibald Watson, of St Matthew's, James Hamilton Calder Esq., Swinton Hill, Berwickshire, to isabella Howden, eldest daughter of the late Andrew Bell Esq., Old Castles, Berwickshire.

    At 43 Tobago Street, Calton, Glasgow, on the 28th ultimo [April], by the Rev. JD Paxton, Mr Robert Dunn, accountant, to Agnes, only daughter of Mr Thomas Paterson.

    At the George Hotel, on the 27th ultimo [April], by the Rev. Dr. Napier of Blackfriars' Church, Mr Richard Bentley jun., of Liverpool, to Barbara, daughter of the late Nichol Hillcoate Esq., of Glenboig.
    DEATHS [04]
    At Orr Square, Paisley, on the 4th instant, aged 29 years, Mr Thomas McClune, teacher of the Ragged School.

    At 23 Calside, Paisley, on the 26th ultimo [April], aged 71, James Whiteford, Chaplain of the Abbey Parish Hospital.

    At 1 Wallace Street, Paisley, on the 3d instant, William Finney jun., pressman.

    At Gourock, on the 28th ultimo [April], Mr Gavin Rae, sen., aged 68. late glass merchant and glazier, Glasgow.

    At Bute House, Petersham, on the 29th ultimo [April], Caroline, Marchioness-Dowager of Queensberry in her 80th year.

    At Kirkintilloch Free Manse, on the 28th ultimo [April], Mrs Cunningham, sen.
    13 May 1854

    REVOLTING MURDER [abbreviated] [04] ...on Saturday evening last, shortly after 6 o'clock, Ann Harvey aged 22 left her residence at the paper mills at Peterculter, where she was employed, on her way to the town to make some purchases. The body was found by two young serving lads with her throat cut, between 5 and 6 o'clock on Sunday morning, lying in the inside of a dyke, close to the side of the Deeside turnpike, at Cults. Money was not a motive as she still had the balance of her wages. Upon the body being discovered, Mr George Barclay, one of the parish elders, whose house is situated within 100 yards of the spot of the crime, sent information to Discal Simpson at Aberdeen, arriving shortly after with Sheriff Watson and other officials. On the body were letters, including an embosed valentine with some verses of poetry addressed to her by Francis Forbes, East Middleton, Banchory-Devenick, the parish in which the crime was committed. The Sheriff went to Forbes' house, which was only a mile from the crime scene, learned she was his sweetheart, denied seeing her the previous evening, noticed blood stains on his clothes. He is a stout young fellow, perhaps 28 years of age, and latterly employed as a common labourer and navvy. He was apprehended.
    BIRTHS [04]
    At Blackhall Toll-bar, Paisley, on the 28th ultimo [April], Mrs William Clark, a daughter.

    At Calder Park, Lochwinnoch, on the 8th instant, Mrs John Anderson, a son.

    At 11 Bank Street, Greenock, on the 6th instant, Mrs James Fulton, a son.

    At Drury Street, Glasgow, on the 9th instant, Mrs John Neilson, a son.

    At 42 Windsor Terrace, St George's Road, Glasgow, on the 9th instant, Mrs George Brown, jun., a daughter.

    At 3 Windsor Terrace, St George's Road, Glasgow, on the 9th instant, Mrs William Steel, a son.

    At Clippens House, Renfrewshire, on the 10th instant, the wife of John Stirling Napier Esq., a son.
    MARRIAGES [04]
    At Fairhill, Paisley, on the Thursday the 11th instant, by the Rev. Robert Cairns, Mr Silas Scott. merchant, Bradford, to Jessie, daughter of Archibald Hutchison Esq., Paisley.

    At Patterhill, Paisley, on the 12th instant, by the Rev. William Cairns, Andrew Ferguson, to Mary, daughter of Mrs Logg.

    At 117 Athole Place, Glasgow, on the 9th instant, by the Rev. Dr. Craik, James F Mathie Esq., to Jane, daughter of Duncan McBean Esq.

    At Bath, on the 29th ultimo [April], John Borthwick of Crookston Esq. to Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Rear-Admiral James Pringle of Torwoodlee.
    DEATHS [04]
    At Brainfield, near Ardrishaig, on the 11th instant, Margaret, youngest daughter of Mr William Lochhead.

    At North Street, Glasgow, on the 7th instant, William, aged 25, son of Mr John Lang, joiner, Bridge of Weir.

    At 32 Inverkip Street, Greenock, on the 8th instant, Agnes McCracken, relict of Mr Peter Sinclair, painter.

