Thomas NELSON

Thomas NELSON

Male 1881 - 1958  (76 years)

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  • Name Thomas NELSON 
    Born 4 Aug 1881  289 Rutherglen Road, Glasgow, Lanarkshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 5 Apr 1891  Hutchestontown, Govan, Glasgow Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 31 Mar 1901  Queens Park, Cathcart Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 2 Apr 1911  Rutherglen, Lanarkshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cause of Death Royal Infirmary, Glasgow Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Myocardial Infarction for 1 day, essential hypertension for 18 yrs and pernicious anaemia 
    Valuation Roll 1915  Rutherglen, Lanarkshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cremated 1958  Lynn Park Crematorium, Glasgow Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation Mercantile Clerk 
    • Mercantile Clerk for Dixons Ironworks
    Died 6 May 1958  Royal Infirmary, Glasgow Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Age: 76y 
    Cause: Myocardial Infarction for 1 day, essential hypertension for 18 yrs and pernicious anaemia  
    Address:
    78 Avonbank Road, Rutherglen, Lanarkshire 
    • Death informant was his son Alex Nelson of 388 Kingsbridge Drive, Rutherglen. [see cert from Scotlands People]
    Person ID I139  Genealogy
    Last Modified 16 Feb 2017 

    Father Alexander NELSON OR NEILSON,   b. 1848, Shotts Iron Works, Shotts, Lanarkshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 May 1920, Rutherglen, Lanarkshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth LOVE OR MCGRATH,   b. 18 Mar 1851, Ballegerggan, Campbeltown, Argyll, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Apr 1915, Rutherglen, Lanarkshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Census 30 Mar 1851  Shotts, Lanarkshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 7 Apr 1861  Shotts, Lanarkshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 2 Apr 1871  Shotts Iron Works, Shotts, Lanarkshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 12 Jul 1878  Bridgeton, Glasgow Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    350 London Road, Bridgeton, Glasgow 
    • MARRIAGE CERT DETAILS - Source - Isobel McWatts, Canada
      Married 12/7/1878 at 350 London Road, Glasgow
      According to the forms of the Evangelical Union Church
      Alexander Neilson, Colliery Weigher, Bachelor 28 yrs
      Elizabeth Love, Dressmaker, Spinster 26 yrs.
      Alexander residing at 177 Bernard Street, Glasgow and
      Elizabeth residing at 350 London Road, Glasgow
      Parents of Alexander = John Neilson, Coal miner & Rachel Neilson ms McGuire
      Parents of Elizabeth Love = John Love [deceased] Road contractor and
      Mary Love ms Waterson.
      Minister = Robert Hood
      Witnesses = Edward Love and Elizabeth Neilson
      Marriage registered at Glasgow on 15/7/1878.
    Census 3 Apr 1881  Govan, Glasgow, Lanarkshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 5 Apr 1891  Hutchestontown, Govan, Glasgow Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 31 Mar 1901  Queens Park, Cathcart Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F88  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Margaret Blair ROSS,   b. 20 Dec 1880, 12 Calder Street, Govan, Glasgow, Lanarkshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jun 1979, 78 Avonbank Road, Bankhead, Rutherglen, Lanarkshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 98 years) 
    Married 17 Feb 1905  Hood Memorial Church, Bridgeton, Glasgow Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    Hood Memorial Church, Fairbairn St., Bridgeton, Glasgow 
    • Marriage Certificate reads:
      17 Feb 1905 at Dixons Halls, Cathcart Road, Glasgow after publication of banns of the Congregational Union Church
      Thoas Nelson, Mercantile Clerk, Bachelor, age 23 of 6 Boyd Street, Crosshill, Glasgow, son of Alexander Nelson, Coal Salesman and Elizabeth Nelson, m.s. Love
      and
      Margaret Blair Ross, Spinster, age 24 of Westfield Place, Rutherglen, dtr of John Ross, Coal Miner and Elizabeth Ross, m.s. Sharp [deceased].
      Witnesses were John Nelson [brother of groom] and Kate Ross [sister of bride]
    Children 2 children 
    Last Modified 12 Mar 2011 
    Family ID F81  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Age: 9y - 5 Apr 1891 - Hutchestontown, Govan, Glasgow Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Age: 19y - 31 Mar 1901 - Queens Park, Cathcart Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Address:
    Hood Memorial Church, Fairbairn St., Bridgeton, Glasgow - 17 Feb 1905 - Hood Memorial Church, Bridgeton, Glasgow
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    Link to Google MapsCensus - Age: 29y - 2 Apr 1911 - Rutherglen, Lanarkshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCause of Death - Myocardial Infarction for 1 day, essential hypertension for 18 yrs and pernicious anaemia - - Royal Infirmary, Glasgow Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsValuation Roll - Address:
    Muirbank House, Rutherglen, Lanarkshire - 1915 - Rutherglen, Lanarkshire
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    Link to Google MapsCremated - 1958 - Lynn Park Crematorium, Glasgow Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Age: 76y - 6 May 1958 - Royal Infirmary, Glasgow Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Alexander (Alex) Neilson
1908-1989
    Alexander (Alex) Neilson 1908-1989
    Son of Thomas Nelson & Margaret Blair Ross.
    Husband of Grace Neaves Meek.
    Thomas Nelson
1881-1958
    Thomas Nelson 1881-1958
    Son of Alexander Nelson or Neilson and Elizabeth Love or McGrath.
    Husband of Margaret Blair Ross
    Margaret Blair Ross
1880-1979
    Margaret Blair Ross 1880-1979
    Daughter of John Ross & Elizabeth Ann Sharp(e).
    Wife of Thomas Nelson

