Friday, 1 August 2014

Where It All Began ... From 1500 to 1750 England was the King of Watches


An interesting article from WatchPro magazine entitled "Where It All Began ... From 1500 to 1750 England was the King of Watches". No mention of Kover here!

Go to Page 20 of the online magazine http://www.watchpro.com/emagazines/w_95.php to read the article. You have to give your email address to read the magazine.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Watch No. 7629 - a slight diversion - fourth instalment


Further to my previous posts relating to William Henderson, Watchmaker, Dundee

Watch No. 7629 - a slight diversion - first instalment
Watch No. 7629 - a slight diversion - second instalment
Watch No. 7629 - a slight diversion - third instalment 

I have now studied the testament of William Henderson in greater detail and give below a few extracts that I found of interest:

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I previously published that William's Mother, Christian Marshall or Henderson, inherited everything after payment of all just and lawful debts. I now find that the testament includes "the sum of Forty pounds Sterling to my sister Jean Henderson being the wages to which she is entitled for her services to me for this last four years and which sum was allowed to remain in my hands for her behoof as also interest thereon at the rate of five percent from this date till the same be paid & which sum and interest I declare to be a Preferable debt." 

According to on line inflation price calculators Jean Henderson's wages of 10 pounds Sterling per annum is equivalent to £1100 per annum in 2012. It is interesting to imagine why Jean allowed William to keep her wages "in his hands" when he appears to have had assets to the value of £373 (approximately equivalent to £41,000 today).  

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I previously stated that book debts due to the deceased totalled £63 19s 7d. The testament gives the following details; I have added notes as a result of my attempts to validate the names of debtors from other sources: 

Book debts due to the deceased as under writ:


£
s
d
Notes
Charles Alexander
7
6

Mr Baxter
3
6

John Bell London
5

Alexander Boyd Cabinet Maker
8
Listed in The Dundee Directory for 1850 as a cabinetmaker at Key’s Close, Nethergate.
Mr Beatts Tailor
3
6
Possibly Beatt - David Beatt is listed in The Dundee Directory for 1850 as a tailor at 44 High Street.
George Banks
7

R Boyd Fife
6

Mr Barrie?
1
6
May be Bassie
Miss Bell
2
6

Henry Brown Bookseller
3
Listed in The Dundee Directory for 1850 as bookseller and stationer at 45 High Street. Also as The London Bible Warehouse.
Robert Cowie Painter
2
2
Listed in The Dundee Directory for 1850 as a house-painter and paper-hanger at 37 Nethergate. Also named in Sequestration of William Cochran: http://www.edinburgh-gazette.co.uk/issues/5936/pages/97/page.pdf
Mr Crichton Inchture
8
Inchture is a village to West of Dundee.
Miss Duff
2
6

Mr Dickinson Clothier
3
7
E.F.Dickinson & Co. was listed in The Dundee Directory for 1850 as a Clothier at 11 Union Street. Also listed as E.F.Dickenson.
Mr Davidson Leith
7
2
6

David Dick
8
6

Mrs Donaldson Newport
1
4
Newport is South of Dundee across the Tay
Mr Easson Barrack Street
1
John Easson & Son is listed in The Dundee Directory for 1850 as cork-manufacturers at 28 Barrack Street. Alternatively, Alex. Easson is listed as an Elder in the Old Scotch Independent Church in Barrack Street.
Mr Elder
4
4

Mr Farquhar
6

Mr Fyffe Draper
7
11
10

Mr Gilroy
2
6

Mr Gellathy
"
"
3

Dr Gibson
"
1
3

Mr Glass Tealing
"
3
"
Tealing is a village North of Dundee.
Revd. Thos. Irvine Lundie
"
5
"
Lundie is a village North West of Dundee. Revd. Irvine is listed here: http://histfam.familysearch.org/getperson.php?personID=I52983&tree=Fasti
Peter Kay
"
1
6
May be Keay or Kerr. #
Mrs Kay
"
"
9

J Z Kay
"
4
3

Mr Keiller? Confectioner
"
1
"
May be Keiller. Both spellings found in the Dundee Lockit Book: http://www.fdca.org.uk/pdf%20files/LockitK.pdf
Mr Lawrie Draper
8
6
Listed in the Post Office Dundee Directory 1846-47 as Lawrie, J. & W. drapers at 36 Reform Street.
Mrs? Law? Union Street Dundee
9
May be Mr and may be Low - John Campbell Low is listed in The Dundee Directory for 1850 as plumber at 14 Union Street. Also listed in the Post Office Dundee Directory 1846-47 as Low, John C., plumber, 16 Union Street ; h. 14 do.
Mr Lawson Murraygate
3

William Lamb Alloa
1
8
6

J & J Lesslie Tinsmiths
18
Listed in The Dundee Directory for 1850 as tinplate-workers &c. at 86 Murraygate.
Mr Lawson Murraygate
4
6

