Eleanor Brash. He wed Frances Duncan Hendry and lived in Edinburgh working as a joiner" />

Andrew Brash Smith 1879-1952

Andrew was born on 1 March 1879 at Ironworks, Gladsmuir, East Lothian. The son of Robert Smith and Eleanor Brash. His mother died when he was four. In 1887 his father married Agnes Murray and in 1891 he was living with his father and step mother at Church Officer's House, Whittingehame, East Lothian. By 1901 he was a joiner living at 29 Lauriston Yard, Edinburgh with his brother-in-law John Bone and sisters Eliza Bone and Agnes Smith.

christening photo of Robert with his sisters and mother

Christening of Robert William 1917


On 3 June 1905 at Cottyburn, a part of Longniddy, Gladsmuir, East Lothian Andrew married Frances Duncan Hendry. He was a joiner living at 44 Spottiswoode Street, Edinburgh and Frances was a domestic servant living at 2 Lansdowne Crescent, Edinburgh. The witnesses were J Begbie and T Scott, neither of them are obvious family members but there is a Bono Begbie included in a family photograph taken in the 1930's.

On the death of his wife's uncle, Andrew Hendry in 1906, Andrew Smith inherited the joinery business in Gladsmuir and the family moved back there for a while but by 1917 they had returned to Edinburgh, living at 24 Arden Street.

By 1938 Frances and the children still living at home had moved across the road to 67 Arden Street.

Andrew could play popular tunes on the piano by ear. He suffered many years of ill health and spent the later part of his life in an institution dying on 7 October 1952 in Edinburgh. He is buried at Colinton.

Around 1956 Frances moved to 25 Blackford Avenue, Edinburgh. This was the top flat but had its own entrance and staircase. It also had a garden, her half being furthest from the building. In the summer of 1966 she fell, breaking her hip. This was before hip replacements and she spent the last two years of her life in hospital, dying just before her 87th birthday in December 1968.


  1. Mary Duncan Smith born 5 May 1906, 19 Panmure Place, Edinburgh

    Mary never married. She worked as a cook. Suffered from multiple sclerosis and in later years lived with her mother and sister in Edinburgh. As the disease progressed she entered Liberton hospital where she died in 1981.

  2. Eleanora Brash Smith born 5 May 1909, Gladsmuir

    Known as Eleanor. Graduated in chemistry at Edinburgh university. She taught for a while and married Andrew McLean, a chemist for BP at Grangemouth, on 12 August 1938 at Edinburgh. Eleanor had also applied for a chemist's job at BP but was rejected on the grounds that they did not employ women in that position. They had two sons and moved to Dollar, Clackmannanshire where they lived for many years. Andrew died from a heart attack in 1981. Eleanor then moved to a flat in Edinburgh, dying in 1988.

  3. Eliza Wilhelmina Brash Smith born 5 August 1912, Gladsmuir

    Was known as Minnie. She became a hospital matron and did not marry. When she retired she lived with her mother and sister at 25 Blackford Avenue. She went into a home after suffering a stroke and died in Edinburgh on 17 July 2001

  4. Robert William Smith Born 25 January 1917, 24 Arden Street, Edinburgh

    He has his own page