    At 1 Grafton Square, Glasgow, on the 8th instant, Mrs James Weir, late of Kilmarnock.

    At Glasgow, on the 9th instant, Mrs Charles Kadwell, late of Montreal Canada, in the 37th year of his age.

    At sea, on the 20th April, on board the Valetta, between Alexandria and Malta, after 3 months of the most patient suffering, Janet Craig, wife of the Rev. William Ferguson of the General Assembly's Institution, Bombay, in her 24th year. Her remains are interred at Malta.
    Saturday 20th May 1854

    PAISLEY HIRING FAIR [04] This fair took place on Thursday, and was well attended both by masters and servants. The demand for experienced dairy maids was considerable, and the wages generally offered were quite as good as last year. Other descriptions of servants, male and female were likewise in fair demand, and the wages, so far as we could learn, were much the same as formerly. There were very few horses or cows in St James's Place, but there were a few score of pigs, for which the demand was very flat. As usual, the country lads and lasses made some bustle in the streets during the evening.

    GREENOCK SAILING [04] The ship Harmonia sailed from the Victoria Harbour on Tuesday morning, with above 300 emigrants on board. A number of them were from Dundee and Aberdeen, on their way to New York to commence work in two new factories just completed for the manufacturing of flax.
    BIRTHS [04]
    At 13 Smithhills, on the 12th instant, Mrs William Richmond, a son.

    At Shore Street, Port Glasgow, on the 14th instant, Mrs George Walker, a son.

    At 7 Houston Street, Greenock, on the 14th instant, mrs Ballantyne, a daughter.

    At 45 Cathcart Street, Greenock, on the 14th instant, Mrs David Blair, a son.

    At 206 Adelaide Place, Bath Street, Glasgow, on the 15th instant, Mrs William Connal jun., a daughter.

    At 61 Mains Street, Blythswood Terrace, Glasgow, on the 13th instant, Mrs James Muir, a son.

    At 8 Apsley Place, Glasgow, on the 11th instant, the wife of the Rev. JS Taylor, a daughter.

    At 29 St George's Road, Glasgow, on the 18th instant, Mrs Muir Wood, a son.

    At 174 Stafford Place, Glasgow, on the 15th instant, Mrs Thomas Farquharson, a son.

    At Barnhill, Dumbartonshire, on the 17th instant, Mrs Walter Mackenzie, a daughter.

    At Knockbuckie, Beith, on the 15th instant, Mrs WF Love, a daughter.
    MARRIAGES [04]
    At Ladyburn, near Port Glasgow, on the 16th instant, Mr WO Callendar, Glasgow, to Jane, eldest daughter of William Marshall Esq., of Ladyburn.

    At 55 Cambridge Street, on the 16th instant, by the Rev. John Eadie DD., LLD., Mr Alexander Kirkwood, mason, to Miss Janet McAllister, youngest daughter of the late Mr Archibald McAllister, Auchincar, Isle of Arran.

    At Glasgow, on the 9th instant, by the Rev. Principal Macfarlan, Mr Donald M Kemp, to Jane, sixth daughter of the late James Watson Esq., Inverareken, Perthshire.

    At St Peter's Pimlico, on the 11th instant, Sir Massey John B.Y. Butler MP.
    DEATHS [04]

    At 29 New Smithhills Street, on the 19th instant, Robert Hanna jun. of Hanna, Donald and Wilson, engineers.

    At 16 Back Sneddon, on the 18th instant, Ann Hay, daughter of William Jamieson, aged two years.

    At 22 Thread Street, Paisley, on the 16th instant, Mrs Robert Kerr, in the 90th year of her age.

    At Paisley, on the 17th instant, Elizabeth Stanley, infant daughter of Mr William Buchanan, measurer, Glasgow.

    At 84 John Street, Glasgow, on the 18th instant, Mr James Neil, lately in the office of Messrs. Moncrieff, Paterson and Forbes, writers, West George Street - much regretted.

    At Graham Street, Johnstone, on the 14th instant, Jean Hodgart, aged 60 years, wife of Mr James Blackburn.

    At 30 East Regent Street, Greenock, on the 16th instant, Isabella Fairlie, aged 53, relict of Captain Alexander Maccoll.

    At 6 Clifton Place, Glasgow, on the 13th instant, Mr Robert Shaw, aged 81.

    At 19 Coburg Street, Glasgow, on the 15th instant, Janet Pettigrew, wife of Mr James Knox.

    At 9 Oxford Street, Glasgow, on the 16th instant, Mr Robert McGregor sen., compositor, aged 68, who for upwards of 40 years acted as foreman in the Glasgow Chronicle office, having entered in 1811.

