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William Thompson 1805-1847

William was born on 10 August 1805 at Corsbie, a farm in the parish of Legerwood, Berwickshire. He was the son of David Thomson and Margaret Mitchal. On 13 July 1832 at Gordon, Berwickshire he married Margaret Brotherson. Margaret had been baptised in Gordon on 24 February 1811, the daughter of Robert Brotherston and Isabella Mitchell. Around 1836 the family moved north to Angus and in 1841 they were living in the village of Westhaven in the parish of Panbride, Angus. William, a railway plater died on 18 April 1847 at Carnoustie, Angus. The 1861-1891 censuses record Margaret as living in Barry, Angus. She died on 2 December 1892 at Carnoustie. Her son James was the informant.


  1. David Thomson born 4 February 1833 Gordon, Berwickshire

    In 1851 he was a bleacher and in 1861 he was a bleachfield worker living in Barry, Angus

  2. Robert Thomson born 25 August 1835 Gordon, Bewickshire

    In 1859 at Arbroath, Angus, he married Margaret Tosh. Robert was employed in the linen industry and lived all his adult life in Arbroath. He was buried in the town's Western Cemetery in 1891 and Margaret in 1924.


    • Williamina Thomson born 1864 Arbroath, Angus

      She was a teacher. In 1888 at Banstead, Surrey Williamina married James Bennett. In 1891 they lived in Deptford, Kent and in 1901 Horsham, Sussex. James died before 1911. In 1911 Williamina was in Durham and in 1924, Northumberland. In 1925 she visited Canada and returned to Scotland dying in 1930 at 12 Colvill Place, Arbroath. There appears to be no children.

  3. Isabella Thomson born about 1837 Panbride, Angus

    In 1861 she was a servant for the Duncan family in Arbroath.

  4. George Thompson born about 1839 Carnoustie, Angus

    Around 1859 George emigrated to New Zealand and in 1864 he married Mary Close in Akaroa, Canterbury, N.Z. They initially lived at Sawyers Bay, Akaroa and later at Dunedin. His occupation varied between mariner and sawyer. George died at Dundedin in 1889. Mary had been born in 1847 at Sunderland, Durham, England and died at Port Chalmers, Dunedin in 1906.

    Children all born in New Zealand:-

    • Margaret Ann Thompson born 20 June 1865 Head of the Bay, Akaroa.

      Known as Maggie. In 1893 she married Matthew Gardiner Scott Solomon. In 1911 he was a fisherman and from 1919 to 1938 a farmer. Margaret died in 1944 at Owaka, Otago and Matthew in 1948 also at Owaka.

    • William Thompson born 26 July 1866 Head of the Bay, Akaroa.

      on 28 December 1892 at South Dunedin he married Janet Campbell. They lived in Port Chalmers. William died in 1932 as the result of an accident on the wharf at Port Chalmers and Janet died in 1934

    • Mary Elizabeth Thompson born 24 January 1870 in Akaroa

      She married William Winter at Port Chalmers on 3 September 1890. William died in 1924 in Pahiatua Hospital and Mary died in 1955 at Khandallah, Wellington

    • Williamina Thompson born 25 March 1874 and died 7 Jun 1875
    • George David Thompson born 19 August 1875 Sawyers Bay, Otago.

      In 1887 he enlisted in the Royal Navy. George died of disease on 8 January 1918 at Alverstoke, Hampshire, England and is buried in Southampton Cemetery. His widow Ina Bertha Florence Thompson married Alfred Grace in 1919 at Southampton and in 1925 she was granted administration of George's estate.

    • Thompson born 24 February 1878 at Sawyers Bay, Otago and died the next day
    • George Robert Thompson born 24 February 1878 at Sawyers Bay, Otago

      On 18 November 1908 at Port Chalmers he married Martha Jane Auld was an able seaman. He died on 6 December 1960 at Sawyers Bay. From 1963 Martha lived at Dunedin and died on 6 June 1968. There were no children

  5. James Thomson born 1842 Panbride, Angus

    On 31 December 1872 in Arbroath he married Jane Duncan. They lived all their lives in Arbroath. James was employed in the textile industry and in later years he was a law clerk. Children all born St Vigeans, Arbroath.

    • Isabella Williamson Thomson born 31 October 1873

      in 1891 she was a Bleachfield Worker.

    • Margaret Thomson born circ 1877

      Know as Maggie.

    • David Thomson born circa 1880

      In 1901 he was a joiner, house. By 1917 he was living in Southend on Sea, Essex

    • William Thomson born circa 1890
  6. Margaret Taylor Thomson born 1843 Carnoustie, Angus

    In 1861 she was a domestic servant in the Matter household in Barry. In 1871 to 1891 she was a weaver living with her mother in Barry. Margaret did not marry and died in 1906 at Barry.

  7. Mary Finlayson Thomson born 11 June 1845 Carnoustie, Angus

    She died in 1849, age 3, and is buried in Barry Churchyard.

  8. Wilhelmina Thomson born 1847 Barry Angus

    Also known as Minna. She did not marry and lived all her life in Barry in the family home. In 1861 she was a factory worker and from before 1871 to at least 1901 she was a weaver. Wilhelmina died in 1913 and is buried in Barry Churchyard Extension.