    Histories
    Muirbank House, Bankhead, Rutherglen
Home of Thomas Nelson & Margaret Blair Ross
    Muirbank House, Bankhead, Rutherglen Home of Thomas Nelson & Margaret Blair Ross
    MUIRBANK HOUSE, RUTHERGLEN

    Muirbank House, stood in its own grounds on the south side of Chapel Street on the site of the present Muirbank housing scheme, Rutherglen. Muribank existed as far back as 1832 (see maps). At one time, the house was owned by Dixons but prior to their ownership, it would appear that the house was probably owned and possibly built by a William Smith, a Glasgow Bailie and Merchant (see para below).

    The Nelson’s lived there for many years until moving to Newfield Place,Bankhead, Rutherglen sometime after 1925. Their next door neighbour at Muirbank was a Mr. Samuel McKinstrie, Tailor. The house had approx 23 rooms, 11 of which were occupied by the Nelsons and the remaining 12 occupied by Samuel McKinstrie and his family. It was here that Thomas and his father Sandy, used to grow their prizewinning chrysanthemums and dahlias. Muirbank was demolished (date unknown) to make way for a new housing scheme (?Toryglen).

    The evaluation Rolls for Barony of Rutherglen for 1915 show that the house was in fact owned at that time, by Wm. Dixon's.

    REFERENCES:
    Refer to: "OF THE OLD GLASGOW MERCHANTS"
    WILLIAM SMITH, OF MUIRBANK, was a Bailie in 1801. His daughter, Margaret, was the first wife of the late James Burns of Kilmahew, and his daughter, Agnes, was the wife of the late John Robertson Reid of Gallowflat, and mother of Francis Robertson Reid, now of Gallowflat.

    Refer to: "Minute Book of the Board of Green Cloth 1809"
    William Smith of Muirbank, near Rutherglen.He was agent in Glasgow for the Messrs. Murray,
    cotton spinners in Manchester, In 1787 his "ware-room " was in Lees Closs on the north side of the Trongate. In the Glasgow Directory of 1789 he appears as " Smith, William, tobacco and cotton twist merchant, Reid's Land, south side of Argyle Street." He was also at one time a partner in Dunlop, Smith & Co., general merchants. He had, with other children, two sons (i) James, minister at Greenock, afterwards Free Church minister there, and latterly of Ryde, Isle of Wight, where he died in 1886, aged ninety;

    Other Residents of Muirbank, Rutherglen
    Robert Auld, Merchant - lived Muirbank 1808 with his family (Reference:St Andrew's By‐the‐Green Episcopal Church Baptisms 1800‐1854)

    Robert Dewar, Merchant - lived Muirbank 1823 with his family
    (Reference:St Andrew's By‐the‐Green Episcopal Church Baptisms 1800‐1854)

    Rev. James MacFarlane lived there circa 1851 (reference: Noblemen and Gentlemen's seats, Villages, etc. in Scotland)

