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The Duncans In Scotland,

Chapter 8, an Extract from

"We Are All Margaret Haldane's Bairns"

"By John Duncan,

"of Melbourne, Australia 2001"

Transcribed & Updated for the web,
by his American Cousin,
Colleen Cahoon, of Texas

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The Duncans In Scotland

Malcolm and Isabella seated;
Back: Elizabeth McMillan Duncan, James Duncan, Mary Duncan;
Dugald McMillan Duncan [the compiler's father,] in Highland Dress
Front: Isabella Napier Stewart Duncan, Baby Malcolm McMillan Duncan,
and Christine Duncan.

        Duncan descendants of Margaret Haldane did not commence until the marriage of her Grand-daughter, Isabella Napier Stewart to Malcolm McMillan Duncan, however, it is important to the compiler to list all his Duncan family members.

        Malcolm’s father was James Duncan and his mother was Elizabeth McMillan whose portrait in oils was painted by their son, Dugald McMillan Duncan, and which now hangs in the dining-room of the compiler.

        James was a Master Umbrella Maker with a shop at Bridgeton Cross, Glasgow, and, according to family advice, he was the leading manufacturer in Glasgow. The shop was sold to one of his apprentices, and was still trading during the compiler’s stay there.

James Duncan Marriage to Elizabeth McMillan.

IGI Record.
James Duncan marriage to Elizabeth McMillan on 11 Oct 1846,
Bridgeton, Barony, Lanark, Scotland.
Source: Batch Number 7229810 Source Call No. 0822552
Type Film, Printout Call No. NONE, Sheet 3.


1]   James Duncan, married/divorced, no children.
Birth. 09 JAN 1855, , Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland.
Parents: James Duncan, Elizabeth McMillan.
Source: Batch Number 7210335, Sheet: 89.
Dates: 1855-1875, Source Call No. 0820303, Type :Film, Printout Call No. NONE.

2]   Dugald McMillan Duncan, Artist, “died relatively young”. Compiler has a number of his paintings and sketches including a self-portrait.

As revealed in the following portraits of Mary and John Duncan,
by John's brother, the Artist, Dugald truly was gifted!
Mary (nee Neilson) Duncan's portrait, by
 Dugald Duncan. Photo Image of the original is compliment of Mary's Greatgrand-daughter, Fiona
 (nee Stafford) Hesketh. John Duncan's portrait, by Dugald Duncan. Photo
 Image of the original is compliment of John's Greatgrand-daughter, Fiona (nee Stafford) Hesketh.

3]   Malcolm McMillan Duncan, married on 30 March 1882, to Isabella Napier Stewart
Malcolm Duncan, Birth: 17 May 1857, Bridgeton, Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland
Parents: James Duncan, Elizabeth McMillan
Source: Batch Number C119201.
Dates: 1855-1875, Source Call No. 6035516 Register, Type :Film, Printout Call No. NONE.

The IGI Birth Record of Isabella Napier Stewart,
Birth: 14 NOV 1857, Central District, Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland
Parents: John Stewart, Mary McMillan
Source: Batch Number C116441.
Dates: 1855-1875, Source Call No. 6035516 REGISTER,
Type :Film, Printout Call No. NONE.

Marriage Extract of Malcolm Duncan & Isabella Stewart.
{Courtesy David Nicholson.}

“ Isabella Stewart age 24 of 27 Stirling St. Glasgow to Malcolm Duncan age 24 of 6 Springfield Road, Glasgow on 30 March 1882 at 180 Gallowgate, Glasgow by Peter John Rollo, Minister of the Baptist Church there.   Malcolm was an Umbrella Maker Journeyman, and the son of James Duncan, Umbrella Maker Master, and Elizabeth McMillan.   Witnesses were Christina Stewart {her sister} and Dugald McMillan Duncan” {his brother the artist.}

Family:   1]  Christine Duncan born Glasgow, died with her infant, in Melbourne, in complications of childbirth.   Emigrated to Melbourne, Australia, Married W. Moffat.

            2]   Mary Duncan born Glasgow, died 1955 at Fremantle, Western Australia. [refer biography in 'Duncans in Australia' chapter.]

            3]   Isabella Napier Stewart Duncan born Glasgow, married William Alfred Boyd there, no children.  Isa died in Blairgowrie, Victoria, AU, 10 Dec 1985.  [refer biography in Duncans in Australia chapter.]

