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ABERDEENSHIRE
9th May 1886
Distressing Boat Accident on the Scotch Coast - A sad accident has occurred a short distance off the fishing village of St. combs, near Fraserburgh on the Aberdeenshire coast. A crab-fishing yawl was almost off the harbour returning from the fishing ground when a heavy sea swamped the yawl, and the occupanys - Andrew Bruce 56, and John Buchan 44, were thrown into the water. Both men struggled for a considerable time in view of hundreds of spectators. Two boats were launched but just before they reached the spot both men sank and were drowned. each leaving a widow and family.

18th November 1900
The following people received Royal Humane Society medals... Charles Laing, engineer, Peterhead, for his gallant action in Peterhead Bay, on September 6. A small boat was capsized by a squall and one of the occupants, becoming entangled in the rigging, did not come to the surface. Laing dived three times, and succeeded in liberating him and rescuing him in an exhausted state.

16th September 1917
Two Bathers Engulfed and Drowned. - Lance-Corporal Alfred McDonald of Glasgow and Private Arthur Orr Hay of Edinburgh who were employed at the Port Erroll brickworks, Aberdeenshire, went with another soldier to bathe in Cruden Bay, a short way from the village. All three were caught caught in a quicksand and shouted for help. Before assistance could reach them McDonald and Hay were drowned and their companion was completely exhausted.

15th December 1918
Seaman's Heroism. Saved many lives in a gale. The King has awarded the Bronze medal for gallantry in saving life at sea to Edwin Chatters, leading seaman R.N.R. On Oct 28, during a strong gale, the Russian S.S. Kiev, on which Chatters was returning to England, stranded on Rattray Briggs, Aberdeenshire. An invalided British seaman was lying helpless in his bunk, and although water was rushing through the alleyways, Chatters went below and brought him up. Further, when one of the ship's boats, which had been launched, was in danger of being swamped, Chatters swarmed down a fall into the boat, inserted a bung to keep out the water and climbed into the ship again. Later, the Peterhead lifeboat arrived, but was unable to get alongside the wreck and the 50 or 60 people remaining on board had to be transferred to the lifeboat by being drawn one by one through the water in a lifebelt. Chatters took up a position on the wreck from which he might easily have been washed overboard and controlled the operation with great skill and coolness.

ARGYLL AND BUTE
18th November 1900
The following people received Royal Humane Society medals... Alexander McVean, steward as Chevalier, for plunging into the harbour at Oban, at midnight on September 23, and saving a fireman who had fallen overboard.

13th April 1851
Sudden Death - On Monday morning last a tailor named Donald Mackphail from Campbeltown, in the parish of Petty, left home to go to the farm of Grange-green near Forres, on business with one of the servant lads there. When near the bridge of Findhorn the hand of death arrested him. he was found lying dead on the roadside by some persons passing. By a paper in his pocket the address was obtained of the person he was about to visit, who was brought to the spot, and identified the body. Information was sent to his wife and friends by whom the body was conveyed to Campbeltown yesterday.

AYRSHIRE
Paisley and Renfrewshire Gazette, 11th August 1883.- A Painter from Beith, named James McKenziem was fined in 10s. or go seven days in prison, for having thrown a large stone into an omnibus returning from the races, after he had been put off it because he would not or could not pay his fare.

The New York Times, 11th July 1892.
OBITUARY - Wilson - At 152 Camelia Street, Astoria, July 9, John Wilson, stonesetter of Ayrshire, Scotland, aged 65 years. Services at above address Monday evening at 8 o'clock. Funeral Tuesday at 10 o'clock A.M.

The New York Times, 29th November 1913.
LEAVES STEAMER TO WED - Miss Williamson arrives from Scotland and marries J.F. Glen. Miss Marjorie Williamson, daughter of the late Walter Williamson, alawyer of Beith, Scotland, and Mrs Williamson, who arrived yesterday on the Lusitania, was married yesterday afternoon to James F. Glen of Tampa, Fla. at 3:30 o'clock in the Faith Presbyterian Church, west Forty-eighth Street. The Rev. R.R. White performed the seremony in the presence of the immediate family and a few friends. The bride's only attendant was her sister, Miss Anna Williamson, who acted as maid of honor. Joseph Haan, brother pf R.M. Hann, proprietor of the St. Regis, acted as best man. After the ceremony a dinner was given at the St. Regis.

