Andrew Hendry 1810-1888

Andrew was born in Prestonkirk, East Lothian in 1810 or 1811 the son of George Hendry and Sybil Jeffrey. His father was a farm steward.

On 30 April 1836 in Gladsmuir, East Lothian, Andrew Hendry a wright of Prestonkirk parish married Elizabeth Walker of Gladsmuir. Elizabeth was born in Pencaitland, East Lothian the daughter of George Walker and Elizabeth Richardson. Her father was a farmer and inn keeper.

Tenon Saw Engraved "Andw Hendry"

Andrew and Elizabeth lived the whole of their long married life in Gladsmuir. Andrew is recorded in the census as a wright until 1861 when, from then on, his occupation is joiner. In 1851 he is also recorded as being a church officer and in 1861 he was the census enumerator for Mackmerry. He was also the parish undertaker.

Andrew and Elizabeth had one daughter and seven sons, four of whom worked in the family joinery business. Only two of the sons left male descendants.

Close Up of Engraving

I do not know for certain which Andrew owned the saw pictured here. The name is engraved at the top of the blade in the centre. It is also stamped A. Hendry on the wooden handle.

Until the beginning of the 20th century the Hendrys kept the joiners shop in Gladsmuir making farm carts.

Andrew died at Gladsmuir on 12 April 1888. He had been paralysed for six months. His son George was the informant.

Elizabeth died on 4 November 1895 aged 84 also at Gladsmuir Her son Andrew was the informant.

Their eight children were all born in Gladsmuir:-

  1. George Hendry born 21 August 1836

    George became a joiner. In 1889 at Newington, Midlothian he married Agnes Hewat. Agnes already had a daughter, Alison Hewat who was born in 1883 at Butterdean, East Lothian. Agnes was 17 years younger than George and in the 1891 and 1901 censuses he reduced his age by 6 years. He must have been found out as in 1911 his age is correct as is his death certificate. George died in 1914 at Milton, Pencailtland and Agnes probably died in 1949 at Ormiston, East Lothian aged 96. Child:-

    • Agnes Hewat Hendry born Gladsmuir 1891

      She probably died in 1972 at Tranent, East Lothian

  2. Elizabeth Hendry born 17 November 1838

    She did not marry and became a housekeeper for her brother, John. In 1881 she was living with him and his young family in Leith. In 1891 she was back in Gladsmuir living with her brother Andrew, his adult children and her mother. She died there in 1912.

  3. Andrew Hendry Born 18 September 1840

    Andrew became a joiner. In 1867 at Leith he married Christina Robertson. They had two children and after Christina died in 1872, Andrew and the children moved back to Gladsmuir where he worked in the family business, later taking over the running of it. He died in 1906 and in his will he left the joinery business to his son-in-law, Andrew Smith and a life interest in his estate to his sister Elizabeth and the reside to his grandchildren Christina and Janet Gowans. Children:-

    • Janet Hendry born 1868

      In 1898 at Gladsmuir she married Matthew Gowans, a mercantile clerk. They had two children, Christina Robertson Gowans born 1898 Leith, who was living with her aunt Elizabeth Hendry in Gladsmuir in 1911, and Janet Marion Gowans born in 1902 at Edinburgh who was living with her aunt Margaret Hendry in Leith in 1911 as their mother had died in 1902 at Edinburgh. Matthew died aged 72 at Leith in 1942.

    • Andrew Hendry born 1870

      A journeyman joiner, he died at Gladsmuir on 13 January 1895 from diabetes and pneumonia

  4. Thomas Hendry born 21 April 1842

    Thomas became a clerk at the coal mine. In 1875, at Gladsmuir, he married Agnes Duncan, the daughter of George Duncan, coal miner and Catherine McKay. Agnes already had a daughter Catherine Duncan born Leith in 1869. Children:-

    • George Hendry born 1877 Newmains, Lanarkshire

      In 1901 he was an engineer's draughtsman.

    • Elizabeth Hendry born 1879 Newmains.
    • Mary Falconer D Hendry born 1883 Cambusnethan, Lanarkshire
  5. Peter Hendry born 13 June 1844

    Peter was a private in the 74th (Highland) Regiment of Foot serving in Malta and Gibraltar. He was discharged, due to disability, in 1875 and was a Chelsea Pensioner living with his parents in 1881. He died at Gladsmuir in 1898.

  6. William Hendry born 1 January 1847

    He has his own page.

  7. John Hendry born 6 April 1849 (a)

    He married Margaret Robertson in 1872 at Leith. He was a cellarman and all their children were born in Leith. John had died by 1901 and Margaret together with Andrew, Peter and William emirgrated in 1911 on board Cassandra bound for Montreal. Children:-

    • Andrew Hendry born 1873

      In 1916 he was unmarried, a labourer on his brother's farm in Canada

    • Elizabeth Hendry born 1874

      She married David Hay. They were both Salvation Army Officers and left from Liverpool for South Africa in 1902 and returned in 1919. Children, born South Africa, Alexander Hay in 1903 and David William Hay in 1905

    • James Hendry born 1876
    • Edward Hendry born 1877

      He arrived in Canada in 1906 and in 1916 he was a farmer at Kindersley, Saskatchewan, unmarried.

    • Margaret Hendry born 1881
    • George Hendry born 1883
    • Peter Hendry born 1887

      He arrived in Canada in 1906.

    • Phoebe Hendry born 1889

      She married Thomas Ramsay in 1911 at Blackridge, West Lothian and died in Edinburgh in 1975

    • William Hendry born 1892

      He arrived in Canada in 1906.

  8. James Hendry born 16 March 1851

    James became a joiner. He died of smallpox at Gladsmuir in 1872.

  1. Thanks to the grand-daughters of Elizabeth Hendry for supplying the information about John's marriage and descendents.