            4]   Elisabeth McMillan Duncan born in Glasgow, emigrated in 1930’s to Melbourne.  Married Widower Joseph Hughes there, stepchildren only.  Died 12 Oct 1985 at Queenscliff, Victoria.  [refer biography in Duncans in Australia chapter.]

            5]   James Duncan was born on 07 Apr 1883, in Glasgow and married Catherine O’Neill born there.  Emigrated to Canada in 1910, lived Montreal.  Died c1955-1964 there and Catherine died in 1950’s in Montreal.  [refer biography in Duncans in Canada chapter.]

                   Family:    1]   Mamie Duncan died.

                                 2]   Cissie Duncan born Glasgow c1908,
                                       arrived Canada 1911-1912, with
                                       mother, Catherine.
                                       Last seen 1931 in Montreal Quebec.

                                 3]   Archibald Duncan was born in
                                       Glasgow c1904; arrived Canada 1911-
                                       1912. “Died c1970-1980”.

                                        Family:   1]  Isabel Duncan, home
                                                           in 1940’s:
                                                           1118 Shenneville Ave.

                                                       2]   Arthur Duncan –Ditto-
                                                             Family:   1]  Daughter.

            6]  John Duncan infant, died.

            7]  Dugald McMillan Duncan, Electrician, born Glasgow, 1891, died 1952.  Married 30 Apr 1912 to Annie Moore born 1892 in Glasgow.  [parent’s of the original compiler, John Duncan] [see biographical notes, no.1 for Annie and no.5, for Dugald.] Annie Moore’s parents were John Moore, General Dealer, and Catherine Tully, who lived in Glasgow. Catherine died prior to 1912.
                 Family:      1]   Chrissie Duncan, infant, died
                                       of meningitis.

                                 2]   Dugald McMillan Duncan. Born c1913.
                                       [refer to biography in Duncans in
                                       Australia chapter.]

                                 3]   Catherine Duncan born c1921,
                                       died 19 Mar 1986, married
                                       James Hence c1943, no children.
                                       [biographical note no.4, further on.]

                                 4]   John Duncan born
                                       03 May 26 Glasgow, Scotland;
                                       died 12 Mar 2010; Victoria, AU;
                                       married 09 Mar 1951, at Gartcosh,
                                       Lanarkshire, Scotland, to
                                       Matilda McKendrick Miller.
                                       [refer to The Duncan’s in Australia
                                       and following biographical notes.]

4]   Archibald Duncan. Unmarried.
Archibald Duncan, born 13 FEB 1863,
Bridgeton, Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland.
Parents: James Duncan, Elizabeth McMillan.
Source: Batch Number C119201.
Dates: 1855-1875, Source Call No. 6035516 Register,
Type :Film, Printout Call No. NONE.

5]   Annie Duncan, married/divorced Mr. Cowper #78.
Annie Duncan Birth, 05 AUG 1866,
Bridgeton, Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland.
Parents: James Duncan, Elizabeth McMillan
Source: Batch Number C119201.
Dates: 1855-1875, Source Call No. 6035516 Register,
Type :Film, Printout Call No. NONE.

      Family:    1]   Miss Cowper Married.

                     2]   Miss Cowper married.

6]   Elizabeth Duncan, born c. 1854, married on 27 Nov 1879, at 49 Lawrence Street, Partick, Glasgow, William Denovan, born c. 1852.

A very special Thank You goes to Claire Bain McClimont, for the details on her branch of the family, and for the lovely portraits, of her Great-Grandparents, she has so graciously shared : Elizabeth and William Denovan.
Elizabeth (nee Duncan)Denovan. William Denovan.

      Family:    1]   James "Jim" Duncan Denovan, born in ,
                      Glasgow, 13 March 1890, where he also died,
                      22 Dec 1954. William married 16 Sep 1921,
                      Maggie "Meg" Halliday Muir, born 7/2/1895
                      in Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland,
                      where they also married.
                      Meg died on 9th May 1969 in Glasgow, Scotland.

                          Their children were:
                          (a) Isobel Watt Denovan b. 7 June 1925,
                          died 22 Jul 1994, Glasgow. She married John Bain McClimont
                          on 23 Dec 1948 and they had three children:

                                 (i) Margaret Ann McClimont b. 24 Oct 1949 - alive in 2010,
                                 married, with 1 daughter and 2 sons,

                                 (ii) Alasdair Iain McClimont, b. 24 Oct 1951,
                                 died 2 May 2007 in Edinburgh.
                                 Survived by a wife, but had no children.