The New York Times, 2nd January 1909
OBITUARY NOTES - JAMES OSBORNE, who was one of the oldest employees of James McCreery & Co. and who was prominent in Democratic politics in Queens Borough, died yesterday at his home 21 First Street, Woodside. He was born at Kilmarnock, Scotland, Ayreshire, Scotland in 1843. He was for two years in the employ of the late A.T.Stewart. His widow, two daughters and four sons survive him.

The New York Times, 1st March 1879
PERCY - On Thursday Feb 27 1879, Robert P. Percy, a native of Kilmarnock, Scotland, in the 51st year of his age. Funeral on Sunday at 3 P.M. from his late residence, No. 70 Glenwood Av, Jersey City Heights.

The New York Times, 19th April 1862
CAMERON - In this sity, on Thursday, April 17 Mary Cuthbertson, beloved wife of Samuel Cameron, a native of Kilmarnock, Scotland, aged 75 years. The friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral at her late residence, No. 296 West 45th at this (Saturday) afternoon at 2 o'clock.

The New York Times, 19th July 1866 LAUGHLAND - On Tuesday, July 17, David Laughland, aged 70 years, a native of Kilmarnock, Scotland. The friends and relatives of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from the residence of his son John, No. 566 West 42d st., this day. (Thursday), July 19 at 2 o'clock P.M.

BANFFSHIRE
The New York Times, 15th February 1860 DIED - MILNE- at his native town, Banff, Scotland, Robert Milne, formerly of the City of New York.

The New York Times, 2nd June 1894
DIED - MARCUS-Margaret Elder, born Banff Scotland. beloved wife of Herman Marcus, passed away peacefully, Wednesday morning, May 30, at her late residence, The Amidon, West 83d St. and Boulevard, New York. Funeral services to be held at 179 Harrison St, Brooklyn, on Saturday June 2 at 2 o'clock. Please omit flowers.

The New York Times, 23rd August 1881
MARRIED. BARGIN-SANGSTER - At Earnhill, Banff, Scotland, on the 2d of August, by the Rev. James Davidson, St. Andrew's Church, John Jay Bargin of New York to Henrietta Milne, youngest daughter of the late Francis Garden Sangster.

The New York Times, 2nd June 1872
OBITAURY - James Gordon Bennett. - It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Mr James Gordon Bennett, the founder and proprietor of the New York Herald in the seventy-seventh year of his age. Mr Bennett died at his residence, in this city, at 5:25 o'clock yesterday afternoon, after a lingering illness. On the 25th uit. he susrained a brief convulsive attack, accompanied by epileptic symptoms, though not so marked as to excite apprehension. Twelve hours after the attack was repeated in a more decided form. On Tuesday last, at the request of Mr Bennett, Archbishop McCloskey visited his bedside and administered to him the last sacraments of the Church. Since that date the patient remained in a semi-unconscious state, and death came to his easily and without pain....his parents, who were French Catholics of the town of Keith in the County of Banffshire. Mr Bennett was born at New Mills in the year 1797. FIFE
13th October 1918
Missing Relative - Mrs Hubert Martin, last heard of at Southampton 1905. Agnes McDonald, Peterhead Farm, Ladybank, Fife.