John Mackison Stirling
7

John Murdoch
2

John Murdoch
2
6

Mrs John Murdoch
7

Miss Marshall
3
Marshall was William Henderson’s Mother’s maiden name.
Mrs McLeod
7

Mr Mosley London
5

Mr Morgan Draper Stirling
3

Miss Moon
1

Mr Millar Hatter
2
James Millar is listed in The Dundee Directory for 1850 as a hatter at 2 Reform Street. In the Post Office Dundee Directory 1846-47 listed as Millar, J. & J., hatters at the same address.
Mr Robert Martin
2
6

Robert Marshall London
7
5
7
Marshall was William Henderson’s Mother’s maiden name.
Dr Osborne
5
1
1
Osborne, George M., M.D. ; surgery, 142 Murraygate is listed in The Dundee Directory for 1850.
Mrs Parks
5

Archibald Paul
17
Paul, Archibald, writer, 17 Castle Street is listed in The Dundee Directory for 1850. One of his books “Random Writings” is here: http://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Random_Writings.html?id=oYPNQQAACAAJ&redir_esc=y
James Pattullo
1
Pattullo, Jas., 20 Reform St. is listed in The Dundee Directory for 1850.
William Paterson Fruiterer
4
7
6
Listed in in The Dundee Directory for 1850 are Paterson, William, fruiterer and gardener, 5 Seagate and Paterson, jun., fruiterer, 1 Union Street. There is an interesting article about William Paterson, 1810-1870, Potato Breeder of Dundee here: http://www.suttonelms.org.uk/pot70.html
Robert Ramsay
6

Mrs? Russell
5

Capt. Thos. Robertson
4
17
6
Possible listed in in The Dundee Directory for 1850 is Robertson, Thomas, shipmaster, 75 Seagate. Possible listed in The Dundee Directory for 1853-4 as Robertson, Thos. Robertson, 172 Seagate, shipmaster.
George Ritchie Tay & Tyne Shipping Coy
15
A George Ritchie, shipmaster, 87 Blackscroft appears in the Post Office Dundee Directory for 1846-7 and Ritchie is listed as Master of a Tay & Tyne Ship Co. vessel in the Shipping List in that Directory. There is no reference to George Ritchie, however, in The Dundee Directory for 1850.
Alexander Rickard
9
6

Revd. J Reston
8
The Dundee Directory for 1850 lists Rev. James Reston of St James’s Church, a United Presbyterian Church in Bell Street.
Mr David Scott
5
4

William Scott
9

William Sandeman Courier Office
7
3
The Dundee Directory for 1850 lists a George Sandeman at the Courier Office.
William Sime Senior
6
The Dundee Directory for 1850 lists Sime, Wm., stationer, &c., 57 Overgate and also Sime, William, jun., cabinetmaker, 96 Nethergate. The stationer is possibly William Sime Senior.
Mr Smellie
3
6

Mrs? Small Murraygate
3
6

Mr Smith Upholsterer
1
6
Under the heading UPHOLSTERERS The Dundee Directory for 1850 includes T. & A. Smith, 41 Nethergate.
Alexander Stephen
2
14
8

Stewart Strong
4

D Stoddart
19
6

William Small Merchant
2
6
The Dundee Directory for 1850 lists William Small, merchant, St Andrews Place.
John Steel Lillybank
3
6
The Dundee Directory for 1850 lists Steel, John of J. Steel and Sons and also Steel, James, & Sons, engineers, Lilybank Foundry. There is some information about Lilybank Foundry and J. Steel & Sons here http://www.dundee.ac.uk/archives/ms046.htm. It appears that John was not very adept at the management of the business after the death of his Father and Brother.
Mr White
2

Mrs? Wishart
6

David Webster Castle Street
1
6
The Dundee Directory for 1850 lists Webster, David, inspector of Dundee Gas Light Company ; h. 5 Broughton Ferry Road. Elsewhere the Dundee Gas Light Company’s Office is listed at 18 Castle Street.
Mrs Wallace Albion Hotel
6
The Dundee Directory for 1850 lists Wallace, Mrs, Albion Hotel 15 Tally St. and 48 Overgate.
Mr Young Dockgateman
1
The Dundee Directory for 1850 lists several dockgate-men but Mr Young is not among them. Nor is he identifiable in the Post Office Dundee Directory for 1846-7.

There are three debts of a little over £7, equivalent to £770 today. The smallest recorded debts are for 3d, equivalent to approximately £1.40 today.
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 William states that "...I William Henderson Watchmaker in Dundee considering that it is every person's duty to settle their worldly affairs in such a manner as to prevent all manner of disputes after death do hereby nominate, constitute & appoint my mother Mrs Christian Marshall or Henderson of Stirling but presently residing with me in Dundee to be my sole Executor...".

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William further states "...I desire to be buried in Stirling my native place...".

I have been searching for details of William's burial in Dundee; Unfortunately I have found little information on line regarding burials in Stirling but I shall persevere! If any reader has direct access to Stirling burial records I would be please to receive any relevant information. I am interested to know the cause of William's death at the age of 28.