                                 (iii) Claire Bain McClimont b. 29 Jul 1958.
                                 Two sons and married for the second time.

                          (b) Elizabeth "Betty" Denovan, b. 27 Apr 1929,
                          died 18 Jun 2008,Glasgow. She married
                          William Livingstone Robertson on 8 Sep 1953
                          and they had a son and a daughter.

                                 (i) Graham Denovan Robertson, b. 6 Nov 1955, has one
                                 daughter and is married for the second time.

                                 (ii) Sandra Denovan Robertson, b. 24 Nov 1957,
                                 died Jul 2000 is survived by a husband,
                                 and four children; two sons and two daughters.

                      2]   Janet "Jen" Gray Denovan, b. 24 Aug 1893,
                      died 22 Feb 1971, Lenzie, nr Glasgow.
                      She married Herbert John Garrick, b. Jun 1892 Huyton,
                      Lancashire, England, died 5 Nov 1970.
                          Their child was:
                          William "Bill" Denovan Garrick, b. 5 Feb 1923.
                          He emigrated to Canada in 1949.
                          He married and divorced Mary Campbell Beveridge.
                                 He and Mary had a daughter:
                                 Fiona Campbell Garrick, b. 22 Nov 1948.
                          William's second wife, was called Rhoda.
                          William was still alive in 2008.

                      3]   Elizabeth "Bea" Duncan Denovan, was born
                      30th September 1886, in Glasgow, Scotland
                      and died 22 Jul 1965, in Cupar, Fife, Scotland.
                      Bea did not marry.

7]   Mary Duncan married Thomas Barton no children.

8]   Jean Paton Duncan Married March 6th 1868, Calton District Glasgow, David Dunlop.  Source: Batch Number M119211.  Dates: 1855-1875,  Source Call No. 6035516 REGISTER,  Type :Film,  Printout Call No. NONE.

      Family:    1]   John Dunlop born 11 May 1873,
                      Milton, Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland married.
                      Source: Batch Number C119281.
                      Dates: 1855-1875, Source Call No. 6035516 REGISTER,
                      Type :Film, Printout Call No. NONE.

                                       Family:    1]    Living Dunlop

                                                              Family:   1]  Living Andrew.

9]   John Duncan born 29 Sep 1859 in Bridgeton, Glasgow, occupation Umbrella Maker, was married 23 Dec 1887, to Mary Neilson [Nelson?] and lived at 68 Roselea Drive,Dennistoun, Glasgow. When the compiler was an urchin in the 1930’s, he often passed his great-uncle John’s little Umbrella shop in Gallowgate, near Parkhead Cross, Glasgow, and now regrets that he never plucked-up enough courage to enter and talk to him.

John Duncan's Umbrella Shop
 Advertisement.  Compliments of Descendant, Fiona (nee Stafford) Hesketh.

John Duncan born 29 Sep 1859, Bridgeton, Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland.
Parents: James Duncan, Elizabeth McMillan
Source: Batch Number C119201.
Dates: 1855-1875, Source Call No. 6035516 Register, Type :Film, Printout Call No. NONE.

The John and Mary (nee Neilson) Duncan Family, about 1902, compliments
 of descendant, Greatgrand-daughter, Fiona (nee Stafford) Hesketh.

       Family:     1]  James Duncan, Born 27 Dec 1888, at 641 Dalmarnock Rd., Glasgow. Like many of his sisters, he never married.

                      2]   Mary [Mamie] Duncan born 18 Dec 1890 at 641 Dalmarnock Rd., Glasgow and never married.

                      3]   Elizabeth [Bessie] Duncan born 07 Feb 1893 and died 26 Sep 1977, occupation cashier and she never married.

                      4]  William Duncan was born on the 11th of January, 1896 and died April 1989. He Married: Edith Willison, who was born in 1900 and died possibly on the 14th of January, 1960.  They married the 23rd of April, 1929.  Presumed Glasgow.

William Duncan and lovely Edith Willison wed on 23 April, 1929.  Photo is compliments of their Grand-daughter, Fiona (nee Stafford) Hesketh.