LANARKSHIRE
Manchester Guardian, 10th May 1851.
A THIEF CAUGHT IN A TRAP - A brawny labourer at Govan, who calls himself Hugh Berrie, was placed at the bar of the Southern District Police court, Glasgow, on Saturday, and being convicted by the evidence of the theft of a surtout coat, a silver-mounted snuff-horn, and a tape-line, from the house of Jeremiah Dobson, clothier, in Paisley Road, was sentenced to 30 days' imprisonment. The circumstances attending his attempted escape and easy capture are somewhat laughable. The theft was committed on Thursday night last; and, as he was making off with the coat below his arm, he was observed by a watchman, who suspected that his midnight vagaries were intended for no good. Having obtained the assistance of another night constable, they proceeded to arrest him. But Berrie was determined to show his activity in frustrating the intentions of his pursuers, and leaped a wooden fence ay the side of the road there, which he, no doubt, considered would to them prove an insurmountable barrier. Unfortunately for him, however, he jumped from the"frying-pan into the fire", and to his great surprise and chagrin he found himself in the General Railway terminus, which was guarded by a private watchman and a barking cur. How to escape from this position, now more perilous than ever, he knew not; but something behoved to be done, for the young yelping dog must soon have effected his apprehension. In the hurry of the moment he sprung into a sentry-box, the spring door of which, opening only from the outside, shut behind and made his a prisoner. When he discovered that he had unwittingly entrapped himself, he called lustily for release from his little prison. He fell an easy prey to his accusers, but firmly denied any knowledge of the matter. He was immediately taken into custody - Glasgow Daily Mail.

The New York Times, 7th September 1865.
OBITUARIES - Irvin - At Glasgow, Scotland, on Thursday, Aug 24 aged 15 years and 5 months. John James youngest son of Richard and Mary Irvin of this city.
Pollock - At Rumford, near Fredericksburgh, Va. on Sunday Aug27, William Pollock Esq. son of the late Rev. John Pollock, D.D. Minister of Govan, Lanarkshire, Scotland.

The New York Times, 21 May 1882.
OBITUARY - Gilbert Burns, an old British war sailor and a nephew of Robert Burns the poet, is now an inmate of the Glasgow poor-house, and 80 years of age. One of the local newspapers is 'organising a movement' to 'wipe off a national reproach' but is said not yet to have met with much success, although 200 would enable the old man to die in peace and comfort.

The New York Times, 2nd August 1882.
GLASGOW Aug 1 - On the arrival here of the steamer State of Nevada from New York one of the passengers, named John Rapier, was arrested on a charge of forgery committed at Chicago. He will be detailed until the arrival of an extradition warrant.

Paisley and Renfrewshire Gazette, 21st July 1883.
On Sunday, a boy named Robert Gibson Hargan, aged fourteen years, who resided in Mathison Street Glasgow, was drowned while bathing in the Forth and Clyde canal.

Paisley and Renfrewshire Gazette, 25th August 1883.
FIRE RAISING - Robert Smillie was charged with recklessly setting fire to the mill of Messrs. Wilson and Rankine, seed merchants, Ladywell Street, Glasgow, on the 20th of June, and at the same time stealing a tweed jacket and a pair of woollen cuffs, the property of the storeman. he was sent to prison for twelve months.

Paisley and Renfrewshire Gazette, 25th August 1883.
VITRIOL THROWING - Ann Brown or Archman and Annie Archman, mother and daughter, were accused with having on the 6th of July, in Argyle Street, Glasgow, assaulted Catherine McNeillan and thrown upon her a quantity of vitriol, whereby she was severely burned on the face. The jury, by a majority, found the accused guilty as libelled, and they were sentenced to eighteen and six months' imprisonment respectively, the elder offender to be kept to hard labour.

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PERTHSHIRE
18th November 1900
The following people received Royal Humane Society medals...John Haggart, postman, Perth, for his gallant plunge into the Tay on October 10, when he rescued a girl named Chalmers, who had attempted to commit suicide.

RENFREWSHIRE
Paisley and Renfrewshire Gazette 7th July 1883
ILLICIT DISTILLING IN GREENOCK - The Greenock police on the 29th ult. entered premises in Crawford Street, and seized an illicit still and twenty gallons of whisky. Thoas Welsh and Catherine Kelly, who were caught in the act of distilling, were brought before the Justices of Peace, and fined 30 and 5 respectively. They went to prison.