    At Moffat, on the 16th instant, Thomas Scott, aged 14 months, son of Mr TL Paterson, Dowanhill, Partick.

    At Rothesay, on the 12th instant, Mrs Isabella Meek, aged 79, relict of George Waddell Esq., of Rashiehill, Comptroller of Customs, Grangemouth.
    Saturday 27th May 1854
    SUICIDE [abbreviated] [04] ... a young woman, a dressmaker, named Margaret Russell, residing in Maitland Street, Cowcaddens, Glasgow, lately been in a desponding mood about some love affair. On the evening of Tuesday last, she left her house to go to Springvale, carrying a cloak. The cloak was found afterwards, on the banks of the canal near Baird's brewery, a search was made, and the body recovered from the canal the following day.
    BIRTHS [04]
    At Free Martyr's Mance, Paisley, on the 21st instant, Mrs JM Dixon, a son.

    At 82 High Street, Paisley, on the 23d instant, Mrs John R Cunningham, a son.

    At Lonend, Paisley, on the 25th instant, Mrs Leckie, jun., a daughter.

    At No. 9 Lowndes Street, London, on the 19th instant, the Hon. Mrs Henry Baillie, a daughter.

    At Belgrave Square, London, on the 21st instant, the wife of the Right Hon. Sidney Herbert, a son.

    At 161 Castle Street, Townhead, Glasgow, on the 23d instant, Mrs John Deary, three sons.

    At Quay Street, Saltcoats, on the 22d instant, Mrs James Fullerton, a son.
    MARRIAGES [04]
    At Dumbarton, on the 23d instant, by the Rev. Dr. Napier of Glasgow, Christina, eldest daughter of William Mackinlay Esq., writer, to Mr Andrew Ure, founder, Dunbarton.

    At the Episcopal Chapel, Elgin, on the 11th instant, the Rev. Edward Seymour Stocker, fellow of the University of Durham, to Jean Hamilton, eldest daughter of Sir Archibald Dunbar, Bart., of Northfield.
    DEATHS [04]
    At Spring Hill, Gourock, on the 20th instant, James Sharp Esq., Orr Square, Paisley.

    At Largs on the 20th instant, Wilhelmina, infant daughter of Mr Peter Henderson, Sheriff-Clerk, Paisley.

    At Edenwood, Fifeshire, on the 20th instant, Sir George Campbell.

    At No. 13 Gayfield Square, on the 22d instant, Miss Elizabeth Dick, daughter of the late Rev. Robert Dick, minister of the Trinity College Church, Edinburgh, aged 91.

    At Keillor, on the 18th instant, Mrs RJ Jones, eldest daughter of Hugh Watson Esq.

    At Shaw Place, Gourock, on the 16th instant, Captain Duncan Macintyre, late of the Ayrshire Militia.

    At Gourock on the 25th instant, Mrs L Gowan, or Barrhead.

    At South Woodside, on the 24th instant, Isabella Stewart, relict of Mr John McGibbon, miller.

    At Kilcreggan, on the 21st instant, aged 16, Margaret Aitken, fifth daughter of Mr David Robertson, bookseller, Glasgow.

    At no. 12 Albert terrace, Knightsbridge, on the 18th instant, in the 86th year of his age, Edward Wakefield Esq., the well-known author of "Ireland, Political and Statistical".

    At kohat, Punjaub, on the 1st April, of typhus fever, deeply regretted by all at the station, John Edwin Cathcart, M.D., assistant surgeon, 4th Punjaub cavalry, aged 25, youngest son of Elias Cathcart, Esq., of Auchendrane, Ayrshire.

    FRIGHTFUL DEATH [abbreviated] [04] ... on Friday afternoon, David Garly, engine-keeper at the works belonging to Thomas Jackson Esq., Coatbridge, met his death. He had a previous accident with his arm some time ago and had only returned to his employment the day of his death, his arm being weak from the injuries, he had it slung in a rope, to enable him to work. He had been warned about being near machinery with a loose portion of rope, while oiling part of an engine, the rope was drawn in, dragging the man in and was almost ground to pieces, deceased was about 25 years of age and has left a wife and two children.

    CHILD KILLED [abbreviated] [04] ...on Friday, Margaret Purdon, a child of five years, was killed on the Gartshervie branch of the Monkland Railway by two wagons passing over one of her legs and crushing it. She had been playing by the side of the track with another child of her own age, who is said to have pushed her onto the rail in front of the wagons.


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