                      Family:  1]   Margaret Willison Duncan was born in
                      Bristol, on the 20th of February, in 1931.
                      Margaret was a Legal Secretary.
                      She died on the 15th of January, 2004,
                      having married Brian Edward Stafford,
                      Artist/Teacher, on the 25th of April, 1953, in Bristol,
                      where he too was born and where they resided,
                      until moving to Cambridge in September of 2003.
                                 Children: 1. Fiona Louise Stafford, Musician,
                                            born 7th June 1962.
                                            Married in Cambridge, England,
                                            14th July 1990, to an American,
                                            Robert Paul Hesketh,
                                            A Chemical Engineering Professor,
                                            born 28th September 1960.
                                            "We have 2 children and live in New Jersey
                                            (across from Philadelphia ) USA."
                                                       1. Natasha Louise Hesketh.
                                                       Born 1st June 1993.
                                                       2. Alexander Paul Stafford Hesketh.
                                                       Born 27th July 1997.

                                            2. Duncan Edward Stafford,
                                            born 10th May 1966 and married
                                            5th November 1987, to Freelance
                                            Writer and Editor,
                                            Sandra Elizabeth Young,
                                            born 31st July 1956.  They reside
                                            in Cambridge, England.
                                            They have no children.
                                            We’re a pretty small family!

                               2]   "A Son was born (to William and Edith) a couple
                               of years after Mum, but, unfortunately,
                               did not live past that day,"
                               advises Fiona (nee Stafford) Hesketh.

                      5]  Jean [Jane] Duncan was born 21 Jan 1897 at 411 Crown St., Glasgow and she never married.

                      6]  Annie Duncan born 23 Feb 1899 at 411 Crown St., Glasgow, died 20 June 75, having married with no children, on 18 Nov 1937 to Joseph Fergie born 24 Jun 1890, at Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland, occupation Garage Worker, died pre 1975.   Parents: David Fergie, Flour Miller, married 27 Jan 1875, at Ayr to Mary Telfer. Annie was fondly known as "Aunt NAN" by brother William's daughter, Margaret, and later by Margaret's children. William himself called her "Nan", so it may have been a childhood nickname, for his dear little sister.

                      7]   John Robert Duncan born 15 Jan 1901 at 27 Richmond St., Glasgow.  Died in infancy.

                      8]   Isabella Duncan born 25 May 1906, at 27 Richmond St., Glasgow.  She died 1998/99, having married on Sep 1935, in Glasgow, to Thomas Whiteside , who died c1999.
                             Family:    1]   Gordon Duncan Whiteside
                                                  born 29 Jun 1939, Glasgow.
                                                  Married 29 Oct 1967,
                                                  To Constance Mary Bell.
                                                  Lives Rothbury, England.

                                                  Family:   1]  Living Son.

                                                                 2]  Living Daughter and son-law.

                      9]   Christina Duncan born post 1906, never married, died January 1997. Lived with father and Sister Bessie at Roselea Drive, Dennistoun.

We owe the details of William and Edith, to their descendant, Fiona (nee Stafford) who also provides us the following insight, whilst sharing memories with her cousin, the compiler, John Duncan:

"I always assumed they ( William and Edith ) were married in Glasgow.  Although my grandmother, Edith, was technically a ‘Cockney,’ born within the sound of Bow-bells, Mum told me.  I think her parents were Scottish though and I believed, also from Glasgow.  She did though have relatives in Thaxted, Essex.  I’ll have to find out a bit more there."

"Mum and my grandmother, Edith, would go to Scotland during summers and spend time with Willie's parents.  I know she spoke about her Grandpa (John) and Grandma (Mary) Duncan making her eat porridge.  She did not like it!

Amazing to think she was visiting and you (compiler, John Duncan) were living there.  Amazing too, to think that you walked past her grandfather's shop, so many times.  I believe he was a very mild mannered man, unless he had visited the pub!

Fiona shares her memories of her Grandfather, William, and they are delightful!

     "As children we would call him Papa.  I don’t know if you are aware but he only had one eye.  The story goes that somehow he fell out of his pram as a baby.  The girl who had taken him for a walk didn’t say anything to Willie's mother and consequently the eyelid closed and the eye did not continue to develop.  So in most photographs during his adult years, his right side faces the camera."

     "I believe during WW 1 he was a dispatch rider.  I have a photo of him on his bike and in uniform I will email you.  He couldn’t sign up to go fight because of only having one eye."