The New York Times, 25th October 1872.
OBITUARY - Gen. William Schouler. The death of Gen. William Schouler occurred last evening at his late residence in Jamaica Plain, Mass. Gen. Schouler was born Dec 31 1814 at Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire, Scotland. His father came to America while William was yet a yound child, and established a cloth and silk print-works at Staten Island. He subsequently established the same business at West Cambridge, Mass, now Arlington, where he resided many years with his family, consisting of his wife, four sons and two daughters. William, while with his father and brothers at Arlington, established the cloth and bleaching business which he conducted for some years. Before he was twenty-one years of age he evinced a strong literary taste, was an earnest student, took a deep interest in political studies, and on this and other subjects contributed articles to several papers. He married Miss Warren, a sister of William Wilkins Warren, of Boston. The children of this union, who are all living are James Schouler, a lawyer; William Schouler, an Episcopal clergyman at Brandon, Vr; John Schouler, Lieutenant-Commander in the navy, and two unmarried daughters. At the age of twenty-eight Gen. Schouler purchased the Lowell Courier, which he edited for six years, having represented Lowell in the Massachusetts Legislature during that period. At the end of that time he removed to Boston, having purchased an interest in the Atlas, and had associated with him Dr. Thos. M. Brewer, and succeeded in making it the leading Whig paper of New England. he was an intimate friend of Faniel Webster, was for several years a representative from Boston in the Legislature, and a delegate to the Constitutional Conventionn of 1853. After the election of Gen. Pierce to the Presendency in 1852 Col. Schouler, who held that rank in the militia, moved to Ohio, where he became connected with the Cincinnati Gazette, and afterward with the State Journal of Columbus. Through his strong and persistent opposition to all concessions to slavery he became very popular and was made Adjutant-General of Ohio by Hon. Salmon P. Chase, who was then Governor. In 1858 solicited by many of his old friends in Massachusetts, he returned to Boston, and for a short time was connected with the Atlas and Daily Bee. In 1860 he was appointed by Gov. Banks as Adjutant General of Massachussents, an office which he held seven years, performing his arduous duties during the war for the Union with fidelity and ability, and with honor to himself and to Massachusetts.These services were heartily appreciated by Gov. Andrew, who upon retiring from the Gubernatorial chair Jan 6 1868, paid a handsome tribute to Gen. Schouler in a military order, which proved to be the last official act of his life. Subsequently Gen. Schouler served a term in the Massachusetts Senate from essex County. He was one of the signers of the call for the Cincinnati Convention from Massachusetts and was the coalition candidate form Presidential Elector in the Eighth District of massachusetts.

The New York Times 25th December 1898
STRANGE FUNERAL CUSTOMS, from Notes and Queries - In an interesting history of his parish, the Rev. James Murray of Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire, mentions that "amid the enjoyments of the people we must not fail to notice funerals"; and he calls attention to a curious custom which was prevalent in connection with them. It appears a sieve containing clay pipes filled with tobacco was handed round just before the cortege started. Then the mourners smoked, and when the kirkyard was reached, as the grave was being filled, each stepped solemnly forward and cast his pipe "amang the mools".

Paisley and Renfrewshire Gazette 7th July 1883
DEATH OF A WELL KNOWN PAISLEY 'CHARACTER' - A well known Paisley 'character' has this week gone over to the majority. William McAllister, better known as the 'Charleston Puddock' died in the Abbey poorhouse on Sunday afternoon. He was aged 52 years. In early life, he followed the calling of a sweep, and in consequence of a fall from the roof of the Old Bishopton Inn, he was deformed, and for many years lived on the charity of the public. Laterly, however, he spent the most of his time in the prison of the prrohouse. His dwarfish, bent figure, his short stick and his dog (his faithful companion in misery) were familiar objects for many years on the streets of Paisley.

Paisley and Renfrewshire Gazette 14th July 1883
A PAISLEY MAN FOUND DEAD IN THE CLYDE - On Monday morning, the dead body of a man was found floating in the Clyde, opposite Strathclyde Street (East), Glasgow. he was lodged in the mortuary at the Eastern Police Station, where, in the course of the afternoon, it was identified as that of William Bradford, slater, Paisley. Deceased, who had lodged in a house in George Street, left his lodgings a week ago to do a job in Glasgow. There were no marks of violence on the body.