    Refer to:
    Post Office Directory for 1866 - 1867 Hamilton
    Hamilton, Robert & Co., stone mangle finishers, calenderers, glazers, hot pressers, packers and starchers, calender, Smith's court, 53 Candelriggs and 62 Brunswick Street,
    house - Muirbank, Rutherglen. Robert Hamilton was still living at Muirbank in 1871 (as per census).
    (Not at Muirbank during 1861 census)

    Refer to:
    Post Office Annual Directory 1909-1910 shows:
    Stewart, Andrew, wine and spirit merchant, 64 Maxwell st., Pollokshaws; res. Muirbank house, Rutherglen. The 1901 census shows Andrew Stewart born 1854 Argyleshire, a Spirit Merchant living at "Muirbank House (2) with his wife, 3 children and a servant.

    Refer to:
    Nelsons' hand-book to Scotland: for tourists mentions Muirbank House and describes it as follows:
    one of the "Numerous good residences stand in the environs of Rutherglen, within a radious of 1¼ mile, chiefly Stonelaw Tower, Scotstown, Blairbeth, Bankhead, Greenhill, Muirbank, Newfield etc.

    Note:
    Great Grandfather Alexander Nelson, his son Thomas (my grandfather) and their families were resident at Muirbank House in 1911. The McKinstrie family occupied the other part of the house.

    Refer also to: the book "The Garden" dated 16 September 1911 which mentions my grandfather Thomas Nelson of Muirbank House, Rutherglen


    Thomas Nelson of Muirbank House is also mention in the 1915 Gardeners Chronicle & New Horticulturist Page 175 as easily winning the class for "Ferns".

    Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society - 1924 - ‎Snippet view - ‎More editions
    Nelson, Thos. , Muirbank House, Rutherglen. Nicholson, Miss, Carleton, Wigtown. Noble, R. V., 66 Elliot Park, Peebles. Normand, Geo. P., W.S. Leasingside, Balerno. Ormiston 4 Renwick, Melrose. Orr, M. Y., Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh
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  • Notes 
    • Source of Information - Jean Nelson - states that
      about 1922, Thomas, his father, wife and family, at one time lived at Westfield Villas which was also at one time occupied by Colonel R.S. Murray and Mrs. T.J. Forgie [refer to photocopied extract of "Rutherlen Lore", page 215]. The square of land from Westfield to Mount Florida and from Shawfield Tool to New Street on the Glasgow Road was controlled by the Trustees of Wm. Dixon Ltd who had at one time no less than 6 collieries working upon it. Thomas Nelson who was employed by Dixon's Collieries as a Clerk [according to source, Jean Nelson] used to visit the collieries which stretched from Oatlands to Rutherglen [refer to Villages of Glasgow Vol 2 for more information re the Collieries] as part of his duties.

      Thomas, his father Sandy, and Margaret then moved to Muirbank House, which stood in its own grounds on the south side of Chapel Street on the site of the present Muirbank housing scheme, Rutherglen. The house was also owned by Dixons and they lived there for many years until moving to 46 Newfield Place,Bankhead, Rutherglen then 78 Avonbank Road, Bankhead, Rutherglen. Their next door neighbour at Muirbank was a Mr. Samuel McKinstrie. The house had approx 22 rooms, 11 of which were
      occupied by the Nelsons and the remaining 12 occupied by Samuel McKinstrie. It was here that Thomas and his father Sandy, used to grow their prizewinning chrysanthemums and dahlias. When Muirbank House was demolished to make room for a housing estate. Thomas carried on growing his prize blooms, until his death, at the Victoria Gardens, Rodger Drive, Rutherglen but which has now been developed to occupy hospital staff accommodation. [opposite Victoria Park, Rutherglen]

      Thomas was noted for growing and displaying his chrysanthemums and won at theSouthport Flower Show on three subsequent occasions which allowed him to keep the Southport Floral Cup. This had never been achieved by anyone before. As at 1990, the Southport cup was in the possession of his granddaughter Sheila Nelson He also judged at horticultural shows and was well known in Rutherglen and the West of Scotland for his prize blooms. He was a member of the Scottish National [or West of Scotland] Chrysanthemum & Dahlia Society.


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