William Duncan refusing to sit idle with the disability of a missing eye, serves during WWI in rigorous role of Dispatch Driver.  Photo is compliments of his loving Grand-daughter, Fiona (nee Stafford) Hesketh.

     "When he moved to Bristol where he married, I think he and Edith lodged.  They then moved to a council house in Chedworth Road, Horfield, Bristol. It had quite a large garden.  During WW2 they grew their own vegetables; actually he always had some vegetables growing, and had their own chickens."

     "Papa worked for the banana company Fyfes…I’m not sure how this fitted in around the war because banana’s weren’t imported at this time.  I remember mum saying they were fascinated by banana’s when the American GI’s would give them to kids.  I believe the GI’s were stationed close to where they lived."

     "William played the Concertina and piano.  He also used to ballroom dance and I believe was very good at it.  Edith was never in good health, she suffered with heart and asthma problems.  She was never able to join in with Willie's dancing.  Papa did make an effort to keep fit all his life."

Musician, William Duncan, in the 1970's, with two of his Concertinas.  Photo is compliments of his loving Grand-daughter, Fiona (nee Stafford) Hesketh, who inherited the musical muse, as a professional musician.

     In a note sent to Colleen, Fiona shared:"We had electricity strikes back in the 70's in England and each evening the lights went out after dinner. Papa had written up a key to all the notes and I would sit in candlelight teaching myself how to play the small concertina he loaned me. It was fun and at the end of that time I could play a few basic tunes and could play with Papa." And now back to her, "email visit" with our Cousin Duncan, The Compiler.

     "Your aunts Cathy and Mary (she is referring to John Duncan, the compiler's aunts) would have listened to Papa play with his friend Bill Crady, (he owned a television repair shop).  They were good friends and got together every week I think.  I remember Papa used to love making recordings.  My brother actually found some tapes, of some visits in 1961 and 1971, of his sisters.  I will send you the CD if you would like."

     "As a child I remember Papa being lots of fun.  He would take my brother and me to the park each week and he would run around and play with us and all the other children there.  I remember he loved Jaffa Cakes!  You probably remember them?"

     "He did move to an assisted living flat, but not sure when…perhaps around 1980.  He collapsed in the hallway of the flats from a heart attack on his way back from a walk and died in the early hours, of the next day in hospital, aged 93."

     From Colleen Cahoon: THANK YOU, DEAR FIONA, for sharing those wonderful memories, so we might have a glimpse at the wonderful Papa, you fondly remember!  This is exactly the sort of thing that I desire for everyone on this site... to be known as having been more than mere stats and hopefully, remembered fondly, by someone!

     And at risk of embarrassing you, Fiona, I would like to quote you further, though the subject is yourself, who has inherited your Papa's musical talent, to become a professional musician; a cellist to be exact: Bravo!

"I don't play in an orchestra right now.   When we moved to the US, first we lived in Tulsa, OK and I played for the ballet and pops orchestra there.  I also did a lot of chamber music playing and would play for weddings and other party events.  When we moved here, to NJ, my daughter, Natasha, was 3 years old, and I was expecting our son, Alexander, so I didn't pursue so much playing, as the musicians here seem to travel so much and I wanted to be with the children."

     "I built up a group of private students instead, so I could teach at home.  I decided to give teaching a rest, when I got back from our year, in England, as the teaching was taking over the children's time.   Lessons were always when my children got home from school.  Natasha is 14 now and Alexander 10.   Occasionally I play for a wedding or party."

     Thank you again, Fiona, for breathing life into the stats. :)Mo.

Compiler’s (John Duncan's) Biographical Notes:

1]   In February 23, 2001 David Nicholson’s researcher, Griselda in Edinburgh, advises that the only birth record she could find, for Annie Moore [the compiler’s mother] in 1892, was an illegitimate baby, born to John Moore and Catherine Duffy. She does not say how she knew the child was born to an unwed mother!

     In my parent’s marriage certificate, Annie Moore’s mother’s name is given as Catherine Moore, nee TULLY deceased, so I am querying whether this has been misread or misprinted as DUFFY?

     My mother gave my sister the Christian name of CATHERINE also.

