William Hendry 1847-1919

William was born in Gladsmuir, East Lothian on 1 January 1847 the son of Andrew Hendry and Elizabeth Walker.

In the 1861 census he was a farm servant living at Gladsmuir and in 1871 he was a labourer, still living at Gladsmuir.

On 4 December 1874 he married Mary Dobson Duncan at 2 Craigrossie Place, North Leith. By this time William was a railway porter living at 10 Calton Hill, Edinburgh. Mary was a domestic servant living at 9 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh. Her father's occupation was contractor. The witnesses were Thomas Hendry, presumably the groom's brother and Maggie Duncan

Mary was born in Westmorland, England. Her marriage certificate shows her parents to be William Duncan and Margaret Dobson but her death certificate gives her mother's name as Frances Dobson. I believe Frances is correct. (See the Dobson page for more details).

On 20 August 1878 their son Andrew Hendry was born at 2 Salmond Place, Edinburgh. He died on 29 August 1880 aged 2.

On 31 December 1881 their daughter, Frances Duncan Hendry was born at 2 Salmond Place, Edinburgh. She has her own page.

Lime Kiln Cottages, Longniddry

By 1891 the family had moved to Harelaw Lime Kilns, Longniddry, Gladsmuir, East Lothian. These Lime Kilns had stopped operating in 1887. William's occupation was given as road surface man. Road metal was quarried in the parish and it is probable that he worked in the quarry.

William's occupation and address was the same in 1901

Mary died on 3 March 1912 at Longniddry. By this time her daughter and family had moved from Edinburgh back to Gladsmuir and her son-in-law was a master joiner, having inherited the Hendry family business.

With the introduction of the tractor the demand for wooden farm carts died out and when his daughter's family moved to 24 Arden Street, Edinburgh William went with them.

William became a jobbing gardener. He died on 25 November 1919 in Craiglockhart Poor House, Edinburgh.

Although his father was a joiner in Gladsmuir and some of Williams brothers were employed in the business I have found no record of William ever working there.

Known children:-

  1. Andrew Hendry born 20 August 1878, Edinburgh

    He died 29 August 1880.

  2. Frances Duncan Hendry born 31 December 1881, Edinburgh.

    She has his own page.