Paisley and Renfrewshire Gazette 21st July 1883
ACCIDENT ON THE RAILWAY NEAR ARKLESTON - On Monday afternoon a labourer, named Mark Topin, forty-four years of age, met with a somewhat strange accident whilst working on the railway near Arkleston. It appears that Topin was standing with his left foot resting on one of the rails, when the engine of a goods train came up, and passing over Topin's foot, crushed it severely. he was removedn to the Paisley Infirmary, where the foot had to be cut off.

Paisley and Renfrewshire Gazette 11th August 1883
ACCIDENT AT WALKINSHAW OIL WORKS - On Thursday, Austin Grady, a bricklayer's labourer, was admitted into the Infirmary suffering from severe injuries in his feet having been run over by a barrow at Walkinshaw Oil Works in the morning. His injuries were at once attended to bt Dr. Gardner.

Paisley and Renfrewshire Gazette 11th August 1883
Two men named George Clark and James McNamara were sent ten days to prison for having attempted to play at a game of hazard in Gilmour Street on Thursday. John Haughey, a labourer, for brandishing an open pocket knife and threatening passers-by, was fined in the moderate sum of 5s., with the option of being sent into "durance vile" for three days.

Paisley and Renfrewshire Gazette, 25th August 1883.
ANOTHER WIFE BEATER SENT TO PRISON - Yesterday, at the Police Court - Baillie Johnston presiding - James Steen, a dyer, residing at 84 Causeyside, was found guilty of assaulting his wife in their house on Thursday by striking her on the face with his fists. Accused attacked his wife because she would not give him money to get drink. Having been repeatedly convicted of the same offence, accused was sent to prison for thirty days.

Manchester Guardian 16th June 1886
SERIOUS FIRE AT PAISLEY - A fire broke out last night at Paisley in the chemical works of Messrs. Muir and Anderson, which was destroyed, together with 16 houses in the pprer part of the town, the thatched roofs having been ignited by sparks from the works. Fifty families are homeless, and damage to the extent of 20,000 has been done. [http://www.btinternet.com/~graeme.kirkwood/Prewar2/Paisley.htm - Destructive fire in Muir and Anderson's Chemical and Button Factory in Christie Street. A stiff breeze was blowing and red hot buttons and sparks were carried across the river Cart to a number of thatched houses in Brick Lane, which were totally destroyed. The flames then spread to Highland Lane, where several tenements were destroyed. Nearly 50 families were rendered homeless. (This blaze came to be known locally as the Button Fire). About this time the Town Council purchased a 50 ft. wheeled fire escape.]

New York Times 27th June 1886
FIFTY-SIX CLYDESDALES BOUGHT - A member of a Kansas firm of horse dealers has just purchased 56 Clydesdale stallions for 15,000 from Mr Riddell, the owner of the famous Blackhall stud in Renfrewshire. He has also bought a number of French horses for exportation to America.

The New York Times, 28th December 1902.
OBITUARY - Watson - Dec 25, at 338 Dean Street, Brooklyn, James Watson, a native of Renfrewshire, Scotland, in the 81st year of his age.

New York Times 14th February 1883
LONDON Feb 13 - Crofthead's twisting mills, at Milston, Renfrewshire, Scotland, have been burned. The loss is 50,000. Five hundred persons are thrown out of employment by the fire.

New York Times 10th November 1880
Col. William Mure. A London dispatch announces the death of Col. William Mure, Liberal member of Parliament for Renfrewshire, Col. Mure was the eldest son of an eminent scholar and historian of the same name, and was born in 1830. He entered the Army in 1847 as a Lieutenant in the Sixtieth Rifles, with which regiment he served in the Punjab campaign. He took part in the battle of Goojerat and other engagements in India. he served in the Eastern campaigns with the Seventy-ninth Regiment, and was subsequently transferred to the Scots Fusilier Guards. He retired with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in 1859.