In the 1881 Census at 6 Springfield Road, Barony, [Glasgow], Scotland. Lived:
James Duncan, Head, 55, Umbrella Maker. Born, Glasgow [The compiler’s great- grandfather]
Elizabeth Duncan, Wife, 53. Born Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. [my great-grandmother]
Jane Duncan, Daur. 33, Umbrella Sewer, born Glasgow, [Probably Jean Duncan ]
Dugald Duncan, Son, 26, Art Student, born Glasgow.
Malcolm Duncan, Son, 23, born Glasgow.
John Duncan, Son, 21 Umbrella Maker, born Glasgow. [The grandfather of Nicola & Gavin Whiteside]
Archibald Duncan, Son, 18, born Glasgow. [never married]
Ann Duncan, Daur, 14, Housekeeper, born Glasgow. [married/divorced Mr. Cowper]

Births in the District of Hutchesontown, County of Lanark 1891.

Annie Moore [illegitimate] b. 05 April 1891 at [home] 21 Commercial Road, Glasgow.
Father: John Moore, Hammerman.
Mother: Catherine Duffy, Cotton Winder.
[both parents made their mark as informants]

2]   I received the advice, reference Canadians’ Isabel, Arthur, and Catherine, from a Montreal Genealogist. The “family” relationship, is merely my interpretation of this advice.

3]    My grandparents home at 27 Richmond St., Glasgow appears to have been a busy place. As well as being a home for the family of Malcolm & Isabella Duncan, it was at least a temporary refuge for young Anne Archibald McColl (nee Stewart) Nicholson, mother of Phyllis (Nicholson) Gifford, Jean Nicholson, William Nicholson, and Revs. David & Roger Nicholson.

     Possibly it was also a temporary home for Isabella Duncan #98, the grandmother of Nicola & Gavin Whiteside, as Isa was married there to Gordon Duncan Whiteside in Sep 1935. It would not surprise me either, if the Rev. Peter John Rollo, of the adjacent John Knox Street, Baptist church, officiated at this wedding, as most if not all the Duncans were members of this church.

     Certainly my own parents, Dugald & Annie Duncan were married by the Rev. Rollo at 27 Richmond Street.

     My aunt Isa Duncan was also married at this home, to Alf Boyd on 25 Jun 1924.

     Also Captain Haldane McColl stayed there, during the war of 1914-1918, when he was on furlough from the fighting in France. This street no longer exists as it was taken over to accommodate the extensions to Strathclyde University.

4]   Catherine Duncan – the Original Compiler, John Duncan’s Sister.
     My sister, Catherine Duncan, and I lived with our parents at Claythorn Street, Glasgow, close to Glasgow Cross, until the family moved to a Corporation flat at 125 Quarryknowe St., Parkhead.

     I was not yet old enough for school, but Cathie had to change schools, and now attended Quarry Brae primary school, and later Riverside Senior Secondary school in Springfield Road.

     Shortly after leaving Riverside, Cathie went to stay with our Aunt Annie Sutherland [nee Linnhe] and her husband Jock at their little garret flat at Corbett Street, Tollcross. She took up employment at the biscuit factory of McFarlane & Lang in Tollcross, as a biscuit packer.

     When war broke out in 1939, she joined the Auxiliary Fire Service [A.F.S.] and was stationed in the Miner’s Institute, club in Corbett St., Tollcross, just a short walk from her home. She also volunteered for civilian duty as a “fire-watcher”, which sent my Aunt into a bit of a panic, over concern for her safety.

     Her fire-watching duties required her to stay overnight at some commercial premises, and to extinguish any incendiary bomb that may land on the roof or elsewhere. She was equipped with the standard fire-fighting equipment. A long–handled shovel to pick up the bomb, and a bucket of sand, by means of which, the bomb may be carried to a safe location. A second bucket contained water, which, with the aid of a stirrup-pump was to be used to extinguish any fires.

     Her duties with the A.F.S. included manning a telephone switchboard on her shift, and it is here that she met her husband to be, Fireman Jimmy Hence., and they were married c1943.

     After the war, Cathie obtained a position as a telephonist with the Glasgow Telephone Exchange. Subsequently she became a Supervisor and trained new telephonists. In those days the exchanges were manually operated, and the reader might wish to visualise a large room with a long telephone switchboard, manned by twenty or more female operators seated on wooden stools, and with one or more supervisors standing behind them, ready to assist.

     Her life was not an easy one; husband Jimmy had no full-time job but preferred to potter around with a little motor-bike accessories business, which made little if any money, so Cathie was the bread-winner, and after a long tiring shift and tram trip home, she had to care also for Jimmy’s sick mother, and later Jimmy himself until he died of some chest complaint.

     She was given a Corporation flat at Easterhouse, Glasgow, but later transferred to a comfortable unit at Erskine, just West of Glasgow.

     When she retired about 1984, she had a holiday with Mattie and I at Templestowe, Vistoria, but she could not keep up with us on trips, and had to rest often. She never complained, or advised us, that she had a problem with her heart!.

     Upon her return to Scotland, she was attending a staff reunion lunch, on 19 Mar 1986, when she collapsed and died from heart –failure. Her remains were cremated at Calderpark Crematorium, Glasgow.

     My late sister, Catherine (Duncan) Hence, visited Margaret Stafford in the late 1980’s and enjoyed her hospitality, as did my Aunt Isa Boyd on an earlier trip to the U.K., but unfortunately I do not have her address.

5]   Dugald McMillan Duncan #20-The Compiler’s Father.
     My father was born in 1891 and lived with his parents at 27 Richmond St. Glasgow. He was a quiet man and not one that communicated easily with his family. I suppose that this trait may be blamed upon the makeup of our family genes.

     He was an electrician, whom I was advised: “entered the trade about 1904, when it was considered a profession for young gentlemen, and his parents had to pay his employer to teach him the trade.”

     My father also served as a steward for quite a few years on the Paddy Henderson Line of steamships which operated between Glasgow and Rangoon in Burma.

     His youngest brother, Malcolm, also went to sea, as a boy of 15, as there was no other work, and served throughout World War One.

     My father, like many others, was unemployed during the depression of the 1930’s, and I believe that this forced idleness had a profound effect upon his personality.

     Resumption of construction of the Cunard liner Queen Mary at the shipyard of John Browns at Clydebank, gave my father employment, and I presume, new hope for future employment and an improved life-style.

     Later he worked at the shipyard of Alexander Stephen & Sons at Linthouse, Govan, Glasgow, where he “spoke for” me, enabling me to serve my apprenticeship as an electrician.

     During the second World War he joined the Home Guard [“Dad’s Army”], and attended parades after work, which then consisted of a 48 hour week, extended by extensive overtime.

     He was working upon the repair of a 10,000 ton cruiser, H.M.S. Sussex, and was detailed on one Saturday, to work night-shift, but instead he decided to do as Glasgow workmen are famed for, and clocked on instead at the local pub.

     That night the Sussex was set on fire and sunk in the Clyde by a German bomb.

     The initial repairs to this ship involved a turbine reblade which was expected to take six weeks, but it was finished four days ahead of time, and the crew had been recalled to join the ship at midnight on 17th September c1940.

     At 2.40 a.m. the following day a German bomber arrived over the harbour and dropped a 250-lb bomb, which crashed through the deck of the Sussex, setting fire to the oil-fuel and threatening the magazine. Immediately the thickly populated area around Yorkhill Quay, where the ship was berthed, was in grave danger..

     Over 2,000 people, who were asleep at the time, were hurriedly evacuated to parks and later to rest centres. Plans were ready to remove hundreds of young patients from a nearby children’s hospital, but these were not carried out in full.

     All the time firemen, from ferry-boats, fought a grim battle against the fierce flames. Gradually they won, but twelve hours elapsed before the danger was over.

     Going through the deck, the bomb penetrated into the starboard engine-room aft and killed several of the crew. Immediate action was taken by the crew, but when the City firemen arrived they found the ship belching huge black clouds of smoke. The first objective was to flood the magazine for, had the cruiser exploded, the consequences would have been terrible.

     Afterwards, torpedoes, which had come loose, were found floating in the Yorkhill basin. The ship was taken to Govan dry dock, and the repairs, which involved almost complete rebuilding from the forward boiler-room aft, took two years.

     Later, I accompanied my father on to the ship, to recover his tools, and observed that where he should have been working that night, was in the area on which the bomb had fallen. Workers were reimbursed for their “lost” tool-boxes and had to submit a list of tools lost. And it was interesting to note, how many electricians had carried micrometers, and other expensive items in their tool-boxes! My father gave me the job of cleaning the rust from his tools - but I was not imbursed for my labour.

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