The New York Times, 29th October 1876.
A man blown to atoms. From the Pall Mall Gazette.
In the annals of suicide few cases are more remarkable than one which occurred a few days ago at Nitshill, in Scotland, where a miner named Duncan deliberately blew himself up with dynamite. It seems that the unfortunate man, who was about fifty years of age, was much distressed at some remarks made about him by his neighbours. On Monday afternoon he was seen coming out of his house with a parcel in his hand, described as being of the size of a two pound loaf, and to which was attached two peices of colliers' "strum" or match. This parcel contained dynamite. Having procured a match from the house of a neighbour, to whom he remarked that "they had said a great deal of him lately, but he would put it past them now." Duncan went out into the street, and putting the parcel down on the ground, leaned well over it. He then lighted the "strum" with the match. At this moment some boys, attracted by his unusual attitude, came toward him. "Keep back" shouted Duncan, "for the love of God! or you will be blown into eternity". Thus adjured, the boys did keep back, and it was well for them that they did so, for a moment later there was a loud explosion, which startled the whole village and Duncan was instantanneously blown to atoms. On the spot where the dynamite had been laid there was left a hole about three feet deep by two feet and a half wide.

ORKNEY ISLANDS
The New York Times, 7th September 1865
OBITUARY - Reid - In Brooklyn, on Monday Sept 4, Capt. Thos. Reid, of Orkney Islands, Scotland, in the 29th year of his age. The relatives and friends, the members of Brooklyn Lodge, No.288, F&A.M., the members of the Caledonian Club, and also the members of the Shipping Masters' Association, are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, from the residence of hus aunt, No. 176 Adams St. on Thursday Sept 7 at 2 o'clock precisely, without further notice.

SHETLAND ISLANDS
26th August 1900.
Capture of two hundred whales - A large school of whales was captured at Whiteness, in Shetland. The whales came towards the land on Friday morning. A number of boats were then put off, the crews, after working the whole day, succeeding in driving them into shallow water. The whales numbered 200, and the scene at the killing of the monsters was horrible to witness. Men and biys waded into the water, armed with knives, scythes, or any weapon that could cut and maim. Almost the whole population of the place were present.

WIGTOWN
The New York Times, 19th July 1866
GRANT - on Wednesday July 18, Jean Grant in the 87th year of her age, a native of Stranraer, Scotland. Relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from the house of her son, Alex. Grant, No. 30 1st av., Mount Vernon, Westchester County, on Friday afternoon at 3 1/4 o'clock. Cars leave 27th St. Depot, New Haven Railroad, at 2 1/4 o'clock, returning at 4:40 and 7:30 P.M.

UNSPECIFIED
The New York Times, 6th October 1851
Deaths in San Francisco - August 24th.
Mary Highlands, 37, Scotland

The New York Times, 7th September 1854.
Conjugal Statistics. The Conjugal Condition of the people of Great Britain - extracts from the Census Report. ...The proportional number of widows varies in different parts of Great Britain, from various causes, as it depends on the number of marriages, the mortality of husbands and of widows, the greater or less disposition to re-marriage, and the accidental congregation in certain towns of women living on small annuiries. In England and Wales 7.2, in Scotland 8.4, in the islands of the British seas 9.1 in 100 of the femail population are widows, and 3.8 in England and Wales, 3.4 in Scotland and 3.4 in the islands out of 100 males are widowers. There are proportionally more widows and fewer widowers in Scotland than in England, which may perhaps be accounted for by widowers marrying again more, and widows less frequently in Scotland than in England. At the age of 40-60, 16 on England and 19 in Scotland, out of 100 women of that age are widows, at 60-80, 45 in England and 47 in Scotland ate the proportions, which at 80-100, ascend to 76 in England and to 70 in Scotland, where old widows probably experience a high mortality, as, until lately, the provision for the sustenance of the aged poor was more imperfectly organized in Scotland than in England.

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